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Canon has recently announced three new camcorders. The Canon XA25 and XA20 are ultra-compact, professional camcorders designed for run-and-gun videography and ENG. They feature a 20x zoom lens, built-in Wi-Fi, wireless FTP transfer and dual SD card slots to support a variety of recording modes. The VIXIA HF G30 is a high-end, consumer-level camcorder with dual SDXC card slots, MP4 and AVCHD recording, and Dynamic SuperRange Optical Image Stabilization.
The XA25 and XA20 camcorders build on the capabilities of the solidly prosumer XA10, adding several features with true professional appeal. These cameras retain a similar, compact form factor but represent a big step forward for the XA series. The lens has a 20x zoom ratio and a 35mm equivalent of 26.8-576mm, which makes it significantly wider and longer than XA10’s built-in lens. Perhaps most notable, the XA25 and XA20 feature built-in Dual Band, 2.4/5 GHz Wi-Fi and wireless FTP file transfer, which allow journalists in the field to upload footage directly to the studio’s server. Camera settings and operation can also be remote-controlled via compatible smart devices.
Both the XA25 and XA20 feature a 2.91MP CMOS sensor and Canon’s DIGIC DV 4 image processor for capturing 1080/60p video in 35 Mbps MP4 and 28 Mbps AVCHD. Users can also record and transmit lower bit rate (3 Mbps) MP4 video. Dual SD memory card slots support simultaneous recording with built-in down-conversion, and relay recording enables prolonged continuous recording times.
The key difference between the XA25 and the XA20 is the XA25’s HD/SD-SDI output. The BNC connector on the XA25 provides a direct connection to a microwave van, satellite uplink or other TV transmission system. This output also enables external recording of the uncompressed HD/SD-SDI signal.
The XA25 and XA20 are also the first Canon video cameras to feature an Organic LED electrostatic touch screen display. This 3.5” OLED display has 1.23-million-dot resolution. Other features include a 1.56-million-dot EVF, Dynamic SuperRange Optical Image Stabilization with Powered IS, an 8-blade iris, a detachable handle with XLR audio inputs, infrared shooting mode and advanced display features including color peaking, zebra pattern, color bars and test tone.
The Canon VIXIA HF G30 is a new, high end, consumer-level camcorder that adopts many of the features of the XA25 and XA20. Much like the two new professional models, the G30 has a 2.91MP CMOS sensor, a DIGIC DV 4 image processor and a 20x zoom lens with a 35mm equivalent of 26.8-576mm. The G30 can also record 1080/60p video in 35 Mbps MP4 and 28 Mbps AVCHD. It even has the very same 3.5” OLED touch screen and advanced display features such as zebra and color bars.
The HF G30’s built-in Wi-Fi capabilities enable remote control and wireless sharing. Plus, a free Canon Movie Uploader app for iOS devices allows users to upload their videos to the Web (this function does not support MP4 60p and AVCHD recordings). Other features include Dynamic SuperRange Optical Image Stabilization with five-axis correction, a Mini Advanced Accessory Shoe and compatibility with the optional WM-V1 Wireless Microphone.