Canon to Showcase Prototype 30", 4K Video Display at NAB
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Canon is developing a thirty-inch 4K resolution industrial video display, a prototype of which will be exhibited from 16-19 April at NAB 2012. While detailed specifications and pricing have yet to be finalised, Canon aims to commercialise the display before the end of 2012. In addition, Canon will also exhibit two 3rd-generation Digisuper HD field lenses and the HJ17ex6.2B portable HD lens, all of which are aimed at HDTV programme creators.
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Canon To Exhibit Prototype of 30-Inch 4K Industrial Video Display Currently Under Development at NAB 2012
LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., April 12, 2012 – Canon Inc. today announced that the Company is developing a 30-inch, 4K resolution industrial video display*, a prototype of which will be exhibited from April 16 to 19 at the NAB Show 2012, the world’s largest international digital event for audio, video, film, broadcast and communications, held in Las Vegas.
The prototype to be displayed will provide support for cinema and other video editing processes while also responding to film production needs for consistency and reliability through proprietary Canon high image-quality technology. While detailed specifications and pricing have yet to be finalized, Canon aims to commercialize the display before the end of 2012.
Canon U.S.A. Debuts Two Third-Generation DIGISUPER HD Field Lenses Combining Wider Angles Of View With Long Zoom Ratios
Improved Optical Performance, Increased Responsiveness for Camera Operators, and Support for Virtual Studio Systems Among the Features of Cost-Effective HD Lenses
LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., April 12, 2012 – In response to input from the worldwide community of HDTV program creators, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, has introduced two HD field lenses designed for improved coverage of sports and other mobile-location productions. Designated as the XJ80x8.8B and the XJ76x9B*, both lenses combine highly telephoto performance, wider angles of view, and exceptional operability. Integrating Canon’s latest optical and digital-control innovations, both lenses are third-generation additions to the DIGISUPER product line, which is renowned as a global favorite for outside broadcast coverage.
“Canon’s extensive R&D and new computer-based optical design tools continue to advance the DIGISUPER product line,” explained Larry Thorpe, senior fellow, Broadcast and Communications division of Canon U.S.A. “The new XJ80x8.8B and XJ76x9B HD field lenses deliver optical performance that has been significantly elevated over previous models. Canon’s proprietary large-diameter aspherical lens technology, new glass materials, and sophisticated lens coatings minimize the aberrations and distortion that have always challenged large focal-length ranges. Significant reduction of these factors enhances the excellent resolution and contrast of these lenses in a manner that contributes to superb picture sharpness across the entire 16:9 HD image plane. The new XJ80x8.8B and XJ76x9B lenses deliver the image performance that creative camera operators have asked for, together with the operational enhancements that the HD production industry demands.”
The new Canon XJ80x8.8B and XJ76x9B HD field lenses combine augmented telephoto and wide-angle performance. The premium XJ80x8.8B lens delivers an 80x zoom with a maximum wide angle of 8.8mm (a horizontal angle-of-view of 57.2 degrees), which is approximately five percent wider than previous long-zoom lenses. These capabilities enable the XJ80x8.8B to capture everything from a panoramic stadium-wide shot to a telephoto close-up of an individual player’s face. The XJ80x8.8B’s wide-angle capabilities enable the lens to pull back from a telephoto shot and replace it with a dramatic close-up - thus adding to creative flexibilities.
The new XJ80x8.8B HD field lens also includes a new built-in Optical Shift Image Stabilizer (Shift-IS) as a standard feature. Integrating a new motion sensor, faster control circuit, and new correction algorithm, the improved Canon Shift-IS system significantly curbs vibrations, particularly in the high-frequency range. When the new Canon Shift-IS system sensor detects vibration, a correction drive signal is created that shifts compensating optics at high-speed to instantly deflect the incoming light rays in a direction that cancels out the vibration’s effect on the image. The new Shift-IS system suppresses vibrations - such as those generated by excited fans in the stands, or by strong winds, or by acoustic perturbations at rock concerts - especially in video shot at extreme telephoto distances. Of special significance, the new Shift-IS system also improves image tracking by virtually eliminating the image drift that can be caused by the sudden cessation of panning and tilting operations.
The XJ76x9B combines 76x telephoto performance with a maximum wide angle of 9mm (a horizontal angle-of-view of 56.1 degrees), which is approximately three percent wider than previous long-zoom lenses. This enables cameras outfitted with the new XJ76x9B to capture panoramic shots at shorter distances without distortion.
Further enhancing the exceptional performance and operational ease of both the new XJ80x8.8B and XJ76x9B HD field lenses are such features as Canon’s CAFS (Constant Angle Focusing System). CAFS employs built-in 32-bit microcomputer control to help counteract “breathing,” the phenomena known to change picture size/angle of view during a focusing operation. Both lenses employ improved digital servo systems using 16-bit miniature optical encoders and improved algorithms for zoom, iris, and focus that deliver increased responsiveness to camera operators in terms of ultra-slow to very high-speed zooms, high-resolution control of both iris and focus, and highly precise repeatability of zoom and focus operations.
