CINE-SERVO 15-120mm T2.95-3.95
Buckle your seatbelts, Canon has a lot of new product announcements to report. I’ll start with a new CINE-SERVO 15-120mm T2.95-3.95 available in EF or PL mount. Canon optical engineers have worked to design a combination of focal range, compact size, and lightweight into a 15-120mm zoom lens with a removable servo. In addition to an 8x zoom range covering Super 35mm, the lens can further extend up to 180mm via the built-in 1.5x extender. With extender engaged the lens covers a Full-Frame sensor. The CINE-SERVO 15-120mm features an 11-blade aperture for smooth round bokeh. The lens supports EF mount communication and advanced metadata capture with support for Cooke /i Technology. The PL mount version of the lens is also the first Canon CINE-SERVO lens to enable both ZEISS eXtended Data (XD) communication and Cooke /i Technology. Featuring the same 16-bit encoder found in Canon’s broadcast and existing CINE-SERVO lenses, which provides accurate lens position, zoom, focus, and iris metadata, the information and communication functions between the lens and camera are paramount for VFX, virtual, and cinema productions. The CINE-SERVO 15-120mm T2.95-3.95 EF/PL (CN8x15 IAS S) cinema lens is scheduled to be available in November for an estimated retail price of US$30,999.00.
The DP-V2730 Reference Display
The DP-V2730 has an HDMI input and 12G-SDI terminals (4x Inputs and 5x Outputs) capable of delivering 4K60P 4:2:2 10-bit or 4K30P 4:4:4 12-bit signals. The DP-V2730 meets Dolby Vision certification standards and EBU TECH3220 user requirements. This display can also easily be linked to a compatible computer, tablet, or smartphone plus multiple Canon Displays (via a LAN connection) with the Remote Control Web UI. This touch-optimized interface provides live image viewing, detailed signal information and direct control over inputs, monitoring tools, and settings. (A paid license is required to activate this feature.) Users can also access 4-way SDI input switching via a paid upgrade that supports various workflows, such as sending an output feed to a director’s monitor, external recorder, or live streaming solution. The Canon DP-V2730 reference display is scheduled to be available in March 2023 for an estimated retail price of US$18,999.00.
Four New Camcorder Models: XA75, XA70, XA65, and XA60
The quartet of new camcorders are compact ENG-style cameras offering UHD 4K recording while keeping many of the imaging specs of their predecessors. Upgrades focus on usability, recording modes, and improved EVFs and LCDs. The XA75 and XA70 all feature 1″ CMOS sensors, support Dual Pixel CMOS AF, and have a built-in 15x optical zoom lens with built-in ND filter and image stabilization. These two new cameras also have a new larger 3.5″ touchscreen LCD monitor with 2.76m-dot resolution and offer greater image quality than the 3.0″ 460k-dot screen from the previous generation. The EVF has been updated, too, to a larger 0.36″ OLED panel with 1.77m-dot resolution for clearer monitoring. Other key updates for these cameras include a refresh for various terminals, including a USB Type-C port; the XA75 gains professional-grade 3G-SDI and XLR terminals for higher-end workflows.
The XA65 and XA60 are the smaller models of the series, featuring 1/2.3″ CMOS sensors, along with a similar series of upgrades. These cameras retain the 20x optical zoom lens, built-in image stabilization, and variety of recording modes, but gain the same 3.5″ 2.76m-dot LCD and 0.36″ 1.77m-dot OLED EVF as the XA75 and XA70. The other key addition to these new cameras is On-Screen Display (OSD) “Time Stamp” Recording, along with the inclusion of USB Type-C ports, and the XA65 also gains an SDI terminal for professional use.
CR-N700 PTZ Camera
Another release intended for the broadcast, live event, and TV studio market is the CR-N700. It’s a PTZ camera offering 4K60 10-bit 4:2:2 HDR recording from a 1″ CMOS sensor. This professional-grade camera also borrows a variety of features from other Canon cine and photo cameras, such as Dual Pixel CMOS AF, which uses EOS iTR AF X deep learning technology for intelligent, accurate, and fast autofocus performance, along with Touch AF control for making manual focus selections from a remote monitor. For integration in a production environment, the camera also has 12G-SDI and 3G-SDI connectivity, Time Code and GEN-LOCK, HDMI out, and supports SRT and NDI|HX protocols for streaming. It has a built-in 15x optical zoom lens, which can be doubled to 30x with Advanced digital zoom, and a built-in Crop function enables homing in on regions of interest and outputting a cropped section as a second or third FHD signal.