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Canon XF305
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Canon XF305 Camcorder

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2.37MP 1/3 2.7kg Jul 2012
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Professional CamcordersThe XF305, one of Canon's first file-based professional camcorders, combines an MPEG-2, 50Mbps, 4:2:2 codec with a Canon L-series lens and 3 Full HD CMOS sensors for superb... More
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25 Reasons For

One Industry Award

This camcorder received a "Recommended" from Luminous-landscape.com who thought that this small sensor size camcorder was good.

Expert Reviews Are Good

This video camera received a rating of 80% from camcorder expert review site tecnozoom.it.

Excellent Brand

Canon has excellent average ratings for its small sensor size camcorders as well as across its entire camcorder range compared to other brands.

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this camcorder is Full HD, which is the most commonly found HD type on camcorders of a similar age and type to it.

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Very Large Maximum Memory Card Size

Across all the small sensor size camcorders that were launched more than two years ago the maximum memory card sizes range from 8GB to 130GB, and the average maximum memory card size is 67GB. When compared to other camcorders that have been available for a comparable time to the XF305 that we have checked, the maximum memory card size of the Canon XF305 of 128 gigabytes is one of the largest.

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Very Large Screen Size

The Canon XF305 has a very large screen size (4 inches) compared to most of the other small sensor size camcorders that are a comparable age to the XF305. The smallest screen size of similar spec video cameras that were released more than two years ago is 1.4", the largest is 4.3", and the average screen size is 2.9".

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Has an HDMI Port

has an HDMI port

Like most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been around for more than two years, the Canon XF305 has an HDMI port.

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Full HD

Full HD

Like most of the other camcorders that came out more than two years ago, the Canon XF305 is Full HD.

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Has an Image Stabiliser

The Canon XF305 has an image stabiliser. Most of the other video cameras of this type and age also have an image stabiliser.

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1/3" Optical Sensor Size

The Canon XF305 has a maximum optical sensor size of 1/3". That's 94% more optical sensor size than a 1/5.8" video camera, which is the most frequently found optical sensor size. 4.80 x 3.60mm.

This camcorder's optical sensor size (1/3") is in fact the best optical sensor size amongst all camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as the XF305.

An 1/8" optical sensor size is the worst optical sensor size across similar types of camcorder.

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Two Memory Card Slots

The Canon XF305 has more memory card slots than most of the video cameras of a comparable spec and age to the XF305. This camcorder is a two memory card slot video camera compared to most of the small sensor size camcorders that have been around for a comparable time to the XF305 which only have one memory card slot.

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Very High Maximum Aperture Value

The Canon XF305 has a very high maximum aperture value (22) compared to most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been available for around the same time as the XF305. The maximum aperture values of similar spec video cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the XF305 range from 1.8 to 22, and the average maximum aperture value is 4.9.

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Has One Cable Included

The number of included cables found on the Canon XF305 is more than most video cameras of this spec and age. The most commonly found cable included is USB, but this cable included is not found on this video camera. The cables included Component are also found on this Canon video camera.

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Very High Display Resolution

The display resolutions of video cameras of a comparable age and spec to the XF305 range from 1.2 pixels to 1,300,000 pixels. The display resolution of the Canon XF305 of 1,230,000 pixel is one of the highest amongst video cameras that have been around for a similar time to the XF305.

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Lithium Battery

This video camera has a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery, which is typical of many video cameras that came out more than two years ago.

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DIGIC DV II Image Processor

This camcorder has a DIGIC DV III image processor, which is the most frequently found image processor on similar spec camcorders that were released more than two years ago.

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Has One Photo Effect

The number of photo effects found on the Canon XF305 is more than most comparable spec video cameras that were released more than two years ago. The most frequently found photo effect is Fader, but this photo effect is not found on this video camera. The photo effects Black&White are also found on this camcorder.

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Features a Centre-Weighted|Evaluative (Multi-Pattern)|Spot Light Metering Type

The number of light metering types featured on the Canon XF305 is more than most similar spec camcorders that were launched more than two years ago. This Canon camcorder features a Centre-weighted light metering type, which is the most frequently featured light metering type featured on camcorders of this spec and age. The light metering types "Evaluative (Multi-pattern)" and "Spot" are also featured on this video camera.

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Very Large Viewfinder Screen Size

The viewfinder screen sizes of video cameras of this age and spec range from 0.24" to 0.52", and the average viewfinder screen size is 0.33". When compared to other small sensor size camcorders that were released more than two years ago, the viewfinder screen size of the Canon XF305 of 0.52 inches is one of the largest.

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Very High Viewfinder Resolution

The viewfinders resolutions of small sensor size camcorders that have been available for around the same time as the XF305 range from 1.5 pixels to 1,600,000 pixels. The viewfinder resolution of the Canon XF305 of 1,550,000 pixel is one of the highest amongst comparable spec camcorders that came out around the same time as the XF305.

