Small cameras don't always consider themselves personal, well, the VIXIA mini X compact personal camcorder does. The slim VIXIA mini X contains an f/2.8 fisheye lens that can shoot at 150-, 160-, and 170-degrees. A 12.8MP sensitive sensor demonstrates some dedication to image quality, and the Linear PCM audio recording extends the quality adherence to the built in mic. Also built in is an adjustable stand for up to 60 degrees in addition to the standard tripod socket. The slow-motion modes do record at reduced resolutions, half speed at 720p for example, and should allow for a lot of playful use and stimulate creativity. The VIXIA mini X is $400.
Three Canon HF cameras come to CES 2014, and goes without mentioning the hundreds of Canons that press and other attendees will bring. The VIXIA HF R52, VIXIA HF R50, and VIXIA HF R500 are the updated camcorders from Canon this year. Canon so happens to be the camera maker of choice, for thousands of videographers, so these cameras are noteworthy even if you've already compared cameras like these. The solid imagery is sure aided by consistent recording capability of MP4 at 35Mb/s and AVCHD at 28Mb/s.
These three gain improvements, now with a 3.28MP CMOS sensor, SuperRange Optical Image Stabilization, and 57x zoom. One area which these differ is internal memory, the HF R52 has 32GB built in, while the HF R50 has 8GB, though there's still the SD card slot. One aspect these two also come away with is built in Wi-Fi which will help with Canon's CameraAccess plus app.
In the spirit of creativity, Canon ensures that videographers have options, so there are seven Cinema Look Filters which are available, in camera, during record or afterward. While it may be second nature for Canon, having a microphone and headphone terminal help videographers take the step to becoming professional. On this note, check out the Dual Recording mode as video can be recorded as MP4 and AVCHD at the same time.
Here's the availability in case you're ready to compare costs, the HF R52 is $450, the HF R50 is $400, and the HF R500 is $300, and they'll be available in March.
Canon Introduces VIXIA mini X Compact Personal Camcorder with Improved Audio Quality and Image Stabilization
New VIXIA mini X Compact Personal Camcorder Features Linear PCM Audio Recording and High Quality Built-In Stereo Microphone
MELVILLE, N.Y., January 6, 2014 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, announced the new VIXIA mini X compact personal camcorder. The VIXIA mini X compact personal camcorder gives shooters the freedom to film and record their hobbies, specials interests and memorable moments hands-free, now with "professional-like" features and outstanding audio quality. The VIXIA mini X compact personal camcorder features the same outstanding image quality seen in the previous VIXIA mini compact personal camcorder, as well as easy-to-use Wi-Fi® sharing capabilities for uploading to social networking sites like Facebook©, and YouTube.
"The new VIXIA mini X compact personal camcorder builds upon what Canon developed with the first VIXIA mini compact personal camcorder," said Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies & Communications Group, Canon U.S.A. "Shooters will benefit from the improved audio quality and new features like Electronic Image Stabilization, all while experiencing the pristine imagery users are accustomed to getting with the VIXIA line of camcorders."
Outstanding Image and Audio Quality
The VIXIA mini X compact personal camcorder features a Canon f/2.8 fisheye lens (160 degree MP4 movies/170 degree photos /150 degree AVCHD) allowing the shooter to challenge their creativity by allowing new and unique perspectives of filming. Equipped with a 12.8 Megapixel High-Sensitivity Sensor and Canon's DIGIC DV 4 Image Processor a shooter can capture superb image quality in a variety of shooting situations, including low-light shooting situations which may not be the most ideal. Now with Linear PCM audio recording (supported in AVCHD/24 Mbps recording mode) shooters will experience outstanding audio quality. The built-in high-quality microphone helps to capture terrific audio quality as well, while Audio Scene Select helps optimize the audio recording by selecting from eight pre-determined audio modes and determining which setting is best based off the shooting conditions. Additionally the built-in auxiliary microphone/headphone terminal includes a manual audio level control, providing the shooter with an enhanced level of audio customization as compared to the VIXIA mini camcorder.
Shooters can choose to record in Full HD in MP4 (30p/24p) or AVCHD (60i) format to a removable SD memory card. When recording with the VIXIA mini X compact personal camcorder, a user can choose to film in either Wide mode or Close-up mode. When shooting in Wide mode, users gain a full view of their surrounding, and while in Close-up mode a user can provide emphasis on a particular subject. The user can easily switch between modes with a simple swipe of their finger across the innovatively designed 2.7-inch capacitive tilt, touch panel LCD. A built-in adjustable stand, which can be adjusted up to 60 degrees, provides the user with the flexibility to alter angles and shooting situations, furthermore enhancing creativity. There is also a built-in tripod socket allowing even more options when mounting the camera.
