The unique XF105 is Canon’s smallest camcorder to include an MPEG-2, 50Mbps, 4:2:2 Full HD codec. Studio connectivity, professional audio and extensive customisation provides exceptional versatility.


  • MPEG-2 recording to 2 CF cards at up to 50Mbps (4:2:2)
  • Light, compact design; XLR inputs
  • 10x zoom Canon HD Video Lens
  • 1/3 type Full HD Canon CMOS
  • HD-SDI, Timecode, Genlock; 3D Assist Functions
  • 8.8cm (3.5’’) 920k dot LCD; 0.6cm (0.24”), 260k dot EVF
  • Variable frame rates

Detailed Features

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MPEG-2 recording at up to 50Mbps (4:2:2)

The XF105 records MPEG-2 MXF (Media eXchange Format) files – up to 1920 x 1080 Full HD at 50Mbps (4:2:2) – to relatively inexpensive and widely available CompactFlash (CF) memory cards. Relay Recording across two card slots allow filming to continue without interruption, whilst Double Slot Recording lets you store the same footage to both cards.

Light, compact design; XLR inputs

Putting exceptional functionality in the palm of your hand, the durable and lightweight design enables exceptional versatility. Linear PCM audio can be captured via twin XLR inputs and also using the front-mounted stereo microphone.

10x zoom Canon HD Video Lens

Drawing on Canon’s broadcast lens expertise, XF105 features a fast, wide angle Canon HD Video Lens (f1.8-f2.8, 30.4mm) with built-in control ring for adjustment of zoom, focus or iris. An enhanced Optical Image Stabilizer system helps to reduce chromatic aberration, maintain sharpness and reduce lens size.

1/3 type Full HD Canon CMOS

A 2.07MP Full HD CMOS sensor – designed and manufactured by Canon - captures Full HD video at native 1920x1080 resolution. The sensor is equipped with a Bayer pattern colour filter for high sensitivity and wide dynamic range; high-speed data readout technology minimises rolling-shutter skew that can occur in CMOS camcorders.

HD-SDI, Timecode, Genlock; 3D Assist Functions

HD-SDI output is the industry standard, outputting uncompressed Full HD with embedded audio and Timecode. A combined Genlock In and Timecode In/Out terminal allows the XF105 to be used in a multi-camera shoot. Genlock and 3D Shooting Assist functions (OIS Axis Shift and Focal Length Guide) support stereoscopic 3D video capture using two camcorders.

8.8cm (3.5’’) 920k dot LCD; 0.6cm (0.24”), 260k dot EVF

Both camcorders feature a large, side-mounted LCD. This 8.8cm (3.5”) screen has a sharp, 920k dot resolution, with a built-in waveform monitor and Edge Focus function to help set up the shot. A 0.61cm (0.25’’), 260k dot EVF with 100% coverage is also available. 

Variable frame rate

A wide range of frame rates is available, from 12 to 50 fps. This gives cameramen the freedom to alter the capture rate for additional creative flexibility.

CPS support *

Canon’s exclusive CPS Video Support offers a priority repair service, guaranteeing quick turnaround.

* For more information on countries where the CPS programme is live, please visit http://www.canon-europe.com/cps


Product Specifications



Image Sensor



1/3 type CMOS


Bayer pattern filter

Total pixels per sensor

2.37 megapixels

Effective pixels per sensor

2.07 megapixels

Minimum illumination

Full Auto (24dB gain), 50i/25p: 3.8 lux / 1.9 lux
Manual mode (33dB gain), 50i/25p: 1.3lux / 0.7 lux

Horizontal Resolution

900 TV lines or more (1920 x 1080i mode)



Zoom ratio


Focal length

4.25 - 42.5mm (35mm equivalent: 30.4 - 304mm)

Minimum focus distance

60cm (throughout zoom range);
20mm (MACRO)

ND filter

Built-in gradation filter (Auto or Off)

