Excerpt: I bought this camera to shoot daily stuff at the hospital I work at now. So far so good. I had my eye on this camera since last year at NAB. Looked at it again this year, and told myself this is the camera for me. I like that it records on CF cards. I also shoot with the Canon MKII, so it's nice that all the media works together. The battery life is great on this camera, I also bought two more batteries for the camera. I never run out of power.
Pros: Easy to Use, Good Image Stabilization, Great Picture Quality, Large Clear LCD
Excerpt: We field-tested the XF305 in documentary production over a three week period. Bottom line? We really regretted having to give it back to Canon, but we deferred buying four of our own. One of the reasons for using a camcorder rather than a cinema camera is the servo zoom lens. The zoom range on the XF305's lens is quite useful in both width and placement, but the means of controlling it falls short.
Pros: Easy to Use, Great Picture Quality, Great Zoom, Large Clear LCD, Zoom range/performance
Cons: Complicated To Operate, No image stabilization
Excerpt: Purchased this camera after using Sony HVR Z7U for a number of years and not disappointed. Main reason was the use of CF cards. Still trying to make adjustments in low light situations, but feel confident I will get it. Lots of features that make shooting a pleasure. A little heavier than I thought it would be. Overall, pleased with my purchase.
Pros: Easy to Use, Good Image Stabilization, Great Picture Quality, Great Sound, Great Zoom, Large Clear LCD, Zoom range/performance
Excerpt: I am a professional in-house videographer and I use it for documentary style shooting. it shoots in great quality and the features are easy to handle. The one thing that wasn't the best for what I do is that it is a little heavy and hard to handhold, without a shoulder mount.
Pros: Compact Design, Easy To Use, Highly Compatible, Professional Quality
Excerpt: I am a semi-pro user. Mostly amatuer stuff like weddings, events, amatuer sports and some ENG work. This camera is a good step for Canon into the professional market. While still a long-GOP scheme, the color and clarity is fantastic compared to other Canon video cameras I've used including the still shooter Canon 5D EOS. I was at a Phoenix pro retailer recently while the Canon rep was there and we did a split monitor comparison of the XF305 vs.
Pros: Compact Design, Easy To Use, Highly Compatible, Improves Performance, Professional Quality