After the San Francisco SuperMeet concluded, I stuck around for awhile, lurking about like The Guest Who Wouldn’t Leave (one of my finely crafted roles, in which I’ve built up a lot of experience). When the time came to pack away the glass cage, I asked Canon USA’s Joe Bogacz — pictured here to the left — if he wouldn’t mind modeling for me with the camera. I think he gives it a good sense of scale. It appears to be a bit larger than the XH series camcorder… at least, taller anyway. A few more photos, shown below, are quick snaps of the mock-up out from under the glass, prior to being locked up in its shipping case. Persistence pays off! I was happy to grab a few photos that would be free of reflections from shooting through glass (thanks, Joe).
The large screws attaching the mic holder to the camera body are an idea borrowed from the XH G1S / A1S camcorders… but what is the function of the switch on the face of the handle’s front vertical upright?
Kind of an oblique top-down view. It’s interesting how what used to be the round power / command mode dial on previous XL and XH series camcorders now sits flush on the left side of the body. Has it become a non-functioning design element, or does it serve some sort of purpose?