Canon DC10 DVD Camcorder
Manufacturer: Canon Part number: 0744B001
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- Average user rating: 2.5 stars out of 7 reviews
- 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 ... Read more
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Unreliable, Crashes frequently. Loses data.
by Dad_1960 on February 19, 2006
Pros: small and light, nice conversation piece
Cons: DVD eedia is unstable, loses video footage by wiping out entire disks. Small battery.
Summary: It was a mistake to buy this camera. The technology for using DVD Camcorders is not mature. Several times, I have encountered disk errors, which wipe out all of the ...
Summary: It was a mistake to buy this camera. The technology for using DVD Camcorders is not mature. Several times, I have encountered disk errors, which wipe out all of the footage that is recorded on the media.
One time, I turned the power off while the disk was still spinning. It caused a disk error that lost all of the data on the DVD.
Another time, I started the camera up with the Movie/Still switch in Still Mode without a SD card in the slot. It took about 10 minutes for the camera to initialize. Afterwards, it issued an error message that there was no media, followed by an error that the data was unrecoverable. Again, it wiped out all of the footage that was already on the DVD.
The cost of the media is high. It is about $2-$3 per DVD. Each one records only about 20 minutes.
The small battery is hidden inside the cavity behind the display. Canon estimates that the battery will run for about 40 minutes of recording time. I have never confirmed if this is true. Extra batteries are about $70 each.
A few months ago, this model of camcorder was over $700. Today, you can purchase it for around $450. I think that it is becoming steeply discounted because so many users are unhappy with it. I would return mine, but it has been more than 30 days since I purchased it.
5 out of 6 users found this user opinion helpful.
Awesome, very user friendly
by josare on December 13, 2005
Pros: Fast and easy to use
Cons: could use a camcorder light
Summary: I just bought my dvd camcorder and have recorded my first dvd, it's awesome to use, very compact fits in the palm of your hand. I have an old ...
Summary: I just bought my dvd camcorder and have recorded my first dvd, it's awesome to use, very compact fits in the palm of your hand. I have an old magnavox dvd player, I just popped in my newly recorded dvd and it worked right away. Here are the steps 1 you record your dvd video 2 you FINALIZE the dvd by pressing the FINALIZE button 3 you remove the dvd from your DVC camcorder 4 you play it on your DVD player and watch on your tv, it' that easy.
I recommend you read the manual though don't try to figure it out, when finalzing the dvd video you need to connect the Camcorder to electrical outlet the manual states do not finalize video with camcorder battery only.
4 out of 4 users found this user opinion helpful.
Very Good Camcorder for the Price!
by realdrgeek on June 24, 2006
Pros: Very Small - Compact - Easy To Use
Cons: Poor Low-Light Recording - Very Shaky quality when using Telephoto Zoom (Indoors Only)
Summary: So Far - So Good - I purchased the DC10 at Costco for $400.00. Yes - you can buy a better Camcorder - for twice as much money - ...
Summary: So Far - So Good - I purchased the DC10 at Costco for $400.00. Yes - you can buy a better Camcorder - for twice as much money - but for $400.00 it a pretty dare good camcorder and deal. Read the Manual! Record Only in -R Mode for important moments - only Finialize with the Power Cord - DO NOT FINIALIZE WITH THE BATTERY. Very easy to use - very easy to create DVD's for viewing. Very shaky video quality when shooting Telephoto Zoom (indoors only) HOLD the camera very steady under these conditions. Excellent outdoor quality! Yes - Battery Life is short - but I received two with my purchase. I'm sold!
3 out of 3 users found this user opinion helpful.
Pretty careless experience
by kammack on December 7, 2007
Pros: good video quality, nothing more, nothing less...
Cons: menus a bit too heavy to work with
Summary: I think it never allows you to start finalizing if the AC is not switched ON, But disconnecting AC while finalizing is bad news. That`s time and power consuming ...
Summary: I think it never allows you to start finalizing if the AC is not switched ON, But disconnecting AC while finalizing is bad news. That`s time and power consuming process and if it runs out of power before completing, bye bye data...
I have shot 100+ cheap -R discs, LP mode on most of them, 2 lost data, not a bad percentage overall...
Once I dropped it on a wooden floor from about 1.5 meters while walking and shooting. The disc finalized and the drop was recorded flawlessly.
Even il LP mode (1 hour disc record) the video quality is decent. XP/SP/LP can be switched at any time.
Fits in any pocket.
I use it 3 years with no service required, battery life still good (I have 2),it`s a well built product.
Hundreds and hundreds 1280/768 stills can be shot on a single disc, or on a miniSD card while shooting video, but I never got SD, I use the disc.
Apart from that: Sometimes it takes long time from switch ON to start shooting.
Menus a bit clumsy - go to an on/off option, select it, enters an on/off menu move to "on", select it, time passes....
