The flagship model in Canon’s XF range will cost £6,999

Canon has revealed a new 4K Ultra HD HDR-capable camcorder – the XF705 – the day before the start of IBC 2018.

The camera has a 1.0-type CMOS sensor and records 50p 4:2:2 10-bit images with “superior levels of detail, vastly improved noise performance, sensitivity and cinematic depth of field,” says Canon. “It is poised to revolutionise Ultra HD HDR production workflows for the better.”

The camera records in Canon’s XF-HEVC file format, which is a High Efficiency Video Codec (HEVC). Canon claims HEVC is “about twice as efficient as mainstream H.264/AVC” which enables the XF705 to record 4K Ultra HD images directly onto widely available SD cards.

The XF705 can record HDR files internally using both Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG) and Perceptual Quantisation (PQ) HDR formats.

The camcorder also has HDR assist functions to help the operator control exposure. It can output an SDR signal at the same time as recording an HDR file internally to a SD card, enabling simultaneous HDR/SDR production.

Furthermore, the XF705 features Canon’s proprietary Dual Pixel CMOS AF for fast autofocus with touch focus control, face detection auto focus and object tracking.

The camcorder has a 4K L-series lens with 15x optical zoom, a maximum aperture of f/2.8 and a wide angle of 25.5mm. “This is combined with three independent control rings with end stops to ensure that the camcorder has the level of manual control that professionals expect,” says Canon.

The XF705 will be available in December and cost £6,999.

Canon XF705 - Key Features

UHD/50P 4:2:2 10-bit support with XF-HEVC

HDR workflow

12G-SDI and IP streaming

Dual Pixel CMOS AF

15x L-series lens with wide-angle