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Canon announced today the Canon EOS C100 Mark II Digital Video Camera, the latest edition to the Canon Cinema EOS line of professional Super 35mm 8.3 megapixel CMOS cameras and the second-generation version of the popular Canon EOS C100 Digital Video Camera.

Canon EOS C100 Mark II

Designed for economical film and video productions such as documentary and remote broadcast crews, wedding and event coverage, indie film productions, as well as film schools and business and government users, the new EOS C100 Mark II Digital Video Camera, features advanced image processing, AVCHD and MP4 1920x1080/60p recording, uncompressed YCbCr output from HDMI, and many other new and enhanced capabilities for improved picture quality, operability, and convenient handling. Delivering a cinematic look with shallow depth of field and high sensitivity in low-light environments, the new EOS C100 Mark II camera weighs just 2.5 lbs. and is compatible with over 103 Canon EF Series lenses, including STM models which can deliver smooth and silent autofocus during filmmaking.

"Canon's commitment to the advancement of tools for visual expression takes another major step forward with the introduction of the EOS C100 Mark II Digital Video Camera," said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO of Canon U.S.A., Inc…

Continue reading: Canon Announces EOS C100 Mark II Professional Video Camera

Sony’s new addition to its XDCAM range of solid state memory camcorders, the PXW-X200, incorporates an improved 1/2 inch-type Exmor 3CMOS sensor, a new 17x zoom lens and XAVC Intra/Long GOP recording with 4:2:2 10-bit sampling. The successor to Sony’s PMW-200, the new camcorder has a 1/2 inch-type 3CMOS sensor and MPEG HD422 (50 Mbps) recording capability.

Sony PXW-X200

The results are high quality Full HD resolution pictures without pixel interpolation, high sensitivity, low noise and a wide dynamic range, optimized for professionals shooting under challenging lighting conditions in applications ranging from news-gathering, broadcast productions and documentaries to events, weddings, education, corporate productions and more.

The PXW-X200 also includes new wireless/NFC (Near Field Communication) functions, live streaming audio and video, two SxS media card slots for Simultaneous Recording, a Multi-Interface (MI) Shoe, and GPS data recording, all of which will become active through a firmware update early next year.


  • High Picture Quality from 1/2 inch-type Exmor 3CMOS Sensor
    The PXW-X200 incorporates three 1/2 inch-type Exmor CMOS sensors that produce Full HD resolution (1920×1080) without pixel interpolation…

Continue reading: Sony Adds PXW-X200 To Its XDCAM Professional Camcorder Range

Sony Electronics has today announced its smallest and most capable POV camera to date, the Action Cam Mini, model HDR-AZ1.

Sony HDR-AZ1

Approximately 30% smaller than its Action Cam siblings and weighing in at just over 2 oz, the new model packs a variety of leading POV imaging technologies including SteadyShot image stabilization, a ZEISS Tessar Lens and an Exmor R CMOS sensor into an extremely portable body that is ready for any adventure.

“Sony continues to bring strong innovation to the POV camera market, delivering a professional quality video experience in a streamlined, compact design,” said Patrick Huang, director of the camcorder business at Sony Electronics. “The new Action Cam Mini takes this concept to a new level, opening up an unlimited range of creative possibilities for adventure junkies, action sports enthusiasts and more.”

The camera’s back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS sensor and premium ZEISS lens are paired with Sony’s powerful BIONZ X processor, producing extremely vivid, detailed images in all types of lighting conditions. Further, its advanced SteadyShot stabilization technology ensures that all content filmed is stable and free of vibrations or shakiness that is commonly experienced with competing POV cameras, and its huge 170° field of view offers the ultimate wide-angle experience…

Continue reading: Sony Announced Its Smallest Action Camera HDR-AZ1

Sony’s new PXW-X500 solid-state memory shoulder-mount professional camcorder offers superior picture quality with three-chip 2/3-inch type new CCD image sensors. The camcorder is designed to be a flexible 1080P acquisition tool for a broad range of HD production applications such as TV dramas, live productions, ENG and sports productions.

