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Canon XF705

Professional 4K Ultra HD Camcorder

Item # 280XF705

I hesitate to say "future-proof," but this 4K camcorder aims to keep you happy for years to come.

I hesitate to say "future-proof," but this 4K camcorder aims to keep you happy for years to come.

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Product highlights:

  • 1-inch 8.29-megapixel CMOS image sensor for vivid, accurate imaging
  • 4K Ultra HD video recording (3840 x 2160)
  • frame rates:
    • 4K UHD: 60 fps, 30 fps, 24 fps (XF-HEVC 160 Mbps/110 Mbps)
    • 1080p: 60 fps, 30 fps, 24 fps (XF-HEVC 60 Mbps/45Mbps)
    • 1080p: 60 fps, 30 fps, 24 fps (XF-AVC 45 Mbps)
  • wide-angle 15X optical zoom lens (up to 30X advanced zoom when shooting in Full HD)
  • 35mm equivalent focal range of 25.5-382.5mm
  • Dual Pixel AF and Contrast AF
  • 4" rotating LCD touchscreen (1.23 million dots)
  • 0.46" OLED electronic viewfinder (1.77 million dots)
  • compression: MPEG-4 or H.265/HEVC
  • file format: MXF
  • five-axis optical and electronic image stabilization
  • dual DIGIC DV 6 image processors
  • built-in stereo microphone
  • dual SD memory card slots enable simultaneous and relay recording
    • simultaneous recording lets you instantly back up your videos
    • relay recording automatically continues recording on second card when first card is full
    • cards not included; sold separately
  • fast- or slow-motion recording
  • Wide Dynamic Range Gamma of 800% helps prevent overexposure
  • seesaw-style zoom lever
  • manual focus/zoom ring
  • aperture: f/2.8 - f/4.5
  • internal circular neutral density filter with four options: off, ND 1/4, ND 1/16, ND 1/64
  • nine-blade circular aperture for smoothly defocused backgrounds
Connections and general info:
  • 3.5mm headphone jack for audio monitoring
  • 2 rear-panel remote terminals (compatible with optional Canon RC-V100)
  • 3.5mm microphone input
  • dual XLR balanced audio inputs with separate volume controls
  • high-speed mini-USB port
  • mini HDMI connector
  • BNC connectors for Genlock and SMPTE timecode
  • pro-quality 12G-SDI terminal can transmit uncompressed 4K video with 4:2:2 color sampling and 10-bit color depth
  • accessory shoe (cold) and external microphone holder
  • infrared light and tally lamp
  • Ethernet terminal for FTP transfer
  • built-in Wi-Fi for browser remote operation from your compatible smartphone, tablet, or computer
  • 7-1/2"W x 10-1/4"H x 17"D (with lens hood, mic holder and handle)
  • weight: 7 lbs.
  • warranty: 1 year parts and labor
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
  • MFR # 3041C002
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What's in the box:

  • 4K camcorder
  • Lens cap (installed)
  • Lens hood
  • Microphone holder
  • 2 Phillips-head screws
  • BP-A30 Lithium-ion rechargeable battery with terminal cover (14.4V 3100mAh 45Wh)
  • CA-CP200 L Compact Power Adapter (DC output: 24V 1.8A)
  • CG-A20 Battery Charger (DC output: 16.7V 1.5A)
  • Eye cup
  • Viewfinder cap
  • SS-1200 Shoulder strap
  • WL-D6000 Wireless Controller (IR) with CR2025 battery installed
  • Quick Guide
  • Dealer Record of Canon Purchase sheet
  • Register Now sheet
  • Canon Professional Services promo card

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General Features
Recording Features
Inputs And Outputs
Network Features
Battery Information
Software

General Features

Image Sensor/Processor: The Canon XF705 4K professional camcorder features 4K UHD recording with many features designed for shooting documentaries, news gathering, sports, and other functions. It is equipped with a 1" 4K UHD CMOS professional image sensor with 13,400,000 total pixels (4268 x 3148) and 8,290,000 effective pixels (3840 x 2160). The image sensor is coupled with dual DIGIC DV 6 Image Processors to deliver superior performance, rock solid images, and slow and fast motion recording.

