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Canon C70 crams cine inside a stills body

Canon has announced the EOS C70, an RF-mount video camera capable of shooting 4K 60p with a compact body that looks like a stills camera. It will be available from November, with a US price of US$5499.

Canon describes the EOS C70 as ‘bridging the gap’ between the digital interchangeable lens camera line up and cinema EOS system cameras. It’s the smallest and lightest EOS cinema camera, that features 13 assignable buttons, a multi-fuctional hand grip, dual SD cards, input and output terminals, and two mini XLR terminals for audio. It also has a crucial ventilation system to prevent overheating.

The camera features a Super 35mm Dual Gain Output (DGO) sensor, first introduced in the EOS C300 Mark III, which delivers over 16 stops of dynamic range. The DGO sensor, and DIGIC DV 7 processor, allows the camera to capture 4K, including slow motion at 120p with Dual Pixel CMOS AF support and audio recording. Higher frame rates are also available, with 180p in Super16 mode.

There are also a few other ‘firsts’ for a Canon cinema camera, such as the EOS iTR AF X which stands for Intelligent Tracking and Recognition system. A face and head detection algorithm works in conjunction with Face Detection AF to improve the reliability of focusing on and tracking the subject. The EOS C70 also features Auto ISO, and the camera can shoot in vertical mode to please folks capturing content for social media. The last ‘first’, is the camera can record different formats, resolutions and bit depths to each SD card.

Access the EOS C70 Tech Sheet here (2.3MB).

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