Canon has introduced their first-ever RF mount Cinema EOS camera, the EOS C70 4K Digital Cinema Camera. The compact design, weighing only 2.6 lbs., allows the camera to be easily handheld and dramatically enhances mobility while still providing the features and quality necessary for cinematic applications. The camera features Canon’s Super 35mm DGO Sensor, achieving high dynamic range and low noise levels by reading out each photodiode with two different gains. One gain prioritizes saturation – protecting detail in highlight areas – while the other suppresses noise in the shadows. The result is an image with up to 16-plus stops of total dynamic range.
HFR is available up to 4K/ 60p or 2K/120p in Super16mm Crop mode. The EOS C70 also features Canon’s recently developed DIGIC DV7 image processor for HDR imagery while offering choices between Canon Log 2 and 3, in addition to PQ and HLG gamma functionality. The C70 camera can also record 4K DCI or UHD up to 120 fps and 2K DCI or HD up to 180 fps – with an important flexibility in the choice of codecs. The camera supports XF-AVC format (in variable bit-rate) – both Intra and Long GOP with MXF file format. The intra-frame format compresses the data after analyzing each frame separately, while Long GOP format compresses data at a higher rate, creating an even smaller file size. A secondary choice is Long GOP 10-bit 4:2:2/4:2:0 MP4/HEVC (a next-generation HDR video recording compression standard) with an MP4 file format – a first in the Cinema EOS line.
The camera features a slim, motorized ND filter unit built into the short flange back of the RF mount. The motorized 10-stop ND filter provides users with the flexibility to control exposure while keeping the desired depth-of-field. Thirteen customizable buttons allow users to select from more than 80 functions to be assigned based on individual preferences. The camera’s independent air intake system is separated from the electrical systems to protect the sensor from water, sand, and dust. In addition, the camera also features two air outlet vents that allow uninterrupted recording for extended periods of time. Additional features of the Canon EOS C70 4K Digital Cinema Camera include:
- New Direct Touch Menu System
- Coordinated Electronic Image Stabilization
- Two built-in Mini XLR inputs
- Time-code input/output terminal
- Custom picture processing via import of 3D LUTs and recording to Look Files
- Dual-SD card slots
- Built-in stereo mic
- Support for optional Canon RC-V100 remote control
Canon Mount Adapter EF-EOS R 0.71x
Canon has also introduced a new optical Mount Adapter, the EF-EOS R 0.71x that allows users to employ full-frame EF lenses when operating the EOS C70 camera. The adapter implements two critically important functions – preserving the similar FF wide angle image onto the 4K Super 35mm image sensor while simultaneously elevating the lens camera sensitivity by one stop. The mount adapter preserves full electronic communication between most Canon EF lenses and camera, enabling optical lens corrections and transfer of lens metadata between the EOS C70 camera and select Canon EF lenses.
Price & Availability
The Canon EOS C70 4K Digital Cinema Camera is scheduled to be available in November 2020 for an estimated retail price of $5,499USD. The Canon Mount Adapter EF-EOS R 0.71x is scheduled to be available in December 2020 for an estimated retail price of $599.99USD. For more information please visit: