Digital Cameras Guide
Canon Releases Two Professional Camcorders with Improved Sensor and Lens
Canon announces two new camcorders in its professional range - the XA25 and XA20.
Equipped with a new DIGIC DV 4 image processor and improved HD CMOS Pro sensor, the two cameras are streamlined with advanced controls that include the ability to dual-record a shot simultaneously onto two different video formats. The new lens is also one of the firsts in Canon’s camcorder range to have a circular aperture design, which creates a natural blur resulting in expressive shots. The surface area of the sensor has also been enlarged to a 1/2.84-inch for increased sensitivity to produce an even wider dynamic range.
Together, the HD CMOS PRO and DIGIC DV 4 power the Intelligent IS (Image Stabilizer) function, allowing for stable and clear video at all times. The five-axis Dynamic IS function is able to detect all types of handheld camera shakes and vibrations possible and correct them to provide users with distortion-free images. For greater versatility when composing shots, the XA25 and XA20 are equipped with a newly developed wide-angle zoom lens constructed from 6 optimally-positioned lens elements. This gives the lens a wide focal length of 26.8mm and a 20x optical zoom while still maintaining a compact design. Its 8-bladed circular aperture helps create natural blurring, resulting in expressive shots great for films or TV shows.
Capable of producing 1080p/Full HD videos in either AVCHD or MP4 formats, the XA25 and XA20 are also able to internally transcode videos after they are recorded. Any recorded AVCHD movies can be down-converted to MP4 formats for convenience.
Both the XA25 and XA20 have built-in Wi-Fi (Dual-band) support, and are designed with functionality and ease of use in mind for professionals who shoot on their camcorders for prolonged periods. Focus and zoom controls are readily within reach, with a new “seesaw” style zoom lever for precise zoom control and a focus ring that also doubles as a zoom ring at the touch of a button. In addition, there are five customisable buttons that a user can assign with to his most frequently used functions.
The XA25 and XA20 can also be operated via the 3.5-inch OLED (Organic Light-Emitting Diode) electrostatic touch screen, allowing users to adjust settings via efficient swiping gestures. These camcorders are also the first amongst Canon’s products to feature an OLED screen. Both the XA25 and XA20 come with a detachable handle that grants users the flexibility to choose between different shooting styles. This handle comes with a start/stop button, zoom controls to make it easier to shoot low angle shots and two XLR terminals along with a cold shoe as additional accessories.
The XA25 and XA20 will be available at authorized Canon dealers at S$4,199, and S$3,199 respectively, from end of June 2013.