The Canon EOS C700 was announced last month and raised a lot of interest, but also criticism among our readers. The new flagship model for Canon’s Cinema line was on display at IBC 2016 and we took the chance to take a closer look at the new camera. A Closer Look at the Canon C700 With the C700, Canon moved on to a different form factor for the first time in quite a while. The Canon EOS C700 is reminiscent of competitor cameras such as the Panasonic Varicam, Arri Amira or the Sony F55/F5, and its features and pricing clearly target it at the higher end of filmmaking. Like with their C300 and C500 line, there will be separate EF and PL versions of the camera. Both are already available for pre-order at retailers: US: EF Version PL Version Global Shutter Version EU: EF Version PL Version Global Shutter Version The Canon EOS C700 camera offers internal 4K recording to CFast 2.0 cards at up to 59.94p in XF-AVC (10-bit 4K) and also in ProRes (even in 4K 10-bit 422HQ, or 2K in ProRes 4444 at 12 bit). Sampling from a 4.5K sensor and using the optional, specifically-developed Codex CDX-36150 recorder, the Canon EOS C700 provides 120fps 4K RAW recording, which is probably its most mind-blowing feature. 4.5K RAW recording at up to 100fps is said to be coming at a later stage via a firmware upgrade. To read the full set of features check out this extensive article: LINKRead more
Panasonic is teasing a new addition to their Varicam lineup with this image, to be introduced on February 11. They are also sending out invitations for press events about the new Varicam to be held at various venues around the world on February 10—with one of them being held in Hollywood. It’s very clear that there’s going to be a new professional camera from Panasonic, which obviously won’t be a GH5 (or maybe that will be announced, too?). Panasonic has been taking a step back from the large sensor camera market after their introduction of the AF100 many years ago, until the introduction of their super-high end Varicam 35 much more recently, which aims to be an Arri Alexa competitor at a similar price level. I expect the new Varicam to be a lower-end camera, but we have yet to see whether it will take on cameras like the Canon C300 Mark II or Sony F5, or the below-$10,000 crowd like the Sony FS7. Also, it remains to be seen if this will be another Micro 4/3 camera from Panasonic, or if they acknowledge the de-facto standard, Super35mm. The Varicam 35 comes with a Super35 sensor, so my hopes are intact that a lower-end model might feature the same sensor size. Of course, that would mean Panasonic’s very own Micro 4/3 lenses would be unusable on this new Varicam, making a 35mm sensor the less plausible option of the two, to say the least. In the end there’s no point in speculating—let’s see what they have in store for us in about two weeks! In the meantime, what are you guys hoping for from this new release?Read more
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