Canon has announced a new addition to their XF line-up – the Canon XF605 professional camcorder, capable of 10bit 4K internal recording.
The Canon XF300 and XF305 have long been a staple in the broadcast world for various programmes including documentaries, and now the XF605 is upping up the ante significantly. A slightly more compact version of the top of the range Canon XF705 the new XF605 has a lot to offer.
Weighing in at 21 ounces less than the XF705, (representing around a 25% reduction), the XF605’s compact body is also 10% shorter in both length and height.
1.0-inch CMOS Sensor and DiGIC DV7 Image Processor
Needless to say the 1.0-inch 4K UHD CMOS image sensor is a big step-up from the previous generation, not just in terms of more resolution, but also less noise.
It enables the XF650 to record 4K UHD video up to 60p in XF-AVC MXF wrapped codec or in various MP4 flavours giving everyone options for their editing workflow. In addition, the camera an also record slow motion up to 120fps in Full HD.
Moreover, the larger sensor also brings a shallower depth of field at large apertures, providing greater depth of field control and creative options. While the DIGIC DV 7 imaging engine further enhances the high sensitivity and low noise performance of the camcorder.
4K 10bit 4:2:2 HDR Video to SD Cards
Furthermore, the new camcorder features 1.0-inch CMOS sensor and the ability to record 4K/60p/4:2:2/10-bit/HDR video to dual on-board SD card slots.
As expected, Canon has also included Dual Pixel CMOS AF for high-speed and high-accuracy focusing.
Canon XF605 – Now with Eye Detection AF
It’s worth noting that this is the first XF-series model to include Eye Detection AF, as well as improved face and head detection, enabling more accurate and stable tracking of subjects. The new camcorder also includes new video transmission functionality, making it an ideal tool for broadcast journalists.
In addition, the XF605 also features a new multi-interface shoe on top of the handle, where users can attach an XLR module for additional audio inputs. More on that later.
Canon XF605 Features and Highlights
- 1.0-inch CMOS sensor and DiGIC DV7 image processor
- 4K UHD 10bit 4:2:2 recording up to 60p
- 1080p/120 slow-motion
- XF-AVC and MP4 flavours for codec options
- Dual Pixel AF with Eye Detection AF
- 5-Axis Optical Image Stabilization
- 3-stage built-in ND filters
- 15x Zoom lens with 3 independent rings for iris, zoom, focus control
- Canon LOG 3, Wide DR Gamma, and PQ/HLG support
- 4-channel audio recording with XLR add-on
- Multi-functional hot-shoe
- Dual XLR inputs on the side of top handle
- Dual SD card slots
- Direct Touch Control for LCD when browsing through menus
- 12G-SDI, Genlock, HDMI
- Users can upload 3D LUTs
- High Sensitivity Mode
- Live IP Streaming supported
- Content Transfer Mobile – iOS app
- Pre-order at B&H – $4,499 USD / Ships October 2021
15x Zoom with 3 independent rings and Optical Image Stabilization
The camcorder features a Canon L-Series lens with 15x zoom and 3 independent rings for aperture, focus, and zoom control. Leveraging the legendary optical performance of L-series optics, the optical zoom lens that maintains 4K UHD quality throughout the entire zoom range, and offers a focal length range of 25.5 to 382.5mm (35mm film equivalent).
And in addition, it allows users to get up to 30x Advanced Zoom when shooting in Full HD, which utilizes the XF605 camcorder’s full 4K UHD sensor to extend the zoom range while maintaining image quality.
The XF605 camcorder also features a 5-axis Optical Image Stabilization (IS) system, featuring three modes of image stabilization: Standard, Dynamic and Powered:
- Standard – the stabilizing angle is made constant, independent of the zoom magnification.
- Dynamic – extends the stabilizing range at the wide end of the focal length, allowing for image stabilization when shooting while walking.
- Powered – helps facilitate stabilization in the low frequency range at the tele end and should be used exclusively for fixed-point shooting which does not involve panning.
3-Stage Built-in ND Filters
The internal 3-density ND filter uses a turret (circular) mechanism, allowing camera operators to select from three densities (ND 1/4, ND 1/16, and ND 1/64) or turn the feature off if needed. In addition, the density can be adjusted using the dedicated external buttons.
Canon Log 3, Wide DR Gamma, PQ, HLG
Canon Log 3 recording is also available, to provide additional latitude for those looking to get some extra oomph in post-production. WDR is also present for more urgent deliverables. In WDR the camera achieves a wide dynamic range of 800% to produce almost seamless tone gradations, resulting in smooth detail eliminating blown-out highlights with minimum to no post-production.
In addition, the camcorder provides professionals with a more intuitive user experience through features such as Direct Touch menu operations and touch-panel playback.
Content Transfer Mobile (CTM) iOS mobile app
Canon also released a new CTM mobile app for iOS, which the XF605 supports. It enables the camera to connect and transfer recorded video data via cable or wirelessly to compatible iOS devices and transfer proxy footage, audio, and metadata to servers at broadcast stations or other locations, thus making possible faster and more efficient workflows for broadcast operations.
In addition, this functionality allows for immediate transfer of proxy footage and metadata to be transferred to newsroom planning servers using ML-G2. Metadata can be edited before and after shooting.
Canon’s new CTM (Content Transfer Mobile) application and workflow is designed to assist in the quick and seamless delivery of video files and footage from remote operators in the field.
Wi-Fi and IP Live Streaming
The camcorder features built-in Wi-Fi/Ethernet connectivity for Browser Remote, IP streaming, and FTP transfer. What’s more, the camcorder is also the first XF-series model to feature USB Video Class, allowing use as a webcam without the need for a third party HDMI to USB adapter.
A more interesting aspect of this camera for those looking for a more advanced audio workflow is the new multi-accessory shoe.
By connecting the XLR microphone adapter CA-XLR2d-C4 (sold separately) developed by TEAC Corporation, up to four channels of XLR input can be used together with the audio input of the XF605.
Pricing and Availability
The new Canon XF605 is likely to ship sometime in late October at an estimated retail price of $4,499. You can pre-order via authorized dealers such as B&H.
For more details and tech specifications head over to Canon’s website here.
via Canon Pro USA