Canon announces a new line of professional HD camcorders

The void was loud with tweets this morning when Canon (Europe) exposed their latest line of  HD camcorders. Cannon: The XF305 and XF300 are a landmark addition to Canon’s pro HD camcorder range. They feature… http://bit.ly/arOKCZ

Honestly, I am surprised that Canon did not take note of the DSLR revolution their manufacture ignited, picked up and flipped on its head. I was expecting a 3CCD, full frame, professional camcorder that is interchangeable with EF lenses…the XF300s are not replacing the 5D so DSLR users can relax because they are still very relevant and current. My guess is that Canon did not add the EF features because they do not want to draw any attention away from their prince, the 5D Mark II. I assume that Canon will hit us with something big down the road after consumers get use to the interface and spending dollars.

Nonetheless, the XF305 & X300 are very cool cameras with great hardware.

XF305 & XF300 – key features

  • MPEG-2 Full HD 4:2:2 recording on CompactFlash at up to 50Mbps.
  • Two CF slots for continuous (relay) recording.
  • MXF file format for workflow compatibility.
  • 18x L-series HD Video Lens, f/1.6 max., 29.3mm wideangle (35mm equivalent).
  • Optical Image Stabilizer – Standard, Powered or Dynamic.
  • Three 2.07Mpixel 1/3 type CMOS sensors.
  • 10.1cm, 1.23Mdot LCD panel; 1.55Mdot EVF, both with 100% coverage.
  • Variable frame rate recording (12-50fps).
  • DIGIC DV III image processor.
  • Independent audio controls and XLR inputs.
  • Extensive customisation options, including 26 Custom Pictures.
  • Studio connectivity – HD-SDI, Genlock, Timecode (XF305 only).

The XF Camcorders are scheduled to be available in late June for an estimated price of $7,999 for the XF305 and $6,799 for the XF300.

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