Canon U.S.A. Introduces New VIXIA HF G40 And Three New VIXIA HF R-Series Camcorders

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<em>Advanced Sensor Performance of the New VIXIA G40 Camcorder Provides New Creative Possibilities for Advanced Amateur Videographers; Improved Operability of New VIXIA R-Series Camcorders Makes Recording Special Family Moments Easier Than Ever</em></p>
<p><b>MELVILLE, N.Y.</b> — Canon U.S.A., Inc. a leader in digital imaging solutions, has updated the VIXIA HF G and R-Series lineup of camcorders with four new models announced today, the VIXIA HF G40, VIXIA HF R72, VIXIA HF R70, and the VIXIA HF R700 camcorders.</p>
<p>Featuring more evolved professional-level features than its predecessor, the new VIXIA HF G40 records 1080/60p Full HD in MP4 and AVCHD and features a Canon Full HD System including a genuine Canon 20x High Definition Optical Zoom Lens to cover a broad range of shooting opportunities, a new advanced HD CMOS PRO Image Sensor for improved low-light performance, and DIGIC DV 4 Image Processor for superb imaging performance. The new VIXIA HF R-Series camcorders feature a 57x Advanced Zoom Lens and SuperRange Optical Image Stabilizer, 3.28 Megapixel Full HD CMOS Image Sensor, and record 1080/60p Full HD video in MP4 (35 Mbps) and AVCHD Progressive (28 Mbps). In addition, the VIXIA HF R72 and R70 camcorders feature Near Field Communication (NFC™) connectivity allowing users to easily share beautiful images online with family and friends by connecting easily to a compatible smartphone, tablet<sup>1</sup> or NFC enabled computer.</p>
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<p><strong>Canon VIXIA HF G40 Camcorder </strong>

The new VIXIA HF G40 camcorder is the ideal tool for advanced amateur filmmakers, wedding videographers and student reporters. Featuring a genuine wide-angle Canon 20x High Definition Optical Zoom Lens and advanced HD CMOS PRO Image Sensor, identical to the one found in Canon’s XA35 and XA30 professional camcorders, this new camcorder provides excellent image quality especially in low-light situations.</p>
<p>The VIXIA G40 camcorder’s Intelligent Optical Image Stabilization five-axis system provides users with powerful image stabilization via a Dynamic mode to help reduce image distortion even when shooting while walking, as well as a convenient auto on/off feature. The ergonomically designed and highly portable VIXIA HF G40 features a 3.5–inch OLED touch panel screen with 10,000:1 contrast ratio and tilting, user-friendly, high resolution color Electronic View Finder (EVF). Advanced display features include Zebra, Color Bars and Test Tone. The VIXIA HF G40 camcorder records 1080/60p Full HD video in MP4 to dual card SD card slots with dual and relay recording and can record in slow and fast motion interval from 2x to 1200x.  The VIXIA HF G40 is also equipped with Linear PCM audio recording2 and Audio Scene Select.</p>
<p>A new “Looks” setting has been added for easy access to creative imaging effects such as Highlight Priority Gamma and Wide Dynamic Range Gamma. Highlight Priority video-recording mode helps users achieve the same effects as HDR making it possible to capture visual characteristics that might otherwise be lost due to video compression. This allows for the creation of video that can realistically convey the three-dimensional feel of blue skies and clouds, the translucence of water and the luster of metals. Drawing from technologies employed in Canon’s Cinema EOS System of professional digital cinematography products, the camcorder’s new Wide DR Gamma mode achieves a dynamic range that has been expanded to 600 percent compared to the 300 percent on the predecessor Canon VIXIA HF G30 model. This mode helps minimize the occurrence of under- and over-exposed areas to help create smooth color gradations, even when shooting in environments that tend to produce under- and over-exposed regions, such as those with drastic differences in lighting conditions. To help facilitate better focus ability and clearer, more pristine images, the camcorder features High Definition Peaking for Focus Assist.</p>
<p>The VIXIA HF G40 camcorder features full manual control and provides shooters with the ability to assign buttons on the camcorder for a custom shooting experience. The camcorder also includes a high-capacity battery, connectivity to various inputs and outputs and a mini advanced accessory shoe allowing users to easily attach accessories. In addition, the camcorder is compatible with the optional WM-V1 wireless microphone.</p>
<p><strong>Canon VIXIA HF R-Series Camcorders—feature improved battery life. </strong>

