01 Sep 2016

Canon’s surprise new flagship 4K Cinema EOS System: the EOS C700 Featured

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Amid an impressive spread of new announcements timed for IBC, Canon has revealed details of two new flagship models in the Cinema EOS system – the EOS C700 (EF/PL) and EOS C700 GS PL.

We’ll delve into the details of the other announcements later — the XC15, a new ‘older brother’ for the handheld XC10 4K camera and two new 4K displays suitable for broadcast and cinema production — but the initial headlines are all reserved for the EOS C700, which looks set to have a street price starting from £22443.40 +VAT.

The spec is impressive. Both models boast frame rates of up to 59.94p/50p and 2K up to 200p/240p (sensor crop mode) internally to dual CFast 2.0 cards, or 4K RAW up to 100p/120p to the (optional) dockable Codex RAW recorder. The design is modular, Apple ProRes is supported for the first time, and the slightly more expensive (by approx £2,000) GS model is the first Cinema EOS camera with a global shutter.

Yes, that’s right: global shutter.

The cameras are based on a Canon Super 35mm CMOS sensor with a maximum pixel count of 4.5K (EOS C700 GS PL at 4.2K). 4K DCI or 4K UHD can be recorded up to 810Mbps, which, when matched with the triple DIGIC DV5 processors onboard, should produce some impressively high-resolution video with, Canon states, low-noise and shallow depth of field. Add in ISO of up to 102,400 and built-in ND filters, with up to 10-stops of control, and you;ve got a model that will perform in most lighting conditions.

The EOS C700 EF features Dual Pixel CMOS AF, supports Canon Log 3, Log 2 and Log Gammas, and is without doubt HDR-friendly as it is capable of recording up to a 15-stops of Dynamic Range (limited to 14-stops with the GS PL). It also supports Canon Cinema Gamut, BT.2020, and DCI-P3, as well as ACES 1.0 workflow and HDR monitoring with SMPTE ST.2084.

Both versions of the EOS C700 can connect directly to the newly announced DP-V2420, Canon’s 4K high luminance reference monitor that is able to support the new ITU-R BT.2100 standard for HDR output. An Ethernet terminal allows for live streaming of Full HD.

The dockable Codex RAW recorder (CDX-36150) also deserves a quick mention with the Canon EOS C700 allows for high-speed 4K RAW recording at up to 120 frames per second (fps). 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.

According to Canon, sales will start for the C700 EF/PL in December and its RRP will be £28,839 inclusive of VAT. Sales will start for the C700 GS PL in early 2017 and its RRP will be £30,789 inclusive of VAT.

Full press release after the break

And you can read our analysis of what this means for the high-end camera market here: What is the Canon EOS C700's place in a crowded market?

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Andy Stout

Andy has spent over two decades writing about all aspects of the broadcast and film industries for a variety of high-profile industry publications on both sides of the Atlantic. During that time the industry has moved from 4:3 SD to 16:9 SD to HD and now on to 4K HDR. He's getting kind of curious to see where it goes next.

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