This is a brief summary of the new product announcements from Canon at IBC 2018. A more detailed blog will be produced soon. If you want to discuss anything in detail or pre-order please call our sales team on 0208 977 1222.
Canon launched the newest addition to its XF range of camcorders – the XF705. Equipped with the next-generation XF-HEVC format, XF705 offers 4K UHD 50P 4:2:2 10-bit recording to SD cards, with impressive image quality and superior levels of detail. Combined with a 1.0 type CMOS sensor and DIGIC DV6 processing, the XF705 delivers vastly improved noise performance, sensitivity and cinematic depth of field. With a host of enhanced HDR capabilities, including an advanced 12G-SDI interface and IP streaming, the XF705 is poised to revolutionise UHD HDR production workflows for the better.
Versatile file formats to transform workflows
Underpinned by High Efficiency Video Codec (HEVC) video compression, and leveraging the industry standard Material eXchange Format (MXF) as the container, Canon has developed the XF-HEVC file format. HEVC offers a newer encoding technology that is about twice as efficient as mainstream H.264/AVC. By using XF-HEVC the XF705 streamlines the handling of 4K UHD data, offering the ability to record high-quality 4K UHD 50P 4:2:2 10-bit files directly to widely available SD cards.
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 features extensive HDR assist functions to support the user when controlling exposure. The XF705 can also output a SDR signal at the same time as recording a HDR file internally to a SD card, enabling simultaneous HDR/SDR production. Equipped with an advanced 12G-SDI interface, which sends a high-quality and uncompressed UHD 50P signal over a single SDI cable, the XF705 also has the ability to stream 4K UHD HDR using the HEVC format via the network. Ideal for broadcast and video production applications, the XF705 meets the requirements of any user who needs to capture 4K UHD HDR video with a streamlined production workflow.
Shoot with confidence
To make critical focus easier with the larger 1.0-type CMOS sensor, the XF705 also has Canon’s unique Dual Pixel CMOS AF. This provides accurate and fast autofocus with touch focus control, Face Detection AF and object tracking. The Dual Pixel Focus Guide also provides a graphical guide to support accurate focusing when manually adjusting the focus.
Image capture starts with excellent optical systems and the XF705 offers incredible versatility combined with ease of use. It offers a 4K L-series quality lens which has a 15x optical zoom range, a maximum aperture of f/2.8, a wide angle of 25.5mm and effective IS to ensure maximum control for stable 4K UHD footage. This is combined with three independent control rings with end stops to ensure that the camcorder has the level of manual control that professionals expect.
- UHD/50P 4:2:2 10-bit support with XF-HEVC
- Simple HDR workflow
- Advanced 12G-SDI and IP streaming
- Accurate and reliable Dual Pixel CMOS AF
- 15x L-series lens with wide-angle
UHD DIGISUPER 122 and UHD DIGISUPER 111
The UHD DIGISUPER 122 and UHD DIGISUPER 111 have exceptional optical performance, exceeding 4K expectations with broad ranging focal lengths, high zoom ratios and class-leading operability. Achieving descriptive power and outstanding colour reproduction, from the wide end to the telephoto end, these lenses allow realistic and high-resolution shooting - ideal for outdoor sports broadcasting, as well as indoor events, such as concerts.
Canon’s flagship field zoom broadcast lens, the UHD DIGISUPER 122, can deliver the world’s widest angle and world’s longest focal length – 8.2 mm at the wide end and 1000 mm at the telephoto end - as well as the world’s highest zoom ratio of 122x. Whilst the UHD DIGISUPER 111, with a 111x zoom ratio and a focal length range of 8.3 mm to 925 mm aims to become a golden standard amongst broadcast productions where high zoom ratio is required.
Adding to Canon’s UHDxs series of portable zoom lenses for 4K broadcast cameras with 2/3-inch sensors, the CJ25ex7.6B features fluorite and Ultra-low Dispersion (UD) glass, and a proprietary optical design focused on the optimal placement of elements. This reduces chromatic aberration from the centre to the edge of the image, across the entire zoom range. This CJ25ex7.6B offers a 25x zoom ratio, covering a focal length range from 7.6 mm at the wide end to 190 mm at the telephoto end, to support a broad range of shooting scenarios.
The portable zoom lens also delivers high resolving power and high contrast to facilitate high-resolution video capture, whilst the lens coating technology and design prevents reflections within the lens barrel, reducing ghosting and flaring. This maximises the superlative colour reproduction which is ideal for HDR and WCG video shooting. Alongside its considerable 4K optical performance, the CJ25ex7.6B offers a compact and lightweight body design that weighs approximately 1.99 kg and measures of 169.6 (width) x 114.1 (height) x 223.3 (length) mm. This ensures is it highly maneuverable and ideal for a wide range of indoor and outdoor shooting scenarios, including sporting events and news reportage.
Zoom and Focus Demands
Canon has today also announced two compact digital zoom servo demands – the ZDJ-G01 and ZDJ-S01 - and two focus demands – FDJ-G01 and FDJ-S01 – for Canon lenses. The FDJ-G01 and ZDJ-G01 have a built-in display for users who demand advanced functionality to support 4K shooting with precise accuracy and control over zoom and depth of field areas.
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