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Canon XF100 Professional Camcorder with 10x HD Video lens, Compact Flash (CF) Recording

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  • Box Contents - XF100 Camcorder, Lens Hood, Battery Pack BP-925, Compact Power Adapter CA-930, Wireless Controller, Shoulder Strap, Microphone Holder Unit, Component Cable, XF Utilities Disc Features
  • Record HD Video to 2 Compact Flash Cards
  • File-based Recording - MPEG-2 4 - 2 - 2 50Mbps Codec
  • Genuine Canon 10x HD Video lens
  • Canon Native 1920 x 1080 CMOS Image Sensor
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Compact in size, light weight and fully featured, the Canon XF100 Professional Camcorder can be tailored to fit a wide range of individual needs. While sharing many of the capabilities of the Canon XF305 and XF300 Professional Camcorders, including the Canon XF Codec and Compact Flash (CF) recording, the XF100 offers some exciting new features of its own. Built-in Devices: Microphone Aperture Range: f/1.8 to 2.8 Aspect Ratio: 16:9 Package Contents: XF100 High Definition Digital Camcorder Lens Cap Lens Hood Battery Pack BP-925 Compact Power Adapter CA-930 DC Cable DC-930 Wireless Controller WL-D6000 Shoulder Strap SS-1200 Microphone Holder Unit Component Cable CTC-100/S Canon XF Utilities Disc Built-in Devices: Microphone Product Type: Digital Camcorder Recording Formats: Full HD Viewfinder Type: Electronic Product Type: Digital Camcorder Manufacturer Part Number: 4888B001 Microphone Technology: Electret Condenser Recording Formats: Full HD Display Resolution: 920000 Pixel Limited Warranty: 1 Year Viewfinder Type: Electronic Weight (Approximate): 2.20 lb White Balance Modes: Auto Manual Custom (2000K - 15000K in 100K increments) Daylight Tungsten Screen Size: 3.5 Video Formats: MPEG-2 Focus Modes: Manual Focus Modes: Auto Manufacturer: Canon, Inc Product Model: XF100 Product Name: XF100 High Definition Digital Camcorder Screen Size: 3.5 Video Formats: MPEG-2 Optical Zoom: 10x Brand Name: Canon Optical Zoom: 10x Minimum Illumination: 4.5 lux Brand Name: Canon Focal Length: 4.25 mm to 42.50 mm Video System: NTSC Recording Media: Memory Card Image Stabilization: Optical Recording Media: Memory Card Memory Card Supported: Secure Digital (SD) Card Memory Card Supported: CompactFlash (CF) Card Image Stabilization: Optical Height: 5.8 Width: 4.8 Depth: 9.8 Maximum Video Resolution: 1920 x 1080 Number of Image Sensors: 1 Effective Video Resolution: 2.1 Megapixel HDMI: Yes Image Sensor Size: 1/3 Maximum Video Resolution: 1920 x 1080 Maximum Frame Rate: 60

From the Manufacturer


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 XF100 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 XF100 supports the highest HD quality with Full HD 1920x1080 resolution, up to a 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 XF100's superior resolution and color in spectacular detail.



Unlike other camcorders which use proprietary memory systems, the XF100 Professional Camcorder records to cost-effective Compact Flash (CF) cards. The camcorder features two CF card slots and offers versatile recording functions including:

Relay recording

When one CF card becomes full, the camcorder automatically switches video recording to the other CF card.

Hot swapping

Media can be replaced without turning off the camcorder. And while recording, the other card can be removed without interruption.

File copy and backup

Files may be copied from one card to the next – ideal for backing up when on location.

Pre Record

Perfect for news crews and live event shooters, the camcorder continuously buffers approximately three seconds of video in memory. When the Record button is pressed, recording begins and the contents of buffer memory are added, so you never miss an important shot.

Double Slot Recording

For safety and convenience, the Double Slot Recording feature allows you to record simultaneously to each of the two CF cards, providing an instant backup for your footage.