4.0" Rotating LCD Touch Screen: The XF705 features a 4.0" TFT color widescreen LCD (1,230,000 dots) with capacitive touch to make it easy to compose and review your shots. The bright screen lets you see exactly what your camcorder is recording, and what your widescreen TV will display later. The LCD panel is stored flat and features a rotating design that lets you open the monitor on the left or the right side of the camera body.

OLED Viewfinder: In addition to the 4.0" LCD, the camcorder also features a separate 0.46" OLED color viewfinder with 1.77-million dots. The camcorder automatically switches from the LCD screen and the viewfinder when you look through the viewfinder, and switches back to the LCD when you move your eye away. You can adjust the viewfinder to your eyesight using the dioptric adjustment lever. The viewfinder can be tilted up to a 45° angle for low-angle shots. A rubber eye cup is included to help you see the image in bright light.

Recording Media: The Canon XF705 camcorder captures video and still-images onto SD, SDHC, or SDXC memory cards (sold separately). The camcorder is compatible with SD cards with UHS Speed Class U1 and U3. No memory cards are included with the camcorder.

Dual Memory Card Slots: The XF705 is equipped with two slots for inserting SDHC or SDXC memory cards. When the memory card in slot A becomes full while recording movies, the recording will continue uninterrupted on the card in slot B (relay recording). You can also record to both memory cards simultaneously, making an instant backup for your footage. The backup movie can be in the same movie format and mode as the original, or in a different format at a lower bit rate, resulting in smaller files that can be shared via email or social media. Still photos will only be saved in SD card slot B.

Recording Formats: The camcorder records movies and photos in the following formats:

  • Movies:
    • XF-HEVC:
      • Video: H.265
      • Bit Rate: 160 Mbps, 110 Mbps, 60 Mbps, 45 Mbps
      • Resolution: 3840 x 2160, 1920 x 1080
      • Color Sampling: 4:2:2, 10-bit
      • Frame Rate: 60p, 60i, 30p, 24p
      • Audio: Linear PCM, 24-bit/48kHz, 4 channels
    • XF-AVC:
      • Video: MPEG-4 AVC / H.264
      • Bit Rate: 45 Mbps
      • Resolution: 1920 x 1080
      • Color Sampling: 4:2:0, 8-bit
      • Frame Rate: 60p, 30p, 24p
      • Audio: Linear PCM 24-bit/48kHz, 4 channels
  • Photos: JPEG compression

Accessory Shoe: The camcorder features an Accessory Shoe (cold) allows you to attach a range of optional accessories, such as an optional video light.

Genuine Canon 4K Video Lens: The XF705 comes with a Genuine Canon 15x Optical Zoom lens with a focal length of 8.3 - 124.5mm (35mm equivalent: 28.3 - 424.6 mm (Dynamic IS) or 25.5 - 382.5mm (other IS modes)). The lens features a 9-blade circular aperture, which helps avoid the "starburst" effect of light points. A lens hood is included to reduce the amount of stray light to enter the lens.

Advanced/Digital Zoom: Beyond the 15x optical zoom, the XF705 adds an Advanced 30x Zoom which effectively doubles the optical zoom with additional procession. The Digital Zoom uses the 15x optical zoom and processes the image digitally after that to give you a total zoom capability of 300x. To zoom in and out, you can use the focus/zoom ring, one of the zoom rockers on the camcorder, or the zoom control on the supplied wireless controller or the optional RC-V100 remote controller.

Tele-Converter: A selectable digital tele-converter is available for digitally increasing the focal length by a factor of approximately 1.5x, 3x, or 6x. You can select the tele-converter values in the menu.

