Yesterday, Canon announced the launch of its first AVCHD (Advanced Video Codec High Definition) camcorder, the HR10, which the company claims to be the smallest camcorder to record full 1080 HD image quality directly onto DVD.
The Canon HR10 AVCHD camcorder packs a potent mix of advanced features to assist users in shooting High Definition movies directly to DVD format.
The Canon HR10 AVCHD camcorder features a Genuine Canon 10x optical zoom lens, a full HD 1920 x 1080 CMOS image sensor and the AVCHD video format. With the help of Canon’s exclusive Instant AF focus system and Super Range Optical Image Stabilization, the AVCHD camcorder is able to obtain the sharpest High Definition video possible.
The Canon HR10 HD Camcorder is able to capture 3 mega pixel still images. It features a multi-angle Vivid 2.7-inch widescreen LCD. What’s more, the Canon HR10 HD camcorder fits comfortably in the user’s hand, allowing for smooth and easy one-handed operation of nearly every function of the camcorder.
The Canon HR10 HD camcorder uses ultra-efficient Advanced Video Codec High Definition (AVCGD), and because of this the camcorder is able to record 1080 HD video to conventional 3-inch (8cm) DVD discs.
Basically, the AVCHD codec allows HD video to be captured in a variety of compression rates, using less storage space, and recorded to DVD discs, including high-capacity dual-layer discs for longer recording time. Thus, you will be able to play back your recorded material on most AVCHD compatible DVD players, including most Blu-ray disc players.
The Canon HR10 HD camcorder can connect directly to the latest High Definition TVs using a single cable through the all-digital HDMI interface for playback of HD video on HDTVs.
The Canon HR10 High Definition Camcorder’s 24p Cine Mode enables aspiring moviemakers to achieve a professional “film-look” by changing the camcorder’s frame rate to 24p, which provides the same frame rate as movie film. In addition, the Canon HR10 Camcorder’s Cine setting changes the color and tonal characteristics, evoking the look and feel of a theatrical film. For added flexibility, these settings can be used together or independently. Users will also be able to shoot with confidence knowing that they have the support of Canon’s Instant AF System and Super Range Optical Image stabilization.
Canon’s proprietary DIGIC DV II HD Image Processor, is the brains behind the HR10 High Definition Camcorder recognizing the different color requirements of video and photos for optimal image quality. The DIGIC DV II processor’s improved color reproduction and noise reduction is what powers the HR10 High Definition Camcorder’s ability to capture stunning imagery in low light, bright light and difficult-to-shoot situations.
As a digital still camera, the HR10 HD Camcorder excels with all of Canon’s best digital camera features. Users can accurately focus their shots with nine-point autofocus and then take vibrant 3.1 mega pixel images to a miniSD card. While shooting video, users can capture two-mega pixel photos to the card, or extract two-mega pixel images later from the video itself, providing users with a second chance to snap that once in a lifetime image.
The Canon HR10 AVCHD camcorder will be available in August 2007 for a price of $1199 (Rs.48,883 )