Recording Time Chart

BIT RATE

CF Card Capacity 50Mbps 35Mbps 25Mbps
2GB
5 Minutes 5 Minutes 10 Minutes
4GB
10 Minutes 10 Minutes 20 Minutes
8GB
20 Minutes 25 Minutes 40 Minutes
16GB
40 Minutes 55 Minutes 80 Minutes
32GB
80 Minutes 110 Minutes 155 Minutes
64GB
160 Minutes 225 Minutes 310 Minutes

File-based recording facilitates workflow by reducing transfer times when moving video to non-linear editing (NLE) systems. Additionally, metadata can be input at image acquisition and imagery may be reviewed immediately after recording to ensure every shot is captured and logged correctly.
 
The following compact flash cards have been tested by Canon and are compatible with this product.
 
Manufacturer Product name Capacity Model number
SanDisk* ExtremePro 64GB SDCFXP-064G-J91
32GB SDCFXP-032G-J91
16GB SDCFXP-016G-J91
Extreme 32GB SDCFX-032G-J61
16GB SDCFX-016G-J61
8GB SDCFX-008G-J61
Hagiwara
SYS-COM*
Z III 8GB HPC-CF8GZ3U5
4GB HPC-CF4GZ3U5
Lexar** Professional x300 16GB LCF16GBERBJP300
8GB LCF8GBERBJP300
4GB LCF4GBERBJP300
Professional x600 16GB LCF16GBCRBJP600
8GB LCF8GBCRBJP600
Delkin Devices** CombatFlash 32GB DDCFCOMBAT-32GB
16GB DDCFCOMBAT-16GB
8GB DDCFCOMBAT-8GB
Transcend** 600x CompactFlash Card 32GB TS32GCF600
16GB TS16GCF600

Canon makes no representations or warranties with respect to any third party accessory or product mentioned herein.
* Fully operational in all modes.
** Not operational when using slow motion modes.

Canon's XF Codec is supported by the industry’s leading manufacturers: Adobe, Apple, Avid and Grass Valley. This ensures the widest compatibility with existing infrastructure and non-linear editing (NLE) software.

NLEs Windows Mac
Adobe CS5 or later
Yes2
Yes
Apple Final Cut Pro 6.0.3 or later3
-
Yes
Avid Media Composer 4.0.5 or later4
Yes
Yes
Avid NewsCutter 8.0.5 or later4
Yes
Yes
EDIUS Pro 5.5 or later1
Yes
-


Notes
  1. Compatibility will be handled by the software company
  2. Need to specify as an MXF file
    1. When ingesting clips that were recorded using the following video configurations:
      1. 50Mbps (4:2:2), 1280x720, 30P.
      2. 50Mbps (4:2:2), 1280x720, 25P or
      3. 50Mbps (4:2:2), 1280x720, 24P,
      The clips cannot be used in Final Cut Pro if Native is selected in the ‘Transcode to” (“Target Format”) column. Select instead one of the ProRes422 options.
    2. In the Log and Transfer window, relay clips (clips recorded spanning two or more CF cards) are not handled as one clip but are instead treated and ingested as separate, independent clips.
    3. When ingesting clips with Native selected in the “Transcode to” (“Target Format”) column, a name other than Canon will appear in the Compressor field. However, the clips will be correctly ingested.
    1. Clips that were recorded using the 50Mbps (4:2:2), 1280x720, 24P video configuration cannot be used with Avid Media Composer 4.0.5/5.0.0 & NewsCutter 8.0.5/9.0.0
    2. Clips recorded using the 25Mbps (4:2:0), 1440x1080, 30P video configuration will be treated by Avid Media Composer 4.0.5/5.0.0 & NewsCutter 8.0.5/9.0.0 as 60i clips. To edit as a 30P project, please use clips recorded using the 50Mbps (4:2:2), 30P, or 35Mbps (4:2:0), 30P video onfigurations.
    3. When linking MXF files using the Link to AMA File(s) menu option, a name other than Canon may appear in the Video properties. However, the clips will be correctly linked.


Canon's optical expertise is clearly seen in the XF100's Genuine Canon 10x HD Video Lens. It delivers flexibility in image capture with a zoom range of 30.4 – 304mm (35mm equivalent).

