Canon XF300 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 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 XF-300 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 Canon 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 Canon XF300 superior resolution and color in
Users of the Canon 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.
Custom Picture Settings
In Canon XF300 you can manually set an extensive variety of image
quality adjustments and store them as 9 different presets. The adjustments include: Gamma, Black Level, Black Gamma, Low Key Saturation, Knee, Sharpness, Noise Reduction, Skin Detail,
Selective Noise Reduction, Color Matrix, White Balance, Color Correction and Setup Level.
The XF300's operation can be further fine-tuned through the use of
Custom Functions. This allows the camcorder to truly match your shooting style. A total of 12 unique items can be adjusted including: Shockless Gain, Shockless White Balance, AE Response,
Iris Limit, Iris Ring Direction, Focus Ring Control and Character Record. As well, for quick access to commonly used functions, the
XF300 features 13 customizable control buttons.
The Custom Display function lets you set 32 display items to create
a custom LCD/EVF to suit your specific needs. Items that can be selected include: Zoom Position, Audio Level, Remaining Record
Time, Exposure, Object Distance, Time Code and more.
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
Three Canon Native 1920 x 1080 CMOS Image Sensors
Newly designed and manufactured exclusively by Canon, the XF-300 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.
Genuine Canon 18x HD L-Series Lens
SuperRange Optical Image Stabilizer
The Canon XF300 also incorporates a newly designed SuperRange Optical Image Stabilization system (lens shift) with three modes: Standard,
Dynamic and Powered.
Lens shift is controlled so that the maximum compensation angle is
constant from wide angle through telephoto.
Stabilization changes throughout the zoom range to minimize more pronounced shaking. This is especially useful at wide-angle focal
lengths when walking.
Vibration is suppressed at the telephoto end of the range, where shake is most apparent due to high magnification.
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. Together, the two sensors reduce focusing
time - even in low-light, low contrast, or high brightness situations - and improve focusing performance on difficult subjects.
The XF300 gives you a choice of two AF modes for different
Normal AF changes focus at a speed that appears natural and doesn't distract the viewer. Instant AF changes focus as rapidly as
possible and is designed for applications in which quick focus is more important than other considerations - for example, in
news gathering or documentary work.
Optional Canon WA-H82 Wide Attachment (0.8X)
Optically matched for the XF300's HD lens, the WA-H82 Wide
Attachment increases wide angle capability to approximately 24mm (35mm equivalent), while maintaining the versatility of a 4X zoom range.
Large, 4.0-inch, 1.23-megapixel LCD Monitor and High Resolution,
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 35° 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 Canon 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.
Focus Assist Functions
Edge Monitor Focus Assist System
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. The green waveform shows overall focus of the image, while the red waveform shows the
focus status of the focus check boxes. Through this dynamic focus feedback, the user can intuitively tune focus in a scene and
quickly change the zone of focus.
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 Canon XF300 operator to check and confirm critical focus.
|Standard Definition or 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),
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
||(3) 1/3-inch CMOS
||Approx. 2.37 megapixels (2044 x 1160 pixels) each x 3
||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
||Canon 18x HD L Series Zoom, 4.1-73.8mm (35mm equivalent 29.3 - 527.4mm),
||TVAF plus External Phase Difference Metering Sensor, Autofocus (Instant AF, Normal AF, Face AF), Manual, Full Manual
|Max Shutter Speed
|Minimum Focusing Distance
||20mm (wide macro), 1m (entire zoom range)
||Auto, Manual, Custom (2000K - 15000K in 100K increments), Daylight, Tungsten
||60i, 60p, 30p, 24p (50i, 50p and 25p optional upgrade available through Canon Factory Service Center)
||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)
||SuperRange Optical (Lens Shift) Modes: Standard, Powered, Dynamic, Off
||0.52-inch color widescreen, approx. 1,555,000 dots, approx. 100% field of view
||4.0-inch color widescreen LCD, approx. 1,230,000 dots, approx. 100% field of view
||Stereo electrect condenser microphone
||CF Card : 2 Slots, Movie files only, Type 1 only, UDMA supported
SD Card: Still images, Custom Picture Data, Clip Metadata, Custom Settings
||Mini-B USB 2.0 Hi-Speed
||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
||XLR 3-pin jack (2), Switchable between MIC/LINE
||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
||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 and eyecup)
||5.8 lbs (2,630 g) (includes grip belt)
|Weight (fully loaded)
||6.5 lbs (2,940 g) (includes grip belt, lens hood, BP-955, CF Card (x1) and SD card/not including eyecup)