Sony PXW-X500

The PXW-X500 supports traditional and new recording formats, including SD formats such as MPEG IMX and DVCAM, HD formats such as MPEG-4 SStP and MPEG HD422, plus XAVC Intra 4:2:2 1080 59.94/60i and XAVC Long 4:2:2 1080 59.94/60p. In early 2015, the PXW-X500 is also planned to support Apple ProRes and Avid DNxHD recording.

Three newly-developed 2/3-inch-type Power HAD FX CCDs produce high-quality pictures with high signal-to-noise ratios (60dB), while maintaining high sensitivity levels (F11 at 1080/59.94i and F12 at 1080/60i).

The PXW-X500 offers a powerful “Slow & Quick Motion” function and using the XAVC codec, the camcorder’s highest frame rate can reach 1080/120p, five times higher than the normal frame rate of 23.98p. This performance is realized by the newly-developed CCD image sensors and the camera’s powerful image processing abilities…

Continue reading: Sony PXW-X500 Professional Camcorder Features Multi-Format Recording In XAVC, MPEG-4 SSTP, ProRes & DNXHD

Sony Introduces New AS20 Action Cam

Building on its growing line of Action Cam POV (point of view) cameras, Sony today has introduced the new AS20 model to the US market. The camera packs many of Sony’s latest POV imaging technologies including SteadyShot image stabilization into an ultra-compact body at a competitive price.

Sony AS20

“With its slim, low-profile design, our Action Cam line goes wherever you go… from surfing trips to skate parks,” said Patrick Huang, director of the Action Cam business at Sony Electronics. “With three impressive models now in market, including the AS100V, AS30V and new AS20 cameras, we’re ensuring that all types of POV shooters can capture their adventures with legendary Sony quality.”

Featured on the new AS20 model, Sony’s unique SteadyShot electronic image stabilization works seamlessly to control camera shake and vibration, ensuring that all footage from the bike trail or ski slopes is smooth, crisp and free of the bumps or jolts that often experienced during POV video shooting.

The new AS20 camera also features a high-quality ZEISS Tessar lens with a huge 170° field of view for the ultimate wide angle experience. A built-in stereo microphone delivers outstanding sound quality, adding an extra dimension of realism to those everyday adventures…

Continue reading: Sony Introduces New AS20 Action Cam

Smartphones might be the best choice for shooting family videos, but when it comes to capturing sportfishing and other outdoor adventures, it’s best to stow that fragile phone and instead go for a JVC weatherproof camcorder that’s waterproof, shock proof, freeze proof and dust proof.

JVC GZ-R10

JVC offers a full line of rugged, all-weather camcorders, including conventional full-featured models and a wearable point-of-view cam. The company’s new Everio camcorders feature JVC’s “Quad-Proof” structure – waterproof to a depth of 5 meters/16.4 feet, the ability to withstand a drop from 1.5 meters/4.9 feet, freeze-proof down to –10˚C/14˚F and dust proof – packaged in a familiar camcorder form factor. Rounding out their all-weather versatility, they float. And for extending outings on the water, the internal battery can provide 4.5 hours of recording.

The new Everio line’s Quad-Poof technologies were first offered in JVC’s Adixxion action camera, designed for shooting point-of-view action video. The Adixxion GC-XA2 offers the same weather-protection specs, but it can withstand a drop from 2 meters/6.5 feet. It features a built-in LCD monitor and Wi-Fi for streaming video to a smartphone, uploading to YouTube and still image transfer…

Continue reading: JVC's New Quad-Proof Camcorders GZ-R70, GZ-R30 and GZ-R10 Now Available

Polaroid will showcase its latest lifestyle action video camera, the Polaroid Cube and a full line of mounts and accessories at CE Week, June 25-26 in New York City. With an innovative 35mm square body around which the signature Polaroid Color Spectrum is emblazoned like a racing stripe, the Polaroid Cube is instantly recognizable as being unlike any other product in its category. With a host of performance-friendly features including high-definition resolution, a water-resistant housing, ultra wide angle lenses and simple, one-button operation, it’s clear that the uniqueness of the Polaroid Cube camera is more than just skin deep…

Polaroid Cube

Continue reading: Polaroid To Showcase Cube Action Camera at CE Week

Sony has reaffirmed their commitment to the action sports market with the launch of “Team Action Cam” – a range of action sports athletes across snowboard, ski, mountain bike, motocross and rallycross that represent Sony’s versatile Action Cam line.

