Canon reveals two LEGRIA camcorders, coming to Australia in March

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Canon has today revealed two new camcorders under the LEGRIA line – the LEGIRA HF G25 (above) and the LEGRIA HF R406. The G25 is more suited towards creative video enthusiasts, featuring first-class specs to deliver video quality; the R406 is the entry-level, easy-to-use and affordable camcorder.

The G25 has a 20 percent improvement from its predecessor, the HF G10, in terms of light sensitivity, and with the lens’ maximum aperture of f/1.8, can deliver in low-light conditions. The camcorder also has a 30.4mm wide-angle lens with 10x optical zoom and Canon’s optical image stabiliser. In terms of audio, you can use the internal microphone can customise it to either five settings; or use the WM-V1 microphone to record subjects up to 50m from the camcorder.

The camcorder also comes with an 8.8cm touch screen LCD, 32GB of internal memory and 2 SD card slots. Canon Australia says that it should be out in March.

The R406 has a 3.2-megapixel full HD CMOS sensor, but has a 32x optical zoom with support for 53x “advanced zoom”, and Canon’s IS technology. Combined, they make sure the video is in detail. It also has an internal microphone where you can change the settings to five different presets. The camcorder has a 3.0-inch touchscreen,  one SD card,and a “Baby Mode” to record your child’s first steps, words, etc.

Canon said that it should be out in mid-March.

Full press releases below:

SYDNEY, 8 January, 2013 – Canon Australia today enhances its renowned LEGRIA consumer camcorder range with a new flagship model for creative video enthusiasts – the LEGRIA HF G25. Building on the outstanding performance offered by its predecessor, the highly-popular LEGRIA HF G10, the LEGRIA HF G25 features a first-class specification optimised to deliver leading video quality.

“The LEGRIA HF G25 offers a precision Canon-engineered wide-angle lens, extensive manual controls and exceptional audio performance in a compact, user-friendly body. It is an ideal, affordable choice for aspiring videographers looking to explore their creative potential,” says Kai Lebens, Product Manager – Consumer Cameras and Lenses, Canon Australia.

Professional image quality

Thanks to its premium and highly powerful HD Camera System, the LEGRIA HF G25 delivers stunning, professional-standard results.  At its heart is an enhanced Canon HD CMOS PRO image sensor, which now offers a 20% improvement in light sensitivity over its predecessor. Combining with the lens’ maximum f/1.8 aperture, the sensor delivers outstanding low-light performance and wide dynamic range, capturing atmosphere and detail in shadows, while also preventing highlight blow-out in high-contrast conditions.

The camera’s optical 30.4mm Wide-Angle HD video lens helps achieve superior quality results, enabling videographers to capture more of the scene. When shooting, or viewing images in bright conditions, the lens’ anti-reflective structure prevents light reflections or glare.

A 10x optical zoom is enhanced by Canon’s acclaimed Optical Image Stabilizer (IS) technology, counteracting camera shake throughout the zoom range. Canon’s Intelligent IS technology is also included to ensure each shot is crisp, clear and blur-free. By automatically selecting one of four different modes, including the Dynamic and Powered modes, Intelligent IS ensures that whether enthusiasts are shooting whilst walking, experimenting with macro, or zooming into far off action, each recording is captured in vivid detail and with minimal blur.

Enhanced audio performance

To complement exceptional visual performance, the LEGRIA HF G25 features an internal microphone, audio equaliser and Canon’s advanced Audio Scene Select technology. Working together with the high quality internal microphone, Audio Scene Select features five different modes with sound settings optimised for the scene being shot, including Noise Reduction, Music and Speech. Users can simply select the most suitable mode for their scene and let the camera do the work, freeing them to focus exclusively on composition.

The high-quality internal microphone reduces mid and low-frequency background noise, picking out even softer sounds with crystal-clear audio. An audio equaliser also optimises the sound according to the type of soundtrack, especially useful when shooting a scene with live music or individual voices. Zoom Mic mode adjusts microphone directionality for subjects in front of the camcorder, ensuring improved sound quality when zooming into distant subjects.

In addition to the internal mic, compatibility with the WM-V1 wireless microphone provides additional flexibility – enabling the voices of subjects up to 50m from the camcorder to be captured without any loss of quality. The wireless mic can be used as a transceiver, allowing camcorder operators to position their subject conveniently before filming.

Expert shooting on the move

The LEGRIA HF G25’s advanced feature set is packed into a compact body that helps users capture the shot they want, when they want. Its new design is based around the heart of the device – the camera lens. A new lens hood with lens barrier replaces the more traditional lens cap and offers enhanced protection and quicker functionality on the move. Operated by a single switch, the new lens hood can easily be opened and closed between recordings, reducing the need to carry extra accessories.

Unleash your creativity

Eight pre-loaded Cinema-Look Filters help users to add drama, convey feeling or create a stylised effect in-camera. For example, Old Movie gives footage an aged effect consistent with older cinema reels, whilst Vivid accentuates primary colours for a cheerful, bright impact. Once the filter has been selected, it can be further refined on-screen according to key, colour depth, contrast and soft focus, allowing the user to perform sophisticated grading effects using only the camera.

