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Canon FS100 camcorder

Mark Peters
CES report
Wednesday 9th, January 2008
Posted by: Mark Peters

Canon revitalizes the Standard Definition (SD) market with the launch of a stunning new camcorder that records movies to flash memory. The Canon Digital Video Camcorder FS100 is not only compact and power efficient - the FS100 is also graced with a stunning new sense of style. In fact, this designer camcorder is the ideal solution for all types of moviemaker: from teens in the park, to office workers on a night out and grandparents on holiday. Thanks to solid state memory, the Canon FS100 flash memory based camcorder offers the kind of storage capacity previously only seen in Hard Disk Drive (HDD) models, yet is housed in a body no larger than the size of a family digital camera.

Canon FS100

Canon FS100 camcorder - Memory
With ever-larger SDHC memory cards now on the market, users can easily increase the overall recording capacity of these models, all the while retaining the ability to just pick up and shoot when a card isn’t to hand. The Canon FS100 records to SD/SDHC memory cards only - compact and easily removable, they are ideal for sharing with friends and family. As Canon camcorders, all three models naturally benefit from class-leading video technologies, including the new 45x Advanced Zoom system.

Canon FS100 video camera - Latest technologies
“The FS series is a groundbreaking addition to Canon’s range of digital imaging devices, offering content creators and family moviemakers everywhere the ultimate in style, compactness and convenience,” said Mogens Jensen, Head of Canon Consumer Imaging Europe. “The style and good looks of each model are reminiscent of Canon’s popular range of compact digital still cameras - the introduction of flash memory recording demonstrates that Canon remains committed to refining and improving its camcorder range, bringing the latest technologies to every user.”

Canon FS100 digital camcorder - Video and Photo
Ideal for spontaneous shooting, the Canon FS100 records video and photos to standard SD or SDHC memory cards. Memory cards are an easy-to-share way of shooting since they can be easily removed from the camcorder and handed to friends and colleagues. Footage can also be easily uploaded to a computer using a compatible card reader or via a USB connection.

Canon FS100

Canon FS100 features
• Direct to SD/SDHC recording - perfect for sharing
• Stylish, lightweight design that incorporates a high resolution Megapixel CCD
• True Wide High Resolution 16:9 recording
• New 45x Advanced Zoom with genuine Canon video lens and;
• DIGIC DV II1 processor
• Compatible with Canon’s new standalone Canon DVD Burner DW-100
• New Intelligent battery system displays remaining recording time
• Still image capture to SD memory card
• Microphone input connection for superior quality audio
• Software Solution Disk and Application Disk supplied
• Stylish, lightweight design

Canon FS100 video cam - Lighter and Compact
Flash camcorders offer several key advantages. Along with lower power consumption and faster start up times, flash memory is physically smaller than tapes, DVDs, and Hard Disk Drives. This fact allows flash camcorders to be made significantly lighter and more compact - the FS series is ergonomic and refined, sitting comfortably in the palm of the hand. And since flash involves no moving parts, each camcorder can withstand bumps and knocks without endangering stored footage. FS series camcorders set a new benchmark in powerful imaging performance packaged in a truly compact design. Across the range, a Megapixel CCD provides superior image quality and True Wide High Resolution 16:9 recording. After the shoot, a 2.7” 16:9 LCD screen allows widescreen movies to be previewed in the correct dimensions.

Canon FS100

Canon FS100 digital Flash Memory cameras - Image processor
With a 45x Advanced Zoom, the Canon FS100 sets a new standard in the market. The Advanced Zoom system is an innovation that allows users to capture distant events – such as the action of a sports match - in perfect clarity. Combining the quality of a genuine Canon optical zoom lens with the processing power of the unique DIGIC DV II image processor, users can get closer to the action than ever before.

Canon FS100 - Lithium Ion battery system
To make sharing footage with friends and family even easier, the FS100 is compatible with Canon’s new standalone Canon DVD Burner DW-100. The burner connects directly to the camcorder, allowing videos to be copied to a full-size DVD without the need for a computer - the perfect accessory for anyone who enjoys sending movies to distant relatives and friends. A new Intelligent lithium-ion battery system displays exactly how much recording time is left. Accurate to the minute, the system makes it easier to monitor available power and therefore avoid running out at the crucial moment. Writing to flash memory has a far lower power requirement than other recording formats, too - over three hours of shooting is possible with the supplied battery pack.

Canon FS camcorder - Digital photography features
Combining video recording with advanced digital photography features, the Canon FS100 captures high quality stills. Photos are easily transferred to a computer via USB. A Canon Solution Disk, supplied with every model, helps users store, enhance and manage their digital still photos. Each FS series model features a microphone input connection, allowing superior quality audio to be captured. By attaching an external microphone, users are better able to record a strong soundtrack in otherwise challenging circumstances - at a school concert for instance, or similar occasions when ambient noise might otherwise interfere with what is being recorded.

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