Canon U.S.A. Introduces Two Ultra-Compact Professional Camcorders
Enabling Wireless Digital Content Transfer And Remote Operation
New Canon XA25 and XA20 Camcorders Include a 20x HD Zoom
Lens, Simultaneous MP4 and AVCHD Recording, a 3.5-Inch Organic LED Touch
Panel Display, and Wireless Connectivity for Digital Content Uploading
or Remote Operation Via Tablet or Smartphone
MELVILLE, N.Y., April 3, 2013 – Strategically
integrating some of Canon's sophisticated next-generation imaging and
wireless technologies, the new XA25 HD and XA20 HD professional
camcorders from Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging
solutions, provide an impressive combination of professional features
and optics in a compact design. Ideal for run-and-gun style videography,
or electronic newsgathering (ENG), both models weigh only 2.6 pounds,
allowing for extreme mobility and portability. Both camcorders feature
multiple shooting-assist functions and enhanced key components such as a
newly developed Genuine Canon wide-angle 20x HD zoom lens with an
ENG-style "rocker" zoom control and built-in real-time optical image
stabilization. Delivering outstanding low-light performance and image
quality, the Canon XA25 and XA20 HD camcorders are equipped with a new
high-sensitivity 2.91-megapixel 1/2.84-inch HD CMOS image sensor and the
new Canon DIGIC DV 4 image processor.
Additional features include simultaneous recording of
multiple bit rates and Full 1080p HD formats - including 60p and native
cinematic at 24p - on two separate SD cards. Users can simultaneously
record Full 1080p HD video at 60p in either AVCHD Progressive (28Mbps)
or MP4 (35Mbps) format for crisp moving images, or record at a lower bit
rate and transmit MP4 (3Mbps) format video to cover and quickly upload
breaking news via wireless FTP file transfer. The cameras' dual SD slots
allow for relay recording for long periods without interruption.
"The nearly instantaneous rate by which video news is consumed and
shared via TV, tablets and smartphones has fueled the immediacy by which
journalists need to capture and deliver their content. The introduction
of the XA25 and XA20 professional camcorder models are designed to
provide these professionals with a compact, portable, and wireless
system for content acquisition and uploading," stated Yuichi Ishizuka,
executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies &
Communications Group, Canon U.S.A. "In addition, the tremendous growth
of independent and documentary filmmaking as well as innovative,
creative online content may also benefit from the compact design,
high-quality formats and long-range optics found in both models."
Advanced Canon Optics
Drawing from the many innovations developed by Canon for its
EF-series lenses, the wide-angle 20x HD zoom lens in the new Canon XA25
and XA20 HD camcorders features a 35mm equivalent zoom range of 26.8mm -
576mm. The MOD (minimum object distance) of this lens is only 60cm,
enabling users to capture up-close shots, particularly useful when
filming in narrow, tight quarters. Canon's real-time optical image
stabilization and vibration correction in five axes of 3D movement helps
reduce picture shake, even when shooting while walking, particularly
useful for run-and-gun handheld videography. An eight-blade circular
aperture can help create a natural, smooth look for out-of-focus areas
such as a blurred nighttime skyline, and is equipped with Canon's unique
EMD (Electro Magnetic Diaphragm) technology for high-precision control.
Ultra-compact and designed with professional operability and multiple
shooting-assist functions, the new Canon XA25 and XA20 HD camcorders
feature a handgrip with accessible joystick and other controls, allowing
for easily adjustable settings including a broadcast-style zoom rocker.
Each camcorder's wide-angle 20x HD zoom lens can also be adjusted
using a multipurpose ring on the lens that can switch between zoom or
focus control. A convenient custom key dial provides quick access to
frequently used set functions.
