Canon XF705 MXF 4K Compact Camera

4K capture in lightweight camera form factor


Canon file-based MPEG4 recording to SD/XC cards at 160Mbps (4:2:2) 10 bit for approved 4K UHD HD acquisition.


Sensor Size/Coverage


Media Standard


Capture Resolution

4K, HD

An excellent single piece compact 3CCD camcorder with 15x stabilised lens recording onto high speed SD cards with full 4K UHD 10 bit 4:2:2 quality.  Like the previous XF-305, it includes an excellent viewfinder with built-in waveform function and long recording times – a 120GB card ought to allow 2.5 hours of 4K at 110 Mb/s 10 bit H.265.

*** Please note that XF-705 HEVC codec is now fully compatible and supports smooth playback within Premier Pro Version 15.2***

*** HEVC files from the XF705 can be viewed and played using Canons XF utility here. Please note that the software can only recognise files kept in the original folder structure. ***

In common with the C200, the XF705 uses a 1.0″ type CMOS sensor and DIGIC DV6 processing.

The fixed 15x optical zoom included with the camera (it is built in and not removable) is stabilised and has a maximum aperture of f/2.8.  The aperture on this lens is not fixed though and changes between f/2.8-4.5 depending on your focal length. At the wide end, the lens can work at 25.5mm and it also utilizes built-in IS which is important when shooting handheld. The lens has three independent control rings for iris, focus, and zoom, all with end stops.  VMI supply a 0.8x zoom-through wide-angle lens with the XF-705 camera.

The XF705 is capable of recording HDR files internally using both the Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG) and Perceptual Quantisation (PQ) HDR formats. The camcorder also has HDR assist functions to support the user when controlling exposure. The XF705 can also output an SDR signal at the same time as recording an HDR file internally to an SD card.

The XF705 has a 12G-SDI interface, which allows for an uncompressed UHD 50P signal to be sent over a single SDI cable, though only to monitors which accept a 12G signal (not many do yet!).

The camera can also stream 4K UHD HDR using the HEVC format via the network. This makes it ideal for broadcast and video production applications, for users who want capture 4K UHD HDR video, but still want to have a streamlined production workflow.

Canon have introduced another codec especially for the arrival of this camera but the good news is that it is really efficient (about twice as efficient as mainstream H.264) and works with SD cards.  I calculated that you ought to be able to achieve about 2.5 hours of 4K 110Gb/s 10 bit 4:2:2 storage on 1 x 128GB SD card, which is amazing.

By using XF-HEVC the XF705 can record 4K UHD 50P 4:2:2 10-bit files directly to widely available SD cards. The way this works is Canon is using (HEVC) video compression, and then packaging it inside the industry standard Material eXchange Format (MXF) container. This is a big deal as one of the primary concerns when capturing 4K material is the amount of data it takes up and the price of the recording media. Leveraging HEVC encoding technology and putting it inside a camcorder like this makes a lot of sense. All of the major NLE and post-production software will be supporting XF-HEVC, including Adobe, Avid, FCPX, and Blackmagic.


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 XF705 can shoot in Canon Log 3. Canon Log 3 is 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. Simple previews can also be performed on-site with Look-Up Table (LUT) accuracy.

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.


  • 4K UHD 59.4p 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
  • 2 x 64GB SD/XC cards in kit (1.25 hrs 4:2:2)

