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Canon has unveiled two new Full HD professional camcorders, as well as a new CINE-SERVO 17-120mm T2.95-3.9 lens in both EF and PL mounts. Along with these new products, Canon has also announced that an upgraded version of the EOS C100 will be available, featuring Canon's Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology.
The new XF200 and XF205 take their places in Canon’s camcorder lineup just above the XF100/XF105. The camcorders feature a similar compact, lightweight design as the XF100/XF105 models, but are equipped with the same 20x Canon HD zoom lens, CMOS sensor, and DIGIC DV 4 image processor found in the XA20/XA25. The camcorders also add enhanced connectivity and dual recording mode to suit a wide range of video applications, from broadcast news and documentaries to event work and wedding videography.
The 20x optical zoom lens provides an impressive 35mm equivalent focal-length range of 26.8 to 576mm for true wide-angle to telephoto coverage. For professionals who want full control over their images, three separate lens rings allow for independent adjustment of focus, zoom, and aperture settings. The camcorder also provides a variety of autofocus modes, including Instant AF and Face Detection AF. Focus, exposure, framing, and other camera settings can be viewed using the tiltable 0.45" viewfinder or the 3.5" touchscreen OLED screen.
Adding to the versatility of the camcorders is the ability to record broadcast-ready MXF files and web-friendly MP4 files simultaneously, in a variety of bit rates. MXF mode lets you record broadcast-standard Full HD 50Mbps MPEG-2 with 4:2:2 color sampling, while MP4 files are smaller and easier to share and download for web use. The camcorders feature dual CF memory card slots as well as an SD memory card slot. They also feature built-in Wi-Fi that operates at both 5GHz and 2.4GHz, as well as an Ethernet connector for linking the camcorder to wired LANs and wireless routers. Canon’s CameraAccess Plus app enables live viewing and remote operation using a smartphone or tablet device, as well as real-time transfer of lower-resolution MP4 proxy files.
What separates the XF205 from the XF200 is the addition of separate SDI, time code, and genlock outputs, making it more suited for connecting to external devices and integrating into professional broadcast and studio environments.
With the CNZx17 KAS S, Canon introduces a new zoom lens with the optical performance for 4K broadcast and digital cinema use. The lens covers Super 35mm image sensors, provides a broad focal-length range of 17mm to 120mm, and features a detachable servo unit. The lens is compact and light enough to allow the camera operator to shoot with the camera carried on one shoulder and is compatible with standard broadcast lens controllers.
The lens makes use of wide-diameter aspherical elements and other optical material technologies to correct aberrations, while Canon’s latest lens coating minimizes flare and ghosting. Additional features include an iris close function for black-balance calibration, support for 16-bit virtual image signal output via three 20-pin connectors, a flange-back adjustment mechanism, and a macro function.
For digital cinema use, the drive unit can be detached from the lens for full manual control. For use with a follow focus, there are 0.8 pitch and 0.5 pitch gears on the focus ring, 0.5 pitch gears on the zoom ring, and 0.4 pitch gears on the iris ring. The lens also has an integrated support holder for use with 15mm and rod systems. To assist focus pullers, focal length is indicated on the side of the lens barrel with easy-to-read markings, available in both feet and metric units.
The lens is available in EF-mount and PL-mount versions. The EF-mount lens has the electrical contacts to properly communicate with Cinema EOS cameras to store lens data. The PL-mount version is compatible with Cooke’s /i Technology, which transmits focus, zoom, iris, and lens model data to compatible cameras.
Canon has upgraded its popular EOS C100 camera to now include the same Dual Pixel CMOS AF Technology found in the Canon 70D DLSR camera. This new feature provides faster, smoother, and more accurate autofocusing. An AF Lock setting also lets you change the image framing while holding the desired focus. Dual Pixel CMOS AF Technology makes autofocus a more viable option for users who regularly shoot with smaller crews without a dedicated focus puller, or in run-and-gun situations.
The C100 also comes installed with the latest firmware, which adds several new functions, such as a continuous recording with In and Out points, expanded ISO range to ISO 80,000, menu navigation without the side grip using the on-camera buttons, viewfinder magnification locater shift, and support for the new RC-V100 Remote Controller, expected to be available around June, 2014.