It is in a logic of general overhaul around the new RF mount that Canon unveils a first EOS Cinema camera natively accommodating new generation lenses. The newest Canon camera EOS C70 is further loaded with technical features that certainly make it the ideal camera for documentary, journalism, music video, institutional or wedding when it comes to the director delivering a high-end professional result. while having a light, reliable… and inexpensive device.
With its new RF mount and all-new design, the EOS C70 would therefore be the first crossing of a bridge that connects the world of DSLR to that of the professional camera!
According to Canon, the C70 does not take the place of any existing device. This so-called “entry-level” camera would therefore be situated between the C100 and the C200. One could imagine that it replaces the EOS C100 favorably.
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Meet the newest Canon camera Canon EOS C70
Dive into a new era of video with the Canon EOS C70 where capturing “free images” takes on new meaning. Canon is focusing with this brand new Cinema EOS camera on a new generation of videographers. The C70 has been developed to be able to shoot more freely at arm’s length with high image quality up to 4K at 120 fps compared to current Cinema EOS cameras.
The Dual Gain sensor (Super 35mm DGO 4K) and the new stabilization and autofocus system contribute to this. Versatility is at the heart of this new Canon Cinema EOS camera. The C70’s compact size and weather resistance make it ideal for attaching to drones, gimbals, handheld or shoulder platforms, FPV headsets, and FPV vehicles.
The C70 is the first Cinema EOS camera with an RF mount and numerous tracking options. This makes this new video camera usable for a variety of applications including documentaries, corporate videos, event videography, and social media content inside and outside the studio.
This video camera is designed to provide videographers with a smooth workflow over which they can take full control. Direct Touch control, Auto ISO function, vertical shooting option, electronic image stabilizer, adjustable buttons and multi-function grip are specially designed to let you focus on the picture. The user-friendly menu and on-screen prompts ensure that you don’t need to fiddle with your camera to adjust your settings.
Do you want to know what else the Canon EOS C70 has to offer? Below we discuss the different functions that the Canon EOS C70 has to offer.
NEW Design For The Newest Canon camera 2020-2021 !
Canon’s Cinema range (C100, C200, C300, C500, C700) historically offers a fairly long design allowing the addition of modules and batteries to the rear of the camera and easy balancing of the whole. shoulder or on tripods… even when using long CN-type lenses.
With the new 2-digit range (we expect a C50 soon according to reliable rumors), this principle is over! The EOS C70 is a lightweight camera that breaks new ground.
A camera intended for an entire generation of new videographers and directors who have adopted both the ergonomics and the technical qualities of photo boxes capable of delivering a “Broadcast” video image (4K, 4.2.2 10bit, 120fps, RAW, Log , etc).
No wonder then that this C70 is a kind of mutation between a C100 / 200 and a photo camera! We could also talk about a crashed EOS 1D C that would have taken on belly! Wider, deeper, heavier than a big hybrid, the C70 is nonetheless a small camera perfectly suited to handheld, drone or gimbal shooting.
To sum up, Canon promises professional experience (ergonomics, internal ND filter, C300 MkIII sensor, 16-stop dynamic,…) in a body barely bigger than some high-end hybrids…
The Canon EOS C70 has an RF mount. Short rear focus and 12-pin communication allow Canon RF lenses to be combined with the C70 body.
4K Super 35mm DGO sensor
4K Super 35mm DGO sensor and DIGIC DV7 processor create a wide dynamic range of over 16 stops and high resolution. The DGO Dual Gain sensor reads images at two different levels, so that bright and dark details are optimally merged into one image. This offers impressive performance in low light situations, among other things.
Intelligent AF tracking
This extended autofocus system offers several possibilities for tracking subjects, detecting faces and heads and automatically continuing to focus on these subjects thanks to intelligent tracking. This makes the Dual Pixel CMOS AF precise and reliable.
Surprise! Canon offers a HOME SPEEDBOOSTER!
When launching the RF mount in 2018, Canon offered a small number of native lenses. And it is very intelligently that the manufacturer has associated with this new mount an adapter allowing the use of the wide range of EF lenses. The ultra-smart accessory is available in 3 models. One just makes the RF-EF link, the second, quite comparable, also adds an assignable adjustment ring. The 3rd, more original, offers the integration of an ND filter internally!
With the C70, Canon is making history once again by offering nothing less than a “Speedbooster”. A 0.71x adapter capable of providing the camera’s S35 sensor with the viewing angle of a … full-frame sensor! All this while saving a further light stop and almost without compromising on the quality of the autofocus! There is a concession to be made: the coverage of the Dual Pixel then goes from 80% to 60% of the sensor.