Zoom Speed: The camcorder has several ways to control the zoom speed. Soft Zoom Control allows you to start and/or stop the zoom gradually. The Zoom Ring is variable, and the zoom in/out speed increases the more you turn the ring. The zoom rockers (on the camcorder and handle unit) can be set to Variable or Constant (16 speeds), and at the following speeds:

Zoom Rocker Constant Speed
(selected)
Zoom Speed Setting
Low Normal High
Variable --- 4.2 sec to 4 min 38 sec 2.6 sec to 2 min 1 sec to 1 min
Constant 1 (slowest) 4 min 38 sec 2 min 1 min
16 (fastest) 4.2 sec 2.6 sec 0.9 sec

Optional Converter Lenses: The XF705's lens has a 58mm filter thread, allowing you to attach optional converter lenses to increase or decrease the focal length. The optional TL-U58 Tele-Converter increases the focal length by a factor of 1.5 with a minimum focusing distance of 4.3'. The WA-U58 Wide-Converter decreases the focal length by a factor of 0.8, giving you a wide perspective for indoor shots or panoramic views. In addition to converter lenses, you can also attach 58mm protective or natural density filters to the lens.

Optical Image Stabilizer: The XF705 has a 5-axis Optical Image Stabilization system that can help reduce image blur in a wide variety of shooting situations. You can select from the following IS modes:

  • Standard IS: The stabilizing angle is made constant, independent of the zoom magnification.
  • Powered IS: Powered IS helps facilitate stabilization in the low frequency range at the telephoto end, and should be used exclusively for fixed-point shooting which does not involve panning or tilting.
  • Dynamic IS: Dynamic IS extends the stabilizing range at the wide end of the focal length, allowing for more image stabilization when shooting while walking.

Focusing: The XF705 utilizes Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology, and offers several methods of focusing:

  • Manual Focus: You can turn the focus ring to manually adjust the focus. Focusing speed will depend upon how fast you turn the ring. In the menu, you can determine the focus ring direction.
  • Push AF: Pressing and holding the Push AF button will cause the camcorder to focus automatically at the highest possible speed.
  • AF-boosted MF: You can manually focus most of the way, and let the camcorder finish focusing automatically.
  • Continuous AF: The camcorder focuses continually automatically at all times.
  • Face AF: The camcorder automatically detects a person's face and focuses on it. If the subject moves within the frame, the focus will track on the person's face.
  • Tracking: After focusing on a subject, the camcorder maintains the focus, even if the subject moves.
  • Touch Focus: In AF mode, you can touch on a subject on the screen to select it for focusing.

White Balance: The camcorder's electronic white balance system helps you accurately reproduce colors under different lighting conditions so that white objects will always look truly white in your recordings. You can choose from the following modes: Automatic (AWB), Preset White Balance (Daylight or Tungsten Lamp), Color Temperature (2000K to 15000K), and Custom White Balance (save to A or B).

Infrared Light: The XF705 has a built-in infrared light that lets you record in very dark situations. This allows you to video nocturnal animals in their natural environment without having to use artificial lighting. You can set the IR light to be always on, always off, or toggle on/off using an assignable button. You can also select the color for the brighter areas in the scene (white or green).

WL-D6000 Wireless Controller: The camcorder comes with the WL-D6000 Wireless Controller. This 22-button infrared remote lets you Start/Stop recording, shoot a photo, zoom in/out, add a Shot Mark, open the menu, switch between index screens, and enable or cancel functions. The remote has 4-way arrow buttons and a set button to maneuver through the menus or select a movie clip in the index screen. Transport buttons (Stop, Play/pause, Fast Forward, Fast Reverse, Frame Advance, and Frame Reverse) let you control playback functions. The remote is powered by a single CR2025 Lithium battery.

Optional RC-V100 Remote Controller: The optional RC-V100 Remote Controller is a wired remote that connects to the Remote A (2.5mm) or Remote B (8-pin circular) connector. With the remote, you can turn on/off the camcorder, navigate the menus and change settings, control the aperture and shutter speed, change some custom picture settings, and more. The 2.5mm cable is included with the RC-V100, but the 8-pin cable is sold separately (RR-10 or RR-100).

