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Excellent optical performance and broadcast quality in a small form factor
The latest additions to the Canon range of professional video camcorders, the XF205 and XF200 offer excellent optical performance and broadcast quality output in a small form factor. Building on many of the features previously found in Canon Cinema EOS Digital Cinema Cameras and HD camcorders, the XF205 and XF200 break new ground in cameras of this size with the focus being on image quality with the maximum of versatility and flexibility.
Ideally suited to newsgathering, documentary and independent filmmakers as well as videographers across a wide range of disciplines, the XF205 and XF200 professional camcorders feature the very latest in Canon camcorder technology, enabling single operators to maintain flexibility and fast reactions to quickly changing events.
With their small form factor, the XF205 and XF200 are engineered to meet the high standards demanded for broadcast quality production. Thanks to the latest DIGIC DV4 processor, and a raft of performance-led features such as a 20x zoom wide-angle lens (offering a 26.8-576mm focal length range), and a 1/2.84-type 2.91 Megapixel HD CMOS Pro sensor for outstanding dynamic range and low-light performance, the XF205 and XF200 are designed to be used in challenging situations.
Professional Audio Functions
The superb picture quality of the cameras is complemented by advanced audio functions, with up to four-channel Linear PCM audio recording supported and two XLR inputs allowing the option to use professional-grade microphones. In addition, a built-in stereo microphone and a 3.5mm microphone jack provide users with a wide range of audio options.
Versatile Recording Options
The dual-format recording feature of the XF205 and XF200 cameras provides flexibility, speed and data security. Footage can be captured simultaneously in two different formats, providing instant back-up and alternate delivery options. Full HD images can be stored on two CF cards using a broadcast-standard 50Mbps MPEG2 codec, whilst an MP4 version can be saved to an SD card in either Full HD or a lower resolution – ideal for rapid file transfer in applications such as news gathering. It's even possible to stream low resolution proxy files directly to another device such as a Smartphone.
Exceptionally Wide Dynamic Range
Utilising technology first seen on the EOS C300 and then the EOS C100 Digital Cinema Cameras, the XF205 and XF200 cameras include a Wide Dynamic Range shooting mode that enables a dynamic range of 600%. In combination with high sensitivity this allows the cameras to film in low light situations with exceptional quality and to record fine detail beautifully in shadow and highlight areas without any loss of detail.
Comfortable Precise Control
Compact in size, unobtrusive and a pleasure to use thanks to its 3-ring lens operation, the XF205 and XF200 also provide impressively high quality monitoring options. An 8.8cm OLED screen with a 1.23m dot resolution is easy to view, even in bright sunlight, offering better response times, definition, contrast and colour reproduction than LCD equivalents. A sizeable, high quality 1.14cm, 1.23m dot EVF can tilt up to 68° to accommodate different shooting positions.
The appeal of the XF205 and XF200 for ‘run and gun’ situations is further enhanced with a rotating handgrip that allows for easy and comfortable capture at both low and high angles (when held either horizontally or vertically).
Three separate lens rings
For focus, zoom and iris – provide a configuration that is familiar to experienced camera operators, allowing a much quicker response in dynamic shooting environments.
Easy Integration & Sharing of Content
Sharing content is easy as each camera features WiFi and Ethernet LAN connectivity, allowing direct or wireless connection to a wide range of devices such as smartphones, tablets and laptops. Wireless connectivity offers the freedom to control the camera from a distance, view footage remotely and conveniently transfer files via FTP without the need for any additional software.
A new Camera Access function allows lower-quality proxy files to be streamed to another device via WiFi, thus improving the speed in which content, such as news flashes, can be shared. This connectivity also allows for remote control of the camera via a web browser and Canon's RC-V100 wired remote controller can be configured too.
The XF205 expands the connectivity options further with the inclusion of selectable 3G-SDi/HD-SDI, Timecode In/Out and Genlock terminals for easy integration on multi-camera shoots or with other broadcast equipment. The camera also features a monitor out BNC connection.
Built-in Infrared Lamp for Night-time Shooting
The XF205 and XF200 both feature a high-power integrated Infrared (IR) lamp to allow for night-time shooting, further increasing the operability and versatility of the cameras in a wide range of challenging filming situations. The IR lamp is three times stronger than the IR lamp seen in the XA25 model – ideal for the recording of night-time documentaries or nocturnal wildlife.
20x Canon HD Video lens
The XF205 and XF200 feature a Canon 20x (26.8-576mm range) broadcast-quality zoom lens and an Optical Image Stabilisation system, which includes Dynamic IS. A beautiful ‘bokeh’ effect can be delivered thanks to an 8-blade circular aperture that uses Canon’s unique Electro Magnetic Diaphragm technology – developed for the company’s EF lens range – to ensure beautiful background blur in shots with a shallow depth-of-field. This lens also includes Hi-UD glass elements, broadcast lens technology previously found in Canon’s XF300-series camcorders. Unique Canon lens coatings ensure clear, sharp pictures throughout the frame.
Improved 1/2.84-Type HD CMOS Pro Sensor
Canon develops and manufactures its own CMOS sensors for HD camcorders and the XF205 and XF200 cameras feature a 1/2.84-type HD CMOS Pro sensor with an effective pixel count of approximately 2.91 Megapixels. The sensor measures 2136x1362 pixels and helps to contribute to the performance of the IS system while the new and improved DIGIC DV 4 image processing platform included in these cameras improves signal-to-noise ratio and increases low-light performance.
DIGIC DV 4 Processor
The DIGIC DV 4 processor in the XF205 and XF200 models is the latest development of Canon’s powerful processors for video cameras, replacing the previous DIGIC DV III. The outstanding processing capability provided by a DIGIC DV 4 processor provides enhanced image reproduction, supplementing the strengths of the DIGIC DV family – such as smooth gradation and faithful colour reproduction – with support for recording at higher data rates. The sensor and processor work together to eliminate more camera shake, augmenting a highly effective Optical IS system with electronic stabilisation that detects and compensates for movement in a larger number of directions.
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Canon's European CPS programme is a completely free service that offers Canon professional photo and video users exclusive access to a range of benefits. These include access to CPS support at major events; a priority repair service; and local CPS support in selected European countries. Free back-up equipment loans during repair periods are also available, depending on the level of your CPS membership. Information about CPS is now available in 12 languages — to find out more please select your CPS territory/language from the drop down menu above.
The service operates on a three-tier basis to provide a programme that’s accessible, responsive and tailor-made to the needs of professional photographers. The appropriate level of CPS membership will be automatically assigned to you depending on the number of qualifying bodies and lenses that you registered with CPS.
For CPS Video membership videographers must own one qualifying Canon professional camcorder. For a full list of qualifying CPS Photo and CPS Video products please visit the link ‘view qualifying products’ here.
The countries that currently offer the European CPS programme are: Austria, Belgium, Croatia (Silver membership only), Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania (Silver membership only), Russia, Slovenia (Silver membership only), South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey (Silver membership only), the United Arab Emirates (Silver membership only), UK and the Ukraine (Silver membership only).
Professional photographers and videographers can also register for CPS membership in the following 23 countries: Algeria, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Belarus, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Egypt, Estonia, Georgia, Greece, Iceland, Israel, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Malta, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, and Slovakia. Although CPS repairs and loans are not available in these 23 countries all registered CPS members from these countries can take advantage of CPS repair and loan benefits when they travel to the 27 countries (named in the paragraph above) that do offer these services.
To find out what CPS can do for you or to register please click the link below.
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Posted on: Wednesday, 22 February 2017
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Yes, with the Canon XF 200 you can reduce the absolute resolution of the image in return for better noise performance