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Canon XF705 4K UHD Professional Camcorder

Abel Code: CN-3041C002
Mfr. Code: 3041C002
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This professional camcorder features a 1” 4K UHD CMOS Image Sensor and 15x Optical 4K UHD Zoom Lens with Optical Image Stabilization, Dual Pixel CMOS AF, HDR Recording with HLG/PQ Shooting Assist, and a 12G-SDI output.
Key Highlights
  • 1" 4K UHD CMOS Image Sensor
  • 15x Optical 4K UHD Zoom Lens
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF


The Canon XF705 4K UHD Professional Camcorder offers an outstanding combination of features and functionality in a compact, portable design that is ideally suited for news gathering, outdoor events, sports, and documentary production. Featuring a 1” 4K UHD CMOS image sensor and dual DIGIC DV 6 Image Processors, the XF705 can record 4K UHD video up to 60p, as well as slow motion recording up to 120fps in Full HD (1920 x 1080). Dual SD card slots allow for simultaneous or relay recording. Simultaneous recording allows you to record on both SD cards at the same time, so that you can use one as a backup. Relay recording allows uninterrupted recording from one card to the other when the first memory card becomes full. 

The sensor allows for larger photosites compared to smaller-sized sensors, resulting in improved images with less noise in low-light situations. The larger sensor also exhibits a shallower depth of field at large apertures, providing greater depth of field control and creative options. The camcorder’s DIGIC DV 6 imaging engine further enhances the high sensitivity and low noise performance of the camcorder.

The XF705 Professional Camcorder supports 4K UHD 59.94p 4:2:2 10-bit recording to support natural and realistic 4K video production (see table in Photos for more information). The XF705 is also the first Canon camcorder to adopt the H.265/HEVC codec, which improves the efficiency of 4K data handling (H.265/HEVC offers a compression ratio of about 2x the mainstream coding technology of H.264/AVC). By using XF-HEVC, which combines 4K UHD image quality with an extremely efficient compression standard, the XF705 can record many hours of content on versatile SD cards.

The XF705 supports Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG) and Perceptual Quantization (PQ) HDR formats, which offer a much greater range from black to pure white, and an HLG/PQ shooting assist mode helps users record HDR video with their usual shooting methods. HLG is best suited to live broadcast and live streaming events due to its internal gamma curve compatibility with conventional TVs, which helps to better handle relative luminance values. PQ is used for the color grading and mastering of content. This is a relatively new gamma curve based on human vision characteristics that handles luminance values of up to 10,000 cd/m2 with absolute luminance.

The XF705 also features a variety of assist functions to support auto/manual exposure control during HDR shooting, allowing users to record HDR video using their usual shooting methods:

  • A built-in, high-luminance LCD display offers the ability to closely monitor HDR video capture during shooting; a viewing assist function lets users check images recorded in HLG and PQ on the SDR viewfinder
  • An Auto Iris feature controls the iris based on spotlight metering or standard metering (metering at the center of the screen), and automatically makes adjustments so that bright areas are not too bright; shift adjustment with the proper exposure standard is also possible with the camcorder’s Auto Exposure (AE) shift mode
  • The XF705 Professional Camcorder includes a helpful feature to allow shooters to adjust exposure levels (gain) during simultaneous HDR and SDR recording
    • SDR gain difference vs. HDR can be fine-tuned from -7.5dB to +7.5dB
    • When HDR video is shot at proper exposure outdoors, SDR may become too bright, so the brightness level can be adjusted using a negative gain
    • When HDR video is shot at the proper exposure indoors, SDR images may become too dark, so the brightness can be set to a positive gain

The XF705 also features Canon Log 3, a gamma designed for simple grading at a deep level for toning up dark areas and adjusting color tone/gradation to make noise less noticeable. By shooting in Canon Log 3, users can manipulate the information that’s recorded, from dark areas to highlights. This makes the range for color grading wider and enables video to be produced with generous latitude that couldn’t be reproduced with video gammas. Simple previews can also be performed on-site with Look-Up Table (LUT) accuracy.

