Canon Introduces the EOS C700 FF, the Company’s First Full Frame Cinema Camera

March 28, 2018

By Greg Scoblete

Following moves by Sony and Arri, Canon is jumping into the full frame cinema camera market with its new C700 FF.

The new 20-megapixel image sensor has the same image circle as a full-frame DSLR, delivering a 17:9 aspect ratio and 4K video recording. The sensor offers 15 stops of dynamic range when using the Canon Log2 profile and a wide color gamut to meeting BT.2020 standards.

The C700 FF builds off of 2016’s C700 cinema camera, featuring the same modular design and exterior controls. Owners of that older model can ship it off to Canon to swap out its Super 35mm-sized sensor in favor of the new full frame imager.

You can record both Canon’s XF-AVC format or Apple ProRes format video internally to CFast cards. Lower-resolution 2K and HD files can be saved to SD cards. Using the optional Codex CDX-36150 recorder you can record 5.9K resolution video in a RAW format up to 60fps or 4K RAW at 72 fps in 24p mode.

The C700 FF offers an oversampling mode that records a 5.9K image and processes it to produce a 4K file which is shaper, has less moire and lower noise, Canon says. If you opt to record 4K, you’ll be working with a crop of the sensor.

The new cinema camera features Canon’s Dual Pixel CMOS AF autofocusing technology.

It will be sold in PL and EF mounts and supports full frame frame, Super 35mm, spherical and anamorphic lenses.

The C700 FF will ship in July for $33,000. If the money’s burning a hole in your pocket, it’s available for pre-order now. The original C700 stays on the market and its price drops to $28,000. If this is too rich for your blood, check out our updated list of budget-friendly 4K video cameras.

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