New to the VIXIA mini X compact personal camcorder is Electronic Image Stabilization, allowing the user to expand their shooting abilities without fear of losing image quality because of potential camera shake when shooting in Close-up mode. Also new to the VIXIA mini X compact personal camcorder is embedded time code. This allows footage from multiple cameras to be easily edited. Additionally, the VIXIA mini X compact personal camcorder supports uncompressed HDMI output. Uncompressed HDMI output allows the user to experience significantly higher video quality, allowing for resolution up-scaling.
For those looking to shoot in a fun and unique perspective, the VIXIA mini X compact personal camcorder features Slow or Fast Motion modes providing imaging effects that allow the creativity of controlling space and time. While shooting in Slow Motion mode users can choose to shoot at either 1/4x(VGA) or 1/2x(720p) allowing viewers to easily see and closely examine video of dancers or other fast-moving objects. Fast Motion also offers two shooting speeds, 4x and 2x, ideal for speeding up footage of cooking, make-up or nail art demos. Mirror Image Recording/ Playback lets a user view the scene in real time, providing the shooter with the freedom to make on-the-fly adjustments as they see fit. While Special Scene Mode, including two new settings, Presentation and In The Car, help the user capture excellent videos even under difficult and perhaps unique shooting conditions. Additionally, Smart Auto intelligently selects from one of 38 predefined settings to give the user excellent video and still image output.
Built-in Wi-Fi® Features to Connect and Share
The VIXIA mini X compact personal camcorder comes with built-in Wi-Fi allowing users to quickly share their videos or photos to popular social networking sites like YouTube or Facebook, or be sent directly to their PC. A user can also upload their videos or still images taken with the VIXIA mini X compact personal camcorder from virtually anywhere by downloading the free Canon Movie Uploader app* onto their iOS® supported device.
The camera's Live Streaming feature allows users to view and record on their compatible iOS or Android™ device when they download the free Canon CameraAccess plus app**. The Canon CameraAccess plus app is available for download on both compatible iOS or Android smartphones and tablets. The Live Streaming feature allows a user to control the VIXIA mini X compact personal camcorder from remote locations. An optional Pan Table base accessory can be attached to the bottom of the VIXIA mini X compact personal camcorder, allowing users to record such things as band practice or performances from remote locations. While using the Canon CameraAccess plus app and Pan Table base together users can chose to have the camcorder oscillate left to right up to 200 degrees. The Pan Table can also be manually adjusted for a tilt of up to 20 degrees.
Pricing and Availability
The VIXIA mini X compact personal camcorder is scheduled to be available in March for an estimated retail price of $399.99. The Pan Table base accessory will be available in March for an estimated retail price of $99.99.
Canon Introduces New Lineup of Multi-Purpose VIXIA HF R-Series Camcorders
Three New VIXIA HF R-Series Camcorders Provide Excellent Low-Light Shooting Performance and Enhanced Zoom; Two Wi-Fi®-Enabled Models Provide Remote Monitoring Capabilities, Advanced Baby Mode
MELVILLE, N.Y., January 6, 2014 – Canon U.S.A., Inc. a leader in digital imaging solutions, has revamped the VIXIA HF R-Series lineup of camcorders with the announcement of three new models, the VIXIA HF R52, VIXIA HF R50 and VIXIA HF R500 camcorders. The new VIXIA HF R-Series camcorders all feature a 57x Advanced Zoom, an upgrade from previous VIXIA R-Series HF camcorders, along with SuperRange Optical Image Stabilization, a Canon 3.28 Megapixel Full HD CMOS Image Sensor, and three-inch capacitive touch panel LCD. The VIXIA HF R52 and VIXIA HF R50 camcorder models feature advanced Wi-Fi capabilities as compared to their predecessor models, enabling them to also function as remote monitoring devices at home or outside the home with mobile internet access.
"High-quality image capturing, along with convenient sharing capabilities are paramount whenever Canon revamps its line of VIXIA HF R-Series camcorders," said Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies & Communications Group, Canon U.S.A. "Building on the foundation of previous models, these new VIXIA camcorders have once again enhanced the image quality and user experience for our customers, while providing users with dual function capabilities with live streaming and high-quality remote monitoring."
