On Thursday, Canon unveiled the EOS C70 4K, the first EOS Cinema camera equipped with an RF mount and designed to offer cinema performance in a still image factor.
The camera looks like a cross between Canon’s standard EOS cameras and a cinema camera, and the addition of an RF mount allows you to take advantage of the same range of lenses offered for its mirrorless devices. As with other cameras in the Cinema line, it is primarily aimed at high-performance video recording and film production.
Unlike the typical heavy cinema cameras, the EOS C70 provides similar performance in a more compact and lighter form factor. It weighs a little over 2.5 kilos and is actually smaller than SLR cameras like the EOS 1
In addition to the RF mounting, the EOS C70 brings other firsts to the cinema set-up. It has an Intelligence Tracking and Recognition system that recognizes faces and heads using machine learning, and an automatic ISO system for situations where lighting can change quickly.
The camera has Canon’s Super 35mm DGO 4K sensor, which it says further expands the high dynamic range and lowers the noise level in the images. Canon says the sensor provides images “up to 16 plus stops with total dynamic range, clean, rich shadows and vibrant highlights in up to 4K / 60p or 2K / 120p in Super 16mm Crop mode.”
- Super 35mm DGO CMOS sensor
- DIGIC DV7 image processor
- Slimmer, motorized ND filter
- Direct touch menu system
- Coordinated electronic image stabilization
- Two built-in mini XLR inputs
- Time code input / output terminal
- Canon RC-V100 Remote Control Support
- Dual SD card slot
- HDMI, USB-A and 3.5mm headphone jack
- Built-in stereo microphone
It also supports 9×16 vertical photography, and has a built-in mini-XLRS and a neutral density filter system.
The EOS C70 is aimed at filmmakers and documentarians who need a more compact device, as well as commercials and social media.
Canon says the EOS C70 will debut in November 2020 for $ 5,499. Interested buyers can pre-order the camera at B&H Photo and Adorama.