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Canon XF300 Professional Camcorder

Canon
Abel Code: CN-4457B001
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Description
The Canon XF300 Professional Camcorder records MPEG-2 4:2:2 codec, Full HD video to Compact Flash cards.
Key Highlights
  • (3) 1920 x 1080 CMOS Image Sensors
  • 50Mbps MPEG-2 4:2:2 format
  • Records to Compact Flash (CF) cards
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Overview

Overview

The Canon XF300 Professional Camcorder features a 50Mbps MPEG-2 4:2:2 format, recording directly to Compact Flash (CF) cards. The camera is lightweight and has a form factor that sits incredibly well in the hand, ideally suited to match the requirements of electronic newsgathering (ENG) crews and documentary filmmakers. 

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. 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. The 50 Mbps the MPEG-2 format is widely accepted by major television networks across the country. 

A Canon 18x HD L-Series lens along with three Canon native 1920 x 1080 CMOS Image Sensors deliver 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. Complete customization over the image (paint settings), display and operation makes the XF305 a camcorder that can be tailored to the needs of different professionals. The XF300 incorporates an HDMI output, which enables the use of cost-effective LCD screens for monitoring and playback.

 

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 XF305’s superior resolution and color in spectacular detail.  

 

Record to 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 including: 

  • Relay Recording: when one CF card becomes full, the camcorder automatically switches video recording to the other CF card
  • Hot Swapping: media can be replaced without turning off the camcorder; while recording, the other card can be removed without interruption
  • File Copy & Backup: files may be copied from one card to the next, ideal for backing up when on location
  • Pre-Record: ideal for news crews and live event shooters, the camcorder continuously buffers ~3 sec. of video in memory; when the record button is pressed, recording begins and the contents of buffer memory are added

 

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 (1/4, 1/16 and 1/64) and a six-blade metal aperture iris. 

  • SuperRange Optical Image Stabilization with three modes: Standard, Dynamic and Powered
    • Standard: lens shift is controlled so that the maximum compensation angle is constant from wide angle through telephoto
    • Dynamic: stabilization changes throughout the zoom range to minimize more pronounced shaking; this is especially useful at wide-angle focal lengths when walking
    • Powered: vibration is suppressed at the telephoto end of the range, where shake is most apparent due to high magnification
  • Instant AF: 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 shooting applications:
      • 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
  • 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
    • NOTE: Instant AF is not possible with the WA-H82. 

 

3 x Canon Native 1920 x 1080 CMOS Image Sensors 

Designed and manufactured exclusively by Canon, the XF300 Professional Camcorder incorporates (3) native 1920 x 1080 CMOS Image Sensors, which deliver outstanding Full HD video recording with minimal noise. These 1/3" 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.

  • Variable Frame Rates: the XF300 Professional Camcorder offers a full RANGE of selectable frame rates. You can choose between 60i, 60p, 30p and 24p settings to achieve just the look you want.
    • 60p (Available in 720p Mode Only): in addition to the standard interlaced frame rate of 60i, the XF305 is able to capture at 60p. 60p is rapidly becoming the standard for fast-action sports
    • 30p: the ideal frame rate for video viewed on the Internet; it is also an excellent choice for frame grabbing during playback
    • 24p: matches the frame rate of a traditional film camera giving the same cadence and temporal motion needed for a "film look" 
  • Optional 50i/50p/25p Frame Rate UPGRADE: for added versatility, XF300 can be customized to record in both 60i/50i, 60p/50p, and 24p/25p (this optional upgrade must be performed by a Canon Factory Service Center).
  • Slow Motion & Fast Motion: allows the XF300 to record a different frame rate than the playback frame rate, resulting in either a fast or slow motion effect during playback.
    • Since the camera is recording real frames and modifying the playback rate, there is no quality loss and maximum image quality is maintained
    • In 1080 mode, fast motion is supported up to 2.5x the normal rate and as slow as 1/2.5x
    • In 720 mode, fast motion is supported up to 5x the normal rate and as slow as 1/1.25x
  • Interval Recording
    • With this feature, users can program the camera to record a specified number of frames at specified intervals
    • The technique can be used to observe natural phenomena over extended periods, making it ideal for time-lapse APPLICATIONS
    • The interval can be set in 25 levels ranging from 1 second to 10 minutes
    • 60i/30p: Selectable between 1, 3, 6 and 9 frames
    • 24p/60p: Selectable between 2, 6 and 12 frames
  •  Frame Recording
    • This setting allows a specified number of frames to be recorded (ideal for projects such as stop motion animation)
    • 60i/30p: Selectable between 1, 3, 6 and 9 frames
    • 24p/60p: Selectable between 2, 6 and 12 frames

 

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.

 

Exceptional 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”, 1.23-megapixel LCD Monitor & High Resolution, 1.55-megapixel EVF

A 4”, 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. 

The XF300 Professional Camcorder features a 0.52”, 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
      • 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
    • Peaking/Magnify
      • (2) 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 XF300 operator to check and confirm critical focus

 

User 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.

