updated 10:45 am EDT, Wed April 7, 2010
Canon XF305 and XF300 write 50Mbps to CF
Canon's turn at NAB launches was headlined today by two pro-grade camcorders. The XF300 and XF305 both use Canon's XF Codec to capture 50Mbps, 4:2:2 1080p video and store it directly on dual CompactFlash cards. The output gives it twice as much color resolution compared to regular HDV and should also be a widespread standard with Apple's Final Cut Studio, Adobe Premiere, Avid and other editing suites.
Either campera carries an 18X (29-527mm film equivalent) lens and gets a new optical image stabilization system designed for very long range shots in addition to up close. They carry typical pro features including HD-SDI output, genlock, timecode input and output, and dual XLR inputs alongside the regular stereo mic jack. A 4-inch preview display provides complete coverage of the camera's picture.
Canon isn't specific about what differences exist between the XF300 and XF305, but both arrive in June with prices of $6,799 for the XF300 and $7,999 for the XF305.