Conclusion: I had just about given up on MAC Mountain Lion support - - but as usual, Canon came through. A great product!!
Pros: good battery life, Good Low-Light Performance, Easy Computer Connectivity, Great sound/audio, Accurate, Vivid Colors, excellent image quality, durable, Good Software Compatibility, Easy TV Connectivity
Conclusion: I have been working semi-professionally for approximately 15 years, and have been a Canon user from pretty much the word go. I have moved from the XL1s, through the XH-A1 and now onto this, the XF300. I have found that the quality of this product and intuitiveness of this video recorder is magnificent. The quality of output is second to none in my eyes anything south of $50000AUD.
Pros: Good battery life, Good Low-Light Performance, Easy Computer Connectivity, Accurate, Vivid Colors, Great sound/audio, Compact Design, Excellent image quality, Durable, Good Software Compatibility, Ergonomic/comfortable to hold, Easy TV Connectivity, Easy to use
Conclusion: I have 2 of these cameras and for overall filming I get really good results. The problems arise in low light and under stage lighting. Under low light there is a lot of noise in the video. Since I get this in both cameras I assume it is normal for this. Even worse though is the cameras response to changes in color temperature. If there is a color temp. change the camera either does not respond or responds very slowly. Often 1 camera will show a temp.
Pros: Great sound/audio, excellent image quality, easy to use
Cons: Poor Low-Light Performance, poor color reproduction under changing conditions
Conclusion: I did some research before buying this camera and I'm glad I did...it is awesome to shoot with ..the video quality is exceptional. Makes my job easier.....it is robust with features and configuration options....one thing I would like to see is a way to assign a button for wide angle lenses...there is the option for teleconverter but not wide angle...
Conclusion: Likes: Everything, Except... Dislikes: A: The power button. That was a mistake. Rarely is the time that I can just turn it off and know that the camcorder is indeed off. I will never get used to the way that switch works. B: The ability to assign a button to bring up a menu item that allows one to choose bit-rate/resolution and frame-rate quickly. I can always hope for that in a future firmware update..... Other that that the xf300/305 is one fantastic camcorder!!
Pros: good battery life, Good Low-Light Performance, Easy Computer Connectivity, Great sound/audio, Accurate, Vivid Colors, Compact Design, excellent image quality, durable, Good Software Compatibility, Ergonomic/comfortable to hold, Easy TV Connectivity, easy to use
Cons: power switch, lacking on some assignable button choices.
Conclusion: The XF305 is a great camcorder. Many of us have been waiting for 4:2:2, cheaper CF/SD card useage, a solid high end codec and a great lens. Canon has come through on all accounts. Only disappointment is that I would have liked a two stage magnifier in the viewfinder and a removable lens. I have found the picture quality to be outstanding, with general controls to be fine for my use. Low light quality is good, better than most 1/3 sensors. Latitude is superb.
Pros: good battery life, Good Low-Light Performance, Accurate, Vivid Colors, excellent image quality, cf card, electronic viewfinder
Cons: magnifier (should be dual stage), non interchangeable lens
Conclusion: I am professional cinematographer/ director for over 25 years making documentaries for international television . I bought the XF 300 end of last year for a documentary shoot in India and I cannot tell you how thrilled I am with the result I am getting from this camera. It has all the features required for professional film making and the only disappointing thing is not having an interchangeable lense capability. Overall a wonderful camera at a great price.
Pros: Good battery life, Easy Computer Connectivity, Accurate, Vivid Colors, Great sound/audio, Compact Design, Excellent image quality, Durable, Good Software Compatibility, Ergonomic/comfortable to hold, Easy TV Connectivity, Easy to use
Conclusion: I've owned the XF300 since August 2010. I tape running events (cross country & track), then edit (with Premier), post the clips to YouTube and then link a team's website to those clips along with written race stories and photos (from frame grabs). I run with the camera a lot (it has survived a couple of bad falls and drops) and so the camera's size is a significant issue. But as big as it is, it is surprisingly light.
Conclusion: Nothing short of amazing. We are using this camera in-studio and on location. We purchased two units and have been actively shooting with them 3 days/week for 3 mos. now. Chroma Keying is a delight and the optics are astounding. I have used Canon products for many years (currently shooting w 5D MK II) and the XF300 is the most professional camera I have ever owned, The optics are spot on. I only shoot manual so I can not speak of auto-focus.
Pros: good battery life, Great sound/audio, Accurate, Vivid Colors, excellent image quality, durable, easy to use