Compatible Memory Cards

Sensor 1.0-type CMOS
Filter RGB Primary Colour Filter
Total pixels 13.4 MP
Effective pixels per sensor 8.29 MP
Subject illumination range Approx. 0.1 lx to 100,000 lx
Minimum illumination(PAL/50.00Hz Mode) 1.5 lux (with Custom Picture Preset Normal 1: BT.709, full auto mode, shutter speed 1/30 sec)
Zoom ratio 15 x Optical (UHD Mode) 30 x Advanced Zoom Mode (FHD Only)
Focal length 8.3 to 124.5 mm
35mm equivalent:Approx. 25.5 -382.5 mm
Dynamic IS Mode: Approx. 28.3 -424.6 mm
Minimum focus distance 10 mm at wide end, 60 cm across entire zooming range
ND filter 3 densities: turret switched, motor-driven.ND 1/4, ND 1/16, and ND 1/64.
Zoom control Via Zoom Rocker Switch, Lens Control Ring or Remote Control
Zoom speed Selectable. Variable or constant speed. Fast, Normal or Slow speed.
Focus control Dual Pixel CMOS AF, Face Only, Face Priority, One-Shot AF, AF boosted MF, Focus Assist feature, Manual via Lens Ring,
Iris control Manual via Iris Control Ring, Auto, Push Auto Iris
Aperture 9-blade Iris, Max f/2.8 -4.5
Filter diameter 58mm
Lens elements/groups 14 groups of 18 elements (double aspherical lenses and single Hi-UD lenses)
Image stabilization system Optical system + Electronic StabilisationPowered IS/Dynamic/Standard Mode/IS Off
Digital zoom/Teleconverter Yes. 300 X Digital Zoom, 1.5/3.0/6.0 X Digital Teleconverter.
Image Processor:
Type Dual DIGIC DV6
Dynamic Range 12-stops (800%) in Canon Log3 or Wide DR mode
Sample Depth XF-HEVC: 4:2:2 10-bit, XF-AVC: 4:2:0 8-bit
Custom Picture Settings Preset: Normal 1 : BT.709 (Normal 1 (STANDARD) / BT.709 / Video)
Normal 1 : BT.2020 (Normal 1 (STANDARD) / BT.2020 / Video)
WideDR : BT.709 (Wide DR / BT.709 / Video)
WideDR : BT.2020 (Wide DR / BT.2020 / Video)
PQ : BT.2020 (PQ / BT.2020 / Video)
HLG : BT.2020 (HLG / BT.2020 / Video)
Canon Log 3 : BT.709 (Canon Log 3 / BT.709 / Neutral)
Canon Log 3 : BT.2020 (Canon Log 3 / BT.2020 / Neutral)
Gamma: PQ/HLG (HLG Equivalent to BT.2100, Vivid equivalent to BT.2390)/
CANON LOG3/WIDE DR/NORMAL 1(STANDARD/NORMAL2 (x4.0)/NORMAL3 (BT.709)/NORMAL 4 (x5.0)Colour Space: BT.2020/BT.709
Custom Picture setting adjustments Black: Master Pedestal 0 ±50/Master Black Red 0 ±50/Master Black Blue 0 ±50
Black Gamma: Level 0 ±50/Range -20 -0 -+50/Point -20 -0 -+50
Low Key Satur: Activate On / Off/Level 0 ±50
Knee: Activate On / Off/Automatic On / Off/Slope -35 -0 -+50/Point +50-95 -+109/Saturation 0 -±10
Sharpness: Level -10 -0 -+50/Detail Frequency 0 -±8/Coring Level -30 -0 -+50/HV Detail Bal. 0 -±8/Limit 0 -±50
Noise Reduction: Level Off / Auto / 1 -12
Skin Detail: Effect Level Off / Low / Middle / High/Hue 0 -±16/Chroma 0 -16 -+31/Area 0 -16 -+31/Y Level 0 -16 -+31
White Balance: R Gain 0 -+50/B Gain 0 -+50
Colour Matrix Tuning: Gain 0 -±50/Phase 0 -±18(R-G) / (R-B) / (G-R) / (G-B) / (B-R) /(B-G) 0 -±50
Colour Correction
Select Area Area A / Area B / Area A&B / Off
Area (A/B) Setting Phase (0 -31)/Area (A/B) Setting Chroma (0 -16 -31)/Area (A/B) Setting Area (0 -16 -31)/Area (A/B) Setting
Y level (0 -16 -31)Area (A/B) Revision Level (0 -±50)
Area (A/B) Revision Phase (0 -±18)Other Functions
Over 100 % Through / Clip / Press
High Dynamic Range Recording Yes via Custom Picture Menu. PQ and HLG standards supported.
Simultaneous HDR and SDR recording supported (HDR to SD card, SDR to External device).
HDR -SDR Gain Control Yes, ±7.5dB adjustment to HDR or SDR signal as required.
Video storage media SD/SDHC/SDXC card, 2 card slots
Type Class U3 recommended for recording at 160MBPS
Recording time (64GB Card, approx.) XF-HEVC; 160 Mbps: 50 Minutes. 60 Mbps: 140 Mins, 45 Mbps,185 Mins.
