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Canon DC40 DVD Camcorder

Life Enhanced

The name Canon has always meant photographic and broadcast television lenses with optical excellence, advanced image processing, and superb performance. And Canon digital video camcorders are no exception.
In fact, Canon digital camcorders include the latest advancement: a family of sophisticated and powerful DVD camcorders. With this innovative line, you experience all the image quality, convenience and compatibility of DVDs, in sleek and compactly designed camcorders.

With the DC40's 4.3 Megapixel CCD, you get Canon's top of the line DVD camcorder and one of the highest resolution camcorders in its price range. The Smooth Zoom feature ensures smooth, steady zooms automatically, while Level Shot helps you keep your camcorder level. Plus, a large widescreen LCD makes it easy to compose and review your video. The DC40 even lets you record and show your High Resolution Widescreen images on a standard TV, in letterbox format. With the DC40, you get all the sophistication and versatility you need for your dynamic lifestyle.

Record Direct to DVD

The DC40 digital camcorder gives you all the convenience and functionality of DVD technology, which includes a wide array of options for shooting and sharing your video. Only 3" (8cm) in diameter, the DC40's DVD -R/-RW discs are compatible with most DVD players and can store up to 30 minutes of video in standard mode and 60 minutes of video in long play mode. That's 120 minutes on a double-sided disc!

With the DC40's DVD technology, you no longer have to worry about mistakenly taping over a once-in-a-lifetime piece of video. Whenever your shoot, the DC40 automatically records onto a blank part of the DVD.

The DC40's DVD functionality also makes it possible for you to review your footage quickly and easily without the bother of rewind or fast-forward searching. With the camcorder's Visual Index, you can review your footage at a glance and play the selection you want. You can even select shots and arrange them into a playlist. It's like editing your video right in your camcorder!

What's more, the finalization process for these DVDs is quick and easy. It's just one more reason why you'll love recording direct to DVD with your DC40.

Roxio MyDVD Software

With your camcorder's Roxio MyDVD Software, you have everything you need to get the most out of the video you shoot. The software supplied with your camcorder enables you to edit your video. This way, you keep just your most precious shots and can let them tell the stories you want to tell. You can then create Chapter & Play menus so you can access and play just the video you want to watch. Then, it lets you burn DVDs so you can share the captured memories with all your friends and family.

Roxio MyDVD Software also makes it easy to share your video with its One Touch Dubbing feature (available only with Windows XP). With one touch of a button, your video is automatically captured to your PC and dubbed to a DVD. No one has to wait long for their copy.

Or, if your PC isn't equipped with a DVD drive, the software lets you capture your video to your computer and then burn a DVD using the camcorder itself.

Finally, Roxio MyDVD Software simplifies your life by letting you read unfinalized DVDs via your USB 2.0 Hi-Speed cable.

It's the software you need to get the most out of your DVD camcorder.

Convenience in a Compact Size

Like all of Canon's DVD camcorders, the DC40's optical excellence and advanced features come in a sophisticated, compact design. Its slim and comfortable design makes it easy to operate, carry or put in your coat pocket.

Widescreen HR Recording

The DC40 records true High Resolution Widescreen for picture perfect video. Canon's Widescreen HR Mode uses the entire width of the image sensor, capturing true 16:9 widescreen.

So why is the way you record widescreen images so important? Because you want an image made for widescreen, not adapted for widescreen. Widescreen is the future -- every HD television is widescreen.

The story of how we do it may be a bit technical, but the result is clear to see. Canon camcorders use the entire width of the image sensor to capture your precious video in true 16:9 format. What difference does this make? It's simple. With more pixels captured, you get better image quality. Other camcorders force the wider picture into a smaller space on the sensor -- giving you a less than true image, with fewer pixels and lower quality. With High Resolution recording on a Canon camcorder, the canals of Venice will be as grand as you remembered seeing them.

