Equipment: Canon announces HDV camcorder ($10,000~)

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Canon USA will announce a high definition HDV camcorder next week at the Canon EXPO event in New York. The new model will be very similar in shape, style, and features to the XL2 MiniDV camcorder. A reliable source close to Canon has given exclusive information about the model, its feature set, and its pricing. Although the announcement was under tight secrecy, Canon Europe displayed a model of the HDV camcorder at their booth at the International Broadcasters Conference in Amsterdam.

According to the source close to Canon USA, the new model will fall somewhere in the price range from $10,000 - $12,000, with a lens. The new camcorder will use the HDV (high defintion video) format. The camcorder will record only in the 1080 interlaced lines of resolution HDV specification of the format and will not have support for 720 lines progressive shooting.

One of the features most watched for on prosumer camcorders is the inclusion of 24P, and that was the major update that Canon delivered with the XL2, the replacement for the popular XL1S. Although Sony has been criticized for the lack of 24P on their first HDV camcorder, according to the source close to Canon, the new camcorder will not have 24P support.

The source did say that the camcorder will have a 24 frames per second "feature," however it will not be true 24P. Whether this means that it is a portion of the 24P that is included on the XL2, such as just one of the 2:3:3:2 or 2:3 pull down modes, or whether the camcorder includes a "fake 24P" mode like Sony's Cineframe feature is unknown. In the hours following this news piece users around the web have begun to criticize Canon based on this news; some users seem to even be in denial - a testament to the dedication and loyalty of XL2 and XL1 users to the Canon brand.

Is this what I've been waiting for? Lack of 24P doesn't bother me since I'm not shooting for cinematic audiences. The price seems a bit high -- I was hoping in the $7000-8000 range. More info and photos of the new camera on

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