EOS C70 adapter 0.71x
EOS C70 adapter 0.71x
EOS C70 adapter 0.71x
To be clear: The Super 35 applies a crop factor of 1.46x over full frame. The EF-RF 0.71x mount adapter allows so-called “full frame” lenses to recover their original angle of view … pretty much because it remains a crop factor of 1.03x!
While waiting for the necessary updates, this system is currently only compatible with 3 lenses from the EF range: the EF 24-70 f / 2.8, EF 24-105 f / 4 and EF 16- 35 f / 2.8.
XF-AVC, THE FORMAT OF TRUST
Canon is showcasing its in-house format by offering the XF-AVC (H-264) at the heart of the Menu’s most advanced “recording qualities”. It is therefore available for 4: 2: 2 10 bits whether in All intra or Long-GOP. Rest assured, H-265 fans, this 10-bit 4: 2: 2 is also available in HEVC format (but only in Long GOP). As for the 4: 2: 0 8 bits, it is available in this good old H-264 but still in Long GOP
On the sound side, we find the same type of “constraints”: while linear PCM sound (24bits / 48kHz / 4 channels) is only accessible in MXF, the same sound falls to 16bits in MP4, the format where the lightest MPEG 2 AAC LC (16bits / 48kHz / 2ch) is also available.
In the best case, the maximum authorized speed remains capped at 410 Mbs.
As for the capabilities of the HDMI output, we know that a maximum flow in 4K 60fps 4: 2: 2 10 bits is possible.
No RAW in sight for the moment. According to Canon, the RAW format, much more complex to manage in terms of support and post-production, is reserved for higher productions. Still in the words of the Japanese, the XF-AVC associated with 16 stops of dynamic range, in addition to being well supported by all post-production players, offers a good balance between image quality, weight of files and working latitude in colorimetry.
Important information: Regardless of the video format you choose, there is no recording limit. Only the autonomy and the space available on the media are decisive. Overheating problems, if you think about it, are the prerogative of another category of devices …
The C70 comes with a BP-A30 battery. The same model as on a C200 or C300. But the new small camera does better than its comrades when it comes to battery life. The videographer Giannis Saroukos indeed reports that where his C200 held 120 minutes in 8 bits and 100 minutes in RAW, the C70 takes around 200 minutes with the BP-A30.
For its part, the British specialist cvp.com measured the autonomy of the C70 through a few tests which allowed it to observe the following results:
In 4096 x 2160 at 50 fps with BP-A30 battery: 175 minutes of recording
In 2048 x 1080 at 50 fps (S16) with BP-A30 battery: 205 minutes of recording
There is also a BP-A60 compatible with the EOS C70.
You may have immediately noticed it in the first visuals of the device: the C70 has large vents concealing a set of fans dedicated to cooling the beast. For those who are afraid of the possibility of extraneous noise during recording, know that Canon has done it right, on paper at least: an “Always ON” mode keeps the ventilation running while an “Automatic” mode manages the fresh air requirements on its own. Thus, as far as possible, the ventilation is stopped during each recording and then resumed … between 2 shoots.
2 INNOVATIVE UHD-II SLOTS
No CFexpress in the C70 but 2 SD card readers. This is enough to handle the 4K delivered by the sensor. Canon encourages however to prefer UHS-II SD cards with the V90 logo in order to ensure proper management of the maximum speed of 410Mbs …
Where this duo of slots innovates is in its ability to manage (in addition to classic relay writing) simultaneous recording at 2 resolutions and 2 different codecs! We will thus be able to have 4K All-i on card A and 2K Long-GOP on card B… This ultra-flexible character can prove to be very practical for content that must be used in 2 very different worlds, for example example Broadcast and social networks.
NEXT GENERATION RF AND AUTOFOCUS MOUNT
The EOS C70 brings the new RF mount to the professional world. Allowing more compact, lighter, brighter, better stabilized and smarter lenses, the RF mount is now systematically associated with a new generation autofocus.
This Dual AF, much appreciated by Canonists (and others), is now faster and smarter. Its face tracking and recognition system, inaugurated in the R range, joins the C range to the delight of documentary filmmakers, journalists and other videographers. Even better than on the R range: the subject turns his head 180 ° or disappears from the field? No longer matters: Canon’s autofocus system finds what it needs to hunt without flinching! The AF of the C70 therefore outclasses that of the C200 and C300!
However, this “new gen” AF lacks a little refinement. A feature still reserved for EOS R5 and R6: eye tracking, whether human or animal … Another limit not to be overlooked: if the autofocus works up to 120 fps, it is then cut off. his recognition and face tracking. At 180 fps, it’s worse since the AF is no longer in the game …
INTEGRATED ND FILTER
This is one of the good surprises of the C70! In such a small box, the Japanese manufacturer has managed to integrate a variable ND filter with 10 stops: the values 0, 2, 4 and 6 stops as standard and the values 8 and 10 stops in extended mode.
