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Marketed September 1997
Original Price 235,000 yen

The MV1 includes a lens-unit equipped with a 14x optical zoom, the largest optical zoom ratio available in a digital camcorder, and a 35x digital zoom, as well as an optical image stabilizer. It also features a progressive scan CCD (charge-coupled device), the first ever in a camcorder, which is capable of scanning an entire frame image in 1/60th of a second, with an RGB primary color filter offering superior spectral diffraction, making possible natural color reproduction and an improved signal-to-noise ratio.

The MV1 is equipped with Canon’s two newly developed digital integrated circuits, allowing users to select from three recording modes–a field movie mode, a frame movie mode, and a photo mode–depending on the intended purpose of the images. Regardless of which mode is used, the new camcorder provides high vertical and color resolution comparable to more advanced 3CCD systems used in professional equipment.

The body of the MV1 utilizes the same ergonomics employed in Canon’s SLR cameras, providing comfortable, easy-to-use operation and stable image recording. The color viewfinder allows precise framing and the tilting color liquid-crystal display provides users with freedom in selecting shot angles.

Power Supply
7.2 V DC
(While recording,
with AF turned on)
7.1 W
Television system EIS standard (525 lines, 60 fields) NTSC color signal
recording system
2 rotary heads, helical scanning system DV system (Consumer digital VCR SD system) Digital component recording
recording system
PCM digital sound :
16 bit (48kHz/2ch), 12 bit (32kHz/4ch)
Image sensor 1/3″ Progressive Scan CCD (charged coupled device)
380,000 pixels (360,000 effective pixels)
Tape format Videocassettes bearing the Mini DV mark.
Tape speed SP : 3/4 ips (18.81 mm/s);
LP : 1/2 ips (12.56 mm/s)
recording time
SP : 60 minutes (with a 60 minute cassette);
LP : 90 minutes (with a 60 minute cassette)
Fast forward /
rewind time
Approx. 2 mins. 50 sec. (with a 60 minute cassette)
Lens F/1.8-3.2, 14X power zoom, 5.2-72.8 mm
Focusing system TTL autofocus, manual focusing possible
focusing distance
1 cm (3/8 inch) on maximum wide angle
shutter speed
1/2,000 sec
2.5 lx (using the slow shutter at 1/8 sec)
More than 100 lux
Filter diameter 49 mm
Viewfinder 0.55″, color LCD (approx. 113,000 pixels)
LCD screen 2″ measured diagonally (5.1 cm), approx. 113,000 pixels
Microphone Stereo electret condenser microphone
DV Terminal Special 4-pin connector (conforms to IEEE1394)
Output level

Video terminal :
1 Vp-p/75 ohms unbalanced

S-video terminal :
1 Vp-p (Y signal), 0.286 Vp-p (C signal)

Audio terminal :
-10dBV, less than kohms, unbalanced

temperature range
32-104 °F (0-40 °C)
Dimensions 138 x 106 x 133 mm
(5 7/16 x 4 3/16 x 5 1/4 in)
Weight 930 g (2lbs approx.)