Digital Camcorders




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Marketed April 1998
Original Price 198,000 yen

The CV11, measuring 11.85 (w) x 8.55 (h) x 5.57 (d) cm and weighing only 605 grams (with battery), features a horizontally oriented stylish design and simple operation, making the taking of videos more enjoyable and hassle-free. The compact size and durable construction of the new camcorder permits it to be carried easily in waist pouches and hand bags, or hung around the neck with the neck strap.

The CV11 is equipped with an 11x optical zoom lens with 44x digital zoom, and offers users two recording modes: a movie mode, for shooting full motion video, and a photo mode, for taking digital still images. The back of the camcorder features a 2.5″ LCD screen with 180,000 pixels. The screen can be adjusted up to 180o, facilitating a wide range of shot angles, even allowing users to tape themselves.

Other features include a built-in lens cover and standby switch to protect the lens and conserve battery power during recording breaks, a 1/4″ 470,000-pixel CCD (charge-coupled device) sensor with electronic image stabilization, and seven programmed AE (auto-exposure) modes.

Power Supply
7.2 V DC
(While recording,
with AF turned on)
5.9 W
Television system EIS standard (525 lines, 60 fields)
NTSC color signal
recording system
2 rotary heads, helical scanning
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 1/4″ CCD (charge coupled device)
470,000 pixels (304,000 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 min. cassette);
LP : 90 minutes (with a 60 min. cassette)
Fast forward /
rewind time
Approx. 2 min. 50 sec. (with a 60 min. cassette)
Lens F/1.8-2.5, 11x power zoom, 3.9-42.9mm
Focusing system TTL autofocus, manual focusing possible
focusing distance
1 cm (3/8 inch) on maximum wide angle
shutter speed
1/8,000 sec
4.0 lx (using the Low Light program)
More than 100 lx
LCD screen 2 1/2″ measured diagonally (6.4 cm), 180,000 pixels (approx.)
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 :
-11.5dBV, less than 3 kohms, unbalanced

temperature range
32-104 °F (0-40 °C)
Dimensions 118.5 x 85.5 x 55.7mm
(4 11/16 x 3 3/8 x 2 3/16 in)
Weight 530 g (1 lb 3 oz)