Updated for 2016, the new line of VIXIA HF R-Series camcorders is ideal for families who want to capture life’s precious moments. Each model is equipped with a 57x Advanced Zoom, SuperRange Optical Image Stabilizer, a 3.28 Megapixel Full HD CMOS Canon Image Sensor, DIGIC DV4 Image Processor, and a 3.0-inch capacitive touch panel LCD with increased brightness and new user interface for easy menu navigation and simple viewing of videos. The VIXIA HF R-Series line of camcorders is the ideal mix of high image quality, value and convenience.</p>
<p>The VIXIA HF R-Series camcorders feature an improved Zoom Framing Assist setting that is available in both auto and manual mode, making it easier to accurately track and capture subjects, even while they are moving. Shooters can record 1080/60p FULL HD video to both MP4 (35 Mbps) and AVCHD Progressive (28Mbps) and dual recording allows for saving to both formats simultaneously. Slow and Fast motion recording is available allowing shooters to record fast motion at up to 1200x and slow motion at 0.5x.</p>
<p>The VIXIA HF R-series camcorders provide users with a variety of internal memory options. The VIXIA R72 allows users to record up to 12 hours of video to a 32GB internal flash drive, while the VIXIA R70 allows users to record up to six hours of video to a 16BG internal flash drive, increased from three hours and 8GB of internal memory of its predecessor. All of the VIXIA HF R-Series camcorders allow for recording to a removable SD card and feature dual card slots for relay recording.</p>
<p>Featuring built-in Wi-Fi® and NFC™ capabilities, the VIXIA HF R72 and VIXIA HF R70 camcorders expand shooting options for filming important moments while simultaneously providing remote monitoring capabilities. Utilizing Wi-Fi and the free Canon CameraAccess Plus App1, users can easily share recorded video or live stream remotely from a compatible Android or iOS device that allows the user to control certain camera functions like record and zooming. The optional Camera Pan Table CT-V1 base accessory can be attached to the bottom of both the VIXIA HF R-Series camcorders, which enables users to remotely pan the camcorder up to 200 degrees to the left or right, allowing them to act as baby monitors or security cameras. With the free Canon Movie Uploader App<sup>2</sup> sharing videos with family and friends is easy. Available on the iOS platform, this app allows users to send video directly to a compatible smartphone or tablet for online sharing. For Android devices, the free Remote Browse App allows users to preview or download files to a compatible smartphone, tablet, or PC when using a web browser. Once both devices are wirelessly connected, users can download or instantly playback their videos without the need for an application or other software. In addition, built-in down conversion creates MP4 files for even easier sharing on the web. The new Canon VIXIA HF R72 and R70 camcorders are compatible with the Canon Connect Station CS100 device which provides users with the ability to wirelessly transfer videos for storage via Wi-Fi® or NFC™.</p>
<p>For more creative videos, these camcorders allow users to customize a video by selecting from five Cinema Look filter effects which can be applied during or after filming. While in Audio Scene Select mode, users can select from eight predetermined audio modes that adjust and optimize audio settings based on the shooting conditions. Additionally, Intelligent Image Stabilization (IS) allows shooters to choose from four different modes to help optimize IS for that particular shooting condition. The built-in microphone/headphone terminal provides users with the flexibility to record using an auxiliary microphone or listen to what they’re recording with headphones. All of the new Canon VIXIA HF R-Series camcorders feature the new high-capacity BP-727 battery for up to 180 minutes of recording time on a single charge and a file lock function that helps to safeguard against mistakenly deleting files from the camcorder.</p>
<p>The Canon VIXIA HF G40 camcorder is scheduled to be available February 2016 for an estimated retail price of $1,299.99<sup>3. </sup>The VIXIA HF R72, VIXIA HF R70, and VIXIA HF R700 camcorders will be available in February 2016 for estimated retail prices of $449.99, $399.99, and $299.99, respectively<sup>3</sup>. For more information please visit:<a href="https://www.usa.canon.com/internet/portal/us/home/products/list/camcorders/consumer/vixia" target="_self">https://www.usa.canon.com/internet/portal/us/home/products/list/camcorders/consumer/vixia</a>.</p>
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Nininini

