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Canon XF305 High Definition Camcorder

Pro-level three-sensor camcorder

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    Back, 3/4 angle, LCD display extended

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    close-up, zoom rocker switch

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    Rear BNC connections exposed

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    Top view, showing possible LCD display positioning

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    with optional shotgun microphone mounted (not included)

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    XLR connector panel

 

Our take on the Canon XF305 High Definition Camcorder

by Woody Sherman
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.

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Ready for the professional's life

You've been on call all night and you're ready to go home. The scanner squawks to life and the next thing you know you're grabbing the Canon XF305 HD camcorder on a fast two-step out the newsroom door. Shooting a four-alarm fire in the dark of night can be a challenge for a lot of cameras, but not the XF305. With long reach, fantastic low-light sensitivity and the great image quality that comes with the Canon nameplate, you'll be bringing back all the impact and drama — again.

The Canon XF305, with the LCD display deployed

The Canon XF305, with the LCD display deployed

Or try this: the bride's family has hired you to produce the video of her wedding. It's the social event of the season. Missing the shot is not an option. But you've got the XF305. With its three modes of image stabilization and the top Canon telephoto optics, you'll get every smile and teary eye in tack-sharp HD resolution.

Reporting directly from the fast lane

This camera has it all. Canon's acclaimed XF codec uses an MXF file format for quick and easy importing into today's industry-standard professional editing software. Terms like "4:2:2 color sampling" and "50 megabits-per-second data rate" may not mean much to everyone, but they make pro engineers sit up and take notice. And then there's Canon's legendary glass and signal processing. Add that to an ergonomic design that owes its superiority to a relentless pursuit of customer feedback and you've got a camera that is ready for everything you throw at it.

Broadcast-standard BNC connectors

Broadcast-standard BNC connectors make this camera play well in a multi-camera environment

"Big-boy" connectors come standard

The XF305 has several refinements that make it ready for the broadcast world. BNC-outfitted SDI, genlock, and SMPTE time-code in/out spigots make this camera a snap to integrate into a switched, multi-camera environment. Three dedicated CMOS sensors, one each for the red, green, and blue components of the video signal, will guarantee that your image remains vibrant and sharp. And pro-rated audio connections are designed to pair up with the latest in microphone and audio support technology. Cue those pro engineers one more time, they're probably cheering by now.

Highlights:

    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
    Features:
    • three separate 1/3-inch image sensors to improve color reproduction and minimize video noise in dark scenes
    • 4" wide 1,230K-dot LCD display, as well as a separate high resolution viewfinder
    • 60i, 60p (at 1280 x 720), 30p, 24p frame rates
    • ergonomically engineered for easy control access while shooting
    • Canon 18X HD L-Series lens delivers a zoom range of 29.3 - 527.4mm (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 and vectorscope for optimal camera setup
    Connections and Dimensions:
    • BNC connectors for HD-SDI, genlock, and SMPTE timecode
    • high-speed mini-USB port
    • full-size HDMI connector
    • dual XLR switchable pro audio inputs so you can add microphones or line-level inputs
    • 6"W x 9-5/16"H x 15"D
    • weight: 6.6 lbs (includes grip belt, lens hood, BP-955, CF Card (x1) and SD card/not including eyecup)
    • 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
    • eye cup
    • XF utilities software disk
     

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    Features and Specs
    General
    LCD Screen Size (inches)
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    4.0
    Viewfinder
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    Electronic
    Total Pixel Count
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    2,370,000
    Effective Pixel Count for Video
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    2,070,000
    High-Definition
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    Yes
    Aspect Ratio
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    16:9, 4:3
    Manual Focusing
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    Yes
    Filter Diameter
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    82mm
    Optical Zoom
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    18 x
    Digital Zoom
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    Night Imaging
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    No
    Image Stabilization
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    Optical
    Built-in Video Light
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    No
    Built-in Memory
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    None
    Max Recording Time w/ Included Battery
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    280 min
    Digital Still Camera Features
    Effective Pixel Count for Stills
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    2,070,000
    Built-in Photo Flash
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    No
    Still Image Aspect Ratios
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    16:9
    Inputs and Outputs
    USB Port
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    USB 2.0 High Speed
    HDMI Output
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    Full size
    Mic Input
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    XLR x 2
    Dimensions
    Weight With Battery (ounces)
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    102.2
    Width (inches)
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    7-1/8
    Height (inches)
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    9-5/16
    Depth (inches)
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    15-5/8
    Warranty
    Parts Warranty
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    1 Year
    Labor Warranty
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    1 Year
    Image Sensor Warranty
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    1 Year
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    What's in the box?

    Download owner's manual

    • Black high-definition camcorder
    • Lens cap
    • Lens hood
    • Eye cup
    • Viewfinder cap
    • CA-930 Compact Power Adapter
    • DC-930 DC cable
    • BP-955 Rechargeable battery pack with terminal cover (7.4V/5200 mAh)
    • WL-D6000 Wireless remote control
    • CR2025 Lithium battery (for remote)
    • DTC-1500 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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