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Canon XF205 Camcorder

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3.09MP 1/2.84 1.6kg Dec 2015
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A compact, fully-featured camcorder that lets you capture and share amazing images Offering high-end image quality, easy integration and dual-format recording, the XF205 camcorder is built for HD... More
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20 Reasons For

Canon Camcorders Have Excellent Reviews

Small sensor size camcorders manufactured by Canon have excellent ratings on average compared to other manufacturers. We also checked the reviews for all video cameras (not just small sensor size camcorders) and found that Canon also has excellent ratings across its entire range.

Easy to Use

One Canon XF205 owner who reviewed the product reckoned that it was easy to use. Videomaker.com wrote “If you want full control over the quality of your export, there are some key settings you need to know about”.

Robust

One customer reckoned that this camcorder was well made. Expert website Videomaker.com wrote in their review of the Canon XF205 two years ago “Read the XF205 ReviewEstablishing a solid workflow can help eliminate wasted”.

Good Product Quality

One Canon XF205 owner who purchased it thought it was good quality.

Good Support

One Canon XF205 owner who reviewed the product thought it had good technical guidance.

Full HD

Full HD

The Canon XF205 is Full HD, unlike most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been available for a comparable time to the XF205 which are not Full HD.

We compared this video camera to all the other Full HD video cameras and we think the Canon XA35[plb_3187307_price] which is cheaper is also worth considering.

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Quite Large Screen Size

The smallest screen size of small sensor size camcorders that have been available for the last year is 2", the largest is 8.8", and the average screen size is 3.3". With a screen size of 3.5 inches, the Canon XF205 has a fairly large screen size compared to most of the other small sensor size camcorders that were released around the same time as the XF205.

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Has an HDMI Port

has an HDMI port

The Canon XF205 has an HDMI port, as do most of the other camcorders that were launched in the last year.

Other camcorders with an HDMI port currently available that you might want to consider include cheaper video cameras such as the Canon XA35[plb_3187307_price].

We think you might also be interested in alternative camcorders which also have an HDMI port including the JVC GY-HM600[plb_3153524_price].

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Has an Image Stabiliser

The Canon XF205 has an image stabiliser. Most of the other latest video cameras also have an image stabiliser.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other video cameras with an image stabiliser currently available including the Canon XA35[plb_3187307_price] which is cheaper.

We compared all the other camcorders which also have an image stabiliser to this video camera and we think the JVC GY-HM600[plb_3153524_price] is also worth considering.

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1/2.84" Optical Sensor Size

The Canon XF205 has a maximum optical sensor size of 1/2.84". That's over two times the optical sensor size of a 1/5.8" video camera, which is the most frequently found optical sensor size. The best optical sensor size of all latest similar spec camcorders is 1/2" and the worst is 1/5.8".

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OLED Display

The Canon XF205 has a better display than most comparable spec video cameras that have been around for a similar time to it. This video camera has an OLED display, whereas most latest similar spec video cameras have an LCD display. OLED displays provide a better image with higher contrast ratio than LCD displays.

An OLED display is in fact the best display across all video cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the XF205.

An LCD display is the worst display amongst comparable types of video camera.

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SDXC Memory Card

SDXC memory card

The Canon XF205 supports an SDXC memory card which is better than the SDHC memory card supported by most latest small sensor size camcorders. This video camera also support a CF and SD memory card. SDXC cards are SD cards but with a much higher capacity and faster processing speeds. They have a maximum capacity of 2TB (Terabytes).

An SDXC memory card is in fact the best supported memory card type amongst all small sensor size camcorders that have been on the market for a comparable time to the XF205.

An SD memory card is the worst supported memory card type amongst similar types of camcorder.

SDHC cards are DS cards with a higher capacity of up to 32GB.

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Fairly High Display Resolution

The average display resolution of recently released small sensor size camcorders is 550,000 pixels, and the display resolutions range from 230,000 pixels to 1,300,000 pixels. At 1,230,000 pixel, the Canon XF205 has a fairly high display resolution compared to most of the other recently released small sensor size camcorders.

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Very High Maximum Aperture Value

The lowest maximum aperture value of recently released video cameras is 3.4 and the highest is 16. At 16, the Canon XF205 has a very high maximum aperture value compared to most of the other similar spec camcorders that are a comparable age to the XF205.

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Has a Built-In Display

Like most of the other latest small sensor size camcorders, the Canon XF205 has a built-in display.

We compared this camcorder to all the other camcorders with a built-in display and we think cheaper camcorders such as the Canon XA35[plb_3187307_price] is also worth considering.

Alternative camcorders which also have a built-in display that you might also want to look at include the JVC GY-HM600[plb_3153524_price].

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Very Small Closest Focusing Distance

At only 0.01 meters, the Canon XF205 has a quite small closest focusing distance compared to most of the other small sensor size camcorders that came out in the last 12 months. Newly released similar spec video cameras have closest focusing distances of between 0.01m and 0.1m.

