As CES 2011 kicks off, Canon launches eight new HD Vixia camcorders. Several models will incorporate a new HD CMOS Pro sensor with improved low light capability. The new chip allows for 1080 HD video capture. Though it uses a comparatively low 2.07 megapixels, the pixels themselves are 60% larger. Canon claims that this adds up to a dynamic range that’s 280% wider than that of previous sensors.
Expect this latest crop of Vixia camcorders to sport two card slots, touch screens with image and video decoration features and HDMI cables included with each unit.
Canon Vixia HF-G10
At the top of the lineup is the HF G10 with the new HD CMOS Pro sensor and a 10x optical zoom lens starting at a 30.4mm wide angle with an 8 blade iris. It will sport a 3.5-inch LCD with a high 922k-dot resolution.
Canon Vixia HF-S30
The Vixia HF-S30 will use a full HD 8.59 megapixel sensor. It will feature a 3.5-inch display and like the S20 series it replaces, the S30 will feature a built-in, pop-up flash for higher quality still images in poor conditions.
Canon Vixia HF-M40
The Vixia HF-M40, HF-M41 and HF-M400 offer 16 GB, 32 GB and external-only memory capacities, respectively. They will use the new HD CMOS Pro sensor with a 10x optical zoom lens and a 3.0-inch touch screen. These camcorders also offer several in-camera art filters.
Canon Vixia HF-R20
Rounding out the HD announcements are the HF-R20, HF-R21 and HF-R200. These models will not offer the HD CMOS Pro sensor, and they’ll be equipped with 8 GB, 32 GB and external-only flash memory capacities.