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Has a Built-In Display

The Canon XF305 has a built-in display. Most of the other comparable spec camcorders that have been around for around the same time as the XF305 also have a built-in display.

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Has Five White Balance Modes

The Canon XF305 has a greater number of white balance modes than most small sensor size camcorders that have been available for more than two years. This Canon video camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most frequently found white balance mode found on camcorders that have been around for a comparable time to the XF305. The white balance modes "Custom modes", "Daylight", "Manual" and "Tungsten" are also found on this camcorder.

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Fairly High Video Capturing Speed

The average video capturing speed of video cameras of this age and type is 36fps, and the video capturing speeds range from 25fps to 60fps. At 50 frames per second, the Canon XF305 has a quite high video capturing speed compared to most of the other comparable spec video cameras that were launched around the same time as the XF305.

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Very Low Minimum Aperture

The lowest minimum aperture of small sensor size camcorders that have been on the market for more than two years is 1.5, the highest is 3.1, and the average minimum aperture is 1.8. At only 1.6, the Canon XF305 has a fairly low minimum aperture compared to most of the other camcorders that have been available for around the same time as the XF305.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This camcorder supports a video resolution of 1280 x 720|1440 x 1080|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most frequently supported video resolution on camcorders of this spec and age.

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9 Reasons Against

Quite Small Digital Zoom

The digital zooms of video cameras that have been on the market for more than two years range from 1.5x to 3,500x. With a digital zoom of only 1.5 times zoom factor, the Canon XF305's digital zoom is one of the smallest amongst video cameras that were released around the same time as the XF305.

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Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

Like most of the other small sensor size camcorders that are a comparable age to the XF305, the Canon XF305 does not have an interchangeable lens.

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Very Small Optical Zoom

The average optical zoom of small sensor size camcorders that came out around the same time as the XF305 is 31x. The Canon XF305 has one of the smaller optical zooms (only 18 times zoom factor) amongst small sensor size camcorders of this age.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

The Canon XF305 does not have a night mode, although this is within the context that most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as the XF305 also do not have a night mode.

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Not 3D Compatible

Most comparable spec video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the XF305 are not 3D compatible. The Canon XF305 is no exception to this as it too is not 3D compatible.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

Most small sensor size camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as the XF305 do not have a built-in projector. The Canon XF305 is no exception to this as it too does not have a built-in projector.

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Not Waterproof

The Canon XF305 is not waterproof, although it is worth noting that most of the other video cameras of this age and type are also not waterproof.

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Quite Big Minimum Illumination

Across all the video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the XF305 the minimum illumination range from 0.1lx to 7lx. At 4.5 lux, the Canon XF305 has a fairly big minimum illumination compared to most of the other comparable spec video cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Very Heavy

With a weight of 2.7 kilograms, the Canon XF305 is one of the heaviest camcorders of a comparable age and spec to the XF305 amongst camcorders of this age. The lightest camcorder of a comparable type and age to the XF305 is 57g weight and the heaviest is 3.9kg.

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2 Other reasons to consider the Canon XF305

Released Over Four Years Ago

It was over four years ago when this video camera was released.

CMOS Sensor Type

This video camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is typical of many similar spec video cameras that came out around the same time as it.

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Specification

Image Sensor
Sensor Size
Optical Sensor Size
Sensor Type
Movie Megapixel Count
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Image Stabiliser
Minimum Aperture
Maximum Aperture Value
Filter Size
Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Storage
Maximum Memory Card Size
Memory Card Slot
Storage
Memory Card
Storage Media Type
Disc Type
Focusing
Closest Focusing Distance
Normal Focusing Range
Light Exposure
Light Metering Type
White Balance
White Balance Mode
Shutter
Shutter Speed
Display
Screen Size
Display Resolution
Display
Aspect Ratio
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Screen Size
Viewfinder Resolution
Camera
Camcorder Type
3D Compatible
Photo Effect
Image Processor
Minimum Illumination
Aspect Ratio
Design
Colour
Video
HD Type
Video Capturing Speed
Video Format
Video Resolution
Maximum Video Resolution
Maximum Frame Rate
Analog Signal Format System
Still Image
Maximum Image Resolution
Audio
PCM Digital Audio
Audio System
Ports & Interfaces
USB 2.0 Port
Component Video Out Port
S-Video Out Port
USB Connector Type
Mini-USB 2.0 Port
Battery
Battery Type
Battery Voltage
Battery
Operational Conditions
Operating Temperature Range
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Cable Included
Other Features
Resolution

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Product Identifiers

Barcodes 00013803122756, 04960999665580, 08714574551166

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