Canon improves XF205 functionality with FREE firmware update

Canon UK have announced two new firmware updates for their popular professional camcorder – the XF205.

The first firmware update is free to download already and will improve the camera’s noise ratio in low light conditions. The second update will enable live streaming of content over IP networks and will be available late June 2015. These updates have been developed from Canon after getting feedback from various users of the XF205 including broadcasters and wedding videographers.

Improved low light performance, reduced noise – a new image quality setting
The first firmware update, will enable a new image-quality setting, allowing you to record footage with reduced noise, even in low-light conditions*. The new update gives you the freedom to choose your preferred image quality based on their shooting requirements. You’ll be able to select from the current default setting, which prioritises the camera’s high-resolution shooting, or the new setting, which gives priority to capturing video footage with reduced noise.

Support for live IP streaming
The second firmware update will enable the XF205 to steam video footage over IP networks, a practice widely used by the broadcasting industry. By enabling this feature, you’ll be able to transfer live footage to news programmes and video-sharing websites. Additionally, the new firmware will allow the XF205 to work with Fujitsu’s video transmission equipment – the Fujitsu Network IP-900IID and IP-920D HD/SD Compact Video Decoders** – as well as software***  supporting IP streaming. With this new feature, you can stream video over an IP network without having to alter existing video-capture and editing workflows, such as those employed at broadcasting stations.

Enhancing XF205 functionality
In addition to the IP video streaming functionality, the new firmware will also you to take advantage of two new recording features on your XF205. Firstly, when recording in MP4 format, videographers will be able to use slow and fast motion recording – slowing down action up to 40 percent, or speed up video by up to 250 percent. Additionally, when choosing Wi-Fi settings on the XF205, the selection menu will feature an improved user interface, delivering intuitive and easy to understand operability.

The firmware upgrade enabling IP streaming will support the following XF205 video data formats:

XF205 video output
Fujitsu Network IP-900IID and IP-920D HD/SD Compact Video Decoder
Software supporting IP streaming
Frame rate
1280 x 720 pixels
29.97P (9 Mbps / 4 Mbps)
To be supported from April 2015
1280 x 720 pixels
25P (9 Mbps / 4 Mbps)
To be supported from April 2015
640 x 360 pixels
29.97P (1.5 Mbps)
640 x 360 pixels
25P (1.5 Mbps)

You can download the firmware updates for free at canon.co.uk

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* The new image quality setting results in a slight decrease in resolution compared to the image quality setting originally employed in the XF205
**The Fujitsu Network IP-900IID and IP-920D are trademarks of Fujitsu Limited, registered in Japan and other countries. The Fujitsu Network IP-900IID and IP-920D are scheduled to support the XF205 from April 2015. The Fujitsu Network IP-900IID and IP-920D HD/SD Compact Video Decoders may not be available/sold in all regions
*** Details regarding tested software are scheduled to be made available in late June 2015 on Canon’s Japanese-language professional digital video camcorder homepage: canon.jp/prodv

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