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With Canon's new 2-megapixel Vixia HD camcorders, less is more



(Las Vegas, Nevada - January 6, 2011- CES) - Over the years it seems we've all become caught up in megapixel envy. You know, you get a new camera and the first thing someone asks you is "how many megapixels?" even thought most people don't know what that means. More is better, right?

Well it may seem as a surprise that Canon has announced a new flagship consumer camcorder along with three additional high-end models that use a new 2-megapixel HD CMOS Pro sensor. Two megapixels? My phone has more than that!


When shooting HD 1080p video, it turns out most of the pixels in a 10-megapixel camera don't get used. So Canon's new sensor has less pixels that are 61-percent larger, making them more sensitive to light and capable of a greater dynamic range with higher resolution. The HD CMOS Pro sensor is at the heart of the the new Vixia HF G10 and Vixia HF M-series (HF 41, HF 40 and HF 400) camcorders, two of eight new cameras in the Vixia line announced by Canon. The other six cameras use the Full HD CMOS sensor.

Dual SDXC-compatible memory card slots for maximum storage capacity, Cinema-Look Filters that add various cinematic effects, and new Story Creator and Touch Decoration features are additional features in the new Vixia lineup. All the Vixia high-definition camcorders come with a genuine Canon HD video lens and Canon DIGIC DV III image processor.

All the new cameras have two card slots with some also having internal storage. Canon has enhanced the internal microphones on its 2011 Vixia models to give users high-quality sound to match their HD video. With four directional options, users can set internal microphones to mono, normal (stereo), wide and the new "synced with zooming" mode, which adjusts the gain based on the selected focal length.

[Last modified: Thursday, January 6, 2011 5:23am]


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