Canon XF-100 High Definition Professional Camcorder, XF Codec, CF Card Media, 10x HD Zoom Lens, 1920x1080 CMOS Sensor

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Canon XF-100: Picture 1 regular $2,499.00

About Canon XF-100

Compact in size, light weight and fully featured, the Canon XF100 Professional Camcorder can be tailored to fit a wide range of individual needs. While sharing many of the capabilities of the Canon XF305 and XF300 Professional Camcorders, including the Canon XF Codec and Compact Flash (CF) recording, the XF100 offers some exciting new features of its own.

Whether used as a companion to the XF305 or XF300 or as a standalone camcorder, the XF100 is geared for a wide range of applications where high image quality, extreme portability and efficient workflow are of the utmost importance. And with infrared recording and true stereoscopic 3-D production capabilities, the XF100 allows users to explore new creative outlets and emerging markets.

The XF100 utilizes Canon's XF Codec - a file-based MPEG-2 compression with an MXF File Wrapper that ensures the widest compatibility with existing industry infrastructure, metadata and non-linear editing (NLE) systems. The codec's 4:2:2 color sampling provides ultra-fine transitions in tone and color for maintaining the highest image quality needed for advanced post production processing.

The XF100's newly developed Genuine Canon 10x HD Video Lens along with a Canon native 1920 x 1080 CMOS Image Sensor delivers exceptional image quality. The XF100 also offers multiple recording bit rates, resolutions and variable frame rates to expand creative flexibility, allowing users to work in virtually any production environment.

The Canon XF-100 is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Canon XF-100: Accurate, vivid colors, Compact design, Durable, Easy computer connectivity, Easy to use, Ergonomic/comfortable to hold, Excellent image quality, Good battery life, Good in low light, Great picture quality, Great sound/audio and Zoom range/performance

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Compact design (10),Excellent image quality (10),Ergonomic/comfortable to hold (9),Easy to use (8),Good battery life (8),Accurate, vivid colors (6),Durable (5),Great sound/audio (5),Easy computer connectivity (4),Good in low light (4),Great picture quality (4),Zoom range/performance (4) Good low-light performance (3),Good software compatibility (3) View All
Poor low-light performance (3)
Best Uses:
Documentaries (3),Weddings (3)
Reviewer Profile:
Semi-pro (3)

