Testing and contrasting the new, improved dynamic stabilisation mode on the Canon XA20 camcorder (same as on the XA25 or HF-G30), against the previous generation of dynamic stabiliser, represented here by the Canon HF-G25 (same as HF-G20, XA10 and HF-G10)
Also tested with the "powered" mode switched in, as this appears to act on top of the dynamic stabiliser in as much as the extra 2mm of wide-angle was still lost when Powered was switched in.
Quite apart from the stabilisation, things of interest in this video are:
a) the shocking auto white balance by the newer camcorder - look at the pink sky on Test 5!
b) the huge difference in auto exposure profiles despite both camcorders being set to Shutter Priority Auto (1/50th). The XA20 squashes much more detail down into the darker component of the image. A full test video will follow on this topic.
Both cams set to 24Mbps AVCHD 50i so as to make them equal.