Category: Digital Video Cameras
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Canon is expanding its handheld video camera range with three compact models for professionals and video enthusiasts. Two new professional X-series models, the Canon XA25 (£2099/€2799, pictured) and XA20 (£1699/€2199), combine a powerful, all-new imaging system with professional audio and Wi-Fi connectivity in a “versatile, compact package that fits neatly in the palm of a hand,” the company says. Highlights include a 1/2.84” HD CMOS PRO sensor, 20x zoom with dynamic optical image stabilisation, 3.5” OLED touchscreen, a tilting 1.56-million-dot electronic viewfinder, dual-format recording, built-in Wi-Fi and IR lamp, 2x XLR inputs as well as fast- and slow-motion movie recording capabilities. The Canon XA25 additionally features HD-SDI output offering the high capacity, uncompressed connectivity useful for many broadcast applications. The enthusiast-focussed Canon Legria HF G30 (£1299/€1699) comes with the same lens (with “optical intelligent IS”), OLED touchscreen and HD CMOS PRO sensor, Wi-Fi connectivity and full manual controls but lacks the XLR inputs and built-in infrared lamp of the XA models. All three models will be available from June 2013.
Canon is developing firmware updates for three of its interchangeable-lens Cinema EOS System cameras. Following the release of these upgrades, the Canon EOS C500 (pictured), EOS C300 and EOS C100 will offer support for a new Magnify function that will allow users to check focus in different parts of an image, on the camera LCD, as well as the centre. The EOS C300 will also be upgraded to support an additional range of features designed to assist independent videographers. Push Auto Iris and One Shot AF will provide further versatility on small-crew shoots, offering a quick, easy way to check and adjust exposure and focus prior to recording. The EOS C300 will also gain additional support with 1440x1080 HD video recording at 35Mbps. A further upgrade for the EOS C100 will add support for Continuous AF when used with Canon’s EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens. In addition to these updates, Canon will also add new features to the Cinema Raw Development (CRD) software. The firmware updates for the EOS C500, EOS C300, EOS C100 and CRD software will be available later in 2013.
Monday, March 18, 2013
JVC has developed two new professional camcorders, branded as “Mobile News Cameras.” The JVC GY-HM600 and the JVC GY-HM650 are nearly identical handheld camcorders, designed for traditional HDTV broadcast productions as well as Internet distribution. Each features three Full HD 1/3” CMOS sensors and a Fujinon 23x zoom lens, with a 35mm equivalent focal range of 29-667mm, and separate controls for zoom, focus and iris. The JVC GY-HM650 additionally boasts Wi-Fi connectivity with the ability to upload footage directly to a remote server as an FTP client. The JVC GY-HM600 and the JVC GY-HM650 digital video cameras are available from B&H.
Friday, March 8, 2013
The new Rollei Racy Full HD is a new action camera capable of shooting five-megapixel stills as well as 1080p movies. Weighing in at 72 grams and measuring just 74x52x33mm, the Rolley Racy is supplied with an underwater housing that’s waterproof down to 10 metres, and features a 135° ultra-wide lens and a 6cm touchscreen. The camera comes complete with a remote control, a helmet fixture, 3M attachment stickers, the underwater housing and a USB cable. The Rollei Racy Full HD will be available from the end of April in silver and black for a recommended retail price of €139,95.
Monday, January 21, 2013
Olympus Japan has announced that no less than five new companies have joined Micro Four Thirds. The newcomers include Kodak licensee JK Imaging, innovative digital cinema camera manufacturer Blackmagic Design - which has already launched a Micro Four Thirds model, the Blackmagic Cinema Camera MFT (pictured) -, high-speed digital imaging expert Photron, as well as Germany’s SVS-VISTEK and Japan’s ViewPLUS. “With the addition of exciting new products from these companies, the Micro Four Thirds lineup will become much more diverse, further increasing the potential of this advanced digital imaging system,” Olympus said in a statement.