Power zoom is available in Constant and Variable settings in 3 modes, Fast (approx. 1.9 – 60 seconds), Normal (approx. 3.0 – 180 seconds) and Slow (approx. 4.0 – 285 seconds). To provide added control, there are 16 predefined steps in Constant mode and rocker switch pressure sensitive or control ring speed management in Variable mode.

For enhanced versatility the XF100 offers a built-in gradation type neutral density (ND) filter (approximately 1/8), as well as an eight blade metal aperture iris. A customizable manual control ring allows users to assign focus, zoom, or iris. These functions are easily selected through a switch on the lens barrel.
Additionally, a custom dial is available which allows the iris to be controlled.

SuperRange Optical Image Stabilizer

The XF100 also incorporates a SuperRange Optical Image Stabilization system (lens shift) with four modes: Standard, Powered, Dynamic and Off.

Standard:
Lens shift is controlled so that the maximum compensation angle is constant from wide angle through telephoto.

Powered:
Vibration is suppressed at the telephoto end of the range, where shake is most apparent due to high magnification.

Dynamic:
Stabilization changes throughout the zoom range to minimize more pronounced shaking. This is especially useful at wide-angle focal lengths when walking.

Instant AF

When shooting high definition video, sharp focus becomes more critical than ever. Canon's proprietary Instant AF system combines an external AF sensor with Canon's legendary auto focus system for fast and accurate focus. Together, the two sensors reduce focusing time - even in low-light, low contrast, or high brightness situations - and improve focusing performance on difficult subjects.

The XF100 gives you a choice of five AF modes for different shooting applications:
  • Instant AF changes focus as rapidly as possible, for those applications in which quick focus is more important than other considerations - for example, in news gathering or documentary work.
  • Medium AF changes focus at a speed which is softer and smoother than Instant AF, but faster than would likely be possible manually.
  • Normal AF changes focus at a speed that appears natural and doesn't distract the viewer.
  • Face AF tracks focus on faces when present. The user selects the face to be tracked. Face AF has the ability to track even if the subject face is in profile. If the chosen tracked face is not present in a shot, the subject in the center of the screen will automatically be brought into focus.
  • Face Only AF automatically tracks the chosen tracked face in focus but, should that face leave the scene, will reset focus to manual mode.
Minimum Object Distance

When shooting with the XF100, the minimum focus distance is 20mm (0.78 inches) at Macro and maintains 60cm (1.97 feet) throughout the entire zoom range. This allows excellent versatility in a wide range of shooting situations.

8-Blade Iris

In contrast to a typical 6-blade iris, the XF100's 8-blade iris captures extraordinarily smooth out-of-focus ‘bokeh' for a more attractive image effect. The additional blades also reduce diffraction of light passing through the iris, allowing for the use of smaller apertures while maintaining image quality.

The Digital Teleconverter extends the reach of the optical zoom, and is selectable by 1.5x, 3x and 6x. This feature is ideal when extreme telephoto shooting is needed such as in sports and wildlife, as well as, surveillance applications for law enforcement and the military.

Newly designed and manufactured exclusively by Canon, the XF100 Professional Camcorder incorporates a native 1/3-inch, 1920 x 1080 CMOS Image Sensor, delivering superb Full HD video recording with minimal noise. The high sensitivity and wide dynamic range of this sensor are what demanding users expect from Canon. Slow and fast motion shooting is supported for greater flexibility in creative choice and its compactness contributes greatly to the small, super handy size of the XF100 and its outstanding usability in the field.


Multiple recording modes, resolutions and frame rates make the XF100 Professional Camcorder creatively flexible and able to work in virtually any production environment. From the highest quality 50Mbps Full HD to the HDV compatible 25Mbps, users will find the camcorder capable of taking on any job.

