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  • CANON CONSUMER XF205 Canon XF205 Compact Professional Full HD Camcorder
  • CANON CONSUMER XF205 Canon XF205 Compact Professional Full HD Camcorder

Canon XF205 Compact Professional Full HD Camcorder


Offering high-end image quality, easy integration and dual-format recording, built for HD content creation
  • 20x, f/1.8 wide-angle zoom lens
  • HD CMOS Pro sensor
  • OLED display and 1.23m dot viewfinder
  • Genlock, Timecode, and 3G-SDI terminals
  • 4 channel audio recording; 2 XLR inputs

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Exc VAT Price £2,295.00
Inc VAT Price £2,754.00
Cat no. XF205

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Canon XF205 - a compact, fully-featured camcorder that lets you capture and share amazing images

The Canon XF205 is the latest in the XF range, which also includes the broadcast workhorse XF305 and the more compact and smallest of the three XF105. The Canon XF205 offerings include a high-end image quality, easy integration and dual-format recording, a 20x zoom lens, a rotating grip to assist with various shooting scenarios. The XF205 is built for Full HD content creation with the documentary, wedding and event filmmaker in mind.

Feature-rich yet compact, it¿s a powerful professional tool. Records onto afforadable Compact Flash cards and is equiped with a broadcast level codec with a bitrate of 50Mb/s in a 4:2:2 colour space. 

Key Features

  • 20x, f/1.8 wide-angle zoom lens for amazing long-distance shots
  • HD CMOS Pro sensor provides outstanding image quality, even in low light
  • Compact, lightweight design, with 3-ring lens operation and rotatable grip
  • OLED display and 1.23m dot viewfinder enable precise monitoring
  • Share content easily via built in Wi-Fi or Ethernet; record proxy files directly to other devices
  • Dual format recording: broadcast standard 50Mbps MPEG2 codec, plus MP4 in HD or SD
  • Genlock, Timecode, and 3G-SDI terminals for multi-cam integration
  • Wide DR gamma helps to avoid over-exposure
  • 4 channel audio recording; 2 XLR inputs
  • Infrared shooting mode, with enhanced IR lamp

  • Detailed Features

    Advanced Canon imaging system

    The XF205 features an advanced camera system capable of providing outstanding images and the responsiveness to deal with all kinds of shooting situations. A 26.8mm wide-angle lens with 20x zoom gets you closer to the action, while Dynamic Optical Image Stabilisation compensates for shake in 5 directions to provide ultra-steady images.

    A Canon HD CMOS Pro sensor combines with the DIGIC DV 4 processor to delivers stunning picture quality – even in low light – as well as outstanding dynamic range and realistic colour reproduction. Wide DR Gamma helps to reduce over-exposure, whilst an infrared shooting mode means the camera can easily be used at night – ideal for wildlife videographers.

    Picture quality is complemented by advanced audio functions, with 4-channel Linear PCM audio recording supported.

    Comfort and precise control

    Compact in size, unobtrusive and a pleasure to use thanks to its 3-lens ring operation and rotatable grip, the XF205 also provides impressively high quality monitoring options. An OLED screen with a 1.23m dot resolution is easy to view, even in bright sunlight, offering better response tim


    Image Sensor
    Sensor1/2.84 type HD CMOS Pro
    FilterRGB Primary Colour filter (Bayer array)
    Total Pixels3.09 megapixels (2208 x 1398)
    Effective pixels per sensor2.91 megapixels (2136 x 1362)

    Zoom ratio20 x Optical
    Focal length3.67 - 73.4mm (35mm equivalent: 28.8 - 576mm)¹
    Minimum focus distance60cm (throughout zoom range);
    10mm (Wide MACRO setting)
    ND filterBuilt-in gradation ND filter
    Zoom controlZoom rockers on body and handle;
    Selectable manual zoom/focus ring on lens;
    Selectable High Speed and Soft Zoom modes available.
    Zoom speedZoom Rocker:
    Variable speed/Fixed speed (Fast/Normal/Slow, 16 speed level settings available in each mode);

    Grip zoom:
    Fixed speed (Fast/Normal/Slow, 16 speed level settings available in each mode)
    Zoom Ring: As operation speed
    Focus controlManual control via focus ring, automatic (Instant AF, Medium AF, TV AF, Face Detection AF, Face Only AF), Push AF
    Iris controlRing control; Full Auto
    Aperture rangef1.8 - f16
    Filter diameter58mm
    Lens elements/groups12/10
    Aperture blades8 Blade Circular Aperture
    Image stabilization systemDynamic IS and Powered IS, 5 Axis image stabilisation
    Digital zoom/Teleconverter1.5x; 3x; 6x

