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Canon XF305 Professional Camcorder

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Product Highlights
  • 3 Native 1920 x 1080 CMOS Sensors
  • 50Mbps MPEG-2 Recording
  • 4:2:2 Color Sampling
  • 60p, 60i, 30p, 24p
  • MXF File Format
  • Dual CF Card Slots
  • 18x HD L-Series Zoom
  • Multiple Bit Rates, Resolutions
  • Dual XLR Inputs
  • HD/SD-SDI, SMPTE Time Code, Genlock

Along with the XF300, the XF305 Professional Camcorder represents Canon's entry into professional solid state video acquisition. Following on the heels of its widely respected XH line of tape-based camcorders, the XF305 takes advantage of the latest HD technology--along with Canon's newly developed MPEG-2 4:2:2 codec--to record Full HD video to widely available Compact Flash cards.

Everything you could want in a handheld, professional camcorder is here in one sleek, affordable package: three 1920 x 1080 CMOS sensors, multiple bit rates (up to 50Mbps), variable resolution and frame rates, industry-standard MXF file wrappers, a newly developed L-Series 18x zoom lens, and full image customization.

In addition to the HDMI/Component/Composite outputs found on the XF300, the XF305 includes HD/SD-SDI output, genlock, and SMPTE time code terminals--widening its range of applications to live and multi-camera shooting. With such exceptional levels of image quality, ergonomics, and control, the XF305 is also the perfect camera for ENG, documentaries, independent features, and event videographers.

MPEG-2 50Mbps Codec
Canon's adaptation of MPEG-2 for the XF305 Professional Camcorder, named the Canon XF Codec, ensures the widest compatibility with existing industry infrastructure and non-linear editing (NLE) systems. And by using an MXF file wrapper, video and audio can be wrapped in a single file along with important metadata. The codec's 50Mbps constant bit rate provides the bandwidth needed to capture the XF305's superior resolution and color in spectacular detail.
4:2:2 Color Sampling
The XF305 supports the highest HD quality, with Full HD 1920 x 1080 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.
Record to Compact Flash Cards
Unlike other camcorders using proprietary memory systems, the XF305 records to cost effective and readily available Compact Flash (CF) cards. The camcorder features two CF card slots and offers versatile recording functions including relay recording, hot swapping, file copy & backup, and pre-record.

File-based recording facilitates workflow by reducing transfer times when moving video to nonlinear editing (NLE) systems. Additionally, metadata can be input at image acquisition, and imagery may be reviewed immediately after recording to ensure every shot is captured and logged correctly.
Three Canon Native 1920 x 1080 CMOS Image Sensors
Newly designed and manufactured exclusively by Canon, the XF305 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 Bit Rates, Resolution, & Frame Rates
Multiple recording modes, resolutions and frame rates make the XF305 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. The XF305 Professional Camcorder also 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.
Canon DIGIC DV III Image Processor
The XF305 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.
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 XF305 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.
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.
SuperRange Optical Image Stabilizer
The XF305 also incorporates a newly designed SuperRange Optical Image Stabilization system (lens shift) with three modes: Standard, Dynamic and Powered.
Slow Motion & Fast Motion
Slow and Fast Motion Modes allow the XF305 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.
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. Frame recording is also possible, allowing a specified number of frames to be recorded--ideal for projects such as clay animation.
Brilliant Ergonomics
The XF305 sets a new standard for ergonomic design in compact pro camcorders. It is designed from the ground up to maximize handheld shooting comfort and usability. Controls are ideally placed making the camera feel like a natural extension of the operator's body. Additionally, the XF305 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.
4" 1.23MP LCD Monitor
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 35° of forward movement past normal position.
High Resolution, 1.55MP Viewfinder
The XF305 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.
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.
Peaking/Magnify
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 XF305 operator to check and confirm critical focus.
Exceptional Customization
Users of the XF305 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
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.
Custom Functions
The XF305'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. And for quick access to commonly used functions, the XF305 features 13 customizable control buttons.
Custom Display
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.
MXF Wrapper
The XF305 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 XF305 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.
HD-SDI Output, Genlock & SMPTE Time Code
Aside from providing the professional user with complete control over the image, the Canon XF305 also provides complete creative freedom when it comes to inputs and outputs. It features industry standard HD-SDI output, genlock input and time code input/output terminals (BNC style), making it ideally suited for multi-camera or 3-D productions. Also included are the same connections found on the XF300: HDMI, Component, and Composite output, as well as USB and LANC terminals.
Audio System
A stereo microphone is incorporated into the XF305, 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 48kHz 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.
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 XF305 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.
Color Bars with Reference Tone
Two types of color bars can be selected: Type 1 (SMPTE compliant) or Type 2 (ARIB compliant); 1 kHz Reference Tone: -12dB, -18dB, 20dB or OFF
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.
Intelligent Battery System
The XF305 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 XF305 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.
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.
Image Device 3 1/3" CMOS Sensors
2.37MP (2.07MP effective) each
Lens 18x HD L Series Zoom
4.1-73.8mm (29-527mm, 35mm equivalent)
f/1.6-2.8
82mm Filter Diameter
Horizontal Resolution Not specified by manufacturer
Sensitivity Not specified by manufacturer
Minimum Illumination 4.5 lux (full AUTO mode, +21dB gain)
0.8 lux (Manual mode, +33dB gain)
Built-in Filters Neutral Density 1/4, 1/16, 1/64
Vertical Smear Not specified by manufacturer
Video Recording System NTSC (PAL w/Mfr upgrade)
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)
Frame Rates 60i, 60p, 30p, 24p 1
Please Note:

