UPDATED: Now This Looks Interesting: Canon XF100

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UPDATED: The Canon Expo 2010 is underway in New York today and earlier this week they unveiled a couple of flash memory based, single chip, professional HD camcorders. They record full HD (1920×1080) to compact flash cards up to 64gb and feature a plethora of manual controls and professional audio options. Some of the final specs are still unknown including the price unfortunately. One of the best parts about this camcorder is the size: just 4.8 x 5.8 x 9.8 in. not including the lens hood or mic mount. That is really tiny for a camcorder with as many features as it offers. I have just about had it with the audio problems of the EOS 7D. I was really hoping that Canon would release a firmware upgrade for manual audio this week but that doesn’t look like it’s going to happen. If this camcorder comes in anywhere near $2000, I think I am selling my 7D and buying one of these. UPDATE: It looks like the price for the XF 100 is going to be around $4000 and the XF105 will be around $5000, so buying one of these is probably out of my budget. I see a lot of ENG professionals and low budget documentary film makers using these in the near future. Check out the full specs here.

Dear Canon, I need a flash memory based HV40

I have been shooting a lot of video with my EOS 7D lately and now have a pretty good understanding of the limitations of the Camera. 12 minute clip length, automatic gain control, having to record audio separately in most cases and sync in post and lack of image stabilization are things I have lived with. There’s a lot to like about the camera but there’s a lot of compromises to make. For some applications a smaller, more traditional camera would be better suited for filming. I have great Sennheiser on camera and off camera mics, an LED light that works pretty well and they all have one thing in common: a standard cold shoe connection.

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