Canon XF205 (XF-205, XF 205) Compact Professional Camcorder with studio connectivity
The latest addition to the Canon range of professional video camcorders, the XF205offers excellent optical performance and broadcast quality output in a small form factor. Building on many of the features previously found in Canon Cinema EOS Digital Cinema Cameras and HD camcorders, the XF205 breaks new ground in cameras of this size with the focus being on image quality with the maximum of versatility and flexibility.
Ideally suited to newsgathering, documentary and independent filmmakers as well as videographers across a wide range of disciplines, the XF205 professional camcorder features the very latest in Canon camcorder technology, enabling single operators to maintain flexibility and fast reactions to quickly changing events.
With small form factor, the XF205 are engineered to meet the high standards demanded for broadcast quality production. Thanks to the latest DIGIC DV4 processor, and a raft of performance-led features such as a 20x zoom wide-angle lens (offering a 26.8-576mm focal length range), and a 1/2.84-type 2.91 Megapixel HD CMOS Pro sensor for outstanding dynamic range and low-light performance, the XF205 are designed to be used in challenging situations.
The Canon XF205 Professional Camcorder is a compact, high-performance, high image quality system ideal for use with a variety of digital cinema and broadcast operations. Targeted at sports production, TV variety shows, commercials and drama shows, in addition to independent movie production, government applications, education, weddings and other social event videography, the camcorder features a wide-angle 20x optical zoom lens with three control rings, image stabilization, infrared capabilities, flexible MXF/MP4 dual recording at various data rates, two/four-channel audio recording, Wi-Fi® connectivity, plus 3G-SDI and monitor outputs as well as time code and genlock connections.
A versatile Canon 20x HD wide-angle video lens captures images with outstanding clarity across a broad 26.8–576 mm* zoom range. An eight-blade circular aperture provides natural and visually pleasing bokeh. Three separate rings control focus, zoom and iris settings. A new Five-Axis Dynamic SuperRange OIS System dramatically reduces the image-degrading effects of camera shake, and a new rotating handgrip enables comfortable camera positioning at shooting angles from high to low.
Dual-frequency Wi-Fi® and an Ethernet connector enable browser preview during shoots, in addition to FTP transfer to external servers, PCs or laptops. HD-SDI ports handle video with embedded audio and time code data for monitoring and recording of frame rates up to 30fps, and a new 3G-SDI port supports 1080p video at frame rates up to 60 fps. Time code I/O helps ensure frame-accurate sync during editing and post-production. The XF205 camcorder can also be used with Canon’s new RC-V100 Remote Controller to provide full access to important user functions, including start/stop, zoom/focus/iris, white balance and more.
ADVANCED IMAGING SYSTEM
The XF205 and XF200 feature an advanced camera system capable of providing outstanding images and the responsiveness to deal with all kinds of shooting situations. A 26.8mm wide-angle lens with 20x zoom gets you closer to the action, while Dynamic Optical Image Stabilisation compensates for shake in five directions to provide ultra-steady images.
A Canon HD CMOS Pro sensor combines with the DIGIC DV 4 processor to deliver stunning picture quality – even in low light – as well as outstanding dynamic range and realistic colour reproduction.
PROFESSIONAL AUDIO FUNCTIONS
The superb picture quality of the cameras is complemented by advanced audio functions, with up to four-channel Linear PCM audio recording supported and two XLR inputs allowing the option to use professional-grade microphones. In addition, a built-in stereo microphone and a 3.5mm microphone jack provide users with a wide range of audio options.
VERSATILE RECORDING OPTIONS
The dual-format recording feature of the XF205 and XF200 cameras provides flexibility, speed and data security. Footage can be captured simultaneously in two different formats, providing instant back-up and alternate delivery options. Full HD images can be stored on two CF cards using a broadcast-standard 50Mbps MPEG2 codec, whilst an MP4 version can be saved to an SD card in either Full HD or a lower resolution – ideal for rapid file transfer in applications such as news gathering. It's even possible to stream low resolution proxy files directly to another device such as a Smartphone.
EXCEPTIONALLY WIDE DYNAMIC RANGE
Utilising technology first seen on the EOS C300 and then the EOS C100 Digital Cinema Cameras, the XF205 and XF200 cameras include a Wide Dynamic Range shooting mode that enables a dynamic range of 600%. In combination with high sensitivity this allows the cameras to film in low light situations with exceptional quality and to record fine detail beautifully in shadow and highlight areas without any loss of detail.
COMFORTABLE, PRECISE CONTROL
Compact in size, unobtrusive and a pleasure to use thanks to its 3-ring lens operation, the XF205 and XF200 also provide impressively high quality monitoring options. An 8.8cm OLED screen with a 1.23m dot resolution is easy to view, even in bright sunlight, offering better response times, definition, contrast and colour reproduction than LCD equivalents. A sizeable, high quality 1.14cm, 1.23m dot EVF can tilt up to 68° to accommodate different shooting positions.
The appeal of the XF205 and XF200 for ‘run and gun’ situations is further enhanced with a rotating handgrip that allows for easy and comfortable capture at both low and high angles (when held either horizontally or vertically).
