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Canon XF100 HD Professional Camcorder

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Product Highlights
  • 1/3" CMOS Sensor
  • 50Mbps MPEG-2 Recording
  • 4:2:2 Color Sampling
  • 60p/60i, 30p, 24p
  • MXF File Format
  • Dual CF Card Slots
  • 10x HD Zoom Lens
  • Multiple Bit Rates & Resolutions
  • Dual XLR Inputs
  • HDMI, Component, Composite Outputs

Canon's XF100 HD Professional Camcorder is an amazingly compact, fully featured pro video camera that imports nearly all the features and functionality of the 3-chip XF300 into a smaller, single sensor form factor. Taking advantage of the latest HD technology--along with Canon's robust MPEG-2 4:2:2 codec--the XF100 records full HD video to affordable Compact Flash cards, making it as versatile as it is powerful. A newly developed Genuine Canon 10x HD video lens resolves images onto a native 1920 x 1080 CMOS sensor, which are captured in industry-standard MXF file wrappers using your choice of bit rate (up to 50Mbps), resolution, and frame rate. Full image customization and HDMI/Component/Composite outputs are equally on par with the camera's big brother XF300.

But not content with simple "junior partner" status, the XF100 brings some of its own muscle to the table in the form of infrared recording and--when used in combination with another XF100 or XF105--3-D stereoscopic capability. This fusion of exceptional image quality with portability and pinpoint control makes the XF100 the perfect low-profile tool for a range of applications, including ENG, travel documentaries, indie features, and event videography.

MPEG-2 4:2:2 50Mbps Codec (Canon XF Codec)
Canon's adaptation of MPEG-2 for the XF100 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 XF100 supports the highest HD quality with Full HD 1920x1080 resolution, up to a 50Mbps bit rate and 4:2:2 color sampling.
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 XF100 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.
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.
MXF Wrapper
The XF100 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 XF100 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.
Genuine Canon 10x HD Lens
Canon's optical expertise is clearly seen in the XF100's Genuine Canon 10x HD Video Lens. It delivers flexibility in image capture with a zoom range of 30.4 - 304mm (35mm equivalent). Power zoom is available in Constant and Variable settings in 3 modes: Fast (approx. 1.9 - 60 seconds), Normal (approx. 3.0 - 180 seconds) and Slow (approx. 4.0 - 285 seconds).
Canon Native 1920 x 1080 CMOS Image Sensor
Newly designed and manufactured exclusively by Canon, the XF100 incorporates a native 1/3", 1920 x 1080 CMOS image sensor, delivering superb full HD video recording with minimal noise. The high sensitivity and wide dynamic range of this sensor are what demanding users expect from Canon. Slow and fast motion shooting are supported for greater flexibility in creative choice and the compactness contributes greatly to the small, super handy size of the XF100 and its outstanding usability in the field.
Multiple Bit Rates, Resolution, & Frame Rates
Multiple recording modes, resolutions and frame rates make the XF100 Professional Camcorder creatively flexible and able to work in virtually any production environment. From the highest quality 50Mbps Full HD to the HDV compatible 25Mbps, users will find the camcorder capable of taking on any job.
Canon DIGIC DV III Image Processor
The XF100 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.
Built-in 3-D Assist Features
The XF100 has the ability to be paired with another XF100 or XF105 camcorder to provide true stereoscopic 3-D recording. It offers several features to assist with 3-D production including OIS Lens Shift to aid in optically aligning the two camcorders. A focal length guide displays the zoom position of each camera in relation to each other and calibrates the zoom distance.

The XF100's compact size provides an alternative to large 3-D rigs allowing 3-D crews to work more quickly and efficiently, while providing the needed features to capture exceptional 3-D imagery.
Infrared Recording
The XF100 Professional Camcorder features an Infrared Mode allowing users to capture video in conditions with little to no ambient light, a situation which would make other camcorders useless. During infrared capture, the infrared cutoff filter is removed from the optical path. Combined with a specially designed lens coating, infrared light is able to pass through to the image sensor. Additionally, the XF100 features an infrared emitter with a diffuser to shoot pleasing infrared imagery even in complete darkness.
Brilliant Ergonomics
The XF100 is designed as an ultra-compact camcorder without compromising on features and usability. Its small size makes this camcorder ideal in situations where every inch and ounce count, such as flying to location or going on expedition. It offers amazing image quality yet can easily be placed in the back of a car or carried in a backpack making the XF100 the perfect camera to go anywhere, anytime on a moment's notice.
Neutral Density Filter
For enhanced versatility, the XF100 offers a built-in gradation type neutral density (ND) filter (approximately 1/8), as well as an eight-blade metal aperture iris.
SuperRange Optical Image Stabilizer
The XF100 also incorporates a newly designed SuperRange Optical Image Stabilization system (lens shift) with three modes: Standard, Dynamic and Powered.
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.
8-Blade Iris
In contrast to a typical 6-blade iris, the XF100's 8-blade iris captures extraordinarily smooth out-of-focus "bokeh" for a more attractive image effect. The additional blades also reduce diffraction of light passing through the iris, allowing for the use of smaller apertures while maintaining image quality.
Digital Teleconverter
The Digital Teleconverter extends the reach of the optical zoom, and is selectable by 1.5x, 3x and 6x. This feature is ideal when extreme telephoto shooting is needed such as in sports and wildlife, as well as, surveillance applications for law enforcement and the military.
Slow Motion & Fast Motion
Slow and Fast Motion Modes allow the XF100 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. 1
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.
3.5" 920K Dot LCD Monitor
A 3.5", 920,000 Dot LCD monitor provides an ample, accurate area for critical focus confirmation and approximately 100% field of view. The display opens on the left side of the camera body.
260K Dot Electronic Viewfinder
The XF100 features a 0.24", 260,000 Dot Color EVF and approximately 100% field of view coverage for comfortable viewing and accurate judgment of composition. Brightness, contrast, color and backlight are adjustable. The angle of the viewfinder is adjustable up and down through 68° for additional user comfort and when using the LCD display for monitoring.
Focus Assist Functions
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 XF100 operator to check and confirm critical focus.
Exceptional Customization
Users of the XF100 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 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 XF100 and XF105 camcorders.
Custom Picture Settings
You can manually set an extensive variety of image quality adjustments and store them as 9 different presets in the camera. Up to 20 may be saved to an SD card. 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 XF100'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 15 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 XF100 features 10 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.
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.
Audio System
A stereo microphone is incorporated into the XF100, as are two XLR audio inputs with +48V phantom power and a 3.5mm microphone input terminal. The built-in microphone provides exceptional audio in fast-paced situations while the XLR inputs and microphone input terminal provide connectivity to external microphones. In addition the XLR inputs allow the use of other professional audio devices. The built-in microphone and an external microphone 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.
Connectivity
Not only does the XF100 Professional Camcorder provide the professional user with complete control over the image, it also provides complete creative freedom when it comes to inputs and outputs including:
  • HDMI Output
  • Component Video Output
  • Composite Video Output (3.5mm Terminal)
  • USB 2.0 Hi-Speed Terminal
  • Remote Control Terminal (compatible with LANC protocol)
Waveform Monitor
Videographers depend on this feature to confirm accurate exposure and color levels during the capture process. Typically only found on expensive external units, the Canon XF100 has a waveform monitor built right into the camera. The waveform monitor shows a detailed view of overall image brightness and RGB components.
Intelligent Battery System
The XF100 is compatible with Canon's new BP-925, as well as the BP-955 and BP-975 Intelligent Lithium-ion batteries. These batteries communicate remaining running time (down to the minute) and send 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. The camcorder is also compatible with existing Canon BP-900 series batteries--which can be inserted and removed while the supplied AC power cable is connected.
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
Photo Capture
For applications such as storyboarding, continuity and publicity shots, the XF100 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 1/3" CMOS Sensor
2.37MP (2.07MP effective)
Lens 10x HD Zoom
4.25-42.5mm (30.4-304mm, 35mm equivalent)
f/1.8-2.8
58mm Filter Diameter
Horizontal Resolution 900 TV lines or more
Focusing System TVAF plus External Phase Difference Metering Sensor
Autofocus (Instant AF, Medium AF, Normal AF, Face AF, Face Only AF), Manual, Full Manual
Minimum Illumination 4.5 lux (full AUTO mode, 1/60 shutter speed, +24dB gain)
1.6 lux (Manual mode, 1/4 shutter speed, +33dB gain)
Built-in Filters Neutral Density (Auto or Off)
Minimum Focus Distance 20mm (wide macro), 60cm (entire zoom range)
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),
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)

