Canon U.S.A. Introduces Two Ultra-Compact Professional Camcorders Enabling Wireless Digital Content Transfer and Remote

  Canon U.S.A. Introduces Two Ultra-Compact Professional Camcorders Enabling
  Wireless Digital Content Transfer and Remote Operation

 New Canon XA25 and XA20 Camcorders Include a 20x HD Zoom Lens, Simultaneous
   MP4 and AVCHD Recording, a 3.5-Inch Organic LED Touch Panel Display, and
 Wireless Connectivity for Digital Content Uploading or Remote Operation Via
                             Tablet or Smartphone

Business Wire

MELVILLE, N.Y. -- April 03, 2013

Strategically integrating some of Canon’s sophisticated next-generation
imaging and wireless technologies, the new XA25 HD and XA20 HD professional
camcorders from Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions,
provide an impressive combination of professional features and optics in a
compact design. Ideal for run-and-gun style videography, or electronic
newsgathering (ENG), both models weigh only 2.6 pounds, allowing for extreme
mobility and portability. Both camcorders feature multiple shooting-assist
functions and enhanced key components such as a newly developed Genuine Canon
wide-angle 20x HD zoom lens with an ENG-style “rocker” zoom control and
built-in real-time optical image stabilization. Delivering outstanding
low-light performance and image quality, the Canon XA25 and XA20 HD camcorders
are equipped with a new high-sensitivity 2.91-megapixel 1/2.84-inch HD CMOS
image sensor and the new Canon DIGIC DV 4 image processor.

Additional features include simultaneous recording of multiple bit rates and
Full 1080p HD formats – including 60p and native cinematic at 24p – on two
separate SD cards. Users can simultaneously record Full 1080p HD video at 60p
in either AVCHD Progressive (28Mbps) or MP4 (35Mbps) format for crisp moving
images, or record at a lower bit rate and transmit MP4 (3Mbps) format video to
cover and quickly upload breaking news via wireless FTP file transfer. The
cameras’ dual SD slots allow for relay recording for long periods without
interruption.

“The nearly instantaneous rate by which video news is consumed and shared via
TV, tablets and smartphones has fueled the immediacy by which journalists need
to capture and deliver their content. The introduction of the XA25 and XA20
professional camcorder models are designed to provide these professionals with
a compact, portable, and wireless system for content acquisition and
uploading,” stated Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general
manager, Imaging Technologies & Communications Group, Canon U.S.A. “In
addition, the tremendous growth of independent and documentary filmmaking as
well as innovative, creative online content may also benefit from the compact
design, high-quality formats and long-range optics found in both models.”

Advanced Canon Optics

Drawing from the many innovations developed by Canon for its EF-series lenses,
the wide-angle 20x HD zoom lens in the new Canon XA25 and XA20 HD camcorders
features a 35mm equivalent zoom range of 26.8mm – 576mm. The MOD (minimum
object distance) of this lens is only 60cm, enabling users to capture up-close
shots, particularly useful when filming in narrow, tight quarters. Canon’s
real-time optical image stabilization and vibration correction in five axes of
3D movement helps reduce picture shake, even when shooting while walking,
particularly useful for run-and-gun handheld videography. An eight-blade
circular aperture can help create a natural, smooth look for out-of-focus
areas such as a blurred nighttime skyline, and is equipped with Canon’s unique
EMD (Electro Magnetic Diaphragm) technology for high-precision control.

Optimal Operability

Ultra-compact and designed with professional operability and multiple
shooting-assist functions, the new Canon XA25 and XA20 HD camcorders feature a
handgrip with accessible joystick and other controls, allowing for easily
adjustable settings including a broadcast-style zoom rocker. Each camcorder’s
wide-angle 20x HD zoom lens can also be adjusted using a multipurpose ring on
the lens that can switch between zoom or focus control. A convenient custom
key dial provides quick access to frequently used set functions.

The XA25 and XA20 professional camcorders are the first Canon video cameras
featuring an Organic LED (OLED) electrostatic touch panel. This 3.5-inch, 1.23
million-dot touch panel displays vivid, clear video images allowing for
simple, intuitive operation and menu access. Five custom buttons on the panel
allow operators to assign settings according to their unique shooting
preferences. The camcorders also feature a 1.56 million-dot high-resolution
adjustable-angle compact viewfinder, allowing users to see clearly even when
filming in bright sunny conditions. The design also allows operators to use
the viewfinder and check critical focus while recording.

