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NAB 2018 Announcement: Canon’s C700 Goes Full Frame

Jourdan Aldredge

At this year’s NAB Show, full frame filmmakers found out what they should expect from Canon’s new C700 FF. Here’s what we know.

All images via Canon.

NAB 2018 certainly attracts the big guns from some of the best digital camera makers in the game. Not to be outdone by their competitors, Canon has unveiled their new much-hyped digital full frame offering: the Canon C700 FF. While the camera has been announced for some time, it’s finally on the floor and getting some pretty rave reviews.

Here’s everything you need to know about this new offering.


Full Frame CMOS Sensor

NAB 2018 Announcement: Canon’s C700 Goes Full Frame — CMOS Sensor

So, as the FF name would imply, the C700 FF is full frame (38.1 x 20.1mm) and supports readouts at Super 35mm, Super 16mm, anamorphic modes, and full size. The CMOS sensor is 17×9 and can record at nearly 6K-5.9K (5925 x 3140). The new full frame sensor also offers a broader range of tonality and lower noise. It can also exceed 15 stops of dynamic range, which should yield more natural skin tones and greater cinematic grading.


Oversampling 4K Processing

NAB 2018 Announcement: Canon’s C700 Goes Full Frame — 4K Processing

Along with the new full frame CMOS sensor, the Canon C700 FF also uses a new “high-quality debayering algorithm” for its oversampling 5.9K in 4K, UHD, 2K, and FHD recording. This reduces graininess and moiré for higher-quality video recording compared to native 4K image capture.


Other Features

NAB 2018 Announcement: Canon’s C700 Goes Full Frame — Other Features

In many ways, the C700 FF is the same camera as the C700 in terms of features and looks (you can’t distinguish between the two on the NAB floor). However, this just means that the original C700 capabilities are now available full frame, like the 5.9K RAW 60p recording (72fps at 2K crop and up to 168fps). Both EP and PL mount models are now available with the EF mount option, including Canon’s Dual Pixel CMOS autofocus tech.

Here are some more tech and specs:

  • Built-in ND filters
  • 5.9K full frame CMOS sensor
  • New sensor modes: full frame, Super 35mm, and Super 16mm
  • 15-stops dynamic range
  • Greater range of lens options
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF system with Canon EF mount
  • Supports Canon Cinema RAW, ProRes and XF-AVC
  • Cost: $33,000

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