50i, 50p and 25p optional upgrade available through Canon Factory Service Center

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LCD Monitor 4" Color, approx. 1,230,000 dots
Viewfinder 0.52" Color, approx. 1,555,000 dots
Memory Card Slot (2) CF - video
(1) SD - settings, stills, metadata
Shutter Speed Max 1/2000
White Balance Auto, Manual, Custom (2000K - 15000K in 100K increments), Daylight, Tungsten
Gain Selection Not specified by manufacturer
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
Input and Output Connectors HD/SD-SDI: BNC (x1 Output)
Component (x1 Output)
Composite: 3.5mm A/V (x1 Output), BNC (x1 Output)
HDMI: Standard Type A (x1 Output)
Mic/Line: XLR (x2 Input)
USB: Mini-B USB 2.0
Headphone: 3.5mm Mini
Genlock: BNC (x1 Input)
Timecode: BNC (x1 Input, x1 Output)
LANC
Power Requirements 7.4VDC (Battery Pack)
Power Consumption Not specified by manufacturer
Operating Temperature 32-104°F (0-40°C), 85% relative humidity
Dimensions (WxHxD) 6 x 9.3 x 15" (15.3 x 23.6 x 38.2 cm)
Weight 5.8 lbs (2.63kg)
Canon XF305 Professional Camcorder
  • Lens Hood
  • Eyecup
  • BP-955 7.4V Lithium-Ion Battery Pack (5200mAh)
  • CA-930 Compact Power Adapter
  • DC Cable
  • WL-D6000 Wireless Controller
  • Shoulder Strap
  • Component Cable
  • Utilities Disk
  • 1 Year Limited Warranty
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    CanonXF305 Professional Camcorder
     
    4.6

    (based on 21 reviews)

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    • 4 Stars

       

      (6)

    • 3 Stars

       

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    95%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Zoom range/performance (25)
    • Easy to use (19)
    • Great picture quality (15)
    • Large clear LCD (13)
    • Image stabilization (11)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Documentaries (12)
      • HD shooting (12)
      • Movies/short films (8)
      • Weddings (7)
      • Low light (6)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Pro videographer (12), Business owner (3), Professional artist (3), Semi-pro (3)
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      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Bottom line: get it

      We field-tested the XF305 in documentary production over a three week period. Bottom line? We really regretted having to give it back to Canon, but we deferred buying four of our own.Read complete review

      We field-tested the XF305 in documentary production over a three week period. Bottom line? We really regretted having to give it back to Canon, but we deferred buying four of our own.

      One of the reasons for using a camcorder rather than a cinema camera is the servo zoom lens. The zoom range on the XF305's lens is quite useful in both width and placement, but the means of controlling it falls short. The rocker control on the grip is too non-linear in response, in that it feels as though it goes from creep to squirrelly with little or no in-between. Moreover, it's slow to respond to changes and appears to have a large deadband in response. Since this control directly translates the user's intent into significant changes in the camera's operation, it needs to be fully transparent. The best zoom control is the one that is so smooth and well-tuned that you do not even think about it being there: it simply does what you want, right now. This one does not.

      Given this, the zoom control on the camera handle becomes slightly more useful, but limiting it to two fixed speeds is not helpful.

      The lens hood is sturdy and well-proportioned, and the lens cap design is nothing less than brilliant. It should be made standard for all Canon lenses. No kidding.

      Battery life is a major factor on a camcorder used outside the studio environment. The XF305 that we used claimed a battery life of four hours. Hah! Despite repeated efforts, including turning the camera off when not actually shooting, we were never able to get even a quarter of that. Less than one hour, with like-new batteries? One quarter of the advertised endurance? Think deal-breaker here.

      Anton-Bauer's ElipZ battery looked interesting, despite its ridiculous name, but the temptation died immediately we saw that they force you to purchase a very costly dummy battery connector rather than use a simple and cheap power cable to plug into the camera's power socket. In fact, the XF305's DC input socket is an obvious feature very conspicuously missing from Canon's DSLR line.

      Since we shoot in rough and awkward places - visualize hanging off the front of a railroad locomotive trundling across a trestle - we thought that the optical image stabilization would be invaluable. Wrong again. It is better than nothing, but not by much. There was no evident difference among the three modes, and the camcorder must be held almost perfectly still before the stabilizer appears to engage, at which point it does work somewhat usefully. Its controls are not well thought out for any application requiring quick and unambiguous response from the camera. The control arrangement for stabilization is clumsy and user-hostile, a theme that recurs with depressing frequency with this product.

      The XF305 is literally covered with buttons and switches, as may be seen in its pictures. Think about shooting in the field, on the go, with no tripod and little time for setting up the scene. How do you hold the camera without inadvertently pressing buttons? You can't. We struggled with this every time we used the XF305. On a tripod or pedestal in the studio, you can take your time to select and push the right buttons in the correct sequence. Doesn't work like that in the field. When shooting hand-held, where, exactly, are you supposed to put your left hand, such that it does not press some button somewhere? We never figured that one out.

