Released January, 2002
The Pros:Sturdy construction that feels like it can take some abuse, everything very solid feeling. Buttons have a nice response and are comfortable to work with. Zoom is very good, can get distant subjects and still stay solid.
The Cons:Not capable of recording in HD format.
The Canon ZR50MC is a MiniDV digital camcorder designed for the average consumer. Video is recorded to a MiniDV cassette with 500 lines of horizontal resolution, and can be transferred to a MAC or PC using the firewire port.
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It has three shooting modes; video mode, photo mode and progressive photo mode which stores photos on the camcorder's MultiMediaCard rather than the MiniDV cassette. Photos can be easily transfered with the built in USB port. There is a 22x optical zoom lens and uses the same zoom technology found in Canons' broadcast TV lenses, and has up to 440x digital zoom. It has a color viewfinder and 2.5" LCD screen which can be twisted and flipped for easy shooting and playback. The advanced accessory shoe can be used for additional accessories, such as a video light or microphone. Other notable features include photo search, time code, data code and an included remote control.
- Power Supply (rated): 7.4 V DC (Battery); 9.5 V DC (DC IN)
- Power Consumption (While recording AF="ON"): 3.3 W (using viewfinder), 3.9 W (using LCD screen)
- Television System: EIA standard (525 lines, 60 fields) NTSC color signal
- Video Recording system: 2 rotary heads, helical scanning system, DV system (Consumer digital VCR SD system), Digital component recording
- Audio Recording system: PCM digital sound: 16-bit (48 kHz/2 ch.), 12-bit (32 kHz/4 ch.)
- Image Sensor: 1/6" CCD (charge coupled device); approx. 460,000 pixels;(approx. 290,000 effective pixels)
- Tape Format: Videocassettes bearing the MiniDV mark
- Tape Speed: SP: 3/4 ips (18.81mm/sec.); LP: 1/2 ips (12.56mm/sec.)
- Maximum Recording Time (with an 80-min. cassette): SP: 80 min.; LP: 120 min.
- Fast Forward/Rewind time: 2 min. 20 sec. (with a 60-min. cassette)
- Lens: f/1.6 - 2.9, 18x power zoom, 2.8 - 50.4mm
- Focusing System: TTL autofocus, manual focusing possible
- Minimum Focusing Distance: 3 ft. 3 3/8 in. (1m); 3/8 in. (1 m); on maximum wide angle
- Frame Rate: 1/8,000 sec.
- Minimum Illumination: 0.5 lux using the Night program during tape recording
- Recommended Illumination: More than 100 lux
- Filter Diameter: 30.5 mm
- Viewfinder: 0.44 in., color LCD; (approx. 113,000 pixels)
- LCD Screen: 2.5 in. measured diagonally; approx. 112,000 pixels)
- Microphone: Stereo electret condenser microphone
- DV Terminal: Special 4-pin connector (based on IEEE-1394)
- Video Terminal: 1 Vp-p/75 ohms unbalanced
- S-video Terminal: 1 Vp-p (Y signal), 0.286 Vp-p (C signal)
- Microphone Terminal: Stereo electret condenser microphone
- Operating Temperature range: 32 - 104° F (0 - 40° C)
- Dimensions: 2 1/4 x 4 x 5 1/4 in. (57 x 102 x 134mm)
- Weight (fully loaded): 1 lb. 2 1/2 oz. (525g)
- Recording Media: MultiMediaCard, SD Memory Card
- Image Format: Design rule for Camera File system (DCF)
- Print Order format: Digital Print Order Format (DPOP)
User Reviews (1)
sturdy construction that feels like it can take some abuse, everything very solid feeling
buttons have a nice response and are comfortable to work with
zoom is very good, can get distant subjects and still stay solid
image stabilizer works well, can hold it with one hand without a problem
picture quality is excellent, everything looks very sharp
has a viewfinder that will let you see what you're shooting in any light
night mode looks great, catches lots of detail
not capable of recording in HD format
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