The latest member of the popular VIXIA mini series of pocket-sized camcorders, the new Canon VIXIA mini X offers a number of important professional features to ensure that your productions contain the highest audio and video quality. Key innovations include a large, built-in stereo microphone for clear recording with minimal noise using enhanced Linear PCM 16-bit audio at a 48 kHz sample rate, together with full-format 1920 x 1080 HD videos in both MP4 and AVCHD (60i) formats recorded to SD media. A variable-angle LCD with a built-in stand simplifies place-and-shoot recordings or self-shoot productions, with one-touch switching between Wide and Close-up modes. Electronic image stabilization helps reduce camera shake when shooting close-up during handheld shoots, while advanced built-in Wi-Fi® functions now support live remote streaming to video monitors for surveillance and other applications, in addition to conventional HDMI output to large-screen TVs. A new, enhanced battery offers 2.5-times the record time of previous models for extended shooting time.
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).
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.
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.
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.