Canon has launched its XF305 and XF300 professional digital video cameras.
Both new models employ an MPEG-2 FULL HD 4:2:2 50Mbps Codec for capturing and recording native 1920 x 1080 video onto Compact Flash (CF) cards. Uniting video, audio and metadata into a single file, the two models use a Material eXchange Format (MXF) File Wrapper, a widely supported open-source format, to maximise compatibility with existing industry infrastructure and non-linear editing (NLE) systems.
The cameras are engineered for multiple production applications including broadcast news, documentaries and independent filmmaking and event videography.
They feature a Canon 18x optical zoom HD L-series lens providing documentary filmmakers and news camera operators with the focal-range versatility required in the field.
Designed with input from professional users, each model includes three Canon developed and designed native 1920 x 1080 CMOS image sensors, and the new Canon MPEG-2 Codec for extreme colour detail required for accurate chroma-keying, colour-grading and compositing for digital filmmaking.
For finer transitions in tone and colour, 4:2:2 colour sampling offers twice the colour resolution of HDV and other 4:2:0 formats. 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.
The new professional camcorders feature hot-swappable dual card slots and support UDMA CF cards for maximum performance.
To support the swift adoption of the Canon MPEG-2 Codec, Canon has worked in cooperation with editing and post-production software developers, including Adobe, Apple, Avid, and Grass Valley, to ensure compatibility with leading software programs widely used within the video production and broadcast industries.
The Canon XF305 and XF300 models will be available from late June 2010 through Canon dealers nationally.