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Canon XF300 High Definition Professional Camcorder

Canon XF300 High Definition Professional Camcorder
Canon XF300 High Definition Professional Camcorder


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Canon XF300 High Definition Professional Camcorder


Canon XF300 High Definition Professional Camcorder

Canon continues to innovate and develop image acquisition products for the most demanding professional. The Canon XF300 Professional Camcorder features 50Mbps MPEG-2 4:2:2 recording to universally available Compact Flash (CF) Cards for unsurpassed image quality and efficient, robust workflow at an affordable price. It is ideally suited to match the requirements of electronic newsgathering (ENG) crews, independent filmmakers, documentary producers, event videographers and military agencies. Utilizing file-based MPEG-2 compression with an MXF File Wrapper ensures the widest compatibility with existing industry infrastructure, metadata and non-linear editing (NLE) systems. And 4:2:2 color sampling provides ultra-fine transitions in tone and color for maintaining the highest quality image for use in advanced post production. A developed Genuine Canon 18x HD L-Series Lens along with three Canon native 1920 x 1080 CMOS Image Sensors delivers pristine image quality. The XF300 also offers mul

  • XF300 Camcorder with lens cap
  • Lens Hood
  • Eyecup
  • Battery Pack BP-955
  • Compact Power Adapter CA-930

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  1. 47 of 48 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Now own both XF300 and XF100, March 8, 2011
    By 
    Tom Gimbel (San Marino, CA United States) –
    (REAL NAME)
      

    This review is from: Canon XF300 High Definition Professional Camcorder (Electronics)

    03/10/2011 – I’ve owned the XF300 since August 2010. I tape running events (cross country & track), then edit (with Premier), post the clips to YouTube and then link a team’s website to those clips along with written race stories and photos (from frame grabs). I run with the camera a lot (it has survived a couple of bad falls and drops) and so the camera’s size is a significant issue. But as big as it is, it is surprisingly light. It is definitely front-heavy even with an extended-life battery loaded in the rear. That is due to the fabulous giant lens that Canon has given this camera. Optics are beautiful and the focus is dead sharp. Zoom is critical in my application and so is stabilization. Both functions are flexible and serve 90% of what I need from them. Battery life has been outstanding. I have a spare but have never used it. My scene sequences can be as long as 20-25 minutes. This is where the star gets deducted. The clips are stored on the flash memory in maximum chunks of 2 gig (there is that 32 bit limit again). So, long scenes are broken into multiple files which I have to string together in Premier. Also, make sure that your editing software can read the file format. Some still can’t. Final Cut can but it was not native last time I checked – plug-in required. Requires high quality CF cards, which are expensive (but not in relation to the cost of the camera). The star also gets deducted because of the AWFUL power switch. Even with months of constant experience, I cannot get the darn thing into the off position (in the center) on the first try. It slides right over to playback. Grrrrr. The whole XF experience, from shooting to editing, was a bit of a steep learning curve for me. But well worth it. The shots I’m getting are amazing and look great on HD sets (and certainly – YouTube).

    I mentioned at the beginning that I move a lot with the camera. So, I pre-ordered the 300′s little brother – the XF100. I assumed that it would be a flash-based version of my old GL-1. Well, it arrived today and what a shock when I opened it. It is less than half the size of that old GL-1 and a quarter the size of its big brother. It is large by consumer camera standards but tiny for a prosumer model. It uses the same batteries and flash cards as big brother. The power button has positive stops but is still a bit tricky (but a big improvement over the 300′s). The lens is obviously smaller so I’m looking forward to comparing its performance with it’s sibling’s. I have a track meet this weekend and I will be shooting with both cameras, intermixing footage in the edits. I’ll try to get back with an update.

    Update (03/16/2011): Shot with both cameras on Saturday and mixed together the footage in the edit. The electronics in the XF-100 must be very similar (perhaps exactly the same) because the hues and saturation are exactly the same. In fact, the footage is indistinguishable. So, what is the big difference besides the physical sizes of the cameras? The power of the lenses and the ease of framing while shooting. The XF-300′s zoom is considerably better both in its magnification and in its movement. With regards to framing – I tend to use both the eyepiece and the LCD interchaghably during a shot. The two LCDs are roughly equal but the XF-300′s eyepiece is far superior, offering a bigger box that is much easier for the eye to grasp the framing. The XF-100′s tends to fall out of local focus too easily (does not affect the focus of the actual shot). Finally, the larger and heavier XF-300 is the easier camera to use on a tripod (NOT a monopod) when following a moving subject. Despite its bigger size and heavier weight, it is simply an easier camera to shoot well with. However, if you need to move around with the camera or are packing it, the XF-100 is the obvious choice. Plus, it is the superior monopod choice.

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  2. 32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Fabulous camera for the price, May 27, 2011
    By 
    alfred hanna (Pacific NW USA) –
    This review is from: Canon XF300 High Definition Professional Camcorder (Electronics)

    If you are looking to step up to the big leagues, this is the camera to do it. The current battle between Depth of Field (DOF) and recording quality (measured in 4:2:2 sampling and various use of color space, etc), has advocates on both sides. If you are someone that needs a full function camcorder to do your work, and not fool around with bolting on audio work arounds, nanoflashes, etc. then look seriously at this camera. I sold an HMC 150 which was a great camera, to step up to this, and I’ve been really thrilled with the image quality (which is the first and foremost reason to buy a better camera), the ergonomics aren’t the best in the world, but seriously, they are fine and are easy to adapt to. (part of one star is off because of that), and the dual card capability, along with the 4:2:2 sampling and the color space, is just out of this world wonderful. It is not a DSLR, and if you are doing theatrical work it might not be your first choice, as you probably want to pay huge amounts for the wonderful theatrical lenses that exist, but you CAN put a lens adapter onto it, and put a Nikon or Canon or other prime onto it. I don’t see that as worth while, as you might as well buy a spare 7D or 5 to back you up when you need serous DOF.

    The other part of a star is for the lack of an interchangeable lens (though the standard lens is fabulous!), and another part of the star for the lack of a serious magnifier on the close focusing. My 150 magnifier was better, and it’s really a shame that they didn’t do a spectacular magnifier for serious focusing. But, I have learned to work around that, though Canon needs to fix that problem. It’s good, but not great. However the lcd display makes up for it somewhat by it’s spectacular quality.

    Is it better than a Sony EX-1 or 3r? Well, yes and no. It has what I perceive as similar color capability, even better in low light. It appears to have lower power consumption, and I can easily get over 300 minutes with the Canon extended battery. It has an enormous array of settings to adjust. Menus are relatively standard and easy to navigate. Hiss on the audio is minimal, but still noticeable (when will any camera manufacturer get this right! Spend the tiny amount more on decent preamps!). It doesn’t have the interchangeable lenses, but the attached lens is great. viewfinder and LCD are superb. Could balance better on my shoulder or in my hands. A bit front heavy.

    But the bottom line is that working in the 4:2:2 sampling with the palette that Canon gives you is just in another league. Maybe someday the DSLRs and the AF100 will produce this kind of range of latitude, without adding a Nanoflash. Whites and shadows both are readable in very contrasty situations.

    Until then, I’ll be using my xf305 to get my footage, with some B camera stuff done with the 7D for DOF needs. But the xf300 does have pretty good DOF if you do a little bit of effort. Frame the shot right, use the ND filters and light appropriately.

    Last but not least, if you are taping footage that might be unique enough to justify broadcast quality or theatrical release (say a documentary), then the other thing to remember is that this camera has been approved by the BBC for production. Your footage won’t be the limiting factor, just the brain behind the viewfinder. That’s nice to know.

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