Audio Recording Format 2-Channel, PCM digital recording, 16-Bit; 48kHz
Frame Rates 60i, 60p (720p mode only), 30p, 24p 1
Please Note:

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

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Image Stabilization SuperRange Optical (Lens Shift) 4 modes: Standard, Powered, Dynamic, Off
LCD Monitor 3.5" Color, approx. 920,000 dots
Viewfinder 0.24" Color, approx. 260,000 dots
Microphone Stereo electret condenser microphone
Memory Card Slot CF Card: 2 Slots (movie files only)
SD Card: Still images, Custom Picture Data, Clip Metadata, Custom Settings
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
(Greater capacity is possible when two cards are used.)
25Mbps: 310 minutes
35Mbps: 225 minutes
50Mbps: 160 minutes
Input and Output Connectors Component (x1 Output)
Composite: 3.5mm A/V (x1 Output)
HDMI: Standard Type A (x1 Output)
Mic/Line: XLR 3-pin (x2 Input)
USB: Mini-B USB 2.0
Headphone: 3.5mm Mini
Remote Control Terminal: 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) 4.8 x 5.8 x 9.8" (12.1 x 14.8 x 25 cm)
Weight 2.2 lbs (1kg) - not including battery, memory card, lens hood, mic holder
Canon XF100 HD Professional Camcorder
  • Lens Hood
  • BP-925 Battery
  • CA-930 Compact Power Adapter
  • DC Cable
  • WL-D6000 Wireless Controller
  • Microphone Holder
  • Shoulder Strap
  • Component Cable
  • Utilities Disk
  • 1 Year Limited Warranty
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    CanonXF100 HD Professional Camcorder
     
    4.5

    (based on 98 reviews)

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      (1)

    93%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Great picture quality (81)
    • Easy to use (78)
    • Image stabilization (68)
    • Large clear LCD (63)
    • Zoom range/performance (56)

    Cons

    • Limited zoom (26)
    • Poor in low light (14)
    • Poor image quality (5)
    • Complicated to operate (4)
    • Poor still image (3)

    Best Uses

    • Documentaries (74)
    • HD shooting (72)
    • Weddings (59)
    • Movies/short films (53)
    • Travel (46)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Pro videographer (46), Semi-pro (37), Enthusiast (14)
      • Was this a gift?:
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    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Great Camera

    This is my 5th video camera I own (DVX100, JVC GY-HD100, JVC GY-HM100 plus a couple of Sony) and I shot numerous times with HMC150, HPX170, EX1, HPX370. By far this...Read complete review

