In a surprise announcement of sorts, Canon brought out the Vixia Mini along with plans to start selling it in the US this September with a price tag of $299.99. This personal camcorder from the Canon Vixia series of cameras boasts of an extremely compact build, and offers the benefits of full HD video, compatibility with Wi-Fi and an ultra wide-angle lens. Moreover, the 2.7-inch LCD monitor that sits atop it is a vari-angle one, which means its users will be able to tilt it in a number of directions for convenient viewing.
At the given price, the Vixia Mini offers the benefits of an ultra wide-angle f/2.8 fisheye lens made by the company itself. This unit provides support for 160 degree movies and 170 degree photos. Moreover, the Close-Up mode even enables the lens to record a centered 1,920 x 1,440 pixel image with little distortion. This device has been equipped by the company with a 12.8MP CMOS sensor and a DIGIC DV4 image processor, enabling its users to capture full HD videos in the .mp4 format and images in .jpeg format, onto microSD cards.
Other unique features of the Vixia Mini include its Slow and Fast Motion modes, and apart from an obvious tripod socket, it also comes with a built-in adjustable stand that can tilt and elevate it up to approximately 60 degrees. And then there’s Wi-Fi as well, for quick transferring of content onto other devices.
The Vixia Mini will be released in the US sometime this September, and adding $14.99 onto its price of $299.99 will even fetch its buyers a carrying case and a strap.