Canon EOS C70: Mini C300 III in a Mirrorless Body This odd looking camera might be Canon's most attractive all-around video camera to date

Canon had just announced a completely new type of video camera (possibly the first of a new line) called the EOS C70. This all-new and relatively small-sized camera has the same sensor of the larger C300 III but a radically different design which is not just smaller and more portable but seems to combine some of the things Canon learned from making mirrorless cameras over the past several years (including being the first Canon EOS C camera with an RF mount).

In the video above Carl from ProAV TV in the U.K. takes a look at the C70, its features, and ergonomics, and everything that this camera has to offer.

Here are some of the dry specs for the new camera:

  • Super 35 sensor with dual gain ISO (same sensor as C300 III), RF mount.
  • Up to 4K 120p (with no crop), 4:2:2 10-bit recording (and up to 2K 180p with 16mm crop)
  • In-built 10 stop ND filter.
  • Built-in dual mini-XLR inputs.
  • Full-sized HDMI (no SDI or built-in viewfinder though). The camera can output 4K DCI 4:2:2 10-bit over HDMI (no RAW recording or output is available).
  • Dual SD (UHS-II) card slots.
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF and EOS iTR AF X.
  • 3.5-inch 2.76M-dot rear LCD (fully articulating and touch).
  • No recording time limits (according to Canon the C70 shouldn’t overheat in any mode).
  • Tools including distance indicator, false colors, Peaking, zebras, zoom, and more.
  • Dual stabilization (lens and electronic – for supported lenses).
  • BP-A30 batteries.
  • 12 programable buttons.
  • Timecode in/out.
  • 2x 3 pin mini XLR (with +48-volt phantom power), USB-C, remote terminal, 3.5mm mic input, and headphone out.
  • The camera also has 2 built-in scratch mics (the camera has 4 channels in total).

Canon also announced a new EF to RF adaptor (specifically made for the C70, it will not work with other RF cameras at the moment) that is also a speed booster (so you will get a 1extra stop out of your FF lens on the C70 with the adaptor).

When it comes to pricing, the camera will ship in November 2020 for $5500 and the EF-EOS R 0.71x will sell for $600 at the end of 2020.

It seems like with the C70 Canon went out of its way to release a compact, affordable (relatively speaking) yet very capable cinema camera (remember the Canon EOS 1D C of 2012?) that will be ideal for run and gun shooters and small productions or serve as a B camera for C300 III users (as both have the same sensor and should match well in post).

B&H with a look  at the EOS C70

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Iddo Genuth
Iddo Genuth is the founder and chief editor of He has been a technology reporter working for international publications since the late 1990's and covering photography since 2009. Iddo is also a co-founder of a production company specializing in commercial food and product visual content.

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