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Canon announces unique Vixia Mini camcorder with fisheye lens

By dpreview staff on Jul 31, 2013 at 21:48 GMT

Looking more like a projector than a camera, Canon today announced the Vixia Mini, a small fixed-focal-length video and still camera designed to serve bloggers, Youtubers, and anyone wanting an easy way to capture video of themselves. Part GoPro, part QuickCam and part PowerShot, the Vixia Mini features a fisheye lens, a 12.8-megapixel High-Sensitivity CMOS sensor, and a 2.7-inch swiveling capacitive touch-sensitive LCD. US pricing is set at $299.99.

Its F2.8 lens is equivalent to 16.8mm when shooting video in Wide mode, and changes to a 15.4mm equivalent when shooting stills. Close-up mode results in a 35mm equivalent angle of view, or 32.1mm equiv. for stills. Capable of recording 1080 30/24p videos as well as 720 30/24p and 360 30p videos, the Vixia Mini also captures 12-megapixel stills in Wide mode and 2.76-megapixels in Close-up.

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NEW CANON VIXIA MINI COMPACT PERSONAL CAMCORDER OFFERS A UNIQUE FEATURE SET INSPIRING SHOOTERS TO BECOME THE STARS OF THEIR OWN VIDEOS

Melville, N.Y., July 31, 2013 - Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced the new VIXIA mini compact personal camcorder. The creatively designed VIXIA mini personal camcorder allows shooters to easily record their hobbies, special interests and memorable moments hands-free, and then share those videos and images on their favorite social networking sites or their own blogs via built-in Wi-Fi or via the free Canon Movie Uploader app*.

The VIXIA mini compact personal camcorder  features an ultra wide-angle Canon f/2.8 fisheye lens (160 degree movies / 170 degree photos) allowing a user to shoot from unique and creative perspectives while including their surroundings to make their videos and images more interesting. By utilizing the Wide Mode users can give the viewer a full view of their surroundings and then switch to Close-Up Mode to provide emphasis on a particular subject. While in Close-up Mode, users can record a centered 1920 x 1440 resolution image with little distortion. They can also quickly toggle from one shooting mode to the other, or switch back and forth between video and image mode, by touching the camcorder’s innovatively designed 2.7-inch capacitive-tilt touch panel LCD display. Attached to the camera by two parallel hinges, the Vari-Angle LCD monitor allows for various shooting styles, including low-angle shooting, normal and high-angle-shooting and self-shooting.

In addition, the camcorder’s 12.8 Megapixel High-Sensitivity CMOS image sensor combined with the Canon DIGIC DV4 Image Processor creates the Canon HS SYSTEM, allowing shooters to capture and record stunning Full HD video in MP4 format as well as jpeg still images to a removable microSD card, all in the exceptional image quality standard that the Canon line of VIXIA camcorders are known for. The camcorder’s video image quality is further enhanced with the use of a Mechanical Shutter for the recording of moving subjects with little distortion. Beyond delivering high-quality video, the VIXIA mini compact personal camcorder also records high-quality audio thanks to its built-in stereo microphone. By using Audio Scene Select modes, users can choose an audio scene that matches their surroundings such as music or speech or even suppressing road noise.

“The new VIXIA mini compact personal camcorder marks the birth of an innovative video camera designed specifically for the social media savvy user,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies & Communications Group, Canon U.S.A. “This uniquely styled compact personal camcorder allows users to shoot, view and share videos and photos of themselves enjoying their hobbies or special occasions with family and friends.”

Tools to Become the Star

The Canon VIXIA mini compact personal camcorder comes with a feature set that puts the user in the driver seat, expanding their creativity, allowing them to not only be the director of their videos or images, but also the star. Mirror Image Recording/Playback lets users view the scene they are recording in real time so they can watch as they record. So whether they are shooting their latest blog post about cooking a favorite Italian culinary delight, or filming a practice golf swing to help perfect their back stroke, the VIXIA mini compact personal camcorder is a versatile and convenient tool. 