    This is my 5th video camera I own (DVX100, JVC GY-HD100, JVC GY-HM100 plus a couple of Sony) and I shot numerous times with HMC150, HPX170, EX1, HPX370. By far this camera is the best bang for the buck out there at the moment.
    Let's start with the sensor: 1/3" native 1080, yes it's not 3 sensor block, but the picture is extremely clean and noise free in the good light. Also it increases light sensitivity by about 2 F stops in 720 mode. I was able to shoot at 6dB with medium room light. Dark areas are showing a bit of mosquito noise, but really low levels and a lot can be cleaned up with filters. Which brings me to the fantastic codec. 50Mbs 422 is easy to edit native (I use FCP), doesn't give any color banding and footage out of camera has fantastic "flat" look, ready for color adjustments. This is a dream to edit and the footage can produce image way better then EX1.It has the same picture profile adjustment as XF300/305.
    LCD is really good, peaking is great, so is the edge focus assist tool. WFM allows to adjust exposure correctly as well. IR mode is just amazing, I shot my black cat in a completely black room and the results were just smashing.
    Even though it has one ring, you can use assignable button/knob to control iris, there are already 2 zoom rockers, so I use the ring for focus only. One thing I noticed that the iris knob is sluggish (one of the reasons I did not give 5 stars).
    You can record to two cards at once for instant backup. Get plenty of cards or a storage unit:16GB will get you only 40 minutes at 50Mbs.
    It really sits well in my hand, it's really light, but well balanced. Also because it's light you can get by with lighter tripod.
    My only true "gripe" with this camera is an auto ND. It starts kicking in at F4, you can turn it off in menu, but I would much prefer manual one. The other minus is it doesn't communicate with AB ElipZ battery, so you don't know how much time is left.
    Over all it is a great camera and IMO the best buy for the money at the moment. I only received it a couple of days ago, but I showed the footage to few of my friends on my 42" LCD and they were blown away by the quality. Canon waited for a long time with such camera, but it blows away any other camera in the price range. I would put it on parr with EX1, which costs more then double and forces you to buy really expen$ive media (SxS).

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Not Even Close to PRO!

    First off I'll say that I'm rating this units performance in fully manual with a bout 8 years professional experience in pro level videography. These units have noticeable gain issues. Yes, even at...Read complete review

    First off I'll say that I'm rating this units performance in fully manual with a bout 8 years professional experience in pro level videography. These units have noticeable gain issues. Yes, even at 0 gain. The camera store rep was even lost for words. We lined up both the XF 100 and 105 live in the store and brought it to the mac only to be disappointed with desaturated, noisy image produced, especially in high contrast areas. I'll also add that there is no evidence of noise in the flip out LCD. They both displayed the same behavior. I would have gotten a cleaner look from my XHA1s or Vixia at that. They have these color profile setting that are supposed to be a big deal. However, this unit should produce better quality out of the box without having to load color profiles. The XF100 has a lot of bark when reading the specs but maybe that single chip just isn't cutting it. Very disappointed for [$]. :( Totally not worth it. Your best bet would be to take a CF card into the store, capture footage, then take it home to view. What's great about it? The size, weight and dual CF card capability. Other than that Canon missed on this one big time.

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    5.0

    Excellent

    By Dave

    from New Jersey

    About Me Semi-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
      • Movies/Short Films
      • Weddings/Events

      Comments about Canon XF100 HD Professional Camcorder:

      I am a novice filmmaker and after two months of research I decided to buy the XF100. Best thing I did! Easy to use and great quality film!

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      5.0

      I Love the Canon XF100!!

      By Molls

      from Salem, NH

      About Me Pro Videographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Poor In Low Light

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Canon XF100 HD Professional Camcorder:

      This is pretty much my favorite camera to work with. The HD video produced is beautifully sharp and crystal clear. My video production company uses only the Canon XF100 for all of our shoots. Whether it is a wedding or a marketing video our clients are always extremely pleased with the quality video they receive in the end.

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      5.0

      top notch camera, excellent price

      By young prof

      from Lawrence, KS

      About Me Pro Videographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to Use
      • Good Image Stabilization
      • Great Picture Quality

      Cons

      • Complicated To Operate
      • Limited Zoom

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Canon XF100 HD Professional Camcorder:

      I use this camera for my own work and have found it to be a top-notch item. I just bought 5 for my university. The only thing I don't love about it is that it is somewhat complicated to figure out at first, but then again, it is a pro camera!

