Canon has expanded its range of handheld video cameras with the launch of three advanced compact models for professionals and video enthusiasts.


The new Canon camcorders, from left: the  XA25, XA20 and  LEGRIA HF G30. (Source: Canon.)
All three models benefit from a new, advanced imaging system. The two new professional X-series models, the XA25 and XA20, gain professional audio and Wi-Fi connectivity and come in a versatile, compact package that fits neatly in the palm of a hand. The new LEGRIA HF G30 is optimised for enthusiast videographers, such as hobbyists or film students.

The imaging system is based upon a new 1/2.84-type, 2.91 Megapixel HD CMOS Pro sensor, which provides superior dynamic range and low-light performance. The increased sensor size allows larger photosites, which combine with the new DIGIC DV 4 image processing system to reduce image noise and increase sensitivity in low light environments.

The 20x zoom wide-angle lens covers a 26.8″“576mm focal range and includes Canon’s Electro Magnetic Diaphragm technology, which was developed for the company’s EF lens range to provide attractive background blur in shots with a shallow depth of field. An enhanced 3-mode Optical Image Stabilizer (IS) system includes a Dynamic OIS mode to reduce the effects of camera movement during shooting.

All models support multiple recording formats. AVCHD (up to 28Mbps) and MP4 (up to 35Mbps). They also have dual SD card slots and support simultaneous recording of different formats to each card. All include integrated HDMI, microphone, USB and headphone terminals, while the XA25 also includes HD-SDI output to deliver the high capacity, uncompressed connectivity used for many broadcast applications. Dual band Wi-Fi support (2.4GHz and 5GHz) enables a range of capabilities during or after shooting. Camera Remote support allows wireless adjustment of settings via a web browser and Remote Browser allows users to review recorded footage from the camera in smart-phone or tablet browsers.

FTP File Transfer allows users to transfer footage to FTP servers at up to 150Mbps via a wireless access point. With Media Server, Wi-Fi can be used to play back videos from the camera to supported TVs or computers, without the need for cables. Direct movie uploading is also supported for iOS devices using Canon’s Movie Uploader application, allowing the upload of videos directly to YouTube or Facebook at bitrates of up to 24Mbps.

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