Canon XF305

Canon XF305

This camera has become a popular choice in many production companies in the UK. It was the first off the blocks in the small camera market to record at 50Mbps on affordable media. This meant many users could meet channel specifications for BBC, ITV, CHannel 4 etc for High Definition programming.

Affordable Media costs

Recording to compact flash cards with a purchase cost of less than £80 for 82 minutes recording made it a firm favourite very quickly. Many Television Production Companies have invested in dozens of compact flash cards and put them in groups safely stored in small peli cases. This approach all works to attempt to reduce the amount of transfers needed whilst out on location.

 

  • 1920 x 1080 resolution
  • 50 Mbps bit rate
  • 32GB CF card equals approx 82 minutes HD record time (2 slots)
  • Hot swapping available
  • Three full HD CMOS Sensors
  • MPEG-2
CAMERA
Image Sensor
Sensor 1/3 type 3CMOS
System RGB Prism
Total pixels per sensor 2.37 megapixels
Effective pixels per sensor 2.07 megapixels
Horizontal Resolution 1000 TV lines or more (1920 x 1080i mode)
Lens
Zoom ratio 18x
Focal length 4.1 – 73.8mm (35mm equivalent: 29.3 – 527.4mm)
Minimum focus distance 1m;20mm (MACRO)
ND filter 3 glass filters: 1/4, 1/16, 1/64
Zoom control Ring, Rocker or Handle
Zoom speed Zoom Rocker:Variable speed/Fixed speed (16 speed level settings available);Handle zoom:Fixed speed (16 speed level settings available)
Focus control Manual ring or automatic (Instant AF, TV AF or Face Detection AF)
Iris control Manual ring; Full Auto; Push Auto Iris
Aperture range f1.6 – f22
Filter diameter 82mm
Lens elements/groups 17/14
Image stabilization system Optical lens shift system (angle & vector movement detection);3 modes: Dynamic, Standard, Powered
Digital zoom 1.5X
Image Processor
Type DIGIC DV III
RECORDING
Video storage media Type 1 Compact Flash memory cards (2 card slots)
Type UDMA4, 30MB/s or faster (40MB/s or faster for Fast/Slow recording)
Recording time 32GB CF card: Up to 80mins (1080/50i @ 50 Mbps)
Recording file format Material eXchange Format (MXF)
Recording format MPEG-2 Long GOP50Mbps CBR (4:2:2) MPEG-2 422@HL;35Mbps VBR (4:2:0) MPEG-2 MP@HL;25Mbps CBR (4:2:0) MPEG-2 MP@H14
Recording frame rate 50Mbps: 1920 x 1080/50i, 25p; 1280 x 720/50p, 25p;35Mbps: 1920 x 1080/50i, 25p; 1280 x 720/50p, 25p;25Mbps: 1440 x 1080/50i, 25p
Slow/Fast motion YES.720p: 12, 15, 18, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 30, 32, 34, 37, 42, 45, 48, 50fps1080p: 12, 15, 18, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25fps
Interval Record YES. 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. Up/down, left/right image inversion
Photo storage media SD/SDHC memory card
Still quality During video recording: 1920 x 1080;During playback: 1920×1080, 1280 x 720
SYSTEM
LCD
Size 10.1 cm (4″)
Dots 1.23 million
Image quality adjustments Brightness, contrast, colour, sharpness, backlight, black & white
Adjustable Left/right switchable
Waveform Monitor Waveform Monitor and Vectorscope
Focus Assist Peaking; Magnifying; Edge Monitor (using waveform display)
Peaking Peaking 1, Peaking 2 (Colour, Gain, Frequency customisable for each)
Zebra Level 1; Level 2; BothOutput via HD-SDI or HDMI
Markers On/Off (Aspect ratio, Aspect marker, Select area, Safe area, Grid, Horizontal, Centre)
EVF
Size 1.3cm (0.52″)
Dots 1.55 million
Image quality adjustments Brightness, contrast, colour, sharpness, backlight, black & white
Adjustable Vertical tilt
Correction lens + 2.0 to -5.5 diopters
Inputs/Outputs
Audio in XLR inputs with 48V phantom power x 2
Headphone output 3.5mm stereo jack