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Features a Centre-Weighted|Spot Light Metering Type

The number of light metering types featured on the Canon XF205 is more than most comparable spec video cameras that were launched in the last 12 months. This camcorder features an Spot light metering type, which is the most frequently featured light metering type featured on comparable spec camcorders that were released in the last 12 months. The light metering type "Centre-weighted" is also featured on this video camera.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

The Canon XF205 supports a 1920 x 1080 pixels video resolution which is higher than the 1280 x 720 pixels video resolution supported by most similar spec camcorders that are a comparable age to it. This Canon video camera also support a video resolution of 640 x 480 pixels and 1440 x 1080 pixels.

A 1920 x 1080 pixels video resolution is actually the best supported video resolution amongst all latest small sensor size camcorders.

The worst supported video resolution across similar types of video camera is 1280 x 720 pixels.

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Fairly High Movie Megapixel Count

With a movie megapixel count of 2.91 megapixels, the Canon XF205 has one of the higher movie megapixel counts amongst comparable spec video cameras of this age. The lowest movie megapixel count of camcorders that have been on the market for the last year is 2MP and the highest is 3MP.

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MPEG2 Video Format

This camcorder has an MPEG2 video format, which is typical of many camcorders that were released in the last 12 months.

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9 Reasons Against

Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

The Canon XF205 does not have an interchangeable lens. Most of the other similar spec video cameras that are a comparable age to the XF205 also do not have an interchangeable lens.

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Very Small Digital Zoom

The Canon XF205 has one of the smaller digital zooms (only 6 times zoom factor) amongst video cameras of this age. Similar spec camcorders that were released in the last 12 months have digital zooms of between 1.5x and 3,000x.

If this Canon video camera digital zoom is too small for you then you might want to look at the Canon XA35[plb_3187307_price] (400x and cheaper).

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Very Small Optical Zoom

With an optical zoom of only 20 times zoom factor, the Canon XF205 has one of the smaller optical zooms amongst small sensor size camcorders of this age. The smallest optical zoom of similar spec camcorders that have been available for around the same time as the XF205 is 20x and the biggest is 50x.

If this Canon video camera optical zoom is not big enough for you then you might want to look at the JVC GY-HM600[plb_3153524_price] (23x).

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Not 3D Compatible

Like most of the other latest similar spec video cameras, the Canon XF205 is not 3D compatible.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

Most camcorders that have been on the market for a similar time to the XF205 do not have a night mode. The Canon XF205 is no exception to this as it too does not have a night mode.

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Not Waterproof

The Canon XF205 is not waterproof, although it is worth noting that most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been around for a similar time to the XF205 are also not waterproof.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

Most small sensor size camcorders that were released around the same time as the XF205 do not have a built-in projector. The Canon XF205 is no exception to this as it too does not have a built-in projector.

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Heavy

The Canon XF205 is quite heavy (1.6 kilograms) compared to most of the other camcorders that have been around for the last year. The average weight of video cameras that have been available for around the same time as the XF205 is 840g, and the weights range from 170g to 4kg.

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Very Big

When compared to other similar spec video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the XF205, the Canon XF205's height of 201 millimeters is one of the biggest. The average height of small sensor size camcorders that have been available for around the same time as the XF205 is 96mm.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Canon XF205

Released Twelve Months Ago

Canon released the XF205 twelve months ago.

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this camcorder is Full HD, which is the most frequently found HD type on comparable spec camcorders that have been available for the last year.

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Average Maximum Memory Card Size

At 128 gigabytes, the Canon XF205 has a pretty average maximum memory card size compared to most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been around for around the same time as the XF205.

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CMOS Sensor Type

This camcorder has a CMOS sensor type, which is the most commonly found sensor type on recently released small sensor size camcorders.

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Specification

Image Sensor
Sensor Size
Optical Sensor Size
Sensor Type
Movie Megapixel Count
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Minimum Aperture
Maximum Aperture Value
Filter Size
Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Storage
Maximum Memory Card Size
Storage
Memory Card
Storage Media Type
Disc Type
Focusing
Closest Focusing Distance
Focus Adjustment
Light Exposure
Light Metering Type
Shutter
Shutter Speed
Display
Screen Size
Display Resolution
Display
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Screen Size
Viewfinder Resolution
Viewfinder
Camera
Camcorder Type
Image Processor
Design
Colour
Video
HD Type
Video Capturing Speed
Video Format
Video Resolution
Maximum Video Resolution
Maximum Frame Rate
Still Image
Maximum Image Resolution
Ports & Interfaces
Mini HDMI Port
Mini-USB 2.0 Port
Headphone Socket
Networking
WiFi Type
Operational Conditions
Operating Temperature Range
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Cable Included

Expert Reviews

3 October 2014

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Brochures and Manuals

+- Manufacturer's Description

Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers canon xf205, canon 1633265e, canon 9592b011, canon 9592b003, canon 9592b003a, canon 9592b003aa
Barcodes 00013803243710

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