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      5.0

      FANTASTIC PRODUCT!

      By Bob in Richmond

      from Richmond, Virginia

      About Me Video Enthusiast

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Canon XF100 HD Professional Camcorder:

        I use it for event (meeting) videography. The 4:2:2 color space is unreal and puts other cameras to shame as the results are nothing short of phenomenal. Proof-- compare video of the same event taken with lesser units.

        Ease of operation? Once you learn it it is, like every other thing, easy to use. Poor in low light? Depends on what you mean by "low" light. Will it take pictures in the dark? No, unless you use infra-red.

        Is the zoom limited? Sure-- but what can you expect in a total package of this small size, which is otherwise pure dynamite! Remedy? Move closer!

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        5.0

        Portable and solid

        By Raul

        from Houston, TX

        About Me Video Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy to Use
        • Good Image Stabilization
        • Good in Low Light

        Cons

        • Price

        Best Uses

        • Documentaries
        • Travel

        Comments about Canon XF100 HD Professional Camcorder:

        This camera is easy to use, delivers decent footage under almost any circumstance, including low light. It is light weight and well built.

        I would've gotten a camera DSLR, but I don't have a lot of time to set up every shot or the patience to carry a lot of gear.

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        4.0

        Great Camera But Learn To Use It

        By Zonhonker

        from Ohio

        About Me Video Enthusiast

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Good in Low Light
        • Great Picture Quality
        • Great Zoom

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Canon XF100 HD Professional Camcorder:

          I didn't give this a 5 star rating only because nothing is perfect, although I havent come across anything I don't like so far. But here's the thing: LEARN to use this camera, not by reading the manual but by taking one of the great online courses available. There are many, but I subscribe to[@] and have taken a number of courses by Anthony Artis who is an outstanding teacher. He teaches how to use a camera just like this one - a Panasonic - BUT with all the same features as the XF 100 and you will really make the most of owning this camera if you do.

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          4.0

          First Pro Camera

          By JV

          from Houston

          About Me Video Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy to Use
          • Great Picture Quality
          • Great Sound
          • Large Clear LCD

          Cons

          • Need Pro Software To Edit

          Best Uses

          • Documentaries
          • HD Shooting

          Comments about Canon XF100 HD Professional Camcorder:

          This camera is great it is my frist pro camera and a little complicated at first. I have only been using it for a couple of weeks and am getting to know most of the functions quickly. Can't wait to see what else this camera can do.

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          5.0

          Well done!

          By Dynamics

          from Saratoga Springs, NY

          About Me Video Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy to Use

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • HD Shooting

            Comments about Canon XF100 HD Professional Camcorder:

            Great camera for the price!

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            5.0

            Great Camera

            By Bajovejas

            from Puerto Rico

            About Me Pro Videographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy to Use
            • Great Picture Quality

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Documentaries
              • Weddings/Events

              Comments about Canon XF100 HD Professional Camcorder:

              Great camera. Excellent video quality. I use it for weddings, documentary and few things more.

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              5.0

              Great Camera W/ Great Color

              By Jacob

              from minneapolis, mn

              About Me Pro Videographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about Canon XF100 HD Professional Camcorder:

                I've had the camera for approximately 2 weeks, and I have been thrilled with the quality. The construction of the device is very solid, though very light which is nice. The camera is very small, but not light on features. Everything available via button, and the color space is very good. This camera really soaks up light. Good zoom range, and good widest angle. Very versatile lens. Great battery life! Like 2-3 hours on one charge.

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                5.0

                Great camera for the $$$!!

                By ktshane

                from Anaheim, Ca.

                About Me Pro Videographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • HD Shooting
                  • Home Movies
                  • Weddings/Events

                  Comments about Canon XF100 HD Professional Camcorder:

                  I am a wedding videographer and it is light and the picture is phenomenal! Great product!

