The Canon XF105 is available to hire and rent and offers the same features as the Canon XF100 plus SD HDI output along with Gen-Lock and Time Code, the smallest available camcorder at the time of righting this article that offers a MPEG-2, 50Mbps, 4:2:2 Full HD codec this small handheld camcorders records to two CF cards and features 1 fixed 10x zoom lens 1/3 type HD CMOS sensor and supports pro audio inputs via XLR inputs mounted towards the front of the camera and integrated into the handle.
Giving the option to shoot variable frame rates from 12 to 50 frames per second you can get creative results from your hired Canon XF100 and you have a manual ring to help control the zoom, focus or adjust the iris the lens also benefits from an optical image stabilisation system to keep everything balanced and pin sharp.
New features seen on the Canon XF100 now include IR mode to allow shooting in near darkness as we have seen on the Sony camcorders of this size for a number of years now yet a cool added touch is the facility to be able to switch between green and white options to give your filming the look that you prefer.
For 3D filming the Canon has 3D assist features allowing two camcorders to be used simultaneously to capture your scenes in 3D in our opinion you would better suited using a dedicated 3D system than rigging two Canon XF100s as it all looks a little to complicated.
Another small option yet you have the benefit of 50MBps here and that would probably be the main reason you would hire or rent the canon XF100
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