Mode Resolution Frame Rate
50Mbps (CBR) 4:2:2
1920 x 1080
60i/30p/24p
1280 x 720
60p/30p/24p
35Mbps (VBR) 4:2:0
1920 x 1080
60i/30p/24p
1280 x 720
60p/30p/24p
25Mbps (CBR) 4:2:0
1440 x 1080
60i/30p/24p

Variable Frame Rates

The XF100 Professional Camcorder offers a full range of selectable frame rates. You can choose between 60i, 60p, 30p and 24p settings to achieve just the look you want.
  • 60p Frame Rate (Available in 720p Mode Only)
    In addition to the standard interlaced frame rate of 60i, the XF100 is able to capture at 60p. 60p is rapidly becoming the standard for fast-action sports.
  • 30p Frame Rate
    30p is the ideal frame rate for video viewed on the Internet. It is also an excellent choice for frame grabbing during playback.
  • 24p Frame Rate
    24p matches the frame rate of a traditional film camera giving the same cadence and temporal motion needed for a "film look."
Optional 50i/50p/25p Frame Rate Upgrade

For added versatility, the XF100 can be customized to record in both 60i/50i, 60p/50p, and 24p/25p (this optional upgrade must be performed by a Canon Factory Service Center).

Slow Motion & Fast Motion

Slow and Fast Motion Modes allow the XF100 to record a different frame rate than the playback frame rate, resulting in either a fast or slow motion effect during playback. Since the camera is recording real frames and modifying the playback rate, there is no quality loss and maximum image quality is maintained.

In 1080 mode, fast motion is supported up to 2.5x the normal rate and as slow as 1/2.5x. In 720 mode, fast motion is supported up to 5x the normal rate and as slow as 1/1.25x.

Mode Resolution Playback Rate Record Rates
50Mbps 1920 x1080 30p/24p 12, 15, 18, 20, 21, 22, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 30
1280 x 720 60p/30p/24p 12, 15, 18, 20, 21, 22, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 30, 32, 34, 36, 40, 44, 48, 54, 60
35Mbps 1920 x 1080 30p/24p 12, 15, 18, 20, 21, 22, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 30
1280 x 720 60p/30p/24p 12, 15, 18, 20, 21, 22, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 30, 32, 34, 36, 40, 44, 48, 54, 60
25Mbps 1440 x 1080 30p/24p 12, 15, 18, 20, 21, 22, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 30

Interval Recording

With this feature, users can 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. The interval can be set in 25 levels ranging from 1 second to 10 minutes.

60i/30p: Selectable between 1, 3, 6 and 9 frames
24p/60p: Selectable between 2, 6 and 12 frames

Frame Recording

This setting allows a specified number of frames to be recorded – ideal for projects such as clay animation.

60i/30p: Selectable between 1, 3, 6 and 9 frames
24p/60p: Selectable between 2, 6 and 12 frames

The XF100 Professional Camcorder features Canon's powerful DIGIC DV III Image Processor, which provides enhanced shading, lifelike tonal gradations, new custom picture settings and lower power consumption. DIGIC DV III is also the high-speed engine which powers Genuine Canon Face Detection. On-the-go videographers will appreciate the ability to track one subject in a crowd of people.




The XF100 has the ability to be paired with another XF100 or XF105 camcorder to provide true stereoscopic 3-D recording. It offers several features to assist with 3-D production including OIS Lens Shift to aid in optically aligning the two camcorders.

A focal length guide displays the zoom position of each camera in relation to each other and calibrates the zoom distance.

The XF100's compact size provides an alternative to large 3-D rigs allowing 3-D crews to work more quickly and efficiently, while providing the needed features to capture exceptional 3-D imagery.

   
OIS Lens Shift Focal Length Guide


The XF100 Professional Camcorder features an Infrared Mode allowing users to capture video in conditions with little to no ambient light, a situation which would make other camcorders useless. During infrared capture, the infrared cutoff filter is removed from the optical path. Combined with a specially designed lens coating, infrared light is able to pass through to the image sensor. Additionally, the XF100 features an infrared emitter with a diffuser to shoot pleasing infrared imagery even in complete darkness. For the nature videographers or law enforcement users, the benefits of a compact, high performance camcorder for shooting in such conditions is obvious. Without the need to add lights, the shooter may remain hidden from their subjects. Also, the XF100 gives the option of recording in green or white light mode.



The XF100 is designed as an ultra-compact camcorder without compromising on features and usability. Its small size makes this camcorder ideal in situations where every inch and ounce count, such as flying to location or going on expedition. It offers amazing image quality yet can easily be placed in the back of a car or carried in a backpack making the XF100 the perfect camera to go anywhere, anytime on a moment’s notice.