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nightscape123 said:
1080p? What is this 2008? I can record better video on my phone.

Clearly an outdated press release that got sent out by accident by Canon, no one uses camcorders anymore.
 

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nightscape123 said:
1080p? What is this 2008? I can record better video on my phone.

Personally, I'll take clean 1080p over grainy 4K – sensor size matters. Besides, haven't you heard? 4K is already dead, we're on to 8K now... ;)
 

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neuroanatomist said:
nightscape123 said:
1080p? What is this 2008? I can record better video on my phone.

Personally, I'll take clean 1080p over grainy 4K – sensor size matters. Besides, haven't you heard? 4K is already dead, we're on to 8K now... ;)

My grief is the p60 part. I was really hoping for 1080p120, or even better p240.

Not sure what that 1200x - 0.5x motion means. Is the 1200x basically time lapse? And 0.5x is 50% slow motion?
 

bsbeamer

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Underwhelming. I expected the XA30 and XA35 to offer 4K or some kind of increased resolution IN ADDITION to increased DR. These are just following suit. These types of cameras have their place (more the G40 than others) but they seem like they are barely an improvement over the previous generation...
 

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neuroanatomist said:
nightscape123 said:
1080p? What is this 2008? I can record better video on my phone.

Personally, I'll take clean 1080p over grainy 4K – sensor size matters. Besides, haven't you heard? 4K is already dead, we're on to 8K now... ;)

The sensors on these camcorders are tiny. The actual resolution of the G30 is closer to 720p btw, not HD, due to its relatively low pixel density. Pretty much all 4K footage blows the output of things like the G30 (and now G40, which is essentially the same camera with a few tweeks) out of the water.

I have a G30, and it is horrible next to my NX1. Hell, even my little RX100M3 puts it to shame. The only advantage the G30 had over the other two cameras is its 20X zoom factor and the high equivalent focal length on the long end.
 

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It just goes to show you can't please everyone (or anyone in this case).
People should be happy Canon is using a sensor that has the same native resolution as the format it records in, that's why we all love the A7S so much? Right?
Or was Sony wrong all along and we're all on the "downscaling is good" bandwagon now?
 

Tugela

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tpatana said:
neuroanatomist said:
nightscape123 said:
1080p? What is this 2008? I can record better video on my phone.

Personally, I'll take clean 1080p over grainy 4K – sensor size matters. Besides, haven't you heard? 4K is already dead, we're on to 8K now... ;)

My grief is the p60 part. I was really hoping for 1080p120, or even better p240.

Not sure what that 1200x - 0.5x motion means. Is the 1200x basically time lapse? And 0.5x is 50% slow motion?

It refers to putting one of the normal output modes to a different cadence. 0.5X is 60p set to 30p (ie slow motion), while the others are time lapse frames set to a 60p or 30p video sequence.

The G30 has something similar, where you could record in one framerate and output to another, which gave you either slow or accelerated motion.
 

et31

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Wow Canon! Look who beat you! JVC among all companies in camcorders!....and for less money too!
Your 2008 tech. equiv. XA30 camcorder in a 2016 body: $1,999.00 (B&H Price)
JVC's 2008-2011 tech. equiv. JVC GY-HM170UA camcorder in a 2015 body: $1,295.00 (B&H Price)

Ouch!

