After reading the comment from the person giving one star because the HDMI did not work upon receipt of the camera, I immediately hooked up a monitor to my brand new XF400 via HDMI. It worked just fine.I have been over and worked with all items in the Menu and the function areas and find the menus well thought out, and easily accessible. I'm used to all three rings on a professional camera, but don't think it will be hard to adjust to the iris and shutter settings in the Function area of the LED> The ""Gain"" had me a bit startled. It's called ""Exposure"" in the manual. I would have appreciated having ISO settings. That's the reason for the four stars instead of five. Why the XLR ports are labeled right to left is beyond me.Number 1 is on the right.The 15x zoom and wide angles are both excellent. I haven't tried the extra zoom capability yet. I will, when I go into the field with the camera for the first time - hopefully tomorrow.This is four days later, and I've put the camera through some of its paces. Noise starts at around 30 db on the Gain control, so avoid that. Look 1 is standard setting, and looks pretty good, if you don't want to color grade. Look 2 is Wide DR, which applies a gamma curve, allowing for a wide dynamic range. Look 3 is B And W, and I don't think I'll ever use it.I don't think it's fair to compare this camera with a Canon C300. The difference in price is huge. That being said, I would have liked more customizable button options, such as turning in and off zebra and peaking. The only option I like is to be able to pick which sound channels for what mics.I'm a little worried about the gate. It opens by activating a spring with a slider. What happens if the spring fails for some reason? I'd rather have a completely mechanical gate, one where you simply slide the door back to access the SD cards.The shape of the camera is a bit awkward. The microphone holder unit sticks up. I have a case that works, but it's not padded, and I'm looking for another, more protective one. Probably, I'll have to take the handle unit off and store in next to the camera body in a wide, padded bag.I very much like the focusing capabilities, where I can choose where to focus. It's very similar to my Canon 70D. I find the focus is fast when I opt for that setting in the menu. Still more work to go. I'll keep you posted.