The XA25 and XA20 professional camcorders are the first Canon video
cameras featuring an Organic LED (OLED) electrostatic touch panel. This
3.5-inch, 1.23 million-dot touch panel displays vivid, clear video
images allowing for simple, intuitive operation and menu access. Five
custom buttons on the panel allow operators to assign settings according
to their unique shooting preferences. The camcorders also feature a
1.56 million-dot high-resolution adjustable-angle compact viewfinder,
allowing users to see clearly even when filming in bright sunny
conditions. The design also allows operators to use the viewfinder and
check critical focus while recording.
Essential for broadcast and professional use, the Canon XA25 HD
camcorder provides an HD/SD-SDI connector (BNC) to feed video directly
to a microwave van, satellite uplink, or other TV transmission system.
The positioning of the connector allows for handheld shooting while the
SDI cable is attached. A recorder (sold separately) can also be attached
to the SDI connector to make uncompressed recordings. The convenient
ergonomics of the Canon XA25 and XA20 HD camcorders also includes XLR
terminals with phantom power, a microphone holder, independent audio
level controls, multipurpose accessory shoe, and an infrared emitter,
all combined in a detachable handle. For extreme low-light shooting, the
cameras' infrared shooting mode makes possible the capture of HD video
in conditions with little to zero ambient light. A green or white color
option can provide pleasing HD infrared imagery even in darkness for
documentary, undercover news, law enforcement surveillance and wildlife
On-Board Intelligence and Wireless Features
In addition to the professional manual operation of the new Canon
XA25 and XA20 HD camcorders, automatic features provide a variety of
shooting-assist functions. Controlled by the new Canon DIGIC DV 4
onboard image processor, these sophisticated capabilities include the
Canon Intelligent IS feature that automatically switches among four
types of image-stabilization control based on shooting conditions
(walking, macro, telephoto, and tripod). With real-time optical image
stabilization, unnecessary shakiness is greatly reduced or eliminated
during shooting. Canon Auto Focus (AF) features include natural-looking
medium-speed, instant, and Face Detection AF, which can significantly
reduce the effort required when shooters need to keep a particular face
in focus in a jostling crowd or similar situation.
FTP file transfer of MP4 (3Mbps) format video to cover breaking news
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 XA25 and XA20 camcorders via a web browser of the user's PC
or mobile device. Camera videos can be played back or downloaded to a
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, currently available only for
iOS-related mobile devices**.
The new Canon XA25 and XA20 HD camcorders also support use of the
optional Canon GP-E2 GPS receiver, which can be connected via USB cable
to provide location and time information recorded during shooting. This
capability supports editing workflow and can add valuable information
for archiving purposes.
Pricing and Availability
The Canon XA25 HD ENG camcorder and XA20 HD professional camcorder
are scheduled to be available at the end of June 2013 for estimated
retail prices of $3,199.00 and $2,699.00, respectively.
About Canon U.S.A., Inc.
Canon U.S.A., Inc., is a leading provider of consumer,
business-to-business, and industrial digital imaging solutions. With
approximately $40 billion
in global revenue, its parent company, Canon Inc. (NYSE:CAJ), ranks
third overall in U.S. patents registered in 2012† and is one of Fortune
Magazine's World’s Most Admired Companies in 2013. In 2012, Canon U.S.A.
has received the PCMag.com Readers' Choice Award for Service and
Reliability in the
digital camera and printer categories for the ninth consecutive year,
and for camcorders for the past two years. Canon U.S.A. is committed to
level of customer satisfaction and loyalty, providing 100 percent
U.S.-based consumer service and support for all of the products it
U.S.A. is dedicated to its Kyosei philosophy of social and environmental responsibility. To keep apprised of the latest news from Canon U.S.A., sign
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† Based on weekly patent counts issued by United States Patent and Trademark Office.
(*) Safari (iOS X/Mac OS), Android Browser, Internet Explorer and valid for MP4 movies only.
** App must be installed on an iOS device separately. This function
excludes 35mbps files. Depending on the iOS device concerned, it may
not be possible to save 24 Mbps or 17 Mbps movies either.
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