Canon XF205


The Canon XF205 HD Camcorder is a compact, ergonomically friendly camera that is suitable for traditional multi-camera productions as well as ENG/event style coverage, independent and documentary filmmaking. The camera features a 1/2.84″ CMOS sensor that captures 1920 x 1080 video at various frame rates up to 59.94p, including a 24p mode for a more cinematic feel.

The camera also benefits from being able to cope with night shoots / very low lighting. Engaging the Infrared (IR) shooting mode moves the IR Cut filter out of the optical path for shooting in extreme low light conditions. An IR emitter built into the top handle provides an IR source.


  • 20x, f/1.8 wide-angle zoom lens for amazing long-distance shots
  • HD CMOS Pro sensor provides outstanding image quality, even in low light
  • Compact, lightweight design, with 3-ring lens operation and rotatable grip
  • OLED display and 1.23m dot viewfinder enable precise monitoring
  • Share content easily via built in Wi-Fi or Ethernet; record proxy files directly to other devices
  • Dual format recording: broadcast standard 50Mbps MPEG2 codec, plus MP4 in HD or SD
  • Genlock, Timecode, and 3G-SDI terminals for multi-cam integration
  • Wide DR gamma helps to avoid over-exposure
  • 4 channel audio recording; 2 XLR inputs
  • Infrared shooting mode, with enhanced IR lamp
Image Sensor
Sensor 1/2.84 type HD CMOS Pro
Filter RGB Primary Colour filter (Bayer array)
Total Pixels 3.09 megapixels (2208 x 1398)
Effective pixels per sensor 2.91 megapixels (2136 x 1362)
Zoom ratio 20 x Optical
Focal length 3.67 – 73.4mm (35mm equivalent: 28.8 – 576mm)¹
Minimum focus distance 60cm (throughout zoom range);

10mm (Wide MACRO setting)

ND filter Built-in gradation ND filter
Zoom control Zoom rockers on body and handle;

Selectable manual zoom/focus ring on lens;

Selectable High Speed and Soft Zoom modes available.

Zoom speed Zoom Rocker:

Variable speed/Fixed speed (Fast/Normal/Slow, 16 speed level settings available in each mode);

Grip zoom:

Fixed speed (Fast/Normal/Slow, 16 speed level settings available in each mode)

Zoom Ring: As operation speed

Focus control Manual control via focus ring, automatic (Instant AF, Medium AF, TV AF, Face Detection AF, Face Only AF), Push AF
Iris control Ring control; Full Auto
Aperture range f1.8 – f16
Filter diameter 58mm
Lens elements/groups 12/10
Aperture blades 8 Blade Circular Aperture
Image stabilization system Dynamic IS and Powered IS, 5 Axis image stabilisation
Digital zoom/Teleconverter 1.5x; 3x; 6x
Image processor


Video storage media Type 1 Compact Flash memory cards (2 card slots);

SD Card x 1

Dual Format recording, Double slot (simultaneous) recording and Relay (continuous) recording possible.

Type UDMA4, 30MB/s or faster (40MB/s or faster for Fast/Slow recording);

SD card Class 4 or higher, Class 6 & 10 recommended for 35Mbps MP4 recording

Recording time 128GB CF card: Up to 320 mins (1080/50i @ 50 Mbps)

128GB SD Card: up to 8 Hours (MP4/50P @35Mbps)

Recording file format Material eXchange Format (MXF) to CF card, MP4 to SD card
Recording format MPEG-2 Long GOP

50Mbps CBR (4:2:2) MPEG-2 422P@HL;

35Mbps VBR (4:2:0) MPEG-2 MP@HL;

25Mbps CBR (4:2:0) MPEG-2 MP@H14

MP4: MPEG-4/AVC/H.264

35/24/17/9/3 Mbps;

All modes variable bit rate, 4:2:0 colour sampling

Recording frame rate (PAL Mode) MXF

50Mbps: 1920 x 1080/50i, 25p; 1280 x 720/50p, 25p;

35Mbps: 1920 x 1080/50i, 25p; 1440 x 1080/50i; 1280 x 720/50p, 25p;

25Mbps: 1440 x 1080/50i, 25p


35/24Mbps 1920 x 1080: 50P/25P

17Mbps 1280 x 720: 50P

9 Mbps 1280 x 720: 25P

3Mbps 640 x 360: 25P

Slow/Fast motion YES (MXF recording only)

720p: 12, 15, 18, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 30, 32, 34, 37, 42, 45, 48, 50fps

1080p: 12, 15, 18, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25fps

Interval record YES MXF recording only. 2, 6 or 12 frames, 25 time intervals
Frame record YES. 2, 6 or 12 frames
Pre Record (cache record) YES (3 seconds)
Scan Reverse YES. Vertical/horizontal/both
Photo storage media SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card
Still quality During video recording: 1920 x 1080 in 1920 x 1080 or 1440 x 1080 mode,

1280 x 720; 1280 x 720 mode

During playback: 1920×1080


Dimensions Approx 160 x 201 x 353mm (including lens hood with barrier, Eye Cup

and microphone holder)

Weight (camera only) 1560g (3.4 lb)
Weight (fully equipped) 1960g (4.3 lb)
Operating Temperature range -5ºC to +45ºC, 60% relative humidity