The Canon XF200 is suitable for ENG coverage, including sports, documentary and independent productions. Versatile, the camera records images with outstanding clarity and features a wide dynamic range gamma setting that prevents overexposure even for bright areas.
The Canon XF200 also offers dual codec choices and memory card options that support MPEG-2 and high-quality MP4 files using both CF and SD card slots. For enhanced flexibility, the camera also supports MXF-format recording at various data rates, including broadcast-friendly 1440 x 1080/60i video that is remarkably clear with reduced artefacts, even in scenes that contain a lot of motion.
Students will use the SD format. Use SD cards that are a Class 6 or higher and a bit rate of at least 35 Mbps. The MP4 recording function was tested using memory cards made by Panasonic, Toshiba and SanDisk.
Getting to Know the Camera
First, get to know the contents of the camera bag.
Included in the camera bag you will find:
Two Batteries – given upon checkout
Explore the camera parts to find the following
- Lens Hood open/close lever
- SD card slot
- Audio Input 1 and Input 2 terminals
- The OLED Monitor
- The MENU button
- The Power Switch (and Recording Start/Stop button)
- The Focus Ring
- The Iris Ring
These are just a few parts to the camera that will become more familiar with experience. But before you use the Canon XF200 for your assignments, you need to spend time getting to know the camera. Take for a "test drive" and shoot some video and audio. The more you use it, the less time you’ll spend troubleshooting and the more time you can devote to creativity.