The Canon XF-300 employs an MPEG-2 FULL HD 4:2:2 50Mbps Codec for capturing and recording native 1920 x 1080 video onto affordable, universally available Compact Flash (CF) cards*. Uniting video, audio and metadata into a single file, the Canon XF300 uses an MXF (Material eXchange Format) File Wrapper, a widely supported open-source format, to maximise compatibility with existing industry infrastructure and non-linear editing (NLE) systems. The camera also incorporates dual XLR inputs and captures 16-bit PCM audio at 48 kHz.
The XF300 is engineered for multiple production applications including broadcast news, documentaries and independent filmmaking and event videography. Featuring a genuine Canon 18x HD video lens, 3CMOS sensor system, and DiG!C DV III, the Canon XF300 records breathtaking Full HD video whilst being very mobile, with excellent balance between operation and weight.
* Compact Flash type I UDMA 4 or equivalent is required for video recording. SD card slot will only save photographic stills and will not record video.
File-based HD Video Camera - Versatile file-based recording, direct to readily-available CF Cards allowing easy integration in to standardized workflow
Super Fast Processing With 1/3 Inch 3CMOS Sensor System - A low noise system supporting slow and fast motion shooting and faster scanning reducing rolling shutter skews
Super Range Optical Image Stabilizer - Dynamic, Powered, and Normal image stabilization settings.
Instant AF - Instant AF with Face Detection technology
Genuine Canon HD L Lens f/1.6 – f/2.8 with 18x Optical Zoom Equipped with a large L series Lens with a centre resolution of 1,000 TV lines, offers enhanced resolution at all zoom levels
Industry Standard MXF Format Support - Material Exchange Format (MXF) is an established international standard which enables the use of metadata in broadcasting and other applications
MPEG-2 Full HD (4:2:2) Recording Codec - This newly developed Canon XF codec enables high quality imaging and audio performance with up to 50Mbps data recording.
4.0 Inch LCD With 270° Rotation A freely rotating 270 degree (left and right), 35 degree (front), 4.0 inch 1.23MP HD LCD Panel with 100% coverage allows for greater usability and mobility.
High Resolution, 1.55-megapixel EVF - features a 0.52-inch, 1.55 Megapixel Color EVF and approximately 100% field of view coverage for comfortable viewing and accurate judgment of composition, focus and color.
Slow Motion & Fast Motion - record at different frame rate than the playback frame rate, resulting in either a fast or slow motion effect during playback with no quality loss and maximum image quality.
Interval Recording - program the camera to record a specified number of frames at specified intervals. The technique can be used to observe natural phenomena over extended periods, making it ideal for time-lapse applications.
Frame Recording - This setting allows a specified number of frames to be recorded – ideal for projects such as clay animation.
Canon DIGIC DV III Image Processor - provides enhanced shading, lifelike tonal gradations, new custom picture settings and lower power consumption.
Genuine Canon Face Detection - On-the-go videographers will appreciate the ability to track one subject in a crowd of people.
Edge Monitor Focus Assist System - Through this dynamic focus feedback system, the user can intuitively tune focus in a scene and quickly change the zone of focus.
Peaking/Magnify - Two peaking modes and a magnify focus assist function are available in standby and record mode (LCD monitor and EVF), making it extremely easy to check and confirm critical focus.
Exceptional Customization - For maximum customization, users have access to Custom Picture Settings, Custom Functions and Custom Display Options to tailor the camera to match their creative and production needs. Any combination of these items can be saved to an SD memory card for easy setup and matching of multiple XF305 and XF300 camcorders.
Audio System – incorporates a stereo microphone as well as two XLR audio inputs with +48V phantom power. Audio is recorded in 16-bit PCM format at 48 kHz for amazing quality and fidelity. Also includes a 3.5mm headphone terminal with 16 volume settings for accurate audio monitoring. Photo Capture - For applications such as storyboarding, continuity and publicity shots, the XF300 offers the ability to capture 1920 x 1080 still images to SD/SDHC memory cards.
Waveform Monitor and Vectorscope - confirm accurate exposure and color levels during the capture process.
Intelligent Battery System - compatible with Canon’s new BP-955 and BP-975 Intelligent Lithium-ion batteries. These batteries communicate remaining running time (down to the minute) and wear data back to the camcorder, so the user is well-informed at all times.
