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The Canon Legria mini is a new digital creative camcorder with an ultra-wide angle Canon lens, multifunctional vari-angle LCD and built-in stand. Available in black, silver and white, the portable and lightweight form breaks from traditional camcorder design, and thanks to its built-in stand, gives enhanced flexibility in hands-free recording. The vari-angle 2.7” LCD touchscreen can be flipped out to either the rear side or subject side, giving users an array of different shooting options and styles to play with. For example, the screen can be flipped into a front-facing position to enable accurate self-shooting, or kept closed to capture creative low angles. Other highlights include Full HD video recording, 12.8-megapixel stills capture and Wi-Fi connectivity. The Canon mini will be available in the UK and Ireland from mid-September 2013 with an SRP of £269 and €329 respectively. In the USA, the camcorder is called the Vixia mini and sells for $299.99.
Canon UK Press Release
Your audience is waiting: express yourself with the new LEGRIA mini
London, UK, 31 July 2013 – Canon today announces the LEGRIA mini – a new digital creative camcorder that gives users unparalleled flexibility and freedom to express and share their passions – reflecting a growing consumer trend for self-expression through video. Combining an ultra-wide angle Canon lens, multifunctional vari-angle LCD and built-in stand, with a first-class HD video imaging system and seamless Wi-Fi connectivity, the LEGRIA mini is a brand new way to tell - and share - amazing stories.
Capture a new perspective
The innovative design of the LEGRIA mini enables unrivalled self-expression by giving users the freedom to explore different and creative angles from which to tell their stories and share their interests. Available in black, silver and white, the portable and lightweight form breaks from traditional camcorder design, and thanks to its built-in stand, gives enhanced flexibility in hands-free recording and allows users to come out from behind the camera and participate in their videos. Hobbies and pastimes can be brought to life, turning road trips into road movies or making dinner into a video cooking class.
With a Canon-designed ultra-wide angle f/2.8 lens, which captures Full HD movies at 160° and stills at 170° for easy framing, the LEGRIA mini enables users to capture even more of the world around them. Those wanting to film in a more conventional style can simply tap the capacitive LCD screen to reduce the field of view to a close-up angle of 71°.
The innovative vari-angle 6.8cm (2.7”) LCD touchscreen can be flipped out to either the rear side or subject side, giving users an array of different shooting options and styles to play with. For example, the screen can be flipped into a front-facing position to enable accurate self-shooting, or kept closed to capture creative low angles. The camera’s rotation detection switch system also ensures the image is always displayed the right way up, no matter how the device is held.
The built-in stand is perfect for hands-free recording, supporting the device at a wide range of angles up to 60° and reducing the need for a tripod. This also supports a variety of creative shooting angles, perfect for filming a beauty tutorial from a make-up table or capturing a dance routine from a studio floor.
Quality video for creative results
Canon’s renowned image quality is central to the LEGRIA mini. The HS System combines a Canon-engineered high-sensitivity back-illuminated 1.2/3” CMOS sensor with Canon’s own highly-advanced DIGIC DV 4 processing platform, to deliver video and still images with minimal artefacts and noise. Crisp and vivid Full HD (1920 x 1080) video, with outstanding low-light performance and wide dynamic range is produced, alongside beautiful stills in 12.8 MP resolution.
The LEGRIA mini also offers high-quality audio for all videos thanks to the built-in stereo microphone, ideal for situations such as filming a tutorial, or for recording conversation in a busy area. To boost this performance, users can choose scenarios such as Music or Speech from the Audio Scene Select function.
Share your passions with seamless Wi-Fi connectivity
For those that love to share their videos across different devices and social networks, the LEGRIA mini features built-in Wi-Fi connectivity to enable the sharing of high quality video¹. This includes a Live Streaming Remote Control feature, which allows iOS or Android users to shoot remotely via an application on their smart phone or tablet.
The Remote Browser feature enables images and videos taken with the LEGRIA mini to be viewed on other devices, such as tablets or large-screen monitors, via browsers such as Safari or Internet Explorer, eliminating the need to use specific software. For wirelessly uploading to social media platforms such as YouTube™ and Facebook™ without the need for a computer, users with Apple iOS devices can take advantage of Canon’s free and easy-to-use Movie Uploader application. Others can access the Canon Image Gateway to upload video without the need for a PC. DLNA support means that users can also wirelessly stream their video to compatible TVs or PCs.
