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Marketed March 1999
Original Price 210,000 yen

The stylish PV1 delivers superior imaging performance despite its small, sleek design. The model is equipped with an Optical Image Stabilizer employing Canon’s original lens shift image-stabilizing technology. The system compensates for camera shake-a common occurrence when shooting by hand or in a moving vehicle-to ensure smooth, steady, natural-looking images in all shooting modes. The innovative lens-shift system also contributes to the camcorder’s compact, lightweight body and, unlike electronic image-stabilizing methods used in competitive models, optically corrects camera shake, resulting in absolutely no degradation of image resolution.

A Progressive Scan CCD image sensor realizes high-resolution video and still images. Each and every light-gathering pixel on the CCD is used to produce a full-frame video image 60 times per second. Conventional interlace-type CCDs only create a half frame of image data alternately every 60th of a second, which can result in an annoying image flicker on the television screen when the playback is paused. By contrast, Canon’s Progressive Scan CCD enables users to capture sharp, blur-free still images even when shooting rapidly moving subjects.

Power Supply
7.2 V DC
(While recording,
with AF turned on)
5.9 W (Using viewfinder),
6.8 W (Using LCD screen)
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″ Progressive Scan CCD (charge 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 : 80 minutes (with a 80 min. cassette);
LP : 120 minutes (with a 80 min. cassette)
Fast forward /
rewind time
Approx. 2 min. 50 sec. (with a 60 min. cassette)
Lens F/1.6-2.5, 12x power zoom, 4.1-49.2 mm
Focusing system TTL autofocus, manual focusing possible
focusing distance
1 cm (3/8 inch) on maximum wide angle Telephoto end : 80 cm (2 ft 8 in); intermediate zoom position : 1 m (3 ft 4 in )
shutter speed
1/4,000 sec
3 lx (using the low light program)
More than 100 lx
Filter diameter 30.5 mm
Viewfinder 0.55″, color LCD(approx. 113,000 pixels)
LCD screen 2.5″ 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 :
-10dBV, less than 3 kohms, unbalanced

temperature range
32-104 °F (0-40 °C)
Dimensions 61 x 128 x 108 mm (2 3/8 x 5 x 4 1/4 in)
Weight 590 g (1lb 4 3/4 oz approx.)