Today, Canon announced the heavily rumoured C70, their first RF mount cinema camera which shares the same excellent sensor as the Canon C300 MKIII. So yes you do still get all the benefits of DGO (Dual gain output) and the camera can shoot 4K up to 120fps in S&F mode with Canons fantastic autofocus.
Here's a quick breakdown of the headline specs:
- The same 4K S35 sensor as the C300 MKIII
- 4K up to 120fps
- Compact form factor
- Dual Pixel AF
- 10 Bit 4:2:2
- All-I up to 30p
- Internal ND
- Mini XLR & Physical Audio controls
The body design of the C70 is a little unconventional. To me, the camera is very reminiscent of the 1DX line but with some added bulk towards the rear. Everything you need is built right into the camera body itself, the only detachable part of the body is the top handle, which has no functionality other than something to hold on to, and as somewhere to add a shotgun mic. The screen (which is small, but fully articulating) is fixed to the back and cannot be detached like on Canons other cinema cameras, and just about every inch of free space of the body has been covered with assignable buttons, two mini XLR's, audio controls etc.
The camera records to SD cards, and the slots are neatly tucked away in the handle of the camera. We'd recommend using V90 rated SD cards with the C70, especially if you want to shoot in ALL-I, which is only available up to 30p. All other framerates are in Long GOP, including the high frame rates. There are HEVC/H.265 options available too if you want great quality files which are very small and this is the first time Canon has given us the option of 4:2:0, or 4:2:2 10 bit in HEVC. HEVC/H.265 is currently quite hard for computers to play back, so if you're looking to use HEVC, we'd recommend transcoding the footage before starting editing.
Now if the C70 has the same sensor as the C300 MKIII, then what's the difference between them? Well, you may have noticed from the list above that there is no RAW at all, which for this camera I don't think its an issue. ALL-I is only available up to 30p in the C70, whereas on the C300 MKIII it's available in all frame rates and modes. So on the C70 if you're shooting anything above 30p, you'll be looking at Long GOP recording.
For corporate shooters, this will be a fantastic camera, its small, lightweight, has great recording options, internal ND and proper audio controls. But for me, the mount is what will make this camera such a good choice. Canons new RF holy trinity zoom lenses all have IS built-in, which for fast-paced run and gun work is a godsend, but having IS in a fast, high-quality lens is fantastic, and something that has been missing from Canons EF line of lenses for years. Pair the C70, with the RF 24-70mm f2.8 IS, and you'll have a solid combination that'll be reliable in most situations.
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