Pro video blog…Produced by Philip Johnston DoP/Editor

Finally we get a 4K 50p camcorder with 10bit 422 from Canon and with the added bonus of a 15x servo zoom lens. At a hefty £7,000 including vat it won’t be flying off the shelves.

Canon XF705 (XF-705) HD Camcorder – MPEG-4, 160Mbps, H.265/HEVC Codec, 15x Optical Zoom Lens and 4K UHD CMOS Sensors (p/n 3041C007). Canon UK has launched the newest addition to its XF range of camcorders – the XF705. Equipped with the next-generation XF-HEVC format, XF705 offers 4K UHD 50P 4:2:2 10-bit recording to SD cards, with impressive image quality and superior levels of detail. Combined with a 1.0 type CMOS sensor and DIGIC DV6 processing, the XF705 delivers vastly improved noise performance, sensitivity and cinematic depth of field. With a host of enhanced HDR capabilities, including an advanced 12G-SDI interface and IP streaming, the XF705 is poised to revolutionise UHD HDR production workflows for the better.

Versatile file formats to transform workflows:
Underpinned by High Efficiency Video Codec (HEVC) video compression, and leveraging the industry standard Material eXchange Format (MXF) as the container, Canon has developed the XF-HEVC file format. HEVC offers a newer encoding technology that is about twice as efficient as mainstream H.264/AVC.


  • 4K UHD 50p 4:2:2 10-bit Recording
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF
  • 1.0 inch CMOS Sensor
  • Dual DIGIC DV 6 Image Processors
  • HDR Recording in Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG) or Perceptual Quantization (PQ) formats
  • Live IP Streaming
  • 15x Optical 4K Zoom Lens with 5-axis Image Stabilisation
  • Built-in 3 Density ND Filter
  • Vari-angle LCD Touchscreen
  • 0.46 inch OLED EVF
  • Wide DR Gamma
  • Canon Log 3
  • 4 Channel Digital Audio
  • Dual SD Card Slots

Sadly the video Canon have produced does not show the camcorder off at its best…


Having been working in the video business since 1988 I have amassed a great amount of knowledge of both the kit and production values over the last 30 years.

3 thoughts on “NEW…Canon XF-705 4K 50p camcorder £7,000

  1. Sadly the video published etc, it prob is it’s best!
    Who is this marketed at? No true 4K,
    a codec premier hates,it’s only saving grace is a 12 g sdi interface but who really needs that in a camera like this. No recording to ssd drives via
    usb c, you could buy the new Blackmagic design 4k Pocket camera and a couple of quality lens for half the price, amazing

  2. And the new JVC GY-HC500 with even wilder specs like 4k50p, 10 bit Prores on SSD!!!

  3. At the end of the day it’s just another 1″ sensor 4k camera – you can beef up the back end all you like, it’s just a 1″ 4k camera. Clearly aimed at people with more money than sense. I agree with Mike Dettmer, I doubt they could get much better footage out of it.

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