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Canon XF305 MXF with NTSC option

Canon XF305 MXF hire | Canon XF 305 camera

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Canon file-based MXF recording to CF cards at 50Mbps (4:2:2) for approved HD acquisition for HD Broadcast productions with all world frame rates, as VMI's fleet have been modified to allow US frame rates.

An excellent single piece compact 3CCD camcorder recording onto compact flash cards which is accepted by HD Broadcasters for unlimited HD acquisition for HD Productions. It has some excellent functionality including an excellent viewfinder with built-in waveform function and long recording times - 2 hours record duration with 2 x 32GB CF cards supplied.


  • New Canon file-based MPEG-2 MXF recording to CF cards at 50Mbps (4:2:2) for approved HD acquisition for HD Broadcast productions
  • 12-50fps Variable frame rates
  • AVID and FCP compatible support
  • 18x wide angle Canon L-series lens*
  • Zoom through 0.8x wide angle lens
  • 3 x 1/3 type Full HD Canon CMOS sensors
  • HD-SDI, Timecode, Genlock
  • High quality 10.1 cm LCD (1.23M dots)
  • 1.3 cm (1.55M dots) EVF • 12-50fps Variable frame rates
  • 2 x 32GB CF cards in kit (2 hrs 4:2:2)
  • 25p, 50i, 29.97p, 59.94i 1080 frame rates available as VMI cameras have had the US frame rate option fitted to all cameras.

*Some feedback which we have been given about this camera from past users is as a consequence of the lens design, there is a minimum focus distance of 1m (about 3ft), which is quite a lot more than the EX-3 and which might be considered in the production design.

Consider using the Protech ST7 shoulder kit for comfort when using in shoulder-mount operation.

VMI Standard XF-305 Shooting Kit

Canon XF-305 complete with 2 x 32GB cards (2 hours recording duration at 25p)
Zoom through 0.8x wide angle lens
Sachtler FSB-6 tripod
Sennheiser K6/ME66 Shotgun microphone

Canon file-based MXF recording to CF cards at 50Mbps (4:2:2) for approved HD acquisition for HD Broadcast productions with US frame rate option.


  • Rate:
    £125/day £375/week Add to Shoot Kit
Optional Accessories


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Product Specification

Image Sensor  
Sensor     1/3 type 3CMOS
System     RGB Prism
Total pixels per sensor     2.37 megapixels
Effective pixels per sensor     2.07 megapixels
Horizontal Resolution     1000 TV lines or more (1920 x 1080i mode)

Zoom ratio     18x
Focal length     4.1 - 73.8mm (35mm equivalent: 29.3 - 527.4mm)
Minimum focus distance     1m;
20mm (MACRO)
ND filter     3 glass filters: 1/4, 1/16, 1/64
Zoom control     Ring, Rocker or Handle
Zoom speed     Zoom Rocker:
Variable speed/Fixed speed (16 speed level settings available);
Handle zoom:
Fixed speed (16 speed level settings available)
Focus control     Manual ring or automatic (Instant AF, TV AF or Face Detection AF)
Iris control     Manual ring; Full Auto; Push Auto Iris
Aperture range     f1.6 - f22
Filter diameter     82mm
Lens elements/groups     17/14
Image stabilization system     Optical lens shift system (angle & vector movement detection);
3 modes: Dynamic, Standard, Powered
Digital zoom     1.5X

Image Processor     
Video storage media     Type 1 Compact Flash memory cards (2 card slots)
Type     UDMA4, 30MB/s or faster (40MB/s or faster for Fast/Slow recording)
Recording time     32GB CF card: Up to 80mins (1080/50i @ 50 Mbps)
Recording file format     Material eXchange Format (MXF)
Recording format     MPEG-2 Long GOP
50Mbps CBR (4:2:2) MPEG-2 422@HL;
35Mbps VBR (4:2:0) MPEG-2 MP@HL;
25Mbps CBR (4:2:0) MPEG-2 MP@H14
Recording frame rate     50Mbps: 1920 x 1080/50i, 25p; 1280 x 720/50p, 25p;
35Mbps: 1920 x 1080/50i, 25p; 1280 x 720/50p, 25p;
25Mbps: 1440 x 1080/50i, 25p
Slow/Fast motion     YES.
720p: 12, 15, 18, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 30, 32, 34, 37, 42, 45, 48, 50fps
1080p: 12, 15, 18, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25fps
Interval Record     YES. 2, 6 or 12 frames, 25 time intervals
Frame Record     YES. 2, 6 or 12 frames
Pre Record (cache record)     YES (3 seconds)
Scan Reverse     YES. Up/down, left/right image inversion
Photo storage media     SD/SDHC memory card
Still quality     During video recording: 1920 x 1080;
During playback: 1920x1080, 1280 x 720


