Canon Announces Two Professional Camcorders

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Canon XF205 camcorder

MELVILLE, N.Y. – Canon U.S.A., a manufacturer of cameras and imaging products, announced the introduction of the compact Canon XF205 and XF200 professional camcorders, building on technologies carried over from the XA25 and XA20 Professional Camcorders and offering improved performance and enhanced operability in response to industry feedback.

Positioned above the XF105 and XF100 professional camcorder models, the new Canon XF205 and XF200 camcorders are equipped with the upgraded zoom lens, CMOS sensor and image-processing platform featured in the XA25/XA20 HD camcorders. The new models have a compact, lightweight body and expanded network connectivity, satisfying a range of professional shooting demands from the production of HD content for newsgathering, documentaries, weddings and event videography.

The XF205 and XF200 camcorders each feature a wide-angle 26.8 mm (35mm film equivalent) 20x optical zoom lens. Additionally, the lens is equipped with an eight-bladed circular aperture that employs the same electro-magnetic diaphragm technology used in Canon EF lenses to create natural, attractive blur characteristics. Differentiating the two models are industry-standard 3G-SDI and HD-SDI output terminals in addition to genlock in/SMPTE time code (in/out) terminals available on the Canon XF205 camcorders.

The Canon XF205 and XF200 camcorders support two recording formats – MXF, a file format used by broadcast stations, and MP4, which offers high versatility through its compatibility with various viewing and content providers such as web browsers and television news outlets. The new camcorders each have a compact, lightweight body with approximately 58 percent of the mass and volume of the XF305/XF300 models. In addition to their compact size, the XF205/XF200 camcorders include three separate lens rings for focus, zoom and iris control and are equipped with a comfortable handgrip that can turn freely up to a 120-degree rotation for simple operability while shooting in a variety of situations.

To help ensure a reliable network data connection is always available, the new Canon XF205 and XF200 camcorders are equipped with both an Ethernet LAN terminal and dual-band wireless LAN connectivity. With these two options, users can select the network connection method that best suits their needs.

The Canon XF205 and XF200 Full HD Professional Camcorders will be available in mid-July for an estimated list price of $4,400.00 and $3,900.00, respectively.

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