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Canon XF305
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Canon XF305 Camcorder

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2.37MP 1/3 2.7kg CMOS Jul 2012
Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Weight Sensor Type Release Date
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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24 Reasons For

One Industry Award

The expert at Luminous-landscape.com endorse this Canon video camera and have given it their "Recommended" award.

Good Expert Reviews

Camcorder expert review site tecnozoom.it scored this Canon video camera 80 out of 100.

Canon Video Cameras Have Excellent Reviews

Canon small sensor size camcorders have excellent ratings on average and across all camcorders Canon is one of the best brands.

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this video camera is Full HD, which is the most frequently found HD type on small sensor size camcorders that have been around for a similar time to it.

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Very Large Maximum Memory Card Size

The maximum memory card size of the Canon XF305 of 128 gigabytes is one of the largest amongst similar spec camcorders that have been available for more than two years. The average maximum memory card size of comparable spec video cameras that are a similar age to the XF305 is 67GB.

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Very Large Screen Size

Camcorders of this age and spec have screen sizes of between 1.4" and 4.3", and the average screen size is 2.9". The screen size of the Canon XF305 of 4 inches is one of the largest amongst small sensor size camcorders that have been on the market for a comparable time to the XF305.

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Full HD

Like most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been available for around the same time as the XF305, the Canon XF305 is Full HD.

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Has an HDMI Port

has an HDMI port

Like most of the other video cameras of a comparable age and type to the XF305, the Canon XF305 has an HDMI port.

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Has an Image Stabiliser

Like most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been available for more than two years, the Canon XF305 has an image stabiliser.

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1/3" Optical Sensor Size

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

This video camera's optical sensor size (1/3") is actually the best optical sensor size amongst all comparable spec video cameras that came out more than two years ago.

The worst optical sensor size amongst comparable types of video camera is 1/8".

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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 camcorders of this age and spec. Across all the comparable spec video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the XF305 the maximum aperture values range from 1.8 to 22, and the average maximum aperture value is 4.9.

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Two Memory Card Slots

The Canon XF305 has more memory card slots than most of the small sensor size camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as the XF305. This video camera is a two memory card slot video camera compared to most of the camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as the XF305 which only have one memory card slot.

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Very High Display Resolution

At 1,230,000 pixel, the Canon XF305 has a very high display resolution compared to most of the other video cameras that were launched around the same time as the XF305. The average display resolution of comparable spec video cameras that are a similar age to the XF305 is 360,000 pixels.

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Has One Cable Included

The number of included cables found on the Canon XF305 is more than most camcorders 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 camcorder.

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Lithium Battery

This camcorder has a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery, which is typical of many video cameras of this type and age.

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Has One Photo Effect

The Canon XF305 has a greater number of photo effects than most camcorders of this type and age. The most commonly found photo effect is Fader, but this photo effect is not found on this Canon video camera. The photo effects Black&White are also found on this video camera.

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

The Canon XF305 has a greater number of light metering types than most camcorders of a similar age and type to it. This Canon video camera features a Centre-weighted light metering type, which is the most frequently featured light metering type featured on video cameras of a similar age and type to the XF305. 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 average viewfinder screen size of video cameras of a similar spec and age to the XF305 is 0.33". The Canon XF305 has one of the largest viewfinder screen sizes (0.52 inches) amongst similar spec video cameras of this age.

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Has a Built-In Display

Like most of the other video cameras that have been around for more than two years, the Canon XF305 has a built-in display.

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Quite High Viewfinder Resolution

Across all the camcorders of a comparable spec and age to the XF305 the viewfinders resolutions range from 90,000 pixels to 1,600,000 pixels. The Canon XF305 has one of the higher viewfinders resolutions (1,550,000 pixel) amongst small sensor size camcorders of this age.

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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 a similar time to it. This video camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most commonly found white balance mode found on camcorders that have been on the market for a comparable time to the XF305. The white balance modes "Custom modes", "Daylight", "Manual" and "Tungsten" are also found on this Canon video camera.

