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The Canon XF205 is a compact, fully-featured professional camcorder aimed at newsgathering, documentary and independent filmmakers. Designed to support the growing and diverse requirements of camera professionals, the Canon XF205 features the very latest in Canon camcorder technology, including a HD CMOS Pro imaging sensor, 26.8mm wide, 20x optical zoom lens with three separate lens rings (focus, zoom and iris) and Wi-Fi connectivity. A range of recording options provide the flexibility to simultaneously record high definition MXF files to CF cards and MP4 files to an SD card, in HD or lower resolutions - ideal for capturing footage intended for both broadcast and web channels. Wide DR Gamma helps to reduce over-exposure, whilst an IR shooting mode means the camera can easily be used at night. The XF205 expands connectivity options further with the inclusion of selectable 3G-SDI/HD-SDI, Timecode and Genlock terminals for easy integration on multi-camera shoots or with other broadcast equipment. More
Firmware Update - April 2015
Canon today announces new firmware for its popular XF205 Full HD camcorder, which improves the camera’s noise ratio in low light conditions¹ and enables live streaming of content over IP networks. Developed following feedback from a variety of XF205 users – from broadcasters to wedding videographers – the new firmware also enhances the XF205’s standard of performance and recording modes.
For more information on the update, please visit Canon's website.
26.8mm Wide, 20x Optical Zoom lens with 3 separate lens rings
The XF205 professional camcorder features a highly versatile Genuine Canon 20x HD Video Lens that captures superb images with outstanding clarity at 900 TV lines of resolution. Offering a 35mm equivalent zoom of 26.8-576 mm, the optical zoom lens provides an extended range that can prove ideal for wide-angle to extreme telephoto shooting. When compared to previous XF professional camcorder models, the XF205's flexible focal range and enhanced wide angle offer many creative options, even when working at a distance. An eight-blade circular aperture provides a natural and visually pleasing bokeh effect to out of focus highlights.
In addition, the XF205 features three separate, banked lens rings that provide independent control of critical focus, zoom and iris/aperture settings, with adequate separation to improve ease of use. Separate gain and white-balance toggle switches are provided. Also, the camera's zoom speed is now up to 1.8x faster than the XF105/XF100 professional camcorders, with three selectable zoom speeds for creative control.
Advanced Canon imaging system
A Canon HD CMOS Pro sensor combines with the DIGIC DV 4 processor to delivers stunning picture quality - even in low light - as well as outstanding dynamic range and realistic colour reproduction. Wide DR Gamma helps to reduce over-exposure, whilst an infrared shooting mode means the camera can easily be used at night - ideal for wildlife videographers. Picture quality is complemented by advanced audio functions, with 4-channel Linear PCM audio recording supported.
5 GHz and 2.4 GHz dual-frequency built-in Wi-Fi capability
Several network-enabled Ethernet functions, including browser control, browser preview and FTP transfers, can be implemented via the XF205 professional camcorder's built-in Wi-Fi links that operate at both 5 GHz and 2.4 GHz. Wi-Fi enables remote control and viewing during crane-mounted shoots, for example. Wi-Fi technology enables FTP file transfer to Cloud-based servers for convenient back-ups, or for situations where a relay station, such as a news truck, is not available, while the dual bands help ensure that the camcorders can send signals even in areas with increased signal interference.
It is also possible for the camcorder to connect to compatible networks, wireless hotspots and iOS mobile devices using the free Canon Movie Uploader app*, or play back video on the camcorders' memory cards to Wi-Fi-enabled TVs and computers. Additionally, Wi-Fi technology allows remote control of key camcorder controls, exposure functions and focus settings, conveniently from your web browser when using a smartphone or tablet.
Enhanced Image Stabilisation performance
The XF205 professional camcorder's new Five-Axis Dynamic Super Range OIS system combines optical and electronic correction to help reduce image distortion- even when shooting while walking - for better looking videos. Standard Mode uses lens shift to provide constant compensation throughout the zoom range. Powered Mode helps improve vibration suppression at telephoto focal lengths. Dynamic Mode is specifically designed to stabilize the image when walking and shooting handheld by correcting simultaneously for roll, yaw and pitch.
Professional 0.45-inch colour viewfinder and precise 3.5-inch OLED panel
The XF205 professional camcorder features both a newly developed color viewfinder and a precision OLED panel. The tiltable, 0.45-inch viewfinder offers 1.23-megapixel resolution for improved visual display, making it possible to accurately check focus, framing, exposure, white balance and other camera settings. A wide, 28.2-degree viewing angle and high-definition imaging provide a comfortable shooting environment.
The 3.5-inch, touch-sensitive 1.23-megapixel Organic Electroluminescence (OLED) panel offers a number of user advantages over conventional backlit LCD-type displays, including a high contrast ratio, a wide viewing angle, high-speed response, slim dimensions and light weight.
35 Mbps 1440x1080 recording supported for broadcast usage (MXF)
For enhanced flexibility, the XF205 professional camcorder supports MXF-format recording at a variety of data rates, including broadcast-friendly 1440 x 1080/60i video up to 35 Mbps. Images shot at 60i are remarkably clear, with reduced artifacts, even when scenes contain a lot of movement.
