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Canon’s Vistura DV to zoom into market – Canon U.S.A. Inc. Vistura DV, digital camcorder

Canon’s Vistura DV to zoom into market – Canon U.S.A. Inc. Vistura DV, digital camcorder – Product Announcement

Andrea Dudrow

Canon U.S.A. Inc. last week announced the Vistura DV, a new digital camcorder that will come with a 16x optical zoom lens and the company’s new Shift Optical Image Stabilization System.

The Vistura DV, due in September for $1,999, will capture both video and digital still images and record them to a standard Mini-DV cassette. The device will feature 64x digital zoom capabilities and a 2.8-inch LCD viewfinder with 190,000 pixels.

Canon’s FlexiZone AF/AE Image Control System will be included in the Vistura DV. Photographers will be able to use controls to position a frame within the viewfinder and to specify an exposure or focus area, the company said.

The camcorder will feature a built-in Auto Editing function that will let users edit video or still sequences directly from the camera, Canon said. The Vistura DV will communicate with a VCR through an infrared control, allowing photographers to edit sequences during playback while recording them to a VHS tape.

Canon said the camcorder will program up to 20 scenes at a time. A preview function will let users change the order of scenes before they are recorded.

The Vistura DV will come with a FireWire connector and feature terminals for composite- and S-video-out. Other features will include a selection of digital effects and fades, 16-bit stereo sound and shutter speeds ranging from 1/60 to 1/8000 of a second.

Canon U.S.A. Inc. of Lake Success, N.Y., is at (516) 488-6700 or (800) 652-2666; fax (516) 328-4859; www.canondv.com.

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