Pocket DV now a reality

Canon has announced the Elura 2MC, a DV camcorder the size of a wallet. It also weighs just over a pound, even with the tape and battery included. The Elura 2MC includes most of the features found in Canon’s much large cameras – including a 680,000 pixel Progressive Scan CCD, a 10x optical zoom lens (40x digital), and image stabilization technology. The camera has a 2.5-inch 200,000 pixel LCD screen and includes a full set of automatic and manual controls for focus, exposure, white balance and shutter speed. The camera also supports 16-bit stereo sound. Captured media is stored on conventional miniDV tapes – or on MultiMediaCards in the case of still images. The Elura 2MC will become available in the US in September and costs $1,799 (around £1,200). The Elura 2, which drops the MultiMediaCard slot, will appear in October in the US and will cost $1,599 (around £1,050). UK pricing and release dates have not been announced yet.

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