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Latest Canon XF605 Camcorder Announced

June 9, 2021 by Adam R. Anderson
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Canon has launched a new professional camcorder. The Canon Xf605 offers 10-bit 4K 4:2: 2 image capture combined with 15X optical zoom, complete With IS. It looks like this could be the next workhorse for Solo shooters working in a broadcast environment.

Canon has just announced a new flagship camera! Before jumping out of your chair, read on: it has neither a full-frame sensor, nor its little brother, an S35 sensor. It is a classic camcorder, that is, a compact body, a fixed lens and a Sub-s35mm sensor.

Canon camcorder XF605

Nevertheless, this small central offers a lot for its size:4K 60p/50p 4:2: 2 10-Bit and Full HD with a high frame rate up to 120P. The processing of the data provided by the 1-inch CMOS sensor is carried out through the DIGIC DV 7 processor.

Available recording containers include XF-AVC (H. 264-Intra Frame or Long GOP) or MP4 (H. 264 or H. 265-Long GOP)

Other features adopted by Canon’s high-end cameras include a variety of custom image options that can be customized to meet different needs and provide more flexibility in post-production or on-site, including HDR( HLG / PQ), Canon Log3, and custom user-created Look files. Other camcorders in the Canon line have also been updated with C-Log flavors over time through firmware updates.

The Canon Xf605 uses Canon’s fast and accurate dual Pixel CMOS Autofocus system, eye detection AF and Canon EOS ITR AF x Intelligent head detection and tracking functionality (when the face is away from the lens) to the XF range of camcorders. This is another feature that was first introduced in high-end cameras.


A new Direct Touch interface allows users to quickly and intuitively select the themes they want to focus on, as well as control screen settings, menus and playback controls.

The camcorder offers a total of 11 assignable physical buttons with over 100 functions to choose from the menu.

Personally, I don’t use touchscreens for focus, as it’s usually unreliable, but it can of course work well enough for Solo shooters in the field.


The Canon Xf605 features a new multifunctional shoe that expands the camera’s capabilities with future Accessories, the first being TEAC’s High Definition XLR CA-XLR2d-c micro adapter. This adapter allows the XLR inputs to be paired with the four audio channels offered by the XF605, providing greater flexibility for audio recording. The XG605 itself offers 2 XLR inputs plus a 3.5 mm stereo input.

In addition, it has professional I/O such as Genlock / Sync, TC in / Out, as well as a headphone output to monitor Audio.

The camcorder also addressed the rise of live streaming Last year, with IP Streaming capability that supports multiple protocols, remote control for multi-camera operation in addition to the Canon range of PTZ cameras and The addition of UVC for easy Webcam use via USB-C.

The xf605 sport Dual SD Card slots and multiple recording options, it can record different file formats, resolutions, color sampling and proxies simultaneously to separate the cards.

Another convenient feature is simultaneous output to 12G-SDI and HDMI ports, which can be powered into any combination of monitors, broadcast and recording systems to support live and recorded workflows.

The XF605 is compatible with the new Canon Content Transfer Mobile (CTM) application that allows users to edit message metadata before and after shooting and import images from the camera to the phone, for example to allow instant transfer to broadcast station servers.


The Canon Cxf605 is about 10% smaller and 600g lighter than the XF705, resulting in about a 2kg package. Light enough for what this camcorder has to offer, I would say. Here is a List of the main features:

  • Type 1.0 CMOS sensor and DIGIC DV7 processor
  • 4K UHD 60p/50p 4:2:2 10-bit XF-AVC and MP4
  • 4K L series, 15X optical zoom with 30x advanced zoom in FHD
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF with eye detection AF and EOS ITR AF x
  • Supports HDR PQ & HLG formats
  • Simultaneous recording versatility, including Proxies
  • Professional connectivity including 12G-SDI, HDMI, XLR inputs, Ethernet, Wi-Fi, USB-C and more
  • CTM application to easily transfer files to mobile phones and edit message metadata

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