New Canon VIXIA Mini Compact Personal Camcorder Offers a Unique
Feature Set Inspiring Shooters to Become the Stars of Their Own Videos
The New VIXIA mini Compact Personal Camcorder Features an
Ultra Wide-Angle Lens, Full HD Video, Vari-Angle LCD Monitor and Slim
Ultra-Compact Body with Built-in Stand, and Allows for Convenient
Hands-Free Shooting with built-in Wi-Fi
Melville, N.Y., July 31, 2013 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a
leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced the new VIXIA mini
compact personal camcorder. The creatively designed VIXIA mini personal
camcorder allows shooters to easily record their hobbies, special
interests and memorable moments hands-free, and then share those videos
and images on their favorite social networking sites or their own blogs
via built-in Wi-Fi or via the free Canon Movie Uploader app*.
The VIXIA mini compact personal camcorder features an
ultra wide-angle Canon f/2.8 fisheye lens (160 degree movies / 170
degree photos) allowing a user to shoot from unique and creative
perspectives while including their surroundings to make their videos and
images more interesting. By utilizing the Wide Mode users can give the
viewer a full view of their surroundings and then switch to Close-Up
Mode to provide emphasis on a particular subject. While in Close-up
Mode, users can record a centered 1920 x 1440 resolution image with
little distortion. They can also quickly toggle from one shooting mode
to the other, or switch back and forth between video and image mode, by
touching the camcorder's innovatively designed 2.7-inch capacitive-tilt
touch panel LCD display. Attached to the camera by two parallel hinges,
the Vari-Angle LCD monitor allows for various shooting styles, including
low-angle shooting, normal and high-angle-shooting and self-shooting.
In addition, the camcorder's 12.8 Megapixel High-Sensitivity CMOS
image sensor combined with the Canon DIGIC DV4 Image Processor creates
the Canon HS SYSTEM, allowing shooters to capture and record stunning
Full HD video in MP4 format as well as jpeg still images to a removable
microSD card, all in the exceptional image quality standard that the
Canon line of VIXIA camcorders are known for. The camcorder's video
image quality is further enhanced with the use of a Mechanical Shutter
for the recording of moving subjects with little distortion. Beyond
delivering high-quality video, the VIXIA mini compact personal camcorder
also records high-quality audio thanks to its built-in stereo
microphone. By using Audio Scene Select modes, users can choose an audio
scene that matches their surroundings such as music or speech or even
suppressing road noise.
"The new VIXIA mini compact personal camcorder marks the birth of an
innovative video camera designed specifically for the social media savvy
user," said Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general
manager, Imaging Technologies & Communications Group, Canon U.S.A.
"This uniquely styled compact personal camcorder allows users to shoot,
view and share videos and photos of themselves enjoying their hobbies or
special occasions with family and friends."
Tools to Become the Star
The Canon VIXIA mini compact personal camcorder comes with a feature
set that puts the user in the driver seat, expanding their creativity,
allowing them to not only be the director of their videos or images, but
also the star. Mirror Image Recording/Playback lets users view the
scene they are recording in real time so they can watch as they record.
So whether they are shooting their latest blog post about cooking a
favorite Italian culinary delight, or filming a practice golf swing to
help perfect their back stroke, the VIXIA mini compact personal
camcorder is a versatile and convenient tool.
New Special Scene Modes such as Food & Fashion, Sports, and Macro
provide users with advanced presets to help capture impressive images
even under difficult shooting conditions to prevent over/under exposure.
For those looking to shoot in a fun and unique perspective, the
camcorder's Slow Motion or Fast Motion modes provide imaging effects
that allow creativity in controlling space and time. Slow Motion allows
shooting video at a choice of two slow motion speeds - 1/4x (VGA) and
1/2x (720p) allowing viewers to easily see and closely examine video of
dancers or other fast moving subjects. Fast Motion allows shooting at
two fast motion speeds - 4x and 2x - ideal for speeding up footage of
cooking, makeup, nail art, etc.
The camcorder's Smart Auto Mode allows the beginning user to capture
those spontaneous moments with a touch of the screen. Smart Auto
intelligently selects one of 38 predefined situations to give
outstanding video and still image output.
The VIXIA mini compact personal camcorder comes with a built-in
adjustable stand allowing users to tilt and elevate it up to
approximately 60 degrees providing a new way to record video hands-free,
and the camcorder's tripod socket also allows for flexible positioning
of the device. And an automatic lens cover helps protect against
scratches and dust when the camera is not in use.
Advanced Connectivity to Help Users Share Their World
Once a user has recorded their video blog, or a day at the park with
the kids, it's time to share the video or images with friends, family
and fans. The VIXIA mini compact personal camcorder comes with built-in
Wi-Fi allowing users to quickly share their video and photos to social
networking sites like YouTube and Facebook, or they can be sent directly
to their PC. A user can also upload their video or still images taken
with the VIXIA mini compact personal camcorder from virtually anywhere
by downloading the free Canon Movie Uploader app onto their iOS
The Live Streaming feature allows for users to view and record on
their iOS or Android device when they download the free Canon
CameraAccess2 App**.The Canon CameraAccess2 App is available for
download on both iOS and Android supported smartphones and tablets. The
Live Streaming feature also allows a user to control the VIXIA mini
compact personal camcorder from remote locations.
Pricing & Availability
The VIXIA mini compact personal camcorder will be available in black
and white and is scheduled to be available September 2013 for an
estimated retail price of $299.99.1 An optional VIXIA mini
carrying case and strap are scheduled to also be available September
2013 in black or white for an estimated retail price of $14.99.1 For more information, and a full list of product specifications, visit http://www.usa.canon.com/vixiamini
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 the highest level of customer satisfaction and
loyalty, providing 100 percent U.S.-based consumer service and support
for all of the products it distributes. Canon
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
up for the Company's RSS news feed by visiting www.usa.canon.com/rss and follow us on Twitter @CanonUSA.
† Based on weekly patent counts issued by United States Patent and Trademark Office.
All referenced product names, and other marks, are trademarks of their respective owners.
Availability and specifications of all products are subject to change without notice.
* This software enables you to upload images to social network sites.
Before uploading images, please be aware that image files may contain
privacy related information such as people and places. If necessary,
please delete such information. Canon does not obtain, collect or use
such images or any information included in such images through this
software. Compatible with iOS version 5/6 or later for select devices.
** The Canon CameraAccess2 app is compatible with iOS version 5/6 or later or Android version 2.3/4.0 for select devices.
1 Prices are estimated retail prices and are subject to
change at any time without notice. Actual prices are set by individual
dealers and may vary.