Canon XF100 High Definition Camcorder

Pro-level one-sensor camcorder

  • Canon XF100 High Definition Camcorder

    Front, left-side, 3/4 view

  • Canon XF100 High Definition Camcorder

    Audio input control panel

  • Canon XF100 High Definition Camcorder


  • Canon XF100 High Definition Camcorder

    Back 3/4 angle, with battery pack

  • Canon XF100 High Definition Camcorder

    Back, 3/4 angle, LCD display extended

  • Canon XF100 High Definition Camcorder

    Back, with LCD display extended

  • Canon XF100 High Definition Camcorder

    Controls and media bays

  • Canon XF100 High Definition Camcorder

    Front view, with lens, straight-on

  • Canon XF100 High Definition Camcorder

    Front, 3/4 view of right side

  • Canon XF100 High Definition Camcorder

    Infra-red emitter switch

  • Canon XF100 High Definition Camcorder

    Left side view

  • Canon XF100 High Definition Camcorder

    Lens ring

  • Canon XF100 High Definition Camcorder

    shown with supplied accessories

  • Canon XF100 High Definition Camcorder

    Top view

  • Canon XF100 High Definition Camcorder

    with optional shotgun microphone mounted (not included)


Our take on the Canon XF100 High Definition Camcorder

by Woody Sherman

Take your productions to the pro level

Professional camcorders have features you won't find on units designed for the casual shooter. This family features high-quality lenses with long zoom reach and great light gathering capability. They use codecs and file formats that are supported throughout the pro editing world. And sometimes, they offer connections that make it easy for them to integrate into a multi-camera broadcast environment. If you're considering a career where you'll generate income with the video you shoot, these cameras are a perfect place to start your journey.


Your name in lights: the first step

The blank page never frustrates you. The ideas have poured out of you for weeks, both words and images. You see every detail on your mind's widescreen.

The Canon XF100, with the LCD display deployed

The Canon XF100, with the LCD display deployed

They might call it a film school project but you know your whole life has been leading up to this. Let the Canon XF100 take you the rest of the way. It was made to pry open your dreams and bring them to the screen. With top-quality adornments like XLR audio inputs and HDMI video connectivity, this camera won't leave you short, even when the shot is tricky.

Stealthy, like a ninja

It's small and lightweight, so it's versatile to mount. It gets into tight spaces, and with a decent wide angle field of view, it knows how to make the best of them. It shoots rich high-definition video at a variety of frame rates and resolutions, and the industry-standard MPEG-2 codec files import easily into most popular professional editing software packages. You'll have footage that stands up to the manipulation of modern post-production and color correction.

The XF100 takes Compact Flash cards for convenient storage

The XF100 takes Compact Flash cards for convenient storage

Well-connected and versatile

The XF100 comes with HDMI and component/composite video outputs. Pro-rated audio connections are designed to pair up with the latest in microphone and audio support technology. It can be paired with a second XF100 to create compelling 3-D imagery through its built-in 3D assist feature. Plus, it records infrared video for low or no-light monochrome images. An on-board infrared emitter illuminates the scene in total darkness. The XF100. No compromises in a compact package. Call us when you're famous.