Friday, January 18, 2013
Rollei has added a new “4-in-1” model to its Bullet range of action cameras. “The Rollei Bullet Youngstar is an action, photo, driving and diving camera all in one,” the company says. The camera has a fixture on the camera housing to which lanyards can be attached. The package also includes a helmet mount, four 3M adhesive stickers, a USB cable and underwater protective housing for recordings at a depth of up to 10 metres. Outfitted with a 135° ultra-wide angle lens and a 5cm touch panel, the Rollei Bullet Youngstar is capable of capturing 5-megapixel stills as well as 720p HD videos. Priced at €59.95, the Rollei Bullet Youngstar records videos and photos on microSD memory card and comes complete with a proprietary 440mAh Lithium-ion battery
Thursday, January 10, 2013
Sony has unveiled its newest range of Handycam branded Full HD digital camcorders. This year’s models include the Handycam PJ780VE, PJ650VE (pictured), PJ420VE, PJ320E, CX410VE, CX280E and CX220E. Key features include Balanced Optical SteadyShot, enhanced wide-angle performance, new ‘Multi Terminal’ interface and upgraded audio with an expanded dynamic range. Three models - including the range-topping PJ780VE as well as the PJ650VE and PJ320E - incorporate built-in projectors with boosted light output and upgraded resolution. New camcorders above the HDR-PJ/CX400 series feature the ‘Multi Interface Shoe’, which accommodates accessories . including external microphones - that draw power from the camera. The new range of Sony Handycam HD camcorders will be available in the UK from February 2013.
Monday, January 7, 2013
Canon today unveiled its latest entry-level range of Full HD Legria camcorders – the Legria HF R48 (pictured), Legria HF R46 and Legria HF R406. Each of these models is equipped with a high quality Canon HD video lens and a 7.5cm capacitive touch screen. With 32x optical zoom, each offers a great degree of flexibility and each comes with Canon’s Optical Intelligent Image Stabilisation technology on board. The Legria R48 (£429.99) is a Wi-Fi enabled model capable of recording in AVCHD and MP4 formats simultaneously. The R46 (£349.99) is a similarly specified model - the main difference is the size of the internal memory provided (R48: 32GB, R46: 8GB). The budget-friendly Legria R406 (£259.99) comes without Wi-Fi connectivity and any form of internal storage as it records videos solely on SDXC memory cards..A new Baby Mode makes it easy to capture a baby’s first steps, and words, thanks to a pre-record function that captures footage just before recording starts, so no important moment is ever missed. Baby Mode footage is also stored in a dedicated baby album, making videos easily accessible to share with friends and family. All of these camcorders will be available from March.
The Canon Legria HF G25 is the new flagship of the manufacturer’s Legria camcorder range. It offers a precision Canon-engineered wide-angle lens with a maximum aperture of f/1.8 and 10x zoom range, extensive manual controls and an enhanced Canon HD CMOS PRO image sensor. In addition, the Canon Legria HF G25 features an internal microphone, audio equaliser and Canon’s advanced Audio Scene Select technology. A lens ring provides close control over focus during shooting, while a customisable control dial can be assigned to manually adjust critical functions including aperture, shutter speed and gain. Eight pre-loaded Cinema-Look Filters help users to add drama, convey feeling or create a stylised effect in-camera. In-camcorder down-conversion is supported, preparing the movies for upload to online video sharing sites, either via a PC with Canon’s Easy Web Upload software or direct from the camera using supported Eye-Fi wireless cards. The Legria HF G25 is available from February, with a suggested retail price of £899.99,
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Geonaute, a sports electronics company based in France, has announced the upcoming launch of a 360° action camera. Equipped with three wide-angle lenses and three 8-megapixel sensors, it offers an almost full spherical field of view (360° horizontal and 150° vertical). Shockproof and bundled with a waterproof housing rated to IPX7 standards, the mountable, wearable Geonaute sports camera can be used just about anywhere while having only a minimum impact on the user during their activity. Weighing in at less than 200 grams, the Geonaute records videos in MP4 format and stores them on microSD cards. The camera comes equipped with a battery that promises recording times of over 2 hours. The camera will be officially unveiled at CES, booth 26703 LVCC South Hall, with pricing to be confirmed.
