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Old June 1st, 2011, 01:50 PM   #1
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Hour meter on XF305

I received my Canon XF305 today but the canon box seal was broken. Everything seems to be new and un used but would like to make sure of this if I can.

Anyone else receive a camera with the outer camera box seal broken?

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Old June 1st, 2011, 07:20 PM   #2
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Re: Hour meter on XF305

I don't know about Canon, but I know Sony USA opens and checks every single new camera that comes from Japan for the first few weeks of a new model, and then they gradually taper off and only spot-check a few cameras as time goes on. The XF305 has been out for about a year, but it is possible Canon USA did a QC check before sending it to the reseller. Maybe not, but it's a possible explanation that should actually make you feel better about the camera you got . . . if it did get a personal QC check.
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Old June 3rd, 2011, 07:15 AM   #3
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Re: Hour meter on XF305

I have had 2 Xa10's and a xf100 and none of them had seals on the boxs
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Old June 3rd, 2011, 09:01 AM   #4
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Re: Hour meter on XF305

No seals on my two boxes. However, the hour meters can be turned back to 00000 hrs via the menu setting.

Look for wear in the battery compartment area and the handle/strap area.
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Old June 5th, 2011, 05:05 AM   #5
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Maybe the box was opened so that a power lead with the correct connector could be inserted
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Old June 7th, 2011, 11:39 AM   #6
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Re: Hour meter on XF305

I've never seen a Canon camera box sealed in 12+ years of selling them. They come shipped from Canon distribution sealed in a exterior box but the camera box itself is not.

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Old June 7th, 2011, 05:44 PM   #7
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So, does this camcorder have an hour meter?!!
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Old June 8th, 2011, 02:03 AM   #8
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Re: Hour meter on XF305

Shurely shome mishtake; why would it need one? there's no moving parts like a tape drum to clock up wear and tear...
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Old June 9th, 2011, 05:30 AM   #9
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Re: Hour meter on XF305

I agree, but similar card based cameras have hour meter on them. Shouldn't really matter, but it can affect the sell on price.

Does this camera and XF300 have an hour meter?
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Old June 9th, 2011, 06:10 AM   #10
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Re: Hour meter on XF305

I haven't seen it on mine anywhere...
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Old June 9th, 2011, 10:54 PM   #11
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Re: Hour meter on XF305

Looks like the 305 does have an hour meter that can not be reset.
It also has one that can, but the main meter according to the guys from Vortec Media in their video.
Camera seems to be brand new so not going to return it. Hours meters both show 0 hours.
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Old June 10th, 2011, 02:00 AM   #12
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Re: Hour meter on XF305

You are indeed correct - thanks for identifying this.
Delving into the manual came up with:

"The camcorder has two “hour meters” – the first keeps track of total operation time and the
second keeps track of operation time since the last time the second hour meter was reset with this function."
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Old October 31st, 2011, 07:14 PM   #13
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Re: Hour meter on XF305

Hi Denny,

Where did you end up finding the hours meters? I can't seem to find them in the menu's on the XF100, but I can find the reset hours meter....

Thanks for the help.
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Old October 31st, 2011, 09:38 PM   #14
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Not at the studio so can not name the button.
Its on the side and lets you go through several screens (not the menu button) maybe status.
Its like on screen 3 or 4 that displays both hr meters.
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Old November 1st, 2011, 02:23 PM   #15
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Re: Hour meter on XF305

On the left Side by he Menubuttom there is another
its called "STATUS"

Push the Buttom and via switching using the SET-Buttom (Joystick)
on Page 7/10 you will see this informations:

Hour Meter TOTAL xxxx h
since Reset xxxx h
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