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Canon Broadens High-End HD Camcorder Line

8/02/2006 08:10:00 AM Eastern

Lake Success, N.Y. — Canon added two new models to its high-end, three-CCD HD camcorder line, aiming to bring its professional level HD video solution to a wider professional audience.

Both of Canon’s new three-CCD HD camcorders — the XH A1 and XH G1 models — record 1,080i HD video, feature a 20x optical zoom lens with image stabilization and a 2.8-inch widescreen flip-out LCD screen under the handle.

The models also offer 60i, 24F, 30F frame rates, Canon’s Digic DV II processor and a new noise reduction system.

The XH A1 will ship in late October for an estimated $3,999, while the XH G1 model adds HD-SDI output with embedded audio and timecode, Genlock synchronization and timecode In/Out for an estimated $6,999. It will ship in mid-November.

The camcorder lens on both features fluorite and UD (Ultra-Low Dispersion) glass elements and multi-coatings to reduce flare and ghosting. They offer manual focus and zoom rings, a manual iris ring and a high-speed zoom mode.

The models will also incorporate a new instant AF focusing system, which Canon says improves the speed and accuracy during autofocus. It uses an external sensor, in combination with Canon's autofocus system, to decrease the time it takes to find focus, including in low-light conditions.

The camcorders offer control over 23 image settings, including color gain, RGB independent gain, and six-axis matrix, and can customize the camcorder’s display. Users can store up to nine image presets to internal memory or to an SD card for exporting to other XH A1 or XH G1 camcorders.

SD cards can also be used for storing 2-megapixel digital still photos.