3.5-inch, 920,000 Dot LCD Monitor

A 3.5-inch, 920,000 Dot LCD monitor provides an ample, accurate area for critical focus confirmation and approximately 100% field of view. The display opens on the left side of the camera body.

EVF

The XF100 Professional Camcorder features a 0.24-inch, 260,000 Dot Color EVF and approximately 100% field of view coverage for comfortable viewing and accurate judgment of composition. Brightness, contrast, color and backlight are adjustable. The angle of the viewfinder is adjustable up and down through 68º for additional user comfort and when using the LCD display for monitoring.

Focus Assist Functions

Edge Monitor Focus Assist System
With Canon’s new Edge Monitor Focus Assist system, a red and green monitor is shown at the bottom of the LCD Display and three red focus check areas are shown across the display. The green waveform shows overall focus of the image, while the red waveform shows the focus status of the focus check boxes. Through this dynamic focus feedback, 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 for the XF100 operator to check and confirm critical focus.

Users of the XF100 Professional Camcorder have full manual control of all camera functions to adapt to both technical and artistic challenges when shooting. For maximum customization, users have access to Custom Picture Settings, Custom Functions and Custom Display Options to tailor the camera to 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 XF100 and XF105 camcorders.

Custom Picture Settings

You can manually set an extensive variety of image quality adjustments and store them as 9 different presets in the camera. Up to 20 may be saved to an SD card. The adjustments include: Gamma, Black Level, Black Gamma, Low Key Saturation, Knee, Sharpness, Noise Reduction, Skin Detail, Selective Noise Reduction, Color Matrix, White Balance, Color Correction and Setup Level.

Gamma

Normal 1

 

Normal 2

 

Normal 3

 

Normal 4

 

Cine 1

 

Cine 2

 

Black

Master Pedestal

-50 → +50

Master Black

Red

-50 → +50

Green

-50 → +50

Blue

-50 → +50

Black Gamma

Level

-50 → +50

Range

-5 → +50

Point

-1 → +50

Low Key Saturation

Enable

On

Off

Level

-50 → +50

Knee

Enable

On

Off

Auto

On

Off

Slope

-35 → +50

Point

50 → 109

Saturation

-10 → +10

Sharpness

Level

-10 → +50

H. Detail Frequency

-8 → +8

HV Detail Balance

-8 → +8

Limit

-50 → +50

Select

0 → +15

Knee Aperture

Gain 0 → 9

Slope 0 → 3

Detail Sharp

Level 0 → 50

Slope 0 → 3

Offset 0 → 50

Coring

Level -30 to +50

D-Ofst 0 to +50

D-Curve 0 to +8

D-Depth -4 to +4

Noise Reduction

Auto

Off

1 → 8

Skin Detail

Effect Level

Off

Low

Middle

High

Hue

-16 → +16

Chroma

0 → 31

Area

0 → 31

Y Level

0 → 31

 

Selective NR

Effect Level

Off

Low

Middle

High

Hue

0 → 31

Chroma

0 → 31

Area

0 → 31

Y Level

0 → 31

Color Matrix

Select

Normal 1

Normal 2

Normal 3

Normal 4

Cine 1

Cine 2

Gain

-50 → +50

Phase

-18 → +18

R-G

-50 → +50

R-B

-50 → +50

G-R

-50 → +50

G-B

-50 → +50

B-R

-50 → +50

B-G

-50 → +50

White Balance

R Gain

-50 → +50

G Gain

-50 → +50

B Gain

-50 → +50

Color Correction

Select Area

Off

A

B

A&B

A Area Select

Phase 0 → 31

Chroma 0 → 31

Area 0 → 31

Y Level 0 → 31

A Area Revision

Level -50 to +50

Phase -18 to +18

B Area Select

Phase 0 → 31

Chroma 0 → 31

Area 0 → 31

Y Level 0 → 31

B Area Revision

Level -50 to +50

Phase -18 to +18

Setup Level

Level

-50 → +50

Press

On

Off

100% Clip

On

 

Off

 


Custom Functions

The XF100’s operation can be further fine-tuned through the use of Custom Functions. This allows the camcorder to truly match your shooting style. A total of 15 unique items can be adjusted including: Shockless Gain, Shockless White Balance, AE Response, Iris Limit, Iris Ring Direction, Focus Ring Control and Character Record.

As well, for quick access to commonly used functions, the XF100 features 10 customizable control buttons.

Custom Display

The Custom Display function lets you set 32 display items to create a custom LCD/EVF to suit your specific needs. Items that can be selected include: Zoom Position, Audio Level, Remaining Record Time, Exposure, Object Distance, Time Code and more.

Smooth and efficient workflow is an essential part of the production process. Canon’s XF Codec is supported by the industry’s leading manufacturers: Adobe, Apple, Avid and Grass Valley. This ensures the widest compatibility with existing infrastructure and non-linear editing (NLE) software.

Compact Flash Cards

Understanding that accessibility to media is an important part of any file-based workflow, the Canon XF100 Professional Camcorder records to cost-effective Compact Flash (CF) cards, not proprietary media.

MXF Wrapper

The XF100 uses Material Exchange Format (MXF) for its file structure -an internationally standardized container format for the exchange of video and audio material. Using the MXF format, video and audio can be wrapped into a single file along with important metadata. With MXF, the XF100 will not only benefit from the highest level of compatibility with NLE systems, but also with high-end network systems used by many networks and production studios.

Bundled Canon XF Utility Software

Compatible for use on both Mac and Windows platforms, Canon’s XF Utility software provides a simplified first step in the process of managing and playing back your clips.

Additionally, the software can manage lists of clips in a number of display formats, as well as tag, add and edit metadata. It also serves as an efficient means of backing up media.

The utmost in flexibility has been built into the XF100 Professional Camcorder. It has an incorporated stereo microphone, as well as two XLR audio inputs with +48V phantom power and a 3.5mm microphone input terminal. The built-in microphone provides exceptional audio in fast-paced situations while the XLR inputs and microphone input terminal provide connectivity to external microphones. In addition the XLR inputs allow the use of other professional audio devices. If you choose, the built-in microphone and an external microphone can be used simultaneously.

Audio is recorded in 16-bit PCM format at 48 kHz for amazing quality and fidelity. And both the built-in microphone and XLR inputs have the option for automatic or full manual gain control. To prevent variations in the recorded audio level, the dials can be locked by closing the audio panel cover.


Not only does the XF100 Professional Camcorder provide the professional user with complete control over the image, it also provides complete creative freedom when it comes to inputs and outputs including:

  • HDMI Output
  • Component Video Output
  • Composite Video Output (3.5mm Terminal)
  • USB 2.0 Hi-Speed Terminal
  • Remote Control Terminal (compatible with LANC protocol)


Waveform Monitor

Videographers depend on this feature to confirm accurate exposure and color levels during the capture process. Typically only found on expensive external units, the Canon XF100 Professional Camcorder has a waveform monitor built right into the camera. The waveform monitor shows a detailed view of overall image brightness and RGB components.

Optional Canon WD-H58W Wide Converter

Optically matched for the XF100’s HD lens, the WD-H58W Wide Converter provides a magnification factor of 0,8x increasing wide angle capability to approximately 24mm (35mm equivalent).

Intelligent Battery System

The XF100 Professional Camcorder is compatible with Canon’s new BP-925, as well as the 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. On the outside of the battery, four LED lamps allow battery life to be viewed quickly when in the field.

Additionally, the camcorder is compatible with existing Canon BP-900 series batteries. Batteries can also be inserted and removed while the supplied AC power cable is connected.

Photo Capture

For applications such as storyboarding, continuity and publicity shots, the XF100 offers the ability to capture 1920 x 1080 still images. Photos may be captured to an SD memory card during the time of recording, as well as “frame grabbed” during playback.

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

Support for 9 languages including:

German, Spanish, French, Italian, Polish, Russian, English, Chinese (simplified) and Japanese.

1 Year Parts and Labor Limited Warranty

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65 of 66 people found the following review helpful By Aj on August 31, 2012
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Having had an XA10 briefly before buying the XF100 I was able to make some direct comparisons.

Bottom line is that the XF100 offers more hard BUTTONS, a huge advantage to any semi-pro user or above, because digging through the menu on site is tedious and time consuming. The codec is also MPEG2 50mbs 4:2:2 color, which means the color accuracy is MUCH better than the XA10 and editing will be much faster and easier to render. It actually meets minimum broadcast specs for the BBC which is pretty amazing for the price range. A more flexible but finicky image. At each shoot, you'll be spending a little more time getting white balance, lighting and picture settings just right vs the XA10's simpler use.

OUT OF THE BOX SHOOTING: No, don't do that. You'll want to do 2 things right away. Google "Custom Picture Profiles" and use the ones called XF1MOJO, HI-GAIN and TRUVID to start. They alter many different aspects of the picture to allow for great looking footage. If you don't do this, you're likely to get grainy footage even in good light and night shots will be unusable. You'll also want to set the LCD screen to BRIGHT if you want to see in in the sunlight while shooting.

LOW LIGHT/NIGHT SHOTS: Use a custom picture profile setup for this and most importantly DO NOT go above 9db GAIN. Auto mode will rocket up to 24db instantly and produce one of the grainiest pictures you can imagine. Keep it below 9 and you'll be pleased. I hooked my camera up to our HDTV and lowered the light while toying with different settings, this was very effective for me to learn what worked and how in that setting.

EDITING: Using both XA10 footage (H264) and XF100 (MPEG2), Adobe CS6, W7x64 still lagged badly and took roughly 2-3x as long for any renders using an 8 core system.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By pinskier on November 3, 2011
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I spent about four months comparing the Canon XF100 to the Canon 7D, and several Sony video cameras. I used mutiple lens on the Canon 7d...testing for depth of field, low light comparisons, etc. For the Indy movie we are shooting now, the Canon XF100 became the perfect choice. Ease of use, 2-3 hours of battery use, double slots for the compact flash cards (one for backup), great low light, the ability to continue a shot for more than 12 minutes (Canon7d), the ability to chose MF or AF, and no need to purchase all the peripherals that you need when you use a DLSR for video. If you can find this camera, its incredible and easy to use. The only drawback is the editing. If you have a 32 bit Windows platform, you will have to upgrade to a new computer for 64 bit if you plan on editing with Adobe Premiere Pro, Avid, or the earlier versions of Final Cut Pro. FCPro X at this time is not set up for the Canon XF series.
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57 of 64 people found the following review helpful By SanNic44 on November 6, 2011
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If you're looking to step into the beginnings of a professional level video camera, the XF100 will do the job. Among the features I like best are: 4:2:2 color space, XLR audio inputs, and a versatile zoom lens. These are just a few, there are many more. To provide a thorough review of the XF100, I made this video, which includes an un-boxing, a look at the features, and a short, actual test of the camera. I immediately noticed an improvement in my productions including my video blog and YouTube material, not to mention material submitted to professional news organizations. For a high-quality stream of this review, see my blog, which is mentioned in my Amazon profile, or can be found through my website. The higher quality version was far too large to load here.
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I was looking for a camcorder to improve upon the image and sound quality that I got from my Canon VIXIA HFS10, and after a lot of research I decided on this one. I haven't been disappointed.

For me the most important feature was the dual XLR inputs, because for documentary shooting, where the voices of my subjects are critical, I can't rely on the onboard microphone. I need at least to add a shotgun on top, or on a boom pole if I have someone else to operate it. Additionally, it helps to have a wireless lavaliere set up and the ability to record both inputs to different channels, and control their levels independently. All that's possible, and quite easy, with this camcorder.

The image quality, also, is a serious step up. I can get good shots indoors as long as it's not dark, and excellent quality during the daytime and at night in a well-lit street. This will record up to 50Mbps, using Canon's XF Codec, which can be edited without difficulty and without the need for conversion using Adobe's Premiere Pro CS6 - but should be usable in almost any up-to-date semi-professional editing program.

It records onto compact flash cards, and can hold up to two at once. It can be set to record sequentially, so that as soon as the one card is full it will begin recording to the other without any time lag. You can also remove and replace the card that's not currently recording even with the camera on, so you could keep recording for as long as you like.
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