Canon XF105 and XF100 Professional Camcorders

The Canon XF105 and XF100 are a pair of compact camcorders that capture HD video using Canon’s XF MPEG-2 F:2:2 50 Mbps codec. Essentially, these are the junior versions of the XF300 and XF305 camcorders. The new camcorders feature a 10x zoom lens covering a 35mm equivalent range of 30.4mm to 304mm and are assisted by Canon’s SuperRange Optical Image Stabilizer.  Additional features include a 3.5″ 920k-dot resolution LCD that is fully articulating, along with dual XLR inputs.

The XF105 and XF100 have in-camera features for capturing HD 3D video when paired together.  Additionally, both cameras offer an infrared low-light capability for shooting in complete darkness at HD resolutions. The XF105 and XF100 record to CF cards.  The XF105 offers HD-SDI output and genlock in/SMPTE time code (in/out) terminals.

No word on price yet (I would guesstimate in the $3500+ range), but the Canon XF105 and XF100 should be available in first quarter 2011.

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Toshiba Camileo S20, H30 and X100 Camcorders

Toshiba Camileo H30

Toshiba is entering the crowded camcorder market with 3 consumer-oriented, camcorders – the Camileo S20, H30 and X100.  All of the new Toshiba camcorders can capture 1080p HD video to an SD card, which provide up to 32GB storage on a single card.

The S20 is the most compact model and is more akin to the Flip video cameras in terms of features and its price point of $180.

The H30 and X100 are more traditional camcorder models and offer a 5x zoom and 10x zoom, respectively.  The H30 has a retail price tag of $250, while the X100 runs $400 retail.

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