8mm camcorders

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8mm Camcorders

ES2500 [A] [J] / UC-X15Hi [E]
MarketedMay 1997
Original Price118,000 yen (with accessories)

The ES2500[A][J] / UC-X15Hi[E] was developed as a midrange model in Canon's lineup of Hi8 video camcorders. Its 22x optical zoom lens with image stabilizer was the most powerful in its class at the time of its release. It also featured easy-to-use editing functions and customizable keys. Canon's proprietary optical image stabilizer performs best in telephoto range, resulting in smooth, high-quality images in Hi8 format.

Video recording system 2 rotary heads, helical scanning system
- Luminance signal: FM azimuth recording
- Chrominance signal: Converted subcarrier phase shift recording
Audio recording system Frequency multiplexing with the video signal by rotary head (Hi-Fi monaural)
Television system NTSC system (ES2500 [A] [J]) , PAL system (UC-X15Hi)
Tape format ES2500 [A] 8 videocassette (P6 type)
UC-X15Hi 8 videocassette (P5 type)
ES2500 [J] 8/Hi8 videocassette (P6/E6 type)
Tape speed
(at SP mode)
ES2500 [A] [J] : 14.345mm/s , UC-X15Hi : 20.051mm/s
Maximum recording time ES2500 [A] [J] 150 min. (with a 150-min. cassette)
UC-X15Hi 90 min. (with a 90-min. cassette)
Fast forward/rewind time ES2500 [A] [J] 6 min. (with a 120-min. cassette)
UC-X15Hi 6.5 min. (with a 90-min. cassette)
Image sensor 1/4" CCD (charge-coupled device)
ES2500 [A] [J] 470,000 pixels (320,000 effective pixels)
UC-X15Hi 570,000 pixels (370,000 effective pixels)
Viewfinder ES2500 [A] 0.5" monochrome viewfinder
UC-X15Hi 0.5" monochrome viewfinder
ES2500 [J] 0.55" color LCD viewfinder (approx. 113,000 pixels)
LCD screen ES2500 [A] 3" TFT color LCD, approx. 90,000 pixels, delta array
UC-X15Hi 3" TFT color LCD, approx. 90,000 pixels, delta array
ES2500 [J] 3.5" TFT color LCD, approx. 106,000 pixels, delta array
Built-in microphone ES2500 [A] Monaural (Electret condenser microphone)
UC-X15Hi Monaural (Electret condenser microphone)
ES2500 [J] Stereo (Electret condenser microphone)
Lens 4.0-64mm focal length, f/1.4-2.8, 8 groups 10 lenses with two aspherical lenses, filter diameter: 46mm, P = 0.75, Minimum shooting distance: 1cm (at wide), 100cm (whole zoom range)
Focusing system TTL autofocus/manual focusing possible
Image stabilizer Electronic, angular velocity change detection
Color temperature switching Auto-homing
Minimum illumination ES2500 [A] Approx. 0.5 lx
UC-X15Hi Approx. 0.5 lx
ES2500 [J] Approx. 3 lx
Recommended illumination More than 100 lx
Illumination range ES2500 [A] Approx. 0.5 lx-100,000 lx
UC-X15Hi Approx. 0.5 lx-100,000 lx
ES2500 [J] Approx. 3 lx-100,000 lx
Aperture Auto iris servo system
Output terminal (level/impedance) Video/audio output terminal 3.5mm jack (yellow, audio/video)
Video output terminal 1Vp-p/75 ohms unbalanced synchronized load
Audio output terminal -10dBv (at 47 kohms load)/less than 2.2 kohms unbalanced
S-Video output terminal * 4-pin mini-DIN
Output terminal ES2500 [A] 2.5mm mini jack
UC-X15Hi Luminance and synchronized signal: 1Vp-p/75 ohms
Color burst: 0.3Vp-p/75 ohms
ES2500 [J] Luminance and synchronized signal: 1Vp-p/75 ohms
Color burst: 0.286Vp-p/75 ohms
External microphone terminal ES2500 [A]: 3.5mm monaural mini jack (red), (also for remote controller)

UC-X15Hi,ES2500 [J]: 3.5mm stereo mini jack (red), (also for remote controller)
Microphone input ** -67dBv (with 600-ohm microphone)/more than 5 kohms
* only UC-X15Hi and ES2500 [J].
** only ES2500 [A].
Speaker Built-in (23mm diameter)
Power supply 7.2V DC
Power consumption
(when recording and auto-focusing)
ES2500 [A] Approx. 3.5W Approx. 4.4W
UC-X15Hi Approx. 3.7W Approx. 4.8W
ES2500 [J] Approx. 3.5W Approx. 4.9W
Operating temperature range 32-104°F (0-40°c)
Dimensions ES2500 [A] 115mm x 125mm x 219mm (excluding tiny projection)
UC-X15Hi 115mm x 125mm x 219mm (excluding tiny projection)
ES2500 [J] 111mm x 123mm x 219mm (excluding tiny projection)
Weight   Body When recording *
ES2500 [A] Approx. 910g Approx. 1055g
UC-X15Hi Approx. 910g Approx. 1055g
ES2500 [J] Approx. 895g Approx. 1040g
* including battery, 8mm videocassette, button-type lithium battery and lens cap