Digital Camcorders




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Marketed September 1999
Original Price 340,000 yen

The Canon XV1 effectively overcomes this problem through its newly developed Video L (Luxury)-series lens. Employing Canon’s state-of- the-art lens technology, it comprises a fluorite element, which realizes virtually ideal correction of chromatic aberrations. The exclusive Canon lens realizes image quality that rivals professional equipment, making possible 20x optical zoom with sharp images free of color-blur.

The camcorder’s three 1/4″ CCD image sensors deliver high sensitivity and a high dynamic range. Each CCD separately processes each of the three primary colors red, green and blue. Light that passes through the lens is separated by a beam-splitting optical prism into its primary components and is sent to its own CCD. The process achieves outstanding detail and faithful color reproduction.

Advanced CCD technology called Pixel Shift realizes outstanding clarity, natural color, a wide dynamic range, reduced vertical smear and crisp still images. By horizontally shifting the green CCD by one-half pixel and then electronically shifting the green signal vertically by one pixel, Pixel Shift maximizes the system’s 270,000-pixel CCDs, achieving high resolution comparable to 410,000-pixel CCD systems.

Power Supply
7.2 V DC
(While recording,
with AF turned on)
6.7 W (Using viewfinder),
7.4 W (Using LCD screen)
Television system EIA 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 (48 kHz/2 ch), 12 bit (32 kHz/4 ch)
Image sensor 3 CCD 1 /4″ Pixel Shift (charge coupled device)
270,000 pixels (250,000 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 an 80 min. cassette);
LP : 120 minutes (with an 80 min. cassette)
Fast forward /
rewind time
Approx. 2 min. 50 sec. (with a 60 min. cassette)
Lens F/1.6-2.9, 20x power zoom, 4.2-84 mm
Focusing system TTL autofocus, manual focusing possible
focusing distance
10 mm (3/8 inch) on maximum wide angle;
telephoto end : 1 m (3 ft 4 in )
shutter speed
1/15,000 sec.
6 lx (using the auto program)
More than 100 lx
Filter diameter 58 mm
Viewfinder 0.55″, color LCD (approx. 180,000 pixels)
LCD screen 2.5″ measured diagonally (6.4 cm), approx. 122,000 pixels
Microphone Stereo electret condenser microphone
DV Terminal Special 4 pin connector (conforms to IEEE 1394)
Output level

Video terminal :
3.5 mm, 1 Vp-p/75 ohms unbalanced

S-video terminal :
4 pin mini DIN, 1 Vp-p (Y signal), 0.286 Vp-p (C signal)

Audio terminal :
3.5 mm 4 dBm (47 k ohms load)/3 k ohms or less, unbalanced

Input level

Audio terminal :
3.5 mm (L, R) 0 dBV/47 k ohms (LINE ATT), unbalanced
-10 dBV/47 k ohms (LINE), unbalanced

Microphone terminal :
3.5 mm stereo mini-jack,
-55 dBV (with 600 ohms mic) (MIC)/600 ohms
-35 dBV (with 600 ohms mic) (MIC ATT)/600 ohms

temperature range
32°-104°F (0°-40°C)
Dimensions 117 x 135 x 272 mm
(4 5/8 x 5 3/8 x 10 3/4 in )
Weight 1.25 kg (2 lbs 12 1/8 oz approx. )