Canon XF100 HD Professional Camcorder

Canon XF100 HD Camcorder Kit with Porta Brace Hard Case

Canon XF100 HD Camcorder Kit with Porta Brace Hard Case

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Canon XF100 HD Camcorder Kit with Porta Brace Hard Case

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  • Native 1920x1080 CMOS Image Sensor
  • 1080/60i/30p/24p and 720/60p/30p/24p
  • Canon XF Codec (MPEG-2 4:2:2 50Mbps)
  • Canon HD 10x Optical Zoom Lens
  • Dual Compact Flash Memory Card Slots
  • Built-in 3D Assist Features
  • Includes Hard Resin Carrying Case
  • Padded Foam Case Interior
  • Pressure Equalization Valve
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This B&H Kit pairs the Canon XF100 HD Camcorder with a Porta Brace Hard Case for safe storage and transport. The camcorder features a 1/3" CMOS sensor and DIGIC DV III image processor that combine to support up to 1920 x 1080 video at 24p, 30p, and 60i. Video is recorded to Compact Flash cards using Canon's XF Codec, which is an MXF-wrapped adaptation of MPEG-2 4:2:2 with bit rates up to 50 Mbps. Video can be monitored using the 3.5" 920K-dot LCD or 0.24", 260K-dot EVF. Additional features include an integrated 10x zoom lens, SuperRange Optical Image Stabilization, and built-in stereoscopic 3D features when paired with an additional XF100 or XF105.

The Porta Brace hard resin plastic case is designed to provide secure transport and storage for the camcorder, with room for additional accessories. It features a foam interior, reinforced carry handle, pressure equalization valve, and dual rugged latches to keep the case shut.

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  • Canon XF100 HD Professional Camcorder

    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.
    UPC: 013803130201
  • Porta Brace PB-4100F Hard Case with Foam Interior (Blue)

    The blue PB-4100F Hard Case with Foam Interior from Porta Brace is a hard resin plastic case for protection of your Black Magic Cinema Camera, JVC GY-HMQ10U or Sony HXR-NX30U camera. This version of the case has foam with which you can cushion your valuable video camera. The top features a reinforced carry handle and the front contains a handy pressure equalization valve. Dual, rugged latches keep the case shut. The case accepts Porta Brace's optional HB-10 or HB-40 shoulder strap by removing the metal hardware at the bottom of the strap and threading it through the side knobs.

    Accommodates
    Black Magic Cinema Camera
    JVC GY-HMQ10U
    Sony HXR-NX30U
    Carry-On Form Factor
    FAA and airline carry-on specifications are subject to change without notice, please check with your airline before designating this case as a carry-on item. Most airlines require carry-on items to have an external linear measurement that is equal to or less than 45.0" (114.3 cm). The external dimensions of this case add up to "(cm)
    UPC: 877547018429
In the Box
  • 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
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description
    • Canon XF100 HD Professional Camcorder
      Imaging
      Image Sensor 1-Chip 1/3" CMOS Sensor
      Sensor Resolution 2.37 x
      Effective Sensor Resolution 2.07 MP
      Horizontal Resolution (TV Lines) 900 TV Lines or More
      Minimum Illumination 1.6 lux at 1/1/4 Shutter Speed
      White Balance Range 2000 to 15,000K
      Lens
      Focal Length 4.2 to 42.5mm
      35mm Equivalent Focal Length 30.4 to 304mm
      Optical Zoom Ratio 10x
      Maximum Aperture f/1.8 to 2.8
      Minimum Focusing Distance Wide: 0.8" / 2.0 cm
      Telephoto: 23.6" / 60.0 cm
      Filter Size 58 mm
      Image Stabilization Optical Image Stabilization
      Focus Control Autofocus
      Manual Focus
      Camera
      Shutter Speed 1/1/24 to 1/1/2000 sec
      Built-In Microphone Type Stereo
      Recording Media 2 x CompactFlash Type II Card Slots
      1 x SD (Unspecified Type) Card Slot
      Recording
      Broadcast System Compatibility NTSC
      Recording Modes MXF 4:2:2:
      1920 x 1080p at 24/30 fps (50 Mb/s) 
      1920 x 1080i at 59.94 fps (50 Mb/s) 
      Audio Recording 2-Channel 16-Bit 48 kHz
      Interfaces
      Video Connectors 1 x 1/8" (3.5 mm) TRRS A/V (Composite) Output
      1 x HDMI Output
      Audio Connectors 2 x 3-Pin XLR Mic/Line Level Input
      1 x 1/8" (3.5 mm) Stereo Headphone Output
      Other I/O 1 x USB Mini-B 
      1 x 2.5 mm LANC Control 
      Display
      Display Type LCD
      Screen Size 3.5"
      Screen Resolution 920,000 Dots
      EVF
      Screen Size .24"
      EVF Resolution 260,000 Dots
      Environmental
      Operating Temperature 32 to 104°F / 0 to 40°C
      General
      Dimensions 4.8 x 5.8 x 9.8" / 12.1 x 14.8 x 25 cm
      Weight 2.2 lb / 1.0 kg
      Packaging Info
      Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 12.6 x 9.0 x 8.0"
    • Porta Brace PB-4100F Hard Case with Foam Interior (Blue)
      Material Exterior: Resin plastic
      Interior: Foam
      Type of Closure Dual throw latches
      Exterior Dimensions 16.7 x 11.2 x 10.9" (42.4 x 28.5 x 27.7 cm)
      Interior Dimensions 15.8 x 9.1 x 9.1" (40.1 x 23.1 x 23.1 cm)
      Carrying/Transport Options Reinforced top carry handle
      Weight 7.5 lb (3.4 kg)
      Packaging Info
      Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 17.9 x 12.0 x 11.3"

