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Ultra Wide Lens Captures More In the Frame
Canon f/2.8 fisheye lens
The VIXIA mini X is equipped with a genuine Canon f/2.8 fisheye lens to give your videos a look that conventional camcorders and cameras can't match. The ultra wide-angle lens provides a 150° angle of view during AVCHD recording, a 160° angle of view for MP4 video and 170° angle of view for still images, allowing the camcorder to capture scenes with your subject and everything around them. The wide shots have the outer edge perspective typical of a fisheye lens, shooting at a focal length of 17.5mm when recording AVCHD, 16.8mm for MP4 videos and 15.4mm for photos (35mm equivalent). And a centered 1920 x 1080 image is also available to record videos (1920 x 1440 for stills) with a more classic look with Close-up mode, which shoots at 35.0mm for videos and 32.1mm for photos (35mm equivalent).
Quality Video That's Ready to Share
DIGIC DV 4 Image Processor
The VIXIA mini X incorporates the latest and most advanced Canon HD Image Processor, the DIGIC DV 4 Image Processor. A significant upgrade on several fronts, the DIGIC DV 4 Image Processor features dramatically increased processing power and captures more light, for brighter, noise-free images even in dark scenes.
Canon HS SYSTEM
The VIXIA mini X camcorder features the Canon HS SYSTEM – a powerful combination of the Canon DIGIC DV 4 Image Processor and a 12.8 Megapixel High-Sensitivity CMOS sensor – that offers dramatically increased processing power and the ability to operate in lower light levels. By capturing more light, the camera produces brighter, noise-free images even during dark scenes, extending your ability to create images with spectacular depth and detail. The Canon HS SYSTEM also provides excellent tracking performance even with low light levels, to achieve outstanding still-image quality with minimal noise and maximum detail in highlights and shadow areas. An Auto Dynamic Range control and new gamma curve settings prevent over- and under-exposure, even when capturing high-contrast images. The end result is clearer HD videos and still images with reduced noise and motion blur in a variety of shooting situations.
Flexible Recording For Your Production
Record Full HD video in MP4 (30p/24p) or AVCHD (60i) format to a removable SD memory card
The versatile VIXIA mini X camcorder offers a choice of two Full HD video recording formats to convenient SD-format memory cards. AVCHD secures enhanced images at 1920x1080 resolution and 60i frame rate, while MP4 format is available in either 1920x1080 or 1280x720 resolutions at 30p or 24p frame rates; MP4 640x360 is also possible at 4 Mbps for live-streaming applications. Time code data is provided on AVCHD recordings for compatibility for non-linear editing systems. MP4-format media is also conveniently available via internal transcoding of high-resolution AVCHD recordings, for quick and easy uploads to blogs and social networking websites.
The VIXIA mini X records digital video files on readily-available SD, SDHC or SDXC media for high-capacity storage and ultra-fast data transfer speeds to external editors and streaming services. The camcorder also captures high-quality images with up to 12.0 Megapixels of resolution.
Superb Audio To Enhance Your Video
Linear PCM audio recording
The VIXIA mini X camcorder not only captures great video, but outstanding audio quality as well, thanks to its built-in, high-quality stereo microphone. The use of 16-bit Linear PCM audio* format at a CD-quality sampling rate of 48 kHz – rather than an MPEG or similar compression scheme that can diminish sonic quality – adds an extra dimension to any video recording, by capturing full-fidelity, pristine sound with depth and realistic nuances.
* Only supported in AVCHD/24 Mbps recording mode
High-quality, built-in stereo microphone
Pristine audio recordings from a camcorder require a precision, low-noise microphone. The VIXIA mini X camcorder's high-quality, large-diameter stereo microphone captures enhanced, immersive sound that adds a heightened sense of stereo depth that further draws viewers into a video scene. A separate audio-level control ensures distortion-free recordings with no overload. The large 10mm microphone element is 2.5-times larger than the VIXIA mini with improved sensitivity. A higher signal-to-noise performance results in ultra-low noise recordings, while a two-layer sponge and cloth mesh windshield further reduces unwanted air-borne noise. The combination results in clearer, transparent recordings from low to high frequencies with low electrical noise.
