Canon’s Upcoming GX10, XF400 & XF405 Cameras Shoot 4K Video At 60P
Juan Carlos Ropel, September 17, 2017
At IBC 2017, the leading global trade show for the media and broadcast industry. held in Amsterdam, Canon showcased its latest professional camcorders, which with first class optics and powerful sensors can shoot 4K video at 60 frames per second, making them a great option for a wide range of video productions for either professionals or enthusiasts.
The three models start with the most economical, the GX10 at $2,499, the XF400 at $2,999 and the XF405 with a heftier price tag of $3,499. Both of the XF units have almost identical features and design, except that the Canon XF405 has a 3G-SDI video connection. Both cameras are paired with a newly developed 1.0-inch 4K UHD CMOS image sensor and dual DIGIC DV 6 Image Processors, which allow 4K UHD video shooting at 60p, as well as slow motion recording up to 120fps in Full HD.
As for the GX10, it offers many of the exact same core features as its pricier XF cousins, including 4K at 60FPS recording capacity, the 15x optical zoom and the same 1-inch sensor tech. Where the GX10 differs notably however is in its lack of a large hard body handle with support for dual XLR inputs and a shotgun microphone holder that’s also preset in the two XF camera models. This handle which the GX10 lacks also comes with audio level controls and a ¼ inch stereo microphone input.
The GX10, XF405 and the XF400 also all have Wide DR Gamma than can achieve a wide dynamic range of 800%, to produce almost seamless tone gradations. All three models feature a newly developed 15x optical zoom lens (35 mm film equivalent: 25.5mm–382.5mm), that is able to maintain the 4K UHD resolution throughout the entire zooming, while their exclusively developed Dual Pixel CMOS AF helps facilitate autofocus.
Because of their compact, lightweight body design, Canon is claiming this new series of camcorders to be ideally suited for on-the-go broadcasts and documentary production. The XF models weight approx. 3.7 lbs with their handles, making them extremely portable, while the GX10 weighs roughly 2.5 lbs due to the lack of a hard bodied handle. This is the same weight that the XF models have if their handles are removed. The camcorders can all also be operated with an adjustable 3.5-inch touch panel LCD monitor and a built-in 0.24-inch electronic viewfinder to enhance usability.
For connectivity, these camcorders offer a HDMI 2.0 terminal with 4K UHD output support, two XLR terminals with independent audio level control and a 3G-SDI output is available exclusively for the XF405. However, the 3G-SDI port can’t be used for 4K video. Only the HDMI in the XF405 allows for 4K output. The camcorders can also be accessed and operated remotely from a browser running or a compatible smart device to control some of the camcorder functions.
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