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Canon releases Optura 400 and 500 miniDV cameras

Canon announced two miniDV cameras, Optura 400 and Optura 500. Both feature 2.2 sensors and are capable of capturing JPEG images and Motion JPEG video (Optura 500 also supports MPEG4). Both models are to go on sale in mid-July for about $1000 and $1200, respectively.

Power 7.4V battery, 8.4V adapter
Consumption ~3.3W with viewfinder and 4.1W with LCD
TV standards EIA (525 lines, 60 fields) NTSC
Audio PCM:16-bit (48 kHz/2 ch.)12-bit (32 kHz/4 ch.)
CCD 1/3.4", 2.2 megapixels, 1.23 million effective megapixels at tape recording, 2 million effective megapixels at digital media recording
Tapes MiniDV
Media Multimedia Cards or SD Memory Cards
Lens f=4.7-47mm, f/1.8-2.4, 10x zoom
Focusing TTL AF, manual focusing
Min. focusing distance 1m; 1cm (widest angle)
Exposure 1/2000s (1/250s using digital media)
Min. lighting 1.1 lux (Night mode)
Recommended lighting 100 lux and over
Filter diameter 30.5mm
Viewfinder 0.33", color LCD, ~113,000 pixels)
LCD 2.5", 211,000 pixels in Optura 500, 123,000 pixels in Optura 400
Mic Stereo
DV connector 4-pin, based on IEEE1394)
Video-out 1 Vp-p/75 ohm, unbalanced
S-video 1 Vp-p (Y signal), 0.286 Vp-p (C signal)
Audio connectors Input: 10 dBV / 40 kOhm and over, Output: 10 dBV (47 kOhm load) / 3 kOhm or less
Size 53x107x101mm
Weight 470g without battery, 530g with battery

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