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Canon XF100 E / XF100 A / XF100 Camcorder-1080 pixels

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  • Product Dimensions: 13.9 x 26.8 x 19.1 cm ; 1.1 Kg
  • Boxed-product Weight: 3.4 Kg
  • Item model number: 4889B001
  • ASIN: B005BX6E5Q
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 20 May 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 148,678 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

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Professional Camcorders
Canon’s XF100 is the smallest camcorder to include an MPEG-2, 50Mbps, 4:2:2 Full HD codec. CF card recording, professional audio and extensive customisation provides exceptional versatility.

Features:
- MPEG-2 recording to two CF cards at up to 50Mbps (4:2:2).
- Light, compact design; XLR inputs.
- 10x zoom Canon HD Video Lens.
- 1/3 type Full HD Canon CMOS.
- 3D Assist Functions; Infrared shooting mode.
- 8.8cm (3.5’’) 920k dot LCD; 0.6cm (0.24”), 260k dot EVF.
- Variable frame rates.

MPEG-2 recording at up to 50Mbps (4:2:2)
The XF100 records MPEG-2 MXF (Media eXchange Format) files – up to 1920 x 1080 Full HD at 50Mbps (4:2:2) – to relatively inexpensive and widely available CompactFlash (CF) memory cards. Relay Recording across two card slots allow filming to continue without interruption, whilst Double Slot Recording lets you store the same footage to both cards.

Light, compact design; XLR inputs
Putting exceptional functionality in the palm of your hand, the durable and lightweight design enables exceptional versatility. Linear PCM audio can be captured via twin XLR inputs and also using the front-mounted stereo microphone.

10x zoom Canon HD Video Lens
Drawing on Canon’s broadcast lens expertise, XF100 features a fast, wide angle Canon HD Video Lens (f1.8-f2.8, 30.4mm) with built-in control ring for adjustment of zoom, focus or iris. An enhanced Optical Image Stabilizer system helps to reduce chromatic aberration, maintain sharpness and reduce lens size.

1/3 type Full HD Canon CMOS
A 2.07MP Full HD CMOS sensor – designed and manufactured by Canon - captures Full HD video at native 1920x1080 resolution. The sensor is equipped with a Bayer pattern colour filter for high sensitivity and wide dynamic range; high-speed data readout technology minimises rolling-shutter skew that can occur in CMOS camcorders.

3D Assist Functions; Infrared shooting mode
The XF100 features 3D Shooting Assist functions (OIS Axis Shift and Focal Length Guide) which support stereoscopic 3D video capture using two camcorders. With twice the infrared (IR) sensitivity of previous models it’s also perfect for low light shooting using the new IR Shooting Mode and built-in IR lamp. Green and white options are available to suit different projects.

8.8cm (3.5’’) 920k dot LCD; 0.6cm (0.24”), 260k dot EVF
Both camcorders feature a large, side-mounted LCD. This 8.8cm (3.5”) screen has a sharp, 920k dot resolution, with a built-in waveform monitor and Edge Focus function to help set up the shot. A 0.61cm (0.24’’), 260k dot EVF with 100% coverage is also available.

Variable frame rates
A wide range of frame rates is available, from 12 to 50 fps. This gives cameramen the freedom to alter the capture rate for additional creative flexibility.

CPS support
Canon’s exclusive CPS Video Support offers a priority repair service, guaranteeing quick turnaround.
Other Characteristics:
Audio output: 1
Auto exposure: Y
Auto focus: Y
Battery technology: Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Camera shutter speed: 1/3 - 1/2000
Closest focusing distance: 0.2 m
Colour of product: Black
Compatible memory cards: CF, SD, SDHC, SDXC
Component video (YPbPr/YCbCr) out: 1
DC-in jack: Y
Depth: 268 mm
Digital zoom: 6x
Display: LCD
Display diagonal: 8.89 cm (3.5")
Effective megapixels (movie): 2.07 MP
Filter size: 5.8 cm
Focal length (35mm film equivalent): 30.4 - 304 mm
Focal length range (f-f): 4.25 - 42.5 mm
HDMI: Y
Height: 191 mm
Image stabilizer: Y
Interface: USB 2.0
Manual focus: Y
Maximum frame rate: 50 fps
Microphone in: Y
Minimum illumination: 0.7 lx
Night mode: Y
Noise reduction: Y
Operating temperature (T-T): -5 - 45 °C
Optical sensor size: 25.4 / 3 mm (1 / 3")
Optical zoom: 10x
Photo effects: Black&White
Sensor type: CMOS
Spotlight: Y
Total megapixels: 2.37 MP
USB 2.0 ports quantity: 1
Video formats supported: MPEG2
Video out: 1
Viewfinder: 260000 pixels
Viewfinder screen size: 0.27"
White balance: Auto, Daylight, Tungsten
Width: 139 mm
XLR in: Y


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I bought this as i wanted a professional level camera with great manual control in a small package. This camera delivers beautiful quality video. For those who like to grade and make colour alterations in post the 4:2:2 codec has a lot of room for this but make sure your editing software can open the files or you have a good video converter programme.
The camera is a little small to make changing manual settings on the move a little awkward but its not a deal breaker. Professional mic inputs are a must have on this level of camera although the shotgun mount is a little big for several makes of mics and needs some padding to let it grip them. Overall I am very pleased with my purchase the only thing that lets it down and the reason it loses a star is its low light performance. I knew about this before buying but even then was a little disappointed as indoor events need extra lighting if you don't want an image full of very noticeable noise but outdoors in good or normal light images look great.
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The specifications are impressive for a Canon camcorder of this affordable price for a professional camcorder. The Canon XF100 supports the highest / Full HD 1920x1080 resolution, and amazingly up to a 50Mbps bit rate and 4:2:2 colour sampling.

The BBC accept footage that is recorded in 50Mbps. Most camcorders under 5 thousand pounds record less than 50Mbps. For example quite a few record in 24 Mbps or 25 Mbps.

This Canon beast records in 50Mbps. Also the 4:2:2 color sampling provides twice the color resolution of my Sony Z1 HDV camcorder, and yet the canon is cheaper. Most cheap camcorders record in codecs that use 4:2:0 color sampling.

4:2:2 provides brilliant transitions in tone and colour and maintains the highest quality image for use in post production processes such as colour grading, compositing and effects etc.

This canon XF 100 is hard to beat for a professional camcorder - key features are -
4:2:2 colour sample,
XLR audio inputs,
versatile zoom lens.
Cheap price,
double slots for the compact flash cards.
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