CANON DC20 MANUAL PDF

The convenience of the format is undeniable. However, if you enjoy editing, beware. There are ways to edit your finished footage, but not with a mainstream editing package, and not using FireWire. On the face of things, what you sacrifice in features you regain in simplicity and hassle-free operation. The chassis accommodates half-size 80mm DVDs as a storage medium.

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The convenience of the format is undeniable. However, if you enjoy editing, beware. There are ways to edit your finished footage, but not with a mainstream editing package, and not using FireWire. On the face of things, what you sacrifice in features you regain in simplicity and hassle-free operation. The chassis accommodates half-size 80mm DVDs as a storage medium.

Luckily for Canon, the 80mm DVD format, plus the chassis required to house it, is a pretty ergonomic match for the human hand. These newer units are starting to look more and more like the petite MiniDV designs you see. The chassis panels on the DC20 are a business-like grey and silver. Being shaped like a jam doughnut, the DC20 is great to hold in the hand.

Longer shooting sessions might make you wish that the hand grip was wider, but the body of this camcorder is relatively light at just g. The camera uses seperate control interfaces for the Camera and Record modes -- some camcorders use the same control for both.

The battery on the DC20 is like a small box of matches that slots into a recess underneath the fold-out LCD screen. This is a proprietary battery specially designed for the DC20 shape. The battery is removed by sliding a small catch on the underside of the chassis, which releases quickly and easily. The disc clips into place on a plastic spindle like the ones in portable CD players. Overall this is a surprisingly strong chassis that feels like it would happily survive the rigours of a family holiday.

Exposure metering can be set to either spot, for difficult exposures where the central part of the frame defines the exposure of the whole, or matrix, where an exposure is set based on a dynamic range estimated for the whole frame.

Zoom capabilities on the DC20 stretch to x digital, which is more than enough for any sensible video capture. Zoom any more and your footage would be pretty unintelligible most of the time.

Transport controls are on the side of the camcorder. These include fast-forward and rewind. Editing and burn features are accessed through the on-screen menu system. This process, during which the table of contents is written to the DVD, takes a few minutes to complete. This makes advanced editing more or less impossible. You could rip the footage from your finalised DVDs and then convert the DVD codec into a format you can use with a major editing suite, but to be honest this is very time-consuming and unimpressive.

Recording functions are easy to understand. Flick the slide on the rear of the DC20 into Camera mode and press the record button. The camcorder will begin writing video to disc; a second press will stop it. As with all DVD camcorders, recording time will vary depending on how complex your scenes are.

Video compression methods use a process whereby the amount of data needed to describe a single image will increase as the detail of the scene increases. This is nothing to worry about when shooting, but does explain the slightly unpredictable running lengths of your recordings.

This is audible on quiet recordings. Solution: The disc is activated from time to time. This is not a malfunction. In most environments the background noise should minimise the intrusion of the drive mechanism.

Image quality DVD-based camcorders cannot hope to rival MiniDV camcorders at the moment, but with every new generation we see slight improvements in the overall image clarity. Nonetheless, the DC20 still falls some way short of our expectations.

Compression artefacts were visible under low light conditions such as inside a house, or in the early evening outdoors. Low light performance was underwhelming, presumably because the DC20 is trying to cope with both the shortcomings of a single-CCD system and the compression methods used to write the DVD.

Fans of simple operation and convenience may find the DC20 is good enough. Certainly, it stands its ground among the DVD-based competition. Edited by Mary Lojkine.

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You can even select shots and arrange them into a playlist. The software supplied with your camcorder enables you to edit your video. This way, you keep just your most precious shots and can let them tell the stories you want to tell. Then, it lets you burn DVDs so you can share the captured memories with all your friends and family. No one has to wait long for their copy. And you want to shoot in widescreen mode to get everything you can out of your new widescreen TV or home theater system.

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