Three separate lens rings – for focus, zoom and iris – provide a configuration that is familiar to experienced camera operators, allowing a much quicker response in dynamic shooting environments.
EASY INTEGRATION AND SHARING OF CONTENT
Sharing content is easy as each camera features WiFi and Ethernet LAN connectivity, allowing direct or wireless connection to a wide range of devices such as smartphones, tablets and laptops. Wireless connectivity offers the freedom to control the camera from a distance, view footage remotely and conveniently transfer files via FTP without the need for any additional software.
A new CameraAccess function allows lower-quality proxy files to be streamed to another device via WiFi, thus improving the speed in which content, such as news flashes, can be shared. This connectivity also allows for remote control of the camera via a web browser and Canon's RC-V100 wired remote controller can be configured too.
The XF205 expands the connectivity options further with the inclusion of selectable 3G-SDi/HD-SDI, Timecode In/Out and Genlock terminals for easy integration on multi-camera shoots or with other broadcast equipment. The camera also features a monitor out BNC connection.
BUILT-IN INFRARED LAMP FOR NIGHT-TIME SHOOTING
The XF205 and XF200 both feature a high-power integrated Infrared (IR) lamp to allow for night-time shooting, further increasing the operability and versatility of the cameras in a wide range of challenging filming situations. The IR lamp is three times stronger than the IR lamp seen in the XA25 model – ideal for the recording of night-time documentaries or nocturnal wildlife.
20x f/1.8 wide-angle zoom lens for amazing long-distance shots
HD CMOS Pro sensor provides outstanding image quality, even in low light
Compact, lightweight design, with 3-ring lens operation and rotatable grip
OLED display and 1.23m dot viewfinder enable precise monitoring
Share content easily via built in WiFi or Ethernet; record proxy files directly to other devices
Dual format recording: broadcast standard 50Mbps MPEG2 codec, plus MP4 in HD or SD
Genlock, Timecode, and 3G-SDI terminals for multi-cam integration1
Wide DR gamma helps to avoid over-exposure
4-channel audio recording; 2 XLR inputs
Infrared shooting mode, with enhanced IR lamp
Sensor 1/2.84 type HD CMOS Pro
Filter RGB Primary Colour filter (Bayer array)
Total Pixels 3.09 megapixels (2208 x 1398)
Effective pixels per sensor 2.91 megapixels (2136 x 1362)
Zoom ratio 20 x Optical
Focal length 3.67 - 73.4mm (35mm equivalent: 28.8 - 576mm)¹
Minimum focus distance 60cm (throughout zoom range);
10mm (Wide MACRO setting)
ND filter Built-in gradation ND filter
Zoom control Zoom rockers on body and handle;
Selectable manual zoom/focus ring on lens;
Selectable High Speed and Soft Zoom modes available.
Zoom speed Zoom Rocker:
Variable speed/Fixed speed (Fast/Normal/Slow, 16 speed level settings available in each mode);
Fixed speed (Fast/Normal/Slow, 16 speed level settings available in each mode)
Zoom Ring: As operation speed
Focus control Manual control via focus ring, automatic (Instant AF, Medium AF, TV AF, Face Detection AF, Face Only AF), Push
Iris control Ring control; Full Auto
Aperture range f1.8 - f16
Filter diameter 58mm
Lens elements/groups 12/10
Aperture blades 8 Blade Circular Aperture
Image stabilization system Dynamic IS and Powered IS, 5 Axis image stabilisation
Digital zoom/Teleconverter 1.5x; 3x; 6x
Type DIGIC DV 4
Video storage media Type 1 Compact Flash memory cards (2 card slots);
SD Card x 1
Dual Format recording, Double slot (simultaneous) recording and Relay (continuous) recording possible.
