Remember having to actually hook up a camcorder to your television to be able to see what you filmed, with actual cables? Those days may soon be over as Canon and JVC release new camcorder models with built-in Wi-Fi that streams right to an iPad or iPhone.
Canon plans to release four new models, the compact VIXIA HF M52 and VIXIA HF M50 as well as the entry-level models VIXIA HF R32 and VIXIA HF R30, which feature the ability to upload videos over a Wi-Fi network directly to an iPhone or iPad. Users will also need to download Canon’s free Movie Uploader app. In addition to being iOS-friendly, the camcorders allow users to send video directly to Facebook and YouTube.
The VIXIA camcorders will also be able to send video to DLNA-enabled HDTVs, and they can even bypass a PC by allowing users to save video directly to an external hard drive via an optional USB adaptor.
“We are excited to include Wi-Fi connectivity and DLNA technology, among other new features, in our new VIXIA models that will allow consumers to easily share high-quality videos with friends and families,” offered said Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies and Communications Group, Canon U.S.A.
Starting at $449.99, the camcorders will be available for sale in March 2012.
JVC’s new Everio Camcorders allow users to send video and still photographs over a Wi-Fi network. Like their Caonon counterparts, JVC’s new line will also require users to download a free app to move video onto their iOS devices.
Not only can users send video to an iPad or iPhone with the app, but it also turns the device into a remote control for the Everio camcorder. Users can even geotag video and photos using their iPhone (or iPad’s) GPS. The Everio also includes an option for “real time monitoring,” which allows the user to see images take with the camcorder on an iPhone or computer in real time. Users can even set up the camera so they receive a picture by email each time the camera detects movement. So you can finally figure out which of the neighborhood dogs is destroying your garden … or whatever it is you need to do.
JVC sees the Everio as a way for video (and photo) enthusiasts to have both high quality images from on digital HD camcorder and the convenience of an iOS device. ”With Wi-Fi models, JVC fills the gap between a traditional camcorder and a smartphone by combining great image quality with advanced photographic features, such as a powerful zoom and excellent communication capabilities,” explained Dave Owen, vice president, Consumer Video Division, JVC Americas Corp.
JVC is so convinced users are tied to their smartphones that they even designed the Everio’s manual so it could be read easily on a mobile device. The user accesses the manual by reading a QR code from the Everio’s LCD screen. Users can still get to the manual the old-fashioned way too — by typing in a URL.
The Everio models range in price from $229.95 to $899.95, and will all be available for sale by the end of March 2012.