Canon XF200 HD Camcorder

Canon XF200 HD Camcorder

Canon XF200 HD Camcorder

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Canon XF200 HD Camcorder


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Product Highlights

  • 1920 x 1080, 1/2.84" CMOS Sensor
  • 20x Zoom with Zoom, Focus, Iris Rings
  • 50 Mb/s MPEG-2 & 35 Mb/s MP4 Recording
  • 4:2:2 Color Sampling
  • 23.98/29.97p, 59.94i/p
  • Dual CF & Single SDXC Card Slots
  • Dual XLR Inputs, 4-Channels of Audio
  • Orientable Handgrip
  • HDMI, Wi-Fi & Ethernet
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Camera: XF200

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Canon XF200 overview

  • 1Description

The Canon XF200 HD Camcorder is a compact and ergonomically friendly camera suitable for traditional multicamera productions as well as ENG, event coverage, independent films, and documentaries. The camera features a 1/2.84" CMOS sensor that captures 1920 x 1080 video at various frame rates up to 59.94p, including a 24p mode for a more cinematic feel. The integrated Canon 20x HD optical zoom lens has a 35mm equivalent zoom range of 26.8 to 576mm, and features an eight-bladed iris to render highlights in a more natural manner. Individual gear rings for focus, zoom, and iris on the lens provide you with a natural way to make manual adjustments.

The camera records MPEG-2 at frame rates of 23.98/29.97p and 59.94i at up to 50 Mb/s, with 4:2:2 color sampling, to integrated CF card slots using an MXF wrapper that is compatible with most popular NLE systems. You can also record to an integrated SDXC card slot using the MP4 codec at frame rates up to 59.94p. The XF200 features four channels of audio with manual/automatic record levels, with two XLR inputs and a built-in camera microphone. The built-in handgrip features 120° of rotation, making it easier to find a comfortable shooting position.

Built-in dual-band Wi-Fi allows you to control the camera's functions from available mobile devices as well as view footage on the devices. Proxy files can be transferred via Wi-Fi while you are shooting new footage. The camera also incorporates an Ethernet connection, so you can transfer files directly from the camera. An HDMI output provides you with video out.

1920 x 1080 CMOS Sensor
The XF200 features a 1/2.84" HD CMOS image sensor which is slightly larger than a 1/3" sensor. The sensor features approximately 5% more pixels than 1920 x 1080, and records a 1920 x 1080 window from the slightly large sensor. This allows the camera to use the extra pixels for Electronic Image Stabilization and maintain the 1920 x 1080 resolution so the image isn't degraded by being blown up as with traditional EIS systems.
20x Optical Zoom Lens
The Canon 20x HD zoom lens provides a zoom range with 35mm equivalent of 26.8 to 576mm, and a minimum object distance of just 23.6". The lens features an eight-blade iris design providing out-of-focus highlights with a natural rounded appearance.

The lens features three infinitely rotating rings for focus, zoom, and iris. The rings use an electronic coupling to move the lens functions but maintains a mechanically linked feel during use.
Image Stabilization
The XF200 offers optical image stabilization (OIS), useful for reducing image blur in a wide variety of shooting situations. It also utilizes electronic image stabilization (EIS) in conjunction with the OIS, providing five-axis image stabilization.
Advanced Displays
The camera features focus peaking and a selectable waveform monitor display.
OLED View Screen and EVF
The 3.5" Organic Light-Emitting Diode (OLED) display provides vivid color and 1.23MP resolution. The view screen has a viewing angle of over 80° in all directions, allowing you to see a usable image even when you are off-angle to the view screen. The color EVF is 0.45" with 1.23MP of resolution and tilts up to 45° to accommodate different shooting positions.
The XF200 features an integrated microphone and two XLR line/mic level inputs with +48V phantom power for connecting external mics.
The camera features an HDMI output connector.
Media Card Slots
Dual CF Card slots allow varied recording options:
  • Dual recording: Simultaneously record the same footage to different media cards using different codecs and bit rates
  • Double-slot recording: Record simultaneously to each of the two CF memory card slots, providing an instant backup for your footage
  • Relay recording: the XF200 automatically switches video recording from one memory card to the other when the first memory card becomes full

The SDXC slot can be used to record high-quality MP4 files, and you can record to one CF card slot and the SDXC card slot simultaneously.

