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Old July 28th, 2005, 07:41 AM   #16
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So Sony has an HD cam that's streeting at around $1800, JVC is producing MPEG2 hard drive cams with massive recording capabilities, Panasonic and JVC are both getting set to offer hi-end 24P HD cams with what promise to be amazing capabilities and Canon's big new technology push is the addtion of... 2 DVD camcorders.

Man, I like Canon, I really do. But it does seem like if you want the latest technology in camcorders and you're a Canon fan, you wait 2 years and then make the purchase. My fingers are still crossed that they pull out an HDV Optura this year, but my hopes are fading.

DVD cams. Ugh.

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Old July 28th, 2005, 08:08 AM   #17
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Canon USA site updated!

It's official, two new Opturas have been announced...

see the Canon USA press release at:

http://usa.canon.com/templatedata/pr...optura600.html

and see also the main Canon DV product page index:

http://www.canondv.com
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Old July 28th, 2005, 08:11 AM   #18
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Details on the new Optura 600 and S1:

http://www.dvinfo.net/canonoptura/index.php

Lengthier descriptions and more details at:

http://www.dvinfo.net/canonoptura/articles/lineage4.php
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Old July 28th, 2005, 08:16 AM   #19
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Heh, just noticed this copy in the press release:

"The CCD in the Optura 600 camcorder works alongside an RGB Primary Color Filter ..."

I sure hope the CCD doesn't work alongside the color filter! It better be working behind the filter! Not the best choice of words there.
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Old July 28th, 2005, 10:15 AM   #20
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Nice catch Chris!

Canon really keeps these things under wraps don't they? Looks like it surprised even the US Canon web designer, and I quote:
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The Optura 600 is "A Double Agen with Timeless Style"
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Old July 28th, 2005, 11:07 AM   #21
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Yeah, I saw that too and had to make a screen grab of it just for grins... it must be hard doing a product launch!
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Old July 28th, 2005, 01:31 PM   #22
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Just added...

Images of the Optura S1:

http://www.dvinfo.net/canonoptura/images/ops1images.php

Images of the Optura 600:

http://www.dvinfo.net/canonoptura/im...p600images.php

They're relatively low-res files; I'll update them first thing next week with some better quality images.
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Old July 29th, 2005, 07:16 AM   #23
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why weren't these cams introduced at dvexpo east, i would have loved to see that 1/2.8 inch chip in action, boy that sucker is huge...video performance must be out of this world..

to bad there is no manual mode or optical stabilization...this chip in a optura 60 body would be a best seller
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Old October 27th, 2005, 08:45 PM   #24
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Design Technica review of Optura 600

Not a bad write-up at all. I hadn't heard of this site before. Pretty detailed review, except I didn't see them mention the size of the CCD (it's 1/2.8").

http://reviews.designtechnica.com/re...ntro15962.html
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