NOTE: Canon Log 3 shooting can be especially effective for documentaries and other settings with drastic changes, along with outdoor and other locations where light conditions change frequently, or where monitoring setups may be insufficient.

The XF705 Professional Camcorder also supports Wide DR Gamma. For natural and realistic-looking image capture that faithfully represents the scene at hand, Wide DR Gamma achieves a wide dynamic range of 800% to produce almost seamless tone gradations, resulting in smooth detail and virtually no blown-out highlights.

A 15x optical zoom lens incorporates a 5-axis optical image stabilization system, maintaining 4K UHD quality throughout the entire zoom range. The OIS system features three modes of stabilization: Standard, Dynamic and Powered. In Standard IS mode, the stabilizing angle is made constant, independent of the zoom magnification. Dynamic IS mode extends the stabilizing range at the wide end of the focal length, allowing for image stabilization when shooting while walking. Powered IS mode helps facilitate stabilization in the low frequency range at the tele end, and should be used exclusively for fixed-point shooting which does not involve panning.

The lens offers a focal length range of 25.5 to 382.5mm (35mm film equivalent). Users can achieve up to 30x Advanced Zoom when shooting in Full HD, which utilizes the XF705 camcorder’s full 4K UHD sensor to extend the zoom range while maintaining image quality. For enhanced versatility and durability, the lens features a 9-blade iris, producing artistic and beautiful out-of-focus areas ("bokeh") with circular blurring. The odd number of blades helps reduce flaring of specular highlights.

A compact, independent, internal 3-density ND filter utilizes a turret (circular) mechanism, allowing the user to select from three densities (ND 1/4, ND 1/16, and ND 1/64). The user can also turn the feature off if needed. Density can be adjusted using dedicated external buttons.

The XF705 Professional Camcorder features Dual Pixel CMOS AF, Canon’s exclusively developed high-speed, high-precision autofocus technology. Dual Pixel CMOS AF assists not only with standard shooting, but also with 4K UHD 60p, Full HD 120p and other high-frame rate applications that require crisp frame-by-frame accuracy. Each pixel in the camcorder’s CMOS sensor is configured with two photodiodes. Two independent image signals can then be detected at each photosite. By implementing phase-difference AF, smooth focusing is accomplished with much higher speed and accuracy than was possible with previous technologies.

An adjustable 4” touch panel LCD monitor enables smooth, intuitive operation of Dual Pixel CMOS AF. This auto focus technology can be employed when shooting a scene by tapping a finger on the desired area of the scene you want the lens to focus on. Dual Pixel CMOS AF offers continuous AF within a horizontal and vertical range of the screen of approximately 80%. It also provides highly accurate Face Detection AF, which assists during single-operator shooting. The Face Detection AF feature has two modes (Face Priority AF and Face Only AF) that offer users flexibility in how they choose their autofocus for a subject or scene. 

Utilizing information from Dual Pixel CMOS AF, Dual Pixel Focus Guide helps achieve precise focus by displaying focus assist information on the screen. It employs a truly innovative user interface that enables the user to see if they are focused in front of or behind the subject through visual observation, and allows quick and accurate manual focus to be achieved. This helps simplify the focusing process when shooting in 4K UHD, which requires strict focus accuracy. Users can also use the touch panel to move the autofocus target manually. An integrated 0.46” OLED electronic viewfinder aids the operator in shooting scenarios where the LCD is not viewable.

The XF705 includes an HDMI 2.0 terminal with 4K UHD output support, two XLR terminals with independent audio level control, and a 12G-SDI output (which features 4x the transmission speed of 3G-SDI, helping to facilitate seamless integration into professional 4K UHD workflows). Leveraging XF-HEVC (4:2:2 10-bit) and XF-AVC (4:2:0 8-bit) compression, the camcorder’s 4K 59.94p output, which used to require four cables in 3G-SDI, can be delivered with just one cable. This means 4K can be handled with the same number of transmission cables as Full HD. A 12G-SDI feed directly out of the XF705 and an external HDMI output facilitate easy connection to a 4K UHD-compatible or standard HD interlace video monitor. Other terminal connections that help streamline workflows include dedicated jacks for: Headphone, mic, USB (mini-B), Remote A, Remote B (RS422), Ethernet, Genlock/Sync OUT and SMPTE Time Code.

