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Canon Introduces Two Professional Camcorders

The XA25 HD and XA20 HD are designed for ‘run-and-gun style videography’

Canon U.S.A. Inc., a producer of digital imaging solutions, unveiled the XA25 HD and XA20 HD professional camcorders that integrate some of Canon’s next-generation imaging and wireless technologies.
Both the XA25 HD and XA20 HD camcorders weigh only 2.6 pounds, allowing for extreme mobility and portability enabling “run-and-gun style videography,” or electronic newsgathering, Canon says.
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, according to Canon.
The XA25 and XA20 HD 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 that enables the camcorders to deliver low-light performance and image quality, the company says. Additional features include simultaneous recording of multiple bit rates and Full 1080p HD formats—including 60 p and native cinematic at 24p—on two separate SD cards.
Users can simultaneously record Full 1080p HD video at 60p in either AVCHD Progressive (28 Mbps) or MP4 (35 Mbps) format for crisp moving images, or record at a lower bit rate and transmit MP4 (3 Mbps) format video to cover and quickly upload breaking news via wireless FTP file transfer, Canon says. The cameras’ dual SD slots allow for relay recording for long periods without interruption, the company adds.

The introduction of the XA25 and XA20 professional camcorder models are designed to provide ENG professionals with a compact, portable and wireless system for content acquisition and uploading, says Yuichi Ishizuka, Canon’s executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies & Communications Group. “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,” he said.

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