Canon unveils new Canon XA35 and Canon XA30 professional camcorders

Canon Unveils New Canon XA35 And Canon XA30 Professional Camcorders

Canon announce new professional camcorders. The XA35 and XA30 will be available from December 2015 at $2,999 and $2,499, respectively. Pre-orders can be placed at B&H Photo. They also have an introductory Explora article.

Canon XA35 key features:

  • 1/2.84″ HD CMOS Pro Sensor
  • 1920×1080 up to 59.94p
  • 20x Canon Optical Zoom Lens
  • HD/SD-SDI Output
  • Wide DR Gamma (600%) Mode
  • Highlight Priority Mode
  • 3.5″ OLED Touchscreen & EVF
  • 2x XLR Audio Inputs with Manual Controls
  • Dual SD/SDHC/SDXC Media Card Slots
  • Built-In Wi-Fi with FTP Capabilities
Canon XA30 key features:

  • 1/2.84″ HD CMOS Pro Sensor
  • 1920×1080 up to 59.94p
  • 20x Canon Optical Zoom Lens
  • Wide DR Gamma (600%) Mode
  • Highlight Priority Mode
  • 3.5″ OLED Touchscreen & EVF
  • 2x XLR Audio Inputs with Manual Controls
  • Dual SD/SDHC/SDXC Media Card Slots
  • Built-In Wi-Fi with FTP Capabilities

Canon press release (German press text here):

Sydney, Australia, 11 November 2015 – Canon Australia today announces the addition of two handheld video cameras to its X-series, the XA35 and XA30. Designed for professionals and enthusiasts alike, the highly compact and lightweight models feature a newly developed HD CMOS Pro sensor which provides higher sensitivity and improved low-light performance. Both cameras also include new Wide Dynamic Range (DR) and Highlight Priority settings, making them suitable for shooting everything from news and documentaries, to weddings and corporate films.

First-class image quality and video processing performance

Utilising Canon’s heritage in optical expertise and advanced technologies, the newly designed 1/2.84-type 2.91 megapixel HD CMOS Pro sensor has enhanced sensitivity with improved signal-to-noise ratio. As a result, images are crisp and clear, even in low-light environments. Low-light shooting opportunities are further boosted by improved infrared performance, ideal for users capturing nocturnal wildlife or night-time documentaries.

The 20x zoom wide-angle lens offers a 26.8-576mm (35mm equivalent) focal range and employs Canon’s intelligent 5-axis Optical Image Stabilization System with Dynamic IS. The lens also features an 8 blade circular aperture to give enhanced ‘bokeh’.

The XA35 and XA30 features two new settings – Wide DR and Highlight Priority. In Wide DR mode, the cameras are able to achieve 600% dynamic range, resulting in bright images with high contrast that retain detail in both highlight and shadow areas, without the need for post-production. When using the High Priority settings, users are able to produce footage with more natural tones and richer colours, particularly in areas of high brightness1, perfect for scenes with bright skies and reflective surfaces.

Both models also feature slow and fast recording modes, supporting a range of shooting scenarios with interval recording options up to a maximum of 1200x normal speed.

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Canon recognized as a top environmental performer

Company Recognized as a Top Environmental Performer and Leader for Freight Supply Chain Efficiency

MELVILLE, N.Y., — Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging, today announced the Company has been honored with a SmartWay® Excellence Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for serving as an industry leader in freight supply chain environmental performance and energy efficiency. Canon’s proactive measures to reduce transportation-related greenhouse gas emissions, including strategies such as modal shifting, load efficiency and encouraging carriers to join the SmartWay Transport Partnership, have earned the Company this esteemed distinction.
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Canon unveils the CJ20ex7.8B, 2/3” portable zoom lens for 4K broadcast cameras

Canon Unveils The CJ20ex7.8B, 2/3” Portable Zoom Lens For 4K Broadcast Cameras

Canon press release:

Canon unveils the CJ20ex7.8B – a 2/3” portable zoom lens for 4K broadcast cameras

London, UK, 10 November 2015 – Canon today introduces the CJ20ex7.8B, a 2/3” portable 4K zoom lens for professional broadcast, offering a 20x zoom ratio and focal-length range from 7.8mm to 156mm.

