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    XF105 and XF100 Camcorders

    Side view of XF105

    Side view of XF100

    Canon today expands its revolutionary XF series of professional camcorders with the launch of the XF105 and XF100 – the smallest models ever to include the broadcast-quality MPEG-2 Full HD recording codec (50Mbps, 4:2:2). Designed to offer highly-portable Full HD recording, these new camcorders provide a market-leading combination of high specifications, mobility and versatility not seen before in their class. Both models share many of the elite features found in the recently announced XF300-series, offering outstanding performance to users who require a more compact form factor. The XF100-series models can be seen for the first time in Europe on the Canon stand at IBC 2010 in Amsterdam (10-14 September), and will also be on show at Photokina 2010 in Cologne (21-26 September).

    Portable, powerful, packed with features
    The XF105 and XF100 are uniquely adaptable camcorders that offer maximum image quality from a small, lightweight body. Weighing just over 1kg , with advanced ergonomics designed to be comfortable for extended shooting, they benefit from a series of features adopted from the XF300-series. The much-praised design principles of the existing XF camcorders have also inspired the build of both models, with easy-to-reach, customisable controls, an outstanding LCD and XLR inputs built into the handle.

    Perfect for users who need the flexibility to work in a range of field-based situations, the XF105 and XF100 fit into a new palm-sized category within Canon’s XF family. Their compact design and advanced image quality makes them ideal for operators who may routinely switch between a variety of projects, such as weddings, corporate videos or documentaries. With their unrivalled range of features and easy-to-carry form factor, each provides the ability to move between assignments with one versatile camcorder.

    Emphasising that the XF100-series offers exceptional performance to suit a range of applications, the XF105 offers enhanced integration into a studio set-up or multi-camera shoots thanks to an HD-SDI output, and shared Timecode input/output and Genlock input.

    Broadcast codec, seamless workflow
    Like the advanced XF300-series, the XF105 and XF100 record MPEG-2 Full HD video in industry-standard, open-source MXF (Material eXchange Format) files to Compact Flash (CF) memory cards at transfer rates of up to 50Mbps, with rich 4:2:2 colour sampling – capturing high levels of colour information for post production.

    Fast and robust, CF cards are practical, cost-effective and widely available compared to some solid state media commonly used for professional video recording. Both models offer Relay Recording and new Double Slot Recording – a feature that allows users to record the same footage to two separate CF cards simultaneously. Additionally, during recording a card not in use can be exchanged or initialised.

    Canon MPEG-2 MXF video files are fully compatible with major editing and processing software packages from Adobe Systems Incorporated, Apple Inc., Avid Technology Inc. and Grass Valley™, ensuring videographers can immediately integrate XF105 and XF100 into their workflow. Canon XF Utility software and plug-ins for Apple Final Cut Pro and Avid Media Composer are supplied as standard.

    High-quality Canon camera system
    The XF100-series features one of the most advanced camera systems in its class, resulting in outstanding Full HD video quality. Both models feature a versatile new 10x zoom, 30.4mm wide-angle Canon HD Video Lens, with fast aperture performance up to f/1.8. An eight-blade metal diaphragm also provides a near-circular ‘bokeh’ effect, allowing operators to create more attractive background blur, while an increased number of moveable lens groups helps to reduce chromatic aberration and the overall size of the lens for added flexibility. A three-level digital tele-converter function can also be used to extend the lens’ focal length by 1.5x, 3x or 6x – enabling users to get closer to the action if required.

    The XF105 and XF100 also benefit from the advanced Canon Optical Image Stabilizer (OIS) system adopted for XF camcorders, offering three different modes of stabilisation – Standard, Dynamic and Powered.

    A new 1/3-type, 2.07 Megapixel (MP) Canon CMOS sensor captures Full HD video at native 1920x1080 resolution. Adapted from the 3CMOS sensor system employed in XF300-series models, the XF100-series sensor is equipped with a Bayer pattern colour filter for high sensitivity and wide dynamic range. High-speed data readout technology also minimises rolling-shutter skew that can occur in conventional CMOS camcorders.

    Creative options, with 3D Shooting Assist
    Like the larger XF300-series models, XF105 and XF100 provide a wealth of creative shooting options. 1080/50i, 1080/25p, 720/50p and 720/25p modes are all available, as are different recording bitrates to complement existing workflows. Fast and Slow Motion, Interval Recording (time lapse) and Frame Recording (for stop-motion animation) are all possible, as is a 3-second Pre Record, or cache, option.

    The XF100-series provides even more choices in the shape of new Infrared and 3D Shooting Assist functions. Infrared (IR) shooting mode can be activated using a switch on the front of the camcorder, beneath the lens. With a built-in IR lamp and both green and white light shooting options available, XF105 and XF100 can capture genuinely dramatic night-time footage – perfect for assignments like wildlife or documentary shooting.

    Two new 3D Shooting Assist functions are also available on both models. OIS Axis Shift uses the lens-shift Image Stabilizer system to allow users to correctly align two connected camcorders during stereoscopic 3D video recording. A Focal Length Guide helps to precisely synchronise adjustments to zoom.

    Designed with users in mind
    Building on the benchmark set by XF300 and XF305, XF100-series models are designed with a broad range of different operators in mind. Despite their compact size, a wealth of manual controls are provided for experienced users, while automatic and assist functions also make shooting straightforward for beginners.

    For monitoring during shooting, both camcorders feature a large, side-mounted LCD. This 8.8cm (3.5”) screen has a sharp, 920k dot resolution, delivering incredible clarity. A built-in waveform monitor and Edge Focus function help to perfectly set up the shot, with menu selections performed using a joystick interface. A 0.61cm, 260k dot electronic viewfinder with 100% coverage is also available.

    A manual lens ring provides control over focus, zoom and iris, and a side-mounted switch allows the user to switch instantly between each mode. A number of settings, including iris control, can also be adjusted using a custom key /control dial combination.

    A dedicated button enables on-demand switching between manual focus and auto focus (AF). In addition to Canon’s Face Detection AF and unique Instant AF modes, a new Face-Only AF mode is included, which limits auto-focusing to detected faces only – a feature particularly useful for ‘single shooters’ such as on-location news reporters.

    Extensive customisation
    Like many larger camcorders intended for broadcast use, the XF105 and XF100 offer a huge array of customisation options, providing unmatched versatility and flexibility. Users can configure more than 90 individual, image-related variables using the Custom Picture function; including selecting one of six preset gamma curves. Operators can also assign one of 34 individual functions to 10 customisable buttons, allowing them to optimise the camcorder for their personal shooting preferences or stylistic considerations.

    Up to 9 ‘customised pictures’ can be stored to each body, with CINE.V and CINE.F gamma settings among three presets supplied as standard. Preferred settings can be saved and transferred from one camcorder to another via SDHC cards – particularly useful for maintaining a creative style across camcorder bodies, or for organisations that may want to ensure uniform set-up across multiple camcorder units.

    Advanced audio
    Each camera’s high-quality images are complemented by professional-quality audio capture. Independent audio can be recorded by connecting external microphones to the two XLR inputs, while a front-mounted integrated microphone captures stereo sound. Both models are capable of recording 16-bit linear PCM audio at 48 kHz, providing sound quality fit for professional or broadcast use.

    Canon Professional Services
    XF100-series owners qualify for membership of Canon Professional Services (CPS) Video. The CPS Video service offers professional users of Canon products exclusive, free access to a range of benefits, such as a priority repair service and direct support from Canon Professional Representatives across Europe. Information regarding the benefits of CPS membership can be found by visiting:

    Technical Information
    1/3 type CMOS System Bayer pattern filter
    Total pixels per sensor: 2.37 megapixels
    Effective pixels per sensor: 2.07 megapixels
    Minimum illumination: "Full Auto (24dB gain), 50i/25p: 3.8 lux / 1.9 lux
    Manual mode (33dB gain), 50i/25p: 1.3lux / 0.7 lux"
    Horizontal Resolution: 900 TV lines or more (1920 x 1080i mode)

    Lens: Zoom ratio 10x
    Focal length: 4.25 - 42.5mm (35mm equivalent: 30.4 - 304mm)
    Minimum focus distance: "60cm (throughout zoom range); 20mm (MACRO)"
    ND filter: Built-in gradation filter (Auto or Off)
    Zoom control: "Ring, Rocker or Handle; Selectable Shockless Zoom mode"
    Zoom speed: "Zoom Rocker: Variable speed/Fixed speed (Fast/Normal/Slow, 16 speed level settings available in each mode);
    Handle zoom: Fixed speed (Fast/Normal/Slow, 16 speed level settings available in each mode)"
    Focus control: Ring control or automatic (Instant AF, Medium AF, TV AF, Face Detection AF, Face Only AF) Iris control Ring control; Custom dial control; Full Auto

