Canon XF705 New Flagship Camcorder – Shoots 4K up to 50p in 10bit 4:2:2 Internally

September 12th, 2018
Canon XF705 New Flagship Camcorder - Shoots 4K up to 50p in 10bit 4:2:2 Internally

Today Canon releases the Canon XF705, their new 1″-sensor camcorder, headlining features like 4k 50p internal capture, HDR-capability and a new file format. The Canon XF705  relieves the Canon XF405 as Canon’s new flagship broadcast camcorder, with 4:2:2 internal capture to SD-cards, Canon’s signature Dual Pixel AF as well as a 15x stabilised fixed zoom lens. Time to find out more.

The Same but Better

Basically, the Canon XF705 seems to offer most of everything the Canon XF405 had to offer and then some more. It still features 4k 50p/60p capture, the same 25.5mm to 382.5mm equiv. F2.8 – 4.5, 15x optical (probably 30x digital) zoom lens and the DIGIC DV6 processor, handling the output from the 1″ CMOS sensor. Canon’s reliable Dual Pixel AF (active or indicative) is still on board and so are two XLR-inputs in the handle and a touch-capable display, that can be folded away into the handle. The camcorder has an internal ND filter, two SD card slots and uses Canon BP style batteries.

So what is new?

The biggest improvements are found in the software. The Canon XF705 now offers internal 10bit 4:2:2 capture to SD cards even in 4k 50p. This is made possible by the new codec included in the camcorder, called XF-HEVC. In simple terms, XF-HEVC uses H.265 compression in tandem with the widely used MXF, as a container format. This format has to be highly efficient to allow the processing necessary for high-res, -bit-rate and -frame-rate shooting, even with the same processor used in the Canon XF405. The Canon XF705 also suits HDR-workflows, allowing shooters and editors to use both Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG) and PQ based HDR workflows.

On the handling side, the lens now offers three control rings, for zoom, iris and focus, while the Canon XF405’s lens only had one control ring. Additionally, there is a zoom speed toggle on the handle and a zoom rocker on the right side’s handle. The SDI output connection was upgraded to 12G, sending out an uncompressed signal.

The improved codec and software efficiency in tandem with the SDI upgrade, allows for some workflow improvements too. For combined  SDR / HDR workflows, the Canon XF705 is able to simultaneously record HDR internally, as well as output SDR via SDI, or stream it over a network connection for broadcast applications.

Here’s an overview of the most important features:

  • 4k 50p in 10bit 4:2:2 internal capture to SD cards
  • Dual Pixel AF
  •  25.5mm to 382.5mm equiv. F2.8 – 4.5, 15x optically stabilised zoom
  • XF-HEVC-codec (H.265 and MXF combined)
  • 12G SDI with uncompressed output
  • IP streaming
  • HDR (HLG or PQ)
  • Simultaneous SDR and HDR workflows
  • 3 control rings on the lens
  • Internal ND filter

The Canon XF705 presents an interesting option, mainly for professionals working in ENG, broadcast or documentary. We’ll gladly tell you more when we get our hands on one.

Are you an ENG-style shooter and is the Canon XF705 interesting to you, or would you stick with the smaller Canon XF405? Do you think Canon’s new flagship camcorder is well spec’ed, or are you missing something? And how confident are you in your editing machine’s capability to work with the H.265-based codec? Let us know in the comments!

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 Dan Hyman
Dan Hyman
MemberSeptember 12th, 2018

I know there’s a lot of Canon bashing, as I’m usually one of the disappointed ones, but not this time.
I miss the days of run and gun with the Sony EX1.. after years of lugging around lenses, the idea of being able
to capture 4K 10-bit 422 (on an SD card!!) is huge.

Canon L lens with Iris control, 5-axis stabilization, 4K 60p.. I’m in!!!!!

And for those not wild about the 1″ sensor… yes I would have also liked a Super35 sensor, just remember that the EX1 had a 1/2″ sensor. It was 10 years ago.. but I still look at that footage and think, wow, wasn’t all that bad.

Not to mention, with a few strip down moves (remove the hood and eye piece, the XF705 should fit and work on the Ronin-S.. now we’re cooking. Can’t wait!

 Haakon Sundry
Haakon Sundry
MemberSeptember 27th, 2018

You wouldn’t be getting a 15x optical zoom lens with a Super35 sensor.

Nate Tacey
Nate Tacey
GuestSeptember 12th, 2018

I assume that the U.S. model will be 60p compatible?

Tim Gvr
Tim Gvr
GuestSeptember 12th, 2018

Damn, with a all these Sony, Panasonic, Canon and BM releases, I forget that camcorders are still a thing.

Raja Farhad Ahmad
Raja Farhad Ahmad
GuestSeptember 12th, 2018

Price please

Fenchel & Janisch
Fenchel & Janisch
GuestSeptember 12th, 2018

Looks like a useful piece of gear but it’s a little pricey though.

 Scott Brown
Scott Brown
MemberSeptember 12th, 2018

I think this little camera is going to do very well indeed in the broadcast docs/news sectors.

The BBC has been testing this and has had direct input into it’s design.

