Canon Expands Options for MovieMakers and Broadcasters with new XL H1 High Definition Camcorder and 20x HD Video Lens
New Three CCD Camcorder Features Native 16:9 HD Image Quality at 1080i; Adjustable Frame Rates of 60i, 30F and 24F; and Canon's Professional "Jackpack" Terminals
NEW YORK, Sept. 14, 2005 -
As Canon's first HD video camera, the XL H1 High Definition (HD)
camcorder and 20x HD video zoom lens with Superior Canon Optics*
provide broadcasters with a low-cost 1080i resolution option for ENG,
Documentary or Reality TV production. Filmmakers will also appreciate
the extensive Cine controls and 24 Frame rate option the XL H1
camcorder offers. Canon's "professional jackpack" features include
uncompressed digital HD-SDI output for seamless integration into
broadcast studios or high-quality image transfer to non-linear editing
systems. The Genlock feature allows movie sets to easily synchronize
camera settings across multiple camcorders and SMPTE time-codes
in-and-out allow for streamlined tape and edit management.
"As FCC deadlines for transferring all television content to HD rapidly
approach, broadcasters are looking for low-cost acquisition options
that do not require them to revamp their entire infrastructure," said
Yukiaki Hashimoto, senior vice president and general manager of the
Consumer Imaging Group at Canon U.S.A., Inc., a subsidiary of Canon
Inc. "By offering backward compatibility with current SD-based
infrastructure, the XL H1 HD camcorder combines the right features at the right price to meet the demanding needs of television production and movie making."
HD Resolution and More
The XL H1
camcorder has three 1/3 inch 16:9 interlaced CCDs that capture images
at 1080i resolution. The camcorder features selectable frame rates of
60i, 30 Frame and 24 Frame to allow the user to adjust to the
assignment at hand and can switch back to SD resolution if needed.
the 30 Frame rate, broadcasters can capture high motion, like sports
with confidence that each frame is captured individually and
completely. Filmmakers can utilize the 24 Frame rate when creating the
look and feel of movie film. The 60i frame rate, meanwhile, delivers
exceptional resolution for shooting environments like ENG or Reality TV.
XL H1 HD camcorder is the first model to include Canon's proprietary
DIGIC DV II image processor. DIGIC DV II is an image processor that can
process both HD and SD video signals as well as still photos, while
maintaining the correct color space for each mode.
Make the Connection with the Professional Jackpack Terminals
XL H1 camcorder's professional jackpack terminals consist of three key
features designed to streamline production: HD-SDI output (High
Definition Serial Digital Interface), Genlock and SMPTE (Society of
Motion Pictures and Television Engineers) Time Code input and output.
streamline in-studio television production, the XL H1 model offers
HD-SDI and SD-SDI output. HD-SDI output allows professionals to
directly connect to a TV control room or a non-linear editing system.
With this feature, users can plug their XL H1 camcorder into any
professional's system with an HD-SDI input and can deliver live,
unfiltered HD content in all its brilliant detail. With other HDV
models on the market, the user must feed the HD signal into an analog
to digital signal converter box which adds an extra step, not to
mention, an extra cost. The XL H1 camcorder can also record to HDV
Master recording media or Mini-DV tapes.
with the XL H1 model are no problem thanks to the camcorder's Genlock
synchronization input feature. This feature allows many XL H1
camcorders to synchronize through a switcher. With its SMPTE time code
input and output, multiple cameras on a shoot can all lay down the same
time code. The XL H1 camcorder uses a customizable open-architecture
approach, selectable frame rates and multiple output options so
professionals have exactly the right tool, every time they need it.
Take Total Cine Control
year, the number of filmmakers turning to video-based acquisition
solutions for movie production grows. Moviemakers that shoot video
place strong emphasis on delivering the "film" look to their pictures.
Canon's new XL H1 camcorder offers filmmakers the ability to customize
their video recordings using a number of variables, including: three
color matrixes for a wide range of color correction and two cine gammas
for intricate adjustment of dynamic range, customizable: knee, black
stretch, horizontal detail, coring, sharpness, noise reduction, color
gain, hue and master color adjustments. Each one of these settings can
be modified independently, thereby giving the camera operator precise
control over the "film-like" appearance of their video.
Still Image Recording for Better Workflow
addition to its extraordinary video capabilities, Canon's XL H1 HD
camcorder can capture still images plus metadata at full HD resolution
(1920 x 1080 dpi or 2.1 megapixels) onto a standard Secure Digital (SD)
Memory Card and MMC media. The "Photo" button located on the outside of
the camcorder allows users to capture still images at up to five frames
per second. Camcorder settings can be stored on the memory card and
transferred to another camcorder so setup can be replicated.
XL H1 camcorder's still image capture plus metadata feature provides an
in-camcorder solution for cinematographers and directors to check for
scene continuity and provides added back-up to any still photographers
Field of View
Canon is launching a new multi
functional color electronic viewfinder (EVF) and 2.4" 16:9 LCD monitor
with Safe Area Marking built-in; black and white mode; Zebra Pattern
(70-100 IRE); Horizontal and Vertical flip and a Distance Readout
(using 20X HD Video lens).
As a menu option, users can chose to
view Aspect Ratio Guides in the viewfinder. Canon provides a choice of
4x3, 13x9, 14x9, 1.66:1, 1.75:1 1.85:1, 235:1 guides. The XL H1 HD
camcorder viewfinder also includes a feature called Focus Help. The
first setting - Peaking - creates an exaggerated line in the viewfinder
that disappears when the image is focused. The second setting -
Magnifying - enlarges the viewfinder image, helping the camera operator
better see if the image is properly focused.
The New Canon Lens Addition
new XL H1 HD camcorder features Canon's XL-interchangeable lens mount.
For the XL H1 camcorder, Canon drew upon its exceptional heritage and
expertise in designing and manufacturing lenses for photography and
broadcast TV to create its new 20x HD video zoom lens with Superior
Canon Optics. This lightweight, high performance lens achieves fast,
precise focusing and a unique balance of focal length, angle of view
and depth of field; key quality attributes that distinguish Canon from
some other brands.
In addition it incorporates multiple Fluorite
elements for superior contrast, resolution and color fidelity through
the reduction of chromatic aberration. The 20x HD Video lens offers a
fast f/1.6 to f/3.5 aperture for users that shoot under the most
demanding lighting conditions and a close focusing distance from only
20mm away (when at wide angle). At an aspect ratio of 16:9, the 20x
zoom range is an impressive 38.9mm to 778mm (35mm equivalent). At the
4:3 aspect ratio, it is an equally impressive 47.4mm to 954mm (35mm
equivalent). The lens features a 72mm filter thread, two independent ND
filters (1/6, 1/32), focus and zoom presets, and optical image
Canon's Super-Range Optical Image Stabilization
(OIS) system corrects camera shake instantly so even hand held shots,
at full telephoto, and shots taken from a moving car, are smooth and
steady. Because it is optical, it can compensate for a greater degree
of camera shake and avoids any loss in image quality, unlike some
electronic image stabilizers.
Other optical image stabilizers
use a gyro sensor to detect camcorder vibration (the data from which
controls a vari-angle prism that continuously corrects the path of the
incoming light). Canon's SuperRange OIS system goes one step further by
examining the image after the CCD receives it and detecting any
low-frequency vibrations missed by the gyro. This data is fed back to
accelerate and refine the movement of the vari-angle prism. This
greatly improves performance for low frequency vibration, resulting in
the most advanced optical image stabilization available today.
Pricing and Availability
XL H1 camcorder and the 20x HD Video Lens with Superior Canon Optics
will be available as a kit in November for an estimated selling price
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