Last year, we heard that Canon was working on their own 8K Cinema EOS sensor which everyone thought would be their answer to eating into RED’s growing lead in the 8K Cinema camera category. There were rumors that there would be a new EOS Cinema camera that would take the Canon line to that next level, but it seems that didn’t happen. Although it has a slightly larger 4.5K sensor for up to 120 frames per second in 4K, you get the feeling that the biggest feature of the camera may be that it has prompted a drop in the price of the C500.
Canon has designed the new Cinema EOS C700 to go up against the Panasonic VariCam LT, the ARRI AMIRA, and the Sony F55. So not even Canon is looking to get into the same ring with RED’s Helium, or even the older DRAGON, though it has many of the same features as RED’s little sister the RED RAVEN.
Taking a look at the specs, Canon has taken much of what it learned from the previous models and provided a 4.5K Super 35mm sensor with 15 stops of dynamic range in the standard model, and 14 stops with the new Global Shutter sensor variant. The C700 can record in 10-bit 4K to CFast 2 cards at up 60 frames per second in Canon’s XF-AVC, or in ProRes 422HQ, or 12-bit 4444 in 2K. But using the optional Codex CDX recorder that is coming out soon, Canon also boasts 4.5K Raw at up to 180 fps in 2K.
Other features include:
- Internal 4K recording to CFast 2.0 cards at up to 60fps in XF-AVC format.
- 4.5K Raw at up to 120 fps
- Apple 4K ProRes up to 30fps.
- 120 fps using optional Codex CDX recorder
- 2K at up to 180fps
- Canon Log 2 and Canon Log 3
- Raw recording in 4K
- Up to 180 fps using the 10-bit 4:2:2 combined with the 2K centre crop.
- Ability to record a 4:2:0 proxy onto an SD card in XF-AVC in 2K in 1080p
- Dual Pixel CMOS AF
- Dual Pixel Focus Guide
- Built in ND filters
- Anamorphic de-squeeze
- IP streaming
- SDI Out (x4)
- Monitor out (x2)
- Input (x2)
- 12v & 24v power output
No word on how much the Global Shutter Sensor option will set you back, but you can get the following options: B4 lens support from 2/3″ ENG style lenses ($2,995). Canon has also provided several optional accessories including a 1080p OLED electronic viewfinder ($5,999 and it also works on the C300 Mk. II), a base plate that supports the Sony VCT Quick release ($1,495), and an ENG Servo control grip ($1,995). That’s some pricey accessories to be sure.
Maybe I’m missing something here, but is having a 180fps option at 2K that important? Outside of wanting to get the Global Shutter (at whatever price point that will be) I honestly don’t see Canon users of the C500 and C300 MK II looking to sell their rigs to eak out an additional .5K for the privilege. In fact, the best feature of the C700 may be that it seems to have motivated Canon to lower the price of the C500 down to $6,999 [affiliate link].
I’m not sure how I feel about this new addition to the Cinema EOS line. It’s a nice camera to be sure, but was it really necessary? Was Canon initially planning an 8K variant which had to be scrapped late in the game, because it wasn’t ready? Honestly, I have no idea. I know it seems that I get on Canon’s a lot. But it’s not because I don’t like the brand. I shoot on Canon, and I’ve been a fan since the very first EOS cameras came out long ago. But it seems that Canon keeps the brakes on their technology, rather than looking over the horizon like RED does and leading the pack. I fear that this may be the first sign that Canon’s hyper conservative nature for feature design is now infecting the Cinema EOS line.
I hope not, because that’s not a good thing.
In the meantime, you can pre-order it here [affiliate link], and it’s expected to drop in December 2016.
Hat Tip – Cinema5D