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Canon U.S.A. Celebrates 10th Anniversary Of XL Series Camcorders


Canon U.S.A., Inc. today proudly celebrates the 10th Anniversary of its XL series line of camcorders, which currently consists of the XL H1 and XL2 camcorders. Throughout the past ten years, Canon’s XL series has played an integral role in faciltating affordable independent film-making and has provided professional videographers, whether in the studio or in the field, with the technology to help make their creative visions a reality.

Canon’s philosophy of offering technology and features that provide increased creative control, flexibility and capability, in both High-Definition and Standard Definition formats, has played a significant role in the success of the XL camcorder series. Designed for demanding creative videographers who want to meet their production challenges and goals, the XL camcorder series offers professionals, not only exceptional image quality but creative control as well, through its architecture and feature sets.

“The XL series was born out of Canon’s heritage as an imaging leader, and since 1997 has provided cutting-edge optics, technology and advanced features in a camcorder that is ideal for professional videographers,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, senior vice president and general manager, Consumer Imaging Group, Canon U.S.A. “Canon’s tradition of imaging innovation and providing users best-in-class products remains strong and we look forward to continuing to break new ground in the video industry.”

As part of the special celebration of the XL series 10th anniversary, Canon today announced a special promotion. Customers who purchase a new XL H1 Camcorder kit between October 23 – December 31, 2007 will receive (via mail-in rebate) a free Focus FS-C Portable DTE Recorder (60GB)*. The Focus FS-C Portable DTE Recorder is valued at $1,399** and helps video professionals to excel in the field by bringing Direct To Edit® recording technology to their Canon DV or HDV-based camcorder.

The Focus FS-C Portable DTE Recorder is light-weight (roughly one pound and 1.5 inches) and easily interfaces with a Canon DV or HDV camcorder using a single FireWire cable that passes audio, video, timecode and control information, allowing users to simultaneously record to disk and tape in HDV or DV mode.

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The Canon XL H1 and XL2 camcorders are currently available, at suggested selling prices of $8,999 and $3,999**, respectively. These Canon camcorders can meet the needs of a variety of production challenges, including work in a television studio, shooting television commercials, documentary film-making and corporate video or events.


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