Canon USA has posted the official press release concerning their A1 replacement cameras. Quite impressive, though these are believed to be the cameras with the teeny 1/3 chips. Still, they have a number of desirable features – recording to CF cards, 50 Mbps recording, 4:2:2 color space, native 1920×1080 recording and a slew of other features. The 1/3 inch chip size, though not referenced in the press release should garner a resounding, “Wha?!!” from a lot of Canon lovers.

Priced at less than $8000 (does than mean $7995?), these cameras will most likely have appeal for broadcasting, reality TV productions and event videography. I’m not sure these cameras will catch on with the wedding videographers – the price seems a tad bit high.

Here are a few snippets from the press release and a link to the Canon USA site.

LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., April 7, 2010 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging, today announces the Canon XF305 and XF300 Professional Camcorders. Both new models employ an MPEG-2 4:2:2 50Mbps codec – Canon XF Codec – for capturing and recording native 1920 x 1080 video onto affordable, universally available Compact Flash (CF) cards. Uniting video, audio and metadata into a single file, the Canon XF305 and XF300 use an MXF (Material eXchange Format) File Wrapper, a widely supported open source format, to maximize compatibility with existing industry infrastructure and non-linear editing (NLE)systems. Priced under $8,000 per model, the Canon XF305 and XF300 are engineered for multiple production applications including broadcast news, documentary and independent filmmaking and event videography. Canon will be demonstrating a variety of professional applications for the Canon XF305 and XF300 at the Company’s booth# C4325 at the 2010 National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Show in the Las Vegas Convention Center.

The Canon XF305 and XF300 Professional Camcorders include a Genuine Canon 18x HD L-series lens providing documentary filmmakers and news camera operators with the focal-range versatility required in the field. Designed with input from professional users, each model includes three Canon developed and designed native 1920 x 1080 CMOS image sensors, and the new Canon XF Codec for extreme color detail required for accurate chroma-keying, color-grading and compositing for digital filmmaking. For finer transitions in tone and color, 4:2:2 color sampling offers twice the color resolution of HDV and other 4:2:0 formats. In addition, Canon’s XF305 model features industry- standard HD-SDI output, genlock, and SMPTE time code (in/out) terminals for multi-camera or 3-D productions.

Canon USA Website – Press Release .

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