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                  5.0

                  Fantastic Camera Full of Bells & Whistle

                  By Bob in Richmond

                  from Richmond, VA

                  About Me Semi-pro Videographer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                  • Limited Zoom

                  Best Uses

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

                  Comments about Canon XF100 HD Professional Camcorder:

                  Big camera results in a small, almost weightless, package. Any objections are minimal when compared to the overall results.

                  While a longer zoom range would have been nice, once again you give up weight. So although an XF300 might be in the future, this camera, with its 4:2:2 color space, definitely has a place as a first class, professional grade, utility camcorder.

                  Also, volume controls can be somewhat pesky as they are hard to precisely manipulate. But again, you can probably refine this camcorder to exactly what you want although then you might need a forklift to move it around!

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                  5.0

                  My first Pro Vid Camera is a homerun!

                  By JoeVideoGuy

                  from Burbank, CA

                  About Me Video Enthusiast

                  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
                    • Travel
                    • Weddings/Events

                    Comments about Canon XF100 HD Professional Camcorder:

                    This is my first professional video camera purchase. 3 days after I received my Canon XF100, I was called upon to produce and direct video interviews as Blu Ray DVD bonus material for a major DVD distribution company based in the UK. Because the Canon XF100 was easy to learn in such a short amount of time, I had the confidence to shoot 30 interviews in just 8 days. I've had so much fun using this video camera, that I expanded my use of the XF100 to shooting industrial/ corporate videos and promotional trailers. I'm not a professional videographer, but now I'm on my way learning on the job. I definitely got my money's worth on a very tight budget.

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                    5.0

                    XF-100

                    By Lee

                    from Nashville, TN

                    About Me Pro Videographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                    • Footage Was Not Recognize

                    Best Uses

                    • Documentaries
                    • HD Shooting

                    Comments about Canon XF100 HD Professional Camcorder:

                    Bought this camera for professional use.

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                    • No

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                    4.0

                    Great for Documentary Filmmakers

                    By Dan Perez Films

                    from South Florida

                    About Me Pro Videographer

                    Pros

                    • Great Picture Quality

                    Cons

                    • Complicated To Operate

                    Best Uses

                    • Documentaries
                    • Movies/Short Films
                    • Travel

                    Comments about Canon XF100 HD Professional Camcorder:

                    This camera produces terrific images - especially in ideal conditions (well-lit interiors, bright exteriors). Not all that bad in low light but that's what DSLRs are for, no? Great size also makes it ideal for travel (I can fit this camera and 2 DSLRs in my Kata backpack). I've used this camera alongside cameras costing more than double the price and couldn't tell the difference in image quality (looked better than most of the footage shot with the Sony HXR-NX5U which will run you an extra $1000). 50Mbps and 4:2:2 color sampling gives this camera the edge in post. Great for doc filmmakers looking for a quality camera on a budget.

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                    4.0

                    CAMARA PARA DOCUMENTAL EN COLOMBIA

                    By Gabby

                    from Washington, D.C

                    About Me Pro Videographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy to Use
                    • Good Image Stabilization
                    • Great Picture Quality
                    • Great Sound

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Documentaries
                      • HD Shooting
                      • Travel

                      Comments about Canon XF100 HD Professional Camcorder:

                      Soy productor de televisión con más de 30 años de experiencia profesional y estoy por viajar a Colombia para producir un documental sobre mi trabajo (arte) con soldados que sufren las secuelas de las minas antipersonal. Escogí la cámara Canon fx100 para este viaje por la calidad de imagen y las posibilidades del audio que solo se consigue en un sistema profesional y broadcast. El tamaño de la cámara y la versatilidad, como cámara lenta, traspaso de tiempo "time laps" o grabación infra rojo, me permite viajar cómodamente sin preocuparme del transporte de equipo abultado y con la confianza de que la cámara responderá a todas mis necesidades de producción.Si recomendaría a un amigo para que compre la Canon fx100

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                      5.0

                      XF 100 HD

                      By RadPools

                      from Modesto, CA

                      About Me Semi-pro Videographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Canon XF100 HD Professional Camcorder:

                            Great Product. Great Service, as always. Don't be fooled by underpriced pretenders. B&H definitely has the best value from a trusted source. Camera is AMAZING. If your looking for a great value Professional Camcorder, this is it.

