Canon Optura 300 MiniDV CamcorderThe Optura 300 makes having the best of everything a reality. Offering unparalleled expertise in video and digital photography, it puts cutting edge performance in the palm of your hand. Its sophisticated, streamlined design makes it compact enough to carry anywhere. Dreams materialize before your very eyes as two imaging worlds are seamlessly linked together with stunning detail and unprecedented realism. Sight and sound have been elevated to the pinnacle of perfection.
From the Manufacturer
The Optura 300 makes having the best of everything a reality. Offering unparalleled expertise in video and digital photography, it puts cutting edge performance in the palm of your hand. Its sophisticated, streamlined design makes it compact enough to carry anywhere. Dreams materialize before your very eyes as two imaging worlds are seamlessly linked together with stunning detail and unprecedented realism. Sight and sound have been elevated to the pinnacle of perfection.
2.0 Megapixel CCD
Genuine Canon Optics: 10X Optical Zoom/200X Digital Zoom
Canon Genuine Optics are unparalleled in the industry. The same Canon experience and expertise that goes into precision lenses for 35mm and broadcast TV cameras goes into every camcorder lens we manufacture. At Canon, we never compromise. The result is a lens with superb definition and exceptional contrast. The powerful 10X optical zoom lets you capture your subject with razor-sharp detail even from a distance. The powerful 200X digital zoom takes you even closer, revealing details too small to see with the naked eye.
The 10X optical zoom gives you the same range of focal lengths as a 48.9-489 mm lens on a 35 mm still camera. Add an optional Wide Converter WD-H30.5 (Item Code: 9065A001) and you get the same wide view you'd get with a 34.2 mm lens on a 35 mm still camera. Add the Tele Converter TL-H30.5 (Item Code: 9064A001) and you have the same magnification power of a 929 mm telephoto lens on a 35 mm still camera. And, that's not the end of the Optura 300's optical versatility. When capturing digital photos to the memory card, the zoom ratio remains 10X zoom, the equivalent of a 38.3 - 383 mm lens on a 35mm photo camera.
Don't miss a shot -- even if you're shooting hand-held, at full telephoto, or while you're on the move. Canon's superb Image Stabilization system compensates for camcorder shake instantly, making your videos look steady and natural. Unlike other brands, Canon's Image Stabilization is effective even while panning and zooming.
DIGIC DV is a system for achieving superior video and photographic quality images. Canon's expertise in imaging and electronics is flawlessly blended together, resulting in outstanding performance. It offers substantial benefits in color reproduction. DIGIC DV makes it possible to achieve accurate color for both video and digital photos. Since video and 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.
Advanced Photo Features
To fully complement the camcorder's superior video quality, it offers features to expand your photographic horizons.
Great Family Camcorder, but in low light. . .
Great camera with certain limitations
Fantastic Digital Camera Choice
I would like to point out of few issues I have had with it:
2) This camera is not for the technologically challenged. I would guess that this is not limited to this specific camera, but is an issue with the entire class of cameras. To burn DVDs and do any kind of editing, the user must have a video capture card & firewire installed on their PC. In addition, downloading movies onto a PC requires LOTS of hard drive space. I installed a 2nd hard drive for this purpose. In addition I needed to install a DVD RW drive so I could burn DVDs. I also upgraded my RAM. Although all of these are easy installs in newer PC's, it can be a daunting task just for a person to figure out what is actually needed not to mention knowing how to actually install it. Combined with shortcomings in the manual, I could see this being fatal for some users. If you are technologically challenged, I would recommend the cameras that burn directly to DVD.
3) At the extreme end of the zoom, the camera seems to have trouble focusing and is very shaky. This is not that big of an issue as long as the user keeps this in mind while framing the video.
4) I am not really happy with the quality of the still images captured by this camera. These images can be saved onto a flash card or onto the digital tape. With perfect lighting, the images are good, but I have found that when the flash is needed, the images are completely over exposed. The red-eye reduction feature does not work at all to reduce red eye.
Please do not let these negatives taint my review. I love this camera but I wanted to put all the issues that I have found with it out there.
Related Links : Product by Amazon or shopping-lifestyle-20 Store