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Canon XF-205

Pro-level one-sensor camcorder

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  • Canon XF-205

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  • Canon XF-205

    Front view, showing XLR audio connectors

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    The XF205's additional connectors are integrated into the camera body for easy access

 

Our take on the Canon XF-205

by Eric Angevine
Canon

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.

Canon XF-205

The Canon XF-205 integrates multiple professional audio and video terminals into the camera body.

Shoot like a pro

When you're shooting a wedding, a music video or freelance news footage, you need a camera that gives you options. The Canon XF-205 puts all of the important creative decisions in your hands, where they belong. Start with the lens, a highly versatile 20X HD video lens that captures superb images with outstanding clarity. The camera also features three separate, banked lens rings that provide independent control of critical focus, zoom and iris/aperture settings. And your video will sound as good as it looks: The XF-205 accommodates two- or four-channel recording of high-quality linear PCM audio sound at 16-bit/48 kHz resolution with individual level controls.

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Rock-solid image stabilization

Blurry footage is one possible danger when using a handheld camcorder. The XF-205 employs enhanced five-axis image stabilization that combines optical and electronic correction to help reduce image distortion when you and your camera are in motion. There are also three stabilization modes to choose from. Standard Mode uses lens shift to provide constant compensation throughout the zoom range. Powered Mode helps improve vibration suppression at telephoto focal lengths. Dynamic Mode stabilizes the image when walking and shooting handheld by correcting simultaneously for roll, yaw and pitch.

Making all the necessary connections

Separate SDI, time code and genlock outputs help ensure easy connection of the XF-205 professional camcorder to external storage and video-processing systems. An HD-SDI monitor port and a 3G-SDI port for external video recording handle unencrypted video up to 1080/60p with two-channel embedded audio and time code data at rates up to 1.485 Gbps. Genlock or Sync Out ports help ensure accurate synchronization to external video systems, while time code IN/OUT ports enable frame-accurate synchronization during picture editing and post production.

Built-in dual-band Wi-Fi®

The XF-205 is even easy to use when it's out of your hands. Several network-enabled functions, including browser control, browser preview and FTP transfers, can be implemented via the camcorder's built-in Wi-Fi. Wi-Fi enables remote control and viewing during crane-mounted shoots, and FTP file transfer to Cloud-based servers for convenient back-ups. The camera's Wi-Fi operates at both 5 GHz and 2.4 GHz; dual bands help ensure that the camcorder can send signals even in areas with increased interference.

Highlights:

  • full HD video recording (1920 x 1080, 1280 x 720), 1440 x 1080 HDV mode available
  • wide-angle 20X optical zoom lens with 3 separate lens rings
  • 35mm equivalent focal range of 26.8-576mm
  • 3.5-inch, touch-sensitive 1.23-megapixel OLED viewscreen
  • tiltable, 0.45-inch viewfinder offers 1.23-megapixel resolution for improved visual display
  • five-axis image stabilization combines optical and electronic correction to help reduce image distortion when camera is moving
  • DIGIC DV 4 image processor is fast and powerful
  • separate SDI, time code and genlock output terminals for connection to external storage or video-processing systems
    • genlock or sync out ports help ensure accurate synchronization to external video systems
    • time code IN/OUT ports enable frame-accurate synchronization during picture editing and post production
    • HD-SDI monitor port and a 3G-SDI port handle unencrypted video with two-channel embedded audio and time code at data rates up to 1.485 Gbps
  • built-in Wi-Fi® operates at both 5 GHz and 2.4 GHz for easy remote control and monitoring via compatible smartphone or tablet
  • compatible with free Canon Movie Uploader app for iOS® devices
  • multiple memory card slots (2 CompactFlash, 1 SD) enable simultaneous recording in multiple formats
    • MXF mode supports broadcast-ready Full HD 50 Mbps MPEG-2 shooting
    • simultaneous recording at speeds up to 250% and down to 40% of real time is possible in MXF mode
    • MP4 format supports 1080/60p at 35 Mbps for high definition capture of fast moving subjects
    • can be configured for relay recording to extend shooting time
  • multiple autofocus modes, including face detection
  • infrared mode produces video images that are evenly illuminated in low light
  • creative modes:
    • Frame Record function captures a specified number of video frames for stop-frame animation projects
    • Interval Recording mode shoots a specified number of video frames at pre-defined intervals for interesting time-lapse shoots
  • wide Dynamic Range Gamma of 600% helps prevent overexposure
  • Minimum Object Distance (MOD) is maintained at all zoom levels, enabling flexible framing control
  • eight-blade circular aperture provides natural and visually pleasing bokeh (background blur)
  • rotating aluminum die-cast grip allows comfortable handling of camera at difficult shooting angles
Connections and Dimensions:
  • component/composite video outputs
  • high-speed mini-USB port
  • full-size HDMI connector
  • Ethernet port for wired network connection
  • dual XLR inputs with separate volume controls
  • 5-3/4"W x 6-1/4"H x 10-7/16"D
  • weight: 4.32 lbs. (with lens hood, battery pack , eyecup, CF card and SD card)
  • warranty: 1 year parts and labor
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
Supplied Accessories:
  • CA-930 power adapter
  • BP-955 lithium-ion battery pack
  • DC cable
  • microphone holder
  • wireless controller WL-D6000
  • lens hood with lens barrier
  • lens cap
  • eye cup
  • data import utility software disc
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