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Canon’s New XF305 & XF300 Camcorders

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xd305 - Canon's New XF305 & XF300 Camcorders

LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., April 7, 2010 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging, today announces the Canon XF305 and XF300 Professional Camcorders. Both new models employ an MPEG-2 4:2:2 50Mbps codec – Canon XF Codec – for capturing and recording native 1920 x 1080 video onto affordable, universally available Compact Flash (CF) cards. Uniting video, audio and metadata into a single file, the Canon XF305 and XF300 use an MXF (Material eXchange Format) File Wrapper, a widely supported open source format, to maximize compatibility with existing industry infrastructure and non-linear editing (NLE)systems. Priced under $8,000 per model, the Canon XF305 and XF300 are engineered for multiple production applications including broadcast news, documentary and independent filmmaking and event videography. Canon will be demonstrating a variety of professional applications for the Canon XF305 and XF300 at the Company’s booth# C4325 at the 2010 National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Show in the Las Vegas Convention Center.

The Canon XF305 and XF300 Professional Camcorders include a Genuine Canon 18x HD L-series lens providing documentary filmmakers and news camera operators with the focal-range versatility required in the field. Designed with input from professional users, each model includes three Canon developed and designed native 1920 x 1080 CMOS image sensors, and the new Canon XF Codec for extreme color detail required for accurate chroma-keying, color-grading and compositing for digital filmmaking. For finer transitions in tone and color, 4:2:2 color sampling offers twice the color resolution of HDV and other 4:2:0 formats. In addition, Canon’s XF305 model features industry- standard HD-SDI output, genlock, and SMPTE time code (in/out) terminals for multi-camera or 3-D productions.

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Yeah, this is oldish news, I was super busy today. :)

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26 responses to “Canon’s New XF305 & XF300 Camcorders”

  1. The difference in DOF is the same as between a 5D and an Ixus, huge. 5D skips lines, but uses the full width and height of the sensor. The market for these cameras is still huge.

  2. 5D2 is missing lots of pro video features.
    bal. audio input,
    time code,
    no record time limit,
    4:2:2 ?
    etc….

  3. Sorry – yawn worthy is just your opinion. It’s actually really exciting for video professionals. Full-raster 1920×1080 chips with a native 50/mbps 4:2:2 codec on hot-swappable non-proprietary media for UNDER $7K is a huge step up in the video game.

    While C-MOS may have some drawbacks like skew (which becomes less of a problem with smaller sensors), they still have many benefits over CCD imagers. They require less power, they generate less heat, they have a cleaner image with less noise, and they resolve more detail. Those are excellent reasons to use a C-MOS chipset in a video camera, especially one that is meant to sell in the under $10k market.

  4. Don’t get your hopes up for this happening anytime soon – there are a lot of technological hurdles to overcome to make a camera like that and have it give professional quality images and still be affordable.

  5. from my comment below:

    “While C-MOS may have some drawbacks like skew (which becomes less of a problem with smaller sensors), they still have many benefits over CCD imagers. They require less power, they generate less heat, they have a cleaner image with less noise, and they resolve more detail than CCD’s. Those are excellent reasons to use a C-MOS chipset in a video camera, especially one that is meant to sell in the under $10k market.”

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