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Gadgets are a pet love of mine and compact has always intrigued me when it comes to cameras and mobiles, and so when it came to buying a camcorder for my month long trip in many different places across Europe, I decided to splash out and treat myself, and paid about £290 for the canon DC 10.
Now I will be the first to admit here and now my motives for buying this camera where pretty poor, yet my excuse for that is that when it comes to camcorders I know very little. Anyway I saw this camera on the web and bought it because of its minute size, well as far as camcorders go any way, I mean, it only weighs 0.9pounds.
Any way, about the camera, the Canon DC10 is a MiniDV-based camcorder. It seemed to be fairly expensive compared to other such mini-dv compact cameras, and I took that to be a good sign that it would be riddled with loads of features.
Indeed it did prove good, with an impressive effective resolution of 1.2 megapixels, this camera produced quality shots of my many locations, and the fact that I could easily slip it into my pockets made it even better for the traveller on the go.
The optical zoom was a little disappointing, being only 10X, which would probably make it perfect for family videos, however found it annoying when I tried to zoom in on peaks of mountains and buys hovering high above, finding that they still remained too far away to make any stunning movies.
My verdict for this small thing is that it contains all the features that you would expect for its price, and being ultra compact made it perfect for those day to day shots and holiday moments, however it is not the best value for money.
Exquisitely styled, delightfully slender and surprisingly lightweight, the 1.33 Megapixel DC10 records video and photos straight to DVD, for instant shooting and exciting in-camera edit possibilities.
At just 47mm wide, the DC10 is delightfully slim. The casing's solid construction adds durability to a surprisingly lightweight body. Key controls are easy to locate and operate.
Start shooting straight-to-DVD without rewinding or fast-forwarding tape. Thumbnails of each scene let you see at a glance which footage to share or quickly delete. Create playlists and group together favorite scenes and digital stills. Finalize the disc in-camera then play back on your home cinema.
A 1/4" 1.33 Megapixel CCD sensor and DIGIC DV processor ensure great quality video and digital stills. DIGIC DV's true split path processor renders stills and video separately for uncompromised output quality of both formats.
Canon's all-glass 10x zoom lens produces sharp, crystal clear results free of ghosting and smear. A built-in lens cap keeps out of the way and protects against dust and scratches.
True 16:9 Widescreen mode means your images will naturally fill the screen of a widescreen TV without cropping or stretching.
Electronic Image Stabilization suppresses the effect of vibrations and hand-held camera shake to keep images steady when you can't be. Particularly useful at high zoom ratios.
The DC10 has a fully functioning digital still camera built in. Special Scene modes assist with tricky lighting conditions. 9-point AiAF auto focus keeps even off-center subjects clear and sharp. Auto exposure bracketing helps get the perfect exposure with every shot. Capture the pace of action events with Continuous Shooting mode. Put an end to storage worries with capacity to write up to 8,000 images to a single DVD.
Connect direct to any PictBridge compatible photo printer and push the Print/Share button for quality photo prints without the computer.
USB 2.0 Hi-Speed connects the DC10 to computers for fast transfer of video and stills. You can even use the DC10 as an external DVD burner for making duplicates of your home movies.