With the rise of small-size Cinema EOS cameras and high-res mirrorless cameras, do camcorders still have a future in filmmaking? For those looking for all-in-one video solutions, Canon's professional XA and XF camcorders offer the complete package, with large zoom lenses, broadcast-standard connections and recording times limited only by the user's SD media capacity.
French filmmaker and Canon Ambassador Sébastien Devaud has been incorporating XF camcorders into his workflow for more than a decade. "The reason I love and work with Canon products is due to my passion for lenses but also the opportunity to combine cameras from across Canon's entire range," he says.
"Thanks to the Custom Picture feature, it's very easy to mix footage shot on a Canon camcorder with footage shot on other types of Canon cameras. The Canon XF705 offers Canon Log 3, for example, making it easy to match with other Log 3 footage during colour grading."
Camcorders are more compact than most Cinema EOS bodies, and offer more focused filmmaking functions and better ergonomics than mirrorless or DSLR cameras. Here, Sébastien and Mehdia Mehtal, Channel Marketing Executive for Professional Video & Broadcast at Canon UK, share some of the reasons why Canon's professional camcorders have a healthy future.