The Best 10 Features of the Canon C700 4.5K Camera

The Canon EOS C-Series cameras have become an industry standard and arguably began the rise of mid-size mid-price cameras we’ve seen over the past few years. So, in many ways, the Canon C700 seems a bit out of left field. It’s not just the different shape or the price ($28k, gulp!), but the features are sort of…standard? Looking over the specs it feels a bit like…yes, this is what a modern, professional camera should include! The Canon C700 features are totally solid, but nothing here is going to blow ARRI or Sony out of the water.

That being said, the Canon C700 is a beautiful camera. And not every camera need to be revolutionary! A camera is a tool – one that’s only as good as the person behind it – and the C700 is a dependable tool for an experienced craftsman. We had a chance to check it out at Zacuto HQ and the camera is incredibly user-friendly, easy to accessorize, and most importantly – the images are stunning.

So, to give this camera it’s due, we’ve put together a list of our favorite features.

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Our Top 10 Favorite Features of the Canon C700

*in no particular order!

  • 4.5K CMOS sensor with 15 stops of dynamic range.
  • A built in cheese plate with both 3/8 16 and 1/4 20 threaded holes to attach accessories like our Z-Rail and Axis Mini EVF Mount, or an articulating arm.
  • The cheeseplate gives you so many more options when building a rig. We love it!
    canon c700 camera with zacuto filmmaking rig

  • Codex CDX-36150. This is optional, but with it you can record uncompressed 10-bit or 12-bit 4K RAW up to 120 fps, 2K RAW up to 240 fps, or ProRes 4K up to 60 fps.
  • Two modes of internal recording: Canon XF-AVC and Apple ProRes (yay!) Both record to internal CFast Media.
  • Supports Canon Log 2 and Canon Log 3 Gamma. Canon Log helps you reproduce the entire CMOS image sensor tonal range in post. You get higher dynamic range, more highlight and shadow retention, and more flexibility in grading.
  • Supports Rec. 2020, which is the UHDTV display color space.
  • Dual Pixel Focus Guide, made possible by Dual Pixel CMOS AF (DAF) technology. Basically, there is a rectangle in the center of your EVF or monitor that turns green when the subject is in focus. Seems simple, but super helpful when racking focus.
  • Internal ND Filters save a lot of time on set and give you more options with minimal extra fuss.
  • Slow and Fast Motion Recording. The fastest frames rates of all the Canon C-Series cameras so far. 4K 60P plus 2K recording up to 120 frame per second and a crop 2K mode featuring up to 240 frames per second.
  • A classic camera shape and size that’s just as easy to adapt to your studio workflow and accessories as to your run’n’gun location shoot days. Finally!
  • See all the features and specs and find out more at the Canon website.

    Zacuto and the Canon C700

    The traditional size and shape of the Canon C700 make it a perfect fit for our Cine EVF Recoil rig. Balanced and customizable, this Recoil rig is perfect for all-day shoulder mounted shoots and studio work.

    Canon does offer an optional OLED EVF for the C700. It is $5,999.00 (!!) and is camera specific. Our Gratical Eye Micro-OLED EVF is universal for all SDI cameras, is only $1950, and comes packed with many more features than the Canon model. Or opt for our Gratical HD to get the same professional feature package plus HDMI compatibility and cross conversion for only $2450. Pick the Gratical EVF that’s right for you here.

    Check out the Cine EVF Recoil rig in this video. It’s so balanced Chase can take his hands off the rig and it stays steady!

    And ACTION! First footage

    Cinematographer Russell Carpenter, ASC and Canon Explorer Of Light Tyler Stableford teamed up to show us what the Canon C700 can really. Their short film, The Calling, highlights the cameras low light capabilities and flexibility.

    And maybe even more telling is this behind the scenes footage from Tyler Stableford.

    Have questions about our rigs or Zacuto components? Please contact our sales and customer service team at (312) 863 3452 or sales@zacuto.com. Live chat is also available during Chicago business hours.

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