Another added benefit of the sophisticated zoom, focus, and iris encoders built into the new Canon XJ80x8.8B and XJ76x9B HD field lenses is their multiple support for discrete digital encoder outputs, analog outputs, and serial digital outputs. This ability to share focus, iris, and zoom-position data makes these new lenses compatible with many kinds of digital virtual studio systems. Both lenses easily adapt to such systems via Canon’s standard 20-pin lens-interface connector.
The enhanced telephoto and wide-angle capabilities of the new Canon XJ80x8.8B and XJ76x9B HD field lenses do not increase physical lens size, which facilitates easy panning and tilting operations. Both of these new HD field lenses also feature a charcoal-gray shroud designed to complement today’s HD field cameras and blend into stadium surroundings.
Canon U.S.A. Introduces The HJ17ex6.2B Portable HD Lens With Improved Wide-Angle And Close-Up Imaging Capabilities
Superb Optical Performance and Innovative Design in 2/3-Inch Premium HD Lens Enhances Versatility for Shooting in Diverse News and Documentary Situations
LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., April 12, 2012 – Responding to the demand for a portable HD lens that combines the improved wide-angle performance and telephoto range sought by TV news and documentary shooters, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, has introduced the innovative HJ17ex6.2B lens to its HDxs Series product line. Offering superb optical quality with exceptional versatility, the new HJ17ex6.2B portable HD lens delivers a broad focal length range from 6.2mm to 106mm (212mm with built-in 2X extender) and a Minimum Object Distance (M.O.D.) of 0.4m (shortened by approximately 30 percent compared to previous models) for close shooting in news situations.
“Now that HD has become an almost universal standard for broadcast TV production, there is an increasing need for portable HD lenses that enable more efficient operation while also delivering high picture quality,” noted Larry Thorpe, senior fellow, Broadcast and Communications division of Canon U.S.A. “On-location news coverage can frequently involve rapid changes in subject distance and associated focal length. The new HJ17ex6.2B is capable of adapting flexibly to all manner of filming situations, whether in close proximity to a subject or in shooting close-ups of a subject from far away. The product of Canon’s decades of expertise as a leader in optics, the HJ17ex6.2B is a fully equipped 2/3-inch premium HD lens that embodies the uncompromising high-dimensional quality that has made Canon portable lenses the choice for TV news and HD documentary productions around the world.”
Weighing in at less than 4.5 lbs., the HJ17ex6.2B provides videographers with a wide range of expressive possibilities that can help to minimize production costs by reducing the need for multiple lenses. At a 6.2mm focal length, the lens provides an impressive 75.5 degree horizontal viewing angle. Combined with the short 0.4 meter M.O.D. (reduced to 10mm with Macro), the extra-wide angle of the HJ17ex6.2B enables it to be used for vivid shooting even when ultra-close to the subject, such as in small rooms where adequate distance from the subject cannot be attained. The 17X magnification and built-in 2X extender of the HJ17ex6.2B, meanwhile, provide superb telephoto performance, which is so often needed in news and documentary applications. Although capable of focal lengths ranging from wide-end to tele-end, and subject distances ranging from infinite to extreme close-up, the HJ17ex6.2B minimizes optical aberration across the entire screen and exhibits superb optical performance throughout the field.
As with all of the lenses in Canon’s HDxs Series product line, the HJ17EX6.2B makes optimum use of original Canon optical elements, Hi-UD (Hi Index Ultra Low Dispersion) glass, large-diameter high-precision aspherical lenses, and other components maximized by Canon’s original “Power Optical System” design technology. Canon HDxs Series lenses also suppress ghosting and flaring as a result of ray-simulation technology employed in the design process, in conjunction with original Canon spectral coatings. This combination of advanced Canon optical technologies also minimizes curvature of field, chromatic aberration, chromatic aberration of magnification, and axial chromatic aberration throughout the entire field regardless of focal length or subject distance, stably enabling peak optical performance.
The new HJ17ex6.2B also features Canon Enhanced Digital eDrive technology, which utilizes Canon ultra-high-precision, microprocessor-driven digital servos with 16-bit optical encoders. Canon eDrive technology enables users to easily program focus, iris, and zoom position and speed settings for precise, automated repeatability via an easy-to-use LCD menu, assignable “soft” function buttons, and a rocker switch built into the lens grip. Users can program multiple settings or none at all, depending on their personal preference.
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 $45.6 billion in global revenue, its parent company, Canon Inc. (NYSE:CAJ), ranks third overall in U.S. patents registered in 2011† and is one of Fortune Magazine’s World’s Most Admired Companies in 2012. Canon U.S.A. is committed to the highest levels 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 www.usa.canon.com/rss.
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† Based on weekly patent counts issued by United States Patent and Trademark Office.