    Aperture range: f1.8 - f22
    Filter diameter: 58mm
    Lens elements/groups 12/10
    Image stabilization system: "Optical lens shift system (angle & vector movement detection); 3 modes: Dynamic, Standard, Powered"
    Digital zoom: 1.5x; 3x; 6x
    Image Processor: Type DIGIC DV III

    Video storage media: "Type 1 Compact Flash memory cards (2 card slots); Double slot (simultaneous) recording possible." Type UDMA4, 30MB/s or faster (40MB/s or faster for Fast/Slow recording)
    Recording time: 32GB CF card: Up to 80mins (1080/50i @ 50 Mbps)
    Recording file format: Material eXchange Format (MXF)
    Recording format: "MPEG-2 Long GOP 50Mbps CBR (4:2:2) MPEG-2 422P@HL; 35Mbps VBR (4:2:0) MPEG-2 MP@HL; 25Mbps CBR (4:2:0) MPEG-2 MP@H14"
    Recording frame rate: "50Mbps: 1920 x 1080/50i, 25p; 1280 x 720/50p, 25p;
    35Mbps: 1920 x 1080/50i, 25p; 1280 x 720/50p, 25p;
    25Mbps: 1440 x 1080/50i, 25p"
    Slow/Fast motion: "YES.
    720p: 12, 15, 18, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 30, 32, 34, 37, 42, 45, 48, 50fps
    1080p: 12, 15, 18, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25fps"
    Interval Record: YES. 2, 6 or 12 frames, 25 time intervals
    Frame Record: YES. 2, 6 or 12 frames
    Pre Record (cache record): YES (3 seconds)
    Scan Reverse: YES. Up/down, left/right, up/down/left/right image inversion
    Photo storage media: SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card
    Still quality "During video recording: 1920 x 1080;
    During playback: 1920x1080, 1280 x 720 "

