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Canon Optura 40 MiniDV Camcorder w/14x Optical Zoom

by Canon
11 customer reviews

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  • MiniDV camcorder and still camera with 2.2-megapixel CCD
  • 14x optical zoom lens (digital zoom to 280x) and image stabilizer
  • 2.5-inch LCD with 180-degree rotation
  • Capture low-light recordings with Night Mode and record in 16:9 format
  • Record for up to 225 minutes on one battery charge
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Product Description

Product Description

2.2-megapixel CCD * digital photo mode * photo resolution options: 1632 x 1224; 1280 x 960; 640 x 480 * Motion JPEG movie mode * SD Card slot for use with MultiMediaCards or SD memory cards * 2-1/2" color viewscreen * color viewfinder * PCM stereo digital audio (12-bit or 16-bit) * variable-speed 14X optical zoom lens (digital zoom to 280X) * Image Stabilizer * auto and manual focus (with focus ring) * shutter speed range: 1/60 to 1/2,000 * manual audio level control * 16:9 widescreen mode * Program AE modes, including Night mode, Super Night mode, and Night Plus mode * digital effects and scene transitions * IEEE 1394 digital A/V jack * Exif Print (2.2) compatibility for digital photos * direct photo printing with select Canon photo printers * video streaming to PC via IEEE 1394 or USB for online videoconferencing (both parties must have compatible Canon cams and Windows XP) * Advanced Accessory Shoe * microphone input * A/V input/output, including S-video * USB interface (2.0) * 3"W x 3-1/4"H x 5-5/16"D * weight: 1.3 lbs. (without battery) * warranty: 1 year (90 days video head)

Whether shooting up-close or from a distance, the Optura 40 delivers video and photos with exceptional definition and contrast, making every shot you take a potential award-winner. Featuring Genuine Canon Optics, the Optura 40 expands on this range with a 14x Optical Zoom and 280x Digital Zoom. Both models allow you to cover all the angles, be it wide or telephoto, ensuring that you always get the shot you want.

Auto-Exposure Bracketing
In uncertain lighting conditions, the Auto-Exposure Bracketing feature will make sure your bases are covered: With a single press of the PHOTO button, the camcorder records three photos with different exposures. Later, you can choose which photo is best for printing or storing.
Enjoy stunning video and photos
The secret behind the Optura 30 and Optura 40 camcorders' incredible video and photos is Canon's DIGIC DV technology. Since videos and photos have different color requirements, DIGIC DV uses special color optimization techniques when processing an image for output to a TV or printer. The result is accurate, life-like color reproduction in all your videos and photos.

Catch all the action without the shake
Life rarely sits still for a shot, that's why the Optura 30 and Optura 40 feature Canon's advanced Image Stabilization system. Now you can keep images smooth and steady, even at full telephoto and while panning or zooming. The large 2.5" LCD and Color Viewfinder further helps to compose sensational shots from any angle.

Dazzle on-lookers with vibrant color shots
Now you can relive those precious moments with all their true vibrant colors. While traditional camcorders process color with a standard CMYG filter (resulting in duller colors), the Optura 30 and Optura 40 camcorders use Canon's RGB Primary Color Filter, which separates light passing through the lens into their true red, green and blue color components. The result is professional-quality images that deliver natural-looking tones and superior color rendition.

Get the full picture on your wide-screen TV
Unlike camcorders which only record a vertically stretched picture, the Optura 30 and Optura 40 both feature a High-Resolution 16:9 Mode that records video in true 16:9 ("letterbox") format for playback on wide-screen TVs. When shooting in the 16:9 Mode, the entire width of the 2.2 Megapixel CCD image sensor is used to capture your footage. The result is wide-screen quality videos that are certain to impress even the biggest "big screen" fan.

Canon's Megapixel CCD
Canon's Megapixel CCD Image Sensor delivers crisp images with life-like detail. Whether you are shooting video or photos with the camcorder, you will get the best results. The CCD works like film -- when light is captured by the sensor, it registers an image and advanced processing converts the pixels into digital data creating your video or photos.

Canon's exclusive DIGIC DV
DIGIC DV, our exclusive signal processing circuit, makes it possible to achieve accurate color for both video and digital photos. Since video and digital photos have different color requirements, DIGIC DV utilizes two different color techniques to maximize video quality on a TV and still image quality for print or computer display.

Take it from sight to website at a moment's notice
Thanks to the Optura's improved Motion JPEG feature, you can shoot video ready for streaming over the Internet or for e-mailing. The Motion JPEG Mode records your footage onto the Secure Digital memory card at 15 frames/second, giving you up to 60 minutes of recording time on a 512MB card. You can then quickly and easily transfer your movies to your computer using the USB cable.

Make incredible panoramas and portraits
The Optura line of camcorders gives you the power to edit your still images in a variety of exciting ways. The Stitch Assist feature allows you to capture and create breathtaking 360-degree panoramas, while the Skin Detail Mode helps you take complimentary close-ups of people by softening details and reducing skin imperfections.

Turn your camcorder into a webcam
Exclusive to Canon, the Optura camcorders feature a Network Mode that enables you to remotely control your camcorder through the DV Messenger2 software application. Control the focus and zoom of your camcorder from a computer while streaming the video via its IEEE 1394 terminal

Explore your creativity with the supplied software
Included in your Optura Kit are Pinnacle Studio 9SE and Pinnacle Instant Photo Album, two powerful editing programs that can help turn your videos and photos into lasting memories.

