Canon Builds Stereo-Alignment Features Into Newest Camcorders
XF105 and XF100 Have 3D Alignment Capabilities, Can Shoot in the Dark
The difference between the two models is HD-SDI output and genlock and timecode support – those features will be available on the XF105 but not the XF100. Both cameras will have a Canon 10x zoom lens (with a 35mm-equivalent zoom range of 30.4mm to 304mm) and a 1920×1080 CMOS sensor, and will output footage in an MXF wrapper preserving metadata alongside video and audio. Both models share the same specs for resolution and frame rate, depending on the recording mode.
|* Continuous Bit Rate
** Variable bit rate
Canon XF105 camcorder
Other features of the new cameras include a rotating 3.5-inch, 920,000-dot LCD monitor, which can show a waveform monitor – as well as peaking, edge-monitor focus, and image magnification to assist with focusing – and a .24-inch 260,000-dot electronic viewfinder with “approximately 100 percent field of coverage.”
In a 3D shooting environment, the cameras offer a lens-shift feature to aid in optically aligning two camcorders and a “focal length guide” for calibrating zoom distances and preventing misalignments between the two camera lenses. The infrared-shooting feature has obvious appeal in military and law-enforcement applications, but is also aimed at nature and wildlife filmmakers, Canon said.
Canon XF100 camcorder
Both models sport dual XLR audio inputs as well as a built-in stereo microphone, and record 16-bit PCM audio at 48 kHz with level adjustments switchable between manual and automatic.
Bigger, Stronger, Faster CMOSIn other image-acquisition news, Canon said it had developed what it called the world’s largest CMOS sensor, measuring 202mm by 205mm. The super-sized sensor would need only one one-hundredth of the light required by a standard pro DSLR camera to take a picture – specifically, that means it could capture 60fps video under just 0.3 lux of illumination. The sensor could be used to capture images of stars in the nighttime sky, or of the habits of animals after dark, Canon said, without offering hints of when or how products using the chip might arrive.
For more information: www.usa.canon.com.