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Jan 7, 2013

Canon Unveils New R- and G-series VIXIA Camcorders

Canon today unveiled four new camcorders for its VIXIA lineup, with the introduction of three HF R-series models, the VIXIA HF R42, HF R40 and HF R400, and the expansion of the acclaimed G-series line with the new VIXIA HF G20.

Canon VIXIA HF R42

Canon VIXIA HF R42

Compact and portable, the new HF R-series models are designed to capture and share life's every day moments with a 53x Advanced Zoom, SuperRange Optical Image Stabilization, innovative wireless streaming and remote control features. Excellent for low-light shooting conditions, the new HF G20 model offers an enhanced HD CMOS Pro Image Sensor and professional-grade functionality.

"Being able to capture and instantly share memories as they happen is a necessity in today's always-on society," said Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies and Communications Group, Canon U.S.A. "With Canon's new VIXIA camcorders, people can have those advanced wireless capabilities that give them the convenience they need, without sacrificing on the quality of their images."

VIXIA HF R-Series Models

Designed for everyday shooting, Canon's expanded VIXIA HF R-series lineup improves upon numerous features, including image quality, sharing capabilities and the user experience.

High-Quality Imaging

With 53x Advanced Zoom and a Genuine Canon HD Video Lens, capturing memories in crisp High Definition video is easier than ever on Canon's new VIXIA HF R-series camcorders. The new lineup also offers a 3.28 Megapixel Full HD CMOS Image Sensor, an improved image stabilization system and a new DIGIC DV IV Image Processor for impressive low-light performance. In addition, the new camcorders offer Full HD MP4 (35Mbps) and AVCHD Progressive (28Mbps) 60p recording, so every second is captured with stunning image quality.

Enhanced Connectivity And Mobile Sharing

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With connectivity and instant sharing in mind, the VIXIA HF R42 and HF R40 offer several tools and features that make uploading content easy and convenient. The VIXIA HF R42 and HF R40 feature built-in Wi-Fi, allowing each camcorder to connect and stream live content to a variety of devices, including smartphones, tablets and PCs. Users can instantly upload their material to social networking sites through CANON iMAGE GATEWAY# and share footage via email or send videos to friends and family live so content can be enjoyed as soon as it is captured.

Also new to the HF R-series lineup is Remote Browse, a feature that allows users to preview or download files to a smartphone, tablet or PC when using a web browser. Once both devices are wirelessly connected, users can download or playback their videos instantly without the need for an application or other software.

Canon's free Movie Uploader app*, available on the iOS® platform, allows users to send video directly to a smartphone or tablet for instant online sharing. Through the free CameraAccess app, available for iOS® and Android platforms, individuals can stream live and control their VIXIA HF R42 or VIXIA HF R40 directly from their smartphone or tablet with the ability to access the camcorder's record, pause and zoom functions.

These new mobile and live-streaming applications offer numerous benefits, such as using the VIXIA HF R42 or VIXIA HF R40 to record activities remotely, or setting the device to function as a baby monitor or security camera.

Convenience And Recording Flexibility

For the ultimate in recording convenience, the VIXIA HF R42 provides 32 GB of internal memory and the HF R40 provides 8GB - while all HF R-series camcorders offer the flexibility of capturing footage to an SD memory card. The new HF R-series camcorders feature a new easy-to-use 3.0-inch capacitive touch panel screen for intuitive functionality. All of the new HF R-series camcorders offer a higher capacity battery, nearly doubling the recording length over previous models. Users now also have the option of creating stunning, high-quality 60p MP4 files (1920x1080 at 35Mbps) in addition to AVCHD Progressive (1920x1080 at 28Mbps) for added flexibility. With the new Dual Recording feature, users won't need to choose between recording formats, as each HF R-series camcorder can capture both simultaneously.

VIXIA HF G20

The VIXIA HF G20 includes a variety of high-level features that make it an excellent option for users in search of a user-friendly camcorder with professional-level functionality.

Exceptional Image Quality

With a 10x Optical Zoom and Genuine Canon HD Video Lens, the VIXIA HF G20 records stunning video in 1080p Full HD so every imaginative scene is captured perfectly. This new camcorder features an enhanced HD CMOS PRO Image Sensor, improving low-light performance by 20% over its predecessor. Canon's sophisticated SuperRange Optical Image Stabilizer combined with Intelligent IS corrects camera shake instantly, so even hand-held video taken at long focal lengths is sharp and steady.

Premium Recording Capabilities

To ensure a creative moment is never missed, the VIXIA HF G20 offers Pre-Record, a feature that allows users to automatically capture three seconds of footage before they press the record button. In addition, the new G-series camcorder offers up to 12 hours of full HD recording, and provides 32GB of internal memory along with the option of recording to two SD card slots. Operation of the camera is easy and intuitive with a high-resolution 922K-dot, 3.5-inch touch panel screen. With Cinema-Look filters, Shooting Assist and Smart AUTO, users can experiment with a variety of imaging modes and easily identify optimum audio settings to give their videos a rich and dynamic tone.

Pricing & Availability

The VIXIA HF R42, VIXIA HF R40, and VIXIA HF R400 are scheduled to be available in March for an estimated retail price of $499.99, $399.99, and $299.99, respectively. The VIXIA HF G20 will be available in February for an estimated price of $1,099.99.

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