Canon shines with its newest XA25 and XA20 camcorders. Features like a powerful image sensor (high sensitivity 2.91 megapixels 1/2.84 inch HD CMOS), wireless connectivity for digital content uploading, weighing only 2.6 pounds and sporting an impressive combination of professional features, makes them ideal for run-and-gun shooters and electronic newsgathering (ENG).
The kit includes a 20x HD zoom lens, records simultaneously MP4 and AVCHD on two separate SD cards, a 3.5 inch organic LED panel display with 1.23 million-dot for vivid video images (also features a 1.56 million-dot high resolution adjustable angle compact viewfinder) and records full 1080p HD formats (including 60p and 24p). The advance Canon optics allows real-time optical image stabilization and vibration correction helping reduce picture shake, even when shooting while walking. It also has four-image stabilization controls based on shooting conditions (walking, macro, telephoto, and tripod).
For broadcasters, the XA25 and XA20 camcorders provide an HD/SD-SDI connector (BNC) to feed videos directly to a microwave van, satellite uplink or other TV transmission systems. The cameras have XLR terminals with phantom power, a microphone holder, independent audio level controls, multipurpose accessory shoe and an infrared emitter and infrared shooting modes for those extreme low-light situations. The wireless feature let’s you file transfer, via FTP, MP4 (3mbps) formatted videos by a dual band wireless support (5GHz and 2.4 GHz). There's a wireless remote feature that also enables users to control the XA25 and XA20 camcorders via a web browser of the user's PC or mobile device. In playback mode, video files can be uploaded to social media sites via a free Movie Uploader app, currently available for iOS mobile devices.
The Canon XA25 HD ENG camcorder and XA20 HD professional camcorder are scheduled to be available at the end of June 2013, for estimated retail prices of $3,199.00 and $2,699.00, respectively.