Videographers depend on this feature to confirm accurate exposure and color levels during the capture process. Typically only found on expensive external units, the Canon XF105 Professional Camcorder has a waveform monitor built right into the camera. The waveform monitor shows a detailed view of overall image brightness and RGB components.
Optional Canon WD-H58W Wide Converter
Optically matched for the XF105’s HD lens, the WD-H58W Wide Converter provides a magnification factor of 0.8x increasing wide angle capability to approximately 24mm (35mm equivalent).
Intelligent Battery System
The XF105 Professional Camcorder is compatible with Canon’s new BP-925, as well as the BP-955 and BP-975 Intelligent Lithium-ion batteries. These batteries communicate remaining running time (down to the minute) and wear data back to the camcorder, so the user is well-informed at all times. On the outside of the battery, four LED lamps allow battery life to be viewed quickly when in the field.
Additionally, the camcorder is compatible with existing Canon BP-900 series batteries. Batteries can also be inserted and removed while the supplied AC power cable is connected.
For applications such as storyboarding, continuity and publicity shots, the XF105 offers the ability to capture 1920 x 1080 still images. Photos may be captured to an SD memory card during the time of recording, as well as “frame grabbed” during playback.
Color Bars with Reference Tone
Two types of color bars can be selected:
Type 1 (SMPTE compliant) or Type 2 (ARIB compliant)
1 kHz Reference Tone: -12dB, -18dB, 20dB or OFF
Support for 9 languages including:
German, Spanish, French, Italian, Polish, Russian, English, Chinese (simplified) and Japanese.
I shoot with higher-end (Super 35 sensor) cameras. We needed something smaller, easier, more mobile for a specific project. We chose this camera mostly due to the 50Mbps 4:2:2 codec.
It performs flawlessly, produces wonderful images, and is a great companion to our bigger cameras. We used to shoot B-roll with DSLR, but find this to be a better solution for most of our needs due to: real audio inputs, better codec, zoom, scopes, focus-assist (peaking), zebras, etc.
You can't go wrong with this camera for 90% of uses.
February 11, 2012
Recently we purchased the Canon XF 105 to shot a commercial overseas. The camera's size was ideal for the trip. Overall the camera worked well. There was an instant where the memory card stopped in the middle of a live recording so we lost a valuable speech. To work out the error was easy, but we are worried about this happening again.
We do like the camera and are still learning it and using the camera. Stay tuned.
May 27, 2011
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