Canon XF205 HD Camcorder

Canon XF205 HD Camcorder

Canon XF205 HD Camcorder

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Canon XF205 HD Camcorder

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  • 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
  • HD-SDI, 3G-SDI, Timecode, Genlock
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Canon XF205 overview

  • 1Description

The Canon XF205 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 XF205 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 XF205 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 XF205 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.
Audio
The XF205 features an integrated microphone and two XLR line/mic level inputs with +48V phantom power for connecting external mics.
Outputs
The camera features an HDMI output, as well as HD-SDI, 3G-SDI, and timecode output via BNC connectors on the side of the camera.
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 XF205 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.
Autofocus
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: 013803243710
In the Box
Canon XF205 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
  • BP-955 Battery
  • WL-D6000 Wireless Controller
  • CR2025 Lithium Battery
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    • 1Description

    Canon XF205 specs

    Sensor 1/2.84" CMOS sensor
    Resolution: 1920 x 1080
    Total Pixels: 3.09 MP
    Effective Pixels: 2.91 MP
    RGB primary color filter
    Compatible with NTSC
    Lens Zoom Range: 20x optical
    35mm Equivalent: 26.8 to 576mm (28.8 to 576mm with Dynamic IS)
    OLED Viewscreen Pixel Count: Approximately 1.5 MP
    Viewfinder 0.45" / 1.14 cm EVF
    Pixel Count: Approximately 1.5 MP
    Media Card Slots 2 x CompactFlash
    1 x SDXC
    Video Recording System Compression: 8-bit MPEG-2 Long GOP
    Color Space: 4:2:2
    File Format: MXF and MP4

    Recording Modes:
    50 Mbps MXF (CBR) 4:2:2: 1920 x 1080 (60i/30p/24p), 1280 x 720p 60/30/24
    35 Mbps MXF (VBR) 4:2:0: 1920 x 1080 (60i/30p/24p), 1440 x 1080i 60, 1280 x 720p 60/30/24
    25 Mbps MXF (CBR) 4:2:0: 1440 x 1080 (60i/30p/24p)
    35 Mbps MP4: 1920 x 1080p 60
    24 Mbps MP4: 1920 x 1080p 30/24
    17 Mbps MP4: 1280 x 720p 60
    9 Mbps MP4: 1280 x 720p 30/24
    3 Mbps MP4: 640 x 360p 30/24
    Codec / Format Support MPEG2
    1080i 59.94
    1080p 23.98/29.97

    MP4
    1080p 23.98/29.97/59.94
    Audio 2/4-Ch, linear PCM, 16-bit, 48 kHz (MXF)
    Inputs/Outputs Input
    Audio: 2 x 3-pin XLR-F, 1 x 3.5 mm mini jack
    Genlock: 1 x BNC

    Output
    1 x HDMI
    1 x HD-SDI, BNC
    1 x 3G-SDI, BNC
    Timecode: 1 x BNC
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    Package Weight 9.25 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 13.6 x 10.3 x 8.6"