Outstanding Image Quality and Recording Capabilities
Three new Canon VIXIA HF R-Series camcorders, the VIXIA HF R52, VIXIA HF R50 and VIXIA HF R500 all feature outstanding image quality powered with a Canon 3.28 Megapixel Full HD CMOS Image Sensor, and the DIGIC DV4 Image processor, providing shooters with the ability to capture vibrant 1920 x 1080 resolution Full HD video. Together with the improved 57x Advanced Zoom and SuperRange Optical Image Stabilization, shooters can capture different types of action, like a day in the park, or on vacation sightseeing. The VIXIA HF R-Series also features Intelligent IS, which automatically chooses from four different modes to help provide the optimal image stabilizations based off of certain shooting conditions. From their child's first steps to the championship soccer game, the new VIXIA HF R-Series camcorders continue to offer users the outstanding image quality and zoom capabilities users have become accustomed to from the VIXIA line. A three-inch capacitive touch panel LCD allows the user to quickly and intuitively switch between settings without affecting their ability to capture their desired images.
For enhanced creativity shooters can also customize their video by selecting from seven Cinema Look Filter effects. These filters can be applied during or after filming. Additionally, while in Audio Scene Select mode, users can select from eight predetermined audio modes that will optimize audio settings based off the shooting conditions, including two new ones - meeting and festival. The built-in microphone/headphone terminal provides users with the flexibility to record using an auxiliary microphone, or listen to what they're recording with headphones.
When shooting with the new Canon VIXIA HF R-Series camcorders users have several options for how they would like to store their treasured memories. The VIXIA HF R52 features 32 GB of internal memory, and the VIXIA HF R50 provides 8GB of internal memory - while all VIXIA HF R-series camcorders allow for the user to record to an SD memory card. Shooters can capture crisp, 1080/60p high-quality imagery of moving subjects, such as at a dance recital or school play when recording in either MP4 (35 Mbps) or AVCHD Progressive (28 Mbps). When a shooter chooses to utilize Dual Recording mode, they can record movies simultaneously in both MP4 and AVCHD Progressive, while the built-in down conversion feature creates MP4 files for convenient and easy sharing on the web to popular social networking sites like Facebook or YouTube.
Wi-Fi® Connectivity and Mobile Sharing
Featuring built-in Wi-Fi, the VIXIA HF R52 and VIXIA HF R50 are equipped to add convenience and expand shooting options for filming important moments as well as providing remote monitoring capabilities. Through the free Canon CameraAccess plus** app users can record, zoom in and out, and live stream video on supported Android ™ and iOS® devices. An optional Pan Table base accessory can be attached to the bottom of both the VIXIA HF R52 camcorder and VIXIA HF R50 camcorder, allowing for the camera to act as a baby monitor or security camera. While using the Canon CameraAccess plus app and Pan Table base together users can chose to have the camcorder oscillate left to right up to 200 degrees. The Pan Table can also be manually adjusted for a tilt of up to 20 degrees.
And sharing videos of a newborn baby crawling along the living room floor, or a graduate walking across a stage to receive their diploma, with family and friends is easy with the Canon Movie Uploader app*. Free to download, Canon's Movie Uploader app, available on iOS platform, allows users to send video directly to a compatible smartphone or tablet for instant online sharing. Additionally, Remote Browse***, available on Android devices allows users to preview or download files to a compatible smartphone, tablet, or PC when using a web browser. Once both devices are wirelessly connected, users can download or playback their videos instantly without the need for an application or other software.
Advanced Baby Mode
All three VIXIA HF R-Series camcorders feature Advanced Baby Mode, giving users the ability to select the optimal camcorder settings for capturing a baby's daily growth. Advanced Baby Mode now gives users the ability to record up to three separate babies, and chronologically save videos into a special Baby Album, seamlessly tracking the growth of each child. The Touch Decoration feature allows users to "stamp" their videos with the baby's height, weight, and number of days old. Additionally, while using Touch Decoration, users can choose to include their own drawings, captions, and animations.
Pricing and Availability
The VIXIA HF R52, VIXIA HF R50 and VIXIA HF R500 camcorders are scheduled to be available in March for an estimated retail price of $449.99, $399.99, and $299.99, respectively. The Pan Table base accessory will be available in March for an estimated retail price of $99.99.
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