If Anyone Is Still Buying Camcorders, Here’s a New 4K One from Canon


Watch out live-streamers! Canon wants you to try out their new XF605 4K UHD Professional Camcorder. Let’s look at the specs.

I’m not gonna lie. I haven’t seen a camcorder in action in a long time. The last place I saw them in use was a college sports broadcast about three years ago.

Aside from some niche broadcasts and news, I don’t really know what the market for camcorders is anymore.

However, there are still some benefits to using camcorders, like the built-in zoom and longer recording times that don’t cause the camera to overheat.

Canon XF605 4K UHD Camcorder
Canon’s XF605 4K UHD Professional Camcorder. Image via Canon.

I haven’t worked in news in well over a decade now, but the industry itself has shifted hard into state-of-the-art broadcast cameras for large-budget productions, while leaving field reports to figure it out for themselves with whatever equipment they have or can find.

Canon knows this well, which is probably why this is the first XF-series model to feature USB Video Class, allowing use as a webcam without the need for a third-party HDMI to USB adapter.  

They want to go after the live-streaming market, but considering the $4,499 USD price tag and overall size of this camera, it’s just not going to work on the desk setup most streamers use.

Canon XF605 4K UHD


  • 1.0-inch CMOS sensor
  • Records 4K/60p/4:2:2/10-bit/HDR video
  • Dual on-board SD card slots
  • Dual pixel CMOS AF
  • Up to 120fps in full HD
  • Canon Log 3
  • Up to 4 channels of XLR with adapter
  • Canon L-series lens

The Canon XF605 4K UHD Professional Camcorder is scheduled for availability in mid-October 2021.

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Cover image via Canon.


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