New Toy! Canon XH A1 HDV Camcorder

Controls Closeup, originally uploaded by Josh Bancroft.

This is the camera I’m going to be taking with me next week to the Game Developers Conference (GDC) in San Francisco. I’ll be shooting video and blogging for Intel Software Network – basically, looking for anything that’s cool or interesting.

It shoots in High Definition, 1080i at 60 frames per second (1920×1080 pixels), in the HDV standard (records on to standard MiniDV tapes). It’s tons of bells and whistles, some that I may never use, and it’s got lots of audio inputs, too (one 1/8″ mic input, two XLR mic inputs, plus a great built in stereo mic). It can also record in regular Standard Definition (SD) for things that don’t need to be in HD.

It has more hardware buttons than most of my other gadgets, and I have to admit that even I feel a little unsure whether I’ll be able to take advantage of the features, but I’m going to dive in and do my best. We’ll see how it comes out! πŸ™‚ There are a bunch more photos of it in all it’s buttony-gadgety glory in this set on Flickr.

The resulting video will be posted on Intel Software Network, and the intrepid guessers among you might infer that there will be more video-type content coming there…

If you’re going to be at GDC (or even if you’re not), and know of something that I should cover, let me know! My email is on my blog, along with my cell phone number (though email is probably a better bet – it comes straight to my phone).

Or, if you’re going to be there, and just want to meet up and say Hi (or if you know where the good parties and geek meetups are going to be! πŸ˜‰ ), I’d love to hear from you.

I’ve been a gamer since I was 4 years old, so to say I’m excited to go to GDC would be a bit of an understatement. πŸ™‚ Shigeru Miyamoto is giving the keynote, and there’s going to be lots of cool demo stuff from Intel and others. I can’t wait!


3 thoughts on “New Toy! Canon XH A1 HDV Camcorder

  1. So jealous of your trip to GDC. Words don’t even describe… Make sure your DS is charged up. I have a feeling there’s gonna be non-stop Mario Kart racing going on through the halls. πŸ™‚

  2. Oh, it’s definitely coming with me. It comes with me everywhere, in my cargo pants pocket. Not sure how much time I’ll have to play, but it’s part of my standard loadout. πŸ™‚

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