Canon Extends HD Camcorder Line

DMN By Frank Moldstad XHG1New XH G1 and XH A1 models will ship this fall Two new Canon HD camcorders announced this week include many of the professional features of Canon’s XL H1 at more affordable price points. The XH G1 and XH A1 both come with fixed 20x Fluorite HD lenses – as opposed to the H1’s interchangeable 20x Fluorite lens. Shipping this fall, the new HDV models will give Canon a good-better-best selection of professional 3 CCD HD cameras, enabling users to choose the features they need. For instance, the G1 ($6,999 MSRP) includes HD SDI outputs, giving it the same uncompressed high-definition output capabilities as the H1. This is due to the inclusion of Canon’s Jackpack, which also adds SMPTE Time Code In/Out and Genlock input capabilities. Users who don’t need HD SDI outs can opt for the A1 (MSRP $3,999), which still captures1080 HD video at 60i, 30F or 24F frame rates. read more...

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