Type UDMA4, 30MB/s or faster (40MB/s or faster for Fast/Slow recording);
SD card Class 4 or higher, Class 6 10 recommended for 35Mbps MP4 recording
Recording time 128GB CF card: Up to 320 mins (1080/50i @ 50 Mbps)
128GB SD Card: up to 8 Hours (MP4/50P @35Mbps)
Recording file format Material eXchange Format (MXF) to CF card, MP4 to SD card
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
All modes variable bit rate, 4:2:0 colour sampling
Recording frame rate (PAL Mode) MXF
50Mbps: 1920 x 1080/50i, 25p; 1280 x 720/50p, 25p;
35Mbps: 1920 x 1080/50i, 25p; 1440 x 1080/50i; 1280 x 720/50p, 25p;
25Mbps: 1440 x 1080/50i, 25p
35/24Mbps 1920 x 1080: 50P/25P
17Mbps 1280 x 720: 50P
9 Mbps 1280 x 720: 25P
3Mbps 640 x 360: 25P
Slow/Fast motion YES (MXF recording only)
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 MXF recording only. 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. Vertical/horizontal/both
Photo storage media SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card
Still quality During video recording: 1920 x 1080 in 1920 x 1080 or 1440 x 1080 mode,
1280 x 720; 1280 x 720 mode
During playback: 1920x1080
Type Capacitive Organic LED
Size 8.77cm (3.5") Organic EL (OLED)
Dots 1.23m (approx. equivalent)
Image quality adjustments Brightness, contrast, colour, sharpness
Waveform Monitor Yes, selectable on/off; Line, Line and Spot,Field, RGB, YPbPr
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 1.15cm (0.45")
Dots 1.23m (approx. equivalent)
Image quality adjustments Brightness, contrast, colour, backlight,
Adjustable Vertical tilt, up to 68°
Viewing Angle 28.2º
Correction lens + 2.0 to -5.5 diopter
Audio in XLR inputs with 48V phantom power (x2), 3.5mm microphone input jack
Headphone output 3.5mm stereo jack
Video monitor output YES (BNC HD-SDI, output only)
HDMI YES (HDMI™ mini connector, output only, 1080/50p output possible)
IEEE 1394 (Firewire) NO
USB YES (Mini-B, USB 2.0 Hi-Speed, output only)
3G-HD/SD-SDI output YES, selectable (BNC, output only, embedded audio and time code)
Time code YES (BNC, switchable input/output)
Genlock YES (BNC, Sync in/out selectable)
LAN YES, Ethernet (1000BASE-T supported)
AV terminal 3.5mm mini jack (output only for video and audio)
DC input YES
Remote Control Terminal 2.5mm mini jack
Colour Bars YES (SMPTE or EBU), with 1KHz Tone
Tally lamp YES (x2)
Accessory shoe YES (cold shoe)
Custom Button Assignment YES (13 assignable buttons; select from 28 functions)
Rotating Side Grip Yes. 120° angle of rotation in 15º increments
Custom Dial NO
Exposure metering Standard (centre weighted), Spotlight, Backlight
Exposure compensation -2 to +2 EV
Auto Exposure mode Full Auto
Push Auto Iris NO
Auto Gain Control setting Full Auto/AGC Limit/Manual
Auto Gain Control limit 3dB, 0dB, 3dB, 6dB, 9dB,12dB,15dB,18dB, 21dB,24dB, 27dB,33dB
Gain setting -6dB / -3dB / 0dB/ 3dB / 6dB/ 12dB / 18dB / 24dB / 27dB /33dB / TUNE (0.5 dB increments from 0 to 27 dB).27dB
maximum in Auto mode
Control Modes Full Auto / Manual 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 11.25º to 360º 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 250.51Hz;25p: 25 to 250.51Hz
Infrared shooting mode YES (green or white)
Built-in IR lamp YES
Stored Configurations 9 (Including Wide DR)
Storage Medium SD/SDHC memory card
Gamma 6 preset 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,
Noise reduction Off, Automatic, On (1 to 12)
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 Normal 1 -4, Cine 1 - 2, Wide DR Matrix and Hue -18 - +18, Colour Gain -50 - +50
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
Clip 100% IRE Limits output to 100% after setup adjustment
Wireless LAN standards IEEE 802.11b/g/n (2.4GHz band) / IEEE 802.11a/n (5GHz band)¹
Supported Wi-Fi Functions Rec start/stop, 3 speed focus control, 3 speed zoom control, WB mode/adjust,
Iris, Shutter,Colour Temperature,Assign Button,ND Auto/Off
Supported Browser for Remote Operation Internet Explorer 8 or later, Safari (iOS), Safari (MacOS), Android standard browser
Remote Operation Control Features Aperture, Focus, WB, shutter Speed, Gain, Exposure Compensation, Shooting Mode, Slot select, Start/Stop Recording
Live view image Resolution Camera setting mode: 680 x 383; Simplified setting: 284 x 160
Authentication Systems Open/WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK
Encryption WEP64, WEP128, TKIP, AES
GPS Information (Optional Accessory) Latitude/Longtitude/Elevation, Coordinated Universal Time (UTC)
Auto YES in Full Auto Mode
Preset A, B, Preset (Daylight, Tungsten), Colour Temperature
Countup system Regen, RecRun, FreeRun, External, Hold
Start value setting 00:00:00:00, Set/Reset selectable
Recording 16-bit 4ch or 2ch (48 kHz) linear PCM
Control Audio limiter, Auto/manual settings via control dials on handle
Microphone attenuation YES
Microphone level meter YES
Supplied Battery pack BP-955, DC cable DC-930, Compact power adapter CA- 930, Wireless controller WL-D6000, Eyecup, Lens Hood with Barrier, Microphone Holder Unit, Mains Cable.
Optional Wide Converter WA-H58, Teleconverter TL-H58, , BP-975, Tripod Adapter TA-100, Zoom Remote Control ZR-2000, Tripod Base TB-1, GPS Receiver GP-E2, Remote Controller RC-V100, Filter (58mm) Protect/ND8xL/ND4xL.
Dimensions Approx 160 x 201 x 353mm (including lens hood with barrier, Eye Cup and microphone holder)
Operating Temperature range -5ºC to +45ºC, 60% relative humidity
Focal length ¹ 26.8mm - 576mm when wide view angle option selected.
Wireless LAN standards ¹ Wi-Fi standard will depend on availability and country of purchase
All specifications are subject to change without notice
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