New Special Scene Modes such as Food & Fashion, Sports, and Macro provide users with advanced presets to help capture impressive images even under difficult shooting conditions to prevent over/under exposure. For those looking to shoot in a fun and unique perspective, the camcorder’s Slow Motion or Fast Motion modes provide imaging effects that allow creativity in controlling space and time.  Slow Motion allows shooting video at a choice of two slow motion speeds – 1/4x (VGA) and 1/2x (720p) allowing viewers to easily see and closely examine video of dancers or other fast moving subjects. Fast Motion allows shooting at two fast motion speeds – 4x and 2x – ideal for speeding up footage of cooking, makeup, nail art, etc.

The camcorder’s Smart Auto Mode allows the beginning user to capture those spontaneous moments with a touch of the screen. Smart Auto intelligently selects one of 38 predefined situations to give outstanding video and still image output.

The VIXIA mini compact personal camcorder comes with a built-in adjustable stand allowing users to tilt and elevate it up to approximately 60 degrees providing a new way to record video hands-free, and the camcorder’s tripod socket also allows for flexible positioning of the device. And an automatic lens cover helps protect against scratches and dust when the camera is not in use.

Advanced Connectivity to Help Users Share Their World

Once a user has recorded their video blog, or a day at the park with the kids, it’s time to share the video or images with friends, family and fans. The VIXIA mini compact personal camcorder comes with built-in Wi-Fi allowing users to quickly share their video and photos to social networking sites like YouTube and Facebook, or they can be sent directly to their PC. A user can also upload their video or still images taken with the VIXIA mini compact personal camcorder from virtually anywhere by downloading the free Canon Movie Uploader app onto their iOS supported device.*

The Live Streaming feature allows for users to view and  record on their iOS or Android device when they download the free Canon CameraAccess2 App**.The Canon CameraAccess2 App  is available for download on both  iOS and Android supported smartphones and tablets. The Live Streaming feature also allows a user to control the VIXIA mini compact personal camcorder from remote locations.

Pricing & Availability

The VIXIA mini compact personal camcorder will be available in black and white and is scheduled to be available September 2013 for an estimated retail price of $299.99.1 An optional VIXIA mini carrying case and strap are scheduled to also be available September 2013 in black or white for an estimated retail price of $14.99.1 For more information, and a full list of product specifications, visit www.usa.canon.com/vixiamini

*This software enables you to upload images to social network sites. Before uploading images, please be aware that image files may contain privacy related information such as people and places. If necessary, please delete such information. Canon does not obtain, collect or use such images or any information included in such images through this software. Compatible with iOS version 5/6 or later for select devices.

** The Canon CameraAccess2 app is compatible with iOS version 5/6 or later or Android version 2.3/4.0 for select devices.  

1 Prices are estimated retail prices and are subject to change at any time without notice. Actual prices are set by individual dealers and may vary.

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Total comments: 44
TheTinCity
By TheTinCity (7 months ago)

This camcorder is awesome, but I would suggest that you read these reviews on Amazon from people who actually purchased it: http://amzn.to/19ia3Da - This will surely help you make a decision.

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AndreyT
By AndreyT (8 months ago)

The market of streamlined action camcorders is rather underpopulated. GoPro does not exactly fit that criterion. So far the selection was mostly limited to Contour HD cameras in that field. This addition is very welcome.

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LaFonte
By LaFonte (8 months ago)

Does it have any shake reduction, even a digital one?
Otherwise, cool, but maybe too late to the party. Nobody seems to care about bloggie and flips anymore. When looking at tourists I see 3 kinds, the one carrying big and heavy dslr with a heavy optics, the ones who use very cheap PS cameras and the majority that use their phones.

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yabokkie
By yabokkie (8 months ago)

plus iPad and GoPro

iPad is the right way to shoot photos,
only it blocks the sight of people standing behind.

GoPro is "what you see is what you get" camera,
I see it getting more popular.

maybe Canon were thinking of a "GoPro in the city."

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Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (8 months ago)

Wow, thing is black, has a tripod mount, and it is a CANON, for cripe's sake! Forget the rest of the specs, where do I line up to get a few of these amazing gizmos?