The XF705 Professional Camcorder offers the ability to stream video live online using IP transmission in either the H.265/HEVC or H.264/AVC encoding format. Live H.265 streams (16M bps at 59.94p) can be used to reliably distribute either 4K UHD or Full HD data efficiently to a variety of TV and social media platforms. The livestream can be viewed directly from the camcorder using the on-board LCD monitor, sent to a standalone HEVC IP encoder or redirected to a 4K UHD monitor for a confidence check and public viewing. In addition, Live HDR data (Message/Mastering Display Color Volume) can be added in the H.265 stream if required to help improve picture quality. See table in Photos for additional information.

The XF705 Professional Camcorder offers a variety of ways to record high-quality linear PCM 4ch audio: through two XLR terminals, an internal stereo mini-jack mic terminal or from the camcorder’s internal stereo mic. The on-board 4ch audio independent settings let users set recording levels, input sensitivity and limiters for each channel. See table in Photos for additional information.

The XF705 Professional Camcorder offers both wired and wireless connectivity to enable recorded files to be shared and transmitted back to the station or home base via FTP for editing or live streaming. The camcorder can also be accessed remotely from a typical web browser running on a laptop or a compatible smart device to control functions such as record start/stop, record mode and frame rate, AF/MF switching, focus/zoom settings and white balance mode*. Background transfer of video files via FTP links is also possible, enabling the latest news images, for example, to be distributed quickly over the Internet.

*NOTE: Compatible with iOS versions 9/10, Android smartphone and tablet versions 4.4/5.0/5.1/6.0.


  • 1" 4K UHD CMOS Image Sensor
  • 15x Optical 4K UHD Zoom Lens with Optical Image Stabilization (OIS)
  • Dual DIGIC DV 6 Image Processors
  • 4K UHD 59.94p 4:2:2 10-bit Recording
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF
  • HDR Recording with HLG/PQ Shooting Assist
  • Canon Log 3
  • Wide DR Gamma (800%)
  • 4” Rotating Touch Panel LCD and 0.46” OLED Electronic Viewfinder
  • HDMI 2.0 Terminal with 4K UHD 60p Output Support
  • 12G-SDI, Genlock SMPTE Time Code and Other Terminals
  • Live IP Streaming
  • Flexible Audio Inputs with Linear PCM 4-channel Support
  • RC-V100 Remote Controller Support
  • Compact, Lightweight and Ergonomic Design
  • Network Connections for FTP Transfer and Browser Remote (Wired and Wi-Fi Connectivity)

Maximum Recording Time:

  • 32GB card
    • 160 Mbps: 25 min.
    • 110 Mbps: 35 min.
    • 60 Mbps: 65 min.
    • 45 Mbps: 90 min.
  • 64GB card
    • 160 Mbps: 50 min.
    • 110 Mbps: 75 min.
    • 60 Mbps: 140 min.
    • 45 Mbps: 185 min.
  • 128GB card
    • 160 Mbps: 105 min.
    • 110 Mbps: 150 min.
    • 60 Mbps: 280 min.
    • 45 Mbps: 375 min.
  • 256GB card
    • 160 Mbps: 210 min.
    • 110 Mbps: 305 min.
    • 60 Mbps: 565 min.
    • 45 Mbps: 755 min.
  • NOTE: A variable bit rate is applicable in each case

Firmware Notes:

  • Firmware Version incorporates the following enhancements:
    • When using zoom ring or zoom rocker the zoom response has been improved
    • The focus following speed during zooming has been improved
    • A vertical filter function has been added to the Interlace and Progressive Recording modes to reduce interlacing artifacts, such as moiré or jagged-edge phenomenon, which may occur
    • For further information, please refer to the latest version of the camcorder’s Instruction Manual that is released with the firmware update

IMPORTANT NOTE: Please use a commercially available SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card that is 64MB or more for the firmware update. Firmware version is for updating XF705 cameras running firmware version If your camera's firmware is already version, it is not necessary to update the firmware. Once the camera is updated to the latest version, it cannot be restored to a previous version.


