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Canon announces VIXIA mini - The Ultra-Compact Full HD Camcorder

Canon-VIXIA-mini-imageCanon today announces new ultra-thin Pocket Full HD camcorder, the Super slim camcorder weighing approximately 5.6 ounces (body only), the camcorder’s innovative design is perfect for bloggers and anyone who likes to share online in creative ways. The camcorder all shoot still images of 12.8 Megapixel High-Sensitivity CMOS sensor and Canon DIGIC DV 4 Image Processor. VIXIA mini Capture Full HD video in MP4 format and also features A high-quality built-in stereo microphone. The camcorder also comes with a 2.7-inch capacitive, tilt, touch panel LCD and a Built in Mini tripod socket allow flexible positioning of the camcorder.

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Other features include Live Streaming function enabled by the VIXIA mini camcorder’s built-in Wi-Fi® allows you to receive the live video and sound that your camcorder is recording from a remote location on your iOS® or Android™ device using the free Canon CameraAccess2 app† (Works on selected devices only).

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Pricing & Availability
The VIXIA mini compact personal camcorder will be available in black and white and is scheduled to be available September 2013 for an estimated retail price of $299.99.1 An optional VIXIA mini carrying case and strap are scheduled to also be available September 2013 in black or white for an estimated retail price of $14.99.1

We will update you soon when VIXIA min arrives at Amazon and B&H

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New Canon XA25 and XA20 Camcorders - Wireless Transfer And Remote Operation

XA25 HD professional Canon at NAB 2013 announced two new Canon XA25 and XA20 Camcorders – The Canon XA25 and XA20 HD camcorders 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.

Both features a 20x HD Zoom Lens, Simultaneous MP4 and AVCHD Recording, a 3.5-Inch Organic LED Touch Panel Display, and Wireless Connectivity for Digital Content Uploading or Remote Operation Via Tablet or Smartphone, read the full press release below

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GoPro launched new action camera: the Hero3

GoPro Hero3The Hero3 announced by GoPro today, the Hero3 camera is 30% smaller and 25% lighter compared to Hero2, the latest Black edition aka professional grade camera features Ultra-sharp ƒ/2.8 – 6 element aspherical glass lens, captures still images @ 12 Megapixel and can record 4K videos @ 15fps, at 2.7K at 30fps, Full HD videos can be recorded at 60fps and if you drop all the way down to 720p, frame rate is increased to 120fps.

The silver edition Hero3 features same lens as professional grade Hero3, specification says Full HD at 30, 25, 24 fps and HD capture at 60, 50, 30, 25 fps, you can also capture 11 megapixel images with the Prosumer Grade camera.

The Hero3 White edition is a Consumer Grade camcorder, features Ultra-sharp ƒ/2.8 – 6 element lens (missing aspherical glass ) captures 11 Megapixel still, 1080p video at 30, 25 fps and 720p at 60, 50, 30, 25 fps.

The Black, Silver, and White editions are priced at $400, $300, and $200, respectively.

Sony NEX-VG900 35mm full-frame interchangeable lens camcorder

Sony announces today the world’s first consumer 35mm full-frame interchangeable lens camcorder, the Alpha 99, Sony RX1 and Sony NEX-VG900 features same sensor, with VG900 sony also announces NEX-VG30H/VG30.

the VG 900 features resolution of 24.3 effective megapixels, the camcorder’s Exmor® CMOS sensor is around 40 times larger than its equivalent in standard consumer camcorders and more than twice the size of the APS-C sensor found in other interchangeable lens Handycam models. It captures full-frame, 24 megapixel still photos, with RAW format support for all the post-processing flexibility and quality expected from a pro-class DSLR camera. The sensor also allows the creation of distinctive ‘bokeh’ (defocus) effects; high sensitivity for extremely clear, low-noise images; and effortless reproduction of smooth, true tonal gradation.

Beautiful, film-like results can be achieved by shooting video in 24p progressive mode with CinemaTone Gamma™ and CinemaTone Color™ presets to precisely control cinematic grading effects. Additionally, AVCHD™ version 2.0 standard 60p recording maximizes the range of creative options for movie-makers to explore. Even greater flexibility is provided by a choice of new Picture Effect modes, enabling easy creation of artistic ‘in-camera’ treatments. Whether you’re shooting HD video or stills, Picture Effects add a new level of expression to content. Modes like Posterization, which creates a high contrast abstract look by heavily emphasizing primary colors or black and white; Retro Photo, which creates the look of an aged photo with sepia color tones and faded contrast; Pop Color, which produces a vivid look by emphasizing color tones; and Partial Color, which produces stunning monochrome photos containing a single designated color (red, green, blue or yellow) are just a few of the effects that make ordinary images and scenes come to life.

