As far as cameras and camcorders go, there seems to be a hard push for the consumer market. Of course, consumers buy things, so if you can shove all your HD recording into a small package, why not market it to the mainstream market, right? Canon doesn't want to forget about the "prosumer," let alone the professional market, and that's exactly why they've brought the XF100 and XF105 into the limelight for a few minutes here. All of the great tech found in a big, shoulder camera, but without all of that big, shoulder mounted necessity.
The manufacturer has just recently officially announced the pair of high-end camcorders. And while it may look like another huge camera for the professional market, Canon is actually boasting that both of these camcorders are the smallest devices to ever support the broadcast quality MPEG-2 Full HD recording codec. You'll be able to do all your full HD recording at 50Mbps and 4:2:2. Pretty impressive numbers for a camera that only weighs 1KG.
The cameras feature customizable controls, which are easily accessible, and there's built-in LCD and XLR inputs right there in the handle. Unfortunately, there's no exact word on when the cameras will be made available, but Canon suggested that the early months of 2011 is probably right around the time we should expect them. No word on pricing yet, either. They will be shown off at IBC in Amsterdam, though, as well as Photkina in Cologne, Germany, so we'll probably get more details about them around that time.