Canon Europe has launched the XF605 professional 4K camcorder and 10×16 KAS S 8K BCTV zoom lens.

Designed for solo shooters, the XF605 is aimed at news gathering and studio productions.

The XF605 “represents the next generation of Canon’s XF series”, a camcorder capable of achieving 4K 60p/50p 4:2:2 10-bit image quality and FHD up to 120p high frame rate in a small form factor. Powered by a 1.0 TYPE CMOS sensor and DIGIC DV 7 processor. The XF605 offers a variety of custom picture options including HDR (HLG/PQ), Canon Log3 and user-created Look Files.

It employs the same 5-Axis image stabilisation system found in Canon’s XF and XA series. There are four IS options available by combining different settings in Standard, Dynamic and Powered IS. With a high magnification 4K L-series lens, the XF605 achieves a 15x optical zoom in 4K and 30x advanced zoom in FHD.

The XF605 employs Canon’s fDual Pixel CMOS Auto Focus System which brings Eye Detection AF and Canon’s EOS iTR AF X intelligent head detection and tracking functionality to the XF series for the first time. A new Direct Touch user interface allows users to quickly select subjects to focus on, as well as control on-screen settings, menu navigation and playback control.

Roughly 10 per cent smaller and 600g lighter than the XF705, the XF605 weighs approximately 2kg. Designed with single operators in mind, it has a new multi-function accessory shoe designed to expand the capabilities of the XF605 through future accessories, the first being the CA-XLR2d-C high definition XLR microphone adapter from TEAC. The adapter makes it possible to assign XLR inputs to all four audio channels that the XF605 offers. The camcorder also addresses the rise of live-streaming over the last year, with IP streaming capability that supports multiple protocols, remote control for multicamera operation alongside Canon’s range of PTZ cameras and the addition of the UVC for simple webcam use via USB-C.

The XF605 has dual SD card slots and multiple recording options, it can record different file formats, resolutions, colour sampling and proxies simultaneously to separate cards. It is also possible for the image to be simultaneously output to both 12G-SDI and HDMI connections. The XF605 is compatible with Canon’s new Content Transfer Mobile (CTM) app which allows users to edit news metadata pre and post capture and import the footage from the camera to the phone, enabling instant transfer to broadcast station servers.

10×16 KAS S

The 10×16 KAS S expands Canon’s line-up of ultra-high-resolution 1.25” 8K broadcast camera lenses, which includes the UHD-DIGISUPER 51 and 7×10.7 KAS S, the 10×16 KAS S offers “impeccable optical performance in a compact form factor.” Equipped with special glass elements such as fluorite, Hi-UD lenses and wide-diameter aspherical lenses, the 10×16 KAS S helps reduce chromatic aberrations, spherical aberrations and other effects that diminish image quality. Weighing 2.94kg, it has a 10x optical zoom from 16mm – 160mm and a constant f/2.8 aperture, this lens achieves consistent image quality across the entire zoom range, from wide to telephoto shots.

The XF605 will retail at: £3,599 / €3,999 ex VAT
The 10×16 KAS S price is available on request


XF605 key features:

  • 1.0 Type CMOS Sensor and DIGIC DV7 Processor
  • 4K UHD 60p/50p 4:2:2 10-bit in XF-AVC, and MP4
  • 4K L-Series, 15x Optical Zoom Lens with 30x Advanced Zoom in FHD
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF with Eye Detection AF and EOS iTR AF X
  • Supports PQ & HLG HDR formats
  • Simultaneous recording versatility, including Proxies
  • Professional connectivity including 12G-SDI, HDMI, XLR inputs, Ethernet, Wi-Fi, USB-C, and more
  • CTM App for easy file transfer to mobile phones and editing news metadata


10×16 KAS S key features:

1.25” hand-held 8K broadcast lens

10x optical zoom from 16mm – 160mm

Constant f/2.8 aperture

Weighs just 2.94kg

Jon Creamer

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