Canon has announced two HDV camcorders that offer high-definition using a form factor similar to that of the popular XM2 (which is known as the GL2 in the US).

The XH-G1 and XH-A1 record 1080i HDV and come with a 20X optical zoom lens. They include 23 presets covering image quality and have 21 custom function modes including presets intended to set the cameras up for use in news gathering or a studio setting. There is also a 24fps mode to match the look of celluloid film – though this is unlikely to appear in the UK version as we use a 25fps recording system as standard - and still image functions including simultaneous still image shooting.

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The higher-specification XH-G1 comes with a broadcast SDI (serial digital interface) connector and support for genlock, which can minimize glitches when switching between video feeds, and timecode, which helps synchronize footage taken by multiple cameras.
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The XH-A1 will be available in Japan from late October and will cost ¥550,000 (around £2,500). The XH-G1 will follow in mid-November and will carry a higher price tag of ¥800,000 (around £3,700). The XH-A1 will be available in the UK in mid-November with the XH-G1 following a few weeks later. UK prices are yet to be decided, Canon said.
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