Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Canon Ultura Mini-DV Camcorder

Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Canon Ultura Mini-DV Camcorder

Article excerpt

A few years ago, digital video cameras for the average person seemed to be something in the far-off future. Now, a trip to any electronics store will disprove that idea. Digital video is everywhere, costing only about as much as Hi-8 video did a couple of years ago. We began to wonder if there was substance to the hype about digital video.

In answer to our question, we had the opportunity to look at the Canon Ultura Mini-DV Camcorder. This model combines video and still camera functions in a very complete and compact package. Lightweight and easy to use, the camera has a very impressive 16X optical zoom lens. An Optical Image Stabilization feature keeps the picture steady and helps keep your videos free of Blair Witch Project-style camera shakiness. Still images, like video, are captured on a Mini DV videocassette. During playback, these still images will appear as a slide show, staying on screen for about six seconds. Narration can also be recorded if desired.

Like most camcorders on the market today, it also has a very nice, high-resolution 2.5" color LCD view screen to help in framing your shot. It even swivels and flips, allowing you to accurately capture just about anything without craning your neck. The eyecup viewfinder is also full color, unlike other camcorders whose viewfinders only display black and white.

Canon's FlexiZone AF/AE Image Control System lets you pinpoint a specific area of focus anywhere within the viewfinder. …

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