Just when Panasonic and Sony were feeling good about themselves 3 large sensor cameras within the last six months between them…Canon decide to join the party.
This is a Super 35mm format which is not a 5DMk11 sensor but a smaller motion sensor fit for purpose..no moire…no ailasing. Sadly for Sony and Panasonic this camcorder brakes the mould with the ability to film from 6MBs up to 50MBs plus an payed upgrade to allow 150Mbs.
Like it’s sister camcorder the XF305 this camcorder will be 4:2:2 with a new engine running at 12bit. The best news is the EOS mount with access to the full range of EOS ‘L’ lenses and a future adapter will allow you to fit special Canon HD zoom lenses, there isn’t a zoom control on the camera but Canon are producing a zoom control for the tripod handle that will attach straight onto the zoom lens itself with power being accessed by the adapter.
There is a special pin on the ‘L’ mount that does not appear on the cheaper Canon glass, this was added about 5 years ago with future proofing in mind so once again if you attach the non ‘L’ Canon glass to the camcorder it won’t power up. Canon’s theory is sound by keeping the best glass on the camera you are always guaranteed the best pictures.
One point about the EOS mount is that due to it’s power connections Canon are only making one other dedicated adapter and thats for PL lenses, Canon do not envisage any work around by third party adapter manufacturers to utilise this mount ie. Nikon glass etc. The camera will not power on unless it sees an EOS lens or the special PL adapter.
This is a bit of a shame in my opinion but if you have Compact Primes CP.2 or Canon ‘L’ glass then your laughing, there is a tentative price of €8,500 euros. The embargo (Not to be shown till the 1st of April) has now been lifted and I can now show you the camcorder itself.