A convenient seesaw lever allows slow, smooth zoom capability that is almost impossible to achieve when zooming manually, for added creative control and pro-quality imagery. Yielding impressive results, the lever adjusts optical zoom when using compatible E-mount lenses that feature a built-in zoom drive and controls electronic zoom when using the camcorder with fixed focal lenses. As an extra refinement, the NEX-VG900 camcorder switches automatically from full-frame operation to APS-C mode when an E-mount or A-mount DT lens is attached. This allows users to get the most out of their collection of lenses that are optimized for cameras with a smaller APS-C image sensor. The camcorder also comes supplied with the LA-EA3 adaptor that lets photographers use full-frame A-mount lenses at their designated focal length.

Extensive manual settings and options combined with ergonomic refinements give videographers greater control and comfort. Aperture priority, shutter speed priority and manual exposure are all customizable while white balance can be adjusted to suit any scene. Similarly, iris, shutter speed, and gain adjustments can easily be made via direct access keys. And the camcorder’s pro-style display peaking function is complemented by a one-touch focus magnification button on top of the grip.

Serious videomakers will welcome the premium XGA OLED Tru-Finder™ EVF that offers high-contrast image monitoring with superb color rendition. Even in the most challenging lighting situations, being able to view your footage with the Tru-finder EVF ensures you’re getting the best shots. Complementing the Tru-Finder EVF, an adjustable three-inch Xtra Fine LCD™ touch-panel monitor with LED backlighting offers Sony’s unique technology for high contrast images with rich, deep blacks.

Superior audio has always been a crucial part of the E-mount Handycam camcorder lineup. A unique Quad Capsule Spatial Array Microphone features four omnidirectional capsules that supports stereo or 5.1 channel surround. Recording levels are adjustable, with accurate visual confirmation provided by an audio level meter on the LCD display. There’s also a headphone jack for direct monitoring of sounds being recorded. The new Multi Interface Shoe provides compatibility with accessories including the optional XLR-K1M adaptor kit that adds a high-quality mono shotgun mic and two pro-standard XLR connections.

Handycam® NEX-VG30H/VG30

Sharing many of the pro-oriented enhancements of the NEX-VG900 camcorder, the Handycam® NEX-VG30H model succeeds the acclaimed NEX-VG20H camcorder. With a resolution of 16.1 effective megapixels, the new camcorder’s Exmor® APS HD CMOS sensor assures outstanding image quality with the family of interchangeable E-mount lenses. Like the NEX-VG900 camcorder, it can capture smooth, cinematic Full HD video footage at 60p, or 24p (progressive) frame rates and high-resolution still photos, supported by a wide range of artistic Picture Effect modes. It also features the same XGA OLED Tru-Finder™ EVF, comprehensive manual controls and the same seesaw style zoom lever as the NEX-VG900 model.

The NEX-VG30H camcorder comes supplied as a kit with the new SELP-18200 E PZ 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 Power Zoom lens that provides a versatile range from wide angle to telephoto. Offering smooth, quiet Auto Focus operation and Optical SteadyShot™ image stabilization, the lens also features an additional switch on the barrel for further controlling zoom speeds.

The new camcorders are compatible with Sony’s Memory Stick PRO-HG™ Duo HX series as well as Sony’s full line of SD memory cards. Available in capacities up to 32 GB, both media enable necessary transfer speeds for stable and optimal performance of Sony hardware features such as full HD movie shooting.

Pricing and Availability

The Handycam NEX-VG900 35mm full-frame camcorder (body-only) with LA-EA3 adaptor will be available in November for about $3,300 and the NEX-VG30H Full HD E-mount system camcorder will also be available at that time for $2,700. A body-only version, the NEX-VG30 model, will be available for $1,800. These interchangeable lens camcorders and their accessories will be sold at Sony retail stores (www.store.sony.com) as well as other authorized retailers throughout the Sony dealer network. Follow #Handycam on Twitter for the latest Sony camcorder news.


Panasonic Announces AVCCAM Camera Recorder AG-AC90

Panasonic Corporation will release the AG-AC90 memory card camera recorder, a new “AVCCAM” series model, in October 2012. The AG-AC90 new memory card recorder combines the high image quality, advanced functions and easy operation that professionals demand in a stylish, easy-to-handle design.

 Press Release

BRACKNELL, UK, 14 AUGUST 2012 – Panasonic Corporation will release the AG-AC90 memory card camera recorder, a new “AVCCAM” series model, in October 2012.

