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Canon confronts smartphones with the itty-bitty Vixia mini camcorder

Jackie Dove | Aug. 1, 2013
Canon unveils the diminutive Vixia mini compact personal camcorder to compete with smartphone video cameras.

Video and stills are saved to a micro SD memory card and the camcorder also supports SDHC and SDXC cards. Photos are 12 megapixel resolution, but closeup HD video is 2 megapixels and close-up stills are 2.76 megapixels. You can record in slow or fast motion, with interval recording at 5, 10, and 30 seconds (with a maximum of 3 hours recording time), 1 minute (6 hours of recording time), and 10 minutes (60 hours of recording time). The battery supports 45 minutes of continuous recording time.

The audio system features a stereo mic recording at 256KB or 128KB in MPEG2, depending on shooting mode. Audio Scene Select modes let you choose the right audio setting for the best recording such as music, speech, or suppressing road noise for outdoor footage.

To share video or stills taken with the Vixia mini, two free apps are available. The Canon Movie Uploader for iOS let you post movies from your iPhone, while the Canon CameraAccess2 app for iOS and Android facilitates live streaming from various smartphones and tablets and allows users to control the camcorder remotely. There's also an HDMI connection.

The Canon Vixia mini will be available in black and white in September for $300. Matching carrying case and strap are available separately for $15.


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