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Sdaniella
By Sdaniella (8 months ago)

here, more info:

http://www.usa.canon.com/cusa/consumer/products/camcorders/consumer_camcorders/vixia_mini

this is meant to outdo/replace smartphonecams, for hd video or stills, which rarely handle ultra-wide angle that covers up-close 'whole body' self-shot perspectives without cropping head or lower body/legs.

so far, I've been avoiding upgrading to a smartphone because their cam FL are mostly longer than 24mm equivalent fov, and so never wide enough for my non-fisheye general photography needs. but fisheye fov expands on the wide option totally missing on smartphones unless one mounts aftermarket WA lenses for smartphones, and even fewer (none?) have swivel screens

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Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (8 months ago)

What?

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skysi
By skysi (8 months ago)

What 2?

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Chaitanya S
By Chaitanya S (8 months ago)

This new Canon camera reminded me Panasonic D-Snap series of cameras/hybrid devices that came out nearly a decade back.

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ShutterAttache
By ShutterAttache (8 months ago)

man i still have my AV20, the video it produces is crap now but i keep it as a collectable.

i wish they would go back to that palm-size camera style, canon seems to have the right idea, but just looking at the camera seems to me that its gonna be awkward to operate, i like its design but that LCD screen with the backward mounted hinge is kinda off putting to me.

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LaFonte
By LaFonte (8 months ago)

Exactly my first impression.

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Sangster
By Sangster (8 months ago)

Looks like a fancy dashcam and it will be interesting to see how it performs in low light.

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mpgxsvcd
By mpgxsvcd (8 months ago)

The GoPro doesn't need an LCD anymore. It has an app that does live view while recording.

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Sdaniella
By Sdaniella (8 months ago)

Rather, GoPro STILL needs an LCD or OLED display of some sort, ADDITIONALLY, in the form of a less than ergonomically held tethered smartphone, in order for the liveview app to even work.

if I were to upgrade my old cellphone to a new gen smartphone, say a Galaxy S4, that could cost more (C $600-800, or C$200 w/new mobility provider plan) than even the HD GoPro itself (white/silver/black: $200/$300/$400) smartphone not included.

whereas the Canon logically makes their video/stillcam with at least a built-in VASS (vari-angle swivel screen) like their PowerShots

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hto2008
By hto2008 (8 months ago)

Said, GoPro Hero 3 app live preview not supported;
Hero2 live preview very slow :(

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skysi
By skysi (8 months ago)

Too slow with the app though.

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skysi
By skysi (8 months ago)

Sdaniella, your comparisons don't make sense. You compare apples and oranges.

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notegra
By notegra (8 months ago)

Sdaniella, they do have an LCD and the have a LED in the front for settings. The LCD you can buy separately for those who want to spend the extra money to have an LCD that don't have a smartphone.....most people have smart phones.

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mpgxsvcd
By mpgxsvcd (8 months ago)

The GoPro 3 Black already does this and a whole lot more.

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Sdaniella
By Sdaniella (8 months ago)

a decent (new/current) smartphone is not included
which can easily cost more than a non-vari-angle swivel screen or screenless HD GoPro, never mind more than the Vixia Mini alone which requires nothing extra

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AngusCNH
By AngusCNH (8 months ago)

well…. I would like to buy sony or GoPro action cam instead of this one...

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Joe Ogiba
By Joe Ogiba (8 months ago)

video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a13D6VrIijA

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SirSeth
By SirSeth (8 months ago)

Pricey but cool idea. I did a tutorial for youtube last week and this would have made it much easier. I would also like to record some of my classroom lectures--don't know if this is the best idea with a fisheye type lens, but could work. What's the wide angle competition out there?

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RichRMA
By RichRMA (8 months ago)

It should be $100, like all those cheap, low-spec pocket vid recorders out there.

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abortabort
By abortabort (8 months ago)

Why? I don't see anything 'low-spec' about it.

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Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (8 months ago)

I don't know about a hundred buckaroos, but this thing probably should be priced in the $150 to $200 range, tops -- before applying the "Canon surcharge" to the price, that is.

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abortabort
By abortabort (8 months ago)

This actually looks kind of interesting. The 'mechanical shutter for video' is quite a surprise! Also having an auto lens cover (Sony, GoPro - you listening?!) and a screen built in - Not common on an action camera type thing (not everyone needs the weather sealing etc).

Disappointing - High fps video (for slow motion) is only available at lower resolutions. I don't see anything about time-lapse abilities which is a real shame. I'll pick one up when the price goes south.