      As for the notorious power switch, well, what needs to be added to the cacaphony already published? Yes, it is as bad as they say. What on Earth could Canon have been thinking, one wonders. In a similar vein, much has also been made about the placement of the start/stop button on the side grip. Did they test this with ordinary human hands? It seems not. The button should sit directly beneath your thumb. It does not. Why?

      There are advantages to a smaller and lighter camera, but there are drawbacks, as well. To make a camcorder half the size and then force you to buy an expensive shoulder-mount rig that, in the best of circumstances, is still little more than a kludge makes remarkably little sense to us. The camera is a tool that needs to be as unobtrusive as possible and to fit the videographer like a comfortable glove: it is there, but it is never in the way.

      Small details reveal a deficiency in thinking things through. The microphone clamp fits larger microphones. What do you do with smaller ones, such as the ubquitous 416? We cut a length of bicycle inner tube and used that as a filler. This screams, "Kludge!", although it certainly does provide a measure of shock protection for the microphone. It should not be necessary to use ANY kludges. The built-in microphone isn't bad, and wanting four audio channels rather than two is probably selfishness. The built-in audio limiter works extremely well, to the extent of dealing perfectly with a locomotive air horn not ten feet away. Impressive.

      One inadequately documented factor is the CF cards. For various technical reasons that actually do withstand scrutiny, this camera is particular about the type and quality of card. Unfortunately, using the wrong type means that the camera works apparently correctly for a while, right up to the point at which, with no warning, it stops working correctly. Short version? Use only the cards that Canon specifies. It's that simple.

      One feature that we wanted in a camcorder was auto-focus, and we tested it extensively in real-world situations. We did not see it fail once. It was directly responsible for one spectacular shot that would have been impossible with a manual-focus camcorder. Yes, we realize that the true videographer sets everything on manual and fine-tunes the camera to produce the image that he desires, but EFP sometimes demands that you shoot RIGHT NOW or lose a shot that can never be recreated or found again. The XF305 handles this very well, and that might by itself be worth the price of admission.

      There's been a great deal made of shallow depth of field, but that ought never to obscure the fact that some work requires the deepest focus field attainable. We found that the XF305 does well in this respect, even in fully automatic mode. The automatic white balance also works very well, and the overall image quality, including color rendition and maintaining image quality in panning, straight out of the camera and before grading, is excellent. This camera will not be anyone's first choice for shooting a full-length feature drama, nor is it intended as such. For appropriate applications, it is an excellent choice.

      One of the truly nasty aspects of contemporary digital video is the preposterous variety of codecs in use. The H.264 QuickTime used by Canon's DSLRs is easy to handle, something that can hardly be said of the bizarre MXF format used by the XF series. Where the EOS DSLRs produce a single file per clip (if you ignore the apparently useless thumbnail image), the MXF format produces a subdirectory for each clip, with an abundance of separate files. Want to look at one of them outside of the NLE? As far as we've been able to ascertain, the only means of doing so is Canon's own XF utility, and that one has more personality issues than a deranged teenager. An entire review could be written about the MXF format; suffice it to say that this is one of the very worst aspects of the XF series. Canon calls it an "industry standard", but it looks, smells, tastes, and behaves as proprietarily as do those much-hated memory card types that Canon correctly rejected.

      Regrettably, there is more evidence of Canon's failure to think through the design of this camera. Consider the remote control. It works from the front, fine for videoing yourself, if that's what turns you on. It does not work from the side or rear, and that is a more useful application of remote control. Not on this camera. There is no quick-detach feature on the strap. Trivial? Of course; right up 'til it becomes an irritating issue. The power-save feature should be cancellable by pressing any of the record buttons; it is not. Perhaps Canon didn't care about this enough; the so-called power-save feature does not materially extend battery endurance. It would make sense to be able to turn off the EVF as a means of reducing battery drain; we never once used the viewfinder. The ejectors for the CF cards easily become confused. I kid you not. They frequently dropped out of sequence somehow, making it really awkward and time-consuming to eject the cards. The cards are hard to grasp once ejected, and you will find yourself occasionally pushing them back into lock when you actually wanted to remove them from the camera. Trivial, in the greater scheme of things? Of course, but still annoying and unnecessary. Also trivial but less irritating: there was no audio when playing the last clip recorded. As with every electronic product made in the last two decades, the XF305 has a printed manual in multiple languages. (At least there actually is a manual!) Would it kill them to print an English-only manual? The quality of information conveyed by Canon manuals is far better than the norm these days, so why not take one more step and achieve perfection? Also, the covers over the connectors are cheap and flimsy. This is not a consumer good; why not design in proper covers instead of those nasty rubber things?

      The LCD display is nice. It swivels more than a Russian gymnast and has excellent image quality. It makes the EVF utterly useless. We used the camera in winter conditions and had no temperature-related issues of any kind (other than the cameraman continually whingeing about the cold). The XF305 would not be our first choice for low-light filming, but, as we never do any, who cares? For the purist, there may be objectionable lags in response time in the auto-focus and auto-iris operation, but we never found them objectionable.

      If you value being able to respond instantly to an opportunity for a good shot, then this camcorder will rarely let you down. It does as much as you reasonably can ask it to, other than stabilizing the image.

