November 23, 2006: Canon Australia has expanded its High Definition camcorder line-up with the introduction of two new high-performance digital video cameras, the XH G1 and XH A1.
Targeted at broadcasters cinematographers and independent film makers they provide a full complement of professional, high-quality, low-cost High Definition solutions. Both models offer the following features:
– True 1080 HDV video recording in selectable 25F or 50i frame rates to MiniDV cassettes. Standard definition recording and playback functionality facilitates an easy transition for those who are new to high-definition, and looking for a hassle-free upgrade path.
– A genuine Canon High Definition ‘L Series’ 20x video lens which includes both fluorite and UD (Ultra-Low Dispersion) glass elements and delivers HD performance throughout the entire zoom range. In addition to ring controls for zoom and manual focus, an Iris ring control allows smooth control of depth of field and lighting while in Aperture Priority mode. The inclusion of two built-in Neutral Density filters (1/6, and 1/32) also allows for creative control in the harshest lighting conditions.
– Canon’s ‘Super-Range Optical Image Stabilizer’ uses two detection methods (gyro and vector) to sense the widest range of vibrations from hand-held shake to vibrations from a moving vehicle.
– Canon’s ‘Instant AF’ autofocus system, which employs an external sensor to calculate the distance to the subject through triangulation metering, and then uses contrast detection to fine tune the focus.
– Three 1/3 inch native 16:9 1440 x 1080 CCDs with horizontal pixel shift technology to provide outstanding picture quality, accurate colour reproduction, and a wide dynamic range with minimal colour noise.
– Canon’s DiG!C DV II chip, which has been developed specifically for HD processing and includes a new noise reduction system with gamma control that minimizes noise in monotone and shadow areas. It also allows video and photos to be shot simultaneously.
– A fold-away 2.8″ Widescreen LCD screen, recessed battery compartment and ergonomic control layout.
– Built-in XLR terminals with mic/line level and phantom power, an external microphone holder for attaching shotgun microphones, a voice-recording mode, and two-channel manual audio level adjustment.
The XH A1 model (RRP $6,499.00) will suit budget-conscious film makers, while the XH G1 (RRP $11,499.00), which features professional jackpack functionality, provides cost-effective High Definition solutions for broadcasters who seek to integrate compact, highly mobile cameras into a multi-camera shoot. Both models go on sale at the end of November. For more information, phone Canon on 1800 021 167, or visit the web site at www.canon.com.au.