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abortabort
By abortabort (8 months ago)

I can't see a tripod mount on it either.

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Sdaniella
By Sdaniella (8 months ago)

re: TIME LAPSE photography:

Interval Recording lets you see slow-changing movements over time.

Interval Recording gives you and your viewers a fascinating look at slow-moving changes. The camcorder records still images or half-second video clips at intervals you determine (5, 10 or 30 seconds; 1 or 10 minutes), with playback in flip-book style. The mode is perfect for recording plant growth, cloud movement, tidal changes, light effects from dawn to sunset and so much more. It's also a great way to add a multimedia element to school science and research projects.

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Sdaniella
By Sdaniella (8 months ago)

all digicam/videocam/dslrs/etc
never show tripod mount (bottom surface) view
in release photos

no different here

plus in the case for smartphones, they don't have built-in tripod mount

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tommy leong
By tommy leong (9 months ago)

yeah, my first thought would was "can it be used as car cam as well "?

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Knute
By Knute (8 months ago)

My first thought was "is it water proof", doesn't look like it.

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Sdaniella
By Sdaniella (8 months ago)

most smartphone cams don't either
but nothing to prevent utilization

most/all? smartphones aren't water-proof either

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Sdaniella
By Sdaniella (8 months ago)

re: car-cam:

see video:
http://www.usa.canon.com/cusa/consumer/products/camcorders/consumer_camcorders/vixia_mini#Experience_the_VIXIA_mini

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akcli2007
By akcli2007 (9 months ago)

It makes a good car camera for recording what happen on the road during driving.

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P@l
By P@l (8 months ago)

I have thought exactly the same! A CAR CAMERA ... but quite likely ... Canon is not realizing the potential here ... the camera already has a nice, flat profile ... if You could hang it safely on the rear view mirror so it could record through the front windshield ... PERFECT! ... but there is already a major drawback tough ... the video is limited to 45 min after that You have to switch the battery ... not very likely to happen ... while driving. If the camera could be permanently powered from car 6V or 12V DC socket ... that would be perfect!

I would easily buy that exclusively for car use!

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akcli2007
By akcli2007 (8 months ago)

Hi P@l: Apart from your observation that this camera is likely not having a DC socket for external power source, I also notice the absence of LED lights next to the lens. The car-cam I used to install in my car has 2 powerful LED lights on either side of the lens, thus making night-time recording possible.

If you want to install it in your car, look for suction-cup bracket with a tripod screw - you can stick it on the inside of the windshield. Although I haven't checked t out yet, you may find those accessories made for GoPro works for this Canon beauty.

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akcli2007
By akcli2007 (8 months ago)

Hi P@l: If you look closer to one of the product pictures on the same page (Vixia3.jpg) you will see "DC IN" on the little cover that also has "HDMI" on it. So this camera does support external power source...it's just a matter of finding one that works with it and your car, be it from Canon or other 3rd-party makers. canon's offering will not be cheap, though.

I will save some money to buy one for my car!!

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johnparas11zenfoliodotcom
By johnparas11zenfoliodotcom (9 months ago)

this is what i want .. a gopro with LCD :-) but too nbad not shock proof/weather proof.. unless a housing will be available..

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abortabort
By abortabort (9 months ago)

That Panasonic one might suit you better (can't remember the model). Also the GoPro's have an add-on LCD back as does the Aony ActionCam which becomes a mini camcorder with add-on LCD kit.

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abortabort
By abortabort (9 months ago)

That Panasonic one might suit you better (can't remember the model). Also the GoPro's have an add-on LCD back as does the Aony ActionCam which becomes a mini camcorder with add-on LCD kit.

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abortabort
By abortabort (9 months ago)

That Panasonic one might suit you better (can't remember the model). Also the GoPro's have an add-on LCD back as does the Aony ActionCam which becomes a mini camcorder with add-on LCD kit.

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abortabort
By abortabort (9 months ago)

That Panasonic one might suit you better (can't remember the model). Also the GoPro's have an add-on LCD back as does the Aony ActionCam which becomes a mini camcorder with add-on LCD kit.

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abortabort
By abortabort (9 months ago)

Sorry for the spam - Kept coming up with 'Server Error'

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