Canon XF-100 Features

  • MPEG-2 4:2:2 50Mbps Codec (Canon XF Codec): Canon's adaptation of MPEG-2 for the XF100 Professional Camcorder, named the Canon XF Codec, ensures the widest compatibility with existing industry infrastructure and non-linear editing (NLE) systems
  • 4:2:2 Color Sampling: 4:2:2 color sampling provides twice the color resolution of HDV and other codecs that use 4:2:0 color sampling
  • Record to Compact Flash Cards: The camcorder features two CF card slots and offers versatile recording functions including relay recording, hot swapping, file copy and backup, and pre-record
  • Major NLE Software Compatibility: Canon's XF Codec is supported by the industry's leading manufacturers: Adobe, Apple, Avid and Grass Valley. This ensures the widest compatibility with existing infrastructure and non-linear editing (NLE) software
  • MXF Wrapper: The XF100 uses Material Exchange Format (MXF) for its file structure - an internationally standardized container format for the exchange of video and audio material. Using the MXF format, video and audio can be wrapped into a single file along with important metadata
  • Genuine Canon 10x HD Lens: Canon's optical expertise is clearly seen in the XF100's Genuine Canon 10x HD Video Lens. It delivers flexibility in image capture with a zoom range of 30.4 - 304mm (35mm equivalent)
  • Canon Native 1920 x 1080 CMOS Image Sensor: Newly designed and manufactured exclusively by Canon, the XF100 incorporates a native 1/3", 1920 x 1080 CMOS image sensor, delivering superb full HD video recording with minimal noise
  • Multiple Bit Rates, Resolution, and Frame Rates: Multiple recording modes, resolutions and frame rates make the XF100 Professional Camcorder creatively flexible and able to work in virtually any production environment
  • Canon DIGIC DV III Image Processor: The XF100 features Canon's powerful DIGIC DV III Image Processor, which provides enhanced shading, lifelike tonal gradations, new custom picture settings and lower power consumption
  • Built-in 3-D Assist Features: The XF100 has the ability to be paired with another XF100 or XF105 camcorder to provide true stereoscopic 3-D recording. It offers several features to assist with 3-D production including OIS Lens Shift to aid in optically aligning the two camcorders
  • Infrared Recording: The XF100 Professional Camcorder features an Infrared Mode allowing users to capture video in conditions with little to no ambient light, a situation which would make other camcorders useless. During infrared capture, the infrared cutoff filter is removed from the optical path
  • Brilliant Ergonomics: The XF100 is designed as an ultra-compact camcorder without compromising on features and usability. Its small size makes this camcorder ideal in situations where every inch and ounce count, such as flying to location or going on expedition
  • Neutral Density Filter: For enhanced versatility, the XF100 offers a built-in gradation type neutral density (ND) filter (approximately 1/8), as well as an eight-blade metal aperture iris
  • SuperRange Optical Image Stabilizer: The XF100 also incorporates a newly designed SuperRange Optical Image Stabilization system (lens shift) with three modes: Standard, Dynamic and Powered
  • Instant AF: When shooting high definition video, sharp focus becomes more critical than ever. Canon's proprietary Instant AF system combines an external AF sensor with Canon's legendary auto focus system for fast and accurate focus
  • 8-Blade Iris: In contrast to a typical 6-blade iris, the XF100's 8-blade iris captures extraordinarily smooth out-of-focus "bokeh" for a more attractive image effect
  • Digital Teleconverter: The Digital Teleconverter extends the reach of the optical zoom, and is selectable by 1.5x, 3x and 6x. This feature is ideal when extreme telephoto shooting is needed such as in sports and wildlife, as well as, surveillance applications for law enforcement and the military
  • Slow Motion and Fast Motion: Slow and Fast Motion Modes allow the XF100 to record a different frame rate than the playback frame rate, resulting in either a fast or slow motion effect during playback
  • Interval Recording: With this feature, users can program the camera to record a specified number of frames at specified intervals. The technique can be used to observe natural phenomena over extended periods, making it ideal for time-lapse applications
  • 3.5" 920K Dot LCD Monitor: A 3.5", 920,000 Dot LCD monitor provides an ample, accurate area for critical focus confirmation and approximately 100% field of view. The display opens on the left side of the camera body
  • 260K Dot Electronic Viewfinder: The XF100 features a 0.24", 260,000 Dot Color EVF and approximately 100% field of view coverage for comfortable viewing and accurate judgment of composition. Brightness, contrast, color and backlight are adjustable
  • Focus Assist Functions: With Canon's new Edge Monitor Focus Assist system, a red and green monitor is shown at the bottom of the LCD display and three red focus check areas are shown across the display
  • Peaking/Magnify: Two peaking modes and a magnify focus assist function are available in standby and record mode (LCD monitor and EVF), making it extremely easy for the XF100 operator to check and confirm critical focus
  • Exceptional Customization: Users of the XF100 Professional Camcorder have full manual control of all camera functions to adapt to both technical and artistic challenges when shooting
  • Custom Picture Settings: You can manually set an extensive variety of image quality adjustments and store them as 9 different presets in the camera. Up to 20 may be saved to an SD card

Canon XF-100 Specifications

Standard Definition or High Definition
High Definition
Power Supply (rated)
7.4V DC (battery pack)
Video Recording system
Compression: MPEG-2 Long GOP
Color Space: 4:2:2 (at 50Mbps recording)
File Format: MXF
Recording Modes:
50Mbps (CBR) 4:2:2, 1920x1080, (60i/30p/24p), 1280x720 (60p/30p/24p)
35Mbps (VBR) 4:2:0, 1920x1080 (60i/30p/24p), 1280x720 (60p/30p/24p)
25Mbps (CBR) 4:2:0, 1440x1080 (60i/30p/24p)
Audio Recording system
2-Channel, PCM digital recording, 16-Bit; 48kHz
Image Sensor
1/3-inch CMOS
Total Pixels
Approx. 2.37 megapixels (2044 x 1160 pixels)
Effective Pixels
Approx. 2.07 megapixels (1920 x 1080 pixels)
Maximum recording Time
64GB Compact Flash (CF) card
Greater capacity is possible when two cards are used
25Mbps: 310 minutes
35Mbps: 225 minutes
50Mbps: 160 minutes
Canon 10x HD Zoom Lens, 4.25-42.5mm (35mm equivalent 30.4-304mm), f/1.8-2.8
Focusing System
TVAF plus External Phase Difference Metering Sensor, Autofocus (Instant AF, Medium AF, Normal AF, Face AF, Face Only AF), Manual, Full Manual
Manual Exposure
Max Shutter Speed
Minimum Focusing Distance
20mm (wide macro), 60cm (entire zoom range)
White Balance
Auto, Manual, Custom (2000K - 15000K in 100K increments), Daylight, Tungsten
Frame Rate
60i, 60p, 30p, 24p (50i and 25p optional upgrade available through Canon Factory Service Center)
Minimum Illumination
Full AUTO mode: 4.5 lux (Shutter speed 1/60, Gain +24dB); Manual mode: .11 lux (shutter speed 1/4, Gain +33dB), (when 60i is selected)
Image Stabilization
SuperRange Optical (Lens Shift) 4 modes: Standard, Powered, Dynamic, Off
Filter Diameter
0.24-inch color widescreen, approx. 260,000 dots, approx. 100% field of view
LCD Screen
3.5-inch color widescreen LCD, approx. 920,000 dots, approx. 100% field of view
Stereo electrect condenser microphone
Recording Media
CF Card: 2 Slots, Movie files only
SD Card: Still images, Custom Picture Data, Clip Metadata, Custom Settings
USB Terminal
Mini-B USB 2.0 Hi-Speed
Video Terminal
Component: Output only
Composite: A/V terminal 3.5mm mini-jack, output only
Audio Terminal
XLR 3-pin jack (2), Switchable between MIC/LINE, 3.5mm stereo mini-jack
HDMI Terminal
Yes (Type A)
AV Mini Terminal/Headphone Terminal
3.5mm stereo mini-jack
Remote Control Terminal
Yes (compatible with LANC protocol)
Operating Temperature range
0deg.- 40deg.C, 32deg. - 104deg.F, 85% relative humidity
4.8" x 5.8" x 9.8" / 121 x 148 x 250 mm
2.7 lbs / 1240 g
Mfr #