Zoom control

Ring, Rocker or Handle;
Selectable Shockless Zoom mode

Zoom speed

Zoom Rocker:
Variable speed/Fixed speed (Fast/Normal/Slow, 16 speed level settings available in each mode);
Handle zoom: 
Fixed speed (Fast/Normal/Slow, 16 speed level settings available in each mode)

Focus control

Ring control or automatic (Instant AF, Medium AF, TV AF, Face Detection AF, Face Only AF)

Iris control

Ring control; Custom dial control; Full Auto

Aperture range

f1.8 - f22

Filter diameter

58 mm

Lens elements/groups


Image stabilization

Optical lens shift system (angle & vector movement detection);
3 modes: Dynamic, Standard, Powered

Digital zoom

1.5x; 3x; 6x

Image Processor





Video storage media

Type 1 Compact Flash memory cards (2 card slots);
Double slot (simultaneous) recording possible.


UDMA4, 30MB/s or faster (40MB/s or faster for Fast/Slow recording)

Recording time

32GB CF card: Up to 80mins (1080/50i @ 50 Mbps)

Recording file format

Material eXchange Format (MXF)

Recording format

50Mbps CBR (4:2:2) MPEG-2 422P@HL;
35Mbps VBR (4:2:0) MPEG-2 MP@HL;
25Mbps CBR (4:2:0) MPEG-2 MP@H14

Recording frame rate

50Mbps: 1920 x 1080/50i, 25p; 1280 x 720/50p, 25p;
35Mbps: 1920 x 1080/50i, 25p; 1280 x 720/50p, 25p;
25Mbps: 1440 x 1080/50i, 25p

Slow/Fast motion

720p: 12, 15, 18, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 30, 32, 34, 37, 42, 45, 48, 50fps
1080p: 12, 15, 18, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25fps

Interval Record

YES. 2,6 or 12 frames, 25 time intervals

Frame Record

YES. 2,6 or 12 frames

Pre Record (cache record)

YES (3 seconds)

Scan reverse

YES. Up/down, left/right, up/down/left/right image inversion

Photo storage media

SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card

Still quality

During video recording: 1920 x 1080;
During playback: 1920x1080, 1280 x 720





8.8 cm (3.5")



Image quality adjustments

Brightness, contrast, colour, sharpness, backlight, black & white


Yes (270 degree rotation about horizontal axis)

Waveform Monitor

Waveform Monitor

Focus Assist

Peaking; Magnifying; Edge Monitor (using waveform display)


Peaking 1, Peaking 2 (Colour, Gain, Frequency customisable for each)


Level 1; Level 2; Both
Output via HD-SDI or HDMI


On/Off (Aspect ratio, Safe area, Grid, Horizontal, Centre)




0.61cm (0.24")



Image quality adjustments

Brightness, contrast, colour, backlight, black & white


Vertical tilt

Correction lens

+ 2.0 to - 5.5 diopter



Audio in

XLR inputs with 48V phantom power (x2), 3.5mm microphone input jack

Headphone output

3.5mm stereo jack

Video monitor output



YES (Type A, output only)

IEEE 1394 (Firewire)



YES (Mini-B, USB 2.0 Hi-Speed)

HD/SD-SDI output

YES (BNC, output only, embedded audio and time code)

Time code

YES (BNC, switchable input/output, same terminal used for Genlock)


YES (BNC, input only, same terminal used for Time code)

Component out

YES (output only)

AV terminal

3.5mm mini jack (output only for video and audio)

DC input


Remote Control Terminal

2.5mm mini jack

Colour Bars

Type 1/Type 2 (EBU/SMPTE)



Tally lamp

YES (x2)

Accessory shoe

YES (cold shoe)

Custom key

YES (10 assignable buttons; select from 34 functions)

Custom Dial

YES (Iris, teleconverter, headphone volume, Face AF, IR Lamp control)




Exposure metering

Standard (centre weighted), Spotlight, Backlight

Exposure range

50 - 100,000 lux

Exposure compensation

-2 to +2 EV (13 steps)

