Hot on the heels of the recently announced Vixia HF G30, Canon officially announced the launch of 2 new camcorders to its professional range: the XA20 and XA25. They are successors to the Canon XA10 that Canon launched two years ago.
These new compact pro camcorders feature a brand new Digic DV IV processor that allows the XA20 and XA25 to record 1080/60p AVCHD video. They can also record AVCHD and MPEG-4 video via dual SD card slots. This is a significant improvement over the older image processor which was not powerful enough for these functions. The new CMOS sensor is also larger and it adds more flexibility to the image stabilization function.
Important features like zoom has been has been doubled to 20x. A new zoom lever and a focus ring to control zoom gives better control. Also improved is a brighter touchscreen in the form of a new 3.5-inch OLED screen that uses less power and thus extending the battery life.
It also comes with built-in WiFi so you can upload video directly to YouTube and Facebook. A nifty feature for those who want to share videos immediately with friends and family.
Canon has tentatively list the price of the XA20 at $2199 and XA25 at $2699.