Canon Intros Two New Pro Compact HD Camcorders

Canon announced the new Canon XA35 and XA30 full HD pro camcorders today. Both models are portable and capable of capturing high-quality video in low light and feature wireless connectivity for easy uploading of files.

These Canon camcorders feature a genuine Canon 20x HD Optical Zoom Lens and a new, advanced HD CMOS PRO image sensor with low-luminance noise of +3dB for improved low-light image capture. Enabling a wide range of imaging possibilities, the duo also features two new video-recording modes: Highlight Priority (facilitates the faithful expression of tonal gradations, colors and sharpness in the mid- to high-brightness range) and Wide DR (delivers an expanded dynamic range).

These compact ergonomically designed Canon camcorders weigh only 2.6 pounds (including the battery), allowing for easy mobility and portability. Both camcorders have detachable handles and utilize Canon’s DIGIC DV4 Image Processor and Intelligent Optical Image Stabilization with powered and dynamic modes and auto on/off mode.

The Canon XA35 and Canon XA30 HD camcorders feature Full HD (60p and native cinematic at 24p) 1920x1080 recording capabilities with dual SD card slots, recordable to AVCHD (28Mbps) and MP4 (35Mbps) and an HD/SD-SDI output (XA35 only) to feed video directly to a microwave van, satellite uplink, or other TV transmission system. The new Highlight Priority video-recording mode makes it possible to capture visual characteristics that might otherwise be lost due to video compression, creating video that can realistically convey such qualities as the three-dimensional feel of blue skies and clouds, the translucence of water and the luster of metals.

Drawing from technologies employed in Canon’s Cinema EOS System lineup of pro digital cinematography products, the new Wide DR mode achieves a dynamic range that has been expanded to 600 percent compared to the 300 percent on the predecessor Canon XA25/XA20 camcorder models. The mode helps minimize the occurrence of under- and over-exposed areas to help create smooth color gradations, even when shooting in environments that tend to produce under- and over-exposed regions, such as those with drastic differences in lighting conditions.

The brightness performance of these camcorders when shooting infrared has been improved approximately 1.4 times higher than the previous models. Infrared shooting uses an infrared diffused LED light to enhance brightness to the very edges of the image while shooting in low-light situations. The sensitivity of the new sensor also enhances this feature. Also new to the XA line of HD camcorders are slow (maximum 0.4x) and fast (maximum 1200x) recording options, enhancing a videographer’s ability to shoot creatively.

Pros can access these modes through the easy-to-operate user interface displayed on a vivid 3.5-inch, 1.23 million-dot OLED touch-panel display and 10,000:1 contrast ratio Electronic Viewfinder with controllable iris. The display features a view assist function which provides users the ability, while in highlight priority (gamma) mode, to adjust brightness and gamma setting of both the display and EVF to help display subjects in the most realistic way possible.

To help facilitate better focus ability and clearer, more pristine images, these models feature High Definition Peaking for Focus Assist. In addition, both models allow for full manual control and assignable buttons for custom shooting and also have advanced display features that allow for adjustment of zebra, color bars and test tone.

The XA35 and XA30 HD camcorders feature wireless connectivity for easy sharing and uploading of files. FTP file transfer of MP4 (3Mbps) is enabled by dual-band wireless support (5GHz and 2.4GHz), which also allows for data sharing. A wireless remote feature also enables users to control the XA35 and XA30 camcorders via a web browser on the user's compatible PC or mobile device. Camera videos can be played back or downloaded to a compatible device using the web browser of a PC or mobile device connected to the camcorder. In Playback mode, video files can be uploaded to social media websites via the free Movie Uploader app—available only for compatible iOS mobile devices.

The Canon XA35 and XA30 HD camcorders are scheduled to be available the end of November 2015 for a suggested retail price of $2,999 and $2,499.

More info on the Canon XA35 and XA30 HD camcorders here.