Video monitor output YES (BNC, composite Standard Definition video, output only)
HDMI YES (Type A, output only)
IEEE 1394 (Firewire) NO
USB YES (Mini-B, USB 2.0 Hi-Speed)
HD/SD-SDI output YES (BNC, output only, embedded audio and time code)
Time code YES (BNC, switchable input/output)
Genlock YES (BNC, input only)
Component out YES (D connector, output only)
AV terminal 3.5mm mini jack (output only for video and audio)
DC input YES
Remote Control Terminal 2.5mm mini jack
Colour Bars Type 1/Type 2
MISC
Tally lamp YES (x2)
Accessory shoe YES (hot shoe, EOS Flash units supported)
Custom key YES (13 assignable buttons; select from 30 functions)
SHOOTING FUNCTIONS
Exposure
Exposure metering Standard (centre weighted), Spotlight, Backlight
Exposure range 50 – 100,000 lux
Exposure compensation -2 to +2 EV (14 steps)
Auto Exposure mode Full Auto
Push Auto Iris Yes
Auto Gain Control setting Full Auto / AGC On / Manual
Auto Gain Control limit 3dB; 6dB; 9dB; 12dB; 15dB; 18dB; (OFF/21 dB)
Gain setting Assignable L, M, H switch positions (-6dB / -3dB / 0dB/ 3dB / 6dB/ 12dB / 18dB / 21dB / 33dB / TUNE (0.5 dB increments from 0 to 21 dB))
Shutter speed
Control Modes 3 position switch:OFF (Full Auto) / ON / SEL (Auto; Speed; Angle; Clear Scan (CS); Slow Shutter (SLS))
Shutter speed 1/18 to 1/2000 depending on frame rate
Shutter Angle 11.25º to 360º depending on frame rate
Slow Shutter (SLS) 1/3, 1/6, 1/12, 1/25
Clear Scan 50i/p: 50 to 251.15Hz;25p: 25 to 251.15Hz
Custom picture
Stored Configurations 9
Storage Medium SD/SDHC memory card (all customisation data and metadata)
Gamma 6 profiles
Master Pedestal -50 to +50
Master Black -50 to +50 for each of R,G,B
Black Gamma Adjustable height width and apex
Low Key Saturation -50 to +50 adjusts colour saturation in low brightness area
Knee Adjusts over exposure characteristic, start, slope, saturation
Sharpness Adjustment for Detail level, Detail frequency, Coring, HV balance, Detail limit, Detail select, Knee aperture and Level dependent sharpness
Noise reduction Off, Automatic, On ( 1 to 8 )
Skin detail Off, Low, Middle, High / Hue, Chroma, Brightness
Selective Noise Reduction Off, Low, Middle, High / Hue, Chroma, Brightness
Colour matrix -50 to +50 hue and gain R,G,B, in tandem with Gamma selection
White balance -50 to +50 white balance offset for R,G,B
Colour correction Area selection / area revision of two areas
Setup level -50 to +50 On/Off
Clip 100% IRE Limits output to 100% after setup adjustment
White balance
Auto YES
Preset A, B, Preset (Daylight, Tungsten)
Time code
Countup system Regen, RecRun, FreeRun, External, Hold
Start value setting “00:00:00:00”, Set/Reset selectable
Audio
Recording 16-bit 2ch (48 kHz) linear PCM
Control Independent limiters and auto/manual settings
Microphone attenuation YES
Microphone level meter YES
ACCESSORIES
Supplied XF Utility and NLE Plug-ins, Shoulder strap, Eyecup, Component cable DTC-1000, Battery pack BP-955, DC lead DC-930, Compact power adapter CA-930, Wireless controller WL-D6000.
Optional Wide Attachment WA-H82, Batteries BP-930, BP-945, BP-950G, BP-970G, BP-955, BP-975, Compact Power Adapter CA-920, Compact Car adapter CB-920, Shoulder Brace SBR-1000, Tripod Adapter TA-100, Zoom Remote Control, Video Light VL-10Li II, Tripod Base TB-1.
Battery
Backup power supply Lithium coin battery (built-in)
Power Consumption 9W
Continuous Recording Time Supplied BP-955:Optional BP-975:
MISCELLANEOUS
Dimensions Approx 180 x 192 x 394 mm
Weight (camera only) Approx 2700g
Operating Temperature range -5ºC to +45ºC, 60% relative humidity

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