Fixed lens camcorders aren't always the most exciting new products around. But that's not to say they're irrelevant products, there is still a great demand for high quality fixed lens camcorders, from people who shoot documentaries, news gathering, or any other fast paced shooting environments for that matter.
A Successor to the XF305
The XF705 is an update to the XF305 in Canons line-up, which was released all the way back in 2010, so an update is much welcomed.
The XF705 is a fixed lens, three-ring camcorder, designed for professional broadcast use, day in, day out. It has an 8.3mm - 124.5mm lens (which is a 15x optical zoom), and in 35mm equivalent terms, that's a 25.5mm - 382.5mm lens. And if you shoot in HD, you can crop into the sensor to double your zoom at the telephoto end without losing any quality. The footage is recorded onto two SD card slots, and the camera can record up to UHD 50p, in 10bit 4:2:2 internally making it ideal for broadcast work. Both the SDI & HDMI ports can output UHD 50p, 10bit 4:2:2 as well, so you have plenty of options for recording externally too.
Now, the inclusion of H.265 on a professional camera is very new, the XF705 is the first professional camera to adopt the compression method. Since H.265 is so new, the only software which could open the files were Edius and the paid studio version of Davinci Resolve. Now other NLE's will support H.265 soon, but for now, the support is quite limited. So what is H.265? H.265 is a new form of compression, which boasts half the file size of H.264, which is why the XF705 is able to record 4K 50p onto SD cards. Now, currently because of this extra compression, editing stations will have to use a lot more processing power to playback the files. For the purpose of this video, we transcoded the files from the XF705 to ProRes 4:2:2 to allow for smoother editing playback. Now, yes this is an extra step to take in your workflow right now (until computers have the processing power to deal with H.265 editing. But if you don't want to have to transcode your footage afterwards, for quick turnaround work, for example, recording externally is a great solution. Products like the Ninja V or the Shogun Inferno will allow you to record directly into ProRes.
Record externally with the Ninja V or Shogun Inferno