The viewfinder of your DC40 displays the image in a "letterbox" view -- from side to side and top to bottom, what you see will be what you get. No guessing and extra work when looking at an image that's distorted like a fun house mirror. Not only that, but the DC40's big, 2.7" LCD screen lets you see exactly what you're recording.

The DC40 also lets you show your great Widescreen HR video on a standard television in letterbox format.

Plus, to make it even easier, a Widescreen Button lets you switch from standard 4:3 to 16:9 Widescreen Mode at the touch of your finger. The widescreen feature can also be used in both Program Mode and Easy Recording Mode, as well as with the camcorder's advanced image stabilization.

Why shouldn't your camcorder shoot as wide as your widescreen TV? It should. The DC40 gives you the opportunity to own a camcorder that shoots as wide as your widescreen TV. And our competitors can't match the widescreen video you'll get from your Canon DC40.

You want your memories to last forever -- that's why you've taken the time to shoot them. And you want to shoot in widescreen format to get everything you can out of your new widescreen TV or home theater system. Remember -- widescreen is the future -- be sure you invest in that future with a Canon camcorder.

Canon Optical Performance

Because of Genuine Canon Optics, the name Canon is synonymous with unsurpassed optical performance. Brilliant optical quality is part of every Canon broadcast lens, 35mm film camera, digital camera and camcorder -- and the DC40 is no exception.

The DC40 comes with a 10x optical zoom lens, precisely matched to the camcorder's CCD and featuring high-quality glass with a unique, super spectra coating developed exclusively by Canon to reduce flare and ghosting for a clean image. Combined with the camcorder's powerful 200x digital zoom, the lens gives an impressive range of focal lengths. Use a shorter focal length to record the breathtaking landscape you discover on your vacation. Or, use a longer focal length to capture the expression on your child's face after he scores the winning goal.

Wide-Angle and Teleconverter Attachments

Image Stabilization

Wide-Angle and Teleconverter Attachments

For more creative flexibility, the DC40 can be enhanced with an optional 0.7x wide-angle attachment or an optional 1.5x teleconverter attachment -- giving you an even greater range of focal lengths. The result? More impressive landscapes, wildlife shots, and action close-ups.

Image Stabilization

The DC40's built-in high-quality image stabilizer allows you to shoot rock-steady video -- whether you're shooting sporting events, fun & games at a child's birthday party, or capturing a shot at a long focal length. It even works while panning and zooming. Thanks to Canon's expertise, the DC40's image stabilization system corrects camcorder shake instantly, thereby eliminating one of the telltale signs of amateur video.

Stunning Digital Photography

With Canon's DoubleShot technology and the DC40's many advanced photo features, you get both a digital video camcorder and digital still camera -- all rolled into one. What's more, the DC40's photo features make it a still camera that rivals other state-of-the-art digital cameras.

4.3 Megapixel CCD

The same 4.3 Megapixel CCD that ensures sharp, vivid video also gives you brilliant digital photographs.


Because Canon's exclusive DIGIC DV signal processing circuit processes video and still images differently, you get uncompromising image quality for both. Video and still images have different color requirements and DIGIC DV technology processes the two signals accordingly. That means digital photos are maximized for viewing on computer monitors and as prints.

9 Point Ai-AF

Auto Intelligent Auto Focus ensures sharp images and gives creative flexibility. Even when your subject isn't in the center of the frame, the DC40's Ai-AF will bring it into sharp focus.

High Speed Shutter

The DC40's 1/720 second shutter speed is ideal for shooting on bright, sunny days.

Auto Exposure Modes

Like any good digital still camera, the DC40 lets you choose from a range of exposure modes. Auto mode automatically sets the exposure, letting you concentrate on your subject. AV (aperture priority) mode lets you control depth of field by letting you choose the aperture. TV (shutter priority) mode lets you select the shutter speed for sharp, action shots. In P (program) mode, the camcorder adjusts camera settings automatically.

Image Effects

The DC40 lets you choose from the following effects to add creative flare to your photos: Vivid, Neutral, Low-Sharpening and Soft Skin Detail.