    Image Processor
    TypeDIGIC DV 4

    Video storage mediaType 1 Compact Flash memory cards (2 card slots);
    SD Card x 1
    Dual Format recording, Double slot (simultaneous) recording and Relay (continuous) recording possible.
    TypeUDMA4, 30MB/s or faster (40MB/s or faster for Fast/Slow recording);
    SD card Class 4 or higher, Class 6 & 10 recommended for 35Mbps MP4 recording
    Recording time128GB CF card: Up to 320 mins (1080/50i @ 50 Mbps)
    128GB SD Card: up to 8 Hours (MP4/50P @35Mbps)
    Recording file formatMaterial eXchange Format (MXF) to CF card, MP4 to SD card
    Recording formatMPEG-2 Long GOP
    50Mbps CBR (4:2:2) MPEG-2 422P@HL;
    35Mbps VBR (4:2:0) MPEG-2 MP@HL;
    25Mbps CBR (4:2:0) MPEG-2 MP@H14
    MP4: MPEG-4/AVC/H.264
    35/24/17/9/3 Mbps;
    All modes variable bit rate, 4:2:0 colour sampling
    Recording frame rate (PAL Mode)MXF
    50Mbps: 1920 x 1080/50i, 25p; 1280 x 720/50p, 25p;
    35Mbps: 1920 x 1080/50i, 25p; 1440 x 1080/50i; 1280 x 720/50p, 25p;
    25Mbps: 1440 x 1080/50i, 25p

    35/24Mbps 1920 x 1080: 50P/25P
    17Mbps 1280 x 720: 50P
    9 Mbps 1280 x 720: 25P
    3Mbps 640 x 360: 25P
    Slow/Fast motionYES (MXF recording only)
    720p: 12, 15, 18, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 30, 32, 34, 37, 42, 45, 48, 50fps
    1080p: 12, 15, 18, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25fps
    Interval recordYES MXF recording only. 2, 6 or 12 frames, 25 time intervals
    Frame recordYES. 2, 6 or 12 frames
    Pre Record (cache record)YES (3 seconds)
    Scan ReverseYES. Vertical/horizontal/both
    Photo storage mediaSD/SDHC/SDXC memory card
    Still qualityDuring video recording: 1920 x 1080 in 1920 x 1080 or 1440 x 1080 mode,
    1280 x 720; 1280 x 720 mode
    During playback: 1920x1080


    TypeOrganic LED
    Size8.77cm (3.5") Organic EL (OLED)
    Dots1.23m (approx. equivalent)
    Image quality adjustmentsBrightness, contrast, colour, sharpness
    Waveform MonitorYes, selectable on/off; Line, Line and Spot,Field, RGB, YPbPr
    Focus AssistPeaking; Magnifying; Edge Monitor (using waveform display)
    PeakingPeaking 1, Peaking 2 (Colour, Gain, Frequency customisable for each)
    ZebraLevel 1; Level 2; Both
    Output via HD-SDI or HDMI
    MarkersOn/Off (Aspect ratio, Safe area, Grid, Horizontal, Centre)

    Size1.15cm (0.45")
    Dots1.23m (approx. equivalent)
    Image quality adjustmentsBrightness, contrast, colour, backlight,
    AdjustableVertical tilt, up to 68°
    Viewing Angle28.2º
    Correction lens+ 2.0 to -5.5 diopter

    Inputs / Outputs
    Audio inXLR inputs with 48V phantom power (x2), 3.5mm microphone input jack
    Headphone output3.5mm stereo jack
    Video monitor outputYES (BNC HD-SDI, output only)
    HDMIYES (HDMI™ mini connector, output only, 1080/50p output possible)
    IEEE 1394 (Firewire)NO
    USBYES (Mini-B, USB 2.0 Hi-Speed, output only)
    3G-HD/SD-SDI outputYES, selectable (BNC, output only, embedded audio and time code)
    Time codeYES (BNC, switchable input/output)
    GenlockYES (BNC, Sync in/out selectable)
    LANYES, Ethernet (1000BASE-T supported)
    AV terminal3.5mm mini jack (output only for video and audio)
    DC inputYES
    Remote Control Terminal2.5mm mini jack
    Colour BarsYES (SMPTE or EBU), with 1KHz Tone

    Tally lampYES (x2)
    Accessory shoeYES (cold shoe)
    Custom Button AssignmentYES (13 assignable buttons; select from 28 functions)
    Rotating Side GripYes. 120° angle of rotation in 15º increments
    Custom DialNO


