Canon XF300 Professional Camcorder

Canon XF300 Professional Camcorder

Canon XF300 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
  • HDMI, Component, Composite Outputs
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Canon XF300 overview

  • 1Description

The XF300 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 XF300 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 affordable Compact Flash cards.

Nearly everything you'd want in a handheld, pro-level camcorder is here in one sleek 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, HDMI/Component/Composite outputs, and full image customization. With its exceptional levels of image quality, ergonomics, and control, the XF300 is the perfect tool for applications such as ENG, documentaries, independent features, and event videography.

MPEG-2 50Mbps Codec
Canon's adaptation of MPEG-2 for the XF300 Professional Camcorder, named the Canon XF Codec, ensures the widest compatibility with existing industry infrastructure and non-linear editing (NLE) systems. 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 XF300's superior resolution and color in spectacular detail.
4:2:2 Color Sampling
The XF300 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 XF300 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 XF300 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 XF300 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 XF300 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 XF300 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 XF300 Professional Camcorder incorporates a Genuine Canon 18x HD L-Series lens that features a wide and impressive zoom range of 29.3 - 527.4mm (35mm equivalent). The lens incorporates High Index - Ultra-low Dispersion (HI-UD), Ultra-low Dispersion (UD) and aspherical elements to minimize chromatic aberration while delivering a resolution of 1,000 TV lines.
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 XF300 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 XF300 to record a different frame rate than the playback frame rate, resulting in either a fast or slow motion effect during playback. Since the camera is recording real frames and modifying the playback rate, there is no quality loss and maximum image quality is maintained.
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 XF300 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 XF300 features a redesigned layout to make using the camcorder highly intuitive. New users and users switching from other products will find the button layout, camera menu system and camera controls immediately familiar.
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 XF300 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 XF300 operator to check and confirm critical focus.
Exceptional Customization
Users of the XF300 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 XF300'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 XF300 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 XF300 uses Material Exchange Format (MXF) for its file structure--an internationally standardized container format for the exchange of video and audio material. Using the MXF format, video and audio can be wrapped into a single file along with important metadata. With MXF, the XF300 will not only benefit from the highest level of compatibility with NLE systems, but also with high-end network systems used by many networks and production studios.
Connectivity
Aside from providing the professional user with complete control over the image, the Canon XF300 also provides complete creative freedom when it comes to inputs and outputs, including HDMI Output, Component Video Output (using the included DTC-1500 cable), Composite Video Output (BNC and 3.5mm), USB 2.0 Hi-Speed Terminal, and a Remote Control Terminal (compatible with LANC protocol).
Audio System
A stereo microphone is incorporated into the XF300, 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 XF300 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 XF300 is compatible with Canon's new BP-955 and BP-975 Intelligent Lithium-ion batteries. These batteries communicate remaining running time (down to the minute) and wear data back to the camcorder, so the user is well-informed at all times. On the outside of the battery, four LED lamps allow battery life to be viewed quickly when in the field. Additionally, the camcorder is compatible with existing Canon BP-900 series batteries. Batteries can also be inserted and removed while the supplied AC power cable is connected.
Photo Capture
For applications such as storyboarding, continuity and publicity shots, the XF300 offers the ability to capture 1920 x 1080 still images. Photos may be captured to an SD memory card during the time of recording, as well as "frame grabbed" during playback.
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.
UPC: 013803122763
In the Box
Canon XF300 Professional Camcorder
  • Lens Hood
  • Eyecup
  • BP-955 Intelligent Lithium-Ion Battery Pack (5200 mAh)
  • 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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    • 1Description

    Canon XF300 specs

    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

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

    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 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
    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)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 13.4 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 18.0 x 12.0 x 10.0"