What's in the Box

  • Eyecup
  • Wireless Controller WL-D6000 (with battery)
  • Battery Charger CG-A20
  • Battery Pack BP-A30
  • AC Cable
  • Microphone Holder Unit (with screw)
  • Lens Cap
  • Lens Hood (with Lens Barrier)
  • XF705 Professional Camcorder
  • Compact Power Adapter CA-CP200 L
  • Shoulder Strap SS-1200
  • Shoulder Pad


Key Highlights

  • 1" 4K UHD CMOS Image Sensor
  • 15x Optical 4K UHD Zoom Lens
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF
  • HDR Recording with HLG/PQ Assist


Output Connector/Port:
USB - mini-B receptacle and Hi-Speed USB supported (output only)
1 x 1/8" (3.5mm) Mini
1 x BNC - 12G-SDI Terminal
1 x mini HDMI

Inputs & Outputs

SDI Output:
Audio I/O:
Audio Input - 3.5mm stereo mini-jack, XLR 3-pin jack (two channels), HDMI mini connector, headphone jack, 12G-SDI terminal

Lens Characteristics

Prime or Zoom:
Max Aperture F-stop:
Filter Thread Size:
Zoom Range:
8.3-124.5mm - 25.5-382.5mm (35mm equivalent); 15x Optical
Minimum Focus Distance:
0.39" (10mm) at wide end, 23.6" (60cm) across entire zooming range


Microphone Type:
Integrated - Stereo (using electret condenser microphone)
Sampling Rate:
24 bit / 48 kHz - LPCM (4ch)


Power Input:
DC - 24V Input
Battery Pack - 14.4V DC


Recording Resolution:
HD - 1920x1080 - XF-HEVC 60 Mbps/45Mbps & XF-AVC 45 Mbps (60p/30p/24p)
4K HD - 3840x2160 - XF-HEVC 160 Mbps/110 Mbps (60p/30p/24p)
H.265/HEVC - or MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
Recording Format:
Max Record Time:
Please see Overview for maximum recording times
Bit Rate:
10-bit (4:2:2) or 8-bit (4:2:0)

Sensor Specifics

Sensor Size:
1" (1.0-type)
Sensor Type:


# Media Slots:
2 - SD/SDHC/SDXC Card: XF-HEVC/XF-AVC movies and photos; menu settings can also be recorded
Camera Options:
Camera with a Lens
In-Cam Filter Exists:
Yes - ND 1/4, ND 1/16, ND 1/64
Camera Features:
Headphone Jack
LCD / Monitor - 4" wide LCD and wide view angle, wide color range supported (Approx. 1.23 million dots)
Genlock In
Viewfinder - 0.46" wide color OLED display, approx. 1.77 million dots, approx. 100% field of view
Image Stabilization - Optical system (lens shift) + electronic stabilization (Image rotation and camcorder movements in the yaw and pitch directions are electronically corrected); Modes: Dynamic IS, Powered IS, Standard IS, IS Off
White Balance - Auto, Preset (Daylight, Tungsten), Color Temperature Settings (2,000-15,000K), Set (1/2)
Imaging Processor:
Ethernet Interface:
1 x RJ-45 (supports 1000BASE-T)
Shutter Speed Range:
1/2000 max. speed
Exposure Mode:
Auto & Manual
Camera Autofocus:
Yes - Dual Pixel CMOS AF, Contrast AF; the detection range for CMOS AF is approx. 80% (vertical) x 80% (horizontal) of the entire field of view
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