6:00am PT by Carolyn Giardina
CES: Canon Expands Line of Vixia Camcorders, PowerShot Cameras
LAS VEGAS -- Canon is unveiling new models of its Vixia camcorders and PowerShot cameras this week at the International CES.
This includes the new Vixia HF R52, HF R50 and HF R500 camcorders with a 57x zoom, an upgrade from previous models, along with "SuperRange" optical image stabilization and a Canon 3.28 megapixel Full HD CMOS image sensor. The HF R52 and R50 also feature new Wi-Fi capabilities, enabling them to function as remote monitoring devices with mobile internet access.
The Vixia HF R52 is priced at $450 and features 32 GB of internal memory; the HF R50 is expected to list for $400 and offer 8GB of internal memory; and the HF R500 is priced at $300. All three also allow the user to record to an SD memory card. They are expected to ship in March.
Canon is additionally introducing a Vixia mini X compact personal camcorder, which is slated to be available in March for $400. This camcorder has a Canon f/2.8 fisheye lens, 12.8 megapixel sensor and Canon's DIGIC DV 4 image processor, as well as new audio features. Users can record in Full HD in MP4 or AVCHD to a removable SD memory card. Features include electronic image stabilization, embedded time code, and support for uncompressed HDMI output.
New cameras in the PowerShot line include the PowerShot SX600 HS and the PowerShot ELPH 340 HS.
The compact SX600 HS offers as 18x optical zoom and 16-megapixel CMOS sensor. It's expected to be available at the end of February in red, white or black for roughly $250.
Canon reported that the ELPH 340 HS would have a 12x optical zoom lens and 16-megapixel CMOS sensor. It's scheduled for availability in March, in purple, silver or black for $200.
Also joining the lineup is the PowerShot N100 digital camera, which is expected to be available in May for $350. It includes a new "dual capture mode," which according to Canon allows users to simultaneously lens an image using the main camera, while the story camera, a rear-facing sub-camera, will embed a picture of them onto the main image. Also, a new "story highlights" mode creates a highlight reel.