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Canon's Vixia mini combines a flipping touchscreen with an HD webcam

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Canon Vixia Mini
Canon Vixia Mini

While other cameras look out to the world, Canon's new Vixia mini points the camera back at you. Geared towards the aspiring YouTube star or blogger upgrading from a lower quality webcam to full HD video, the Vixia includes an ultra wide-angle fisheye lens and a flip-up 2.7-inch touchscreen display that swivels to face forward or backward and is small enough to slip in a pocket. Plus, like a GoPro for selfies, the Vixia mini outputs MP4 video to a microSD card as a stand alone device. Canon suggests possible uses such as cooking shows, guitar how-tos, or hobby recording, but it's hard to tell if these low-intensity users are likely to buy a new camera.

Geared towards the aspiring YouTube star or blogger

The Vixia mini captures both stills and full HD video using a 12.8 megapixel high-sensitivity CMOS image sensor and includes a variety of video modes, such as slow motion and interval recording. Wi-Fi allows instant uploading to social networks or blogs. And unlike the GoPro, a tripod socket works with existing camera gear. The Vixia mini (Legria mini in Europe) will cost $299 / €329 / £269 and be available sometime in September.