Tuesday, January 05, 2010

New Canon consumer camcorders

At CES Canon has announced new consumer camcorders in their high-end VIXIA HF S-series, the compact VIXIA HF M-series and the entry-level VIXIA HF R-series.

New features in these models include a new Touch Panel LCD with an advanced tracking feature, enhanced image stabilization, and an all-new HD-to-SD Downconversion feature (in some models) that allows video to be easily uploaded to the web or burned onto DVDs. Some models are also compatible with Eye-fi SD Memory Cards, allowing for wireless uploading of video content.

Canon also says that their HD CMOS Image Sensor and DIGIC DV III Image Processor have been improved to reduce noise under low-light conditions and deliver more faithful reproduction of purple and blue tones.

Canon HFS 21

VIXIA HF S-series
All three new HF S-series models record 1920 x 1080 HD video and feature a 10x Lens and a Canon 1/2.6-inch, 8.59-megapixel CMOS Image Sensor. They also sport the new 3.5-inch High Resolution (922,000-dot) Touch Panel LCD screen and improved Image Stabilization.

The VIXIA HF S21 viewfinder appears to be different from the one in the S20 and S200, with Canon promising "a reliable viewing environment when shooting in bright outdoor conditions."

The new models will be available in April.

VIXIA HF S21: 64GB internal memory $1399.99
VIXIA HF S20: 32GB internal memory $1099.99
VIXIA HF S200: SD memory cards only $999.99

VIXIA HF M-series
More compact than the S-Series, and with fewer "high-end" features (like a LANC terminal and 24p recording), the three new M series models are:

HF M31: 32GB $799.99
HF M30: 8GB $699.99
HF M300: SD memory cards only $679.99

Features include: Smart Auto, Powered IS and Advanced Video Snapshot. The VIXIA HF M31 and VIXIA HF M30 models both include Canon's Relay Recording and HD-to-SD Downconversion.
Note that these models actually have a longer 15x lens, compared to the S-Series. They will be available in April.

VIXIA HF R-series
For those on a budget, the R series have a 20x HD Video Lens, Dynamic IS, Smart Auto and Advanced Video Snapshot. Both the VIXIA HF R11 and VIXIA HF R10 feature Canon's Relay Recording and HD-to-SD Downconversion. They will be available in March.

HF R11: 32GB $699.99
HF R10: 8GB $549.99
HF R100: SD memory cards only $499.99


Mom's Blog said...

I need help

I have the Canon VIXIA HF M31

I started to use the Camcorder and cannot transfer to Imovie or my Macbook

What do I do
I have been to the apple store and they had no idea
Please help me with instructions

Michael Murie said...

You find some suggestions here: VideoQ&A: Problems importing to iMovie