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Canon Camcorder

Canon camcorder is one of the most famous camcorder brands. In the market, there are quite a lot of professional camcorders are from Canon, the high quality, excellent performance make this brand well-known to the world.

Canon Camcorder History

Till now, Canon camcorder has experienced two major periods: movie camera and digital camcorder.

Movie camcorder

From 1956 to 1982, Canon produced many movie camcorders, such as:


Regular 8mm

Single 8mm

Super 8mm


Reflex Zoom 8 (1959)

Single 8 518 (1965)

Autozoom 814 Electronic (1972)

Scoopic 16 (1965)

Cine Canonet 8 (1963)

Single 8 518 SV (1970)

814 XL Electronic (1977)

Sound Scoopic 200 S10 (1972)

Cine Zoom 512 (1964)


Zoom DS8 (1970)

Systema Sound 16 (1979)

They are some but all the Canon movie camcorders. During this period, Canon has made many similar camcorders, after all.

Digital Camcorder

After digital recording became a norm, Canon began to make digital camcorders. The early examples:
Canon DV 012
Canon XL-1/XL-1s
Canon XL-2

Now the tapeless camcorders like Canon C300, C500 are most popular.

Shooting formats

NTSC configuration: 1080: 60i, 30f, 24f. / 480: 60i, 30f, 24f.

PAL configuration: 1080: 50i, 25f. / 576: 50i, 25f.

Common video recording format

AVI, file extension .avi, is the earliest file format. As AVI files are not compressed, a seconds long movie may be as large 8MB. As there is no standard for AVI, so, there are many AVI formats in the digital world. MOV, file extension .mov, is used by most camcorders. This is mainly due to its advanced compression technology, which provides uses good options even in the low resolution, plus the QuickTime Player was supported by Apple Mac.

MPG, MPEG-1, or Motion JPEG was ever one of the popular recording formats when the VCD is popular, now, few camcorders use this as recording format.

Other formats:


Canon camcorder series

Till now, Canon has made many popular series camcorders; the list below will show you some examples.


HR Series

HG Series

HF Series

FS Series

Canon HR10

Canon HG10

Canon HF10

Canon FS10


Canon HG20

Canon HF11

Canon FS11


Canon HG21

Canon HF20

Canon FS100



Canon HF100


DC Series

ZR Series

Cinema EOS Digital Cinematography Cameras

Canon DC310

Canon ZR

Canon EOS-1D C


Canon DC320

Canon ZR800

Canon EOS C100


Canon DC330

Canon ZR830

Canon EOS C300



Canon ZR850

Canon EOS C500


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