Just like the Canon XF705, the Canon XF605 features a premium L-series 15x optical zoom lens and a large 1.0-type 4K UHD CMOS sensor. In addition, the XF605 is equipped with a DIGIC DV7 processor that works in harmony with the sensor to deliver high-quality image processing with impeccable clarity and low noise.
Capable of recording 4K UHD 60p/50p in 4:2:2 10-bit XF-AVC and MP4 to dual SD cards, the Canon XF605 is a practical choice whether you need to run footage through post-production or broadcast it directly. A wide dynamic range is captured via Canon Log 3, while PQ and HLG formats are available when your production requires HDR formats. Slow and fast (S&F) mode allows Full HD clips to be recorded at up to 120p, too.
The Canon XF605 also supports less compressed 4K ALL-I recording, which is enabled via a firmware update. Additional features which are added in firmware v188.8.131.52 include XC Protocol support, which allows the Canon XF605 to be used as part of a multicamera solution with other Canon hardware, plus Face Detection AF when shooting in S&F mode, and the ability to monitor all four audio channels in the display – a useful addition when it comes to managing multiple microphones during an interview.
An expanded range of Custom Picture profiles and support for Look Files (3D LUTs) enable users to achieve distinctive footage straight out of the camera. "We introduced Look File support in the EOS C70," adds Mehdia. "I think the concern with many people when they shoot Log is post-production and how much time they spend editing. But when a Look File is baked into the footage it can help to minimise the workflow."
The Canon XF605 is also one of the most connected camcorders. In addition to 12G-SDI, Ethernet and XLR, it comes with a multi-function shoe that can be used to add additional XLR inputs, and it can be connected to the Canon RC-IP100 remote camera controller. The Content Transfer Mobile app allows video to be transferred directly to an FTP server via an iPhone, and video output over USB-C enables the XF605 to be used as a webcam.