The AG-AC90 new memory card recorder combines the high image quality, advanced functions and easy operation that professionals demand in a stylish, easy-to-handle design. Its zoom lens extends from 29.8 mm (35mm equivalent) wide angle to 12x optical zoom, with a high speed of F1.5 brightness. BSI (backside illumination) type 3MOS image sensors exhibit high sensitivity, Full-HD resolution and a high S/N ratio. The AVCHD recorder section supports both PS mode, for Full-HD progressive image production, and pro-use PH mode. This gives a camera operator the field of view, image quality, and file/video formats he/she needs for news gathering and image production. Other professional operating features include Triple Manual Rings (focus, zoom and iris) that approach the versatility and feel of the interchangeable lenses, XLR Microphone/Audio inputs, and remote terminals to provide the system expandability that professional applications require.

The AG-AC90 AVCCAM memory card recorder will be available in October, 2012 at suggested price of €1800 RRP (excluding VAT).

The AG-AC90 will be exhibited at the Beijing International Radio, TV & Film Equipment Exhibition “BIRTV2012” to be held at the China International Exhibition Center (CIEC) from Wednesday 22nd to Saturday 25th August, and at the European International Broadcasting Convention “IBC2012” to be held at the RAI Centre in Amsterdam, Netherlands from Friday 7th to Tuesday 11th September.

 

Main Features of AG-AC90


29.8mm Wide-Angle / High powered Zoom Lens
The high-powered 12x zoom lens includes a 29.8 mm (35 mm equivalent) wide-angle setting. When using the Intelligent 25x digital zoom, it achieves up to 25x seamless zooming. In addition, it also features 2x, 5x and 10x digital zoom function. Panasonic’s unique Nano Surface Coating minimizes ghosts and flaring, and a high speed, F1.5 brightness enables extremely clear image rendering. The built-in 5-axis Hybrid OIS (Optical Image Stabilizer) ensures stable handheld shooting.

High-Sensitivity BSI Type 3MOS Sensors
Three (RGB) backside illumination corresponding 1/4.7 type MOS image sensors have an effective pixel count of 2,190,000 pixels. This makes it possible to capture excellent images with high definition and superb color reproduction even in dimly lit locations. The image processing circuit, which is tuned for professional use, produces highly natural gradation and sharp detail.

Easy Operation with Triple Manual Rings and a High-Definition LCD monitor
The lens barrel is equipped with manual rings for focus, zoom and iris operation to enable the kind of speedy, intuitive camera work that is generally associated with interchangeable lenses. The 8.89 cm (3.5 inches) LCD monitor (touch panel), which stores easily inside the top front part of the handle, has approximately 1,150,000 dot resolution to enhance focusing, and includes focus assist, zebra, and color bar display functions. The LCD monitor rotates 270 degrees for easy low-angle, high-angle, and self-interview shootings.

 

High-Quality Recording with AVCHD PS/PH Modes

  • Professional AVCHD Modes: PS mode for Full-HD (1920 x 1080) and progressive (60p) image acquisition and high quality PH mode.
  • HD/SD Multi-Formats:  [60 Hz model]: 1080/60p, 60i, 30p, 24p, 480/60i.  [50 Hz model]: 1080/50p, 50i, 25p, 576/50i.
  • Dual SD Card Slots (support SDXC/SDHC/SD Memory Cards). With two SD cards, a camera operator can select backup recording.
  • Still shots with 3-megapixel resolution. (Still shots can also be captured during video recording.)

 

Specifications Supporting Professional Use

  • 2 channel XLR audio inputs (MIC/LINE/+48V selectable).
  • Audio CH1/CH2 with individual level controls and input selection.
  • HDMI output, AV Multi output (D-connector, composite video and audio 2 channel), USB connector.
  • Remote terminals enable remote operation of iris, focus, zoom and Rec Start/Stop functions.
  • The upper part of the handle grip contains both the Rec Start/Stop button and a zoom speed control (three speed steps) for the lens.

 

 

World Smallest 4K Video Camcorder

The size of the camera measures just 29 x 29 x 30mm (similar to a ice cube) , too small compared to currently available 4K capable camera / camcorders, the small camera uses Sony Exmor sensor including a 32 megabyte frame buffer and captures 4096 x 2160 color images at 21 FPS (185 MByte/s), It also features USB 3.0 interface for fast data transfer to your PC.

The camera also provides color interpolation, look up table, gamma correction, and pixel binning functionality, The 4K camera will cost you approx $945 and available at Point Grey website.

JVC GC-XA1 Adixxion - Full HD Action and Sports Camcorder

Just after the Sony Wearable action & Sports camcorder JVC also announced JVC GC-XA1 Adixxion, it captures Full HD video, features remote display to smartphones via WiFi connectivity, the camcorder is waterproof to 5m, shockproof, and Freezproof, the camera comes with a small 1.5” LCD

the camera is available in Japan from June at a retails price of 30,000 Yen, approx $379.

JVC GC-XA1 Adixxion also features remote display to smartphones via WiFi