Update: Canon’s new firmware upgrades the XF300-series camcorders to include Canon’s 3D Assist Function that allows two units to be easily set up for 3D HD video, as well as an updated Scan Reverse function, Double Slot Recording for instantaneous backup, and the option to disable Relay Recording.
Canon announced the XF305 and XF300 professional camcorders that employ an MPEG-2 4:2:2 50Mbps codec – Canon XF Codec – for capturing and recording native 1920 x 1080 video onto affordable, universally available Compact Flash (CF) cards.
The XF305 and XF300 feature a Genuine Canon 18x HD L-series lens with SuperRange Optical Image Stabilizer (OIS) system, the DIGIC DV III Image Processor, Face Detection technology, and built-in stereo microphone as well as dual XLR inputs for external audio sources.
Canon’s XF305 and XF300 come equipped with a 0.52-inch, 1.55 Megapixel color electronic viewfinder and a 4.0-inch, 1.23-megapixel LCD monitor. The XF305 also features industry- standard HD-SDI output, genlock, and SMPTE time code (in/out) terminals for multi-camera or 3-D productions.
Canon XF305 and XF300 professional camcorders will be available in late June for $7999 and $6799 respectively.