Auto Exposure Mode

Full Auto

Push Auto Iris


Auto Gain Control setting

Full Auto / AGC On / Manual

Auto Gain Control limit

3dB; 6dB; 9dB; 12dB; 15dB; 18dB; 21dB (OFF/24 dB)

Gain Setting

Assignable L, M, H settings (-6dB / -3dB / 0dB/ 3dB / 6dB/ 12dB / 18dB / 24dB / 33dB / TUNE (0.5 dB increments from 0 to 24 dB))

Shutter speed


Control Modes

Full Auto / Manual joystick control (Auto; Speed; Angle; Clear Scan (CS); Slow Shutter (SLS); IR Slow Shutter)

Shutter Speed

1/18 to 1/2000 depending on frame rate

Shutter Angle

11.25º to 360º depending on frame rate

Slow Shutter (SLS)

1/3, 1/6, 1/12, 1/25 (depending on frame rate)

Clear Scan

50i/p: 50 to 249.46Hz;
25p: 25 to 249.46Hz



Infrared shooting mode

YES (green or white)

Built-in IR lamp


3D Shooting Assist


OIS Axis Shift


Focal Lenght Guide


Custom Picture


Stored Configurations

9 (3 factory presets)

Storage Medium

SD/SDHC memory card (all customisation data and metadata)


6 profiles

Master Pedestal

-50 to +50

Master Black

-50 to +50 for each of R,G,B

Black Gamma

Adjustable height, width and apex

Low Key Saturation

-50 to +50 adjusts colour saturation in low brightness area


Adjusts over exposure characteristic (Automatic, Slope, Point, Saturation)


Adjustment for Detail level, Detail frequency, Coring, HV balance, Detail limit, Knee Aperture, Level Depend, Ingredient Ratio

Noise reduction

Off, Automatic, On (1 to 8)

Skin detail

Effect Level (Low, Middle, High), Hue, Chroma, Area, Y Level

Selective Noise Reduction

Effect Level (Low, Middle, High), Hue, Chroma, Area, Y Level

Colour matrix

-50 to +50 6-way matrix, Gain, Phase

White balance

-50 to +50 white balance offset for R,G,B

Colour correction

Area selection / area revision of two areas

Setup level

-50 to +50 On/Off


On / Off

Clip 100% IRE

Limits output to 100% after setup adjustment

White balance





A, B, Preset (Daylight, Tungsten), Colour Temperature

Time code


Countup setting

Regen, RecRun, FreeRun, External, Hold

Start value setting

“00:00:00:00”, Set/Reset selectable




16-bit 2ch (48 kHz) linear PCM


Audio limiter, Auto/manual settings via control dials on handle

Microphone attenuation


Microphone level meter




XF Utility and NLE Plug-ins, Shoulder strap, Component cable CTC-100/S, Battery pack BP-925, DC cable DC-930, Compact power adapter CA-930, Wireless controller WL-D6000.


Wide Converter WD-H58W, Teleconverter TL-H58, Batteries BP-930, BP-945, BP-950G, BP-970G, BP-955, BP-975, Compact Power Adapter CA-920, Compact Car adapter CB-920, DC Coupler DC-920, Shoulder Brace SBR-1000, Tripod Adapter TA-100, Zoom Remote Control ZR-2000, Video Light VL-10Li II, Tripod Base TB-1.



Backup power supply

Lithium coin battery (built-in)

Power Consumption


Continuous Recording Time

Supplied BP-925: Approx. 165 minutes
Optional BP-975: Approx. 520 minutes



Approx 139 x 191 x 268mm (including lens hood and microphone holder)

Weight (camera only)


Weight (fully equipped)


Operating Tempurature range

-5ºC to +45ºC, 60% relative humidity


All specifications are subject to change without notice


Power Consumption - ¹ 50Mbps CBR mode, HD-SDI off, using EVF.

Continuous Recording Time - ¹ 50Mbps CBR mode, using EVF.