Ground Breaking File Based Pro Cameras
Canon continues to innovate and develop image acquisition products for the most demanding professional. The Canon XF300 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 color sampling provides ultra-fine transitions in tone and color 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.
The XF300 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 XF300 a camcorder that can be tailored to fit your individual needs.
MPEG-2 4:2:2 50Mbps Codec (Canon XF Codec)
MPEG-2 compression is both highly reliable and versatile. Developed by the Moving Pictures Expert Group (MPEG), it is one of the most widely used compression schemes in the industry for camera acquisition, over the air broadcast, cable and satellite TV. Canon’s adaptation of MPEG-2 for the XF300 Professional Camcorder, named the Canon XF Codec, ensures the widest compatibility with existing industry infrastructure and non-linear editing (NLE) systems. As well, by using an MXF file wrapper, video and audio can be wrapped in a single file along with important metadata.
The XF300 supports the highest HD quality with Full HD 1920x1080 resolution, up to 50Mbps bit rate and 4:2:2 color sampling.
4:2:2 color sampling provides twice the color resolution of HDV and other codecs that use 4:2:0 color sampling. 4:2:2 provides ultra-fine transitions in tone and color and maintains the highest quality image for use in post production processes such as chroma keying, color grading, advanced compositing and effects.
The codec’s 50Mbps constant bit rate provides the bandwidth needed to capture the XF300’s superior resolution and color in spectacular detail.
Standard Definition or High Definition
Power Supply (rated)
7.4V DC (battery pack)
Video Recording system
Compression: MPEG-2 Long GOP
Color Space: 4:2:2 (at 50Mbps recording)
File Format: MXF
50Mbps (CBR) 4:2:2, 1920x1080, (60i/30p/24p),
35Mbps (VBR) 4:2:0, 1920x1080 (60i/30p/24p),
25Mbps (CBR) 4:2:0, 1440x1080 (60i/30p/24p)
Audio Recording system
2-Channel, PCM digital recording, 16-Bit; 48kHz
(3) 1/3-inch CMOS
Approx. 2.37 megapixels (2044 x 1160 pixels) each x 3
Approx. 2.07 megapixels (1920 x 1080 pixels)
Maximum 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
Canon 18x HD L Series Zoom, 4.1-73.8mm (35mm equivalent 29.3 - 527.4mm),
TVAF plus External Phase Difference Metering Sensor, Autofocus (Instant AF, Normal AF, Face AF), Manual, Full Manual
Max Shutter Speed
Minimum Focusing Distance
20mm (wide macro), 1m (entire zoom range)
Auto, Manual, Custom (2000K - 15000K in 100K increments), Daylight, Tungsten
60i, 60p, 30p, 24p (50i, 50p and 25p optional upgrade available through Canon Factory Service Center)
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)
SuperRange Optical (Lens Shift) Modes: Standard, Powered, Dynamic, Off
0.52-inch color widescreen, approx. 1,555,000 dots, approx. 100% field of view
4.0-inch color widescreen LCD, approx. 1,230,000 dots, approx. 100% field of view
Stereo electrect condenser microphone
CF Card : 2 Slots, Movie files only, Type 1 only, UDMA supported
SD Card: Still images, Custom Picture Data, Clip Metadata, Custom Settings
Mini-B USB 2.0 Hi-Speed
Component: Output only
Composite: 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
XLR 3-pin jack (2), Switchable between MIC/LINE
Yes (Type A)
AV Mini Terminal/Headphone Terminal
3.5mm stereo mini-jack
Remote Control Terminal
Yes (compatible with LANC protocol)
Operating Temperature range
0 - 40° C, 32 - 104° F , 85% relative humidity
Approx. 6.0 x 9.3 x 15.0 in. (153 x 236 x 382mm) (not including lens hood, eyecup, grip belt)
Weight (not including lens hood and eyecup)
5.8 lbs (2,630 g) (includes grip belt)
Weight (fully loaded)
6.5 lbs (2,940 g) (includes grip belt, lens hood, BP-955, CF Card (x1) and SD card/not including eyecup)