Canon on Tuesday announced two new professional level, high-end camcorders, the Canon XF105 and XF100. The new models are Canon’s smallest professional camcorders to date, and are designed for standalone use and as companions for the XF305 and XF300 camcorders.
As Canon continues to make video a priority, the new models add to its already substantial line of video recording cameras and camcorders.
Each camcorder weighs less than three pounds, a number much more convenient for things like news and mobile filmmaking than some of Canon’s other camcorders. They each have a 3.5-inch, 920,000 dot LCD screen with a built-in waveform monitor to help ensure accurate exposure. Both also have a 10x zoom lens, and shoot with the same XF Codec that Canon’s other professional camcorders use.
The two camcorders feature MPEG-2 4:2:2 50Mbps recording, and the ability to shoot in high-definition 3D by pairing two of the camcorders and using built-in software to align the camcorders for optimal shooting. There’s also a low-light, infrared feature that Canon says allows HD video to be shot in complete darkness.
Unique to the higher-end XF105 are HD_SDI output and gunlock in/ZMTPE time code terminals. Both can record at multiple bit rates and resolutions, and use variable time rates for shooting in slow and fast motion.
The XF105 and XF100 will both be available in the first quarter of 2011. Pricing was not announced.