Infrared Shooting Mode
Engaging the Infrared (IR) shooting mode moves the IR cut filter out of the optical path for shooting in extreme low-light conditions. An IR emitter built into the top handle provides an IR source.
Wi-Fi Connectivity
Dual-band Wi-Fi (5 GHz and 2.4 GHz) support is built into the camera, allowing FTP file transfer of MP4 video. The camera supports a web browser interface that, when combined with Wi-Fi support, allows you to control key features of the camera including start/stop recording, zoom (limited to three speeds), exposure functions, and focus using a smartphone or tablet. You can also view and download recorded MP4 footage from the camera on a PC or mobile device while continuing to shoot.
Wired Connectivity
An integrated Ethernet port allows you to link your camera to existing wired networks and wireless routers, allowing you to download footage from the memory cards.
The camera features an autofocus system with several useful modes including Instant AF, which uses both the TTL-Video Signal Detection System and the external sensor, and Face Detection AF, which tracks the focus on faces in the video frame.
Wide Dynamic Range
A wide dynamic range gamma of 600% helps prevent overexposure, even for high-brightness areas of an image and/or with non-uniform colors. Unlike the normal knee function that compresses video signals in high-brightness areas using linear gamma, a wide DR gamma retains continuity across the image and enables color grading.
UPC: 013803243727
In the Box
Canon XF200 HD Camcorder
  • Lens Hood with Lens Cover
  • Lens Cap
  • Eyecup
  • Microphone Holder Unit
  • Set of Screws for Microphone Holder Unit
  • CA-930 Power Adapter
  • AC Cable
  • DC-930 DC Cable txrcvqyxvxyvuuayeev
  • BP-955 Battery
  • WL-D6000 Wireless Controller
  • CR2025 Lithium Battery
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    • 1Description

    Canon XF200 specs

    Image Sensor 1-Chip 1/2.84" CMOS Sensor
    Sensor Resolution 3.09 MP
    Effective Sensor Resolution 2.91 MP
    35mm Equivalent Focal Length 26.8 to 576mm
    Optical Zoom Ratio 20x
    Built-In ND Filter None
    Recording Media 2 x CompactFlash Type II Card Slots
    1 x SDXC Card Slot
    Broadcast System Compatibility NTSC
    Recording Modes MXF 4:2:2 8-Bit:
    1920 x 1080p at 24/30 fps (50 Mb/s) 
    1920 x 1080i at 60 fps (50 Mb/s) 
    1280 x 720 at 24/30/60 fps (50 Mb/s) 
    MXF 4:2:0 8-Bit:
    1920 x 1080p at 24/30 fps (35 Mb/s) 
    1920 x 1080i at 60 fps (35 Mb/s) 
    1280 x 720 at 24/30/60 fps (35 Mb/s) 
    Audio Recording 4-Channel 16-Bit 48 kHz
    Video Connectors 1 x HDMI Output
    Audio Connectors 2 x 3-Pin XLR Input
    1 x 1/8" (3.5 mm) Stereo Input
    Display Type OLED
    Screen Resolution 1,500,000 Dots
    Screen Size .45"
    EVF Resolution 1,500,000 Dots
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 9.15 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 13.7 x 10.2 x 8.8"