Recording file system FAT32/exFAT
Recording file format MXF
Internal Recording format XF-HEVC: H.265/HEVC
Resolution 3840 x 2160 / 1920 x 1080Colour sampling YCC 4:2:2 10-bit
Bit rate: 3840 x 2160: 160 Mbps /110 Mbps (Long GOP)1920 x 1080: 60 Mbps /45 Mbps(Long GOP)
Resolution 1920 x 1080
Colour sampling YCC 4:2:0 8-bit
Bit rate 45 Mbps (Long GOP)
External Recording Output(Varies according to Recording Option selected) XF-HEVC: Camera mode
3840 x 2160: 59.94P/50.00P/29.97P/25.00P
1920 x1080: 59.94P/50.00P/29.97P/25.00P
PsF:1920 x1080: 59.94i/50.00i
1920 x1080 (12G-SDI) 29.97PsF/25.00PsF
1920 x1080 (HDMI) 59.94i/50.00i
1920×1080 (23.98P)
PsF —1920×1080 (59.94i)
Simultaneous Recording Options 1. SD Card + SD Card: Relay or Simultaneous recording
2. SD Card + External device: 4K (Internal) 2K (External)/HDR (Internal), SDR (External)
Recording frame rate (PAL Mode) 50.00P/25.00P
Slow motion (PAL/50.00Hz Mode) Yes
1920 x 1080: 50.00P: x0.5/25.00P: x0.25. Max bit rate 180 Mbps
Interval Record No
Frame Record No
Pre Record (cache record) Yes. 3 Seconds
Scan Reverse No
Still Image quality 1920 x1080 JPEG DCF Exif. Ver 2.3
Photo storage media SD Card. (Photo Function assigned to Assignable Button)
Recording Linear PCM: 24-bit / 48 kHz / 4 channels (4.5 Mbps)
EBU/AES3 Standard; 48kHz/24-bit/2-ch
Control Manual or Auto
Reference Tone 1KHz, -12dB / -18dB / -20dB / Off
Microphone level meter Yes
Type LCD Capacitive touch panel
Size 4-inch (10.1 cm)
Dots Approx. 1.23 million dots
Adjustable Yes
Touch Screen Focus Point Selection Yes. AF point selection, Face AF subject selection. Manual Focus: Focus Assist Reference Point Selection
Focus Assist Yes. Focus Guide Function in MF
Peaking Yes. Selectable Peaking Colour: Red / Blue / Yellow
Zebra Yes. 70%, 100%
Markers Yes. Horizontal (grey) / Horizontal (white) / Grid (grey) / Grid (white)
Type Wide Screen Organic EL display
Size 0.46-inch
Dots approx. 1.77 million dots
Adjustable Yes
Viewing Angle 100%
Correction lens +2.0 –5 dioptre
Audio in XLR 3-pin jacks (x2), balanced on Handle Unit. 3.5mm Stereo jack (unbalanced) on camera body
Headphone output Yes. 3.5mm
Video monitor output No
USB Yes. Min-B and Hi-Speed USB supported
SDI output Yes. BNC Connector
[HD]: SMPTE ST 292
[3G]: SMPTE ST 424, 425
[6G]: SMPTE ST 2081
[12G]: SMPTE ST 2082
Audio: SMPTE ST 299
Output Impedance: 75 Ω
Output Signal Level: 0.8 Vp-p
Time code Yes, BNC selectable in/out. Timecode out via HDMI is possible
Genlock/Sync Yes. BNC. Function selected via menu
LAN Yes. Ethernet connector (RJ45) (supports 1000 BASE-T)
AV terminal No
DC input Yes. 3.4mm Jack
Remote Control Terminal Yes, 2. Remote A: 2.5mm mini-mini jack/Remote B 8-pin jack (for RS-422)
IP Streaming Capability Yes, Third-party HEVC-IP decoder required
IP Streaming Output MPEG2-TS, HEVC/H.265; 3840 x 2160, 16
HEVC/H.265; 1920 x 1080, 9Mbps/4Mbps:
MPEG2-TS, AVC/H.264; 1920 x 1080, 9Mbps/4Mbps: 59.94i/50.00i
Shooting Functions:
Exposure metering Standard (centre-weighted metering), Spotlight and Backlight .
The Standard setting is used in the FULL AUTO mode.
Exposure compensation Centre ±8 levels (±2.0, ±1.75, ±1.5, ±1.25, ±1.0, ±0.75, ±0.5, ±0.25, ±0)AE Response function via the menu.
Wave Form Monitor Yes
Auto Exposure mode Full Auto Mode
Auto Gain Control setting Yes
Auto Gain Control limit -6 dB -OFF / 33 dB (1 dB increments)
Gain setting Gain L/M/H
System Frequency 59.94kHz (NTSC)/50.00kHz (PAL). User selectable.
White Balance:
Setting Auto, Manual
Preset Daylight:5600 K (Initial value: 5600 K / ±0 CC) Adjustable range: 4300 K -8000 K / -5 CC -+5 CC
Tungsten: 3200 K (Initial value: 3200 K / ±0 CC) Adjustable range: 2700 K -3700 K / -5 CC -+5 CC
Colour Temperature Setting: Adjustable range: 2000 K -15000 K / -20 CC -+20 CC Initial value: 5600 K / ±0 CC
Set A / Set B
Shutter Speed:
Control Modes Auto, manual, Clear Scan, Slow, Angle ,Off
Shutter speed (PAL) 1/2 -1/2000 sec (depending on shooting option selected).
Shutter Angle Yes; 11.25°-360.00°(depending on shooting option selected).
Slow Shutter (SLS) 50.00P: Auto slow shutter On: 1/25 to 1/500 sec. Auto slow shutter Off
1/50 to 1/500 sec
25.00P: Auto slow shutter On 1/12.5* to 1/500 sec.(*Display is 1/12.)Auto slow shutter Off: 1/25 to 1/500 sec.
Clear Scan Yes
Infrared shooting mode Yes
Built-in IR lamp Yes, in Handle Unit
Tally lamp Yes
Accessory shoe Cold Shoe
Custom Button Assignment Yes. 14 assignable buttons (Camera Mode), 82 assignable functionsvia menu.
Wireless LAN standards IEEE802.11b/g/n/a (2.4 GHz/5 GHz)
Supported Wi-Fi Functions Browser Remote. (Camera Mode) FTP file transfer (Media Mode)
Encryption Open Encoding, Open WEP, Shared key/WEP, WPA, WPA2-PSK, or WPA2-PSK AES.
Supported Browser for Remote Operation Internet Explorer 8 or later, Safari (iOS 9 or 10), Safari (MacOS),
Android standard browser Android 4.4 -6.0
Remote Operation Control Features Aperture, ND control, Focus, focus adjustment, White balance,
Shutter speed, Gain, Exposure compensation, Shooting mode, Zoom, Slot selection.
The free memory remaining on the media, time code, remaining battery charge, etc. can be checked. Live View.
Live view image Resolution Camera setting mode: 680 x 383
Simplified setting mode: 284 x 160
GPS Information (Optional Accessory) Location (latitude, longitude and altitude) as well as the GPS information
while using Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) can be added to MP4 movies and photos.
Also, based on this information, the satellite data acquisition status can be checked in camera mode.
Time Code:
Count up system Rec Run / Free Run
Start value setting 00:00:00:00 -23:59:59:29 (PAL 23:59:59:24)
Drop Frame DF / NDF
User BIT Type Setting (00 00 00 00 -FF FF FF FF) / Time / Date
Power Supply/Battery:
Power Consumption 50.00P: 3840×2160 XF-HEVC/160Mbps:-Approx. 20.8W (Recording), 18.1W (Playback)
50.00P: 1920×1080 XF-AVC/45Mbps:-Approx. 18.8W (Recording), 15.8W (Playback)
Battery Pack 14.4 V DC, BP-A30 (Supplied), BP-A60 (Optional)
Continuous Recording Time (approx.) 50.00P: 3840×2160 XF-HEVC/160Mbps:-Approx. 125 Mins (Maximum), 65 Minutes (Typical)
50.00P: 1920×1080 XF-AVC/45Mbps:-Approx. 135 Mins (Maximum), 80 Mins (Typical)
Mains Power 24V DC (Compact Power Adapter CA-CP200L, supplied)
Dimensions Approx. 191 x 258 x 433 mm (Approx. 7.5 x 10.2 x 17.0 in) [Including lens hood, eyecup and mic holder unit]
Weight (camera only) Approx. 2,600 g (including grip belt)
Operating Temperature range Approx. 0 to 40 °C, 85% (relative humidity), Approx. -5 to 45 °C, 60% (relative humidity)
Canon XF-705 Camera
Lens Hood Canon XF-705
Mic Holder for XF-705
Rain Cover
Carry Strap
Lens Hood Square
Soft carry bag
3 x 64GB SD cards (3 x 1.25 hours recording duration at 24p 4K @ 110Mb/s H.265)
CF SD Card Reader  USB2/3
Zoom through 0.8x wide angle lens
2 x Battery for Canon C200 / C300 II/ XF705 BP-A60 (Large)
1 x Battery for Canon C200 / C300 II/ XF705 BP-A30  (Small)
2 x Power Cable Figure 8
Canon AC CG-A20 C200/C300II/XF-705
Canon AC CA-CP200 L For XF-705 Charger
Sachtler FSB-6 tripod or equivalent

An optional K6/ME66 Gun Mic and Headphone package is available at £12 per day including boom pole & cables in a single case.

Canon XF705 Soft Bag:
8.80kg   56 x 40 x 40cm

Country Of Origin: Japan

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