Canon ( has announced a new line of six VIXIA High Definition flash memory camcorders — three compact VIXIA HF M-series models and three entry-level VIXIA HF R-series models — for 2012.

Focusing on the social network experience, Canon has enhanced select models with Wi-Fi connectivity, the option to capture videos in MP4 or AVCHD file format and full Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) compatibility, unleashing on-the-spot creative video sharing and still-image uploads. The MP4 file format option helps make content easier to share across mobile devices and to social networks online, while DLNA connectivity allows wireless transmission of videos to DLNA-compatible HDTVs.

Encouraging users to shoot and share, the Canon VIXIA HF M52, VIXIA HF M50, VIXIA HF R3 and VIXIA HF R30 models have the ability to upload videos directly to social media sites such as YouTube and Facebook over a Wi-Fi network, or to mobile devices such as an iPhone or iPad1 utilizing a free Movie Uploader app. The camcorders are scheduled to be available in March for an estimated retail price of US$749.99, $649.99 and $549.99, respectively.