Audio Scene Select
Audio Scene Select on the VIXIA mini X lets you select optimized recording parameters for specific types of shoots, including newly added Meeting, Festival and Custom Setting modes. Meeting is the best choice for group recordings with multiple participants around the camcorder for a greater sense of ambiance. Festival is best for outdoor musical events to capture the sound of performers around the camera with a good stereo balance, while Custom settings offers individual adjustments of Directivity, Frequency Characteristics, Microphone Level, Wind Screen, Mic Attenuator, Audio Limiter and Audio Compressor.
Wide or Close-up: It's Your Choice
Shoot in Wide mode, or choose Close-up mode with image stabilization to help correct camera shake
A choice of Wide and Close-up shooting modes provides additional versatility. Wide mode records video with an expansive 150-degree angle of view for AVCHD and 160 degrees for MP4, capturing the whole scene. Additionally, the VIXIA mini X camcorder offers a useful Close-up Mode that uses the center of the video image where there is less peripheral distortion. Thanks to the camera's high-resolution sensor, even for close-up shots you are assured Full HD recording without image interpolation. An advanced electronic image stabilization system (EIS) helps ensure that images remain crisp during close-ups, even while the hand-held camera is moving. The EIS function is particularly useful for ENG-style interviews, dashboard-mount shoots and other productions where the camcorder is either handheld, or undergoes sideways or up-and-down motion.
During AVCHD-format recordings, Close-up mode offers an approximately 51-degree angle of view, while MP4-format videos offer an approximately 64-degree view; the narrower focus for AVCHD results from slight differences in image resolution. Still images offer an approximately 78-degree view in Close-up mode.
Professional Support Enhances Your Workflow
Professional level support with features like embedded time code
For integration within professional-level shoots, both time code and digital-format video output are necessary. The VIXIA mini X camcorder provides embedded time code for AVCHD-format recordings, which enables frame-accurate editing on professional NLE systems as well as the accurate synchronization of recordings from the VIXIA mini X with other video and audio recorders. User-selectable time code formats include NTSC 60i/30P or NTSC 24P, in either continuous Rec Run or Non Drop Frame configurations. In contrast, MP4 recording includes elapsed times of scenes in hours, minutes and seconds, plus remaining time.
Uncompressed HDMI output
The VIXIA mini X camcorder's uncompressed HDMI output delivers a digital video signal with embedded two-channel audio in most camcorder and playback modes for live monitoring during shoots on a high-resolution 1080 monitor or large-screen TV. In this way you can check how shots with multiple participants – including band recordings – are being composed, or how a particular scene looks when shooting a wedding or conference event.
Advanced Flexibility with Audio Terminals
Microphone terminal with manual audio level control, and headphone terminal provide superb flexibility
In addition to using the VIXIA mini X camcorder's built-in stereo microphone, external microphones can be connected to the camcorder for extra creative options or enhanced fidelity. A separate Mic Level control adjusts recording levels; you can also listen to recordings as they are being made using external headphones. For enhanced flexibility, other recording settings are available within Custom Audio Scene settings, including Wind Screen, Directionality, Attenuator and Frequency Characteristics (for the built-in mic), Low Cut, plus an Audio Limiter and Audio Compressor, which are particularly useful while recording live performances to even out dramatic differences in loudness. Mixed recording is also possible using an external microphone in conjunction with the camcorder's built-in mic.
Own the Freedom of Wireless Technology
The VIXIA mini X camcorder's built-in Wi-Fi® allows you to easily share MP4 video recordings and still images over the Internet via social networking sites such as YouTube™ and Facebook® using the CANON iMAGE GATEWAY# online photo storage service, or conveniently transfer your files to a home or office PC. Uploads can be made virtually anywhere using a familiar iOS® device and the free Canon Movie Uploader app*. HD video can also be shared with colleagues and co-workers whenever and wherever you need. The VIXIA mini X can be connected via Wi-Fi® using compatible home or office wireless networks, wireless hotspots and iOS-compatible mobile phones and tablets using the Movie Uploader app.
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