Canon Unveils EOS C700

Canon U.S.A., Inc., recently visited the ASC Clubhouse in Hollywood, where ASC associates Elliot Peck and Tim Smith — Canon’s senior vice president and general manager of the Imaging Technology and Communications Group, and the company’s senior film and television adviser, respectively — introduced the company’s new flagship digital cinema camera, the EOS C700. They were joined by director Tyler Stableford; cinematographer Russell Carpenter, ASC; and 1st AC Craig Grossmueller, who screened The Calling and discussed their experiences shooting the short-form project with the C700.

Featuring a completely new, customizable, modular design, the C700 and C700 PL feature a Super 35mm 4.5K sensor with wide dynamic range. The EOS C700 GS PL features a Super 35mm 4K sensor with a global shutter to enable the distortion-free capture of subjects moving at high speeds. In addition to supporting the earlier XF-AVC2 recording format, the cameras also support Apple ProRes.

The EOS C700 allows users to convert between EF and PL mounts, and between a standard CMOS image sensor and a global-shutter CMOS image sensor at Canon service facilities. The EF lens mount provides compatibility with Canon’s diverse lineup of more than 70 interchangeable EF lenses and enables the use of Canon’s Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology; the C700 PL and C700 GS PL allow the use of industry-standard PL lenses and compatibility with Cooke /i metadata communication technology.

For those wanting to shoot and deliver High Dynamic Range (HDR) content, the EOS C700 system provides 15 stops of latitude along with Canon’s proprietary Log Gammas (Canon Log3, Canon Log2 and Canon Log) and color science. These cameras seamlessly integrate with Canon’s professional 4K displays (DP-V2420, DP-V2410 or DP-V1770) for on-set color management and review that conforms to SMPTE ST 20846 standards of HDR display.

To complement the cameras, Canon has turned to Codex to provide a fully integrated — no cables — recording and workflow option. The combination of the EOS C700 camera with the optional Codex CDX-36150 recorder allows for high-speed 4.5K raw recording at up to 100 fps, 4K raw at up to 120 fps, 4K ProRes at up to 60 fps, 2K ProRes at up to 240 fps and XF-AVC at up to 60 fps.

All three EOS C700 camera types support anamorphic shooting by utilizing a “de-squeeze” function for monitoring. Enabling Full HD high-frame-rate recording at a maximum of 240 fps (crop), the camera enables smooth playback even when slowed down.

Along with these cameras, Canon has introduced the optional accessories OLED 1920x1080 Electronic View Finder EVF-V70, Remote Operation Unit OU-700, Shoulder Support Unit SU-15, Shoulder Style Grip Unit SG-1, and B4 mount adapters MO-4E/MO-4P.

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