    Exposure meteringStandard (centre weighted), Spotlight, Backlight
    Exposure compensation-2 to +2 EV
    Auto Exposure modeFull Auto
    Push Auto IrisNO
    Auto Gain Control settingFull Auto/AGC Limit/Manual
    Auto Gain Control limit3dB, 0dB, 3dB, 6dB, 9dB,12dB,15dB,18dB, 21dB,24dB, 27dB,33dB
    Gain setting-6dB / -3dB / 0dB/ 3dB / 6dB/ 12dB / 18dB / 24dB / 27dB /33dB / TUNE (0.5 dB increments from 0 to 27 dB).27dB maximum in Auto mode

    Shutter Speed
    Control ModesFull Auto / Manual control (Auto; Speed; Angle; Clear Scan (CS); Slow Shutter (SLS); IR Slow Shutter)
    Shutter speed1/18 to 1/2000 depending on frame rate
    Shutter Angle11.25º to 360º depending on frame rate
    Slow Shutter (SLS)1/3, 1/6, 1/12, 1/25 (depending on frame rate)
    Clear Scan50i/p: 50 to 250.51Hz;
    25p: 25 to 250.51Hz

    Infrared shooting modeYES (green or white)
    Built-in IR lampYES

    Custom Picture
    Stored Configurations9 (Including Wide DR)
    Storage MediumSD/SDHC memory card
    Gamma6 preset profiles
    Master Pedestal-50 to +50
    Master Black-50 to +50 for each of R, G, B
    Black GammaAdjustable height, width and apex
    Low Key Saturation-50 to +50 adjusts colour saturation in low brightness area
    KneeAdjusts over exposure characteristic (Automatic, Slope, Point, Satuaration)
    SharpnessAdjustment for Detail level, Detail frequency, Coring, HV balance, Detail limit, Knee Aperture, Level Depend, Ingredient Ratio
    Noise ReductionOff, Automatic, On (1 to 12)
    Skin DetailEffect Level (Low, Middle, High), Hue, Chroma, Area, Y Level
    Selective Noise ReductionEffect Level (Low, Middle, High), Hue, Chroma, Area, Y Level
    Colour MatrixNormal 1 -4, Cine 1 - 2, Wide DR Matrix and Hue -18 - +18, Colour Gain -50 - +50
    White Balance-50 to +50 white balance offset for R,G,B
    Colour CorrectionArea selection / area revision of two areas
    Setup level-50 to +50 On/Off
    Clip 100% IRELimits output to 100% after setup adjustment
    Wireless LAN standardsIEEE 802.11b/g/n (2.4GHz band) / IEEE 802.11a/n (5GHz band)¹
    Supported Wi-Fi FunctionsRec start/stop, 3 speed focus control, 3 speed zoom control, WB mode/adjust,
    Iris, Shutter,Colour Temperature,Assign Button,ND Auto/Off
    Supported Browser for Remote OperationInternet Explorer 8 or later, Safari (iOS), Safari (MacOS), Android standard browser
    Remote Operation Control FeaturesAperture, Focus, WB, shutter Speed, Gain, Exposure Compensation, Shooting Mode, Slot select, Start/Stop Recording
    Live view image ResolutionCamera setting mode: 680 x 383; Simplified setting: 284 x 160
    Authentication SystemsOpen/WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK
    EncryptionWEP64, WEP128, TKIP, AES
    GPS Information (Optional Accessory)Latitude/Longtitude/Elevation, Coordinated Universal Time (UTC)
    AutoYES in Full Auto Mode
    PresetA, B, Preset (Daylight, Tungsten), Colour Temperature

    Time Code
    Countup systemRegen, RecRun, FreeRun, External, Hold
    Start value setting“00:00:00:00”, Set/Reset selectable

    Recording16-bit 4ch or 2ch (48 kHz) linear PCM
    ControlAudio limiter, Auto/manual settings via control dials on handle
    Microphone attenuationYES
    Microphone level meterYES

    Power ConsumptionMAX 8.4 W (approx.)
    Continuous Recording Time255 mins (MXF recording) 265 mins (MP4 recording) with supplied BP-955

    DimensionsApprox 160 x 201 x 353mm (including lens hood with barrier, Eye Cup and microphone holder)
    Weight (camera only)1560g (3.4 lb)
    Weight (full equipped)1960g (4.3 lb)
    Operating Temperature Range-5ºC to +45ºC, 60% relative humidity


    All specifications are subject to change without notice


    Focal length - ¹ 26.8mm - 576mm when wide view angle option selected.
    Wireless LAN standards - ¹ Wi-Fi standard will depend on availability and country of purchase
  • Data import utility
  • Battery pack BP-955
  • DC cable DC-930
  • Compact power adapter CA-930
  • Wireless controller WL-D6000
  • Eyecup
  • Lens hood with barrier
  • Microphone holder unit, mains cable
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