MPEG-2 compression is both highly reliable and versatile. Developed by the Moving Pictures Expert Group (MPEG), it is one of the most widely used compression schemes in the industry for camera acquisition, over the air broadcast, cable and satellite TV. Canon’s adaptation of MPEG-2 for the XF305 Professional Camcorder, named the Canon XF Codec, ensures the widest compatibility with existing industry infrastructure and non-linear editing (NLE) systems. As well, by using an MXF file wrapper, video and audio can be wrapped in a single file along with important metadata.
The XF305 supports the highest HD quality with Full HD 1920x1080 resolution, up to 50Mbps bit rate and 4:2:2 color sampling.
4:2:2 color sampling provides twice the color resolution of HDV and other codecs that use 4:2:0 color sampling. 4:2:2 provides ultra-fine transitions in tone and color and maintains the highest quality image for use in post production processes such as chroma keying, color grading, advanced compositing and effects.
The codec’s 50Mbps constant bit rate provides the bandwidth needed to capture the XF305’s superior resolution and color in spectacular detail.
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