      Bottom line? Given its capabilities and price, we would not hesitate at all to purchase this camcorder for any project requiring a low-cost EFP camera with excellent image quality. Imperfections notwithstanding.

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      Very Bad Low Light Capabilities

      The footage from this camera is unusable whenever you are in a low light situation. the menu is a bit complicated. Even though other people complained about on-board mic, I find it of...Read complete review

      The footage from this camera is unusable whenever you are in a low light situation. the menu is a bit complicated. Even though other people complained about on-board mic, I find it of a very good quality.

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      (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great camera

      By Jake

      from Houston, Texas

      About Me Pro Videographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to Use
      • Good Image Stabilization
      • Good in Low Light
      • Great Picture Quality
      • Great Sound
      • Great Zoom
      • Large Clear LCD
      • Zoom range/performance

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Documentaries
        • HD Shooting
        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Travel
        • Weddings/Events

        Comments about Canon XF305 Professional Camcorder:

        Really great camera and pretty good in low light even at 18X gain.
        Sound recording from the camera is amazing.

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        (1 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

         
        2.0

        Very Bad Low Light Capabilities

        By Ari El

        from Bath, Uk

        About Me Semi-pro Videographer

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        Pros

        • Easy to Use
        • Great Picture Quality
        • Great Sound
        • Great Zoom
        • Large Clear LCD
        • Zoom range/performance

        Cons

        • Poor In Low Light

        Best Uses

          Comments about Canon XF305 Professional Camcorder:

          The footage from this camera is unusable whenever you are in a low light situation. the menu is a bit complicated. Even though other people complained about on-board mic, I find it of a very good quality.

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          (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great Run and Gun Camera

          By Jenny

          from Daytona Beach, FL

          About Me Pro Videographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy to Use
          • Good Image Stabilization
          • Good in Low Light
          • Great Picture Quality
          • Great Zoom
          • Zoom range/performance

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Documentaries
            • HD Shooting
            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Travel

            Comments about Canon XF305 Professional Camcorder:

            I am a one woman band when I'm out shooting at golf events, so I don't have a lot of time to deal with changing lenses out and resetting everything. This camera has all of the professional features you need without much extra help. On the golf course, I'm able to go to the green and get a good shot of a player on the fairway, and also provides a great picture for close up interviews. Everything I need in a camera.

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            (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great Camera

            By Josh Herv

            from Winnipeg, Canada

            About Me Semi-pro Videographer

            Pros

            • Good in Low Light
            • Great Picture Quality
            • Great Zoom
            • Large Clear LCD
            • Zoom range/performance

            Cons

            • Average On Board Audio
            • Heavy bulky

            Best Uses

            • Documentaries
            • HD Shooting
            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Movies/Short Films
            • Weddings/Events

            Comments about Canon XF305 Professional Camcorder:

            Upon receiving this camera, the first thing I noticed was its weight. This camcorder is quite heavy/bulky which will take some getting used to.

            That being said, the picture quality is FANTASTIC and crisp. In addition to the standard manual functions you would expect in a camera at this price, the picture profiles are also fully customizable and you are able to import/export up to 20 profiles on an SD card however, only one (1) menu setting is able to be backed up to an SD card despite the menu being necessary to set the few functions not controlled by any of the thirteen (13!!) customizable buttons. This requires multiple cards for multiple menu setups.

            Further to the picture quality, I have tested extensively in low light and while the image quality is excellent even in low light, some noise creeps in as soon as you increase the gain which is to be expected. The level of gain/noise that I would consider acceptable for my purposes does allow for a stellar performance in a dimly lit room. An on camera light should alleviate any problems whatsoever. The built in 18x Canon L-series lens is excellent quality and offers an acceptable zoom range for most applications. At the wide end, a 1.6 stop offers a suitable DOF for a small-sensor camcorder.

            The on-board microphone quality is a little bit disappointing for the price point, but the two XLF inputs more than make up for it. I will be using a Rode-NTG 2 microphone for interviews anyway, but it would have been nice to have the on board microphone quality be a little bit closer to usable. The handling noise alone is a deal breaker. Ultimately, while disappointing, I can't say that I expected more, so my 5-star rating stands. If I could do half stars, this is where it would become a 4.5 rating.

            Battery life is exceptional with the included battery lasting over 3 hours and the optional BP-975 offering approx. 6+ hours. For some reason, only Sandisk "Extreme" and up seem to work properly in all modes including under/over cranking, despite some cards that are not fully compatible having a higher rated read/write speed.

            Overall, I would recommend this camera to anyone wanting exceptional video quality at a reasonable price.

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            4.0

            Great One

            By Skandar

            from Bishop,Ca

            About Me Pro Videographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy to Use
            • Good Image Stabilization
            • Good in Low Light
            • Great Picture Quality
            • Large Clear LCD

            Cons

            • Remote Control Doesn't

            Best Uses

            • Documentaries
            • HD Shooting
            • Movies/Short Films
            • Weddings/Events

            Comments about Canon XF305 Professional Camcorder:

            Awesome. period.
            Only thing that doesn't work out of the box is the remote.