    Canon XF300 reviews

    XF300 Professional Camcorder is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 80.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Camera for Scholarly Videos Nothing short of amazing. We are using this camera in-studio and on location. We purchased two units and have been actively shooting with them 3 days/week for 3 mos. now. Chroma Keying is a delight and the optics are astounding. I have used Canon products for many years (currently shooting w 5D MK II) and the XF300 is the most professional camera I have ever owned, The optics are spot on. I only shoot manual so I can not speak of auto-focus. Low-light to bright snow this camera thrives in all environments. We have shot in the desert and in the mountains, durable, and ergonomic. I would highly suggest this camera to anyone looking for compact pro camera.
    Date published: 2011-02-24
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Worth it I believe that the XF300 came out almost unnoticed due to the DSLR craze. You will want to own this camera if you have been handling a DSLR for a year or so. The best things are the ergonomics, look, and image stabilization. It actually has noticeable depth of field so I don't think people should complain too much about the 1/3 Chip. I personally love the look of a 5D Mark II in the right circumstances but I would much rather shoot with this camera than a 5D. The powered image stabilization is something that really took me by surprise. It's definitely worth it, and money well spent.@ This is a rough sample of my first hours with the Camera.
    Date published: 2010-10-17
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Happy Camper Actually, I'm more pleased than I thought I would be. I was quite concerned that the camera would be more of a beast than I had expected for handheld work. It does fine at shorter focal lengths of course. And, the lowlight performance is better than I had expected, too. I really worked hard and researched carefully before pulling the trigger for this, and I'm glad I did! The glass is wonderful, and the focus aids (peaking, magn) are quite useful with the 18x high quality flexible glass when going long. I would only wish for 4 channel audio and it would be nice to have a side mount eyepiece I guess, keeps it shorter.
    Date published: 2013-06-03
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome camera I use the camera for promotional videos and mid size drama features. It has everything I need to create boadcast quality docos and entry level movies. A couple of reviews I read before I purchased it said the depth of field wasn't as good as with some DSLRs. Crazy. All I can say is those people can't have taken the camera out of 'Auto'! I've already got some beautiful shots with the XF that have a degree of detail and texture that is literally breathtaking - and great for post production processing. Can't think of any negatives yet. It's heavier than I thought it would be when using handheld but overall I love this camera with a passion!
    Date published: 2012-05-17
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing camera Wow. Everything I was expecting and more. I purchased this camera to better my YouTube videos for students. I am a teacher and making videos to help my students review and to keep caught up has become an extension to my classroom. It was an out of pocket expense I was willing to make, as I see how beneficial it has become for students. I hate butying something and cutting corners only to wish later I would have spent a bit more for a better quality product. This camera has every trick in the book. I know I have a steep learning curve ahead, but I am excited about the potential of this camera and what I will learn. I also purchased the 3 hour Vortex Media workshop video and it was worth it!
    Date published: 2013-09-15
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Real Deal ! I own a small videography business and am continually looking for ways to improve the quality of my product and simplify the process of video work at the same time. I was drawn to the Canon XF300 because it offers 4:2:2 HD performance while using CF cards to store my images. During initial testing right out of the box I realized that the supplied battery would indeed last quite a long time eliminating the need for a heavy, expensive add on battery system. I bought several inexpensive Pearstone batteries that are direct replacements for the more expensive Canon batteries and they fit and work just fine. I was a bit concerned about importing the Canon files into Final Cut Pro but I followed the supplied directions and all went smoothly.
    Date published: 2010-07-19
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Canon does it again I've been using a Sony DCR-VX2000 for the past ten years, so graduating to the Canon XF300 was quite a jump. When I first recieved it out of the box I was intimidated, but after reading the manual and familiarizing myself with the camera's menu, I was ready to go. The learning curve was not as difficult as I thought It would be. The picture quality of this camera is outstandig and will blow you out of your seat. Full auto is excellent, but put in the manual mode and you control the camera to do what you want it to do. If you love taking videos, as I do, and have the bucks, buy it you want be sorry.
    Date published: 2010-07-30
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Satisfied, but not perfect Overall, very satisfied with this product. I film primarily sporting events (football, ice hockey, volleyball and soccer). The HD quality in decent lighting is very crisp. The direct recording to CF cards is a big improvement.The only issue I have thus far is that its ability to take quality video in low lighting is not so good. I compared it to video shot in similar lighting on my XH-A1 and there is no improvement. The sensors definitely generate a lot of snow in low lighting.
    Date published: 2013-08-29
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