All Three New VIXIA HF R-Series Camcorders Provide Excellent Low-Light Shooting Performance and Enhanced Zoom
MELVILLE, N.Y., January 05, 2015 – Canon U.S.A., Inc. a leader in digital imaging solutions, has updated the VIXIA HF R-series lineup of camcorders with three new models announced today – the VIXIA HF R62, VIXIA HF R60 and VIXIA HF R600 camcorders. The VIXIA HF R-series camcorders all feature genuine Canon HD Video, a 57x (32.5-1853mm) Advanced Zoom lens, DIGIC DV 4 Image Processor, three-inch touch panel LCD, SuperRange Optical Image Stabilization, long battery life, and a Canon 3.28 Megapixel Full HD CMOS Image Sensor. The VIXIA HF R62 and VIXIA HF R60 camcorder models also feature Wi-Fi® and NFC™ capabilities for sharing images and video on compatible mobile devicesi including compatible Android devices, as well as by using the new Canon Connect Station CS100, a device for easy and safe image and video storage and access.
“For those who do not want to compromise on video quality, the Canon VIXIA line of camcorders is known for providing high-quality video, easy-to-use features and the optical and imaging technologies needed to create videos to be proud of,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, President and COO, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “Now, by adding NFCi capabilities to two VIXIA models, Canon is providing video enthusiasts with the tools they need to make recording and sharing their priceless memories easier than ever.”
After the confirmation from Canon themselves about the development of a high resolution camera, my inbox has lit up like a certain kind of tree (Merry belated Christmas and Happy New Year!). There are a lot of questions, as well as a lot of information to sort through. After these sorts of new items, I receive a lot of “wish lists” hidden has product information.
The general consensus from people I do trust is that we’ll see an announcement for the camera in the first quarter of 2015. It could possibly come for CP+ in February, though I imagine there will be a ton of marketing behind the camera and it will get its own launch party. I’m just hypothesising, but I think it’ll come well before NAB in April or after it. We expect a lot in the way of new Cinema EOS products, and a high resolution still camera doesn’t fit in well with that show.
A few people have stressed that the sensor inside the camera will come from Canon themselves and not Sony as has been rumoured in the past. Beyond the 65 point AF, EOS 5D Mark III style body (with enhancements), resolution approaching 50mp and the 2015 announcement, there’s nothing new confirmed.
I’m sure there’s going to be a lot of information to sort through in the coming month or so.
We’ve been told by a couple of people that the Cinema EOS C300 will be replaced in time for NAB 2015 in Las Vegas this coming April. The Mark II version of the C300 will indeed be 4K, which I think would have been assumed, though you never know with Canon. We’re told there will also be a “bunch of other improvements”, but what those additional improvements would be wasn’t specified. I suspect the C300 Mark II is going to be a bigger upgrade than the C100 Mark II was to the original C100.
We’re also told there will be some kind of an announcement for an over the shoulder style Cinema EOS camera to compete directly with Alexa. The hope is for that camera to be ready for NAB, but it could come after.
We’ve received a couple of more confirmations from people that the EF 11-24 f/4L we first reported back in August is in fact legit. The speculation on pricing for the EF 11-24 f/4L seems to be consistent across the board at around $3000 USD.
EF 11-24 f/4L
The following information is [CR1]. A separate person has told us that the EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS II was supposed to be announced at Photokina but was delayed, no reason for the delay was given. Canon themselves have come out and said that a replacement is coming, of course they didn’t specify when. We’re told to expect an announcement in November, with availability coming in December of this year. We’re not holding our breath on this one, as the 100-400 replacement has haunted us for quite some time now.
More to come
There’s not a lot being said about the upcoming DSLR from Canon. We’re getting little bits of information, and what we’re getting is going to be true. However, Canon Japan has been very proactive in stopping leaks within the various subsidiaries of Canon Inc. We, and others have been told that some past reviewers and journalists have been left out of the loop this go around. Canon seems to be taking leaks a lot more seriously than Sony and Nikon, who in my opinion, leak stuff themselves.
This is a small rundown of what we know and can publish about the EOS 7D Mark II (If that’s what it’s called).
- Full metal body (EOS-1 build quality)
- EOS-1 style top plate
- New sensor technology (multi layer)
- No Wifi built-in
- Not touch screen, super durable LCD cover
- 12fps shooting (or faster)
- Dual Pixel AF
- New AF system
This will probably turn out to be Canon’s best specced camera ever. We’re also told, that just like the EOS 5D Mark III launch. This camera should be available pretty soon after the announcement.
Another major US retailer confirmed to us that the EOS 7D is discontinued. They have been told to remove their display models of the camera and that no more would be available to order. This follows Amazon listing the camera as discontinued.
If you have any more information about the camera, or any of Canon’s other coming products. You can mail us anonymously here.