Canon Australia has released details of its smallest professional video cameras to date – the Canon XF105 and XF100.


September 1, 2010: Canon Australia has released details of its smallest professional video cameras to date – the Canon XF105 and XF100.
Designed for high-end enthusiasts and professional videographers, the new models weigh approximately 1.2 kg and are extremely compact (268 x 143 mm). They also include a MPEG-2 FULL HD 4:2:2 50Mbps Codec for capturing and recording native 1920 x 1080 video onto Compact Flash (CF) cards and are the first compact-class video cameras to offer 4:2:2 colour sampling, providing finer transitions in tone and colour, and twice the colour resolution of HDV and other 4:2:0 formats. The new models also feature hot-swappable dual card slots and support UDMA CF cards for maximum performance.
Both models use an MXF (Material eXchange Format) File Wrapper for combining video, audio and metadata into a single file. This widely supported open-source format maximises compatibility with existing industry infrastructure and non-linear editing (NLE) systems. In addition, Canon’s XF105 model features industry-standard HD-SDI output, GENLOCK, and SMPTE time code (in/out) terminals for multi-camera or 3-D productions.
Both models are equipped with Genuine Canon 10x Optical Zoom HD L-series lenses, which have a 35mm equivalent focal length of 30.4-304mm. A Full Manual Focus mode with mechanical ‘hard’ end stops and distance markers for broadcast-quality footage and repeatable manual focus is also provided. Canon Hi-UD (high-index, ultra low dispersion), UD and aspherical lens elements minimise chromatic aberrations and provide a compact size and weight to the lens – while also delivering a resolution of approximately 900 TV lines. The lens also features a new SuperRange Optical Image Stabilizer (OIS) system featuring Dynamic and Powered modes for optimal performance in the greatest variety of situations.

Canon’s proprietary DiG!C DV III Image Processor is included in both models, ensuring natural-looking colours plus full tonal gradations and shadow detail. Canon’s Face Detection Technology is included in an autofocus option that can significantly reduce the effort required when camera operators work alone. Both models incorporate a built-in infrared (IR) LED light for low-light shooting, along with a pre-record function that will record video for a full three seconds before the REC button is pressed.

The Canon XF105 and XF100 professional digital video cameras will be available from January 2011 through Canon dealers nationally. Pricing has still to be confirmed. For more information, phone Canon on 1800 021 167, or visit