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Canon Launches XA10 & HF G10 Video Cameras & More
By Drew Wohl, January 6, 2011 @ 12:49 AM (EST)

2011 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) runs from January 6th through the 9th, and CES is always good for announcements.  Some may be semi-kept secrets, but it is still fun when they start becoming official.  Canon's  announcements include the  XA10 & HF G10 Video Cameras and some point and shoots - including the A3300 IS, A2200, A1200 and A800.

The point and shoots range in price from $89 to $179, and feature 10 to 16 MP, depedning on the sensor.  They are basic point and shoots, and at the price point they look like fun pocket cameras, but if you are looking for P&S with more flexibility in the Canon Line, the S95 ($399) and G12 ($499) are probably better options for more situtations due to their features.

Among the feautres of the XA10 (on right, $1,999)

  • Flash Memory
  • AVCHD Codec - up to 24Mbps
  • Genuine Canon 10x HD Zoom Lens
  • 1/3-inch CMOS, RGB Primary Color Filter
  • Canon DIGIC DV III Image Processor
  • 3.5" Touch Panel LCD Screen
  • XLR Inputs
  • Dual Card Slots
  • Dimensions    (W x H x D) 3.0 x 3.0 x 6.3-inch (77 x 77 x 161mm) (excludes lens hood, mic holder unit, handle, and grip strap, but includes eyecup; 5.1 x 7.0 x 8.0-inch (130 x 177 x 205mm) (including lens hood, mic holder unit, handle, and eyecup but excludes grip strap)
  • Weight    Approx. 1.7 lbs. (775 g) [Including lens hood, mic holder unit, and handle unit (and grip belt); but excluding lens cap.]
  • Approx. 1.8 lbs. (820 g) [Including BP-808 Battery, memory card (x1), lens hood, mic holder unit and handle (and grip belt); but excluding lens cap.]

In addition to the XA10, Canon released other more "consumer" video cameras in the R, M and S series, which range in price from $379 to $1,099, and which is led by the VIXIA HF G10.

Among the feautres of the VIXIA HF G10 (on left, SRLP $1,499)

  • Flash Memory
  • AVCHD Codec - up to 24Mbps
  • 1/3-inch HD CMOS Pro, RGB Primary Color Filter
  • Dual Card Slots
  • Dynamic SuperRange Optical Image Stabilization with Powered IS
  • Instant AF     
  • Dimensions    (W x H x D) 3.0 x 3.1 x 5.9-inch (77 x 78 x 151mm). Excluding lens hood and grip belt.
  • Weight    Approx. 1.2 lbs. (545 g) [Including lens hood (and grip belt); but excluding lens cap.]
  • Approx. 1.3 lbs. (590 g) [Including BP-808 Battery, memory card (x1) and lens hood (and grip belt); but excluding lens cap.]

More information on the XA10 can be found here and more information on the VIXIA HF G10 can be found here.  To compare the new R, S, M and Vixia Camera, Canon has a list here.

 

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