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            5.0

            Exceptionally Great Camera & Glass

            By Don

            from Austin and San Antonio, Texas

            About Me Pro Videographer

            Pros

            • Bbc Approved
            • Easy to Use
            • Good Image Stabilization
            • Good in Low Light
            • Great Picture Quality
            • Great Sound
            • Great Zoom

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Documentaries
              • HD Shooting
              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Movies/Short Films

              Comments about Canon XF305 Professional Camcorder:

              The XF305 is a solid performer in all types of settings from daylight to lowlight. The 3-chip CMOS imagers with the 50 mb bit rate provides better image quality. Plus the long G.O.P. 4:2:2 MPEG 2 recording is exceptionally good not just for straight shots but process shots too. Making very clean noise-free edges on green screen talent.

              The features like the integral waveform monitor, face tracking, interval recording and storable white balance registers with auto transitions are really useful and handy. In full auto its works pretty flawlessly.

              I have throughly enjoyed using this camera so much so I just ordered a second one.

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              4.0

              Excellent camera !

              By Wally

              from Houston, Texas

              About Me Pro Videographer

              Pros

              • Easy to Use
              • Good Image Stabilization
              • Great Picture Quality
              • Large Clear LCD

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • HD Shooting

                Comments about Canon XF305 Professional Camcorder:

                I bought this camera to shoot daily stuff at the hospital I work at now. So far so good. I had my eye on this camera since last year at NAB. Looked at it again this year, and told myself this is the camera for me. I like that it records on CF cards. I also shoot with the Canon MKII, so it's nice that all the media works together. The battery life is great on this camera, I also bought two more batteries for the camera. I never run out of power. The flip out monitor has a clear and vivid picture on it. I like how you can have the monitor and viewfinder on at the same time. The lens has worked out fine for what I shoot also. I did buy the Century wide eye for the camera. I use a good sturdy tripod, and the glide track for those smooth moves. So far so good. When I shoot surgeries I just kick up the gain to 6db and it works fine. I bought the after market bracket to hold the wireless receiver , again no problem hooking it up to the camera. Bought a small shotgun mic that is just a little too small for the mic holder. Nothing gaffers tape won't fix. The picture quality has been excellent. I'm shooting at 35 mbs. I did try the 50 mbs, but I don't need such a large file. I keep everything in a nice pelican case , so it's ready to go next time. Love this camera !

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                5.0

                Great Professional Compact HD Camera

                By Jrpause

                from Indiana

                About Me Pro Videographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy to Use
                • Good in Low Light
                • Great Picture Quality
                • Great Sound
                • Great Zoom
                • Large Clear LCD
                • Zoom range/performance

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Documentaries
                  • HD Shooting
                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Movies/Short Films
                  • SportsAction
                  • Travel
                  • Weddings/Events

                  Comments about Canon XF305 Professional Camcorder:

                  We have integrated these units into our mobile truck and they work great! The zoom range is awesome and very useful in sports production. Be sure to access the menu settings to turn on your outputs though, they seem to be set by default to Off.

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                  4.0

                  Bottom line: get it

                  By TestPilot

                  from Rochester, NY

                  About Me Pro Videographer

                  Pros

                  • Easy to Use
                  • Great Picture Quality
                  • Great Zoom
                  • Large Clear LCD
                  • Zoom range/performance

                  Cons

                  • Complicated To Operate
                  • No image stabilization

                  Best Uses

                  • Documentaries

                  Comments about Canon XF305 Professional Camcorder:

                  We field-tested the XF305 in documentary production over a three week period. Bottom line? We really regretted having to give it back to Canon, but we deferred buying four of our own.

                  One of the reasons for using a camcorder rather than a cinema camera is the servo zoom lens. The zoom range on the XF305's lens is quite useful in both width and placement, but the means of controlling it falls short. The rocker control on the grip is too non-linear in response, in that it feels as though it goes from creep to squirrelly with little or no in-between. Moreover, it's slow to respond to changes and appears to have a large deadband in response. Since this control directly translates the user's intent into significant changes in the camera's operation, it needs to be fully transparent. The best zoom control is the one that is so smooth and well-tuned that you do not even think about it being there: it simply does what you want, right now. This one does not.

                  Given this, the zoom control on the camera handle becomes slightly more useful, but limiting it to two fixed speeds is not helpful.

                  The lens hood is sturdy and well-proportioned, and the lens cap design is nothing less than brilliant. It should be made standard for all Canon lenses. No kidding.

                  Battery life is a major factor on a camcorder used outside the studio environment. The XF305 that we used claimed a battery life of four hours. Hah! Despite repeated efforts, including turning the camera off when not actually shooting, we were never able to get even a quarter of that. Less than one hour, with like-new batteries? One quarter of the advertised endurance? Think deal-breaker here.

                  Anton-Bauer's ElipZ battery looked interesting, despite its ridiculous name, but the temptation died immediately we saw that they force you to purchase a very costly dummy battery connector rather than use a simple and cheap power cable to plug into the camera's power socket. In fact, the XF305's DC input socket is an obvious feature very conspicuously missing from Canon's DSLR line.

                  Since we shoot in rough and awkward places - visualize hanging off the front of a railroad locomotive trundling across a trestle - we thought that the optical image stabilization would be invaluable. Wrong again. It is better than nothing, but not by much. There was no evident difference among the three modes, and the camcorder must be held almost perfectly still before the stabilizer appears to engage, at which point it does work somewhat usefully. Its controls are not well thought out for any application requiring quick and unambiguous response from the camera. The control arrangement for stabilization is clumsy and user-hostile, a theme that recurs with depressing frequency with this product.