Size     10.1 cm (4")
Dots     1.23 million
Image quality adjustments     Brightness, contrast, colour, sharpness, backlight, black & white
Adjustable     Left/right switchable
Waveform Monitor     Waveform Monitor and Vectorscope
Focus Assist     Peaking; Magnifying; Edge Monitor (using waveform display)
Peaking     Peaking 1, Peaking 2 (Colour, Gain, Frequency customisable for each)
Zebra     Level 1; Level 2; Both
Output via HD-SDI or HDMI
Markers     On/Off (Aspect ratio, Aspect marker, Select area, Safe area, Grid, Horizontal, Centre)

Size     1.3cm (0.52")
Dots     1.55 million
Image quality adjustments     Brightness, contrast, colour, sharpness, backlight, black & white
Adjustable     Vertical tilt
Correction lens     + 2.0 to -5.5 diopters
Audio in     XLR inputs with 48V phantom power x 2
Headphone output     3.5mm stereo jack
Video monitor output     YES (BNC, composite Standard Definition video, output only)
HDMI     YES (Type A, output only)
IEEE 1394 (Firewire)     NO
USB     YES (Mini-B, USB 2.0 Hi-Speed, output only)
HD/SD-SDI output     YES (BNC, output only, embedded audio and time code)
Time code     YES (BNC, switchable input/output)
Genlock     YES (BNC, input only)
Component out     YES (D connector, output only)
AV terminal     3.5mm mini jack (output only for video and audio)
DC input     YES
Remote Control Terminal     2.5mm mini jack
Colour Bars     Type 1/Type 2

Tally lamp     YES (x2)
Accessory shoe     YES (hot shoe, EOS Flash units supported)
Custom key     YES (13 assignable buttons; select from 30 functions)

Exposure metering     Standard (centre weighted), Spotlight, Backlight
Exposure range     50 - 100,000 lux
Exposure compensation     -2 to +2 EV (14 steps)
Auto Exposure mode     Full Auto
Push Auto Iris     Yes
Auto Gain Control setting     Full Auto / AGC On / Manual
Auto Gain Control limit     3dB; 6dB; 9dB; 12dB; 15dB; 18dB; (OFF/21 dB)
Gain setting     Assignable L, M, H switch positions (-6dB / -3dB / 0dB/ 3dB / 6dB/ 12dB / 18dB / 21dB / 33dB / TUNE (0.5 dB increments from 0 to 21 dB))

Shutter speed     
Control Modes     3 position switch:
OFF (Full Auto) / ON / SEL (Auto; Speed; Angle; Clear Scan (CS); Slow Shutter (SLS))
Shutter speed     1/18 to 1/2000 depending on frame rate
Shutter Angle     11.25º to 360º depending on frame rate
Slow Shutter (SLS)     1/3, 1/6, 1/12, 1/25
Clear Scan     50i/p: 50 to 251.15Hz;
25p: 25 to 251.15Hz

Custom picture     
Stored Configurations     9
Storage Medium     SD/SDHC memory card (all customisation data and metadata)
Gamma     6 profiles
Master Pedestal     -50 to +50
Master Black     -50 to +50 for each of R,G,B
Black Gamma     Adjustable height width and apex
Low Key Saturation     -50 to +50 adjusts colour saturation in low brightness area
Knee     Adjusts over exposure characteristic, start, slope, saturation
Sharpness     Adjustment for Detail level, Detail frequency, Coring, HV balance, Detail limit, Detail select, Knee aperture and Level dependent sharpness
Noise reduction     Off, Automatic, On (1 to 8)
Skin detail     Off, Low, Middle, High / Hue, Chroma, Brightness
Selective Noise Reduction     Off, Low, Middle, High / Hue, Chroma, Brightness
Colour matrix     -50 to +50 hue and gain R,G,B, in tandem with Gamma selection
White balance     -50 to +50 white balance offset for R,G,B
Colour correction     Area selection / area revision of two areas
Setup level     -50 to +50 On/Off
Clip 100% IRE     Limits output to 100% after setup adjustment

White balance     
Auto     YES
Preset     A, B, Preset (Daylight, Tungsten)
Time code     
Countup system     Regen, RecRun, FreeRun, External, Hold
Start value setting     “00:00:00:00”, Set/Reset selectable

Recording     16-bit 2ch (48 kHz) linear PCM
Control     Independent limiters and auto/manual settings
Microphone attenuation     YES
Microphone level meter     YES

Supplied     XF Utility and NLE Plug-ins, Shoulder strap, Eyecup, Component cable DTC-1000, Battery pack BP-955, DC lead DC-930, Compact power adapter CA-930, Wireless controller WL-D6000.
Optional     Wide Attachment WA-H82, Batteries BP-930, BP-945, BP-950G, BP-970G, BP-955, BP-975, Compact Power Adapter CA-920, Compact Car adapter CB-920, Shoulder Brace SBR-1000, Tripod Adapter TA-100, Zoom Remote Control, Video Light VL-10Li II, Tripod Base TB-1.

Backup power supply     Lithium coin battery (built-in)
Power Consumption     9W
Continuous Recording Time     Supplied BP-955:
Optional BP-975:

Dimensions     Approx 180 x 192 x 394 mm
Weight (camera only)     Approx 2700g
Operating Temperature range     -5ºC to +45ºC, 60% relative humidity

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