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Canon DC301 reviews: DVD storage SD camcorder

Convenient straight-to- DVD recording in a compact package. With near-instant Quick Start shooting and int... See full description.
  • SD
  • 1024x768 pixels

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product description

Convenient straight-to-DVD recording in a compact package. With near-instant Quick Start shooting and intuitive controls, moviemaking has never been easier.

  • 36x Advanced Zoom
  • Straight-to-DVD recording
  • Quick Start
  • Joystick controller
  • DVD-R Dual Layer
  • True Wide High Resolution 16:9 recording
  • DIGIC DV II
  • LCD video light
  • Capture photos to memory card

A DVD camcorder that makes moviemaking easy.

Canon 36x Advanced Zoom
The DC301 features a powerful 36x Advanced Zoom, benefiting from the unique combination of a genuine Canon Video Lens and super-fast DIGIC DV II processing.

Straight-to-DVD recording
Capture footage directly to DVD (-R/-RW/-R DL) for instant playback in almost any home DVD player. Simply finalise a finished DVD in-camera and you’re ready to go.

Instant shooting with Quick Start
Never miss life’s important moments again thanks to Quick Start. One push of the dedicated Quick Start button powers up the DC301 from Standby mode almost instantly – perfect for capturing all those unexpected events.

Intuitive control
An easy-to-use Joystick, positioned on the frame of the LCD screen, gives you complete control over every important shooting and playback option.

Record for longer
Compatibility with DVD-R Dual Layer media allows the DC301 to offer enhanced recording times. Perfect for long days out and extended breaks, it can store up to up to 108 minutes on an 8cm Dual Layer DVD. An optional high capacity battery extends shooting time further.

True Widescreen recording
With Canon’s True Wide High Resolution 16:9 recording system, the DC301 records stunning panoramic movies, ideal for playback on widescreen TVs. Perfectly compose and preview your movie on the 2.7” 16:9 LCD screen. Or use the wide 0.35” EVF (Electronic Viewfinder) to conserve battery power.

DIGIC DV II for photos and videos
Originally developed for the demands of High Definition recording, DIGIC DV II offers faster processing speeds and advanced noise reduction technology. With split path processing, video and photos are processed separately, ensuring that the colours of each look their best.

LCD video light
The LCD screen doubles as a handy video light when turned to face forwards. Providing welcome illumination in dark conditions, it allows recording to continue when ambient light is poor.

Advanced photo capture
Perfect for sharing, still images are captured to SD or SDHC (High Capacity) memory cards. Beautiful photos can be printed directly on printers with a compatible memory card slot.

product specification
Resolution quality SD
Resolution (Pixels) 1024x768 pixels
3D No
Optical zoom ratio 32x optical zoom
Media format DVD storage
Connections USB
Type of memory card SDHC card
Shape of camcorder Horizontally held
Digital zoom ratio 2000x digital zoom
Type of image stabiliser Electronic image stabiliser
Widescreen recording Yes
Shortest shutter speed 1/2000 min. shutter speed
Weight (g) 430g
Screen size 2.7"
Maximum aperture telephoto 4.6
Maximum aperture wide 2
Lowest focal length 40.5 Millimetres
Highest focal length 1450 Millimetres
Type of chip CCD chip
Release date 31 Mar 2008