Japanese electronics giant Canon has announced the release of two new professional video cameras in the new XF100 and XF105. Both weigh just 1.2kgs and measure 268x143mm.

Video is captured in MPEG-2 format at Full HD (1920×1080-pixels) at 50Mbps to CompactFlash card storage. These also offer 4:2:2 colour sampling for higher colour detail.

These cameras, following on from the higher end XF300 and XF305, uses Canon’s MXF (Material eXchange format) file container, feature 10X-optical zoom HD L-series lens and deliver approximately 900 TV lines of resolution. That’s coming from a 0.33-inch CMOS image sensor.

The lens is able to hold focus as close as 60cm to the subject at all zoom levels from wideangle to telephoto.

The LCD panel is a freely rotating 3.5-inch 920,000-pixel unit that can be made to open up on the left or right side of the camera body.

Both models also have other useful features including variable interval time-lapse and frame recording for animation and stop-motion effects.

No pricing has been yet released although both models are expected to become available in January 2011.

Key features:

  • MPEG-2 FULL HD 4:2:2 50Mbps Codec
  • Compact (268mmx143mm) and light (approximately 1.2kg)
  • 1/3-inch CMOS Sensor
  • Records direct to Compact Flash (CF) cards
  • Genuine Canon 10x Optical Zoom HD L-series lens
  • SuperRange Optical Image Stabilizer (OIS) system
  • DiG!C DV III Image Processor
  • Built-in infrared (IR) LED light
  • Pre-record function
  • Customizable Control Buttons
  • Minimum Object Distance: 60cm
  • HD-SDI output, GENLOCK, and SMPTE time code (in/out) terminals (XF105 only)

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