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New Canon VIXIA Mini Camcorder


Canon has just announced their new VIXIA Mini camcorder, which is designed for users looking to share their videos and photos through social media sites like Facebook and YouTube. Available in black or white, the VIXIA Mini features a Canon f/2.8 fisheye lens with a 160-degree viewing angle for video and a 170-degree viewing angle for photos. The VIXIA Mini’s 12.8-megapixel High-Sensitivity CMOS image sensor works with Canon’s DIGIC DV 4 image processor to create the Canon HS System, which supports Full HD 1920 x 1080p video capture in the Web-friendly MP4 format and 12-megapixel photo capture as well. You can also toggle between  Wide-Angle or Close-Up shooting modes with a touch of the LCD screen.

The VIXIA Mini records directly to a microSD/SDHC/SDXC memory card and it features built-in Wi-Fi for sharing your videos and photos on social networking sites. You can use the Wi-Fi to send content to your PC as well. You can also upload photos and video from almost anywhere with the Canon Movie Uploader app for iOS mobile devices. The VIXIA Mini and Canon’s CameraAccess2 app support a Live Streaming function as well. The app lets you view and record live video using your iOS or Android mobile device. It will also let you control the camcorder from a remote location.

The VIXIA Mini has a uniquely designed 2.7-inch capacitive touch-panel LCD monitor with tilt control. The LCD monitor supports a Mirror Image Recording/Playback mode, which allows you to view the scene you’re recording in real time, on the display. This means that you can watch the video while you record it. You can also use the touchscreen to switch quickly between shooting modes and control camera settings. The VIXIA Mini is equipped with an adjustable stand and a tripod socket as well, so you can easily capture hands-free video and photos of yourself.

Some of the camcorder’s other main features include slow-motion and fast-motion recording, interval recording, Smart AUTO with 23 predefined shooting situations, Touch Decoration, Genuine Canon Face Detection, Video Snapshot, and an automatic lens cover. There are also new Special Scene Modes like Food & Fashion, Sports, and Macro. These advanced presets will help you create high-quality images and video—even when shooting in difficult conditions. Plus, Canon has outfitted the VIXIA Mini with a stereo microphone that will capture stereo audio that enhances the Full HD video quality. There’s also an Audio Scene Select function that provides several options for enhancing the sound quality of your recordings in a variety of different settings and shooting situations.

If you’re interested in more information or you’re looking for the VIXIA Mini’s full features list, stop by the B&H SuperStore in Manhattan. You can also talk to a sales professsional on the phone at  1-800-606-6969 or online via Live Chat.

Image Sensor 1/2.3" CMOS sensor
Total Pixels 12.8MP
Effective Pixels (Photo) 8.99MP (Wide) / 2.07MP (Close-Up)
Effective Pixels (Video) 12MP (Wide) / 2.76MP (Close-Up)
Video System NTSC
Video Recording Format MPEG-4
Lens 35mm Equiv. Focal Length (Photo) 15.4mm (Wide) / 32.1mm (Close-Up)
Lens 35mm Equiv. Focal Length (Video) 16.8mm (Wide) / 35mm (Close-Up)
Lens Aperture f/2.8
Focusing System Deep focus (pan focus) from 1.3' (0.4m) to infinity
Manual Exposure  ±3.0 in 0.25 increments
Shooting Modes Smart Auto, P, Sports, Snow, Beach, Night, Food and Fashion, Macro
Max Shutter Speed 1/30 - 1/2000 sec
Minimum Focusing Distance 1.3' (0.4m) / 8.3" (21cm) during macro mode f/5.6
White Balance Auto, Custom, Preset (Daylight, Tungsten)
Supported Frame Rates (NTSC) MP4: 1080/30p (29.97), 1080/24p (23.98), 720/30p (29.97), 720/24p (23.98) 360/30p (29.97)
Minimum Illumination (NTSC) 10 lux (in P mode, shutter speed 1/30 sec)
Image Stabilization N/A
Viewfinder N/A
Display 2.7" (6.9 cm) Capacitive Touch LCD with Tilt Control (4:3; approx. 230,000 dots)
Recording Media Type MicroSD / MicroSDHC / MicroSDXC
Recording Time (64GB Card) 1920 x 1080 (24Mbps): 5.92 hours / 1920 x 1080 (17Mbps): 8.33 hours / 1280 x 720 (4Mbps): 34.75 hours
Terminals Hi-Speed USB 2.0 port / Mini-HDMI output
Audio Stereo via built-in electret condenser microphone
Operating Temperature 32 to 113°F (0 to 45°C) 60% relative humidity / 32 to 104°F (0 to 40°C) 85% relative humidity
Power Consumption 2.7W (max.)
Battery Life (Recording) 50 minutes (max.)
Battery Life (Playback) 115 minutes (max.)
Dimensions (WxHxD) 3 x 0.9 x 3.8" (76 x 22 x 96mm)
Weight (Body Only) 5.6 oz (160 g)
Weight (Fully Loaded) 6.3 oz (180 g)