                  The XF305 is literally covered with buttons and switches, as may be seen in its pictures. Think about shooting in the field, on the go, with no tripod and little time for setting up the scene. How do you hold the camera without inadvertently pressing buttons? You can't. We struggled with this every time we used the XF305. On a tripod or pedestal in the studio, you can take your time to select and push the right buttons in the correct sequence. Doesn't work like that in the field. When shooting hand-held, where, exactly, are you supposed to put your left hand, such that it does not press some button somewhere? We never figured that one out.

                  As for the notorious power switch, well, what needs to be added to the cacaphony already published? Yes, it is as bad as they say. What on Earth could Canon have been thinking, one wonders. In a similar vein, much has also been made about the placement of the start/stop button on the side grip. Did they test this with ordinary human hands? It seems not. The button should sit directly beneath your thumb. It does not. Why?

                  There are advantages to a smaller and lighter camera, but there are drawbacks, as well. To make a camcorder half the size and then force you to buy an expensive shoulder-mount rig that, in the best of circumstances, is still little more than a kludge makes remarkably little sense to us. The camera is a tool that needs to be as unobtrusive as possible and to fit the videographer like a comfortable glove: it is there, but it is never in the way.

                  Small details reveal a deficiency in thinking things through. The microphone clamp fits larger microphones. What do you do with smaller ones, such as the ubquitous 416? We cut a length of bicycle inner tube and used that as a filler. This screams, "Kludge!", although it certainly does provide a measure of shock protection for the microphone. It should not be necessary to use ANY kludges. The built-in microphone isn't bad, and wanting four audio channels rather than two is probably selfishness. The built-in audio limiter works extremely well, to the extent of dealing perfectly with a locomotive air horn not ten feet away. Impressive.

                  One inadequately documented factor is the CF cards. For various technical reasons that actually do withstand scrutiny, this camera is particular about the type and quality of card. Unfortunately, using the wrong type means that the camera works apparently correctly for a while, right up to the point at which, with no warning, it stops working correctly. Short version? Use only the cards that Canon specifies. It's that simple.

                  One feature that we wanted in a camcorder was auto-focus, and we tested it extensively in real-world situations. We did not see it fail once. It was directly responsible for one spectacular shot that would have been impossible with a manual-focus camcorder. Yes, we realize that the true videographer sets everything on manual and fine-tunes the camera to produce the image that he desires, but EFP sometimes demands that you shoot RIGHT NOW or lose a shot that can never be recreated or found again. The XF305 handles this very well, and that might by itself be worth the price of admission.

                  There's been a great deal made of shallow depth of field, but that ought never to obscure the fact that some work requires the deepest focus field attainable. We found that the XF305 does well in this respect, even in fully automatic mode. The automatic white balance also works very well, and the overall image quality, including color rendition and maintaining image quality in panning, straight out of the camera and before grading, is excellent. This camera will not be anyone's first choice for shooting a full-length feature drama, nor is it intended as such. For appropriate applications, it is an excellent choice.

                  One of the truly nasty aspects of contemporary digital video is the preposterous variety of codecs in use. The H.264 QuickTime used by Canon's DSLRs is easy to handle, something that can hardly be said of the bizarre MXF format used by the XF series. Where the EOS DSLRs produce a single file per clip (if you ignore the apparently useless thumbnail image), the MXF format produces a subdirectory for each clip, with an abundance of separate files. Want to look at one of them outside of the NLE? As far as we've been able to ascertain, the only means of doing so is Canon's own XF utility, and that one has more personality issues than a deranged teenager. An entire review could be written about the MXF format; suffice it to say that this is one of the very worst aspects of the XF series. Canon calls it an "industry standard", but it looks, smells, tastes, and behaves as proprietarily as do those much-hated memory card types that Canon correctly rejected.

                  Regrettably, there is more evidence of Canon's failure to think through the design of this camera. Consider the remote control. It works from the front, fine for videoing yourself, if that's what turns you on. It does not work from the side or rear, and that is a more useful application of remote control. Not on this camera. There is no quick-detach feature on the strap. Trivial? Of course; right up 'til it becomes an irritating issue. The power-save feature should be cancellable by pressing any of the record buttons; it is not. Perhaps Canon didn't care about this enough; the so-called power-save feature does not materially extend battery endurance. It would make sense to be able to turn off the EVF as a means of reducing battery drain; we never once used the viewfinder. The ejectors for the CF cards easily become confused. I kid you not. They frequently dropped out of sequence somehow, making it really awkward and time-consuming to eject the cards. The cards are hard to grasp once ejected, and you will find yourself occasionally pushing them back into lock when you actually wanted to remove them from the camera. Trivial, in the greater scheme of things? Of course, but still annoying and unnecessary. Also trivial but less irritating: there was no audio when playing the last clip recorded. As with every electronic product made in the last two decades, the XF305 has a printed manual in multiple languages. (At least there actually is a manual!) Would it kill them to print an English-only manual? The quality of information conveyed by Canon manuals is far better than the norm these days, so why not take one more step and achieve perfection? Also, the covers over the connectors are cheap and flimsy. This is not a consumer good; why not design in proper covers instead of those nasty rubber things?

