Canon Launches XF205 and XF200
Selangor (22 May 2014) — Canon announced today the introduction of the XF205 and XF200 compact professional-model Full HD camcorders that achieve significantly enhanced performance.
Positioned above the XF105/XF100 models launched in February 2011, the new XF205/XF200 incorporate the same upgraded zoom lens, CMOS sensor, and image processing platform employed in the latest XA25/XA20 models launched in June 2013. In addition to offering greatly improved performance compared with the XF105/XF100, both the new XF205/XF200 have a compact and lightweight body design. Realising advanced operability and expanded network connectivity, the camcorders cater to a wide range of professional shooting demands, from the production of broadcasting content such as news and documentaries, to wedding, and other event videos.
“The Canon XF205 and XF200 are mid-range models in the existing XF Series which are specially designed and produced for smaller production crews. As these camcorders are lightweight and compact, cameramen can now work effortlessy for long hours and in challenging production environments. Efficient transfer of footages from cameras to editing suites is now possible with the improved connectivity,” said Donny Ling, Canon Malaysia’s Director of Imaging Communication Products Division.
The XF205/XF200 feature a wide-angle 26.8 mm (35 mm film equivalent) 20x optical zoom lens incorporating a Hi-UD (High Index Ultra Low Dispersion) glass lens elements that highly reduces chromatic aberrations. 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 that create more natural, attractive blur qualities in areas of the image which are not in focus.
In comparison with the XF105/XF100, the enhanced performance of XF205/XF200 support two recording formats—MXF, the standard file format used by broadcast stations, and MP4, which offers high versatility through its compatibility with various devices. Furthermore, the new camcorders achieve an even more compact, lightweight body that is approximately 58% the mass and volume of the XF305/XF300 models launched in June 2010.
In addition to its compact size, the XF205/XF200, like the XF305/XF300, include three dedicated focus, zoom, and aperture lens rings. Furthermore, the XF205/XF200 are equipped with a handgrip that is capable of a 120º angle of rotation for outstanding operability to facilitate handheld shooting in a variety of situations and from almost any angle.
Incorporating an Ethernet LAN terminal that enables a reliable wired connection in addition to wireless LAN connectivity support, these new Canon camcorders allow users to select the most ideal network connection method that best suits their needs.
The XF205/XF200’s enhanced network functionality provides users with increased shooting freedom and boosts efficiency during electronic news gathering and other shooting situations where fast delivery and quick turnaround time play a crucial role. Canon’s CameraAccess plus app enables live viewing and remote operation using a smartphone or tablet device, as well as the real-time transfer of proxy data.*
The XF205 features terminals for commercial applications namely, SD/HD-SDI, HD/3G-SDI, TC, and GENLOCK/SYNC OUT terminals.
* Enables transfer to a PC or mobile device of footage shot in MP4 (640 x 60, 1.5 Mbps), which offers easy handling on a variety of devices and makes possible reduced data volumes.