Canon XF-305 High Definition Pro Camcorder, CF Card Media, 18x HD L-Series Zoom, HD-SDI Output, Genlock and SMPTE Time Code Terminals

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About Canon XF-305

Canon continues to innovate and develop image acquisition products for the most demanding professional. The Canon XF305 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.

Incorporating industry-standard HD-SDI output, genlock input and SMPTE time code input/output terminals makes the Canon XF305 perfectly matched for live application and multi-camera shooting. The XF305 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 XF305 a camcorder that can be tailored to fit your individual needs.

The Canon XF-305 is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Canon XF-305: Accurate, vivid colors, Durable, Easy computer connectivity, Easy TV connectivity, Ergonomic/comfortable to hold, Excellent image quality, Good battery life, Good low-light performance, Good software compatibility and Great sound/audio

Summary of Customer Reviews

(6)
Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Accurate, vivid colors (6),Ergonomic/comfortable to hold (6),Excellent image quality (6),Good battery life (6),Good low-light performance (6),Great sound/audio (6),Durable (5),Easy computer connectivity (5),Good software compatibility (5),Easy TV connectivity (4),Compact design (3)

Canon XF-305 Features

  • MPEG-2 4:2:2 50Mbps Codec (Canon XF Codec)
  • Record to easily accessible and affordable Compact Flash Cards
  • Genuine Canon 18x HD L-Series Lens
  • Three Canon Native 1920 x 1080 CMOS Image Sensors
  • Industry Standard HD-SDI Output, Genlock & SMPTE Time Code and Other Terminals
  • Multiple Recording Bit Rates, Resolutions and Variable Frame Rates
  • Canon DIGIC DV III Image Processor
  • Brilliant Ergonomics
  • Large, 4.0-inch, 1.23-megapixel LCD Monitor and High Resolution, 1.55-megapixel EVF
  • Exceptional Customization
  • Workflow
  • Audio System
  • Waveform Monitor and Vectorscope
  • Intelligent Battery System
  • Photo Capture
  • Color Bars with Reference Tone
  • Support for 9 languages

Canon XF-305 Specifications

Standard Definition or High Definition
High Definition
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
(3) 1/3-inch CMOS
Total Pixels
Approx. 2.37 megapixels (2044 x 1160 pixels) each x 3
Effective Pixels
Approx. 2.07 megapixels (1920 x 1080 pixels)
Maximum recording time
64GB Compact Flash (CF) card - Type 1
Greater capacity is possible when two cards are used. UDMA supported.
25Mbps: 310 minutes
35Mbps: 225 minutes
50Mbps: 160 minutes
Lens
Canon 18x HD L Series Zoom, 4.1-73.8mm (35mm equivalent 29.3 - 527.4mm), f/1.6-2.8
Focusing System
TVAF plus External Phase Difference Metering Sensor, Autofocus (Instant AF, Normal AF, Face AF), Manual, Full Manual
Max Shutter Speed
1/2000
Minimum Focusing Distance
20mm (wide macro), 1m (entire zoom range)
White Balance
Auto, Manual, Custom (2000K - 15000K in 100K increments), Daylight, Tungsten
Frame Rate
60i, 60p, 30p, 24p (50i, 50p and 25p optional upgrade available through Canon Factory Service Center)
Minimum Illumination
Full AUTO mode: 4.5 lux (Shutter speed 1/60, Gain +21dB); Manual mode: 08 lux (Shutter speed 1/4, Gain +33dB), (when 60i is selected)
Genlock Terminal
BNC (input only)
HD/SD-SDI Terminal
BNC (output only), with embedded audio
Timecode Terminals
BNC (input/output)
Image Stabilization
SuperRange Optical (Lens Shift) Modes: Standard, Powered, Dynamic, Off
Filter Diameter
82mm
Viewfinder
0.52-inch color widescreen, approx. 1,555,000 dots, approx. 100% field of view
LCD Screen
4.0-inch color widescreen LCD, approx. 1,230,000 dots, approx. 100% field of view
Microphone
Stereo electrect condenser microphone
Recording Media
CF Card : 2 Slots, Movie files only, Type 1 only, UDMA supported
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, BNC terminal, output only, signals can be output simultaneously through A/V terminal and BNC terminal
Audio Terminal
XLR 3-pin jack (2), Switchable between MIC/LINE
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
0 - 40° C, 32 - 104° F , 85% relative humidity
Power Supply (rated)
7.4V DC (battery pack)
Dimensions
Approx. 6.0 x 9.3 x 15.0 in. (153 x 236 x 382mm) (not including lens hood, eyecup, grip belt)
Weight(not including lens hood & eyecup)
5.9 lbs (2,670 g) (includes grip belt)
Weight (fully loaded)
6.6 lbs (2,980 g) (includes grip belt, lens hood, BP-955, CF Card (x1) and SD card/not including eyecup)

Canon XF-305 Reviews

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5

(based on 6 reviews)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

The Best!!!

Amazing in low light. Just what i need for my films!!

Reviewed by 6 customers

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Outstanding HD camcorder

By

from France

I have used the Canon XF305 during 2 years. The camcorder is really one of the best in its class I have ever used. The main elements that could attract the attention of most videographers are: The lens - it is excellent! The colors and resolution are very nice. I can't compare it with the others in its class. It is the best! Just it! The camera has a very big and flexible 4 inch and high quality LCD screen and viewfinder. The sound quality is superb both from its built-in mic and form the XLR ouputs. The latest firmware update improved already existed excellent sound quality by the way! It has pro connections which put the camera in the line with other pro shoulder mount HD camcorders. And of course its image quality is fantastic thanks to its lens and the codec! I love my XF305 and recommend it to all videographers.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Stunning performance

By

from United Kingdom

I bought the XF305 originally as a 'B' camera to complement my high end Canon DSLR's and the companies C300. All I can say is the XF305 is far from being a 'B' camera. It clearly matched the C300 in terms of clarity, and using the custom profile feature that all important Cine look is possible, though shallow DOF won't be as shallow. For my style of filming, the 305 offers stunning performance and quality features at an amazing price - well done Canon!

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Superb camcorder

By

from Los Angeles

It is a very nice professional HD camcorder. The image quality is more than expected. I used to have it with an external HD recorder just for compare. Telling the truth I haven't seen any difference in picture quality even at the highest Mbits of the external HD/SDI recorders. The lens quality is very high. The 4 inch LCD and the VF are just superb! Mostly recommended!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Camcorder

By

from New York

Great image and sound quality. Image is vivid and crisp. Superb lens quality. Excellent LCD screen and VF. Very good battery life. Excellent ergonomic. Very comfortable. I am very happy to be an owner of such a wonderful camcorder. Buy it without hesitation!

(31 of 37 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great video camera

By

from Washington, D.C.

Great camera. I only wish it took higher resolution still photos.

(43 of 48 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The Best!!!

By

from Portland, OR

Amazing in low light. Just what i need for my films!!

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