Canon has just very quietly released a new product that harkens back to the days of the Flip video camera. Like those camcorders, the brand new VIXIA mini is a pocket-sized video camera that gives you a higher-quality option when it comes to recording your daily life in full HD.
First, the hardware. Inside the VIXIA mini you’ll find a 12.8-megapixel, 1/2.3-inch CMOS sensor that stares out at the world through a 15.4mm (35mm equivalent) wind-angle lens boasting an f/2.8 aperture.
Controlling the camera is done from the 2.7-inch, 230k-dot capacitive touch screen, which can tilt a full 170° so that recording selfie video is just as easy as the alternative. All of this comes packed inside a 5.6-ounce body that’s thin enough to slide easily into your pocket.
Like the consumer-oriented Canon PowerShot N, the form factor is square and it’s not built for professionals but hobbyists. It records full HD 1080p video and, thanks to built-in WiFi and an accompanying smartphone app, you’ll be able to upload your creations directly to social media sites without needing to pull out your card from the built-in microSD slot.
You can check out a few sample videos (not embeddable unfortunately) recorded with the device, as well as a ton more information over on Canon’s website. If you’d like to pick one up for yourself, mark your calendar for September and be sure to have $300 ready when the time comes.