Motor Drive Mode

With this mode, your DC40 operates like a camera with a motor drive, for rapid fire shooting at 2.1 frames/second (2304x1736) or 3.8 frames/second (1632x1224). It's perfect for fast-action sports, or even faster kid-action!

Auto Exposure Bracketing

To capture the perfectly exposed shot, even under tricky lighting conditions, Auto Exposure Bracketing lets you automatically capture three photos -- one at normal exposure, one underexposed, and one overexposed.

Special Scene Modes

A wide selection of automatic exposure modes makes it easy to capture great photos -- and video -- under any conditions. Portrait mode ensures shallow depth of field for a pleasing background to your shots of friends and family. Sports mode stops the action with faster shutter speeds. Night mode is designed to give you great shots after the sun goes down. Snow and Beach modes compensate for bright surroundings and give you the proper exposure on your subject. Sunset mode results in vibrant, well-exposed colors for one of the toughest subjects to capture. Use Spotlight mode when your child is on stage and in the spotlight -- literally -- and you want to make sure the exposure is right for them. And, Fireworks mode records brilliant images of another tough subject: the holiday fireworks display.

Simultaneous Photo Recording

Capture e-mail ready digital photos to a memory card while you record video.

Built-in Flash with Red-Eye Reduction

Reduce red-eye for beautiful photos of friends and family.

Stitch Assist

Stitch Assist software lets you create an impressive panoramic image from a series of still images. Simply capture your panoramic scene in more than one image, and then download the images into your computer. Stitch Assist aligns and crops the images into a single, ultra-wide panoramic photograph.

Brilliant Video

4.3 Megapixel CCD

With its razor-sharp 4.3 Megapixel CCD, the DC40 is one of the highest resolution camcorders in its price range. The DC40's stunningly vivid video and color rival those of a 3 CCD camcorder. They are the result of the powerful 4.3 Megapixel CCD, plus Canon's advanced RGB Primary Color Filter. Other camcorders process color using a standard CMYG filter, resulting in duller colors. Canon's RGB filter separates light into its red, green and blue components resulting in natural-looking tones and vivid hues. Together, these two technologies ensure brilliant image quality that matches the camcorder's brilliant DVD functionality.


Because Canon's exclusive DIGIC DV signal processing circuit processes video and still images differently, you get uncompromising image quality for both. Video and still images have different color requirements and DIGIC DV technology processes the two signals accordingly. That means your video images are maximized for viewing on monitors and for projection. DIGIC DV is another of Canon's advanced technologies that help to make the DC40 an exceptional performer.

Smooth Zoom Control

With this innovative feature, you can always be sure of smooth, steady, professional looking zoom shots. Simply select one of three pre-set zoom speeds. Your DC40 will automatically control your zoom.

Level Shot Control

With this feature, it's easy to keep your camera level for more professional looking video. Simply press the Level Shot Control button, and a horizontal marker appears in your viewfinder. Line up any horizontal lines in your shot -- including the horizon, of course -- to the marker and you know your camcorder is level. Level Shot control also includes a center marker to help you center your subject in the viewfinder.

Low Light Performance

Some of the most magical shots are taken at the end of the day or long after the sun has set -- and you won't miss any of them, thanks to the DC40's bright Ultra Video Light. Plus, even under the darkest conditions, Canon's advanced Night Mode lets you to keep recording. Whether its your sleeping baby or a birthday cake lit by candles, the DC40 captures the special moments you want to keep.

Audio Excellence

Your home movie theater experience wouldn't be complete without audio quality that matched the DC40's image quality. That's why the DC40 records audio in Dolby Digital Stereo. Your friends and family will be impressed as the vivid memories you capture on disc come alive in the comfort of your living room.

Share Your Video

The DVD technology of the DC40 not only makes it easy to capture great images, it also makes it easy to share your video with family and friends.