                  The LCD display is nice. It swivels more than a Russian gymnast and has excellent image quality. It makes the EVF utterly useless. We used the camera in winter conditions and had no temperature-related issues of any kind (other than the cameraman continually whingeing about the cold). The XF305 would not be our first choice for low-light filming, but, as we never do any, who cares? For the purist, there may be objectionable lags in response time in the auto-focus and auto-iris operation, but we never found them objectionable.

                  If you value being able to respond instantly to an opportunity for a good shot, then this camcorder will rarely let you down. It does as much as you reasonably can ask it to, other than stabilizing the image.

                  Bottom line? Given its capabilities and price, we would not hesitate at all to purchase this camcorder for any project requiring a low-cost EFP camera with excellent image quality. Imperfections notwithstanding.

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                  5.0

                  Best of the Best

                  By Blue Bamboo Films

                  from San Diego, CA

                  About Me Pro Videographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy to Use
                  • Good Image Stabilization
                  • Good in Low Light
                  • Great Picture Quality
                  • Great Sound
                  • Great Zoom
                  • Large Clear LCD
                  • Zoom range/performance

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Documentaries
                    • HD Shooting
                    • Home Movies
                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Movies/Short Films
                    • Weddings/Events

                    Comments about Canon XF305 Professional Camcorder:

                    I film a variety of videos from sports to corporate events and I simply love this camera. The lens is great and the dual compactflash memory...well, how did I survive before them?

                    The weight is just right and feels like a high quality camera without the bulk. The little things that canon does is why I continue to buy their products, like the front of the handle perfectly balances the camera (like something a golf company would brag about). The placement of teh screen is great incomparison to the XH-A1s taht I am used to using.

                    The price seemed high when I bought it, but the more I use it the more its worth it and I see its true value.

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                    5.0

                    XF305 Shines

                    By Amerigulf Filmwerks

                    from Houston, TX

                    About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Complex Projects
                        • ENG work
                        • Independent Films
                        • Interviews
                        • In The Studio
                        • Steadicam

                        Comments about Canon XF305 Professional Camcorder:

                        Can't add too much from what the others have said. For a different aspect though; this camera has become the 'Go To' for steadicam work for me and my company. When in a situation that there is no focus puller available (which in my market, there are none), the auto focus on this machine is oustanding. I've never seen anything like it. Add in facial recognition for tracking shots and it is golden.

                        In post, especially if you are used to using lesser cameras, is where this thing really shines. The color space, as well as 50mbps is a HUGE leap from ALL cameras in this price range and below.

                        If you are considering this camera, stop it and just buy it. If you have doubts; go to your local rental house and try it out, you won't regret it.

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                        5.0

                        Quality and build, suits our needs.

                        By Jeff (Zippy)

                        from Fargo, ND

                        About Me Pro Videographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy to Use
                        • Good Image Stabilization
                        • Great Picture Quality
                        • Great Zoom
                        • Large Clear LCD
                        • Zoom range/performance

                        Cons

                        • Average Low Light

                        Best Uses

                        • Commercials
                        • Documentaries
                        • HD Shooting
                        • Movies/Short Films
                        • Weddings/Events

                        Comments about Canon XF305 Professional Camcorder:

                        I come from the still/print industry and pick cameras on image quality, build quality, DOF and/or lens options/quality and also reputation for reliability and usability.

                        I have chosen the XF305 to complement other cameras to be tools of the trade that I feel work well together to create artistic and creative motion graphics and video projects. Each one has a specific time and place to be used.

                        This camera was chosen primarily for its color space, feature set, great lens, great zoom, decent low light performance (still a small sensor camera), good build quality, fast focusing and good lens aperture throughout the range.

                        The primary use of the XF305 is a run and gun machine. But definitely not limited to this. It can certainly hold its own in other situations if wanting shallower DOF, just be aware of its limitations.

                        Very happy with the purchase? Yes. Would I change my decision? Absolutely not. No major complaints with build quality or performance in the field.

                        Camera will be used for documentaries, events and commercial production.

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                        4.0

                        Nice Camera

                        By TFBFLee

                        from Columbia, TN

                        About Me Pro Videographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy to Use
                        • Good Image Stabilization
                        • Great Picture Quality
                        • Great Sound
                        • Great Zoom
                        • Large Clear LCD
                        • Zoom range/performance

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Documentaries
                          • HD Shooting

                          Comments about Canon XF305 Professional Camcorder:

                          Purchased this camera after using Sony HVR Z7U for a number of years and not disappointed. Main reason was the use of CF cards. Still trying to make adjustments in low light situations, but feel confident I will get it. Lots of features that make shooting a pleasure. A little heavier than I thought it would be. Overall, pleased with my purchase.

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                          5.0

                          solid go to camera

                          By josh sliffe

                          from raleigh, nc

                          About Me Pro Videographer

                          Verified Reviewer

                          Pros

                          • Easy to Use
                          • Good Image Stabilization
                          • Great Picture Quality
                          • Great Sound
                          • Great Zoom
                          • Large Clear LCD
                          • Zoom range/performance

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Documentaries
                            • HD Shooting
                            • Movies/Short Films
                            • Travel
                            • Weddings/Events

                            Comments about Canon XF305 Professional Camcorder:

                            pros: definitely a great camera. love the zoom distance. autofocus is great. works better for me in premiere cs5. very sharp.

