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Old July 9th, 2014, 01:45 PM   #16
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Re: Canon XF205 Professional Camcorder

XF 200/205 manual is showing up on the UK site:

XF200, XF205 Instruction Manual
Download: 0301563401
Release date: 03 July 2014


XF205 - Canon UK
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Old January 14th, 2015, 11:46 PM   #17
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Re: Canon XF205 Professional Camcorder

I've looked at this camera, XF200 and the XF300, and can honestly say that neither are great when used indoors in low light situations. It amazes me how many cameras continue to come out offering minimal or no significant changes at higher prices that both former models and current competitors. I want a new camera but I can honestly say that there is not one affordable Canon camera out there that I would purchase, at full price to replace what I already have. I just wish they would revive the XLH series or throw some interchangeable lenses on the XF300/305's and do something significant with the sensor and frame rates.
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Old January 15th, 2015, 12:51 AM   #18
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Re: Canon XF205 Professional Camcorder

I've loved my XF100 since I got it in May 2011, but when I decided to upgrade recently, I went with the Sony X70. It doesn't have the 20x zoom and three rings of the XF200, but it's better than the XF100 in almost every way, has an upcoming 4K upgrade, and was $2300 instead of the $3500 of the XF200. It also has a 1" sensor so if offers shallower depth of field despite a slower lens. Due to that slower lens It's not really much better in low light, but the gain is so much cleaner that it has an effective 2-3 stop advantage over the XF100 in my testing.

I do miss the waveform monitor (the Sony only has a histogram) and the rotating C100 style hand grip of the XF200, but I just don't see that the new Canon is going to make much of a mark.
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Old January 15th, 2015, 10:51 AM   #19
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The 200/205 would have made a huge splash if they had come out at the same time as the 3/1. Instead it is almost more of like a 100 mkII. Had it been available at the time, I would have probably opted for a 205 instead of the 305.....although I do truly love my 305.
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Old August 8th, 2015, 08:47 AM   #20
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Re: Canon XF205 Professional Camcorder

as anyone really tested the 205 against the 300 as not sure what to get coming from a canon xa 20 btw
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