Canon XF605 review so far
Written by Gordon Laing
The Canon XF605 is a professional camcorder aimed at solo videographers for news gathering and studio productions. Announced in August 2021, it slots between the XF405 and XF705 models, sporting a built-in 15x optically-stabilised zoom, a 1in-type sensor with Dual Pixel CMOS AF, unlimited 4k video up to 60p, and a broad range of pro connectivity packed into a compact camera that weighs a fraction over 2kg without accessories.
The 1in-type sensor is designed for video capture with 8.29 effective Megapixels capturing a 16:9 4k frame without scaling or further cropping (the native shape is taller with 13.4 total Megapixels). Coupled with the DIGIC DV7 processor, the XF605 can capture 4k from 24 to 60p in 10 bit 4:2:2 for unlimited recording times thanks to active cooling. Canon offers the choice of H.264 or H.265 encoding, or the native XF AVC format, and C-log 3 is available for grading.
The camera’s fitted with a 15x optical zoom with an equivalent range of 25.5-382.5mm with a maximum aperture of f2.8; like many pro camcorders, there’s a built-in ND filter system, here available in three densities of one quarter, 1/16 or 1/64. There’s a choice of zoom speeds, and Dual Pixel AF with eye-detection for the first time on one of Canon’s camcorders.
Composition is with either a 1.77 million-dot EVF or a 3.45in fully-articulated touchscreen with 2.76 million dots. There’s a pair of 3-pin XLR jacks, 3.5mm mic and headphone plugs, full-size Type-A HDMI, Type A and C USB ports, and a 12G-SDI BNC connector. The XF605 also debuts Canon’s new multi-function shoe (probably the same teased on the EOS R3), with the first accessory being TEAC’s high definition XLR mic adapter which lets you assign XLR inputs to all four audio channels. The XF605 also features waveforms, zebras, focus peaking and supports IP streaming. It will cost 3599+VAT GBP.