Color Bars with Reference Tone - Two types of color bars can be selected: Type 1 (SMPTE compliant) or Type 2 (ARIB compliant); 1 kHz Reference Tone: -12dB, -18dB, 20dB or OFF.
Movies: CF Card Type I only (2 Slots), UDMA4 recommended; Stills: SDHC/SD Cards
1/3 inch 3CMOS
DiG!C DV III
Movie Compression System
MPEG-2 Long GOP 4:2:2 (50 Mbps)
1920 x 1080
Focal Length (nominal)
4.1 – 73.8mm
Focal Length (35mm equivalent)
Approx. 29.3 – 527.4mm
f/ 1.6 – 2.8
Provided (electronic ring); either [AF/MF] mode with no rotational limit or [FULL MF] mode with rotational limit and distance indicator can be selected.
Zoom Ring Zoom Rocker
Provided (electronic ring). Focal length indicator, zoom limit provided. Manual zoom/Power zoom. One of three settings (Slow, Normal or Fast) can be selected for the power zoom mode and, in each mode, either a variable speed (16 steps) or fixed speed (16 steps) can be set.
Provided (electronic ring)
6 iris aperture leaves, material used: Metal (treated for immunity from sunlight-induced burns)
Close up distance
1 m (entire zoom range), 20 mm with wide macro
Optical system (lens shift system adopted/Super range system support)
Zoom/focus preset function
One push AF function
? (Button operation)
3 steps of ND1 (ND: 1/4), ND2 (ND: 1/16), ND3 (ND: 1/64) Material used: Glass (treated for immunity from sunlight-induced burns)
Filter diameter and pitch
Ø 82 mm / P0.75 mm
50 Mbps CBR (4:2:2) [422P@HL]
1920 x 1080 PAL – 50i / 25P 1280 x 720 PAL – 50P / 25P
35 Mbps VBR (4:2:0) [MP@HL]
1920 x 1080 PAL – 50i / 25P 1280 x 720 PAL – 50P / 25P
25 Mbps CBR (4:2:0) [MP@H14]
1440 x 1080 PAL – 50i / 25P
Light Metering Method
Centre-weighted / Spot / Backlight Correction
White Balance Mode
AWB, Set (2 positions). Preset (Daylight/Tungsten), Colour Temperature (2,000K – 15,000K)
4.0 inch 16:9 ratio wide screen LCD screen (1,230,000 dots), 100% coverage Angle adjustment enabled with high, low angle support and self portrait shooting possible Brightness, contrast, colour, sharpness and backlight adjustment
0.52 inch 16:9 ratio wide screen LCD screen (1,555,000 dots), 100% coverage Angle adjustment enabled. +2.0 to -5.5 diopter, 3-lens configuration Brightness, contrast, colour, sharpness and backlight adjustment
Filming Models & Controls
Auto / 50i / 25P
Special Recording Modes
Frame Rec, Interval Rec, Slow & Fast Motion, Pre-Rec
Linear PCM (16-bit, 48KHz), 2-ch
Audio Level Metering
Manual audio level VR metering & control
Wind Screen Wind Low-Cut setting x2
Still Image Recording
Memory Card Type
SDHC / SD slot
Input Power Supply
7.4 V DC (Battery Pack), 8.4 V DC (DC IN)
Input Signals: XLR 3-pin jack Output Signals: HDMI (Type-A) USB (mini-B, USB 2.0 Hi-Speed) AV (3.5mm, 4-pole mini-jack) Component Headphone (3.5mm Stereo mini-jack) Remote (2.5mm Stereo mini-jack) Video2 terminal (BNC Connector)
Canon XF Utility - PC: Windows XP SP2/SP3 (32-bit), Vista SP1/SP2 (32/64-bit), Windows 7 (32/64-bit) Mac: OS X 10.4 to 10.6
Dimensions W x H x D
153 x 236 x 382mm
Weight exc. battery (g)
* Specifications subject to change by the manufacturer without notice
XF 300 Digital Video Camera Power Adapter CA-930 Power Supply Coupler DC-930 Battery Pack BP-955 Wireless Controller WL-D6000 Eyecup Shoulder Strap Component Cable DTC-100 Software Suite CD-ROM: Canon XF Utility, Plug-in Disc Instruction Manual