Canon XF300 Professional Camcorder

Canon
Product #:
CNV2208
Manufacturer #:
4457B001
UPC:
013803122763

- MPEG-2 4:2:2 50Mbps Codec (Canon XF Codec)
- Record to affordable Compact Flash Cards
- Major NLE Software Compatibility
- Genuine Canon 18x HD L-Series Lens
- Three Canon Native 1920 x 1080 CMOS Image Sensors
- 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

Screen Size:
4"
Screen Size:
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Video Resolution:
Up to 1920x1080
Video Resolution:
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Our Price: $4,999.00

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Overview

Overview

Canon continues to innovate and develop image acquisition products for the most demanding professional. The Canon XF300 Professional Camcorder features 50Mbps MPEG-2 4:2:2 recording to 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.

MPEG-2 4:2:2 50Mbps Codec (Canon XF Codec)

MPEG-2 compression is both highly reliable and versatile. Developed by the Moving Pictures Expert Group (MPEG), it is one of the most widely used compression schemes in the industry for camera acquisition, over the air broadcast, cable and satellite TV. Canon’s adaptation of MPEG-2 for the XF300 Professional Camcorder, named the Canon XF Codec, ensures the widest compatibility with existing industry infrastructure and non-linear editing (NLE) systems. As well, by using an MXF file wrapper, video and audio can be wrapped in a single file along with important metadata.

The XF300 supports the highest HD quality with Full HD 1920x1080 resolution, up to 50Mbps bit rate and 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. 4:2:2 provides ultra-fine transitions in tone and color and maintains the highest quality image for use in post production processes such as chroma keying, color grading, advanced compositing and effects.

The codec’s 50Mbps constant bit rate provides the bandwidth needed to capture the XF300’s superior resolution and color in spectacular detail.

Record to affordable Compact Flash Cards

Unlike other camcorders which use proprietary memory systems, the XF300 Professional Camcorder records to cost effective Compact Flash (CF) cards. The camcorder features two CF card slots and offers versatile recording functions.

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.

Genuine Canon 18x HD L-Series Lens

Inspired by the same high level of optical precision used in Canon broadcast and photographic lenses, the Canon XF300 Professional Camcorder incorporates a Genuine Canon 18x HD L-Series lens that features a wide and impressive zoom range of 29.3 – 527.4mm (35mm equivalent). The lens incorporates High Index – Ultra-low Dispersion (HI-UD), Ultra-low Dispersion (UD) and aspherical elements to minimize chromatic aberration while delivering a resolution of 1,000 TV lines.

In Full Manual Mode, the lens features mechanical stops for both the zoom and focus systems. Mechanical (Hard) end stops ensure that repeatable and dependable focus and zoom can be achieved when manually turning the lens barrel. These mechanical stops also allow for compatibility with many third-party remote camera controllers that require end stops in order to calibrate themselves. Additionally, display distance indicators on the lens barrel allow the operator to easily set the desired focus distance and move between focus points while recording.

For enhanced versatility and durability, the lens is equipped with three built-in glass, neutral density (ND) filters (¼, 1/16 and 1/64) and a six-blade metal aperture iris.

Three Canon Native 1920 x 1080 CMOS Image Sensors

Newly designed and manufactured exclusively by Canon, the XF300 Professional Camcorder incorporates three native 1920 x 1080 CMOS Image Sensors, which deliver outstanding Full HD video recording with minimal noise. These 1/3-inch sensors enable a compact lens and body design, for greater mobility and quick shooting.

Multiple Recording Bit Rates, Resolutions, and Variable Frame Rates

Multiple recording modes, resolutions and frame rates make the XF300 Professional Camcorder creatively flexible and able to work in virtually any production environment. From the highest quality 50Mbps Full HD, to the HDV compatible 25Mbps, users will find the camcorder capable of taking on any job.

Canon DIGIC DV III Image Processor

The XF300 Professional Camcorder features Canon's powerful DIGIC DV III Image Processor, which provides enhanced shading, lifelike tonal gradations, new custom picture settings and lower power consumption. DIGIC DV III is also the high-speed engine which powers Genuine Canon Face Detection. On-the-go videographers will appreciate the ability to track one subject in a crowd of people.

Brilliant Ergonomics

The XF300 Professional Camcorder has set a new standard for ergonomic design in compact pro camcorders. It is designed from the ground up to maximize handheld shooting comfort and usability. Users will find the camera well balanced with the handgrip positioned closer to the optical access near the camera’s center of gravity. This allows the operator to easily maintain a steady shot while minimizing arm fatigue. Controls are ideally placed making the camera feel like a natural extension of the operator’s body.

