Canon Enhances XF305 and XF300 Pro Camcorders with 3D Capabilities

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Lake Success, NY—Canon USA announced enhancements to its XF305 and XF300 professional camcorders, including the ability to configure two units for 3D HD video capture.

Firmware upgrades for XF300-series camcorders will include Canon’s 3D assist function that allows two units to be set up for 3D HD video, as well as an updated scan reverse function, double card slot recording for instantaneous backup, and the option to disable relay recording.

The 3D assist function facilitates the setup of two XF305 or XF300 camcorders when used together to capture 3D HD video, and the new firmware offers the ability to perform OIS lens shift to aid in optically aligning two XF305 or XF300 camcorders and a focal length guide to display the zoom position of each camera in relation to each other to help calibrate zoom settings. This adjustment can be done through the menu while the camcorders are mounted to a rig or tripod. Once aligned, the amount of the angle-of-view change is displayed after zoom adjustment, preventing camera misalignment.

The scan reverse firmware updates the functionality of XF300-series camcorders to allow for recorded images to be flipped on the horizontal axis, vertical axis or both simultaneously to facilitate recording with 3D mirror rigs.

Additionally, the relay recording feature, which permits footage to be seamlessly recorded to the second CF card as the first fills up, can now be turned off to prevent capture data from automatically being recorded to the second card.

The XF300-series camcorders employ a Canon 18x HD
L-series lens, three Canon developed native 1,920×1,080 CMOS sensors, and Canon’s XF Codec, an MPEG-2 4:2:2 50Mbps codec for native 1,920×1,080 HD video recording onto CompactFlash cards.

The Canon XF305 and XF300 professional camcorders are priced under $8,000 and $6,700, respectively.

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