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Old August 7th, 2019, 08:59 AM   #1
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Canon XF705 camcorder

I got the XF705 on the 16th of April so I am still in the process of learning it. I did love my XF300, but after almost 7 years I needed to upgrade. Some of the things that I miss, and that I think Canon should have said in their announcements are:

1- the XF705 does not have the capability of interval recording. So if you do a lot of time lapse forget it.
2- no power save button
3-you can only shoot 120 fps slow motion in 1920x1080 4-2-2, 10 bit HEVC.
4-they took away the front record button as well as the Delete last clip button
5-Battary lasts 2/3 of the time

What I like are:
1-WOW the color is awesome!! Incredibly sharp and vivid.
2-It is the best auto focus system on the market today, especially when tracking a moving subject such as runners.
3-Touch focus on the screen is unbelievably smooth and precise.
4-Image stabilizer is much better than the XF300
5-Even at 1,140mm (3x) the image is pretty damn good!
6-I got to try out the IR on some deer at the Okefenokee swamp and I was surprised at how clear the IR images were.
7-The fan is 100% quiet. Absolutely no fan noise. There are two setting. One where the fan runs when to are not shooting but turns off when you hit the record button, and one where the fan runs continuously.
8- You can edit 4k, HEVC directly into DaVinci Resolve Study (the paid version) with no problem.
9-The barn doors on the lens hood is so much easier to open and close than attaching a lens cap, although front and rear lens caps are included.
10- the external microphone holder is much better that the XF300, it actually holds the microphone

At first I had buyers remorse and missed my XF300. Now that I have had time to learn more about this camcorder and to play around with all the settings I am really glad I decided to upgrade. Bob
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Old August 7th, 2019, 01:53 PM   #2
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Many thanks, Bob -- pretty accurate!
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