Additionally, the XF300 features a redesigned layout to make using the camcorder highly intuitive. New users and users switching from other products will find the button layout, camera menu system and camera controls immediately familiar and easy to use out of the box with operational and control organization that conform to industry standards.

4.0-inch, 1.23-megapixel LCD Monitor

A 4.0-inch, 1.23-megapixel LCD monitor provides a large, accurate area for critical focus confirmation and approximately 100% field of view. The display is freely rotating- able to open on both the right and left side of the camera body. The display also features an additional 35º of forward movement past normal position. The large range of movement makes the display adjustable for easy viewing even in the most difficult shooting positions. The flexibility and fluidity of movement also makes the display less susceptible to accidental damage, compared to a more rigid design, if bumped during recording.

High Resolution, 1.55-megapixel EVF

The XF300 Professional Camcorder features a 0.52-inch, 1.55 Megapixel Color EVF and approximately 100% field of view coverage for comfortable viewing and accurate judgment of composition, focus and color. The angle of the viewfinder is adjustable for additional user comfort and when using the LCD display for monitoring. The EVF can be used as a cheek pad to ensure three points of contact when hand holding and maximizing stability. This makes the camcorder much easier to manage during extended recording periods and long days of shooting.

Exceptional Customization

Users of the XF300 Professional Camcorder have full manual control of all camera functions to adapt to both technical and artistic challenges when shooting. For maximum customization, users have access to Custom Picture Settings, Custom Functions and Custom Display Options to tailor the camera to match their creative and production needs. Any combination of these items can be saved to an SD memory card for easy setup and matching of multiple XF305 and XF300 camcorders.

Audio System

A stereo microphone is incorporated into the XF300 Professional Camcorder, as are two XLR audio inputs with +48V phantom power. The built in microphone provides exceptional audio in fast-paced situations while the XLR inputs provide connectivity to external microphones, and other professional audio devices. If you choose, the built-in microphone and XLR input can be used simultaneously.

Audio is recorded in 16-bit PCM format at 48 kHz for amazing quality and fidelity. And both the built in microphone and XLR inputs have the option for automatic or full manual gain control. To prevent variations in the recorded audio level, the dial can also be locked.

The XF300 also includes a 3.5mm headphone terminal with 16 volume settings for accurate audio monitoring.

Connectivity

Aside from providing the professional user with complete control over the image, the Canon XF300 Professional Camcorder also provides complete creative freedom when it comes to inputs and outputs.

Waveform Monitor and Vectorscope

Videographers depend on these features to confirm accurate exposure and color levels during the capture process. Typically only found on expensive external units, the Canon XF300 Professional Camcorder has a waveform monitor and vectorscope built right into the camera. The waveform monitor shows a detailed view of overall image brightness and RGB components. The onboard vectorscope provides real-time image hue and saturation analysis, making it easy to check color balance and see the result of white balance adjustments.

Intelligent Battery System

The XF300 Professional Camcorder is compatible with Canon’s new BP-955 and BP-975 Intelligent Lithium-ion batteries. These batteries communicate remaining running time (down to the minute) and wear data back to the camcorder, so the user is well-informed at all times. On the outside of the battery, four LED lamps allow battery life to be viewed quickly when in the field.

Additionally, the camcorder is compatible with existing Canon BP-900 series batteries. Batteries can also be inserted and removed while the supplied AC power cable is connected.

Photo Capture

For applications such as storyboarding, continuity and publicity shots, the XF300 offers the ability to capture 1920 x 1080 still images. Photos may be captured to an SD memory card during the time of recording, as well as “frame grabbed” during playback.

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Specifications

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Image Sensor
Sensor Type: CMOS
Sensor Type:
Describes the makeup, build, and technology of the sensor that is in the camera.

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Display Specifications
Screen Size: 4"
Screen Size:
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Display Type: Color LCD
Display Type:
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Dots: Approx. 1,230,000 dots
Dots:
A measurement of the LCD Monitor's resolution not by width by height, but rather the total amount of dots.

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Detailed Specifications
Focusing System: TVAF plus External Phase Difference Metering Sensor, Autofocus (Instant AF, Normal AF, Face AF), Manual, Full Manual
Focusing System:
The type of focusing system used to capture a sharp image. Some simple cameras have fixed (infinity) focus. Most modern cameras have autofocus systems which determine the distance to the subject automatically. There are two main types of autofocus: active autofocus, where an infrared light (or a sonar pulse) is emitted by the camera and reflected by the subject, and passive autofocus, where the image transmitted by the lens is analysed for its sharpness by a detector inside the camera.

