Canon has introduced two new XA-series camcorders for professional users
Canon XA25 and XA20
The XA20 and XA25 feature a newly designed HD CMOS Pro sensor that delivers impressive low-light performance and improved dynamic range due to the larger 1/2.84-type sensor. Both cameras also have a 20x zoom lens that covers from 26.8 to 576mm with an f/1.8 to f/2.8 aperture. Leveraging optical technology from the flagship XF305 camcorder, and the electromagnetic diaphragm from the EF lenses. The 20x zoom lens with its eight-blade iris ensures smooth bokeh, precise exposure control and great image quality.
Both camcorders have twin XLR audio inputs on the handle, to ensure compatibility with professional microphones and audio sources. To make the cameras even more compact, maybe for remote installations, he top handle can be removed to slim down the package size.The cameras record video in both AVCHD and MP4 formats to twin SD/SDXC card slots, with extended recordings seamlessly switching over the cards as needed. The XA25 adds a broadcast industry standard HD-SDI connection to allow the uncompressed video to be recorded on an external recorder device.
The XA20 and XA25 feature high speed dual band WiFi connectivity as standard. Using WiFi it is possible to remotely control the cameras and adjust settings, share the recorded footage direct to smartphone and tablet devices, and for iOS devices to easily share recorded footage to YouTube and Facebook using Canon’s Movie Uploader app. If your needs are more simple the WiFi sharing extends to DLNA devices to show your movies directly on a TV screen without having to find out the connection cables.
With connection rates of up to 150Mb/s via an access point the FTP mode permits transfer of footage from the camera to an FTP server at high speed all without wires.
You can read the full Canon press release for the XA25, XA20 and the more consumer friendly Legria HF G30 here: Canon press release…
Cinema EOS system gets updates too
Also in the news – pre NAB – Canon announced the development of a new 35mm Prime CINEMA lens and updates for the firmware and software for the Cinema EOS range of cameras.
- Canon Inc. announces development of 35mm Cinema prime lens
- Canon announces firmware updates for EOS C500, EOS C300, EOS C100 and improvements to Cinema RAW Development software