Reprinted from a Canon press release
LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., Feb. 1, 2006 Whether capturing memorable honeymoon moments or babys first
small, staggering steps, Canons new DC40 DVD camcorder helps make recording precious memories simple,
fun and convenient. With its super slim design and 10x optical zoom lens, this compact DVD camcorder
includes a 4.3 megapixel CCD image sensor that produces outstanding widescreen video and doubles as a
digital camera for excellent photos, which friends and family can cherish for years to come.
& quot;For people who capture images of family functions for posterity, or who wish to record vivid
vacation images that they can playback on their widescreen TVs, Canon’s feature-filled DC40 camcorder
rises to the occasion as Canons camcorders are The Official Camcorder of Life,& quot; said Yukiaki
Hashimoto, senior vice president and general manager of the consumer imaging group at Canon U.S.A.,
Inc. & quot;The DC40 DVD model is small enough to fit into the palm of your hand, easy to use and
delivers high quality performance to customers that also value convenience.& quot;
Canon has incorporated a wide array of new features in the DC40 camcorder that make this new
model easy-to-use and provide excellent image quality. These features include:
When using Canons new DC40 camcorder, consumers can capture their memories with confidence that they
will maintain excellent image quality. Canon’s DC40 model combines a 4.3 megapixel CCD image sensor
with an RGB Primary Color Filter to achieve high resolution and rich, vibrant color reproduction that
rivals the image quality from some 3-CCD models.
The camcorder includes Canons exclusive DIGIC DV image processor. Acting as the camcorders
brain, the DIGIC DV image processor recognizes when people are shooting video or still photos. I then
processes the color information in the correct color space for each format (video or still photos), so
whether consumers watch their movies on TV or print 8 x 10-inch photos, they will consistently receive
video and photos in exceptional color and clarity.
Because the DC40 model records directly to a DVD, consumers can easily put the disc into their DVD
player and watch their movies in the comfort of their living room.
The DC40 camcorder accepts the three-inch DVD-R/-RW discs, which can store up to 60 minutes of
video (120 minutes on a double sided disc) and are compatible with most home DVD players, both old and
new. Canon chose the DVD-R/-RW format to ensure high compatibility with a range of DVD players.
Consumers can easily locate scenes without having to rewind or fast forward and create playlists of
favorite scenes right in the camcorder.
Along with Canons new ZR and Elura Mini-DV camcorders, the DC40 model includes Canons Widescreen HR
(High Resolution) 16:9 recording, which allow users to enjoy a full-screen image on their widescreen
TV with vivid detail and clarity. Canons Widescreen HR not only delivers a wider picture, the
method, in contrast to some other systems, uses a wider area of the CCD image sensor to strike more
pixels and deliver higher resolution for superior widescreen image quality.
The camcorder includes a 2.7-inch Widescreen display panel making it easy to compose shots in
cinema-style. As widescreen television sets begin to replace standard TVs, consumers can appreciate
the ability to frame and record in Widescreen HR and then enjoy full-screen playback on their
widescreen TV for a theatre-like experience at home.
Making copies of DVD home movies is a breeze with DC40 DVD camcorder One-Touch Dubbing feature.
When using the supplied My DVD for Canon video editing software, one press of a button is all it takes
to make DVD copies to share movies with friends and family.
The DC40 DVD camcorder comes complete with software for editing video and photos on a PC or making
copies to share with family and friends. After transferring their recordings to a PC, users can
create entertaining movies by editing video, adding photos, titles, and creating a play menu among
other features. When completed, they can burn their project to a DVD in the camcorder or to a DVD
drive. The same software allows users to create DVD copies of original home movies easily and is
compatible with most Windows operating systems.
Now consumers can shoot rock-steady video without a tripod even at maximum telephoto. The
camcorder includes a Smooth Zoom Control feature, which provides a choice of three fixed zoom speeds.
It also includes Level Shot Control, which are horizontal/center indicator markers that allow users to
steady their picture while zooming in and out. The camcorder also includes a built-in lens cover which
automatically opens in record mode and closes when switched to playback or turned off.
The DC40 DVD camcorder also features a built-in Ultra Video Light for low-light conditions, a
built-in flash and Red-Eye Reduction. So whether attending a twilight wedding or out-and-about in the
daylight sun, the DC40 DVD camcorder will record well exposed images in virtually any lighting