Essential for broadcast and professional use, the Canon XA25 HD camcorder
provides an HD/SD-SDI connector (BNC) to feed video directly to a microwave
van, satellite uplink, or other TV transmission system. The positioning of the
connector allows for handheld shooting while the SDI cable is attached. A
recorder (sold separately) can also be attached to the SDI connector to make
uncompressed recordings. The convenient ergonomics of the Canon XA25 and XA20
HD camcorders also includes XLR terminals with phantom power, a microphone
holder, independent audio level controls, multipurpose accessory shoe, and an
infrared emitter, all combined in a detachable handle. For extreme low-light
shooting, the cameras’ infrared shooting mode makes possible the capture of HD
video in conditions with little to  zero ambient light. A green or white color
option can provide pleasing HD infrared imagery even in darkness for
documentary, undercover news, law enforcement surveillance and wildlife
operation.

On-Board Intelligence and Wireless Features

In addition to the professional manual operation of the new Canon XA25 and
XA20 HD camcorders, automatic features provide a variety of shooting-assist
functions. Controlled by the new Canon DIGIC DV 4 onboard image processor,
these sophisticated capabilities include the Canon Intelligent IS feature that
automatically switches among four types of image-stabilization control based
on shooting conditions (walking, macro, telephoto, and tripod). With real-time
optical image stabilization, unnecessary shakiness is greatly reduced or
eliminated during shooting. Canon Auto Focus (AF) features include
natural-looking medium-speed, instant, and Face Detection AF, which can
significantly reduce the effort required when shooters need to keep a
particular face in focus in a jostling crowd or similar situation.

FTP file transfer of MP4 (3Mbps) format video to cover breaking news is
enabled by dual-band wireless support (5GHz and 2.4GHz), which also allows for
data sharing. A wireless remote feature also enables users to control the XA25
and XA20 camcorders via a web browser of the user's PC or mobile device.
Camera videos can be played back or downloaded to a device using the web
browser* of a PC or mobile device connected to the camcorder. In playback
mode, video files can be uploaded to social media websites via the free Movie
Uploader app, currently available only for iOS-related mobile devices**.

The new Canon XA25 and XA20 HD camcorders also support use of the optional
Canon GP-E2 GPS receiver, which can be connected via USB cable to provide
location and time information recorded during shooting. This capability
supports editing workflow and can add valuable information for archiving
purposes.

Pricing and Availability

The Canon XA25 HD ENG camcorder and XA20 HD professional camcorder are
scheduled to be available at the end of June 2013 for estimated retail prices
of $3,199.00 and $2,699.00, respectively.

About Canon U.S.A., Inc.

Canon U.S.A., Inc., is a leading provider of consumer, business-to-business,
and industrial digital imaging solutions. With approximately $40 billion in
global revenue, its parent company, Canon Inc. (NYSE:CAJ), ranks third overall
in U.S. patents registered in 2012† and is one of Fortune Magazine's World’s
Most Admired Companies in 2013. In 2012, Canon U.S.A. received the PCMag.com
Readers’ Choice Award for Service and Reliability in the digital camera and
printer categories for the ninth consecutive year, and for camcorders for the
past two years. Canon U.S.A. is committed to the highest level of customer
satisfaction and loyalty, providing 100 percent U.S.-based consumer service
and support for all of the products it distributes. Canon U.S.A. is dedicated
to its Kyosei philosophy of social and environmental responsibility. To keep
apprised of the latest news from Canon U.S.A., sign up for the Company's RSS
news feed by visiting www.usa.canon.com/rss.

†Based on weekly patent counts issued by United States Patent and Trademark
Office.

(*) Safari (iOS X/Mac OS), Android Browser, Internet Explorer and valid for
MP4 movies only.

** App must be installed on an iOS device separately. This function excludes
35mbps files. Depending on the iOS device concerned, it may not be possible to
save 24 Mbps or 17 Mbps movies either.

All referenced product names, and other marks, are trademarks of their
respective owners.

Availability, prices, and specifications are subject to change without notice.
Actual prices are set by individual dealers and may vary.

Contact:

Editorial:
Canon U.S.A., Inc.
Ashley Dickerson, 631-330-4286
adickerson@cusa.canon.com
or
Marcomm Group
Brian McKernan, 516-829-0404
bmckernan@marcommgroup.com
or
Canon U.S.A. Web site:
www.usa.canon.com
or
For sales information/customer support:
1-800-321-HDTV (4388)
www.canonbroadcast.com
 
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