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Canon Unveils XF200 & XF205 Professional Camcorders

Popular HD camera gets an upgrade with wireless and ethernet capabilities

By Dan Carr | April 01, 2014

The XF100 and XF105 get a spec bump and some ergonomic changes for NAB this year, adding wi-fi and ethernet connectivity to both the new XF200 and XF205, as well a few extra connection options on the 205 model.  The right side of the camera now also features a rotating grip with zoom rocker and record buttons, similar to that which we've seen on the Cineam EOS cameras like the C300.  It's not yet clear from the photos or specs whether this handle, which rotates up to 120 degrees, is removable or not but it looks like a great idea for maintaining control of the camera when it's held up high or low.  Dual mode recording allows simultaneous capture of MXF files to the dual CF card slots and mp4 to the SD card slot up to 1080/60 at 35mb/s.

Key Features

  • XF205 features HD-SDI as well as 3G-SDI, timecode and genlock
  • MXF & mp4 recording
  • New rotating side handle
  • Same 20x zoom lens as the XA20 and XA25 (26.8-576mm equivalent)
  • Same sensor and image processor as the XA20 and XA25
  • Built in ethernet port
  • 4-channel audio
  • 1.23mp EVF
  • Dual-band wi-fi
  • Shipping July 2014
  • Price: $4,400.00 (XF205) and $3,900.00 (XF200)

 

 

Press Release

MELVILLE, N.Y., April 2, 2014 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced the introduction of the compact Canon XF205 and XF200 Professional Camcorders, building on technologies carried over from the XA25 and XA20 Professional Camcorders and offering improved performance and enhanced operability in response to industry feedback.

Positioned above the XF105 and XF100 Professional Camcorder models, the new Canon XF205 and XF200 Professional Camcorders are equipped with the upgraded zoom lens, CMOS sensor and image-processing platform featured in the XA25/XA20 High Definition Camcorders. The new camcorders have a compact, lightweight body design, advanced operability and expanded network connectivity, satisfying a wide range of professional shooting demands from the production of high-definition content for news gathering, documentaries, weddings and event videography.

The XF205 and XF200 camcorders each feature a wide-angle 26.8 mm (35mm film equivalent) 20x optical zoom lens with Hi-UD (Hi Index Ultra Low Dispersion) glass lens elements for compact size and reduced chromatic aberrations compared to prior models. Additionally, the lens is equipped with an eight-bladed circular aperture that employs the same EMD (Electro Magnetic Diaphragm) technology used in Canon EF lenses and creates natural, attractive blur characteristics. Differentiating the two models are industry-standard 3G-SDI and HD-SDI output terminals in addition to genlock in/SMPTE time code (in/out) terminals available on the Canon XF205 camcorders.

Further building upon the successful features of the XF105 and XF100 Professional Camcorders, the Canon XF205 and XF200 Professional Camcorders support two recording formats – MXF, a file format used by broadcast stations, and MP4, which offers high versatility through its compatibility with various viewing and content providers such as web browsers and television news outlets. The new camcorders each have a compact, lightweight body with approximately 58 percent of the mass and volume of the XF305/XF300 models.

In addition to their compact size, the XF205/XF200 camcorders include three separate lens rings for focus, zoom and iris control and are equipped with a comfortable handgrip that can rotate freely up to a 120 degree angle for outstanding operability while shooting in a variety of situations.

To help ensure a reliable network data connection is always available, the new Canon XF205 and XF200 camcorders are equipped with both an Ethernet LAN terminal and dual-band wireless LAN connectivity. With these two options, users can select the network connection method that best suits their needs.

The XF205 and XF200 camcorders’ enhanced network functionality provides users with improved shooting freedom and efficiency during electronic news gathering and other shooting situations in which workflow speed plays a crucial role. Canon’s CameraAccess plus app enables live viewing and remote operation using a compatible smartphone or tablet device, as well as the real-time transfer of proxy data.*

The Canon XF205 and XF200 Full HD Professional Camcorders will be available in mid-July for an estimated list price of $4,400.00 and $3,900.00, respectively. For more information, please visit the Canon U.S.A. website at www.pro.usa.canon.com/XF205.

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Comments

cmoore: | April, 03, 2014

Nice…. but…

In not all that hot and bothered about 4k per sey but since this has the same lens and imager as the xa20/25 and since 4k is rolling at price points below these cameras, I thing they might have been better served to come in about $500 more in price and braught in 4k.  Knowing Canon though they’ll save that for a video camcorder at an $8,000 roll out price at least.

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