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Model

Canon XF305Sony PMW-EX1
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Manufacturer Canon Informationen zu Canon

Sony Information on Sony

Name XF305PMW-EX1
European name ?XF305EPMW-EX1E
US name ?XF305PMWEX1
lowest US price 7495 $6299 $
On the market since July 2010 November 2007
Test preview

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

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Video formats ?MPEG2 - MXF
XDCAM EX
Recording Medium Compact Flash
SxS / PC Express
video resolutions EU ?MPEG2 1920x1080 50i
MPEG2 720p12 -50
MPEG2-1080p12 25
MPEG2 1920x1080 1-30p
MPEG2 1280x720 1-60p
MPEG2 1920x1080 1-60i
MPEG2 1440 x1080 1-60i
video resolutions US ?MPEG2 1920 x 1080/60i
MPEG2-720p12 60
MPEG2 1080p12-30
MPEG2 1920x1080 1-30p
MPEG2 1280x720 1-60p
MPEG2 1920x1080 1-60i
MPEG2 1440 x1080 1-60i
Max Bitrate ?50 Mbit/s35 Mbit/s
Compression format ?MPEG2 MXF
XDCAM MPEG2
on-board memory ?  
Optics
Optics Manufacturer ? Canon
Fujinon
Optical Zoom ?18 x14 x
Wide Angle 16:9 ?29,3 mm31,4 mm
Filter diameter ?82 mm77 mm
Image Stabilization ?optically and electronically
optical
ND Filter ?32
Exchangable optics ?No
No
Image Sensor
Number of sensors ?33
Size of image sensor ?1/3 inch
1/2 inch
image sensor effective pixel count 16:9 ?2070000 Pixel 2073600 Pixel
Image Sensor Type ? CMOS
CMOS
Controls
White Balance ?auto
manual
presets
auto
manual
presets
Focus ?auto
manual
auto
manual
Minimum shutter time ?1/16.0001/2.000
Maximum shutter time ?1/181/3
Apperture control ?auto
manual
auto
manual
Infrared recording ? No
Expanded Focus ?Yes
Yes
Peaking ?Yes
Yes
Signal Processing
Zebra ?50-105%70-100%
Histogram ?waveform
Yes
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
Out
YC ?
synonymous: S-Video
No
Out
YUV ?
synonymous: Component Signal
Out
Out
HDMI ? Out
No
DV / HDV (FireWire) ?
synonymous: ILink / IEEE-1394
- In
Out
USB ?USB 2.0 OUT
USB 2.0
Microphone / Audio input ? XLR
XLR
Headphones ?Mini-jack
3.5 mm mini-jack
Lanc ? No
Time-code interface ? In
Out
No
Genlock ? In
No
Accessory shoe ? Standard
Standard
HD-SDI ? Out
Out
Misc.
Weight (without battery) 2700 g2400 g
Weight (with battery) 2800 g2800 g
Battery type Canon BP-955
Sony BP-U30
Battery capacity   
Charger ?external
external
Remote control Yes
Yes
Size
Height 180 mm178 mm
Width 192 mm176 mm
Depth 394 mm311 mm
Relative Size ?13697
Viewfinder
Viewfinder available ?Yes
Yes
Color Viewfinder ?S/WB/W and color
Viewfinder format ?16:916:9
Viewfinder pixels ?1550000 Pixel 252000 Pixel
Display
Display available ?Yes
Yes
Color display ?S/WColor
Display size 4,0 Inch3,5 Inch
Display format ?16:916:9
Display pixels ?1230000 Pixel 921000 Pixel
Touch Screen ?No
No
External controls
Manual Zoom ?Rocker
Ring
Rocker
Ring
Manual Focus ? Ring
Ring
Manual Aperture ? Ring
Ring
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
134
Audio

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

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Recording Medium ?  
Medium included ?  
Effective pixels ?  
Resolutions ?  
Standard ?  
Flash ?  
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 Sony
slashCAM rating
Lowlight ?Good Excellent
Resolution ? Excellent Good
Color performance ?Very goodVery good
subj.Picture impression ?Very goodVery good
Optical Zoom ?SatisfactorySatisfactory
Wide Angle ? Excellent Very good
Configuration / image ? Excellent Excellent
Configuration / sound ? Excellent Excellent
Handling ?Very goodVery good
Portability ?SatisfactorySatisfactory
Photo function ?PoorPoor
Optics ?Very goodVery good
Dynamics ?Very goodVery good
Conclusion slashCAM
slashCAM rating ?Very good
Very good
Total score ?
(maximal 570)
465459
Pros - 13 assignable buttons
- High sharpness
- 4:2:2 codec
+ excellent image quality
+ Manual handling
+ Exceptionally well equipped
+ LowLight behavior
Cons - no shot transition
- Expensive SxS memory cards
- jerky zoom
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 Sony PMW-EX1 offers an absolutely convincing technology with virtually all imaginable (and even some innovative) control options.Add to that a very good lens which thanks to a digital CAC rarely shows chromatic aberrations.The lowlight performance of the camera is currently a class for itself.
More information

Reviews and Forums
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slashCAM Review
XF305 Review
PMW-EX1 Review
PMW-EX1 Review
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PMW-EX1 Review
external reviews/tests  provideocoalition.com
www.dvxuser.com
provideocoalition.com
library.creativecow.net
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