Canon has announced a new addition to its professional camcorder range, the XF205, along with two new video lenses.


The new Canon XF205 professional camcorder. (Source: Canon.)

Featuring a wide-angle 26.8mm (35mm film equivalent) 20x optical zoom lens incorporating Hi-UD (Hi Index Ultra Low Dispersion) glass lens elements, the XF205 boasts a compact, lightweight body with approximately 58% of the mass and volume of the XF305/XF300 models. The new model builds upon technologies developed for the XA25 and offers  improved performance and operability.   It supports two recording formats””MXF, the standard file format used by broadcast stations, and MP4, which offers high versatility through its compatibility with various devices.

The XF205 also includes an Ethernet LAN terminal that makes possible a reliable wired connection in addition to supporting wireless LAN connectivity. This gives users increased shooting freedom and efficiency for electronic news gathering and other shooting situations where speed is important. Canon’s CameraAccess plus app enables live viewing and remote operation using a smart-phone or tablet device, as well as the real-time transfer of proxy data.

The XF205 will go on sale in Australia in mid July-2014, priced at dealers’ discretion.

Canon has also announced the introduction of the HJ18ex7.6B, a new HDTV portable zoom lens, which replaces the HJ17ex7.6B.  Maintaining a compact, lightweight body design, the new lens is ideal for covering press conferences and other news-coverage applications as well as indoor and outdoor location shooting for program production.

Two versions will be offered when this lens goes on sale in late July 2014: the HJ18ex7.6B (IRSE S), which is manual focusing and the HJ18ex7.6B (IASE S), which has an internal focusing motor.

A new addition to the EF Cinema Lens line-up is the CINE-SERVO lens, which is available in the EF mount-version CN7 X 17 KAS S/E1 and a PL mount-version CN7 X 17 KAS S/P1. As the first EF Cinema Lens equipped with a drive unit, it has the same operability as ENG (Electronic News Gathering) broadcast lenses, making it well suited for the creation of broadcast content including television commercials, dramas and documentaries, as well as motion pictures. It is also usable for the production of high-resolution 4K content and maintains 4K-resolution performance throughout the entire zoom range. Both versions of this lens will go on sale in Australia in late August 2014 priced at dealers’ discretion.

Details of the new products can be found at