This month, Canon announced three new options for pro-level and enthusiast videographers. These new camcorders are lightweight and compact. They all offer a 20x optical zoom lens, record full HD 1080p video, and range in price from $999 to $1,899. The lack of 4K capabilities has many consumers wondering who will buy and use these products.
Vixia HF G21
The Vixia HF G21 is the most budget-friendly camcorder at only $825.98. It records full HD video at 1920x1080. It has a new HD CMOS Pro Image Sensor that brings improved low-light performance with a wide DR Gamma of 600 percent. It will also record slow and fast motion with an interval rate from 2-1,200x. The camcorder also boasts a highlight priority mode, dual SD card slots, 3-inch touchscreen LCD, and a tiltable electronic viewfinder.
XA11 and XA15
The XA11 and XA15 record AVCHD and MPEG-2 formats via a 1/2.84-inch CMOS RGB sensor. Frame rates are 60p, 60i, 30p, and 24p. It is fronted by a 26.8–576mm (35mm equivalent) optical zoom lens which has 16 levels of variable zoom speeds at a fast wide aperture of f/1.8–2.8. The cameras have a built-in stereo condenser microphone along with a stereo mini-jack, and their viewing screens are 3-inch touchscreen monitors with 460k-dot resolution. They are very similar, the only difference is the XA15 has a BNC HD/SD-SDI terminal jack for output only, and the XA11 doesn’t. This difference corresponds to a $500 price difference. The Canon XA11 is $1,399 and the Canon XA15 is $1,899.
These camcorders will be available at the end of the month. What do you think? Is the lack of 4K capability a deal-breaker for you?
[via No Film School]