The packaging on the DC20 describes this camcorder as 'RANDOM & EASY'. Sort of like a dice-living Valley girl? Canon's marketing department is definitely onto a winner with tag-lines like this.
Named after the famous Boeing commercial aeroplanes, Canon's DC range are DVD camcorders that can record the antics of your funny-looking family direct to DVD. We've been playing with the DC20 this morning.
Where older video cameras demand that you fiddle around with tapes, these new DVD camcorders produce a disc you can stick straight into a normal DVD player. You won't have to contend with accidental mummification in reams of magnetic spool -- there's no way a DVD can wrap itself around you like a tape might have.
The DC20 uses a 2-megapixel, 1/3.9-inch CCD to capture video. There's also something Canon is calling 'Advanced photo functionality', which seems to basically entail a decent built-in flash and PictBridge direct print. The camcorder also captures in widescreen at 16:9. Other tasty features include the 10x optical zoom, an electronic image stabiliser and a mini video light.
Available now for around £450, the DC20 suffered our cursory tests well. Live in fear of a full review soon. -CS
Update: a full review of theis now live.