Recording Features

Recording Modes: The camcorder is the first Canon camcorder to record movies in H.265/HEVC, the next-generation standard format, with 10-bit color sampling. You can choose 4K or Full HD resolution and a variety of frame rates. It can also record in AVCHD/H.264 format in Full HD only, with 8-bit color. The XF705 records videos in the following resolutions:

Resolution

Bit Rate

Frame Rate
XF-HEVC
4K: 3840 x 2160 160 Mbps
110 Mbps
60p, 30p, 24p
Full HD: 1920 x 1080 60 Mbps
45 Mbps
60p, 60i, 30p, 24p
XF-AVC
Full HD: 1920 x 1080 45 Mbps 60p, 30p, 24p

Pre-Recording: When Pre-Recording is activated, the camcorder starts recording video continuously into a temporary 3-second memory. When you press the Start/Stop button, the scene recorded will have started 3 seconds before you started shooting. This is especially useful when it is difficult to predict when to start recording.

Slow Motion Recording: When recording in XF-HEVC mode, you can record scenes with a fast frame rate to create slow motion movies. You can only record slow motion movies at Full HD (1920 x 1080) at a shooting frame rate of 120 fps. The maximum recording time for a single clip depends upon the playback frame rate selected: 60p (3 hours), 30p (1 hour 30 min), or 24p (1 hour 12 min). No sound is recorded during slow motion recording.

Recording Audio: The XF705 can record 4-channel 24-bit/48kHz Linear PCM audio using the built-in stereo microphone, external microphones, or through the line input. For external microphones, you can use the stereo 3.5mm MIC terminal on the camcorder, or the Input 1/Input 2 XLR terminals. Level controls, attenutators, and low-cut filters are available for the built-in or external mic inputs.

Built-in Speaker: The camcorder has a built-in speaker so you can review the soundtrack as well as the picture when you're using the LCD screen to playback a recording. The built-in speaker is monaural.

Special Playback Functions: The camera uses the following special playback modes: Fast Playback (at 5x speed) in either direction and Frame-by-Frame Playback. During these playback modes there is no sound.

Still Image Recording: The XF705 camcorder is capable of capturing stunning photos while it is in record standby mode. Photos are recorded at 1920 x 1080 (880 KB), regardless of the currently selected video resolution. Recorded photos are saved to SD card B only.

Inputs And Outputs

SDI Out/Time Code/G-Lock/Sync Terminals: The Canon XF705 is equipped with an SDI Out terminal (BNC) that is compliant with the 12G-SDI standard, providing a greater bandwidth and 4K video output at 60p frame rate. Separate Time Code and G-Lock/Sync BNC terminals allow the camcorder to be part of a multi-camera shooting setup with many synchronization options.

HDMI Output: The XF705 features a mini-HDMI (Type C) terminal that offers a high-quality digital connection that combines audio and video in a single convenient cable. Time code and supplemental displays (such as superimposed onscreen displays, peaking, zebra pattern, magnification, or waveform monitor) can also be output.

USB 2.0 Connection: The camcorder features a USB 2.0 High Speed terminal for transfer of photos and videos. The terminal is a Mini-B 2.0 USB. The USB port can also be used to connect the optional GP-E2 GPS receiver for adding location information to your movies and photos.

Microphone Inputs: In addition to the camcorder's built-in microphone, the XF705 will accept external microphones using the stereo 3.5mm mic input, or the two 3-pin XLR inputs. The balanced XLR inputs can be supplied with +48V phantom power for connected microphones that need power.

Headphone Output: A 3.5mm stereo minijack is provided for plugging in headphones for monitoring audio during recording or playback.