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Quite High Video Capturing Speed

Across all the comparable spec video cameras that have been on the market for more than two years the video capturing speeds range from 25fps to 60fps, and the average video capturing speed is 37fps. At 50 frames per second, the Canon XF305 has a fairly high video capturing speed compared to most of the other small sensor size camcorders that were released more than two years ago.

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Very Low Minimum Aperture

Similar spec video cameras that are a comparable age to the XF305 have minimum apertures of between 1.5 and 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 were launched around the same time as the XF305.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This video camera supports a video resolution of 1280 x 720|1440 x 1080|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many camcorders of this age and type.

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8 Reasons Against

Quite Small Digital Zoom

With a digital zoom of only 1.5 times zoom factor, the Canon XF305 has a very small digital zoom compared to most of the other camcorders of a similar spec and age to the XF305. The smallest digital zoom of small sensor size camcorders that came out around the same time as the XF305 is 1.5x and the biggest is 3,500x.

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Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

Like most of the other camcorders of this age and spec, the Canon XF305 does not have an interchangeable lens.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

The Canon XF305 does not have a night mode, although it is worth noting that most of the other camcorders of a comparable type and age to the XF305 also do not have a night mode.

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Not 3D Compatible

Like most of the other camcorders of this type and age, the Canon XF305 is not 3D compatible.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

The Canon XF305 does not have a built-in projector, although keep in mind that most of the other similar spec camcorders that came out more than two years ago also do not have a built-in projector.

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Not Waterproof

The Canon XF305 is not waterproof. Most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been available for a similar time to the XF305 are also not waterproof.

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Quite Big Minimum Illumination

At 4.5 lux, the Canon XF305 has a fairly big minimum illumination compared to most of the other video cameras that were released around the same time as the XF305. The minimum illumination of camcorders that were released more than two years ago range from 0.1lx to 7lx.

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Very Heavy

When compared to other video cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the XF305, the Canon XF305's weight of 2.7 kilograms is one of the heaviest. The lightest camcorder of this spec and age is 57g weight, the heaviest is 3.9kg, and the average weight is 500g.

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3 Other reasons to consider the Canon XF305

Released Over Four Years Ago

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

Average Optical Zoom

At 18 times zoom factor, the Canon XF305 has a relatively average optical zoom compared to most of the other small sensor size camcorders that are a comparable age to the XF305.

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CMOS Sensor Type

This camcorder has a CMOS sensor type, which is typical of many small sensor size camcorders that were released around the same time as it.

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Specification

Image Sensor
Total Megapixels
Optical Sensor Size
Sensor Type
Effective Megapixels (movie)
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Image Stabilizer
Filter Size
Focal Length (35mm Film Equivalent)
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Storage
Maximum Memory Card Size
Memory Slots
Compatible Memory Cards
Camcorder Media Type
Focusing
Normal Focusing Range
White Balance
White Balance
Shutter
Camera Shutter Speed
Display
Display Diagonal
Built-In Display
Display
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Screen Size
Viewfinder
Camera
Camcorder Type
3D
Image Processor
Minimum Illumination
Supported Aspect Ratios
Design
Colour of Product
Video
HD Type
Video Formats Supported
Video Resolutions
Maximum Video Resolution
Maximum Frame Rate
Analog Signal Format System
Audio
Built-In Microphone
PCM Digital Audio
Audio System
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI
DC-In Jack
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
Headphone Outputs
Component Video (YPbPr/YCbCr) Out
S-Video Out
XLR in
USB Connector Type
Battery
Battery Type
Battery Voltage
Operational Conditions
Operating Temperature (T-T)
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Batteries Included
Cables Included
AC Adapter Included
Lens Hood
Other Features
Auto Focus
Resolution

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers canon xf305, polaroid xha1, polaroid xhg1, canon 4454b001, canon 0976b001, polaroid xha1s, polaroid xhg1s, polaroid plsta72p18
Barcodes 00013803059250, 00013803122756, 00989898608300, 00989898685509, 00989898688708, 04960999665580, 08714574551166

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