First shown as a prototype at IBC 2015 in Amsterdam, the new lens enables the creation of high-resolution, high-impact 4K video content for a variety of applications, including sporting events and news coverage, as well as documentaries and indoor and outdoor location shooting for serial dramas. Strengthening Canon’s 4K broadcast lens range for cameras employing 2/3” sensors, the versatile new lens will join the CJ12ex4.3B, a 2/3” portable 4K zoom lens with the world’s widest focal length.

Remarkable 4K optical performance
Drawing on Canon’s heritage of advanced optical technologies, the new CJ20ex7.8B achieves a high level of performance, making it an ideal lens for use with 4K broadcast cameras.

Through optimal lens positioning and precise component assembly, the CJ20ex7.8B achieves high-quality 4K resolution images from the centre to the peripheral areas of the image field. Delivering superior colour reproduction, the lens allows professionals to create compelling ultra-high resolution video.

The new  includes a built-in 2x extender, which even when shooting at the 312mm telephoto-end focal length, delivers superior optical performance to support use with 4K broadcast cameras.

Portable and flexible – meeting the needs of the broadcast industry
Featuring a compact, lightweight body design, the lens delivers exceptional mobility in response to the needs of the broadcast industry, facilitating shoulder-mounted shooting and convenient transport.

CJ12ex4.3B

 

Yet another pro-level EOS M rumor (new APS-C sensor, and anything else you may wish) [CW3]

Yet Another Pro-level EOS M Rumor (new APS-C Sensor, And Anything Else You May Wish) [CW3]

We had many rumors about a pro-level EOS M camera. Here is another one, surfacing at the right time.

I’ve had a hard time to assign a credibility rating to this rumor. In some ways it looks too good to be true, and it could also be seen as a sum-up of all the earlier pro-level EOS M rumors. On the other hand, it could also be real. I decided for a CW3, since anything stated in the rumor has a fair chance to be true. Given the many fake rumors that are sent around to a lot of people, I strongly recommend you take it with a big grain of salt. Let’s see what the key features of the rumored pro-level EOS M camera are:

  1. Expanding the EF-M system
  2. First ConnectedCamera device
  3. New technology sensor (APS-C)
  4. Built in EEVF viewfinder
  5. Pro level AF performance
  6. Best in class video capability
  7. Pro build quality with enhanced ergonomics
  8. Wider support for the EF lens family

As for 1), we already know that Canon will announce new EF-M lenses. Masaya Maeda himself stated it. The most liley candidate is a 35mm f/1.8 STM lens. I have no idea what 2) means. The EOS M3 has WiFi and NFC on board. No idea what a “ConnectedCamera device” means, if not WiFi and NFC. Point 3) suggests Canon may introduce a new APS-C sensor. This is not only plausible, but entirely likely. It has to be seen what we can expect by the suggested “new technology”. A higher resolution sensor with Dual Pixel AF would fit into “new technology”, so do not expect miracles on the sensor front. 4) is rumored since Canon released their first mirrorless camera. Generally speaking, points 4) to 7) seem to be informed wishful thinking. It’s what we all hope Canon will deliver with their pro-level MILC. Point 8) is interesting, since it could point to a new EF/EF-S to EF-M adapter. We spotted a pertinent patent for such an adapter, with improved AF speed.

It’s claimed the above bits come from an internal presentation. I can’t help but to me this sounds pretty much like wishful thinking. Don’t get me wrong, anything listed above may find its way into a professional Canon mirrorless camera. It’s just that it is exactly what we all were asking for, and what we are reading on the web since years, rumor after rumor. Let’s just hope it’s true and Canon will soon back it up. Another interesting point: the rumor says the alleged pro-level EOS M will be seen after the EOS M3 got an update. If I got it right, it means we will see this pro-level EOS M after Canon released the successor of the EOS M3. So, we may see two new APS-C EOS M models next year (both above the EOS M10), and one full-frame model too. It’s getting crowded.

Along with the same rumor came also a mention that the Canon EOS 6D Mark II may be announced at Photokina 2016 (in September, the 6D2 has always been rumored to be announced Q1-Q2 2016), and that Canon will extend 4K video to more devices (EOS 5D Mark IV?).

Our latest rumor concerning the EOS M system suggests Canon’s full-frame mirrorless camera is delayed because of mount-related issues.

Do you think this is a reliable rumor? Your thoughts are welcome…

Canon FF mirrorless camera mock-up by David Riesenberg

Canon mirrorless camera concept by David Riesenberg

[via NI]