By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS)
Canon has announced three new full high definition camcorders; yep, you read that right, HD. The cameras are geared towards the prosumer market, and have all the usual refinements. But what may be slightly more interesting, are the rumored 6K Cinema Cameras that could be coming soon.
“The ability to capture high-quality video on-the-go in a compact and lightweight form factor is extremely valuable to videographers of all skill levels. These camcorders were designed to help professionals and enthusiasts who are in the field capture action as it happens.” – Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO, Canon U.S.A., Inc. via Canon Watch
First let’s talk about the three new camcorders… They are the XA15, XA11, and the consumer grade Vixia HF G21. All three are 1080p full HD, and with a 20x optical zoom capable of imagine a focal range of 26.8-576mm.
The cameras all come with Canon’s DIGIC DV4 image processor for recording HD at up to 60 fps at 35 MBps, with Canon’s Wide Dynamic Range Mode (Wide DR) that can capture up to 600 percent of the luminance and color gradation. This makes it capable of capturing video in just about any environment where extreme light and dark can cause other cameras to lose detail, due to over and under exposure. Pretty cool!
All three record in both AVCHD and MP4 formats, with multiple bit rates and to dual SD card slots (is it 2008 again?). Other features include HDMI out, audio headphone jack, optional GPS support, and support for XLR professional audio through both the XA15 and XA11 models.
The XA15 also supports HD-SDI output. In essence, they’re all three pretty much the same camera in different configurations, with the Vixia G21 having the same performance as the XA15 and 11, minus the handle and XLR support.
MSRP will be $1899.00 for the XA15, $1399.00 for the XA11 and $999.00 for the Vixia G21. Shipping to be by the end of December 2017.
That’s going to be of interest to those making their way into the corporate, event, and wedding video market, to be sure, but I’m betting the rest of us are going to be more interested in what Canon potentially has coming over the horizon. The talk is that a C300 MK. III will finally breach the 6K summit, and a new C400 may be coming along with it.
Canon Rumors reports that the expected specs on the C300 Mk. III will be a Super 35 6K sensor, capable of capturing 4K Raw at 60 fps, or 2K at 180 fps, and promises the highest dynamic range of any Cinema EOS camera in the line.
Meanwhile, the C400 has no specs yet to speak of, but should fit somewhere in between the C300 and C500, which I expect will be probably 4.5K or there about. Or could it be the next C500 Mk. II in disguise? Only time will tell.
Unfortunately, 8K hasn’t been invited to the party yet. If these rumors prove true, and there’s no 8K, Canon continues to develop camera technology at a snail’s pace. They’re leaving the higher end cinema applications to RED, ARRI, and Panasonic, at least for now.