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Canon JVC
Sensor: 1.284" 1/2.33"
Video size: 1080p 1080p and UHD (~4K)
Record rate: 28-35Mbps 50-150Mbps
Optics (35mm) 28.8 - 576mm 29.5 - 354mm
Aperture: f/1.8 - 2.8 f/1.2 - 3.5
Color space: 4:2:0 4:2:2
Signal Bit Rate: 8bit 8bit
ND Filters: No Yes

Is the $704 price difference worth only for a Wide DR color profile? I think not!
 

Tugela

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9VIII said:
It just goes to show you can't please everyone (or anyone in this case).
People should be happy Canon is using a sensor that has the same native resolution as the format it records in, that's why we all love the A7S so much? Right?
Or was Sony wrong all along and we're all on the "downscaling is good" bandwagon now?

If your sensors native resolution is the same as the nominal resolution, you lose about 30% of the effective resolution due to debeyering.

To get close to true HD you need at least a 2.5k sensor (or equivalent) read prior to debeyering.
 

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nightscape123 said:
1080p? What is this 2008? I can record better video on my phone.

Please define "better video".
Do you mean "more artistic"? Or "more cinematic"? Or something else?

Cellphones give a user minimal if any control over the resulting video footage other than start and stop recording.
 

AvTvM

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Re: 2015: Canon U.S.A. Introduces highly innovative HD Camcorders!!

Sensational! Highly innovative!
Canon again demonstrates their technical prowess!
Absolutely stunming! Full HD video in a camcorder!
Technological market leadership!
Imaging on a new level.
Canon is the future of video capture!

Ouch.
 

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Tugela said:
neuroanatomist said:
nightscape123 said:
1080p? What is this 2008? I can record better video on my phone.

Personally, I'll take clean 1080p over grainy 4K – sensor size matters. Besides, haven't you heard? 4K is already dead, we're on to 8K now... ;)

The sensors on these camcorders are tiny. The actual resolution of the G30 is closer to 720p btw, not HD, due to its relatively low pixel density. Pretty much all 4K footage blows the output of things like the G30 (and now G40, which is essentially the same camera with a few tweeks) out of the water.

I have a G30, and it is horrible next to my NX1. Hell, even my little RX100M3 puts it to shame. The only advantage the G30 had over the other two cameras is its 20X zoom factor and the high equivalent focal length on the long end.

I wasn't talking about a comparison to an APS-C or a even a 1" sensor shooting 'better video'.
 

AvTvM

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they don't care. it is evident. Something has happened to Canon about 9 years ago, when they lost their former technological leadership in image sensors, AF-systems and a whole number of other key areas. They just lost their edge and have not done anything to gain it back.
 

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AvTvM said:
Something has happened to Canon about 9 years ago, when they lost their former technological leadership in image sensors, AF-systems and a whole number of other key areas. They just lost their edge and have not done anything to gain it back.

Something happened to Canon about 11 years ago, when they became the dSLR market leader. They just started dominating the market and have not done anything to lose it.

Canon certainly still has technological leadership in AF systems, lens design, and a whole number of other key areas, so IDK WTF you're going on about...

Having said that, in the context of this thread I have no idea how the camcorder market shapes up.
 

AvTvM

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neuroanatomist said:
Canon certainly still has technological leadership in AF systems,

that is what 1D-X users believe. If you read reviews, it is clear that Nikon's more recent AF implementations (e.g. D810, D750) are superior - especially in acquiring and tracking moving subjects with the help of color information. If you look at the 5D / D500 specs I fully expect them to trounce any AF system Canon has brouight to market until today and I do NOT expect Canon to best the D5 with the 1DX-2 or the 5D 4.

But we are getting off topic here. On topic: I consider it a shame for a company like Canon to present the procudts - all of them! - they have been presenting at CES 2016.
 

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A market Canon should go after is the Action Cam (Go Pro) market. Even Nikon is offering 4K for their new Action Cam introduced at CES this year.
http://www.theverge.com/2016/1/5/10721094/nikon-action-camera-photos-video-ces-2016-keymission-360
 
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