Canon XF-100 Reviews

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Most Liked Positive Review


Amazing camera! 50MBPS!

I absolutely love this camera. I also had an awesome XF300 but returned it for the XF100. Great quality picture, compact run and gun design, lots of great features, good price. I wish that the 60FPS was 1080 rather than 720, I also wish Canon would bump up the slow motion feature to at least 120FPS progresssive (240 interlaced). The interval feature works perfect! I would also like to see "special record" moved out of the menu to a more accessible button on the side. MXF files that are 60fps

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I absolutely love this camera. I also had an awesome XF300 but returned it for the XF100. Great quality picture, compact run and gun design, lots of great features, good price. I wish that the 60FPS was 1080 rather than 720, I also wish Canon would bump up the slow motion feature to at least 120FPS progresssive (240 interlaced). The interval feature works perfect! I would also like to see "special record" moved out of the menu to a more accessible button on the side. MXF files that are 60fps are still a pain to get into the MAC, regular 30fps footage transfers into FCP with no issues.


Most Liked Negative Review


Dont zoom, it'll vignette!

I wanted what the venerable GL1 gave me 10 years ago; a compact, light body with great image quality and the option of full manual control. The XF100 gave me that, until i realized this camera's shortcomings. If you zoom in past the 1/2 mark with the ND filters enabled you get a horrible vignette (dark corners). I also realized that the miniscule view finder has great resolution but horrible color. It is also hard to use if you wear glasses. At the end, you can say I am disappointed. The came

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I wanted what the venerable GL1 gave me 10 years ago; a compact, light body with great image quality and the option of full manual control. The XF100 gave me that, until i realized this camera's shortcomings. If you zoom in past the 1/2 mark with the ND filters enabled you get a horrible vignette (dark corners). I also realized that the miniscule view finder has great resolution but horrible color. It is also hard to use if you wear glasses. At the end, you can say I am disappointed. The camera has potential, but not being able to zoom-in with the ND filters enabled makes this a less than perfect product. That's why I give it only 3 stars.

Reviewed by 17 customers


Just a great camera


from Monterey CA

This is just a great overall camera. Great auto mode for run and gun, perfect for the documentary project that I'm directing right now. Total manual control when I want it, 50 MBS, beautiful picture, all the controls are where I need them, thanks Canon


Awesome Camera


from San Francisco  -  Semi-pro Videographer

Easy to use, light weight, small body, awesome camera. The bad thing about it is, this camera Just use the MXF format, and you need to convert the video to be able to edit it on final cut Pro.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Great Camera


from Tx  -  Semi-pro Videographer

Our videoing takes a lot of moving at a fast pace this camera is just the right size. XF 100 is able to keep us from fatigue for longer periods.We also us a Canon XF 305 that is much bigger and has more weight to it. We love both cameras.

