Melville, NY—Aimed at pros and film schools, Canon’s XA35 and XA30 Full HD camcorders are designed for portability and engineered to capture video in low light. Both feature a Canon 20x high-definition optical zoom lens, an advanced HD CMOS PRO sensor with low-luminance noise of +3dB, Canon’s Digic DV4 processor and intelligent optical image stabilization with powered, dynamic and auto on/off modes.
They include new recording modes: highlight priority, to facilitate the faithful expression of tonal gradations, colors and sharpness in the mid- to high-brightness range; and wide DR, with a dynamic range that’s expanded to 600%. This mode also helps minimize the occurrence of under- and overexposed areas to help create smooth gradations.
Both provide Full HD (60p and native cinematic 24p) 1,920×1,080 video capabilities with dual SD slots, recordable to AVCHD and MP4, and an HD/SD-SDI output (XA35) to feed to microwave vans, satellite uplinks or another transmission system.
Also new are slow (0.4x) and fast (1,200x) recording options that can be accessed through the 3.5-inch, 1.23M-dot OLED touch-panel display and 10,000:1 contrast ratio electronic viewfinder with controllable iris. The display features a view assist function which lets users, while in highlight priority (gamma) mode, adjust brightness and gamma settings of the display and EVF.
Other features include: HD peaking for focus assist; full manual control; assignable buttons; and advanced display functions for adjustment of zebra and color bars.
FTP file transfer of MP4 video to cover breaking news is enabled by dual-band wireless support (5GHz and 2.4GHz). A wireless remote function also permits users to control the camcorders via a web browser on a PC or mobile device. In playback mode, files can be uploaded to social websites via the free Movie Uploader iOS app.
The Canon XA35 and XA30 HD camcorders, which weigh 2.6 pounds including battery, have SRPs of $2,999 and $2,499, respectively. usa.canon.com