    Storage and Formats:
    • full HD video recording (1920 x 1080, 1280 x 720), 1440 x 1080 HDV mode available
      • MPEG-2 Long GOP compression for high quality, MXF file format for professional video editing compatibility
    • three data rates, up to 50 megabits per second
    • records high-definition video to optional Compact Flash cards or SD memory cards
      • certain cards have been certified for optimal performance, see Canon USA website for compatibility chart
    • 128GB CF card (not included) holds up to 625 minutes of video at the 25 Mbps video setting
    • one 1/3-inch image sensor delivers a rich 1920 x 1080 native HD pixel size with minimal noise
    • infrared mode enables video capture with little to no ambient light
    • 60i, 60p (at 1280 x 720), 30p, 24p frame rates
    • ergonomically engineered for easy control access while shooting
    • Canon 10X HD video lens delivers a zoom range of 30.4 - 304mm (35mm equivalent)
    • SuperRange Optical Image Stabilization system minimizes camera shake and has three modes: standard, dynamic and powered
    • camera captures 1920 x 1080 stills
    • internal waveform monitor for optimal camera setup
    Connections and Dimensions:
    • high-speed mini-USB port
    • full-size HDMI connector
    • dual XLR switchable pro audio inputs so you can add microphones or line-level inputs
    • 4-13/16"W x 5-13/16"H x 9-13/16"D
    • weight: 2.7 lbs. (includes grip strap, lens hood, mic holder unit, BP-925, CF Card (x1) and SD card)
    • warranty: 1 year parts and labor
    • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
    Supplied Accessories:
    • AC adapter/charger
    • lithium-ion battery pack
    • wireless controller
    • component video cable
    • shoulder strap
    • lens hood
    • lens cap
    • XF utilities software disc

    Hands-on research from the Crutchfield Labs (what are the Labs?)

    Features and Specs
    LCD Screen Size (inches)
    Total Pixel Count
    Effective Pixel Count for Video
    Aspect Ratio
    16:9, 4:3
    Manual Focusing
    Filter Diameter
    Optical Zoom
    10 x
    Digital Zoom
    Night Imaging
    Image Stabilization
    Built-in Video Light
    Built-in Memory
    Max Recording Time w/ Included Battery
    105 min
    Digital Still Camera Features
    Effective Pixel Count for Stills
    Built-in Photo Flash
    Still Image Aspect Ratios
    Inputs and Outputs
    USB Port
    USB 2.0 High Speed
    HDMI Output
    Full size
    Mic Input
    XLR x 2, 3.5mm
    Weight With Battery (ounces)
    Width (inches)
    Height (inches)
    Depth (inches)
    Parts Warranty
    1 Year
    Labor Warranty
    1 Year
    Image Sensor Warranty
    1 Year
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    What's in the box?

    Download owner's manual

    • Black high-definition camcorder
    • Lens cap
    • Lens hood
    • CA-930 Compact Power Adapter
    • DC-930 DC cable
    • BP-925 Rechargeable battery pack with terminal cover (7.4V/2600 mAh)
    • WL-D6000 Wireless remote control
    • CR2025 Lithium battery (for remote)
    • Microphone holder unit (with 2 screws)
    • CTC-100/S Component Video Cable
    • SS-1200 Shoulder strap
    • Instruction Manual
    • Canon XF Utilities disc
    • (Note: box contents determined from Instruction Manual
    • not hands-on inventory.)

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    5 out of 5

    Great Camcorder

    Written By Mirah, New York on Saturday, October 19, 2013
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    I am no way an expert on camera but I feel very comfortable with this camcorder. This is a nice portable all-rounder camcorder for many kinds of projects...can be used for wedding video, corporate and cultural events, documentary making. Ideal for serious first time small budget film makers. It is lightweight, packed with crucial features, excellent video quality, reasonably priced.
    Compact size, great image quality, multiple recording bit rates, infrared recording, duel compact flash card recording
    Limited zoom, Compact-Flash cards are expensive, small buttons, menu is not intuitive.
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    5 out of 5

    Good camera

    Written By JH, Providence, RI on Wednesday, April 03, 2013
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    Camera has stunning picture when recording at the highest settings (1080P, 50 Mbs) and properly calibrated. The only slight drawback is the limited zoom (10x). Be warned, this camera is NOT for amateurs, although there is a lot information out there on how to do the settings.
    great colors, great picture, small size for portability, decent in low light
    limited zoom
    3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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    4 out of 5

    Very good

    Written By Higuy, Burlington Ontario on Sunday, May 20, 2012
    Camera in manual mode needs lots of light indoors. Camera image very noisy over 6db gain.
    Outstanding performance in high light
    Video noise in low light
    3 out of 5 people found this helpful
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