Canon XF605: Compact 4K Professional Camcorder with eye AF and Streaming

Canon has launched the new compact 4K UHD professional camcorder XF605, which represents the next generation of the “Canon XF” series. Modern, intelligent AF technology, as is already known from still cameras and some Canon cinema cameras, is making its way into the class of compact professional 4K camcorder. The XF605 4K video camera is an ideal tool for one-man reporting and is also equipped for IP streaming.

Canon XF605 4K Camcorder

The new XF605 is positioned between the recently withdrawn XF405 and the even more powerful XF705. The best camcorder can record in strong 4K-UHD @ 60p / 50p in 4: 2: 2 with 10-bit image quality and in Full HD with up to 120 fps. With a “1.0-inch type CMOS” sensor (effective resolution 3280 x 2160 px) and the “DIGIC DV 7” image processor, this cam corder serves the level of performance in a professional environment. It has a 15x zoom of the L lens series. It has a physical focal length of 8.3-124.5mm, which corresponds to a 35mm focal length of 25.5-382.5mm. Its light intensity starts in the wide angle range at 1: 2.8 and in the telephoto range at 1: 4.5. The zoom has nine aperture blades.

The XF605 videocamera offers a variety of custom image options that can be adjusted to suit different needs, including HDR (HLG / PQ), Canon Log3, and custom look files. This ensures more flexibility in post-production or on-site.

The 5-axis image stabilizer comes from the XF and XA series, so the XF605 also impresses with dynamic shots with a steady image. Four IS modes are available that combine various settings in Standard, Dynamic and Powered IS. In practice, the best and most effective IS mode can be selected for every recording situation. With its high-magnification L-series 4K lens, the XF605 achieves a 15x optical zoom in 4K and a 30x extended zoom in Full HD.

The XF605 has the fast and precise “Canon Dual Pixel CMOS AF” technology with EOS iTR AF X, which for the first time in the XF series offers AF with eye detection and intelligent head detection and tracking. This advanced focus system ensures that a person remains in focus even if they turn away from the camera. With the new touchscreen user interface, the subjects to be focused on can be selected quickly and intuitively and the screen settings, menu navigation, and playback can be controlled.

The Canon XF605 weighs only approx. 2 kg (housing without accessories) and is therefore around 10 percent smaller and 600 g lighter than the XF705. The 4K camcorder was specially developed for the self-sufficient use of a one-man team and combines mobility with a practical new multifunctional accessory shoe that expands the possibilities of the XF605.

The camcorder follows the growing trend towards live streaming and offers IP streaming that supports multiple protocols. In addition, it enables remote control in multi-camera operation and, in addition to the Canon PTZ cameras, also supports USB Video Class (UVC) for use as a webcam via a USB-C cable.

Canon XF605 4K Camcorder

The XF605 is a flexible camcorder that fits seamlessly into existing workflows. With two SD card slots and various recording options, different file formats, resolutions, color samples, and proxy files can be recorded simultaneously on separate SD cards. It is also possible to output the image simultaneously via 12G-SDI and HDMI connections, which can be fed into any combination of monitors, broadcast, and recording systems to support both live and pre-recorded workflows.

The XF605 is ideal for on-site reporting. It is compatible with the new Canon Content Transfer Mobile (CTM) app (only available for iPhone), with which the metadata can be edited before and after the recording. In addition, the recordings can be transferred from the camcorder to the mobile device and from there z. B. be stored on the client’s server.

Canon XF605 Features:

  • 1.0-inch type CMOS sensor and DIGIC DV7 image processor
  • 4K UHD 60p / 50p 4: 2: 2 10 bit in XF-AVC and MP4
  • 15x optical zoom lens of the 4K L series with 30x extended zoom in Full HD
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF with AF Eye Detection and EOS iTR AF X
  • Supports PQ and HLG HDR formats
  • Versatility in simultaneous recording, including proxy files
  • Professional connection options such as 12G-SDI, HDMI, XLR inputs, Ethernet, WLAN, USB-C, and more
  • Content Transfer Mobile App (CTM-App) for easily transferring files to mobile devices and editing message metadata

Price and availability

Canon XF605 professional 4K camcorder has been priced at $4,499 and it is already available to pre-order on the and online stores.

Recently, Canon has also introduced a new ultra-wide-angle zoom lens for full-frame mirrorless cameras with RF-mount. The new Canon RF 14-35mm f4L IS USM lens has the largest focal length range of any wide-angle, full-frame autofocus lens they have ever produced, and is priced at $1,699.

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