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Canon XF300Canon XL H1
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Manufacturer Canon Informationen zu Canon

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Name XF300XL H1
European name ?XF300EXL H1
US name ?XF300XL H1
lowest US price 6499 $7800 $
On the market since July 2010 December 2005
Test preview

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slashCAM rating ?Very good
Good
test picture 1200 Lux
Test image 12 lux auto-mode
Video

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Video formats ?MPEG2 - MXF
MiniDV
HDV
Recording Medium Compact Flash
MiniDV/HDV-Cassette
video resolutions EU ?MPEG2 1920x1080 50i
MPEG2 720p12 -50
MPEG2-1080p12 25
HDV 1440 x 1080/50i
MiniDV 720 x 576/50i
MiniDV 720 x 576/25F
HDV 1440 x 1080/25F
video resolutions US ?MPEG2 1920 x 1080/60i
MPEG2-720p12 60
MPEG2 1080p12-30
HDV 1440 x 1080/60i
HDV 1440 x 1080/24p
HDV 1440 x 1080/30p
MiniDV 720 x 480/60i
720 MiniDV x480/24p
MiniDV 720 x 480/30p
Max Bitrate ?50 Mbit/s25 Mbit/s
Compression format ?MPEG2 MXF
DV
MPEG2
on-board memory ?  
Optics
Optics Manufacturer ? Canon
Canon
Optical Zoom ?18 x20 x
Wide Angle 16:9 ?29,3 mm39 mm
Filter diameter ?82 mm72 mm
Image Stabilization ?optically and electronically
optical
ND Filter ?32
Exchangable optics ?No
Yes
Image Sensor
Number of sensors ?33
Size of image sensor ?1/3 inch
1/3 inch
image sensor effective pixel count 16:9 ?2070000 Pixel 1560000 Pixel
Image Sensor Type ? CMOS
CCD
Controls
White Balance ?auto
manual
presets
auto
manual
presets
Focus ?auto
manual
auto
manual
Minimum shutter time ?1/16.0001/16.000
Maximum shutter time ?1/181/3
Apperture control ?auto
manual
auto
manual
AE-Shift
Infrared recording ? No
Expanded Focus ?Yes
Yes
Peaking ?Yes
Yes
Signal Processing
Zebra ?50-105% Off
70-100%
Histogram ?waveform
No
adjustable sharpness ?Yes
Yes
Adjustable color ?Yes
Yes
Cinegamma ?Yes
Yes
Black Strech ?Yes
Yes
Knee ?Yes
Yes
Colorbars ?Yes
Yes
Misc.
Shot Transition ?No
Yes
Custom Presets ?Yes
Yes
Set Time Code ?Yes
Yes
Configuration

Connections
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FBAS ?
synonymous: RCA, composite
Out
In
Out
YC ?
synonymous: S-Video
No
In
Out
YUV ?
synonymous: Component Signal
Out
Out
HDMI ? Out
No
DV / HDV (FireWire) ?
synonymous: ILink / IEEE-1394
- In
Out
USB ?USB 2.0 OUT
No
Microphone / Audio input ? XLR
XLR
Cinch
Headphones ?Mini-jack
3.5 mm mini-jack
Lanc ? Yes
Time-code interface ?No
In
Out
Genlock ?No
In
Accessory shoe ? Standard
Standard
HD-SDI ?No
Out
Misc.
Weight (without battery) 2700 g3435 g
Weight (with battery) 2800 g3750 g
Battery type Canon BP-955
Canon BP-950G
Battery capacity  5200 mAh
Charger ?external
external
Remote control Yes
Yes
Size
Height 180 mm226 mm
Width 192 mm220 mm
Depth 394 mm496 mm
Relative Size ?136246
Viewfinder
Viewfinder available ?Yes
Yes
Color Viewfinder ?S/WColor
Viewfinder format ?16:916:9
Viewfinder pixels ?1550000 Pixel 215000 Pixel
Display
Display available ?Yes
Yes
Color display ?S/WColor
Display size 4,0 Inch2,4 Inch
Display format ?16:916:9
Display pixels ?1230000 Pixel 215000 Pixel
Touch Screen ?No
 
External controls
Manual Zoom ?Rocker
Ring
Rocker
Ring
Manual Focus ? Ring
Ring
Manual Aperture ? Ring
Menu
Focus switcher ?Yes
Yes
ND Filter ?Yes
Yes
Exp Lock ?Yes
Yes
Gain ?Yes
Yes
White balance ?Yes
Yes
Push AF ?Yes
Yes
Audio Levels ?Yes
Yes
Custom Keys ?
synonymous: User buttons
13 
Audio

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Audio Formats ?2 channel PCM
MiniDV: 2x48kHz 16bit PCM
MiniDV: 4x32kHz 12bit PCM
HDV: 2x48kHz 16bit MPEG 1
HDV: 4x48kHz 16bit MPEG 2
Microphone ?Stereo internal
external XLR
Stereo internal
external XLR
Audio Control ?auto
manual
auto
manual
Audio levels ?Viewfinder
Screen
display
Viewfinder
display
Still

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Recording Medium ? SD Card
Medium included ? 16 MB
Effective pixels ? 1560000 Pixel
Resolutions ? 1920x1080
1440x1080
848x480
640x480
Standard ? JPEG Exif 2.2
Flash ? No
Misc.

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Specials Variable frame rates:720p: 12, 15, 18, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 30, 32, 34, 37, 42, 45, 48, 50fps1080p: 12, 15, 18, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25fps 
Product Shots

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Test results

Test pictures
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luminance resolution
chrominance resolution
lens distortion
test small ISO image
noise / internal microphone
test picture 1200 Lux
Test image 12 lux auto-mode ?
Test image 12 lux optimized ?
 
Manufacturers URL Website CanonWebsite Canon
slashCAM rating
Lowlight ?GoodGood
Resolution ? Excellent Very good
Color performance ?Very goodVery good
subj.Picture impression ?Very goodVery good
Optical Zoom ?SatisfactorySatisfactory
Wide Angle ? Excellent Satisfactory
Configuration / image ? Excellent Very good
Configuration / sound ? Excellent Excellent
Handling ?Very goodVery good
Portability ?SatisfactorySufficient
Photo function ?PoorSufficient
Optics ?Very goodSatisfactory
Dynamics ?Very goodVery good
Conclusion slashCAM
slashCAM rating ?Very good
Good
Total score ?
(maximal 570)
465397
Pros - 13 assignable buttons
- High sharpness
- 4:2:2 codec
+ Excellent resolution in brightness and color
+ interchangeable lenses
+ 4 audio channels for HDV
+ Very well equipped
Cons - no shot transition
- not ergonomic on the shoulder
- standard optics not adequate for the price
Conclusion In terms of display and viewfinder this camera raises the bar for competitors and its sharpness surpasses that of comparable modells from Sony und Panasonic.The lens is very good.Manual control options and assist functions like waveform monitor und vectorscope are aplenty.Only the low light performance is not completely satisfactory, it is visibly not on par with the Sony EX1(R), its closest competitor.The Canon XL H1 has excellent CCDs, which in many areas make full use of the potential HDV resolution.In combination with very good dynamic behavior and the consistent colors this provides a very good image impression.The standard optics though does not meet up: for less distortion and chromatic aberrations as well as a greater wide-angle, Pros will have to resort to the expensive supplementary wide-angle lens.Despite the high amplification the XL H1 only shows satisfactory results in lowligth situations, noise and color loss being too great.
More information

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