Once shot, it’s easy to add simple titles to movies, or create green screen effects, thanks to Touch Decoration. Using the supplied stylus, text can be added and still images mixed with video clips on the camera’s large LCD screen.

A Story Creator is included, guiding users in planning, capturing and sharing compelling stories with video, without any external post-production required.

Shooting control

A lens ring provides close control over focus during shooting, while a customisable control dial can be assigned to manually adjust critical functions including aperture, shutter speed and gain. Two assignable buttons beside the 8.8cm (3.5”) LCD display also provide direct access to a selection of additional functions, including Face-Only AF, Backlight Correction and Priority WB modes. A 0.61cm (0.24”) Colour Viewfinder provides 100% coverage, offering added convenience for those who predominantly shoot outdoors, or in low-light indoor environments.

With both Double Slot and Relay Recording support, users are able to record movies to two memory cards[i] at the same time, or seamlessly switch recording from 32GB of internal storage to one card, and then to the next. Video clips can also be copied from one card to another post-shoot for added flexibility.

Share your video

Sharing the footage shot on the LEGRIA HF G25 has never been easier. In-camcorder down-conversion is supported, preparing the movies for upload to online video sharing sites, either via a PC with Canon’s Easy Web Upload software or direct from the camera using supported Eye-Fi wireless cards[ii].

LEGRIA HF G25 – Key Features:

ü  Canon HD Video Lens

ü  Canon’s advanced HD CMOS PRO sensor

ü  Full manual control

ü  Optical Intelligent IS

ü  Audio Scene Select

ü  8.8cm touch screen LCD

ü  Instant AF; Face Detection

ü  Protective lens hood

ü  32GB internal memory

ü  2x SDXC slots

Availability

The LEGRIA HF G25 is expected to be available in Australia from March with pricing set at dealer discretion.

SYDNEY, 8 January, 2013 – Canon Australia today introduces its latest entry level LEGRIA camcorder – the LEGRIA HF R406. Designed to be fun, affordable and easy-to-use, the new model is the first to feature Canon’s DiG!C DV4 imaging processor, delivering stunning Full HD video alongside superb audio clarity.

Perfect for families who want to record and share special moments, the new LEGRIA HF R406 offers the ability to shoot in AVCHD or mp4. Advanced optical image stabilisation (IS) and Intelligent IS, as well as a host of new shooting modes makes capturing beautiful HD video as easy as possible.

“The LEGRIA HF R406 video camera is ideal for those looking to step up from shooting with mobile phones or compact cameras. The new compact and lightweight model comes with built-in optical image stabilisation enabling anyone to shoot and edit smooth Full HD footage with ease,” says Kai Lebens, Product Manager – Consumer Cameras and Lenses, Canon Australia.

Clear, blur-free movies

Packed full of technologies, the LEGRIA HF R406 makes it fun and easy to capture special family memories in stunning detail. Canon’s Intelligent IS technology ensures clear, blur-free video by automatically detecting different types of camera shake and then selects the most suitable stabilisation setting from four modes. An enhanced Dynamic IS mode also employs a five-axis optical Image Stabiliser to correct rolling and rotational camera shake that occurs when shooting and walking.

Capture superb image quality

Featuring a first-class HD Camera System, comprising a 3.2MP Full HD CMOS sensor and Canon’s new DiG!C DV4 imaging processor, the LEGRIA HF R406 offers higher image quality in low light. DiG!C DV4 combines a substantially improved image stabilisation function with Canon’s optical Image Stabilizer to deliver stunning shake-free video.

A high-quality Canon HD video lens – with 32x optical zoom and support for a 53x advanced zoom – offers exceptional quality throughout the zoom range thanks to Canon’s advanced IS technology. A Full HD CMOS sensor ensures videos are sharp in detail and rich in tonal range, so users can record special moments as they remember them.

Advanced Audio Performance

To complement exceptional visuals, the LEGRIA HF R406 features Canon’s Audio Scene Select technology. Enhancing the quality of the internal microphone, Audio Scene Select features five different modes with sound settings optimised for the scene being shot, including Noise Reduction, Music and Speech. Users can simply select the most suitable mode for their scene and let the camera do the work, allowing them to focus solely on capturing the moment in front of them.

Record a child’s early years with new Baby Mode

A new Baby Mode is perfect for parents, making it easy to capture a baby’s first steps, and words, thanks to a pre-record function that captures footage just before recording starts, so no important moment is ever missed. Baby Mode footage is also stored in a dedicated baby album, making videos easily accessible to share with friends and family.

The LEGRIA HF R406 features a large, vivid 7.5cm (3.0”) capacitive touchscreen display, offering the perfect way to compose, playback and navigate settings. The touch interface makes it super-easy for users to navigate intuitive menus, adjust settings and switch between different shooting modes and features.

LEGRIA HF R406 key features:

ü  Optical Intelligent IS

ü  53x Advanced zoom, Full HD CMOS

ü  Baby Mode

ü  Audio Scene Select

ü  Superb quality AVCHD and MP4 recording

ü  DiG!C DV4 image processor

ü  High-res 7.5cm capacitive touch screen LCD

ü  Cinema-Look filters and touch decoration

ü  SDXC card slot

Availability

The LEGRIA HF R406 is expected to be available in Australia from mid-March with pricing set at dealer discretion.