On August 31, 2010 Canon announced that two new camcorders in their professional XF series will be released for purchase in early 2011. The XF100 and XF105 will be Canon’s smallest professional camcorders, and will use the same Canon XF Codec as the 300 and 305 models in the series, which were introduced in 2010.
- This codec offers great high-def image quality with full non-linear editing system compatibility—it’s compatible with most leading software programs widely used for video production and broadcast, including Adobe, Apple, and Avid.
- Lots of in-camera features will allow the professional videographer or prosumer to easily set up and capture video in high-definition 3D by pairing two of the XF100s or XF105s in a setup.
- The primary difference between the XF100 and XF105 is that the 105 has industry-standard HD-SDI output and genlock in/SMPTE timecode terminals. Both models have 10X HD Zoom lenses, a full HD 1920 x 1080 image sensor, and 4:2:2 color sampling.
- Both models can record at multiple bit rates, resolutions, and variable frame rates to allow slow or fast-motion recording. Variable-interval (time lapse), frame-record (for stop-motion), and still photo features are available on both camcorders.
- Both also have dual XLR inputs for external microphones as well as the built-in stereo mic.
Canon’s two new XF-series camcorders will be excellent tools for news broadcasting, documentaries, event video, or indie film.