Dual Pixel AF that keeps creativity flowing
Across their diverse shooting scenarios both filmmakers made use of the camera's powerful autofocus capabilities. The Canon XF605
combines Dual Pixel CMOS AF with head detection and tracking via EOS iTR AF X, 'deep learning' autofocus technology which keeps subjects in sharp focus even when they turn away from the camera. It's also the first XF series camera to feature Eye Detection AF.
"The head tracking kept my subjects in focus as they were moving," says Nina, who used it when filming people, but also to lock onto bees from a metre away. "To be able to watch and make sure the AF stayed in focus, as opposed to actually following and finding focus, was really handy. Quite often I'll be filming but also having to think about what I have to do next, who is walking into the back of my shot or my next question. If you let those things consume you, you can miss the shot."
For Charles, an "avid manual focus person", using the advanced AF and 5-axis IS allowed him to focus on other elements of his filmmaking. "Having that element removed because the AF does its job very well, saves so much time. You can focus on things like composition. When shooting a band with multiple camera setups, I like to roam with the camera handheld. The flexibility to move and know that the camera is just going to nail focus is great."
Using the AF in combination with intuitive controls on the vari-angle touchscreen made for a particularly seamless experience. "The touchscreen is so responsive, and you can tap focus to the left or right of frame and the camera will change focus," says Charles. "You still have that level of flexibility and control – it's not locked in AF. The face tracking in combination with the tap focus made it feel like manual focus. You don't have to sacrifice the outcome of your creativity."