    Canon XF100 reviews

    XF100 HD Professional Camcorder is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 115.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from My first Pro Vid Camera is a homerun! 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.
    Date published: 2013-08-15
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great in good light This little camera can produce impressive images in the right light, interiors and low light situations however, can be a problem. In low light the picture can become very, very noisy. I just shot my first production with this camera and the image quality in exterior locations is just breathtaking. I found it very easy to use right out of the box. It has a boat load of features and extras I haven't even got around to yet. Be sure to buy a good external mic as the on board mic is very wind sensitive, any little light breeze will blow out your sound and render it useless. Image stabilization is the best I've ever seen in a camcorder at this price range.
    Date published: 2011-07-05
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great for Documentary Filmmakers 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.
    Date published: 2013-07-23
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Dont zoom, it'll vignette! I wanted what the venerable GL1 gave me 10 years ago; a compact, light body with great image quality and the option of full manual control. The XF100 gave me that, until i realized this camera's shortcomings. If you zoom in past the 1/2 mark with the ND filters enabled you get a horrible vignette (dark corners). I also realized that the miniscule view finder has great resolution but horrible color. It is also hard to use if you wear glasses. At the end, you can say I am disappointed. The camera has potential, but not being able to zoom-in with the ND filters enabled makes this a less than perfect product. That's why I give it only 3 stars.
    Date published: 2011-05-29
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from good camera Pretty nice camera, small size, 50mb sec recording = to 5d weighs 3lb 30-300mm zoom nice screen feels solid. Easier to shoot video than 5d for sure, menu's take some getting used to but if you have a Canon it shouldn't be hard, love the CF card's a dupe recording as well as spanning. Only negative is menu's / buttons are not as easy as a 5d but having autofocus sometimes is a great plus pro audio is huge plus. for 3k I love it.... PS. I realize the 5d rocks on shallow dof and I have the full rig kits but not worrying about my hdmi cable on my Marshall monitor and not having to sync in plural eyes (which bites imho) I find the Canon a plus to own.
    Date published: 2012-02-22
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Most Excellent Canon did it again. I have several Canon cameras and I like them all. This Video Pro Camera is a great value because it is compact enough to take it almost anywhere without looking like a news cameraman taking video for the 11 O’clock news and it gets the same kind of results like the bigger more expensive cameras. The video quality is amazing and has enough manual controls to tweak it to get the best results needed for that special shot. Remember it’s a mid line Pro camera. If you need a higher end camera for long range shooting then you may want to consider the XF-300 series camera. This camera should be enough for most people who just want a great looking video from close to mid range shooting.
    Date published: 2012-06-11
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing camera! 50MBPS! I absolutely love this camera. I also had an awesome XF300 but returned it for the XF100. Great quality picture, compact run and gun design, lots of great features, good price. I wish that the 60FPS was 1080 rather than 720, I also wish Canon would bump up the slow motion feature to at least 120FPS progresssive (240 interlaced). The interval feature works perfect! I would also like to see "special record" moved out of the menu to a more accessible button on the side. MXF files that are 60fps are still a pain to get into the MAC, regular 30fps footage transfers into FCP with no issues.
    Date published: 2011-07-25
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Surprising image quality I was very pleasantly surprised with the quality of the image... only one 1/3 chip and this camera performs much better than my Sony Z1. Picture profile is such a great feature in addition to 50mbps recording. Very small and practical. No manual ND filters but very useful automatic ND (surprisingly too). Manual focus is a bit tricky. Aperture control on lens (switchable to zoom or focus) is great. Low light is not bad at all (a bit noisy starting at 6db). A push button to circle through gain presets, not ideal but fine. Double compact flash slots for continuous recording! No wonder this camcorder is always back-ordered! There is no better camcorder in this price range.
    Date published: 2011-10-29
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