What's in the Box

  • Optura 40/Optura 30
  • NB-2LH Battery Pack
  • CA-570 Compact Power Adapter
  • STV-250N Stereo Video Cable
  • SS-900 Shoulder Strap
  • WL-D83 Wireless Controller
  • SDC-8M SD Memory Card
  • IFC-300PCU USB Cable

Product Details

Product Manual [4.36mb PDF]
  • Item Weight: 17 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 4.1 pounds
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • ASIN: B00023CDIW
  • Item model number: Optura 40
  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required.
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,787 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at April 28, 2004

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64 of 65 people found the following review helpful By Michael Hoyt on May 25, 2004
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I pre-ordered this camera and got it the day it was "released" (5/20), thank you Amazon. Overall the feature content is pretty slick but I have a few issues I need to investigate before I declare that I am in love with this camera or that I am disappointed.
My big concern is that I see a very strange effect when I am mildly zoomed on a subject and the subject is moving around. I see a "fluttery" effect as though the shutter is too slow for the action. It gets really bad at times and is really annoying. I am not sure if the camera (in its "auto-everything" mode) is attempting to adjust to the change in the subject but whatever it is its not good. I will follow up with Canon to determine what the issue is to see if this is a feature of the camera, if my camera is defective or if I am not using it correctly.
I did a side by side comparison with my old Sony DCR-TRV20. The Canon's image at times shows off the 3x more effective pixels and is generally brighter than the Sony but again I am not totally blown out of the room with improvements with the Canon. Low light is a problem and it generates grainy pictures.
Update: june 13, 2004
I noticed the review where the guy mentions the "auto slow shutter" control. BINGO. Barring this strangeness that is now solved, this camera is excellent. In my opinion the video quality is more film-like than video. I assume this is due to the high number of pixels.
As far as the still image feature goes, I've taken really good and really bad shots. Its all about holding the camera still and in my opinion its a little challenging considering the location of straps and buttons on this camera for still shots. None-the-less, if you take your time and think about it, you can get some great stills.
Great Camera.
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51 of 51 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 8, 2004
The Optura 30/40 has two default settings that need to be changed. The first is that in Easy and Auto modes, shutter speed can be a slow as 1/30 second. This causes video to blur, ghosts with fast movement, and blur (grain?) in low light. Go to Auto Slow Shutter (A.SL.Shutter and turn it OFF). The shutter speed will be no slower than 1/60, creating much sharper video.
The second is that audio is defauted to 12 bit. Change this to 16 bit for better audio.
I am extrememly pleased with my Optura 40. It's great in low light, is user friendly, stabilization works well in both 5:4 and 16:9 modes, and the 14X optical is all I'll ever need. The quality of the video and audio is great. It's comfortable in my hand and feels "solid". I like it being a top loader since I use both a monopod and tripod when I can.
Negatives include: In 5:4 mode, tele isn't wide enough (but is fine in 16:9), the cover for the S-video jack seems cheap, and I wish it had optical stabilization. However, it does have better stabilization than my Nikon Hi8 camcorder that has optical stabilization--so it has excellent electronic image stabilization. Also, the 34mm filter/adapter size is unusual. However, step up rings are available (e.g. 34mm to 37mm)and with the fast selling Opturas 30/40 and Eluras 60/65/70 having 34mm filters, I suspect that they're be plenty of 34mm filters available shortly.
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42 of 42 people found the following review helpful By D. Sato on July 21, 2004
I originally wanted a Sony because that is what all my co-workers recommened, however, I had to agree with the sales person who suggested the Canon. After comparing the Canon Optura 40 to several Sony models I believe I made the right choice.

It didn't take long for me to read the manual and familiarize myself with the camera. I found it very easy to use and intuitive. It does have many features but the camera is not cluttered with them. I started taking pictures and video in Las Vegas, Grand Canyon and Yosemite but I wasn't sure how they were coming out because I couldn't connect it to a TV until I got to San Francisco.

When I finally hooked up the video to the TV I was stunned. The video clarity and colors were just amazing! Everything was so natural, clear and vivid. I felt like I was reliving the whole experience again. I'm not sure if it's because of the Canon lens or the digital chip but whatever it is the Optura 40 does a super job. I also learned I need to move my hand more slowly! The image stablizer did a great job of correcting my jitters without any loss of video quality. I understand that Canon has one of the best image stabilizers and I believe it. I later found out why the video looks so great on the Canon. Part of the reason is a 2.2 megapixel CCD and their own RGB color filter which sharpens the colors much like the new 3 CCD camcorders.

The digital pictures also came out great. My brother-in-law purchased an Olympus 3 mega-pixel digital camera on the trip and the color and detail of my photos were just as clear if not even better. It's also very easy to switch between video and pictures with a quick flip of the switch with your right hand which is comfortably positioned on the camera. Also the 14X zoom is great.
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47 of 48 people found the following review helpful By David Cardy on July 19, 2004
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Most of the negative comments I read about the camera are from people that don't know how to use the camera. It takes a little time to go through the menus and read the cryptic (non-detailed) manual. And, not all the features are described in the manual.
- The camera does very well in low light indoor situations if you put it in "Indoor" mode.
- I barely noticed the camera motor noise during quiet scenes. I think the only reason I noticed it is because I was listening for it.
- The camera fits very nicely in my hand, with the strap and zoom switch in just the right positions.
- This is my first digital camcorder and it was very easy to learn how to use the basic features. Some of the advanced features took some trial and error to figure out.
- My only disappointments were that it did not come with a tape or firewire, the manual is poor, and the included 8MB card is ridiculous (buy a 256 or 512).
I did a lot of research before selecting this camera, and I am confident I made the right choice. I would have given it 4.5 stars if I had the option.
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