    Canon XF200 reviews

    XF200 HD Camcorder is rated 3.8 out of 5 by 18.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Almost Perfect! I love this camera! Upgraded from an XHA1s (Also a great camera!) Image quality is great and its pretty easy to set up if you are used to working with this level of cameras. The only thing I wish it had was a Time/Date Stamp like the XHA1s! Yes you can screen record the time and date but if you have any other displays up they are also recorded to the screen. I record depositions for a living and this is a much needed feature! I can set the display to only show the time and date, but if I adjust aperture or white balance the displays for these settings pops up and also records to the screen. A simple Time/Date Stamp is all I ask Canon! Please add in the next firmware upgrade!
    Date published: 2015-07-01
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Almost Perfect! I love this camera! Upgraded from an XHA1s (Also a great camera!) Image quality is great and its pretty easy to set up if you are used to working with this level of cameras. The only thing I wish it had was a Time/Date Stamp like the XHA1s! Yes you can screen record the time and date but if you have any other displays up they are also recorded to the screen. I record depositions for a living and this is a much needed feature! I can set the display to only show the time and date, but if I adjust aperture or white balance the displays for these settings pops up and also records to the screen. A simple Time/Date Stamp is all I ask Canon! Please add in the next firmware upgrade!
    Date published: 2015-09-02
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent camera Bought this camera primarily for sports. Easy to set up and shoot, phenomenal images, multiple output options. Performs well in bright light as well as dark shoots and every thing in between. Great value overall. I am very please with this product.
    Date published: 2014-10-25
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Really good price/performance? I bought the PAL version of this camera, not that this should make any difference. Been using it extensively for a week, both indoors and outdoors.What is startling is the manufacturer's marketing machine: all the way through it is NOT mentioned that 4:2:2 chroma is only available for 50 MBps MXF files for CF media, and the SD card slot gets only 4:2:0. Similarly, the 4-channel audio is for MXF only, the MP4 gets only 2 channels. Note that on Pana's AG-HPX250 you can choose between 2 or 4 channels for MP4 format, so the limitation is imposed by Canon, not the format itself.Straight out of the box, the LCD gives way less appropriate gain/noise/WB/saturation feedback than it should. If you do not recalibrate the LCD, you will see a big difference between what you see and what you get.Outdoors the automatic settings work well, though any extra gain produces a lot of noise. Indoors or in dark outdoors, the all-auto setting becomes useless for all parameters, and the camera starts to produce intolerably high noise, even if the room is evenly and well lit. Even 0dB gain is noisy, -3dB is still visible, -6dB is acceptable with shutter on maximum, (1/25 or 1/50 depending on your recording format) iris on fastest setting (wide open only). Set your gain control to manual/minimum, shutter to manual/speed control/slowest, churn up WB manually for decent color reproduction, and you can avoid most pitfalls. But I did not buy this equipment to avoid pitfalls. I got this to be creative in many environments, and I feel the limitations built in hinder my work seriously. The custom picture files may hold some promise, but if you want to make your own, then the learning curve is pretty steep, and the wider gamma preset only seems to offer serious alternative. I should not have to do this with a 4th generation Canon camcorder aimed for serious work.Needs a serious firmware/software upgrade to eliminate these bad benchmarks. Hardware looks solid enough, the 3 separate control rings make a lot of difference. Ultimately, Canon cannot go on producing (semi) pro equipment with a 58mm barrel size and one 1/2,84 inch sensor. There is no engineering miracle to satisfactorily overcome such limitations.In all, the promise of a good price/performance ratio made me buy this product, and I don't have a budget for anything more expensive. Will go on learning the ropes, but you should really look deep and consider carefully before you buy it.And yes, I would recommend it to my friend, but not my best friend.
    Date published: 2014-08-20
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from xf200 i think this is the best camra you can get and i love it i made a movie with it the sound is very good
    Date published: 2016-02-19
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not as great as expected :( We planed to use this camera for shooting a 'COPS' style realty tv show. We chose this camera for the on paper great low light, 20x zoom, night vision, hi bit-rate encoding, and many other great features that make you really want the camera like adjustable rocker handle, wifi, crystal clear oled, and the size is totally awesome. Also the preamps on this seem really great too! However all the great features couldn't make up for how noisy the camera was and how hard you had to work to operate it. Most auto features on it were very unreliable. The noise was very disappointing, not only was it noisy but it was a very unnatural noise that was extremely distracting. It was very blobby... color was also kind of blotchy just all the time :/ This would be good for day shooting but avoid lowlight like the devil. A lot of great features but it will give you a work out constantly messing with the controls.
    Date published: 2014-08-28
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from XF200 can be used effectively for pro wedding videos Initially I thought the video quality from original video files of XF200 has a bit of fine noise which clients might not like. However with the right Sony codecs used for file conversion to BluRay or MP4 in post processing video from this camcorder can look exceptionally fine to use for pro wedding videos and rival FF sensors for clean final processed files in low light. If you use Mpeg2 full HD codec in final output to bluray the noise in video shows up from low light scenes so do not use the Mpeg2 codec, however if you use Sony AVCHD codec to BluRay which I use in Vegas Pro 13 it effectively takes out most of the fine grain automatically in processing out file and the video looks like shot on full frame sensor. However to get this working you need to program the cameras while shooting, set the DB gain control at +6db and +12db and no higher and use only 0, +6 or +12, not auto in low light. Auto is okay is the location is very bright, but go to Gain Control in low light. AVC conversion from Sony Vegas Pro 13 takes out the noise nearly all. One other thing make sure to use LED on camera lighting and turn up power based on distance to subject so it looks correctly lit in monitor, adjust by location, and this also helps eliminate noise while shooting as light on camera keeps noise down so camera stays within 0 to +6 or 12 db for noise. If you do all that using both the codecs of Sony Vegas AVCHD conversion to Full HD which I set to output to 16mbps from original 35mbps in camera, or if you want second conversion to MP4 at 720x1280 use Sony AVC as well. You can rewrite the Sony codecs in Vegas and save presets for jobs. For your custom preset codec keep the lines at 29.97 upper for both full HD AVC1080 and also HD720 in Sony software which uses the 60i setting of camera most effectively. This recipe works to make video look clean closer to FF output, the camera is now highly usable with size of its sensor and ideal with instant autofocus, pro sound, and slow rocker zoom settings on camera. XF300 is a better camera with 3CCDs so I think less noise because of that, however, XF200 can look similar in output with above which I now use these presets regularly for either camera in pro video work. Be sure to have i7 computer with SSD and 16 ram as AVCHD codec uses a lot of processor power to render, likely due to the noise reduction built in codec while maintaining fine edges and detail. I have rented both XF300 and XF200 at my local pro camera rental store many times. Use with manfrotto monipod is ideal to help stabilize. Cheers.
    Date published: 2016-01-20
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Extremely Noisy & Poor in Low Light Wedding videographers and cinematographers beware - the XF200/205 is extremely noisy and its low light performance is abysmally poor. So poor that it warrants a 1-star rating in my opinion. Initially I was excited to rent and try out this camcorder alongside my C100 for a wedding this weekend, but after spending the day running it through some real-world tests I am so disappointed with it that I'm sending it back to the rental house tomorrow and not using it for the wedding this weekend (or ever again!) - it just doesn't meet my professional standards. I was absolutely shocked how poor it is in low-light (using 'normal' or WD range'), and how noisy it is at ALL gain levels (even 0db). The noise looks very unnatural, digital-like, and ugly. Going deep into custom pictures and adjusting the noise reduction does not help, it only looks worse - like visual gobbledegook. I am very disappointed that Canon would release such a lemon in 2014, especially after the beautiful C100/300 series. This 20-year wedding and events professional will think twice about ever buying another Canon camcorder, and would not recommend it to anyone.
    Date published: 2014-09-04
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