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Canon Introduces Its ‘VIXIA’ Mini Camcorder

Built-in Wi-Fi and Uploader app enables videos to be shared on social-networking websites

Canon U.S.A. Inc., a producer of digital-imaging solutions, unveiled its new VIXIA mini camcorder that enables users to shoot “hands-free” video, and then use the built-in Wi-Fi, or the free Canon Movie Uploader app, to share those videos and images on social-networking websites or their blogs.

The VIXIA mini camcorder features an ultra wide-angle Canon f/2.8 fisheye lens th

at provides users with 160-degree movies and 170-degree photos, and that enables users to include the surroundings where a video was shot to make the images more interesting, the company said.

To provide shooters with creative options, the VIXIA is outfitted with “Wide Mode” and “Close-Up Mode,” according to Canon. The Wide Mode provides the camcorder’s users with a full view of the surroundings and the Close-Up Mode provides an emphasis on a particular subject, the company said. While in Close-up Mode, users can record a centered 1920 x 1440 resolution image with little distortion, the firm adds. 

Users 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 2.7-inch tilt touch liquid crystal 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, Canon said.

In addition, the camcorder’s 12.8 megapixel high-sensitivity complementary metal–oxide–semiconductor image sensor combined with Canon’s DIGIC DV4 image processor creates the Canon “HS SYSTEM,” which enables shooters to capture and record full HD video in MP4 format, as well as JPEG still images to a removable microSD card, the company said. The camcorder’s video image quality is further enhanced by a mechanical shutter for the recording of moving subjects with little distortion, Canon adds. 

Beyond delivering high-quality video, the VIXIA also records high-quality audio thanks to its built-in stereo microphone, Canon said. 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, according to the company.

“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, Canon’s executive vice president and general manager, imaging technologies and communications group. “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,” he said.

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