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Video Terminal: Yes
Video Terminal:
This the type of video output on a camera, ranging from typical AV-out to HDMI.

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Effective Pixels: Approx. 2.07 Megapixels
Effective Pixels:
The same as effective resolution, but measured in Megapixels.

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Television System: NTSC
Television System:
The encoding or formatting standards for the transmission and reception of terrestrial television signals. There are three main analog television systems in current use around the world: NTSC, PAL, and SECAM. These systems have several components, including a set of technical parameters for the broadcasting signal, an encoder system for encoding color, and possibly a system for encoding multichannel television sound (MTS).

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Video Recording System: MPEG-2
Video Recording System:
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USB Terminal: Yes
USB Terminal:
This is a type of port used to connect a camera to a computer via USB cable.

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Filter Diameter: 82 mm
Filter Diameter:
Almost every modern lens has a filter ring/thread on it for a UV filter. Filter Diameter refers to the size (diameter) of the front ring. There are several common sizes.

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Total Pixels: Approx. 2.37 megapixels
Total Pixels:
The total amount of pixels. Describes the detail an image holds.

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Frame Rate: 60i, 60p, 30p, 24p (50i, 50p and 25p optional upgrade available through Canon Factory Service Center)
Frame Rate:
Not to be confused with burst rate for still images, "Frame Rate" refers to the amount of frames per second (fps) that are recorded during video capture.

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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)
Minimum Illumination:
Minimum illumination indicates the minimum amount of light required to see a ‘useful’ image generated by a camera. It is measured with a light meter and the specification is expressed in lux. When comparing minimum illumination specifications, it is important to know the conditions under which measurements were made, because the specifications vary with parameters such as video levels, shutter speed, gain, and F-number.

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Viewfinder: 0.52" Color, approx. 1,555,000 dots
Viewfinder:
The eye level device you look through to compose the image.

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Microphone Terminal: Yes
Microphone Terminal:
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Maximum Recording Time: 128GB Compact Flash (CF) card (Greater capacity is possible when two cards are used.) 25Mbps: 625 minutes; 35Mbps: 445 minutes; 50Mbps: 320 minutes
Maximum Recording Time:
The longest amount of time something can record.

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Shutter
Max Shutter Speed: 1/2000
Max Shutter Speed:
The fastest amount of time a shutter can remain open. This is practical for stopping motion completely.

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A/V Mode
Video Resolution: Up to 1920x1080
Video Resolution:
The measurement in height x width of a captured video file. Common sizes are VGA, 720p, and 1080p.

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Physical Specifications
Dimensions: 6 x 9.3 x 15" (15.3 x 23.6 x 38.2 cm)
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Weight: (Not including lens hood and eyecup) -- 5.8 lbs (2,630 g) (includes grip belt); 6.5 lbs (2,940 g) (includes grip belt, lens hood, BP-955, CF Card (x1) and SD card/not including eyecup)
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Color: Black
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Imaging & Exposure Control
White Balance: Auto, Manual, Custom (2000K - 15000K in 100K increments), Daylight, Tungsten
White Balance:
White Balance is the process of removing unrealistic color casts so that objects which appear white in person are rendered white in your photo.

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Power System
AC Adapter: Yes
AC Adapter:
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Battery Type: 7.4VDC (Battery Pack)
Battery Type:
The type of battery for a device. Some cameras use single use alkaline while others use rechargeable lithium batteries.

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Brand
Brand: Canon
Camera Attributes
Sensor Size: 3 1/3"
Sensor Size:
Refers to the actual physical size of the imaging sensor in the camera. A sensor that has the same dimensions as a 35mm frame of film is considered to be "full" frame. Other smaller sensor sizes are described in terms relative to a "full" sized sensor. (e.g. an APS-C 1.5x crop sensor)

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Lens Specs
Lens Min. Focus Distance: 20mm (wide macro), 1m (entire zoom range)
Lens Min. Focus Distance:
The shortest distance that a lens can focus.

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Lens f/Stop Range: f/1.6-2.8
Lens f/Stop Range:
This is the minimum and maximum aperture of a lens.

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In The Box

- Canon XF300 Camcorder with lens cap
- Lens Hood
- Eyecup
- Battery Pack BP-955
- Compact Power Adapter CA-930
- DC Cable DC-930
- Wireless Controller WL-D6000
- Shoulder Strap SS-1200
- Component Cable DTC-1500
- Canon XF Utilities Disc

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