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NAB2010: Canon Wields Its First Tapeless Pro Camcorders

The Canon XF305 and XF300 pro camcorders capture 1920x1080 using the Canon XF Codec (MPEG-2 4:2:2 at 50 Mbps) and recording on Compact Flash cards.
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Canon has a pair of new pro-grade camcorders capturing 1920x1080 using the Canon XF Codec (MPEG-2 4:2:2 at 50 Mbps) and recording on Compact Flash cards.

The Canon XF305 and XF300 pro camcorders unite video, audio and metadata into a single file, and use an MXF (Material eXchange Format) File Wrapper.

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Canon XF305

They're each priced below $8,000.

They’re aimed at production applications including news, documentary and independent filmmaking and event videography.

The two camcorders include the Canon 18x HD L-series lens, providing focal-range versatility.

Each cacorder has three CMOS image sensors, and the 4:2:2 color sampling offers twice the color resolution of HDV and other 4:2:0 formats.

The XF305 model features HD-SDI output, genlock, and SMPTE time code (in/out) terminals for multi-camera or 3-D productions.

To support the rapid adoption of the Canon XF Codec, Canon has worked with major editing and post-production software developers including Adobe, Apple, Avid and Grass Valley to ensure compatibility.

The lens also features a new SuperRange Optical Image Stabilizer (OIS) system featuring Dynamic and Powered modes for performance in a variety of situations.

Each camcorder also features a freely rotating 4.0-inch, 1.23-megapixel LCD monitor that can be positioned at either the right or left side of the camcorder body. The LCD monitor also provides a display of the camcorders’ built-in waveform monitor and vectorscope to aid in achieving accurate exposure and color levels while shooting. Additionally, the LCD can show peaking, edge-monitor-focus and magnify the image, enabling users to confirm critical focus.

They also come equipped with a 0.52-inch, 1.55-megapixel color electronic viewfinder with nearly 100 percent field-of-view coverage.

They each have a built-in stereo microphone, plus dual XLR inputs for external audio sources. They support 16-bit PCM audio at 48 kHz with automatic and manual audio level adjustment

The XF305 will have an estimated retail price of $7,999, and the XF300 will run an estimated $6,799. Both are scheduled to be available in late June.

Canon is at the NAB Show in Booth C4325.

Among Canon's other offerings at NAB is a super-stable portable zoom lens.

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