To begin with, you can simply watch the video you've just shot by connecting your DC40 to your TV and viewing your unfinalized DVD. Or, finalize your DVD, then watch it on your TV by playing it in your DVD player. (Your DC40 comes with both S-Video and Composite output.)

You can also share your video by connecting your DC40 to your computer with the supplied USB cable. Then, with one touch of the Print & Share button, you can transfer your video footage to your hard drive.

Once your video is transferred, the supplied Roxio MyDVD Software lets you edit your footage, create a chapter and play menu, and burn your footage to additional DVDs. Plus, even if your computer doesn't have a DVD drive, you can still make DVDs to share by using your DC40 to create another DVD.

With your DC40 DVD camcorder, all your friends and family can enjoy the memories you've captured.

Print & Share

Print & Share turns your DC40 into a photo lab in the palm of your hand. Simply connect your camcorder directly to select Canon printers or any PictBridge-compatible printer with the supplied USB cable. Then, with a simple touch of the Print & Share button, you can print directly from your DC40 without going through a computer.

Print & Share also makes it easy to transfer your still images to your computer. Simply connect your DC40 and your computer, press the Print & Share button and your photos are downloaded to your computer.

miniSDTM Memory Card

You can also share your photos, thanks to the camcorder's miniSDTM Memory Card. Popularly used in today's newest cell phones and half the size of a standard SD card, the miniSDTM Card offers the benefit of high-capacity storage in a very small size.

Additional Features

-Dolby Digital Stereo Audio ensures your audio quality is as good as your image quality.

-Built-in Electronic Lens Cover means you never have to go looking for your lens cover again. Plus, you don't have the bother of your lens cap dangling from your camcorder.

-2.7" LCD Screen with Backlight makes it easy to compose and review your shots. The backlight feature gives you a bright, easy-to-see screen, even in direct sunlight.

-Easy Color Menu System has been newly designed, making it easier to operate your DC40.

-USB 2.0 Hi-Speed Terminal for fast transfer of video.

-Wireless Remote Control lets you operate your DC40 from a distance, so you won't be left out of the picture.

-Digital Effects/Fades add professional looking touches to your videos.

-Selectable Display Languages gives you the choice of English, as well as additional languages that include: Japanese, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Dutch, Danish, Portuguese, Swedish, Norwegian, Finnish and Korean.

-1 Year Parts And Labor Limited Warranty provides protection long after other manufacturers' warranties expire.


Audio Recording system Dolby Digital (2 Channels)
Image Sensor 1/2.8"-inch CCD, approx. 4,300,000 pixels
Effective pixels (movie): approx. 3,500,000 pixels (4:3)
approx. 2,990,000 pixels (16:9 IS* OFF)
approx. 2,740,000 pixels (16:9 IS* ON)
Effective pixels (still image): approx. 4,000,000 pi
Maximum recording time (single sided: 1.4GB) XP: 20min., SP: 30min., LP: 60min.
(double sided: 2.8GB) XP: 40min., SP. 60min., LP: 120min.
Lens f = 6.1-61 mm mm, f/1.8 - 3.0, 10x power zoom
Minimum Illumination 0.6 lx (using Night Mode)
Recommended Illumination More than 100 lx
AF System 37mm
Viewfinder 0.3 inch TFT Color, approx. 123,000 pixels
LCD Screen 2.7-inch TFT Color, approx. 123,000 pixels
Recording Media DVD-R/-RW
Dimensions 2.4x3.4x5.0in. (60x87x126mm) excluding protrusions
Weight (not including lens and battery pack) 1.1lb. (480g)
Note: * IS - Image Stabilization

What's In The Box:

-DC40 Camcorder
-DVD-R Disc
-Compact Power Adapter CA-570
-Battery Pack BP-208
-Wireless Controller WL-D86
-Stereo/Video Cable MTC-100
-USB Cable IFC-300PCU
-Digital Video Solution Disc for Windows and Macintosh
-Roxio MyDVD for Canon Software

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