Canon DC20 makes DVD Camcorders Smaller

by Keith

Canon DVD Camcorders

Especially for vacation-goers; Currently only retailed in Singapore, Canon released two new models of DVD camcorders – DC10 and DC20. The release of these models is intented to capture the market, and gain a strong foothold in where it is packed with competitve challengers, such as Sony, Hitachi and Panasonic. To ensure it is the ONE, DC10 and DC20 are designed to boast the smallest, slimmest and most well-built DVD camcorders available.

Since the focus is on DC20, the better of the two, the Canon DC20 offers a sharpe 2.2-megapixel image sensor with RGB primary color filter, and the addition of an inbuilt flash and a mini video light. Both camcorders feature 10x optical zoom, that can be enhanced digitally to 200x. It has a 16:9 widescreen recording, electronic image stabilizer for smooth video recording, a rotating 2.5-inch LCD screen, USB 2.0 connection for rapid file transfers to and fro your computer, and most importantly Canon’s highly acclaimed DIGIC DV imaging processor – the award winning processor responsible for the surge in the success of Canon’s imaging prowess is integrated in the new DC10 and DC20 DVD camcorders.

The most convenient feature of DC20 (and DC10) is the DVD recording media. By replacing the recording medium with recordable 8cm DVD-R/-RW media instead of DV tapes, users can have more control over all recording functions because recordings are all filed as scenes and only written to blank space, similar to that of a set-top DVD recorder unit. This means all unwanted scenes can be easily deleted to reclaim storage space. Due to the highly organized fashion of indexing, playback of footage is also a lot quicker than with tape-based camcorders. Other benefits include four different modes of footage management with the one-touch customized dubbing from camcorder to PC, record captured footage directly to DVD with the camcorder connected to a PC, use a PC to read DVDs that are not yet finalized by the camcorder, and instant playback on any DVD player with discs that are finalized by the camcorder. From these comparisons drawn, DVD camcorders are clearly more versatile than its tape-based devices.


  • Recording Media (Video): 8cm DVD-R/RW
  • Recording Media (Stills): miniSD card
  • Disc Recording Time (Single Sided): 20 / 30 / 60 mins (XP / SP / LP)
  • Disc Recording Time (Double Sided): 40 / 60 / 120 mins (XP / SP / LP)
  • Image Sensor: 1.33 / 2.20 megapixels (DC10 / DC20)
  • 2.5-inch TFT LCD
  • Electronic Image Stabilization (Video only)
  • 9-point AiAF (Stills only)
  • White Balance: Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten and Fluorescent
  • Maximum Shutter Speed: 1/2000s
  • Power Suppy: 7.4DC Battery Pack
  • Dimensions: 48 x 86 x 122 mm (W x H x D)
  • Weight: Approx. 415g

Retailing for about USD$1,105, the 415g Canon DC20 is an excellent DVD camcorder for its vivid color reproduction and vibrancy.

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