    LCD: Size 8.8cm (3.5") Dots 920,000
    Image quality adjustments Brightness, contrast, colour, sharpness, backlight, black & white
    Adjustable Yes (270 degree rotation about horizontal axis)
    Waveform Monitor: Waveform Monitor
    Focus Assist: Peaking; Magnifying; Edge Monitor (using waveform display)
    Peaking: Peaking 1, Peaking 2 (Colour, Gain, Frequency customisable for each)
    Zebra: "Level 1; Level 2; Both
    Output via HD-SDI or HDMI"
    Markers: On/Off (Aspect ratio, Safe area, Grid, Horizontal, Centre)
    Size 0.61cm (0.24")
    Dots 260,000
    Image quality adjustments Brightness, contrast, colour, backlight, black & white
    Adjustable Vertical tilt
    Correction lens + 2.0 to -5.5 diopter
    Audio in XLR inputs with 48V phantom power (x2)
    Headphone output 3.5mm stereo jack
    Video monitor output NO
    HDMI YES (Type A, output only)
    IEEE 1394 (Firewire) NO
    USB YES (Mini-B, USB 2.0 Hi-Speed, output only)
    HD/SD-SDI output YES (BNC, output only, embedded audio and time code)
    Time code YES (BNC, switchable input/output, same terminal used for Genlock)
    Genlock YES (BNC, input only, same terminal used for Time code)
    Component out YES (output only)
    AV terminal 3.5mm mini jack (output only for video and audio)
    DC input YES
    Remote Control Terminal 2.5mm mini jack
    Colour Bars Type 1/Type 2 (EBU/SMPTE)
    Tally lamp YES (x2)
    Accessory shoe YES (cold shoe)
    Custom key YES (10 assignable buttons; select from 34 functions)
    Custom Dial YES (Iris, teleconverter, headphone volume, Face AF, IR Lamp control)
    Shooting functions
    Exposure metering Standard (centre weighted), Spotlight, Backlight
    Exposure range 50 - 100,000 lux
    Exposure compensation -2 to +2 EV (13 steps)
    Auto Exposure mode Full Auto
    Push Auto Iris No
    Auto Gain Control setting "Full Auto / AGC On / Manual
    Auto Gain Control limit 3dB; 6dB; 9dB; 12dB; 15dB; 18dB; 21dB (OFF/24 dB)
    Gain setting Assignable L, M, H settings (-6dB / -3dB / 0dB/ 3dB / 6dB/ 12dB / 18dB / 24dB / 33dB / TUNE (0.5 dB increments from 0 to 24 dB))
    Shutter speed
    Control Modes Full Auto / Manual joystick control (Auto; Speed; Angle; Clear Scan (CS); Slow Shutter (SLS); IR Slow Shutter)
    Shutter speed 1/18 to 1/2000 depending on frame rate
    Shutter Angle 11.25 to 360 depending on frame rate
    Slow Shutter (SLS) 1/3, 1/6, 1/12, 1/25 (depending on frame rate)
    Clear Scan "50i/p: 50 to 249.46Hz;
    25p: 25 to 249.46Hz"
    Infrared shooting mode YES (green or white)
    Built-in IR lamp YES
    3D Shooting Assist
    OIS Axis Shift YES
    Focal Length Guide YES
    Custom Picture
    Stored Configurations 9 (3 factory presets)
    Storage Medium SD/SDHC memory card (all customisation data and metadata)
    Gamma 6 profiles
    Master Pedestal -50 to +50
    Master Black -50 to +50 for each of R,G,B
    Black Gamma Adjustable height, width and apex
    Low Key Saturation -50 to +50 adjusts colour saturation in low brightness area
    Knee Adjusts over exposure characteristic (Automatic, Slope, Point, Saturation)
    Sharpness Adjustment for Detail level, Detail frequency, Coring, HV balance, Detail limit, Knee Aperture, Level Depend, Ingredient Ratio
    Noise reduction Off, Automatic, On (1 to 8)
    Skin detail Effect Level (Low, Middle, High), Hue, Chroma, Area, Y Level
    Selective Noise Reduction Effect Level (Low, Middle, High), Hue, Chroma, Area, Y Level
    Colour matrix -50 to +50 6-way matrix, Gain, Phase
    White balance -50 to +50 white balance offset for R,G,B
    Colour correction Area selection / area revision of two areas
    Setup level -50 to +50 On/Off
    Press On / Off
    Clip 100% IRE Limits output to 100% after setup adjustment
    White balance
    Auto YES
    Preset A, B, Preset (Daylight, Tungsten), Colour Temperature
    Time code
    Countup system Regen, RecRun, FreeRun, External, Hold
    Start value setting “00:00:00:00”, Set/Reset selectable

    Recording 16-bit 2ch (48 kHz) linear PCM
    Control Audio limiter, Auto/manual settings via control dials on handle
    Microphone attenuation YES
    Microphone level meter YES
    Supplied XF Utility and NLE Plug-ins, Shoulder strap, Component cable CTC-100/S, Battery pack BP-925, DC cable DC-930, Compact power adapter CA-930, Wireless controller WL-D6000.
    Optional Wide Converter WD-H58W, Teleconverter TL-H58, Batteries BP-930, BP-945, BP-950G, BP-970G, BP-955, BP-975, Compact Power Adapter CA-920, Compact Car adapter CB-920, DC Coupler DC-920, Shoulder Brace SBR-1000, Tripod Adapter TA-100, Zoom Remote Control ZR-2000, Video Light VL-10Li II, Tripod Base TB-1.
    Backup power supply Lithium coin battery (built-in)
    Dimensions Approx 139 x 191 x 268mm (including lens hood and microphone holder)
    Operating Temperature range -5C to +45C, 60% relative humidity

    All specifications are subject to change without notice
    Last edited by Raven; 23rd September 2010 at 01:37 AM.

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    looks like a small body with all the super duper specifications cramped into it. dual CF card slots, 2 XLR mics, and it shoots at 50mbps in 4:2:2 too!!!! only nit is the 1CCD vs 3 CCD of the X305..else this is just perfect.

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    They had to keep the costs down I guess. The other thing is that you don't have dedicated rings for Iris, Focus, Zoom. Only one that can be programmed for one purpose.

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    I am confused between Sony HDR-XR550V, Canon VIXIA HF S21, Panasonic HD 700 HS. Dont know which one to buy. I want some thing solid great quality great features but simple to use. Money is not an issue if I'm getting top notch quality cam. Any one with expert advice out there which will be the best pick mentioned above

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    its really good one ..i like it very much..thanks

  6. #6
    Wow! Very good design. I like it but i really dont know the price per item. Can you please give me more info for buying one?

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