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                            4.0

                            Great camera

                            By Johnson Brothers

                            from IN

                            About Me Pro Videographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                            • Cf Cards

                            Best Uses

                            • HD Shooting
                            • Produce Tv Show

                            Comments about Canon XF100 HD Professional Camcorder:

                            I upgraded from canon gl2 to xf100. Really like the size as well as how easy it is to adjust key settings by touch of button and not through menus. The menu is easy to navigate and LCD screen is nice size. The only thing I'm not sure if I like yet is the cf cards they are a little pricey but the footage is incredible.

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                            5.0

                            Impressive Workhorse

                            By KS Pete

                            from Kansas City, MO

                            About Me Semi-pro Videographer

                            Pros

                            • 422 Color Depth
                            • Good Image Stabilization
                            • Great Picture Quality
                            • Zoom range/performance

                            Cons

                            • No Touch Screen
                            • Oversized Mic Holder
                            • Poor In Low Light

                            Best Uses

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

                            Comments about Canon XF100 HD Professional Camcorder:

                            This is my first foray into a professional digital camcorder and I must say I'm impressed. There were two features I particularly needed for my projects, 24p recording and 4:2:2 color depth. Like many of the reviewers on here have said, high gain shots are very noisy, but in normal and daylight situations it's just beautiful. As I'm primarly a still photographer (and a Nikon snob at that), I love the manual controls afforded by the XF100 including the focus, shutter, and iris. It really allows the creative juices to flow.

                            I'm a tad baffled by the microphone holder... I have several shotgun mics ranging from Neuman to Rode and all of them are too skinny for the holder and require foam or rubber bands to get them to stay. I really have no idea what Canon had in mind when they designed it. The built in sound leaves a lot to be desired, but that's really not a big issue since it takes an external.

                            I'm also slightly less than thrilled with the lack of touch screen, where even the low end consumer cameras these days have them. Again, not sure what Canon was thinking there, especially where those types of screens are very cheap to produce.

                            Overall, I'm very pleased with my purchase and everything I've shot so far has been gold. I have not shot in 60i but I have shot a lot in 30p and 24p. Great looking stuff.

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                            5.0

                            Great Camera

                            By Bill

                            from Bremen, GA

                            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

                            • Poor In Low Light

                            Best Uses

                            • Documentaries
                            • HD Shooting
                            • Travel
                            • Weddings/Events

                            Comments about Canon XF100 HD Professional Camcorder:

                            I use the camera for recording seminars and streaming them over the web. The picture IS broadcast quality, how ever with any camera like this it does need it's light to preform it's best. Only the lower end cameras do well in low light. At this point I have no real complaints about it. I love the fact it has two different locations for the zoom and the speed can be set to different speeds.

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                            SanDisk -  16 GB Extreme CompactFlash Memory Card
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                            Always keep a spare battery handy so you won't get caught without power.

                            Canon -  BP-975 Intelligent Lithium-Ion Battery Pack (7350 mAh)
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                            Canon -  WD-H58W Wide Converter Lens
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                            Audio-Technica -  AT875 Short Condenser Shotgun Microphone
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                            Carry, organize and protect your investment with quick access to your gear.

                            Pearstone -  Digital Video Camcorder Bag
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                            Stabilize the your footage and eliminate handheld fatigue with the support you need.

                            Magnus -  VT-4000 Tripod System with Fluid Head
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