For the XF605 professional camcorder, available since last fall, Canon will release a firmware update that simplifies integration into multi-camera setups for live and remote productions.
To this end, firmware v22.214.171.124 adds Canon's XC protocol, allowing the XF605 to work with other compatible Canon products in a multi-camera system. This allows the XF605 to be seamlessly integrated into multicam setups, and ISO, Iris, Custom Picture and AF of all cameras can be controlled from a single point. It also introduces a new 4K Intra 60p/50p and XF-AVC Intra 410 Mbps recording option, minimizing storage requirements and speeding up file transfers.
The benefits of Canon's Dual Pixel CMOS AF with face and eye detection and tracking are now available for slow motion and time-lapse shooting (when S&F is set to 24p-120p). In addition, the firmware now includes support for shooting in portrait mode - a feature first found in the EOS C70. For ease of use in portrait shooting mode, the monitor and on-screen menu change orientation.
With the new firmware, all four audio channels can be monitored in the on-screen display, and configurable button 11 can now be selected as a record button - such as for shooting from a tripod or in portrait mode. A function has also been added to maintain the selected recording mode when switching from standard to slow motion and time-lapse recording.
The XF605 v126.96.36.199 firmware update is scheduled to be released Aug. 22 at available for download from Canon.
The XF605 is equipped with a 1-inch type CMOS sensor supported by a DIGIC DV 7 image processor to enable 4K recording at 60p/50p 4:2:2 10-bit and Full HD at up to 120fps. It is the first model in the XF series to offer autofocus with eye and intelligent head detection and tracking thanks to Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology. (MSRP €4,759)