Canon Unveils Full Frame C700 Cinema Camera

By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS)

Two weeks to go until NAB 2018 and now is the time when the news really kicks into high gear. And today, it doesn’t get any higher than Canon announcing a full frame upgrade to the C700 cinema camera!

Drawing from their Canon 5D Mk. IV full frame image sensor, the C700’s CMOS sensor can capture just shy of 6K with a resolution of 5952 x 3140 shooting in 17×9.  In addition to full frame, the new sensor for the C700 supports capture in Super 35mm, Super 16mm and anamorphic modes.

As for lenses, the C700 will support EF mount 35mm cinema lenses, as well as Super35 mm glass for 4K and even Super 16 mm lenses which will require an adapter and will only be able to shoot in 2K and 1080p.

And while technically the camera can shoot in 5.9K, Canon over-samples that image to bring it down to 4K for a crisper image and bolder color gamut. Canon also claims that the oversampling helps the DIGIC 5 processors working in tandem to handle lower light situations more effectively without inviting too much noise to the party.

But the oversampling also gives C700 users the advantage of being able to shoot in 5.9K and still deliver an ultra high definition image that will meet Netflix requirements.  While the standard C700 shooting in 4K anamorphic falls short of that requirement, having to deliver a 3K image instead. It’s interesting how in just a few years, Netflix has been able to influence the state of cinema camera design.

Other features include:

  • 5.9K full frame CMOS sensor
  • 15-stops dynamic range
  • Canon picture science
  • Broad range of lens options
  • Various sensor modes including full frame, Super 35mm and Super 16mm
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF system with Canon EF mount
  • Supports multiple recording formats including Canon RAW, ProRes and XF-AVC
  • Built-in ND filters, IP streaming capability and optional accessories for camera control for flexible camera operation

Canon is positioning the C700FF to be above the standard C700 cinema camera in the line-up, with no plans to discontinue the original, so this is not a Mk. II variant.

Additionally, existing C700 owners will be able to upgrade to the full frame sensor, but it’s not a plug and play option. Users will have to send their camera into an authorized Canon service center to perform the procedure, and there’s no word as to when that option will be available except sometime soon.

Meanwhile, pricing for the C700 FF will be around  $33,000 or €27,999 at B&H, and will be available in August 2018. 

In related news, Canon also announced a new Canon CN-E 20mm T1.5 L F Cinema Prime Lens.  With an 11 bladed Iris and a smooth, stepless 300° focus ring, the CN-E 20mm covers both full frame and Super35 mm focal lengths. Canon also says the focus breathing has been brought down to near zero.

Other features include:

  • Covers Full Frame and Super 35 sensors
  • EF mount
  • 11-blade iris
  • Focus breathing minimized to virtually zero
  • Markings on both sides of the barrel
  • Rear markings on an angled surface
  • Smooth, stepless 300° focus ring
  • Geared manual iris ring
  • Shares 114mm front barrel diameter, focus rotation, 36° iris rotation, and focus and iris gear positions with the rest of the CN-E line-up
  • Glass construction counteracts temperature induced marking discrepancies
  • Dust and water-resistant housing
  • Focus markings can be switched to metric labeling if you send the lens to Canon for modification

B&H lists pricing at $4220, shipping date to be announced.

About James DeRuvo 801 Articles
Editor in Chief at doddleNEWS. James has been a writer and editor at doddleNEWS for nearly a decade. As a producer/director/writer James won a Telly Award in 2005 for his Short Film "Searching for Inspiration. James is a recovering talk show producer from KABC in Los Angeles, and a weekly guest on the Digital Production Buzz with Larry Jordan.

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