Somting always must be changed - put a new battery, in few minutes the disc is over - change the disc...
Lens angle not wide enough, and check the wide converter`s price.
Never get too far from a power outlet, that laser is powerthursty.
Oh I forgot to mention that`s my first cam I`ve ever had, can`t compare it with anothers, may be worse than I think.
Ovwerall look for a carrying bag, 2 batteries and a disc pack in one kit on a good price.
1 out of 1 users found this user opinion helpful.
Excellent camera for the price, but pick your media CAREFULLY!
by NetFu on March 24, 2007
Pros: Thinnest DVD camcorder, Incredibly sharp/clear video, Clean sound
Cons: Poor quality DVD-R/RW's can cause crashes and video loss, Video colors seem dull compared to the oversaturated colors of Sony HandiCams
Summary: Two things to keep in mind on my review: One, I'm a longtime Sony HandiCam customer going back to the video-8 days (before Hi-8), and have purchased 4 Sony ...
Summary: Two things to keep in mind on my review: One, I'm a longtime Sony HandiCam customer going back to the video-8 days (before Hi-8), and have purchased 4 Sony HandiCam's over the years (and still own a Hi-8). Two, I'm not writing this review a week or a month after I bought this camera like most reviewers, I'm writing it 15 months after, basing my review on a lot more experience and experimentation.
I took a chance on a Canon video camera for two reasons: Sony HandiCams similar to the DC10 were significantly inferior in features and way more expensive. I paid $400 for the DC10, and the Sony HandiCam with features about one level lower than the DC10 was over $600. The choice was obvious.
I purchased the camera with JVC DVD-R media, mainly because the DVD-RW media was hard to get and very expensive at the time. Out of 5 discs, the camera crashed when finalizing one of them and I lost all the video on it. Luckily it was only 30 minutes, but I was really mad. Also, the video colors seemed really dull, not vibrant enough. So, I used the DC10 only sparingly for family stuff and depended more on my great quality Olympus digital camera.
So, about 6 months later I used only about 2 discs for video (not much for a Dad with 3 little kids), but I'm in Fry's where I bought the camera, and I notice there's now half of an aisle full of DVD video camera media, including DVD-RW. One of the downsides of DVD-R's is it's like using a tape-based video camera that you can't overwrite, so I bought a pack of Sony DVD-RW media. After taking a bunch of test video, the experience with this camera is much better because of the media.
The Sony media is honestly better quality than the JVC media and I haven't had anything close to the lock-ups I had in the past when I almost or did lose video. DVD-RW's are easier to work with on this cameara and on computers -- pop the DVD-RW into your computer, drag-and-drop the movie files to your computer for processing and burning to the final full-sized DVD, then pop the empty DVD-RW back into the camera for more video-taking.
Also, the colors seemed "dull" when I first bought it because I was honestly used to years of seeing the oversaturated video from Sony Handicams. Compare the video from this camera to the original, and it's almost 100% accurate color. Sony Handicam video is way more oversaturated, I guess so it looks more "vivid". If you like that oversaturated, inaccurate color in your video, you won't like the DC10. If you just want super-sharp video with accurate colors, the DC10 is great, especially for the price.
The bottom line with ANY DVD video cameras is this: don't go cheap on the media, unless you want to risk losing it. It's the same with el-cheapo CD-R's on a computer where one out of every five is garbage and goes straight into the trash, except with DVD video cameras you don't KNOW you have a piece of garbage until you finalize it, and at that point you've lost possibly valuable video.
Waste of money - should have purchased a sony
by ises96 on October 7, 2006
Pros: the images are beautiful when the camera works
Cons: 9 out of 10 times used - all data has been lost
Summary: I want to warn anyone who may be thinking of purchasing a Canon DC-10 not to do it. It has been a completely frustrating experience. I wish I had read ...
Summary: I want to warn anyone who may be thinking of purchasing a Canon DC-10 not to do it. It has been a completely frustrating experience. I wish I had read the reviews before trusting my local camera shop's recommendation. I was planning to purchase a Sony - but they talked me out of it. It was a hard $700 lesson to learn. I plan to purchase a Sony in spite of the fact that this camera is only 6 months old. I am no longer willing to risk the loss of my memories. Kids are only little for a short time. I think a class action law suit needs to be filed against Canon. There is something on their website about how this camera can lose data under certain circumstances. In my experience, this camera loses data ALL THE TIME without warning. I have gotten no help with this problem from my local camera shop or from Canon.
Too delicate of a camera.
by suesroy on July 30, 2006
Cons: delete data unknowingly
Summary: This is the 2nd time I have lost data. First time I was on vacation in France it happened. Absolutely dissapointed with the performance of the camera's unknown deletion ...
