No 8K with this one, but the new Canon EOS C70 shoots 4K 120p and includes all of the enticing bells and whistles that filmmakers and video professionals love.
With the industry still surging (and a little polarized) after the announcement of the Canon R5 8K digital video camera, the brand made another important announcement at Canon Vision's press conference on September 24, 2020 – the new EOS C70, the first RF of the company – assemble cinema camera.
While the EOS C70 may not be challenged in the technical department compared to the R5, it is actually a very powerful cinema camera that should offer more practical punch than the 8K R5. Let's take a look at the new EOS C70 to see if it's a great option for your movie and video projects.
The new Canon EOS C70
As a fan of classic Canon DSLRs like the 5D and their current line of cinema cameras, I think the C70 should be a solid mid-way option between the two. It looks more film and video-friendly than the dual-hybrid functionality that the mirrorless EOS R line pursues with photo and video. And at around $ 5,000, we're only in a realistic environment for the run-and-gun video crowd. With an RF mount, it should be a good camera partner for those who already work with Canon's new range of R lenses.
I would say this is a fascinating option for film and video professionals, although it is likely to be difficult to stand out in a crowded market due to the lack of a killer feature or breakthrough technology.
Full specifications for the Canon EOS C70
- Super 35 DGO sensor (Dual Gain Output)
- 4K 120p, 2K Crop 180p HDR recording
- Canon Log 2, 3, PQ & HLG recording
- RF Lens Mount / EF Mount with adapter
- DIG! C DV7 image processor
- 16+ stops of full dynamic range
- Built-in ND filters
- Auto ISO & Gain
- Dual Pixel CMOS AF and EOS iTR AF X.
- 1 BNC timecode
- 2 mini XLR audio inputs
- Two SD card slots, LUT / Long GOP support
price: USD 5,499 (pre-order late November)
At a time when brands are looking for specs and technological breakthroughs with each new camera, the C70 is lacking in large numbers or applications. Even so, the C70's 4K RAW with a Super 35 sensor is absolutely respectable, despite not being a full frame and obviously not an 8K or even 6K sensor. (Not sure how this makes you feel? Read this article to help you decide if 8K really matters.)
Aside from the positives of these initial specs, the C70 remains fascinating. We have 4K 4: 2: 2 10-bit (ALL-I and IPB) with up to 120 fps and 4K RAW with up to 120 fps with external recording. We have more than 16 levels of dynamic range, built-in ND filters, automatic ISO and gain controls, two memory card slots and two mini XLR audio inputs. When all of this works together, the C70 is perfect for more advanced recording.
Thoughts on the C70 for filmmakers
If this had been a few years ago, when Canon was still the dominant force in the video industry, the C70 would be a welcome addition to any filmmaker's arsenal. It promises to be a solid option for shooting documentaries on the run. It could also serve as a reliable A or B camera for an intense week of corporate video. The 4K footage should be consistent and high quality enough to cover pretty much any filmmaking need.
However, if you are already getting ready for the 6K + or 8K lifespan, this seems like a less interesting step backwards. Really, the weirdest part of this C70 announcement is that it follows the announcement of the R5 that it will be competing with. And confusingly, the C70 actually costs over $ 1,000 more than the R5.
Ultimately, the Canon EOS C70 is intended for those who already work at Canon – especially those who enjoy working with the company's line of cinema cameras and who have already invested in RF lenses for the majority of their production needs.
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