Canon announced a new XF705 flagship, all-in-one pro 4K camcorder for IBC 2018. The XF line has been expanded over the years and enjoyed many years of solid performance in the documentary broadcast world, and now that Canon is celebrating its 20th anniversary of the Canon Pro Camcorder line, it makes sense to introduce a new top-of-the-line model to compete with strong contenders from arch rivals Sony. The new Canon XF705 has a 1-inch CMOS chip, features a fixed 15x optical zoom lens, and most surprisingly of all – 4K/60p 10bit 4:2:2 recording in the H.265/HEVC format onto SD cards.
4K/60p is a kind of big deal in 2018, and the inclusion of H.265 makes it easy for the camera to write data onto SD cards. The new Canon XF705 also sports Dual-Pixel AF, which has become a standard AF system on Canon pro camcorders, and a 5-axis image stabilization in both an optical and electronic form working in three different modes to suit your shooting style. They even threw in 1080/120p slow-motion, which will go a long way with many.
Sure this is a smaller, 1-inch sensor, but if you need an all-in-one 4K pro camcorder, the Canon XF705 seems like it has everything you need. At IBC 2018, I stopped by the Canon and had a quick chat with Paul from Canon about the new XF705 and their latest CN-E lens – the Canon 20mm T1.5 cine prime.
The new Canon CN-E 20mm T1.5 EF is the latest addition to their Cinema Prime range to sit comfortably between the ultra-wide 14mm and the wide-angle 24mm CN-E. The lens has an 11-blade aperture design for smooth and pleasing bokeh, solid metal construction, a 300 degree rotation on the focus ring and is of course colour-matched to the rest of the CN-E range.
The lens is quite fast at T1.5 and also features a dust and moisture resistant body construction. The Canon CN-E 20mm T1.5 EF is expected to ship in the first week of November, and B&H have it listed for $4,220.