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Canon Release New HD Camera

Camera manufacturer, Canon, have expanded their family with the release of a new HD camera, which they claim is the ideal choice for the broadcasting sector and sets the new 'premium standard'.
Indeed the well-established Canon HJ17ex7.6B now has a brother – the Canon HJ17ex6.2B. With its focal length of 6.2~106mm, extra wide angle and a shorter MOD, the newcomer takes on the role as the 'Premium Standard' 2/3" HD camera lens and further strengthens the line-up of Canon’s HJ lenses.
The HJ17ex6.2B has been described as the ideal choice for the ENG (Electronic News Gathering) broadcasting sector. It's 18% wider than the HJ17ex7.6B and is the widest in the Standard lens class.
The manufactuer have said that it’s set as a high performing solution for when a wider and closer shot is required, providing both convenience and the opportunity to capture creative images.
Shorter MOD for extra flexibility
The new Canon HJ17ex6.2B lens’s MOD (Minimum Object Distance) is shorter by 0.16 when compared to the HJ17ex7.6B. This gives the operator more flexibility when capturing a closer image is required. It’s a great performer in close-up interview situations or in closer object shooting.
As a Canon lens, the HJ17ex6.2B benefits from Canon’s Optical Design expertise. With high precision aspherical and Hi-UD glass, aberrations and distortions are kept to an absolute minimum. The lens is designed to deliver superb optical performance throughout its whole focal range and also provide high resolution and contrast at any object distance.
Made to meet operator demands
News and Field Production camera operators need mobility and flexibility from their lenses. With its compact design and light weight, the HJ17ex6.2B meets its users’ needs over and above their expectations. Its Centre of Gravity balances the lens’s weight to provide better stability and less stress and fatigue, especially over extended shooting periods.
Meeting operator needs has been very much a priority in the development of the new camera. Its drive unit is ergonomically designed and user friendly. Made to fit the human hand, it’s comfortable to hold and easy to handle. A variety of customization is available through Canon’s unique Display Function. Examples of the functions that can be set up to suit the operator’s preferences include an assignable switch and zoom speed adjustment. Up to 9 different settings in total can be memorized. 3D configuration setting is also possible through the display.
Setting the Standard in HD broadcast lens
Responding to the demand for HD content, the growth in HD Broadcasting is continuous and with emerging countries now moving to the format, transition is an on-going process.
Canon said: "With the introduction of the new Canon HJ17ex6.2B HDTV Standard lens for 2/3” cameras, we continue to meet, if not exceed, the demands of all concerned: viewers, broadcasters and operators."
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