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Canon launches smallest 50Mbps 4:2:2 camcorder

1 September 2010
Canon launches smallest 50Mbps 4:2:2 camcorder

From The IBC Daily News: Canon has extended its XF range of professional camcorders with two new palm-sized cameras, the XF105 and XF100 – the smallest cameras ever to include broadcast quality MPEG-2 full HD 50Mbps, 4:2:2 recording.

They share many features from the existing XF305 and XF300 camcorders, such as manual controls, in a smaller package.

Both have professional features, such as XLR audio (16-bit linear PCM at 48 kHz), while the XF105 has HD-SDI output, plus a shared Timecode input/output and Genlock input, for multi-camera shoots.

They record 1080/50i, 1080/25p, 720/50p or 720/25p MXF files to Compact Flash memory, for Relay or Double Slot Recording (to two CF cards simultaneously).

The cameras have a new 10x 30.4mm Canon HD f/1.8 zoom lens, with Optical Image Stabilizer and more moveable lens groups to help reduce chromatic aberration and overall lens size. They use a single 1/3-inch, 2.07 Megapixel Canon 1920×1080 CMOS sensor, adapted from the 3CMOS sensor system in XF300 models with high-speed data readout to minimise rolling-shutter skew.

Variable framerate recording (12-50fps in 720p or 12-25fps in 1080p), Interval Recording and stop-motion Frame Recording are included, plus three-second Pre Record (cache).

For night-time use, there is infrared shooting and an IR lamp, which will appeal to users of Sony’s HVR-A1.

There are two 3D Shooting Assist functions: OIS Axis Shift uses the lens-shift image stabilizer to help align two connected camcorders, while a Focal Length Guide helps to synchronise zoom adjustments.

A manual lens ring is switchable between focus, zoom and iris, and various settings, including iris, can also be adjusted using a custom key and control dial combination. There is Face Detection autofocus including a Face-Only mode that limits itself to detected faces only – particularly useful for self shooters.

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