The XF205 offers several creative recording modes and flexible frame rates, including Interval Recording mode, which can be programmed to shoot a specified number of video frames at pre-defined intervals for interesting time-lapse shoots, and Frame Record function, which captures a specified number of video frames each time RECORD mode is initiated during stop-frame animation projects.
Equipped with wide DR Gamma (600%) Mode and refined, 8-bladed circular aperture
The XF205 professional camcorder's 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. And an eight-blade Circular Aperture designed using EF lens technology provides natural and nearly circular out-of-focus areas for enhanced bokeh, for example, during shoots of nighttime skylines.
Infrared, high-sensitivity shooting function with enhanced exposure performance
For investigative reporting, surveillance and similar projects, the XF205 professional camcorder's infrared mode produces video images that are evenly illuminated from the center to each edge of the picture area. An improved, diffused LED is approximately three times brighter than the infrared light used on previous Canon XF models, providing greater usable distance range in dark shooting conditions. Users can choose between Green and White IR recording modes according to personal preference. To prevent configuration or operating errors, the camera automatically turns off the IR LED when the user switches from infrared to normal video mode.
MXF and MP4 dual codec recording
Dual Codec Recording offers format choices that can be useful for various post-capture options. The DIGIC DV 4 Image Processor and multiple memory card slots enable simultaneous recording in high bit-rate MXF format and web-ready MP4 format at a variety of bit rates to suit the task at hand. MXF mode supports broadcast-ready Full HD 50 Mbps MPEG-2 shooting with 4:2:2 color sampling for high-quality chroma key compositing as well as 1440 x 1080 4:2:0 capture at 35 Mbps for specific applications. MP4 format supports 1080/60p at 35 Mbps for high definition capture of fast moving subjects, as well as reduced resolutions down to 640 x 360 at 1.5 or 3 Mbps for instant news reporting even when bandwidth is restricted.
Three memory card slots
MXF files can be recorded onto the user's choice of one or two CF cards, while MP4 files (both still images and video data) are recorded independently to the SD card to support various workflows. The CF card slots can be configured for either dual-slot or relay recording of MXF files. And to help ensure trouble-free back-ups, MP4 recording can be carried out simultaneously with dual-slot MXF recording.
Slow and fast motion function supported (MXF)
Special recording modes can expand the range that visual images can express. Both slow- and fast-motion recording in MXF format is possible using the XF205 professional camcorder's pair of Compact Flash drives, at speeds up to 250% and down to 40% of real time. Such special effects can be perfect for such feature productions as music videos and wedding videos.
AF options (Instant AF, Face Detection) and reduced MOD
The XF205 professional camcorder 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 any faces in the video frame, even if that subject is in profile. Also, a Minimum Object Distance (MOD) of just 23.6 inches is maintained at all zoom levels from wide-angle to telephoto, enabling flexible framing control even when shooting close-ups.
Ergonomic, rotating grip
The XF205 professional camcorder features an aluminum die-cast grip that can be rotated through a wide 120-degree angle in discrete 15-degree steps. Cinematographers and other operators can maintain a firm and comfortable hold of the camera at any shooting angle.
Ethernet LAN terminal
In addition to dual-frequency Wi-Fi links, the XF205 professional camcorder features an Ethernet connector for quickly linking the camcorder to conventional wired local-area networks and wireless routers, thus enabling browser preview during shoots, in addition to FTP transfer of video files to an external PC or laptop. Browser-enabled remote control is also supported by connecting to a wireless router via Ethernet.
Browser remote, FTP File transfer (MXF/MP4) functions featured
The XF205 professional camcorder can be controlled remotely from a normal Web browser running on a laptop, compatible smartphone or tablet device including record start/stop, AF/MF switching, focus/zoom settings and white-balance mode. Background transfer of MXF- and MP4-format video files via FTP links also is possible, enabling latest news images, for example, to be distributed quickly over the Internet, or utilized as pre-edited footage.
Four-channel audio recording
The XF205 professional camcorder accommodates two- or four-channel recording of high-quality linear PCM audio sound at 16-bit/48 kHz sampling rate with individual level controls. Four-channel mode during MXF-format video recording enables a reporter's lavaliere microphone to be captured on one channel, for example, and the interviewee's mic on another channel, with two-channel ambience from the camera's built-in stereo microphone on channels 3 and 4. In addition, separate volume controls for the two XLR inputs enable the same source to be recorded at a lower level as backup.
HD-SDI monitor output, 3G-SDI output, time code and genlock
Separate SDI, time code and genlock outputs help ensure easy connection of the XF205 professional camcorder to external storage and video-processing systems. An HD-SDI monitor port and a 3G-SDI port for external video recording handle unencrypted video up to 1080/60p with two-channel embedded audio and time code data at data rates up to 1.485 Gbps. Genlock or Sync Out ports help ensure accurate synchronization to external video systems, while time code IN/OUT ports enable frame-accurate synchronization during picture editing and post production.
* This software enables you to upload images to social network sites. Before uploading images, please be aware that image files may contain privacy related information such as people and places. If necessary, please delete such information. Canon does not obtain, collect or use such images or any information included in such images through this software. Compatible with iOS version 5/6/7 for select devices. MP4 60p recordings are not supported for this function.
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