Unlike other camcorders which use proprietary memory systems, the XF305 Professional Camcorder records to cost effective Compact Flash (CF) cards. The camcorder features two CF card slots and offers versatile recording functions including:
When one CF card becomes full, the camcorder automatically switches video recording to the other CF card.
Media can be replaced without turning off the camcorder. And while recording, the other card can be removed without interruption.
File copy and backup:
Files may be copied from one card to the next – ideal for backing up when on location.
Perfect for news crews and live event shooters, the camcorder continuously buffers approximately three seconds of video in memory. When the Record button is pressed, recording begins and the contents of buffer memory are added, so you never miss an important shot.
Recording Time Chart
CF Card Capacity
File based recording facilitates workflow by reducing transfer times when moving video to non-linear editing (NLE) systems. Additionally, metadata can be input at image acquisition and imagery may be reviewed immediately after recording to ensure every shot is captured and logged correctly.
The following compact flash cards have been tested by Canon and are compatible with this product.
600x CompactFlash Card
Canon makes no representations or warranties with respect to any third party accessory or product mentioned herein.
* Fully operational in all modes.
** Fully operational in all modes with Firmware Version 126.96.36.199 upgrade. Click the Drivers & Software tab above to download the most up to date firmware.
*** Not operational when using slow motion modes.
Outstanding HD camcorder
I have used the Canon XF305 during 2 years. The camcorder is really one of the best in its class I have ever used. The main elements that could attract the attention of most videographers are: The lens - it is excellent! The colors and resolution are very nice. I can't compare it with the others in its class. It is the best! Just it! The camera has a very big and flexible 4 inch and high quality LCD screen and viewfinder. The sound quality is superb both from its built-in mic and form the XLR ouputs. The latest firmware update improved already existed excellent sound quality by the way! It has pro connections which put the camera in the line with other pro shoulder mount HD camcorders. And of course its image quality is fantastic thanks to its lens and the codec! I love my XF305 and recommend it to all videographers.
August 21, 2013
I bought the XF305 originally as a 'B' camera to complement my high end Canon DSLR's and the companies C300. All I can say is the XF305 is far from being a 'B' camera. It clearly matched the C300 in terms of clarity, and using the custom profile feature that all important Cine look is possible, though shallow DOF won't be as shallow. For my style of filming, the 305 offers stunning performance and quality features at an amazing price - well done Canon!
May 23, 2013
It is a very nice professional HD camcorder. The image quality is more than expected. I used to have it with an external HD recorder just for compare. Telling the truth I haven't seen any difference in picture quality even at the highest Mbits of the external HD/SDI recorders. The lens quality is very high. The 4 inch LCD and the VF are just superb! Mostly recommended!
May 11, 2013
Great image and sound quality. Image is vivid and crisp. Superb lens quality. Excellent LCD screen and VF. Very good battery life. Excellent ergonomic. Very comfortable.
I am very happy to be an owner of such a wonderful camcorder. Buy it without hesitation!
May 9, 2013