While the video resolution war is still ongoing, there is one more battlefield: sensor size. Canon is fighting on that ground with some new heavy artillery: the EOS C700 FF cinema camera, which boasts a full frame sensor, almost a 6K frame size, and 15+ stops of dynamic range.
The camera is built according to the current cinema standards, providing a well-balanced magnesium body weighing 7.6 pounds with a built-in top plate for attaching a multitude of Canon and third-party accessories.
The most obvious feature of this camera is its sensor size. Larger sensors have always been appreciated by photographers and filmmakers, and this camera has a 38.1 mm by 20.1 mm CMOS sensor, which gives you a frame size of 5,952 x 3,140 pixels or a 20.8-megapixel image at a 1.89:1 aspect ratio. Canon states it has 15 stops of dynamic range.
The base configuration records internally in ProRes or XF-AVC formats to CFast 2.0 cards. With an optional CODEX CDX-36150, recorder it can record 12-bit raw video. You can choose between different ProRes options from 10-bit 422 to 12-bit 4444. Frame rates vary between the options for file formats and sensor modes. Full-frame 4K can be recorded up to 60 fps. Switching to Super 35mm sensor mode allows for recording 4K at up to 72 fps. Moving down to Super 16mm mode can give you up to 168 fps at 2K. Raw recording is limited to 60 fps.
Canon states that this sensor and the way it processes the information from it provides a very high-quality image even at high ISOs.
The size of the sensor allows the use of the full coverage of existing full-frame lenses, but for those who want to use glass designed for smaller sensors, the camera can be switched to a Super 35mm or even to a Super 16mm mode.
The camera comes with an EF or PL mounts that can be changed out. The EF mount is compatible with the vast range of Canon lenses and takes advantage of the Canon Dual-Pixel autofocus technology. The PL mount, on the other hand, can work with the Cooke /i Technology standard to provide lens metadata.
Alongside the power inputs and outputs, the camera has a standard XLR 3.5 mm and two XLR audio inputs. There are seven video output terminals: four SDI, two monitor outputs, and a 4K HDMI output port. You can also attach a GPS or a Wi-Fi adapter.
It has two CFast card slots for recording your footage. There is also an SD card slot where you can store LUTs, camera settings, or proxy files.
Works with standard 14.4V batteries that can be mounted onto a V-Lock battery adapter attached to the camera.
Built-in ND filters are a great feature of the C-series Canon cameras. This one has a motorized ND unit with two-, four-, and six-stop ND filters. If you choose to use an expanded ISO range, you can even expand the range of NDs to eight and 10 stops.
Canon will not discontinue any products with the introduction of this camera. They say it's a new product that is added to the C700 series. The camera is expected to be available in August, 2018 with a price tag of $33,000.