Sony HDR-AS100V

The team is headlined by motocross legend Ricky Carmichael, snowboarding legend Terje Haakonsen and US Ski Olympian Gus Kenworthy. This new group of ambassadors joins a range of existing Sony athletes including the highly influential big mountain snowboarder Jeremy Jones.

“I’m so thrilled to be a founding member of Team Action Cam,” said Ricky Carmichael. “It made sense for us to come together – similar to how I’ve approached my career, Sony understands how to innovate and experiment with exciting new concepts, while making sure their products stand up to the reputation they’ve built. The content I can create and stories I can tell with their Action Cam line are endless.”

“Sony is partnering with the top industry athletes to share stories in a way that is only possible through the lens of our Action Cam line,” said Patrick Huang, director of the camcorder business at Sony Electronics…

Continue reading: Sony Organizes "Team Action Cam" To Promote Its Action Cams

Canon today announced the introduction of the compact Canon XF205 and XF200 Professional Camcorders, building on technologies carried over from the XA25 and XA20 Professional Camcorders and offering improved performance and enhanced operability in response to industry feedback.

Canon XF205

Positioned above the XF105 and XF100 Professional Camcorder models, the new Canon XF205 and XF200 Professional Camcorders are equipped with the upgraded zoom lens, CMOS sensor and image-processing platform featured in the XA25/XA20 High Definition Camcorders. The new camcorders have a compact, lightweight body design, advanced operability and expanded network connectivity, satisfying a wide range of professional shooting demands from the production of high-definition content for news gathering, documentaries, weddings and event videography.

The XF205 and XF200 camcorders each feature a wide-angle 26.8 mm (35mm film equivalent) 20x optical zoom lens with Hi-UD (Hi Index Ultra Low Dispersion) glass lens elements for compact size and reduced chromatic aberrations compared to prior models. Additionally, the lens is equipped with an eight-bladed circular aperture that employs the same EMD (Electro Magnetic Diaphragm) technology used in Canon EF lenses and creates natural, attractive blur characteristics…

Continue reading: Canon XF205 And XF200 Professional Camcorders Announced

JVC injects action into the camcorder market with the introduction of a line of rugged, weather-proof Everio models that allow video to be shot in most any weather and offer opportunities for creating unique videos that can’t easily be captured with a smartphone or traditional camcorder. The new models also feature an internal, long-life battery – 4.5 hours on a single charge – for even more versatility.

JVC GZ-R10

The two new JVC Everio camcorders, the GZ-R70 and GZ-R10, feature JVC’s Quad-Proof structure – water resistance to a depth of 5m/16.4ft, the ability to withstand a drop from 1.5m/4.9ft, as well as dust-proof and freeze-proof down to –10˚C/14˚F – packaged in a familiar camcorder form factor.

The new line offers a combination of performance capabilities and innovative features for those who want to take their videos beyond what a smartphone or other camcorders can deliver. In addition to their weather- and shock-proof attributes, JVC’s new Everio camcorders feature a 40x optical zoom, 2.5 megapixel back-illuminated CMOS image sensor, audio that zooms with the picture, and compatibility with third-party editing software, including iMovie and Final Cut Pro X.

The new Everio line’s Quad-Poof technologies were first offered in JVC’s ADIXXION action cameras, designed for shooting point-of-view action video…

Continue reading: JVC Introduces Rugged, All-Weather GZ-R70 And GZ-R10 Camcorders

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