Despite the fact that earlier numerous leaks about a new cinema camera from Canon were noticed on the network, the official announcement of Canon C70 puts everything in its place – now you don’t have to guess how the camera will look and what characteristics it will have. Here it is, we meet, we look at it from all sides and carefully study the parameters. And there is something to study here.
The EOS C70 is a completely new cinema camera form factor for Canon, as its body and ergonomics are more reminiscent of mirrorless cameras than large black professional cinema cameras. And secondly, and importantly, the camera uses a modern RF mount, which unambiguously and once again confirms the vector of further development of the company’s products.
The Canon C70 uses a Super35 sensor that uses new Dual Gain Output (DGO) technology – the sensor reads each pixel with two different gain levels: one prioritizes saturation and highlights, while the other is responsible for shadows and noise reduction. According to the company, the resulting camera will be able to deliver 16+ stops of the dynamic range up to DCI 4K / 60p or 2K / 120p with Super16 framing. The camera can also shoot 4K / 120p or 2K / 180p without dynamic range expansion. Recording can be done both in All-I and using Canon XF-AVC or MP4 (H.265) codecs.
Other features for videographers include C-Log2 / C-Log3, PQ, HLG gamma for HDR, motorized 10-stop ND filter, Dual Pixel autofocus, two mini XLR mic inputs, over a dozen customizable buttons, and custom LUT loading into the camera.
After the fiery stories with the EOS R5 and R6, everyone was interested in the issue of heat dissipation. The Canon EOS C70 is equipped with a hot air exhaust system, allowing the camera to record for a long time, while it is designed to prevent dust and moisture from entering the camera’s electronic components.
Ergonomics includes a 3.5-inch 2.76 million-dot LCD screen, while the camera lacks an electronic viewfinder, which Canon decided to remove for the sake of compactness. In addition, most users are likely to use the camera with an external monitor.
Along with the EOS C70, Canon has announced the Canon EF-EOS R 0.71x adapter, which will allow you to attach EF mount lenses to this camera. Unlike a standard adapter, it is a speed booster, allowing you to use EF lenses with a Super35 matrix, while almost completely retaining the original focal length of the lens and increasing the aperture by 1 stop along the way.
Canon C70 price and availability
Canon EOS C70 Cinema camera is now available to pre-order on the Bhphotovideo.com website for $5,499 and delivery is expected in December 2020. The Canon EF-EOS R 0.71x adapter will be asked for $599 and it is also listed on the Bhphotovideo.com website.