Canon launches new Legria HF models
New camcorders feature HD video system, touchscreen technology, range of creative features
Canon has launched the new Legria HF M41, Legria HF M46 and Legria HF M406 consumer camcorders in the Middle East.
The camcorders combine touchscreen technology with a HD video system and a range of creative features.
All models in the Legria HF M-series feature Canon's HD CMOS Pro, designed to provide professional-quality Full HD video.
The Canon HD Video lens' optical system is designed to provide fast, silent and accurate shooting with minimal picture distortion. The lens has 10x optical zoom and a maximum f/1.8 aperture, which provides faster shooting.
The new lens also features Canon's Optical Image Stabilizer (OIS) technology, to reduce shake in situations when the user may be moving and shooting simultaneously. The OIS technology also reduces blur at full zoom, reducing the need for a tripod.
All models have a 7.5cm Touch-screen LCD with a 230k-dot resolution, is also has a creative application on the LCD, called Touch Decoration, which allows users to add stamps, frames, messages and animations to their footage in real time.
Using a HD CMOS Pro sensor adopted from Canon's professional camcorder range, each camera offers enhanced performance in low light, due to a 160% increase in the sensor's light sensing area.
Larger pixels are able to gather more light, increasing sensitivity and providing a wider dynamic range for greater tonal gradation between highlights and dark shadows. Accurate colour reproduction ensures all images are of optimum quality, while the sensor's Full HD resolution means users can shoot and view footage on HDTVs with no resizing.
The camcorder range also comes with the new Story Creator application, which allows users to capture movies that tell a story.
The new creative mode acts as a movie director, providing users with guidance regarding the type of scenes that could be captured to tell a story for various scenarios including a holiday diary or family gathering.
Another new feature on the Legria HF M-series, called Cinema-Look Filters, alters the look and feel of footage with eight different filter effects.
The vivid effect adds colour and vibrancy to footage, the dream filter softens focus to create a magical, dreamlike effect, and the cool filter gives scenes a feel similar to that of a sci-fi movie.
The new Legria HF M-series also has a new high performance internal microphone with directionality switching, which allows users to adjust the recording function to alter the sound to suit a given subject. It also has a Zoom Mic function to increase the audio when a user zooms into a subject.
An Audio Equaliser allows the sound to be adjusted and optimized allowing users to change the audio to suit the scene.
A new Tele Macro function allows users to zoom into objects as close as 40cm to the lens.
The camcorder's Instant AF technology provides fast and accurate auto-focus with a fast, 2-sensor system that prevents any focusing errors and Face Detection works in harmony with the Instant AF to ensure any faces the user wants to capture are singled-out as the point of focus.
All models have dual memory card slots with support for the latest SDXC cards, with Relay Recording allowing users to continue shooting for longer by automatically switching to the next available storage source when the one in use becomes full.