Shoot a Canon Underwater

It might be full-on winter right now, but if you have visions of shooting underwater videography of sharks or just the kids in the backyard pool this summer, check out the latest gadget from Canon.

Canon just announced a new WP-V1 Waterproof Case for the VIXIA HF20 and VIXIA HF200 Flash Memory Camcorders. You can dive up to depths of 130 feet to capture exciting underwater adventures. The compact and light-weight housing hugs the camcorder like a wet suit, enabling easy on-camera operation and control.

[image:blog_post:13958] Checking in at $600, the housing isn’t cheap, but none of the true underwater housings are. The VIXIA HF200, pictured here, has an MSRP of $750 and the VIXIA HF20 runs about $900. Both will be on the market this coming April.

A rule of thumb for anyone wishing to do any underwater shooting, do your research on the housing first, then decide on the camera. In most cases, one size does NOT fit all.

Read our underwater shooting tips here: In Depth Video Tips and Dive in! The Water’s Fine.

Find our more about the Vixia HF-20/200 AVCHD camcorders on our blog here: http://videomaker.com/community/blogs/videonews/tag/vixia/

And more on Canon’s underwater housing from this press release issued Feb. 18th, 2009:

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CANON U.S.A. DIVES DEEP WITH A NEW WP-V1 WATERPROOF CASE FOR THE NEW VIXIA HF20 AND VIXIA HF200 FLASH MEMORY CAMCORDERS

LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., February 18, 2009 Canon U.S.A., Inc, a leader in digital imaging technology, announces an exciting first with its new WP-V1 Waterproof Case for the VIXIA HF20 and VIXIA HF200 Flash Memory Camcorders. This is the ultimate accessory for divers who want to shoot video and photos while underwater.

Whether filming sharks off the Great Barrier Reef, snorkeling in the warm waters of the Caribbean or simply wading in the water at your local beach, the Canon WP-VI Waterproof Case and corresponding VIXIA camcorders are ideal devices for capturing both video and photos. As an added plus, once enabled in the Special Scene mode, the white balance is controlled in a way which is ideally suited to an underwater environment.

Canon is excited to offer consumers a go-anywhere option in the camcorder market, said Yuichi Ishizuka, senior vice president and general manager, Consumer Imaging Group, Canon U.S.A.By broadening our accessory offerings, Canon can now service an expanded audience of those who need water-resistant products for their work or recreational use.

About the Canon VIXIA HF20 and VIXIA HF200 Flash Memory Camcorders

Canons most compact high-definition Flash Memory camcorders, the VIXIA HF20 and VIXIA HF200 are powerhouse options for anyone looking to take their HD camcorder with them wherever they go.The VIXIA HF20 offers the option of recording to a 32GB internal Flash drive or SDHC card slot and the VIXIA HF200 records to a SDHC memory card only.Additional features include a 3.89 Megapixel Full HD CMOS Image Sensor, newly designed Genuine Canon 15x HD Video Lens, Genuine Canon Face Detection, Video Snapshot and Dual Shot Modes, and an Advanced Auto Exposure system.

The WP-V1 Waterproof Case for the VIXIA HF20 and VIXIA HF200 Flash Memory Camcorders is scheduled to be available in May for an estimated retail price of $599.

About Canon U.S.A., Inc.

Canon U.S.A., Inc., is a leading provider of consumer, business-to-business, and industrial digital imaging solutions. Its parent company, Canon Inc. (NYSE:CAJ), a top patent holder of technology, ranked third overall in the U.S. in 2008, with global revenues of US $45 billion, is listed as number seven in the computer industry on Fortune Magazine‘s Worlds Most Admired Companies 2008 list, and is on the 2008 BusinessWeek list of “Top 100 Brands.”At Canon, we care because caring is essential to living together in harmony.Founded upon a corporate philosophy of Kyosei – – all people, regardless of race, religion or culture, harmoniously living and working together into the future – – Canon U.S.A. supports a number of social, youth, educational and other programs, including environmental and recycling initiatives.Additional information about these programs can be found at www.usa.canon.com/kyosei.To keep apprised of the latest news from Canon U.S.A., sign up for the Company’s RSS news feed by visiting www.usa.canon.com/RSS .

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Jennifer O’Rourke is an Emmy award-winning videographer & editor.

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