Pro Moviemaker Spring 2019


The successful XF range of broadcast and streaming cameras is joined by the high-resolution XF705 CANON’S CAMCORDER FLAGSHIP CANON XF705

SPECIFICATIONS Price: £6999/ $6999

Sensor: 1.0-type CMOS, 13.4 megapixels, Dual DIGIC DV6 processor Formats: 4K andHD, XF-HEVC 4:2:2 10-bit H.265, XF-AVC

4:2:0 8-bit H.264 Picture settings:

Normal, BT. 709, BT. 2020, Canon Log 3, HLG, Wide DR. Frame rates: 60/ 50/ 30/ 25p

depending on region Storage: 2x SDXC slots

Lens: 15x optical, 30x digital zoom. 8.3-124.5mm/f/2.8-4.5 (equivalent to 25.5-382.5mm) Focus: Dual Pixel CMOS AF Image stabilisation: Optical and in-body ND: 3-stage optical ND Output: HDMI, 12G-SDI Shutter range: 1/2-1/2000sec (50p) Dynamic Range: 12 stops in Canon Log 3 orWide DR Screen: 10.1cm/4-inch LCD capacitive touch panel Audio: Integrated microphones, 2x XLR inputs with phantompower support Dimensions (WxHxD): 191x258x433mm/7.5x10.2x17in Weight: 2660g/5.86lb


C anon’s XF range has always been great for workhorse cameras – the form factor of fixed lens and multiple buttons is a busy shooter’s dream. We’ve loved the way they compressed footage at high rates with accessible codecs, and stored the resulting MXF files on nice, freely available, relatively cheap media – this time SD cards instead of CompactFlash. The latest model is the XF705, with improvements that are totally predictable but nonetheless impressive. Using the XF-HEVC codec you can now shoot UHD 3840x2160 at 50p and in 4:2:2 10-bit to SD cards. We used Lexar 1000x SD cards, which can record up to 150 MB/s, while the XF705 tops

out at 160Mbps, and it worked well. HEVC stands for High Efficiency Video Coding, which is the way 4K is compressed for delivery to homes. Our 64GB Lexar cards gave us around 110 minutes in 4K from the two SD card slots on the side of the body in the 160Mbps mode. You can shoot with Canon’s XF-AVC codec if you’re not quite ready for 4K UHD, but resolution and quality is down to HD with a 4:2:0 8-bit signal. As you can choose 1920x1080 using the HEVC option, you shouldn’t really need XF-AVC. The only reason would be if your NLE couldn’t deal with the new HEVC codec, which initially might be a problem. Canon is using a 1.0-type CMOS sensor and DIGIC DV6 processor

ABOVE The XF705 improves on features of the XF305, such as HDR, new-style grip and shoulder pad



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