The LEGRIA mini has been designed with creativity and expression in mind – whether capturing hobbies, an alternative perspective on a trip or making engaging content for a video blog. Users have the option to manipulate time through Time Lapse Recording, with intervals ranging from five seconds to ten minutes, for fascinating footage of busy locations or slow activities such re-decorating a room.
The Fast Motion Capture function, which records at a maximum speed of 4x, can help create entertaining tutorials in areas such as cooking or beauty. Slow Motion Capture can be used to record at ¼ and ½ speeds – particularly helpful for people such as dancers looking to observe and learn techniques. Additionally, the Mirror Image Recording/Playback function, where the image is flipped horizontally, allows users to review their footage to help refine their moves.
For those looking to bridge the divide between still and video for extra effect, Video Snapshot mode records a four-second movie every time the shutter is pressed for a still photo, then merging them into a short movie of a day’s events.
The LEGRIA mini will be available across Europe from Mid-September 2013
LEGRIA mini – key features:
170° ultra-wide² angle lens
Vari-angle LCD screen and built-in stand
Switch between ultra-wide and close-up
Wi-Fi; live streaming and sharing
Full HD recording
HS System: 12.8 MP CMOS, DIGIC DV4
Built-in stereo mic, Audio Scene select
Mirror image recording/playback
Slow & Fast motion; interval recording
¹ Compatibility varies by device.
² 160° for movie shooting
Canon USA Press Release
NEW CANON VIXIA MINI COMPACT PERSONAL CAMCORDER OFFERS A UNIQUE FEATURE SET INSPIRING SHOOTERS TO BECOME THE STARS OF THEIR OWN VIDEOS
The New VIXIA mini Compact Personal Camcorder Features an Ultra Wide-Angle Lens, Full HD Video, Vari-Angle LCD Monitor and Slim Ultra-Compact Body with Built-in Stand, and Allows for Convenient Hands-Free Shooting with built-in Wi-Fi
Melville, N.Y., July 31, 2013 - Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced the new VIXIA mini compact personal camcorder. The creatively designed VIXIA mini personal camcorder allows shooters to easily record their hobbies, special interests and memorable moments hands-free, and then share those videos and images on their favorite social networking sites or their own blogs via built-in Wi-Fi or via the free Canon Movie Uploader app*.
The VIXIA mini compact personal camcorder features an ultra wide-angle Canon f/2.8 fisheye lens (160 degree movies / 170 degree photos) allowing a user to shoot from unique and creative perspectives while including their surroundings to make their videos and images more interesting. By utilizing the Wide Mode users can give the viewer a full view of their surroundings and then switch to Close-Up Mode to provide emphasis on a particular subject. While in Close-up Mode, users can record a centered 1920 x 1440 resolution image with little distortion. They can also quickly toggle from one shooting mode to the other, or switch back and forth between video and image mode, by touching the camcorder’s innovatively designed 2.7-inch capacitive-tilt touch panel LCD display. Attached to the camera by two parallel hinges, the Vari-Angle LCD monitor allows for various shooting styles, including low-angle shooting, normal and high-angle-shooting and self-shooting.
In addition, the camcorder’s 12.8 Megapixel High-Sensitivity CMOS image sensor combined with the Canon DIGIC DV4 Image Processor creates the Canon HS SYSTEM, allowing shooters to capture and record stunning Full HD video in MP4 format as well as jpeg still images to a removable microSD card, all in the exceptional image quality standard that the Canon line of VIXIA camcorders are known for. The camcorder’s video image quality is further enhanced with the use of a Mechanical Shutter for the recording of moving subjects with little distortion. Beyond delivering high-quality video, the VIXIA mini compact personal camcorder also records high-quality audio thanks to its built-in stereo microphone. By using Audio Scene Select modes, users can choose an audio scene that matches their surroundings such as music or speech or even suppressing road noise.
