Digital Camcorders




  • Japan
  • Americas
  • Europe, Asia, Oceania
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Marketed March, 2001
Original Price 160,000 yen

Canon’s new FV20 utilizes a new data-compression format that enables the high-density compression of recorded images to make possible 3x extended recording. When using an 80-minute DV tape, for example, the feature permits users to record and play back four hours of footage, realizing extended carefree shooting without having to worry about running out of video tape. The camcorder also incorporates a memory card slot that accommodates both MMC (MultiMediaCard) and SD (Secure Digital) memory card recording-media formats for the easy and convenient capturing of still images on memory cards.

The FV20’s proprietary compact camera-signal-processing LSI and compact mechanical chassis contribute to a compact and lightweight body and the graceful, curving body design, including translucent highlights located on the operating panel, realize a slim and refined look and feel.

Illumination, a newly added function, provides a touch of added style during use by lighting up the operating panel located on the side of the FV20 when the ON switch is engaged.

The ultra-compact lens of the new Canon camcorder incorporates two aspherical lens elements and delivers 10x optical zoom and, through the digital zoom function, 200x digital zoom. The model also features image stabilization, which cancels out the effects of camera shake to ensure smooth and steady video images, even when shooting in the telephoto range. A 2.5″, 112,000-pixel TFT color LCD view screen also contributes to the FV20’s outstanding cost performance.

Power Supply
7.4 V DC (Battery)
9.5 V DC (DC IN)
(While recording,
with AF turned on)
3.7 W (Using viewfinder),
4.5 W (Using LCD screen)
Television system EIA standard (525 lines, 60 fields) NTSC color signal
recording system
3 rotary heads, helical scanning
SD/SDL system
recording system
PCM digital sound :
2xSP and 3xSP
12 bit (32kHz/2ch)
Image sensor 1/4″ CCD (charge coupled device) 460,000 pixels (290,000 effective pixels)
Tape format Videocassettes bearing the Mini DV mark.
Tape speed 2xSP : 3/8 ips (9.41 mm/s);
3xSP : 1/4 ips (6.28 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. 30 sec. (with a 60 min. cassette)
Lens F/1.8-2.9, 10x power zoom, 4.2-42.0 mm
Focusing system TTL autofocus, manual focusing possible
focusing distance
1 m (3ft 3 3/8 in.), 1 cm(3/8 in.) on maximum wide angle.
shutter speed
1/8,000 sec
(1/250 when using memory card)
21 lx (using the low light program)
More than 100 lx
Filter diameter 30.5 mm
Viewfinder 0.44″, TFT color LCD (approx. 113,000 pixels)
LCD screen 2.5″ measured diagonally, TFT color, approx. 112,000 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 :
-3.5 mm (L, R)10dBV, less than 3 kohms, unbalanced

Input 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 :
3.5 mm (L, R), unbalanced -10dBV/47 k ohms (LINE), unbalanced

Microphone terminal :
3.5 mm stereo mini-jack, – 61 dBV (with 600 ohms mic)/ at least 5 k ohms (MIC)

temperature range
32-104 °F (0-40 °C)
Dimensions 57 x 102 x 134 mm (2 1/4 x 4 x 5 1/4 in)
Weight 540 g (1lb 3 oz approx.)