Canon U.S.A. has announced the EOS C700 FF, their first full-frame cinema camera. Full-frame digital cinema is now becoming a new creative reality, with more and more camera makers creating cameras to support large format full-frame filmmaking. Since the introduction of the EOS 5D DSLR camera in 2008, Canon has been a part of the full-frame video movement, and the introduction of the C700 FF reinforces Canon's commitment to this market.
At the heart of the camera is Canon's CMOS image sensor having a total of 5952 (H) x 3140 (V) photosites with a digital cinema 17:9 aspect ratio, which gives it the same image circle size as the full frame EOS 5D camera series. This supports a wide range of shooting options.
Available in both PL and EF Mount, the EOS C700 FF boasts the same specs, operation and modular design as the EOS C700 released in December 2016. The camera is being shown publicly for the first time at the Canon booth at the NAB Show 2018 in Las Vegas. The EOS C700 FF EF and EOS C700 FF PL are scheduled to be available in July 2018 for an estimated retail price of $33,000.00.
"Since the launch of Canon's Cinema EOS line of products in November 2011, the goal was to one day develop a cinema camera worthy of being the 'A' camera on major Hollywood productions, and Canon met that goal with the introduction of the EOS C700," said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO, Canon U.S.A., Inc. "After listening to our customers and closely monitoring market trends, Canon set forth a new goal: to launch a full-frame cinema camera. With this introduction, we are very excited to see the C700 FF in the hands of industry professionals as they shoot their latest projects."
Existing owners of Canon's original EOS C700 cinema camera will be able to have their Super 35mm sensor upgraded to the new Full-Frame sensor for a fee. Authorized Canon facilities such as Canon Burbank are ready to process C700 upgrades as well as lens mount swaps, and offer equipment drop off, on-site repairs and upgrades, as well as equipment testing and demonstration.
The newly developed sensor featured in the EOS C700 FF has an active image area of 38.1 x 20.1mm and supports readout at full size, as well as Super 35mm, Super 16mm and anamorphic modes. In addition to full-frame lenses, it can be used with conventional Super 35mm lenses to originate 4K / UHD standardized production formats and Super 16mm lenses (with an adapter) to originate 2K / HD production formats in crop modes. The sensor captures wide tonality exceeding 15 stops of dynamic range and a wide color gamut meeting ITU-R BT.2020 standards. This offers broad latitude when grading, providing outstanding effectiveness in HDR video production.
The EOS C700 FF embodies a choice of two high-performance codecs for on-board recording –Canon XF-AVC or Apple ProRes. Like other cameras in the 4K Cinema EOS family, the EOS C700 FF uses CFast cards to capture 4K / UHD or 2K / HD.
For users looking to create High Dynamic Range (HDR) imagery, the EOS C700 FF is providing 15 stops of latitude (with Canon Log2 only), along with Canon's proprietary Log Gammas (Canon Log3, Canon Log2 and Canon Log) and renowned color science.
Additionally, these cameras seamlessly integrate with Canon's latest professional 4K UHD Reference Displays for on-set review and color management that conforms to SMPTE ST 2084 standards of HDR display.