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The Canon XF300 Professional Camcorder features 50Mbps MPEG-2 4:2:2 recording to universally available Compact Flash (CF) Cards for unsurpassed image quality and efficient, robust workflow at an affordable price. It is ideally suited to match the requirements of electronic newsgathering (ENG) crews, independent filmmakers, documentary producers, event videographers and military agencies.
Utilizing file-based MPEG-2 compression with an MXF File Wrapper ensures the widest compatibility with existing industry infrastructure, metadata and non-linear editing (NLE) systems. And 4:2:2 color sampling provides ultra-fine transitions in tone and color for maintaining the highest quality image for use in advanced post production. A newly developed Genuine Canon 18x HD L-Series Lens along with three Canon native 1920 x 1080 CMOS Image Sensors delivers pristine image quality.
The XF300 also offers multiple recording bit rates, resolutions and variable frame rates to expand your creative flexibility and allow you to work in virtually any production environment. And complete customization over the image, display and operation makes the XF300 a camcorder that can be tailored to fit your individual needs.
I had just about given up on MAC Mountain Lion support - - but as usual, Canon came through. A great product!!
I have 2 of these cameras and for overall filming I get really good results. The problems arise in low light and under stage lighting. Under low light there is a lot of noise in the video. Since I get this in both cameras I assume it is normal for this. Even worse though is the cameras response to changes in color temperature. If there is a color temp. change the camera either does not respond or responds very slowly. Often 1 camera will show a temp. of about 7000 degrees kelvin and the other will be at 2900. Canon tells me that this is normal and I have to move the camera and zoom back and forth to have the camera respond. I've found that switching the awb off and then on again can force the camera to correct sometimes. Other than these 2 issues I really love the cameras. If they can correct these issues they'll have a 5 star camera. I recommend this camera with reservations depending on the type of video you are shooting
I did some research before buying this camera and I'm glad I did...it is awesome to shoot with ..the video quality is exceptional. Makes my job easier.....it is robust with features and configuration options....one thing I would like to see is a way to assign a button for wide angle lenses...there is the option for teleconverter but not wide angle...
Just got done shooting a T.V. series. Bang for the buck, you can not beat the quaility.
Likes: Everything, Except... Dislikes: A: The power button. That was a mistake. Rarely is the time that I can just turn it off and know that the camcorder is indeed off. I will never get used to the way that switch works. B: The ability to assign a button to bring up a menu item that allows one to choose bit-rate/resolution and frame-rate quickly. I can always hope for that in a future firmware update..... Other that that the xf300/305 is one fantastic camcorder!!
The XF305 is a great camcorder. Many of us have been waiting for 4:2:2, cheaper CF/SD card useage, a solid high end codec and a great lens. Canon has come through on all accounts. Only disappointment is that I would have liked a two stage magnifier in the viewfinder and a removable lens. I have found the picture quality to be outstanding, with general controls to be fine for my use. Low light quality is good, better than most 1/3 sensors. Latitude is superb. Perhaps add thumbscrews on the shotgun mic holder to remove it when not in use, rather than screws. It is rather high up for putting in a case. But these are minor issues. The image quality is superb, and the camera almost operates itself. I'm very pleased with it. I rate it a bit lower for price/value as it's a bit expensive for a non changeable lens format. Also knock a star off for the viewfinder focus magnifier lack of a 2nd stage.
I've owned the XF300 since August 2010. I tape running events (cross country & track), then edit (with Premier), post the clips to YouTube and then link a team's website to those clips along with written race stories and photos (from frame grabs). I run with the camera a lot (it has survived a couple of bad falls and drops) and so the camera's size is a significant issue. But as big as it is, it is surprisingly light. It is definitely front-heavy even with an extended-life battery loaded in the rear. That is due to the fabulous giant lens that Canon has given this camera. Optics are beautiful and the focus is dead sharp. Zoom is critical in my application and so is stabilization. Both functions are flexible and serve 90% of what I need from them. Battery life has been outstanding. I have a spare but have never used it. My scene sequences can be as long as 20-25 minutes. This is where the star gets deducted. The clips are stored on the flash memory in maximum chunks of 2 gig (there is that 32 bit limit again). So, long scenes are broken into multiple files which I have to string together in Premier. Also, make sure that your editing software can read the file format. Some still can't. Final Cut can but it was not native last time I checked - plug-in required. Requires high quality CF cards, which are expensive (but not in relation to the cost of the camera). The star also gets deducted because of the AWFUL power switch. Even with months of constant experience, I cannot get the darn thing into the off position (in the center) on the first try. It slides right over to playback. Grrrrr. The whole XF experience, from shooting to editing, was a bit of a steep learning curve for me. But well worth it. The shots I'm getting are amazing and look great on HD sets (and certainly - YouTube). I mentioned at the beginning that I move a lot withthe camera. So, I pre-ordered the 300's little brother - the XF100. I assumed that it would be a flash-based version of my old GL-1. Well, it arrived today and what a shock when I opened it. It is less than half the size of that old GL-1 and a quarter the size of its big brother. It is large by consumer camera standards but tiny for a prosumer model. It uses the same batteries and flash cards as big brother. The power button has positive stops but is still a bit tricky (but a big improvement over the 300's). The lens is obviously smaller so I'm looking forward to comparing its performance with it's sibling's. I have a track meet this weekend and I will be shooting with both cameras, intermixing footage in the edits. I'll try to get back with an update.
Nothing short of amazing. We are using this camera in-studio and on location. We purchased two units and have been actively shooting with them 3 days/week for 3 mos. now. Chroma Keying is a delight and the optics are astounding. I have used Canon products for many years (currently shooting w 5D MK II) and the XF300 is the most professional camera I have ever owned, The optics are spot on. I only shoot manual so I can not speak of auto-focus. Low-light to bright snow this camera thrives in all environments. We have shot in the desert and in the mountains, durable, and ergonomic. I would highly suggest this camera to anyone looking for compact pro camera.