Canon is busy with new camera launches right now, announcing its latest 4K model – the Canon EOS C700 – with an impressive range of high frame rate shooting capabilities and designed for HDR workflows. It has a global shutter (on one of the versions) and Canon says is specifically designed for fast-moving subjects and action scenes. Canon is pitching the C700 at “high-end production houses and broadcasters”, enabling them to “easily shoot with a wide dynamic range, in supreme quality.”

Slow motion 4K footage can be captured internally with frame rates up to 59.94P/50P, while 2K slow mo can be captured up to 200p/240p (sensor crop mode). It is also possible to shoot 4K RAW up to 100P/120P with the addition of a dockable Codex RAW recorder (details below).

The C700 is a modular design to “adapt to all shooting requirements” and, uniquely for a camera in Canon’s EOS range, supports Apple ProRes. There’s an extensive range of optional accessories for the modular camera, including a new 0.7’’OLED viewfinder system, the EVF-V70, providing full HD resolution (1920 x 1080) with a wide colour gamut. The optional Remote Operational Unit OU-700 can also be used to control the camera when shooting with a multi-member team. There’s also a bespoke Shoulder Support Unit, the SU-15, and new Shoulder Style Grip Unit, the SG-1 for on-the-move shooting.

The C700 supports anamorphic lenses, along with a huge range of EF and PL lenses, plus the ability to use compatible Canon broadcast lenses with the optional B4 mount adapters (in Full HD mode).

The C700 is built around the Canon Super 35mm CMOS sensor and has a maximum pixel count of 4.5K. 4K DCI or 4K UHD can be recorded up to 810Mbps. Canon says, using the C700, “documentary makers can capture natural history and compelling stories in incredible detail, delivering spectacular high-resolution videos with low-noise and shallow depth of field.”

The camera has an ISO of up to 102,400 and built-in ND filters, with up to 10-stops of control. Canon says the C700 “offers enhanced flexibility and stunning cinematic detail, in even the most challenging of lighting conditions.”

The camera comes in two variations – the EOS C700 (EF/PL) and the EOS C700 GS PL. The EOS C700 (EF/PL) supports Canon Log 3, Log 2 and Log Gammas, and is capable of recording up to 15-stops of Dynamic Range, while the EOS C700 GS PL maxes out at 14-stops. Canon says this enables “footage to be graded with greater confidence and flexibility in HDR post-production workflows” and the C700 also supports HDR monitoring with SMPTE ST.2084.

The C700 can also be connected directly to Canon’s new DP-V2420, 4K high luminance reference monitor that supports the new ITU-R BT.2100 standard for HDR output.

Additional features include an Ethernet (RJ45) terminal, enabling the EOS C700 to live stream Full HD footage online.

Canon has worked with Codex to provide a fully-integrated recording and workflow solution with the dockable Codex RAW recorder (CDX-36150), enabling 4K RAW capturing at up to 100P/120P. Future firmware upgrades will include 4.5K RAW recording at up to 100 fps, 4K Apple ProRes at up to 60 fps, and Apple 2K ProRes at up to120 fps.

Codex’s Codex Capture Drives are used for both RAW and higher-speed ProRes recording. “Along with the images, frame-accurate metadata such as lens information can also be captured, streamlining production and post production processes,” says Canon.

The C700 EF/PL goes on sale in December with an RRP of £27.369 inclusive of VAT. The C700 GS PL wlll be out in early 2017 with an RRP of £29,219 inclusive of VAT.


Jake Bickerton