(0 of 4 customers found this review helpful)


Not an 8+ as they ratee it


from Maryland  -  Pro Videographer

I bought this from the used department as my Canon XF 305 broke, so I needed something as a secondary camera. The camera did look brand new, except for it was missing the screws which hold the microphone clip. The used department charges me for replacement parts. Made me laugh as I never got them in the first place. Second, my battery came in at half life. No matter what I did, I could only get half a charge. The same battery new is $280.00. Disclosing a bad battery would have influenced my purchase. All in all a good camera.

(15 of 16 customers found this review helpful)


Great camcorder


from Anthem, Arizona

I was looking for an update to my previous camcorder and researched the XF 100 and 300. I need a very mobile camera with high quality results. You will not be disaapointed. I have had it for only a month and half and the footage at 50mb will blow you away. I have a lot of people amazed when I show them the size of the camera after they see the footage. I use it for documentarys and events. I use CS6 Premiere Pro and it goes right in . For almost half the price of the 300 it is a bargin

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Great Stuff


from Dallas, TX  -  Semi-pro Videographer

This is now the work horse for all of my productions. Great camera with great customer service!!!

(21 of 21 customers found this review helpful)


Extraordinary Camera


from Northwest Ohio

The Canon XF100 was on my wish list as my former HD camera (semi-pro, early HD vidcam) was starting to have problems with ccd's. I researched this camera (and others) for over 8 months before I purchased it. The Canon XF100 was a fairly good size investment but I am extremely happy I made the choice. Filming is not my primary profession, but I do a lot "on the side" and I want to be proud of my footage (I also use a 7D for photography and occasional DSLR HD video). Consequently, I wanted a camera with pro-level features that would not be a limiting factor. I film weddings, church events, small short films, school activities, dance and sporting events. I am still learning on this camera (have owned for around about two months), but I have been quite happy with the overall quality. While I have shot with some success using auto settings, this camera really shines in manual mode. On my most recent project, I shot landscape as well as several interviews. In all scenarios, the quality was amazing (1080, 60i, 50mbps). I initially had problems with noise using higher gain in low light settings during some of the interviews. When I set the gain manually, the noise was better. Lower light shooting is far better than my previous camera, but not as good as I had hoped. I think for a camera this price, a larger senser (or multiple) to handle light would be more appropriate. I also recommend using a microphone. The onboard mic is decent, but you'll get a lot better audio using the XLR and a mic on your subject. I've also used a Rode Videomic and it works well. I use Final Cut Pro on a Macbook Pro (2011) and the MXF files that the camera produce come in very easy with Log and Transfer. I've never had any issues and the workflow is very simple. The mac can handle the video files just fine. It is also quite easy to back up your video using the bundled XF Utility. If you are looking for a versatile, high quality camera and shoot in a variety of settings, this is the best camera for the $$'s in this range/ feature set. If you are primarily shooting in low light you may want to consider the 305, but be prepared to pay quite a bit more.

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)


Most Excellent


from Palm Springs CA

Canon did it again. I have several Canon cameras and I like them all. This Video Pro Camera is a great value because it is compact enough to take it almost anywhere without looking like a news cameraman taking video for the 11 O’clock news and it gets the same kind of results like the bigger more expensive cameras. The video quality is amazing and has enough manual controls to tweak it to get the best results needed for that special shot. Remember it’s a mid line Pro camera. If you need a higher end camera for long range shooting then you may want to consider the XF-300 series camera. This camera should be enough for most people who just want a great looking video from close to mid range shooting.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


Nice Package


from Dallas, Texas and Tampa Florida.  -  Pro Videographer

Nice lightweight camera, great image quality, the display washes out quickly in sunlight, rocker zoom control a little touchy, but overall a nice camera for the money. Couple of CF card compatibility issues. Would buy another.

(13 of 14 customers found this review helpful)


Remarkable Camera, Another Classic from Canon


from Los Angeles, CA

This camera is another in a long line of incredible handheld professional camcorders from Canon. Dead simple to use, brilliant features, professional broadcast codec, and best of all - beautiful images. As with any camera, you get out what you put in, so take the time to learn how to use the camera properly, how it's myriad settings work and where the camera controls and functions are located. Once you have that down, nothing can stop you from taking professional video whenever you need. It has an exceptional form factor for travel, documentary, BTS & journalism - but enough punch to go far beyond that!


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Shopper  Where is the MIC?
JONATHAN M  The internal mic is on the top front of the hand grab. 2 XLR inputs are on the side to add a shotgun mic or wireless receiver.
emmanuel m  am living in est africa [tanzania] how will you sent it if i buy,how secure that way?
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Ronald B  can the100xf files be edited in cs4, and on aPC?
ANGEL V  I'm using vegas 11 64bits for editing files from xf100, but I dont know about cs4.
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