To fully complement the camcorder's superior video quality, the Optura 20 offers features to expand your photographic horizons.
Simultaneous Photo Recording
How many times have you wanted to capture video and photos at the same time? In the past, this meant choosing one over the other - but not anymore. With the Optura 20/Optura 10's Simultaneous Photo Record feature, you can record high quality video to a MiniDV tape and e-mail-ready (640X480) digital photos to a memory card at the same time! It's perfect for birthday parties, soccer games, or any time when you don't want to miss a moment.
Selectable AF Frames
Sometimes the subject we want to focus on is not in the center of the frame. With the Optura 20's Selectable AF Frames, you can choose one of three different Auto Focus points to automatically put the subject you want into sharp focus. Taking off-center subjects can add more impact and a new dimension to your photographs.
Auto Exposure Bracketing
With the Optura 20's Auto Exposure Bracketing feature, one click of the Photo button automatically captures three different exposures of the same image: one "normal" exposure, one underexposed (darker), and one overexposed (lighter). This ensures you will always get the shot you want.
Continuous Shooting Function
With the Optura 20 , you can capture a rapid succession of photos just like the motor drive on a camera. All it takes is a single press of a button and your camera records 30 VGA (640 X480) frames at a rate of 3 frames per second or 10 SXGA (1280 X 960) frames at 2 frames per second. The Continuous Shooting Function is perfect for capturing fast moving action, letting you follow the action like a professional sports photographer.
When you can't fit everything you want into a single shot, use the camcorder's Stitch Assist feature to easily create a single breathtaking panorama image. Stitch Assist displays the previous photo in one half of the LCD screen and a live image in the other half. Just line things up and shoot. Repeat this process as many times as you like. You don't have to match things perfectly because the included Canon PhotoStitch software lines up and pieces the individual images together into a seamless, magnificent photographic vista.