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Canon Announces 2.2 Megapixel DV Cameras

From Canon’s press release:

Whether capturing the fireworks at a July fourth celebration or the expression of a child eating ice cream, Canon’s new vertically designed Optura 500 and Optura 400 Mini DV 2.2-megapixel camcorders provide consumers with high quality video and photos in a compact and easy-to-use package. Incorporating Canon’s DV Photo Plus technology, these eye-catching camcorders are shorter and smaller than their predecessors, take advantage of Genuine Canon Optics and advanced photo features often found in Canon’s line of PowerShot and EOS digital cameras.

“Two-in-one camcorders have become increasingly popular as technology provides consumers with these options,” said Yukiaki Hashimoto, senior vice president and general manager of the consumer imaging group at Canon USA, Inc., a subsidiary of Canon Inc. “Canon’s technological innovations and ability to seamlessly marry these two functions results in breakthrough products like the new Optura 400 and Optura 500 Mini DV camcorders. This is just the beginning for Canon in this arena.”

DV Photo Plus: The Symbol of Advanced Technology
At the core of the Optura 500 and Optura 400 camcorders’ imaging excellence is Canon’s DV Photo Plus. Encompassing the company’s core imaging essentials, DV Photo Plus integrates Genuine Canon Optics; a 2.2-megapixel CCD image sensor, the exclusive DIGIC DV Image Processor, and Print and Share that makes it easy to print photos directly from a printer, or transfer them to a computer at the touch of a button.

Advanced Photo Features
With the Optura 500 and Optura 400 camcorders, users are able to capture sharp, high-quality two megapixel photo images that are e-mail ready. Additionally, the camcorders are equipped with simultaneous photo-recording which enables consumers to record high-quality video to the camcorders’ SD Memory Card while capturing digital still images without interrupting video recording.

Other photo features of the Optura 500 and Optura 400 Mini DV camcorders include: