Canon announced two new compact XF-Series professional camcorders, the XF105 and XF100, which are the camera maker’s smallest professional camcorders. Both of them are equipped with Canon’s Full HD 1920×1080 CMIS image sensor and uses the Canon XF Codec, which is an “MPEG-2 4:2:2 50Mbps codec used for exceptional high-definition image quality, full non-linear editing (NLE) systems compatibility and efficient, robust workflow.”
The XF105 and XF100 feature Canon 10x HD zoom lens with a 35mm equivalent zoom range of 30.4mm – 304mm, the DIGIC DV III image processor, an infrared feature enabling the capture of HD video shooting in conditions with little to zero ambient light and a 3.5-inch LCD display. They also include built-in features to assist with 3-D production, including OIS Lens Shift to aid in optically aligning two XF105 or XF100 camcorders and a Focal length Guide for displaying the zoom position of each camera in relation to each other and calibrating the zoom distance.
These compact professional camcorders have dual XLR inputs for external audio sources as well as a built-in stereo microphone. The XF105 model will also get industry-standard HD-SDI output and genlock in/SMPTE time code (in/out) terminals. Canon XF105 and XF100 will be released in Q1 2011.