  • Custom Picture Settings: users can manually set an extensive variety of image quality adjustments and store them as 9 different presets
    • 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
  • Custom Functions: the XF300’s operation can be further fine-tuned through the use of Custom Functions
    • Allows the camcorder to truly match your shooting style
    • (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
    • The XF300 also features (13) customizable control buttons
  • Custom Display: 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, et al.

 

Workflow

Smooth and efficient workflow is an essential part of the production process. 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.

  • Compact Flash Cards
    • Understanding that accessibility to media is an important part of any file-based workflow, the Canon XF300 Professional Camcorder records to cost-effective Compact Flash (CF) cards, not proprietary media
  • MXF Wrapper
    • The XF300 uses Material Exchange Format (MXF) for its file structure -an internationally standardized container format for the exchange of video and audio material
    • Using the MXF format, video and audio can be wrapped into a single file along with important metadata
    • With MXF, the XF300 will not only benefit from the highest level of compatibility with NLE systems, but also with high-end network systems used by many networks and production studios 
  • Bundled Canon XF Utility Software
    • Compatible for use on both MAC and Windows platforms, Canon’s XF Utility software provides a simplified first step in the process of managing and playing back your clips
    • Additionally, the software can manage lists of clips in a number of display formats, as well as tag, add and edit metadata; it also serves as an efficient means of backing up media

 

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 including: 

  • HDMI Output
  • Component Video Output
  • Composite Video Output (BNC and 3.5mm)
  • USB 2.0 Hi-Speed Terminal
  • Remote Control Terminal (compatible with LANC protocol)

 

Additional Features

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.

Color Bars with Reference Tone

Two types of color bars can be selected:

  • Type 1 (SMPTE compliant)
  • Type 2 (ARIB compliant)
  • 1 kHz Reference Tone: -12dB, -18dB, 20dB or OFF

Support for 9 Languages

German, Spanish, French, Italian, Polish, Russian, English, Chinese (simplified) and Japanese.

 

 

What's in the Box

  • Canon XF Utilities Disc
  • DTC-1500 Component Cable
  • SS-1200 Shoulder Strap
  • WL-D6000 Wireless Controller
  • CA-930 Compact Power Adapter w/ DC and Power Cable
  • BP-955 Battery Pack
  • Eye Cup
  • Lens Cap
  • Canon XF300 Professional Camcorder
Specifications

Specifications

Key Highlights

  • (3) 1920 x 1080 CMOS Image Sensors
  • 50Mbps MPEG-2 4:2:2 format
  • Records to Compact Flash (CF) cards

Connectors

Output Connector/Port:
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
Video - Component (Output Only)

Inputs & Outputs

HDMI Output:
HDMI Type A
Headphone Out:
Headphone Out (3.5mm) - stereo mini-jack
USB:
Mini-B USB 2.0 Hi-Speed
Audio I/O:
2 x Audio Input - XLR3 (Switchable between MIC/LINE)

Lens Characteristics

Prime or Zoom:
Zoom - 18x
Max Aperture F-stop:
f/1.6
Lens Options:
Image Stabilization - SuperRange Optical (Lens Shift) Modes: Standard, Powered, Dynamic, Off
Filter Thread Size:
82mm
Zoom Range:
29.3-527.4mm - 35mm equivalent
Aperture Range:
f/1.6 to f/2.8
Minimum Focus Distance:
20mm (wide macro) / 1m (zoom range)

Microphones

Microphone Type:
Integrated - Stereo electret condenser microphone
Sampling Rate:
16 bit / 48 kHz - PCM

Monitors

Monitor Size:
Under 5.0" - 4" wide screen
Monitor Type:
LCD - approx. 1,230,000 dots, approx. 100% field of view

Power

Battery Accepted:
7.4V DC

Recorders

Recorder Channel Count:
2-Channel

Recording

Recording Resolution:
1440 x 1080
Full HD
720p
Compression:
MPEG-2 Long GOP
Recording Max Frame Rate:
Up to 60fps
Recording Format:
MXF
Max Record Time:
625 min. - @ 25Mbps (128GB CF Card)
Recording Frame Rate:
24p, 30p, 60i, 60p - Dependent on Settings
60i, 60p, 30p, 24p - (50i, 50p and 25p optional upgrade available through Canon Factory Service Center)
Bit Rate:
25Mbps to 50Mbps - Dependent on Settings

Sensor Specifics

Sensor Size:
1/3"
Sensor Type:
3 x CMOS
Sensor Resolution/Eff. Pixels:
~2.07 megapixels (1920 x 1080 pixels)

Special Features

General Notes:
Min. 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)

Temperature

Relative Humidity:
85% relative humidity
Operating Temperature:
32°F to 104°F (0°C to 40°C)

Viewfinders

EVF Display Size:
Up to 3.0" - 0.52" widescreen
EVF Imagery:
Color - approx. 1,555,000 dots, approx. 100% field of view

Shipping

Width:
12 in
Height:
10 in
Length:
18 in
Weight:
13.4 lb
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