1. TechSpot is dedicated to computer enthusiasts and power users. Ask a question and give support. Join the community here.
    TechSpot is dedicated to computer enthusiasts and power users.
    Ask a question and give support.
    Join the community here, it only takes a minute.
    Dismiss Notice

Canon goes head-to-head with RED, unveils its first full-frame cinema camera

By Greg S ยท 6 replies
Mar 29, 2018
Post New Reply
  1. Canon has released the EOS C700 FF digital cinema camera, capable of shooting true 4K resolution (4,096 x 2,160) in ProRes. The C700 FF actually contains a 5.9K CMOS sensor that is capable of 5,952 x 3,140 but downsamples to 4K. It is technically possible to record in 5.9K RAW but an external recorder currently without a set price must be purchased to make that possible.

    One of the benefits of downsampling means less noise and fewer artifacts will make their way into finished films. Higher ISO ranges are possible without introducing unacceptable levels of distortion.

    Any full-frame camera is going to be expensive. The C700 FF tips the scales at $33,000 for the camera itself. Pricing falls in between RED's Epic-W Gemini 5K S35 and Epic-W 8K Helium but both of RED's options have smaller image sensors and can capture RAW footage natively. RED recognizes the exorbitant expenses and is working to bring costs down to under $30,000 for a camera capable of 8K recording.

    One of the standout features that Canon has over other competitors is its Dual Pixel auto-focus system. Although the C700 FF does lack native RAW, the ProRes format is still a popular choice among filmmakers and is not necessarily a downside. With data rates up to 810 Mbps, there is plenty of detailed information captured without using RAW.

    While cost-prohibitive for consumers, moviegoers and film fanatics will be able to enjoy improved HDR content and more vivid detail.

    Permalink to story.

  2. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 5,677   +4,024

    Seems a little high to me but I've always had great luck with Canon products .....
  3. yRaz

    yRaz Nigerian Prince Posts: 2,960   +2,293

    I originally thought that when I started looking at professional 4k and 8k cameras because my sony a6500 can record 4k60 for $1600. After a bit of research and looking at video samples the difference makes a bit more sense.

    1) look at the size, a heck of a lot more tech goes into it than a simple DSLR or mirriorless camera.
    2) this isn't the largest market out there and the company is still entitled to make money

    This isn't for home use or even a "prosumer" product, this is hands down for professional use only.
    JaredTheDragon likes this.
  4. wiyosaya

    wiyosaya TS Evangelist Posts: 4,192   +2,476

    I am willing to bet Canon's "glass" is significantly better - unless Red's glass is made by Zeiss.
  5. yRaz

    yRaz Nigerian Prince Posts: 2,960   +2,293

    Zeiss does make lenses for Red cameras but red lenses are nothing to joke about. A camera in the red eco system could cost you upwards of $80,000 after accessories but if you compare that to other professional equipment you can start talking about hundred of thousands of dollars. For professional use the Red cameras are a relative bargain
  6. veLa

    veLa TS Evangelist Posts: 857   +309

    Big deal. The studio Hitachi cameras we just got down at my station group costs even more.
  7. wiyosaya

    wiyosaya TS Evangelist Posts: 4,192   +2,476

    As I see it, the only trouble with cost is that more does not necessarily equate to better.

Add your comment to this article

You need to be a member to leave a comment. Join thousands of tech enthusiasts and participate.
TechSpot Account You may also...