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Swann has launched the OutbackCam – a portable five-megapixel camera and video recorder built to withstand the harshest weather conditions. The camera and recorder are both housed in the same anti-corrosive, lockable shell. Powered by four AA sized batteries, the camera comes complete with a 2GB SD card and offers features like night vision up to 32ft/10m and motion triggered recording, among others. The Swann OutbackCam retails for £99.99.
Thursday, November 22, 2012
The Samsung HMX-F90 is a 720p camcorder with 52x optical zoom and a five-megapixel CMOS sensor. The affordable new camcorder comes with a 2.7” TFT LCD display. time-lapse recording and One-Touch movie sharing. Users can simply connect their cameras to their PC via the USB cable, select videos to upload and the intelli-studio software will launch automatically to take the user through the upload process. Weighing in at 267.9 grams with a battery, the Samsung HMX-F90 records videos in MPEG-4 format and stores them on SD cards. Although the 1/3.2-type CMOS sensor has a pixel count of 5 million, the camcorder can only record stills at a resolution of less than 2 megapixels. Availability and price have yet to be communicated.
Thursday, October 18, 2012
Canon has launched its Winter Cashback offer giving you a chance to receive up to £160 cashback on your purchases. Included in the offer are various compact and interchangeable-lens cameras, lenses, accessories, and Legria camcorders. Click through / scroll down for a complete list of eligibel products.
Contour today announced the ContourROAM2 full HD action camera that introduces several new consumer-requested updates, fine-tuned video quality and a simple, user-friendly interface. The main features of the camera include a 270° rotating lens, locking instant on-record switch, four HD modes up to 1080p/60fps, waterproofing down to 1m without a case, interval shooting and compatiblitity with Contour’s extensive collection of camera mounts. The ContourROAM2 will be available for $199 at Best Buy stores and Bestbuy.com as well as select speciality retailers on 21st October.
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Available in three editions, the Wi-Fi enabled GoPro HD HERO3 is billed as the world’s smallest 4K video camera. Each new edition retains the look of the previous HD HERO cameras but comes in at about half the size of its predecessors. At the top end of the new product line up, the GoPro HD HERO3 Black Edition delivers 4K and 2.7K video resolutions at 12 and 30fps respectively, all in the size of a small box of matches. At 1080p Full HD and 720p HD resolutions, the Black Edition is capable of capturing movies at up to 60 and 120fps, respectively, for slow-motion playback. The White, Silver and Black editions are available for pre-order at GoPro.com and are shipping to speciality retailers around the world for $199.99, $299.99 and $399.99 respectively.
Friday, October 5, 2012
Consumer electronics manufacturer Sakar International has announced the launch of four Polaroid-branded digital video cameras. The line-up includes tne Polaroid iD820, billed as one of the world’s thinnest, lightest true 1080p HD camcorders ($179.99), the Polaroid iD879 with 5x optical zoom ($179.99), the Polaroid iD450 with built-in Wi-Fi ($179.99) and the Polaroid iD640 waterproof, shock-proof, dust-proof and freeze-proof pocket video camera ($99.99).
Monday, September 24, 2012
Consumers who purchase selected Canon camcorders in the UK or Ireland before the end of October 2012 can claim a free bundle of accessories and software to enhance their filming experience. The bundles, worth up to £159.95, consist of a soft case and battery, as well as Pinnacle software (with certain models). All claims must be received by 30th November.
Friday, September 21, 2012
Want to see exactly what the new Minox Action Cam Full HD action camera looks like in the flesh? We have compiled a hands-on gallery for your perusal.
Want to see exactly what the new 4K-ready Canon EOS-1D C looks like in the flesh? We have compiled a hands-on gallery for your perusal.
Want to see exactly what the new Sony Action Cam HDR-AS10 and Action Cam HDR-AS15 look like in the flesh? We have compiled a hands-on gallery for your perusal.