Recently Canon had announced the Canon XF305 and XF300 Professional Camcorders. Both are capable of an MPEG-2 4:2:2 50Mbps codec – Canon XF Codec – for capturing and recording native 1920 x 1080 video onto affordable, universally available Compact Flash (CF) cards.
The Canon XF305 and XF300 are designed for multiple production applications including broadcast news, documentary and independent filmmaking and event videography.
The Canon XF305 and XF300 Professional Camcorders include a Genuine Canon 18x HD L-series lens and in addition, Canon’s XF305 model features industry- standard HD-SDI output, genlock, and SMPTE time code (in/out) terminals for multi-camera or 3-D productions.
There’s also optical image stabilization, a 4.0-inch, 1.23-megapixel articulated LCD preview screen and dual XLR inputs for external audio sources (in addition to the built-in stereo microphones).
"The creation of HD video content continues to grow across every market category," stated Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Consumer Imaging Group, Canon U.S.A. "We are proud to introduce the new Canon XF305 and XF300 Professional Camcorders, which provide extraordinary image quality, a generous array of features and seamless integration with file-based workflows, all at an attractive price. These camcorders provide the convenience, production cost and quality that the HD video market has been asking for."
Priced under $8,000 per model.