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Canon continues to innovate and develop image acquisition products for the most demanding professional. The Canon XF305 Professional Camcorder features 50Mbps MPEG-2 4:2:2 recording to universally available Compact Flash (CF) cards for unsurpassed image quality and efficient, robust workflow at an affordable price. It is ideally suited to match the requirements of electronic newsgathering (ENG) crews, independent filmmakers, documentary producers, event videographers and military agencies.

Utilizing file-based MPEG-2 compression with an MXF File Wrapper ensures the widest compatibility with existing industry infrastructure, metadata and non-linear editing (NLE) systems. And 4:2:2 colour sampling provides ultra-fine transitions in tone and colour for maintaining the highest quality image for use in advanced post production.

A newly developed Genuine Canon 18x HD L-Series lens along with three Canon native 1920 x 1080 CMOS Image Sensors delivers pristine image quality. Incorporating industry-standard HD-SDI output, genlock input and SMPTE time code input/output terminals makes the Canon XF305 perfectly matched for live application and multi-camera shooting.

The XF305 also offers multiple recording bit rates, resolutions and variable frame rates to expand your creative flexibility, and allow you to work in virtually any production environment. And complete customization over the image, display and operation makes the XF305 a camcorder that can be tailored to fit your individual needs.

  • MPEG-2 4:2:2 50Mbps Codec (Canon XF Codec)
  • Record to easily accessible and affordable Compact Flash Cards
  • Genuine Canon 18x HD L-Series Lens
  • Three Canon Native 1920 x 1080 CMOS Image Sensors
  • Industry Standard HD-SDI Output, Genlock & SMPTE Time Code and Other Terminals
  • Multiple Recording Bit Rates, Resolutions, and Variable Frame Rates
  • Canon DIGIC DV III Image Processor
  • Large, 4.0-inch, 1.23-megapixel LCD Monitor and High Resolution, 1.55-megapixel EVF

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Print Specs

  • Standard Definition or High Definition

    High Definition

  • Power Supply

    7.4V DC (battery pack)

  • Audio

    2-Channel, PCM digital recording, 16-Bit, 48kHz

  • Image Sensor

    (3) 1/3-inch CMOS

  • Effective Pixels

    Approx. 2.07 megapixels (1920 x 1080 pixels)

  • Total Pixels

    Approx. 2.37 megapixels (2044 x 1160 pixels) each x 3

  • Max. Movie Recording Time

    64GB Compact Flash (CF) card - Type 1. Greater capacity is possible when two cards are used. UDMA supported.

    • 25Mbps: 310 minutes
    • 35Mbps: 225 minutes
    • 50Mbps: 160 minutes
  • Lens

    Canon 18x HD L Series Zoom, 4.1-73.8mm (35mm equivalent 29.3 - 527.4mm), f/1.6-2.8

  • Focusing System

    TVAF plus External Phase Difference Metering Sensor, Autofocus (Instant AF,Normal AF, Face AF), Manual, Full Manual

  • Max. Shutter Speed


  • White Balance

    Auto, Manual, Custom (2000K - 15000K in 100K increments), Daylight, Tungsten

  • Frame Rate

    60i, 60p, 30p, 24p (50i and 25p optional upgrade available through Canon Factory Service Centre)

  • Minimum Illumination
    • Full AUTO mode: 4.5 lux (Shutter speed 1/60, Gain +21dB)
    • Manual mode: 08 lux (Shutter speed 1/4, Gain +33dB), when 60i is selected
  • Genlock Terminal

    BNC (input only)

  • HD/SD-SDI Terminal

    BNC (output only), with embedded audio

  • Timecode Terminals

    BNC (input/output)

  • Viewfinder

    0.52-inch colour widescreen, approx. 1,555,000 dots, approx. 100% field of view

  • LCD Screen (Monitor Unit)

    4.0-inch colour widescreen LCD, approx. 1,230,000 dots, approx. 100% field of view

  • Microphone

    Stereo electrect condenser microphone

  • Recording Media

    CF Card:

    • 2 Slots, Movie files only, Type 1 only, UDMA supported

    SD Card:

    • Still images, Custom Picture Data, Clip Metadata, Custom Settings
  • USB Terminal

    Mini-B USB 2.0 Hi-Speed

  • Video Terminal


    • Output only


    • A/V terminal 3.5mm mini-jack, output only, BNC terminal, output only, signals can be output simultaneously through A/V terminal and BNC terminal
  • Audio Terminal

    XLR 3-pin jack (2), Switchable between MIC/LINE

  • HDMI Terminal

    Yes (Type A)

  • AV Mini-terminal/Headphone Terminal

    3.5mm stereo mini-jack

  • Operating Temperature Range

    0 - 40° C, 32 - 104° F , 85% relative humidity

  • Dimensions (W x H x D)

    Approx. 6.0 x 9.3 x 15.0 in. (153 x 236 x 382mm), not including lens hood, eyecup, grip belt

  • Weight

    5.9 lbs (2,670 g), includes grip belt