“The new VIXIA mini compact personal camcorder marks the birth of an innovative video camera designed specifically for the social media savvy user,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies & Communications Group, Canon U.S.A. “This uniquely styled compact personal camcorder allows users to shoot, view and share videos and photos of themselves enjoying their hobbies or special occasions with family and friends.”
Tools to Become the Star
The Canon VIXIA mini compact personal camcorder comes with a feature set that puts the user in the driver seat, expanding their creativity, allowing them to not only be the director of their videos or images, but also the star. Mirror Image Recording/Playback lets users view the scene they are recording in real time so they can watch as they record. So whether they are shooting their latest blog post about cooking a favorite Italian culinary delight, or filming a practice golf swing to help perfect their back stroke, the VIXIA mini compact personal camcorder is a versatile and convenient tool.
New Special Scene Modes such as Food & Fashion, Sports, and Macro provide users with advanced presets to help capture impressive images even under difficult shooting conditions to prevent over/under exposure. For those looking to shoot in a fun and unique perspective, the camcorder’s Slow Motion or Fast Motion modes provide imaging effects that allow creativity in controlling space and time. Slow Motion allows shooting video at a choice of two slow motion speeds – 1/4x (VGA) and 1/2x (720p) allowing viewers to easily see and closely examine video of dancers or other fast moving subjects. Fast Motion allows shooting at two fast motion speeds – 4x and 2x – ideal for speeding up footage of cooking, makeup, nail art, etc.
The camcorder’s Smart Auto Mode allows the beginning user to capture those spontaneous moments with a touch of the screen. Smart Auto intelligently selects one of 38 predefined situations to give outstanding video and still image output.
The VIXIA mini compact personal camcorder comes with a built-in adjustable stand allowing users to tilt and elevate it up to approximately 60 degrees providing a new way to record video hands-free, and the camcorder’s tripod socket also allows for flexible positioning of the device. And an automatic lens cover helps protect against scratches and dust when the camera is not in use.
Advanced Connectivity to Help Users Share Their World
Once a user has recorded their video blog, or a day at the park with the kids, it’s time to share the video or images with friends, family and fans. The VIXIA mini compact personal camcorder comes with built-in Wi-Fi allowing users to quickly share their video and photos to social networking sites like YouTube and Facebook, or they can be sent directly to their PC. A user can also upload their video or still images taken with the VIXIA mini compact personal camcorder from virtually anywhere by downloading the free Canon Movie Uploader app onto their iOS supported device.*
The Live Streaming feature allows for users to view and record on their iOS or Android device when they download the free Canon CameraAccess2 App**.The Canon CameraAccess2 App is available for download on both iOS and Android supported smartphones and tablets. The Live Streaming feature also allows a user to control the VIXIA mini compact personal camcorder from remote locations.
Pricing & Availability
The VIXIA mini compact personal camcorder will be available in black and white and is scheduled to be available September 2013 for an estimated retail price of $299.99.1 An optional VIXIA mini carrying case and strap are scheduled to also be available September 2013 in black or white for an estimated retail price of $14.99.1 For more information, and a full list of product specifications, visit http://www.usa.canon.com/vixiamini
About Canon U.S.A., Inc.
Canon U.S.A., Inc., is a leading provider of consumer, business-to-business, and industrial digital imaging solutions. With approximately $40 billion in global revenue, its parent company, Canon Inc. (NYSE:CAJ), ranks third overall in U.S. patents registered in 2012† and is one of Fortune Magazine's World’s Most Admired Companies in 2013. In 2012, Canon U.S.A. has received the PCMag.com Readers’ Choice Award for Service and Reliability in the digital camera and printer categories for the ninth consecutive year, and for camcorders for the past two years. Canon U.S.A. is committed to the highest level of customer satisfaction and loyalty, providing 100 percent U.S.-based consumer service and support for all of the products it distributes. Canon U.S.A. is dedicated to its Kyosei philosophy of social and environmental responsibility. To keep apprised of the latest news from Canon U.S.A., sign up for the Company's RSS news feed by visiting http://www.usa.canon.com/rss and follow us on Twitter @CanonUSA.