                            con: power button... can never get it where i need it without a second attempt. really can't use it past 6db of gain without significant noise though... but the 1.6 or whatever f stop lens makes up for that.

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                            4.0

                            Good Quality Overall

                            By Jay the Filmmaker

                            from Wyoming

                            About Me Professional Artist

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Compact Design
                            • Easy To Use
                            • Highly Compatible
                            • Professional Quality

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Complex Projects
                              • Independent Films
                              • In The Studio

                              Comments about Canon XF305 Professional Camcorder:

                              I am a professional in-house videographer and I use it for documentary style shooting. it shoots in great quality and the features are easy to handle. The one thing that wasn't the best for what I do is that it is a little heavy and hard to handhold, without a shoulder mount.

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                              5.0

                              my canon xf305

                              By Big-E

                              from Port Arthur Texas

                              About Me Film Student, Hobbyist

                              Pros

                              • Compact Design
                              • Easy To Use
                              • Highly Compatible
                              • Improves Performance
                              • Lightweight
                              • Professional Quality

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Complex Projects
                                • Home Movies
                                • Independent Films
                                • In The Studio

                                Comments about Canon XF305 Professional Camcorder:

                                I love the canon xf305 below is a video I shot and edited with mine[@]

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                                5.0

                                Best Camcorder for the $$$

                                By Steveo

                                from California

                                About Me Business Owner, Pro Video

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Compact Design
                                • Easy To Use
                                • Highly Compatible
                                • Improves Performance
                                • Lightweight
                                • Professional Quality
                                • Very Good in Low Light

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Independent Films
                                  • In The Studio
                                  • OutdoorIndoor Capability

                                  Comments about Canon XF305 Professional Camcorder:

                                  Canon's XF305 has very good low-light capabilities (not perfect, but way above average). My initial concern was filming in low-light with this camcorder. It works much better than I expected after reading many reviews. I had confidence in all other aspects of the camcorder and I have proved them to myself: Picture Quality--Same as you see on TV at 50Mbps 4:2:2. Glass quality: 18x L-series Canon lens--doesn't get any better at this price point. I used to have to use an Anton Bauer battery on my previous camcorder to attain a multi-hour shoot (I use two BP-970G batteries, one at a time and get 5+ hours recording time with each battery = 11+ hours total) and the weight of the Canon battery is tiny comparatively. I would recommend getting several (3 or more) Sandisk 32 GB UDMA CF cards since you can hot-swap them as you are filming. Professional Controls let you get the shots you want. LCD is clear and large for any camcorder. If you go to NAB, you can see it in action, but short of that, it is hard to get your hands on one.

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                                  5.0

                                  A Dream Camera

                                  By spotmeter

                                  from Tiburon, CA

                                  About Me Semi-pro Videographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Easy to Use
                                  • Good Image Stabilization
                                  • Great autofocus
                                  • Great Picture Quality
                                  • Great Sound
                                  • Great Zoom
                                  • Large Clear LCD
                                  • Zoom range/performance

                                  Cons

                                  • Very poor on-off switch

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Documentaries
                                  • HD Shooting
                                  • Movies/Short Films

                                  Comments about Canon XF305 Professional Camcorder:

                                  I own the Canon XLH1 and the images from this camera are much better. It's almost like being there. Apart from a fiddly on-off switch, the controls are well laid out and with a little practice and the Vortex DVD I was able to master the camera. The camera has the best autofocus I have ever seen on any camera.

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                                  5.0

                                  By far the best camera under $10k

                                  By Greenscreenstudios.ca

                                  from toronto, Ontario canada

                                  About Me Pro Videographer

                                  Verified Reviewer

                                  Pros

                                  • Easy to Use
                                  • Good Image Stabilization
                                  • Good in Low Light
                                  • Great Picture Quality
                                  • Great Sound
                                  • Great Zoom
                                  • Large Clear LCD
                                  • Zoom range/performance

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Green screen aka chromake

                                    Comments about Canon XF305 Professional Camcorder:

                                    use it in my green screen studio and the 4:2:2 colour space is beautiful.
                                    No more tapes or expensive cards
                                    Feels like a real camera

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                                    5.0

                                    Worth the price

                                    By Bo Brama

                                    from Salt Lake City, UT

                                    About Me E-learning producer, Professional Artist

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Easy To Use
                                    • Highly Compatible
                                    • Professional Quality

                                    Cons

                                    • No cons for our use

                                    Best Uses

                                    • In The Studio

                                    Comments about Canon XF305 Professional Camcorder:

                                    I use this camera for studio work in creating e-learning lessons and "on-demand" seminars and conferences. I do a lot of clean, white backgrounds, black backgrounds or green screen work. In my opinion, for the price point, this camera rocks the studio world. Quality-wise, our work can now compete with studios that use much more expensive cameras.

                                    We were contemplating contracting our studio work out, but with this camera we no longer have to. It works well with the CS5 suite, which is what we use for all our post work. You'd be hard pressed to find a studio camera at twice the price that does what this one does. I'm looking forward to doing some on-location work with it, but can't speak to that right now.

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