Remote Control Inputs: The camcorder features two Remote Control terminals: a 2.5mm sub-minijack (Remote A) for connecting a commercially available remote controller, and a circular 8-pin jack (Remote B) for the optional RC-V100 Remote Controller.

Ethernet: An RJ-45 1000BASE-T Ethernet terminal is provided for connecting a wired network for live streaming or transferring recordings to a remote server.

Network Features

Network Connection: The XA705 offers both wired and wireless connectivity for sharing recorded files, editing, or live streaming. You can also operate the camcorder remotely from a laptop or smart device.

Ethernet: You can connect the camcorder to a router or other device connected to a wired (Ethernet) network via an Ethernet cable. The cable must be Category 5e or better, and compatible with Gigabit Ethernet (1000BASE-T).

Wi-Fi: The camcorder is Wi-Fi certified with the 802.11a/b/g/n protocol. You can connect to a Wi-Fi network in Infrastructure Mode (using an access point), or directly to one network device in Camera Access Point mode. When shooting in a location where no access point is available, the camcorder can serve as a wireless access point for connecting your Wi-Fi enabled devices to the camcorder.

Live Streaming: The camcorder can stream live H.265/HEVC or H.264/AVC video (and 2-channel AAC audio) via IP transmission. During live streaming, recording to an SD card in the camcorder is not possible, however, you can record to an external device. Live Streaming configuration options include:

Video Format Resolution Bit Rate Frame Rate
XF-HEVC
H.265
3840 x 2160 16 Mbps
9 Mbps
60p, 30p
1920 x 1080 9 Mbps
6 Mbps
60p, 30p
XF-AVC
H.264
1920 x 1080 9 Mbps
4 Mbps
60i

Browser Remote: You can operate the XF705 remotely using the Browser Remote application. You can view the camcorder's live image, control various recording settings, and check the remaining recording time on the card and battery level. Browser Remote is compatible with iOS 9 or 10, and Android 4.4, 5.0, 5.1, and 6.0 for smartphone and tablets.

Battery Information

Lithium-Ion Battery Pack: The Canon XF705 comes with a rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery Pack (BP-A30). Optional batteries are available, such as the BP-A30 (14.4V, 3100mAh, 45Wh) or BP-A60 (14.4V, 6200mAh, 90Wh). The camcorder includes the CA-CP200 L Compact Power Adapter and the CG-A20 Battery Charger for charging the battery. You can also use the Compact Power Adapter to power the camcorder via ordinary household current. The battery recording and playback times are as follows:

Video Format
Resolution
Frame Rate
Bit Rate
Usage Conditions BP-A30
(supplied)
BP-A60
(optional)
XF-HEVC
3840 x 2160
60p
160 Mbps
Recording (maximum) 120 min 245 min
Recording (typical) 65 min 140 min
Playback 140 min 280 min

XF-HEVC
1920 x 1080
60p
60 Mbps

Recording (maximum) 125 min 255 min
Recording (typical) 70 min 145 min
Playback 145 min 300 min
XF-AVC
1920 x 1080
60p
45 Mbps
Recording (maximum) 135 min 280 min
Recording (typical) 80 min 165 min
Playback 155 min 325 min

Charging Times: The BP-A30 battery charges in 170 minutes when charging through the camcorder with the supplied battery charger, while the optional BP-A60 charges in approximately 300 minutes.

Software

Canon XF Utility: The XF705 does not come with any software in the box. The Canon XF Utility application is available for download, and allows you to save and organize clips on a computer, playback clips, and grab still frames from clips. Canon XF Utility is compatible with Windows 7 (SP1), 8, 8.1, and 10, and Mac OS X 10.8, 10.9, 10.10, 10.11, macOS 10.12, and macOS 10.13.

Canon XF Plugin for Avid Media Access: These plugins allow you to easily import clips from an SD card to Avid Media Composer directly from within the application.

Canon XF-HEVC Decoder: The decoder lets you play back XF-HEVC clips using Canon XF Utility or the Canon XF plugins.

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