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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
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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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16 Reasons For

One Industry Award

One expert review site concluded that they would recommend this small total megapixels video camera. Luminous-landscape.com gave this video camera a "Tested & Recommended" award.

Good Expert Reviews

Camcorder expert review site tecnozoom.it scored this camcorder 80 out of 100.

Canon Video Cameras Have Excellent Reviews

Small total megapixels video cameras built by Canon have excellent ratings on average. We also checked the reviews for all video cameras (not just small total megapixels video cameras) and found that Canon also has excellent ratings across its entire range.

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this video camera is Full HD, which is the most frequently found HD type on camcorders of this spec and age.

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Quite Large Maximum Memory Card Size

The smallest maximum memory card size of similar spec camcorders that were launched around the same time as the XF305 is 8GB and the largest is 130GB. At 128 gigabytes, the Canon XF305 has a quite large maximum memory card size compared to most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that are a comparable age to the XF305.

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Very Large Display Diagonal

The average display diagonal of camcorders of this type and age is 2.9". The Canon XF305 has a very large display diagonal (4 inches) compared to most of the other camcorders that are a comparable age to the XF305.

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Has an HDMI

has an HDMI

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

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Has an Image Stabilizer

The Canon XF305 has an image stabilizer. Most of the other camcorders that are a comparable age to the XF305 also have an image stabilizer.

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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" camcorder, which is the most frequently found optical sensor size. 4.80 x 3.60mm.

This video camera's optical sensor size (1/3") is in fact the best optical sensor size across all video cameras of a similar age and spec to the XF305.

The worst optical sensor size across similar types of video camera is 1/8".

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Two Memory Slotss

The Canon XF305 has more memory slotss than most of the video cameras of this age and spec. Most of the similar spec video cameras that were released more than two years ago only have one memory slots, however this video camera has two memory slotss.

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Has One Cables Included

The number of included cables found on the Canon XF305 is more than most video cameras of a comparable age and spec to it. The most frequently found cables included is USB, but this cables included is not found on this Canon video camera. The cables includeds Component are also found on this video camera.

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Very Large Viewfinder Screen Size

At 0.52 inches, the Canon XF305 has a very large viewfinder screen size compared to most of the other comparable spec camcorders that have been on the market for more than two years. The average viewfinder screen size of camcorders of this spec and age is 0.33", and the viewfinder screen sizes range from 0.24" to 0.52".

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Has a Built-In Display

Like most of the other video cameras that are a comparable age to the XF305, the Canon XF305 has a built-in display.

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Very High Viewfinder

The viewfinders of similar spec video cameras that have been available for more than two years range from 1.5 pixels to 1,600,000 pixels, and the average viewfinder is 550,000 pixels. The viewfinder of the Canon XF305 of 1,550,000 pixel is one of the highest amongst similar spec video cameras that are a comparable age to the XF305.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolutions

This video camera supports a video resolutions of 1280 x 720|1440 x 1080|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most commonly supported video resolutions on small total megapixels video cameras that have been available for a similar time to it.

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Has Five White Balances

The Canon XF305 has a greater number of white balance modes than most camcorders that have been on the market for more than two years. This Canon camcorder has an Auto white balance, which is the most frequently found white balance found on video cameras that were launched more than two years ago. The white balances "Custom modes", "Daylight", "Manual" and "Tungsten" are also found on this video camera.

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11 Reasons Against

Quite Small Digital Zoom

At 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 age and spec to the XF305. Similar spec video cameras that were released around the same time as the XF305 have digital zooms of between 1.5x and 3,500x.

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Not Full HD

Most video cameras of a comparable type and age to the XF305 are not Full HD. The Canon XF305 is no exception to this as it too is not Full HD.

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Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

The Canon XF305 does not have an interchangeable lens, although this is within the context that most of the other comparable spec camcorders that are a similar age to the XF305 also do not have an interchangeable lens.

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Very Small Optical Zoom

Small total megapixels video cameras that have been on the market for more than two years have optical zooms of between 10x and 78x, and the average optical zoom is 31x. The Canon XF305 has a fairly small optical zoom (only 18 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other camcorders of this age and type.

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Not Cheap

We think this camcorder looks expensive compared to other camcorders of a similar spec and age. The cheapeast camcorder that was launched more than two years ago that we found costs £31 and the most expensive costs £3,087.

Does Not Have a Night Mode

Most small total megapixels video cameras that were released around the same time as the XF305 do not have a night mode. The Canon XF305 is no exception to this as it too does not have a night mode.

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Not 3D

Like most of the other camcorders of a similar spec and age to the XF305, the Canon XF305 is not 3D.

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Not Waterproof

The Canon XF305 is not waterproof. Most of the other camcorders of this type and age are also not waterproof.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

The Canon XF305 does not have a built-in projector. Most of the other camcorders of a similar spec and age to the XF305 also do not have a built-in projector.

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Very Heavy

At 2.7 kilograms, the Canon XF305 is very heavy compared to most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that came out around the same time as the XF305. The weights of similar spec video cameras that have been around for around the same time as the XF305 range from 57g to 3.9kg.

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Quite Big Minimum Illumination

Camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as the XF305 have minimum illuminations of between 0.1lx and 7lx. With a minimum illumination of 4.5 lux, the Canon XF305 has one of the bigger minimum illuminations amongst camcorders of this age.

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2 Other reasons to consider the Canon XF305

Released Over Four Years Ago

Canon released the XF305 over four years ago.

CMOS Sensor Type

This camcorder has a CMOS sensor type, which is typical of many similar spec 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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