Canon introduces its 2012 series VIXIA HD camcorders, including three compact HF M-series models – VIXIA HF M52, VIXIA HF M50 and VIXIA HF M500. These three new camcorders have lightweight body and compact design. They all support Full HD 1920×1080 video and feature a Canon 10x HD video lens, enhanced HD CMOS Pro Image Sensor for high video resolution, outstanding low-light performance and a wide dynamic range; ad DIGIC DV III image processor.
The VIXIA HF M52 and VIXIA HF M50 both feature built-in WiFi connectivity for users to upload videos wirelessly to YouTube and Facebook through use of an iPad/iPhone app; and DLNA for wireless video streaming to DLNA-compatible devices. HD-to-SD Downconversion feature is also included. They have 32GB and 8GB internal flash memory, respectively, and have SD/SDHC/SDXC card slot. The VIXIA HF M500, on the other hand, records directly to SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards. They provide the option to capture videos in MP4 or AVCHD file format.
Canon’s new Full HD camcorders include the company’s enhanced Image Stabilization system that automatically detects the needs of the situation being captured and will change intuitively through one of four IS modes – Dynamic, Powered, Macro and Tripod – so that the user has fewer things to worry about while shooting video. When the record button is pressed and the subject is walking, the Intelligent IS system will employ Dynamic stabilization to help reduce camera shake automatically. There are also Macro (or Hybrid) stabilization to counter shift camera shake f the subject is very close to the camcorder, and the Powered IS to help counter slow, large-scale camcorder shake if the subject is far from the camcorder at extreme telephoto distances.
They also also equipped with a new Audio Scene Select menu that streamlines the selection of custom audio selection; Smart AUTO mode that intelligently detects and analyzes brightness, color, distance and movement to automatically select the best of 38 available pre-set setting selections for the scene being recorded; Touch & Track feature allows users to select any subject on the Touch Panel LCD screen with their finger, which the camcorder will then track to ensure sharp focus and proper exposure.
Canon’s VIXIA HF M52, VIXIA HF M50 and VIXIA HF M500 will be available in March for $749.99, $649.99 and $549.99, respectively.