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Canon DC310 DVD Camcorder with 37x Optical Zoom (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

3.5 out of 5 stars 27 customer reviews

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  • Capture video direct to DVD
  • 37x Optical Zoom; image stabilizer
  • 2.7-inch widescreen LCD monitor; widescreen HR recording
  • DVD-R/-RW/-R DL recording format
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Product Description

Product Description

Around the world the name Canon means optical excellence advanced image processing and superb performance. And Canon digital video camcorders are no exception. If your choice of recording media is DVD you'll find a family of capable and technologically sophisticated DVD camcorders built with the Canon know how which you've come to expect in all our products. The DC310 is our most affordable new DVD model and is like the others sleek and easy-to-operate. It also offers our exclusive Canon 41x Advanced Zoom- a feature only possible with our industry-leading optical technology. It also boasts our advanced DIGIC DV II Image Processor a powerful 680k CCD SD card image storage capability Quick Start and Joystick Control. Add to that the long recording time available thanks to its high capacity battery and low power consumption and you'll see that the DC310 makes it simpler than ever to capture and share all the unforgettable moments of your life.

From the Manufacturer

From the #1 brand in photography and networked imaging solutions for business and home comes the DC-series DVD camcorders. These affordable and feature-focused camcorders offer the ease-of-use and convenience of DVD recording all within a stylishly compact body. Preserving life’s precious memories has never been this fun and easy to do.

Canon DC310 Highlights

DVD-R/-RW/-R DL Format Only 8cm (3 inches) in diameter, these discs can store up to 80 minutes of video (up to 108 minutes on a dual layer disc) and are compatible with most old and new DVD players.

Genuine Canon 41x Advanced Zoom Capture the action from even farther away when using Canon’s exclusive Advanced Zoom. By utilizing Genuine Canon Optics and the DIGIC DV II Image Processor, Canon has developed a new way to extend beyond the optical zoom, both wide and telephoto, while continuing to maintain optimal image quality. With Canon’s Advanced Zoom, you can now enjoy stunning video from any distance.

Quick Start Instead of powering off your camcorder between shots, simply press the Quick Start button to put the camcorder in stand-by mode. Quick Start considerably reduces the power consumption of the battery and allows the user to return to recording mode in less than a second, so you’ll never miss another special moment.

Widescreen HR recording The DC310 records true widescreen for picture perfect video. Canon’s image processing system uses the entire width of the image sensor, capturing a big picture in true 16:9 widescreen so no one and nothing is left unseen. And Canon camcorders take advantage of more pixels to give you amazing quality.

2.7-inch widescreen LCD A widescreen LCD lets you see exactly what your camcorder is recording, and what your TV will display later.

Image stabilizer Shoot rock-steady video -- even when you’re at maximum telephoto without a tripod. It is even effective while panning or zooming.

LCD Video Light Shooting in low light situations has never been easier with Canon’s new LCD video light. The next time you are using your DC310 in a dimly lit room, simply flip over the LCD screen to face your subject and activate the video light function. A soft light emanating from your LCD illuminates the area in which you are shooting allowing you to get high quality video even in less than ideal lighting conditions.

Joystick The joystick makes using the camcorder easier than ever. Extra buttons have been eliminated, allowing you to control playback, focusing, exposure, and menu options from one convenient place.

Lower battery consumption The DC310 consumes less battery power giving you longer operation time.

DIGIC DV II image processor DIGIC DV II is the next generation of Canon's exclusive DIGIC DV signal processing technology. Even though video and still images have different color requirements, DIGIC DV II digital signal processing ensures optimal image quality for both video and still images. Thanks to DIGIC DV II image processing, the DC310 produces video with improved color reproduction -- especially in skin tones, and dark and light scenes. It also uses a hybrid noise reduction system that employs two types of noise reduction -- for images that are crystal clear.

Smooth zoom control With this innovative feature, you can always be sure of smooth, steady, professional looking zoom shots. Simply select one of three pre-set zoom speeds. You can also select variable so you can control the speed manually.

Level Shot and Grid Markers It's easy to keep your DC310 level for more professional-looking video. Simply press the Level Shot Control button, and a horizontal marker appears in your viewfinder. Then line up any horizontal lines in your shot to the marker and you know your camcorder is level. The Grid marker is also very convenient for setting up the special balance in your shots. And since background colors vary, you can select from two line colors to make the lines easily visible.

Built-in lens cover A built-in lens cover means no dangling lens cover to lose.

Still image recording Capture stunning photos in 4:3 aspect ratio to an SD card.

SDHC memory card slot Capture your photos and short movie clips directly to either a standard SD card or a high-capacity SDHC card. This allows you to use cards with a capacity of 2GB or larger.

Advanced Photo Features A variety of features allow you to capture great photos.