Summary: This is the 2nd time I have lost data. First time I was on vacation in France it happened. Absolutely dissapointed with the performance of the camera's unknown deletion of data. Just returned from a 2nd family vacation with 30 minutes of key video gone, memories I trusted Canon with.I currently use all Canon products but will not be pursuing anymore products nor will I be recommending it to any of my friends. If I could I would return it immediately.
- Manufacturer: Canon
- Part number: 0744B001
- Description: 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.
- Packaged Quantity 1
- Product Type Camcorder
- Camcorder Sensor Resolution 1.33 megapixels
- Digital Zoom 200 x
- Effective Photo Resolution 1.23 megapixels
- Effective Sensor Resolution 1.23 megapixels
- Total Pixels 1.33 megapixels
- Camcorder Media Type DVD ( DVD-R (8cm) ),
DVD-RW (8 cm) )
- Optical Sensor Size 1/4"
- Optical Sensor Type CCD
- Min Illumination 2 lux
- Digital Video Format MPEG-2
- Special Effects Black & White,
- Image Stabilizer Electronic
- Digital Scene Transition Beam,
- Min Shutter Speed 1/2 sec
- Max Shutter Speed 1/2000 sec
- Shooting modes Digital photo mode
- Shooting Programs Snow,
- Auto Focus Points (Zones) Qty 9
- White Balance Automatic,
- White Balance Presets Daylight,
Fluorescent light (warm white),
Fluorescent light (cool white),
- Exposure Modes Program,
- Exposure Metering Evaluative,
- Camera Flash None
- Image Recording Format JPEG
- Widescreen Video Capture Yes
- AV Interfaces S-Video,
- Type 10 x x Zoom lens - 4.05 mm - 40.5 mm - F/1.8-2.8
- Lens Construction 9 groups / 11 elements
- Lens aperture F/1.8-2.8
- Features Aspherical lens,
Built-in lens shield
- Optical Zoom 10 x
- Lens system type Zoom lens
- Min focal length 4.05 mm
- Max focal length 40.5 mm
- Auto Focus TTL contrast detection
- Filter Size 27 mm
- Focal Length Equivalent to 35mm Camera 46.7 - 467 mm
- Focus Adjustment Manual,
- Min Focus Range 0.4 in
- Zoom Adjustment Motorized drive
- Low Lux / Night Mode Yes
- Additional Features AF lock,
RGB primary color filter,
Auto power save,
USB 2.0 compatibility,
- Remote control Standard remote control
- Software Drivers & Utilities
- Included Accessories Mini DVD-R,
- Viewfinder Type LCD
- Viewfinder Diagonal Size 0.33 in
- Viewfinder Resolution 113,000 pixels
- Type 2.5 in LCD display
- Connector Type 1 x USB,
1 x S-Video output,
1 x Composite video/audio output,
1 x DC power input
- Microphone Features Wind noise reduction
Memory / Storage
- Media type DVD
- Memory Card Slot miniSD card
- Image Storage Super-fine JPEG 1280 x 960 : 15 VA - With 16MB card,
Super-fine JPEG 640 x 480 : 75 VA - With 16MB card,
Fine JPEG 1280 x 960 : 20 VA - With 16MB card,
Fine JPEG 640 x 480 : 105 VA - With 16MB card,
Normal JPEG 1280 x 960 : 40 VA - With 16MB card,
Normal JPEG 640 x 480 : 170 VA - With 16MB card
- Video Recording Modes LP,
- Supported Battery Canon BP-208
- Supported Battery 1 x Li-ion rechargeable battery ( Included )
- Audio input type Microphone
- Microphone type Built-in
- Microphone Operation Mode Stereo
- Battery type - Lithium ion
Viewfinder / Display
- Display Features Rotating
- Resolution 123,000 pixels
- Viewfinder Color Support Color
- Width 1.9 in
- Depth 4.8 in
- Height 3.4 in
- Weight 0.9 lbs
- KATA D-Light Capsule-181 DL - protective case for camcorder (35033784)119.89
- KATA PRO Video Collection CC-195 HDV Case - case for camcorder (34565096)135.00 - 146.37
- Canon TC80N3 Timer Remote Control for EOS D30, D60, D10, 1D, 1V 20D SLR Cameras (33615634)135.99 - 144.95
- Hoodman EX KIT PRO LCD screen hood loupe (34409067)150.39 - 159.95
- Sony ACC-HDV7 digital camera accessory kit (33969762)129.99
- Sony DCRA-C171 Handycam Station camcorder docking station (34881248)174.08
- Canon CA 950 - Power adapter + battery charger (33615515)164.99
- Canon FS Series Camcorder Starter Kit - camcorder accessory kit (33612496)119.99 - 151.14
- Canon MA 300 - camcorder microphone adapter (30121346)174.49 - 174.95
- KATA D-Light Capsule-183 DL - protective case for camcorder (35033782)149.89