This “feat” achieved at the cost of a total redesign of the mechanism largely contributes to the professional character of the camera.
It’s a little disappointment. Certainly, a so-called professional camera is historically devoid of any mechanical stabilization. Thus, no risk of movement when the IBIS, sensitive to jolts, is off …
There is therefore an electronic IBIS which operates on 5 axes when it alone ensures the stabilization of the planes. But associated with a Canon IS lens, the optical stabilization of the lens literally collaborates with the electronics of the body with an intelligent distribution of the work: the optics stabilizes on 2 axes while the electronic IBIS manages the other 3 axes.
This electronic stabilization comes at a price, however. Always the same to tell the truth: the 4K sensor is cut off from the 10% of surface necessary for the compensation …
NO 8K NOR 6K …
The EOS C70 is an entry-level camera and let’s face it, 4K is now the “high standard” in the TV and film industry. We would have liked a 6K offering a nice cropping margin but this comfort must certainly remain the prerogative of more advanced models in Canon’s marketing logic. The manufacturer with the red border defends itself by ensuring that half of the films nominated for the 2020 Oscars were shot in 4K … or less!
In short ! According to Canon, any resolution that is beyond 4K should be reserved for high-end productions. We are not going to contradict this argument as the resources required in 8k are so demanding (CFExpress cards, high-end hard disks, overpowered editing machines, etc.).
… BUT 4K 120FPS AND 2K 180FPS
The C70 user will enjoy a 4K DCI of up to 100fps (PAL) and 120fps (ntsc) with a maximum bitrate of 410Mbs. Filming at 180 fps (ntsc) will be possible but at the cost of a degradation of resolution which then tops out at 2K. In all cases, sound recording and Dual AF are included! Small flat all the same: if the 4K remains in “full format” (Super 35) whatever the frame rate (24, 25, 30, 50, 60, 120), an S16 type crop is required for the 180 fps!
Given the positioning of the EOS C70, this performance can be considered reasonable. We can even imagine a C50 a little less generous with a disappearance of slow motion
NO SIGHT …
Canon gives up the viewfinder! According to the Japanese manufacturer, more and more users prefer the touch screen for framing and everything that goes with it: focus, exposure, etc. The orientable screen of the EOS C70 thus allows customization of the display and quick access to functions which have been specially reorganized for this Cinema range. Access to all the settings and key functions of the camera (ISO, shutter, aperture, ND filter, peaking, REC, Pause, etc.) is possible with 1 click.
Canon adds that this 3.5-inch diagonal (2.76MPx) OLED screen, adjustable in brightness, is more qualitative and more sensitive than on current cameras …
This absence is all the less annoying as it can be circumvented by connecting an EVF to HDMI.
Something “Pro” has to be missing from this professional … entry-level camera, let’s remember. Nothing shocking about the lack of SDI output. This type of connection is useful on large productions or on set. The C70 is more dedicated to solo filming, a context in which the Full HDMI output is more than sufficient for external monitoring or recording. The same can be said of the XLR inputs which “content themselves” with a mini format.
Canon C70 VS C200
We said in the introduction: the EOS C70 creates a bridge between DSLR and professional camera. However, this new range will suffice for many professionals. All the same, the C200 still has ergonomics (viewfinder, grip, etc.) and a pro-type form factor as well as a recording in RAW which can in itself be decisive.
C200 (and C300) users are particularly sensitive to form factor and access to camera controls. A swiveling grip, a well-placed EVF or high modularity make Canon’s professional cameras ideal tools for long shoots from the shoulder or on feet.
Thus, if the C70 is a small camera with few compromises, it should appeal to many directors and videographers from all walks of life as long as their requirements include professional quality and agility. But many owners of C200 or C300 will only turn it into a B camera!
Compared to the C200, the C70 offers better ISO and dynamic range (on paper), significantly improved AF, a “full frame” option that does not exist elsewhere (except at the stratospheric price of the C500) which provides 1 additional stopper, this which is huge.
Other advantages of the C70 compared to the C200: the display of “false Color” or a LUT, a frame rate of 120 fps in 4K without cropping and… a Bit Depth in 4: 2: 2 10 bits, the great absent from the venerable C200!
Operational in 3 seconds after ignition, the C70 will be docile on a Ronin S, on a drone or in a confined place. It is natively open to the RF Optics Park and is far better protected against dust and water than any other C-Series camera.
Price question, the two devices are quite close. The C70 is offered at $4,500.00 , $5,400.00 . The C200 is available for around $6,000.00 (with screen and handle).