  • 9 Point AiAF: Bring off-center subjects into sharp focus.
  • Histogram display: With just one push of a button, the brightness information of a still image is revealed. This allows you to monitor image quality, so you can make adjustments to improve the next shots.
  • Simultaneous Photo Recording: Capture e-mail ready digital photos to a memory card while you record video.
  • Image Effects: Choose from the following effects to add a creative flare to your photos: Vivid, Neutral, Low-Sharpening, and Soft Skin Detail.
  • Drive Modes
  • Special Scene Modes: A wide selection of automatic exposure modes makes it easy to capture great video or photos under any condition. Choose from: Portrait, Sports, Night, Snow, Beach, Sunset, Spotlight, or Fireworks.

    9 selectable languages English, Spanish, French, Italian, German, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Japanese

    One-year parts and labor limited warranty Canon’s camcorder limited warranty provides protection long after other manufacturers’ warranties expire.


Product Information

Product Dimensions 8.2 x 6.4 x 5.5 inches
Item Weight 2.5 pounds
Shipping Weight 1.7 pounds
ASIN B00114LG84
Item model number DC310
Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required.
Customer Reviews
3.5 out of 5 stars 27 customer reviews

3.5 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #22,818 in Camera & Photo
#1,280 in Camera & Photo > Camcorders
Discontinued by manufacturer Yes
Date first available at Amazon.com February 16, 2006

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The overview states that this includes 'USB 2.0 hi-speed terminal for quick video transfer'. Read the detail section and there is no mention of a USB port, because there is none! You need to buy the DC330 to get that feature. That would not be so bad if the R- RW would work in any of our PC's or DVD players. Granted the DVD players are older modules but the PC's are less than 1 year old. Maybe if your PC writes to R- or you stick with none rewritable DVD's you would be happy with this camcorder (didn't waste any more money trying this). This module is being returned and replaced with the DC330.
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I bought this camera for our family summer vacation. My old digital camera did not zoom close enough to anything. I was looking for a camcorder that was small in size that could get close up & that is exactly what I got. I have found it to be easy to use in every way and it is small enough to fit in just about any normal size bag.
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Canon DC310 DVD Camcorder with 41x Optical Zoom
We purchased this camcorder after looking at reviews in various places, in particular, one well known consumer product magazine. Since we wanted something basic, but a camcorder that would give us very good quality images, we counted on the Canon. It is easy to learn to use if you are a novice like we are, and is adequate for home videos. Taking into account the savings extras from Amazon, we purchased it at the lowest price that we researched on the internet, and at local electronics retailers. We highly suggest purchasing an extra battery, and the battery charger (stick with the Canon brand or you can be burned with the cheaper "replacement" claiming to be as good). Amazon shipped it in two days at no extra charge....a "special" at the time. We purchase from Amazon often because of their excellent customer service.
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We were upgrading from our old VHS camcorder, and wanted something that was easy to use, we did not want to "upload" any videos to the computer, we just needed a new camera, user friendly to capture memories of our two girls. This camera is very easy to use, the quality of the videos indoors and outdoors is excellent. I purchased some mini DVDs here at amazon, popped one in, and started my first test video, it was great. As always, scan through the instructions, and follow them, believe me, for this price, it is a great deal, we like it. Lastly as you do your first dvd, do as the instructions say, "FINALIZE" your video, when you "FINALIZE" your video, it will play in any device, dvd player, and your pc.
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Pros:-

1) Price is cheap for a DVD camcorder
2) Outdoor video quality
3) optical zoom

Cons:-

1) The menu is very confusing.
2) You cannot finalize unless you connect the camera to power adapter. You will not know it unless you read the manual carefully
3) You cannot charge the camera if the power button is turned on. So assume that you are using the camera and it goes off because of no charge. You connect it to the power adapter, it will not charge...it is because the power button is still turned on. I had this issue and had a hard time finding the cause. I even sent my camera to canon repair and it got returned back saying I need to keep the power button off while charging and otherwise it will not charge.
4) Finally, there is a lot of problem with finalizing the disc. The finalize menu item will not show up while in record mode. That is fine. But I recorded my disc in VR mode and now I see Finalize menu item but it is not selectable..not sure why. I am not able to finalize my disc and can't play it in dvd player. When I see the content of the DVD, it has files in VRO format. To convert it to DVD format, I need a software now which will cost me. And that's when I decided to write this review.
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I reviewed the Consumer's Report 2009 regarding dvd camcorders and this model rated one of the highest. I am thrilled to concur with the Report. I wanted something simple to use which provided a good image at a good value. This seems to meet all three. The vendor I used shipped it within 4-5 days (Sixth Avenue Electronics -6ave). Overall great experience. NOTE: Read the manual - if you don't finalize the discs properly you may loose all of the recordings.
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I bought this camera in August 2008. I was tired of my old one. It's really easy to operate. I love it because its very light weight and it can fit right into your bag but I would suggest a camera bag for it. I haven't taken pictures with it yet. It has a great zoom lens on it. It doesn't shake. If you love filming like I do you will love this camera. I would suggest it to anyone. It's a great price too! I watched the Dvd that I had made on my Dvd player and the videos were very clear. This is a real nice camera. One more thing the battery has a nice long charge to it. I only had to charge it twice since I've had it.
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I haven't fully used all of its capabilities, but so far I am not disappointed. It is smaller and more compact than what I'd expected...I thought the UPS delivery should have had another package for me. It's great, for a great price.
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