Canon's new UHD camcorders get focused

Canon XF400
David Fox
Acquisition
September 26th 2017 at 9:33AM : By

The new XF400 and XF405 4K camcorders offer high-end autofocus

At this year's IBC show, Canon showed off its new XF400 and XF405 camcorders, which will be the first of Canon’s cameras outside of its Cinema EOS range to get dual pixel autofocus. The dual pixel autofocus ought to make these lower cost Ultra HD cameras attractive for less experienced users thanks to its increased accuracy.

The one-inch sensor model has a 15x zoom (35mm film equivalent: 25.5-382.5mm) and four-channel audio (including two XLRs). It can record 150Mbps MP4 UHD 50p to dual SD cards, and will also get XF-AVC recording next year.

“This is going to be picked up by a lot of people who do online delivery of UHD, because it’s so easily editable,” said Canon’s Paul Atkinson, product specialist, Pro Video.

The new camcorders also offer continuous 100fps recording in HD and can do ftp file delivery. Canon is working on adding live streaming via a firmware update. The XF400 costs €3,199 inc VAT, while the €3,699 XF405 adds SDI outputs.