CANON C70 Vs SONY A7SIII
Full-frame sensor, high-performance AF, low-light capabilities, RAW available externally,… The characteristics of the small Sony box seem to surpass those of the C70 for a price twice as low…
However, make no mistake about it! The Sony Hybrid is still a photo-type camera. And if the C70 is only a “bridge” leading to the professional range of Canon, it adopts some of its key characteristics: the 13 assignable buttons and the internal ND filter are 2 good examples of must-have for those who sell their services. The same goes for the DGO sensor, Genlock Timecode … and battery life!
The internal presence of 2 XLR inputs (with physical control wheels) is another advantage. Of course, Sony offers an XLR module that works on the hot shoe of its device, but the addition of external accessories remains an important constraint: assembly / disassembly, connection, ergonomics, …
Stepping away from the specs sheet, one can also imagine that Canon gave its C70 the durability and reliability that made the Cinema series so successful.
Another point to consider: the fleet of optics available to the user. This is undeniably one of Canon’s strengths. Whether in the new, rental or used market, Canon lenses are everywhere in abundance.
There remains the overall image quality: the organic aspect of the subject, the skin tones, etc. All these points vary according to the sensitivity of each one. And where some find that the Sony image is too clinical (too sharp, too defined,…) others will say that the Canon image is too soft… I am one of those who think that the image of the C series offers the organic effect most faithful to reality … I am also convinced that a camera is not limited to its specification sheet! So a device that delivers RAW is not necessarily better than those that limit themselves to 10-bit Log 4.2.2 …
THE DEFECTS OF THE C70
Difficult to answer on this point. The first handovers were very short and for some, very supervised. However, some “negative” points emerged from these “tests”.
The absence of RAW obviously marked the spirits. But on the one hand, as mentioned above, this difficult to manage format should be reserved for rather high-end workflows (production, post-production). On the other hand, we understand that from a marketing point of view, the range effect demands limits. So for Raw, head for the C200
On the underside of the camera, the alignment of the screw threads is perpendicular to the axis of the lens. Something unorthodox that could pose some problems securing the C70 to the sole of a tripod.
While the C70 offers a plethora of recording formats and qualities, we note that 4K (DCI and UHD) all intra is limited to … 25 fps. In this configuration, the flow of 410 Mbs is ensured. In 4K, higher frame rates require encoding in Long GOP. This can possibly pose certain problems of precision during the assembly phase …
The only additional option associated with all intra is 2K up to 50 fps (60 fps in ntsc).
SHOULD YOU BUY Canon EOS C70?
It’s all about the new stuff right now! The trade war between Canon and Sony is good for the customer, but this second half of 2020 is confusing to say the least. While Canon unveiled its EOS R5 (and R6) in July, it was 2 days before shipments of the 8K device that Sony announced the release of the long-awaited A7 SIII! Just enough time for early adopters to cancel their pre-order for the benefit of new baby Sony. But while the A7 SIII expeditions were due to begin on September 24, it was on this exact date that the event dedicated to … the EOS C70 was set! Will customers who canceled their R5 for an A7 SIII now cancel their Sony pre-order and finally give their money back to Canon?
Well ! Should we buy or not? According to initial feedback, everything suggests that the C70 is a deeply promising camera. Unlike the famous EOS R5, nothing seems to darken the picture. So if you already have a set of EF or RF lenses, maybe now is the time to take the plunge, especially if, as a DSLR or C100 owner, you’ve already been eyeing the C200. …
- Dual SD Card Slots / Multiple Recording Options
- High Frame Rate; 4K 120p and 2K Crop 180p
- RC-V100 Support and LANC Compatible
- EIS with Coordinated Control
- Dual Pixel CMOS Autofocus with Touch AF and Face Detection
Why choose Canon over another brand?
Here are some reasons to choose Canon for your next digital camera:
Canon cameras are renowned for their impressive image quality, with color rendering being a particularly noteworthy aspect.
Canon cameras are very easy to use and have an excellent menu structure.
Canon cameras have excellent ergonomics, which makes them comfortable to use even for long periods of time.
Canon has a very wide range of camera models and even the lowest end models are very feature rich.
Most Canon cameras are on a high model number iteration, bringing great maturity to most models. The bugs have been fixed for a long time.
Canon has the most incredible range of (extremely important) lenses, flashes and other accessories available.
Canon has a very impressive customer service team, ready to respond to questions quickly.
My experience in repairing service at Canon has been excellent. Although Canon photography equipment rarely needs repair, problems can happen. Fallen cameras, spilled drinks, etc. It is important to know that a camera can be put back into service quickly.