    Canon XF205 reviews

    XF205 HD Camcorder is rated 4.0 out of 5 by 7.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Camera! Love-this-camera! Have been relying on XF305's & XA25's for multi camera sporting events. This camera is a wonder by itself. The ability to shoot MXF files and MP4's at the same time truly helps out for quick online uploads. The rotating hand grip is surprisingly comfortable and ingenious. The smaller profile allows us better maneuverability when we operate the camera on a 25' tripod remotely. In combination with our XF305's, matching color and file types is fantastic! This camera may become our go to camera, as it does everything the 305's do, and more. Will definitely buy more of these!
    Date published: 2014-09-17
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Camera I just purchased a new XF 205 and I am extremely happy with it. The new stability settings are awesome. I shot while hand holding on the deck of a moving boat, and the footage is pretty solid. Every camera should have the 205’s adjustable rotating grip!! Having the waveform on the OLED panel is great. If you haven’t been using the waveform to adjust exposure, you should look into it. Only drawback is that you can only record MXF to the dual CF cards, for MP4 you must use a sd card.
    Date published: 2014-09-20
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome So far so good. I love this camera and was able to get great shots right out of the box. Plenty of features and I love the manual features as well. This camera is a little heavy and big but that is a plus for me. My hand is a little shaky with smaller, lighter cameras. The built in mic sounds good but I can't wait to try my AT897 mic. However, the mic is smaller than the the stock holder so I may have to use the shoe instead. Another thing, I uploaded the MP4 file straight from the camera to YouTube and a message popped up stating that the video has audio/video sync problems. Don't know what that is about but the resulting video seemed ok on YouTube and very clear. I will update this review as I test the camera in more detail.
    Date published: 2014-09-05
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from A solid workhorse For the month or so I've had this camera it has definitely turned into the workhorse of my little group. It's a solid size that's easy to handle....small enough that it's portable and easy to use in a lot of situations, and big enough that I can use it like a pro camera. I shoot a lot of handheld and this is probably one of my most comfortable grips I've ever used. I don't have a lot of use for the rotating handle, but it's a nice addition. The picture quality is really good, but I don't love the result when using auto settings in low light. That said, all your manual settings are pretty easily accessible - the added ring for iris is a huge positive for me. I love the audio options for either XLR or mini jack as I regularly use both, but the provided shoe is too big for my shotgun mic. Overall a solid camera, I can't wait to keep using it!
    Date published: 2014-09-10
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not happy at all with the camera I been having issues with controllling the camera from my iPhone/iPad. I have called Cannon multiple times and not one seems to be able to help me with the isse. We can get the iPhone/iPad to control de camera as long a the MXF format is chosen but is you are recording on SD card...this features becomes unavailable. Any has expiriences this issue. This camera is also terrible in low light condition. If I know what I know now...I would have purchased a different camera. In no way, I would recomend this camera to a friend.....maybe to my competitor.
    Date published: 2014-09-28
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Buyer Beware I don't usually write reviews but in this case I had to. I produce professional commercial and documentary work and I wish I could write a positive review because I have appreciated Canon's solid performance for years, but, the image on this camera is extraordinarily noisy and just plain poor. Even after several settings adjustments tests, it just really doesn't produce a professional quality image. It's odd because on 0 gain, it looks like a high gain image when compared with other professional models. And low-light, yup, might as well put it back in the box if you have to shoot in that situation because your footage will be too grainy and dark to use. I really liked the idea of the size initially but if you need to throw this camera up to your shoulder to use, it is impossible because the body is way too small forcing you to be a hip shooter which in crowded documentary situations or press event situations is unhelpful. In addition the file sizes it produces are astronomical when compared with XDCAM files which I also work with. All around, I am shocked Canon would release this camera and since they did they should cut the price in half because then you would be getting SOME value for this camera. The only positives I can attribute to the camera is the LCD screen is clear and large and the zoom is effective which can make for effective rack focus shots but how are either of those helpful when a noisy sub-par HD image is produced? What a lemon. You've been warned.
    Date published: 2014-12-04
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great camera for events This camera replaced my Canon GL2 that I have not used for years because it was not HD. I have rented HD Pan. and JVC but purchased the XF205 because of features, cheep memory card system and batteries from my GL1 and GL2 fit this camera. I use this camera for event documentation and love the face I can record low compressed and MP4 files at the same time. The face focus works great unless you have more the 7 people on stage. All the custom controls are great, control over 2 or 4 channel audio, what audio you are monitoring and level control. Light sensitivity is good for it's size, I can shoot most indoor events with just 6db boost. Another reason I went with this Canon is my GL1 and GL2 have never let me down, and this camera seams just if not more dependable. The tilting grip is something I would not use but it is awesome, tilting it just a couple of clicks makes it much more natural. My only downside for this camera is the wifi remote option. The idea is great and when it works it is very helpful but I have had connection problems. Also by using a web browser on a tablet, I have problems with holding down the zoom or focus opens the options box for the browser. I would purchase this camera again, and I may to make a 2 camera system.
    Date published: 2015-04-27
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