Interesting to see this matched against Sony’s new PXW-Z280

I think the Canon colours will be better, but the Sony has some nice features such as 4 channel audio and a fully manual slightly longer zoom lens.

Canon codec looks super cool though but we need to see footage first before making any real judgements. The larger 1″ sensor should give this a shallower DOF than the Z280.

Lokesh Sharma
Lokesh Sharma
GuestSeptember 12th, 2018

Still three full size sensors will be welcome.

 Keith Mullin
Keith Mullin
MemberSeptember 13th, 2018

It’s a single 1″ sensor, not a 3 chip camera.

 Dan Brockett
Dan Brockett
MemberSeptember 12th, 2018

Looks cool but as usual, the value equation is way off with a new Canon camera intro. I just finished shooting a documentary and we with the XF-405s for parts of it. It’s not a bad little camera and has some nice features. The XF-405 has 75% of this camera’s features, yet sells for half the cost. This camera should be $4,999.00 tops, not $7k.

Usual disclaimers, Canon knows their markets better than we do. Being overpriced didn’t stop them from selling a boatload of C300 MKIIs on intro at a massively overpriced $16k so maybe they know their customers better than we do?

Clayton Moore
MemberSeptember 12th, 2018

Wow they finally updated there flagship “camcorder” that took A REALLY REALLY long time!

 sina basy
sina basy
MemberSeptember 12th, 2018

Yes, they finally did! but with a very low resolution sensor to begin with and a hefty ridiculous price tag of $7000 :))
good luck guys.

Canon’s usual soft and dull image with a new shinny outfit!

in comparison Sony wins with it’s high pixel counts and pixel binning technology!

Shame again with canon, always disappoints!

 Scott Brown
Scott Brown
MemberSeptember 12th, 2018

Actually, I much prefer Canon’s colours to Sony’s and certainly would not describe the images as being soft and dull.

When grading we spend much more time fixing Sony colours especially skin tones.

Jan-Emil Jansson
Jan-Emil Jansson
GuestSeptember 12th, 2018

No-body-cares-anymore If they had done this 5 years ago mabye

Kris Koenig
Kris Koenig
GuestSeptember 13th, 2018

Stephen Chollet meh?

Rafael Molina
Rafael Molina
GuestSeptember 13th, 2018

Got to accept this one is the most attractive video camera since Sony EX3

Alino Bernard Deudjui
Alino Bernard Deudjui
GuestSeptember 13th, 2018

Not for $8,000 please.

Serkan Erkılınç
Serkan Erkılınç
GuestSeptember 13th, 2018

We have near 2019 and they publish with amazing 50p in 4k ?????? go home canon

 Dan Hyman
Dan Hyman
MemberSeptember 15th, 2018

Has anyone edited 4K XF-HEVC H.265 in Premiere Pro? Seems promising, but I’m not sure. ANYTHING that comes out of ANY camera as h.264 (mov or MP4) I convert to ProRes before editing. That’s what I like about the C300’s, etc.. MXF is edit ready. Is this an edit ready format?

Clayton Moore
MemberSeptember 19th, 2018

Up till now Canon’s C300 has been a standard in broadcast reality TV show and documentary stuff, but I can see how this might be a legitimate fixed lens alternative if the images are equivalent.

 Paul Julian
Paul Julian
MemberOctober 18th, 2018

I’d consider it if only it didn’t have variable aperture – otherwise it’d be a winner.

 Adarsh Kurian
Adarsh Kurian
MemberSeptember 2nd, 2019

How to import the footage from XF 709 in FCPX, Resolve or Adobe Premiere ?. Non of these editing applications support this MXF- HEVC/ H.265, recording format even with latest updates..

Richard van den Boogaard
MemberSeptember 12th, 2018

So the Digic DV6 processor IS able to handle 4K 10-bit 4:2:2 50 on internal SD cards? Proves my point that Canon likes to blow smoke up everyone’s a$$es. Especially with their C200 release…

Eugenia L
MemberSeptember 12th, 2018

Not true. Scanning few megapixels from a 1″ sensor is not the same as doing the same from a 30 mp ff sensor. This is the same reason why Panasonic is able to have 4k/60p and sony/canon can’t in full frame yet. We need another year to be able to do that and another 2-3 more to do that in 4:2:2 10bit internally. Moore’s law.

Richard van den Boogaard
MemberSeptember 13th, 2018

Panasonic’s EVA-1 is s35, just like the C200….

Eugenia L
MemberSeptember 13th, 2018

Yes, but they’re not 30 or 40 mp. They don’t have the same amount of pixels to go through and process.

 Keith Mullin
Keith Mullin
MemberSeptember 13th, 2018

…The C200 is a 4206×2340 sensor, so just under 10mp. The EVA1 is over twice the resolution at 20.54mp. The FS7 is also higher res at around 11mp.

Justin Lewis
Justin Lewis
GuestSeptember 12th, 2018

And no doubt a hideously shit LCD, appalling fly by wire focus and all the other goodness that made this range great in the inside but a nightmare on the outside for all the poor (mostly TV shooter-producer) fuckers that have to fight these beasts daily.

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