We consider the Canon C70 as the real successor to the 5D Mark II which started the ILC DSLR revolution. It ticks almost all the boxes for a vast array of users and does so on a somewhat realistic price point. We get a Cinema caliber sensor in S35 format at 4k Cinema and UHD that is capable of producing 16 real stops of dynamic range. The camera actually is using simultaneous dual gain technology to merge the exposure from both settings into an amazingly beautiful progression between light and dark.
The Canon C70 Slow Motion Mode has real 120fps 4k with HDR and full Canon dual pixel AF technology and even can crop to Super 16mm to record 180fps at 1080p and 2k resolution to provide you with that extra oomph which was sorely needed in Canon land. The camera does have some drawbacks but it is so good out of the box that we may have an avalanche of switchers to the format from Sony, Nikon, and Panasonic.
Canon C70 Main Features:
- Super35 Dual Gain Output (DGO) Sensor
- 4K 120p, HDR
- 2K Crop 180p/1080p HDR Capture
- Canon Log 2, 3, PQ & HLG Recording
- RF Lens Mount / EF Mount with Adapter
- DIG!C DV7 Image Processor
- 16+ Stops of Total Dynamic Range
- Built-In ND Filters / Auto ISO & Gain
- Dual Pixel CMOS AF & EOS iTR AF X
- 1 BNC Timecode / 2 Mini-XLR Audio Inputs
- Dual SD Card Slots, LUT/Long GOP Support
- $5,499.00 MSRP Pre-order at Adorama
- Estimated release date of December 2020.
As you can see the camera is a powerhouse for a vast majority of users. Studios can use it without problem for paid projects as an A or B cam for a C300 Mark III for example or just build an army of C70s to cover events from many angles. The camera performs great in low light with ISO 25600 being the first initial noise bump that may need Noise reduction software in post but below that, a 6400 ISO shoot should be extremely clean.
Canon C70 Slow Motion Component:
- 120fps 4k and UHD
- 180fps 1080p/2k Super – 16mm Crop
- 4k 50/60p
- 4096 x 2160p up to 119.88/120 fps
3840 x 2160p up to 119.88/120 fps
2048 x 1080p up to 179.82/180 fps
1920 x 1080p up to 179.82/180 fps
- All with up to 4:2:2 10-Bit capture.
The image quality at 4k 60p and 120p is excellent, we see crisp detail and the codec options are plentiful enough to deliver a good to excellent image in those modes.
However, the 1080p and 2k with a Super 16mm crop loos soft and mushy. Compression is not that bad but detail is sacrificed from what we have seen. We need to wait for more samples but the ones we have seen make us believe that it looks more like soft 720p upscaled than real 1:1 pixel capture. 4k is immune to this but not 2k and below.
Canon C70 Slow Motion Footage Samples:
We found some samples and we made sure to copy the time stamp so they should start playing at that point. We find the quality in 2k to be passable but it is not very detailed which makes us think it is not really a 1080p or 2k signal but a soft upscaled one.
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