Today, Canon announced the EOS C70 which is the company’s first RF mount cinema camera.
The new Canon EOS C70 is a compact style cinema camera meant to take over the low end price point in the lineup. While it may be less costly than its big brothers such as the C300 Mark III, it still holds its own on the spec sheet. Further, if you want a Canon-made cinema camera with an RF mount (sorry RED Komodo), this is your first and only option.
The camera features a Super 35 sensor with the impressive DGO (Dual Gain Output) as found in the C300 Mark III. It can record up to 4K 120p 10-bit 4:2:2 with no crop, or 2K 180p. One differentiator between this camera and the others in the lineup is that there is no raw recording, but there is still Canon Log 2/3 and HLG available for use.
Autofocus is no slouch as it sports Canon’s Dual Pixel CMOS AF and for the first time in a cinema camera, EOS iTR AF X. This is Canon’s way of saying it has intelligent tracking and recognition, and has been seen in the EOS-1D X Mark III. Something sorely missing from their mirrorless and DSLR cameras for video shooting is the built-in neutral density filters found on the EOS C70. This variable ND has up to 10 stops of light filtration, all by pressing a button.
Dual memory card slots accept SD UHS-II cards and there is no recording time limits in camera. There are dual mini-XLR inputs, a full-sized HDMI output, and an articulating touchscreen monitor but no built-in viewfinder.
Announced alongside the EOS C70 is a new EF-to-RF speedbooster adapter. The Canon Mount Adapter EF-EOS R 0.71x allows EF mount lenses to be attached to the C70’s RF mount, and at the same time widens the field of view to compensate full-frame lenses being used on a Super 35 sensor. As a speedbooster, this also means a one-stop increase in light gathering ability. At the time of its release, this adapter will only work on the EOS C70 and only work with the Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM, EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM, and Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM. In the future, Canon plans to release firmware updates for more compatibility across their line of lenses.
The Canon EOS C70 is now available to preorder for $5,499 and will begin shipping in November 2020. The Canon Mount Adapter EF-EOS R 0.71x is priced at $599 and starts shipping before the end of the year.