The Canon C70 was introduced on September 24, 2020, and began delivery by the tip of 2020. Availability was very low, and backorders have been being stuffed at a snail’s tempo. It’s now March 2021, and the EOS C70 is lastly obtainable at B&H and plenty of different stores. I’m bringing this up as a result of we right here at have been ready to get our fingers on one for months. we even signed an NDA and knew it was coming. Canon USA was not very useful both in getting a preproduction or a pattern model, so I want to say THANK YOU! B&H for sending us a loaner for this higher late than by no means evaluation.

Hybrid or Video Digicam?

The EOS C70 is a cross between a mirrorless type digicam and a cinema digicam. This design is one thing many individuals wished, properly folks really wished a hybrid with all of the options of a cinema digicam, however Canon refused to make that one, sure the brand new EOS RF mount cameras have much-improved video specs than the DSLR fashions prior to now, however I/O has all the time been missing for video in addition to specs. Bear in mind when a easy headphone jack was omitted from cameras?

The Panasonic GH line form of grew to become the usual for the true hybrid with many video options present in a cinema digicam.

I’m not an enormous fan of capturing video-solely with a mirrorless digicam as a result of they want some workarounds since they’re primarily designed for stills. I subscribe to the thought of the appropriate instrument for the job. Earlier than you ship me hate mail, I perceive the necessity for small larger high quality cameras for gimbals, drones, and tight places. Nonetheless, making one your major video digicam is simply not my cup of tea. I’m really a espresso drinker.
the C70 doesn’t shoot stills or have any body seize choices.

What’s Included?

  • C70 digicam physique
  • Mic Holder
  • Mic holder adapter
  • Deal with
  • Tape measure hook
  • Grip belt
  • Shoulder strap
  • One BP-A30 battery
  • Physique cap
  • Battery charger CG-A20
  • AC adapter CA-CP200 L

C70 Key options

  • RF mount
  • Tremendous 35 sensor with DGO (similar sensor as C300 III)
  • 4K 120p no crop 4:2:2 10-bit recording
  • 2K 180p crop
  • Constructed-In ND filters
  • HDMI output as much as 4K DCI 4:2:2 10-bit
  • Twin mini-XLR
  • Timecode IO
  • Full-sized HDMI
  • Twin SD card slots
  • Prolonged Auto Focus (Twin Pixel CMOS AF + EOS iTR AF X )
  • Articulating contact display
  • No recording deadlines
  • Compact measurement

Type Issue & Controls

Canon C70 front

The C70 is available in at 2.58 lb (1.17 kg). It has bodily dimensions of (H) 130.2 mm / 5.1″ x (W) 160 mm / 6.3″ x (D) 115.9mm / 4.6″.

From the entrance, it appears like an EOS 1DX with out an EVF. The compact measurement of the C70 makes it a very good contender for gimbal setups and fast handheld capturing.

Sony FX3 Canon C70 side by side LCD

It’s not a small digicam particularly should you evaluate it to the Sony FX3.

Holding the C70 with a Canon RF 24-70 F2.8 hooked up, it has some heft. Not having an EVF additionally means you’ll be holding the C70 both mid-chest or near eye degree. This isn’t very straightforward to do for very lengthy, and also you lose the third level of contact for stability. A lens with picture stabilization shall be wanted for handheld capturing to maintain the jitter at a minimal.

Canon C70 controls 2

The included wrist strap is sweet and vital because it helps you maintain the camera-less firmly if you need to use the buttons which are near your fingers, and there are a number of. Canon did a pleasant job including quite a lot of perform buttons all around the C70 physique.

Canon C70 tripod mount

One problem for me is the tripod mounting place on the underside of the digicam. It’s going within the improper path for video QR plates. That is clearly a miss communication with video and stills design. To keep away from the QR plate from twisting and loosening, the plate wants two screws. The C70 has three mounting factors however within the improper path. Sure, it does have a gap for a Manfrotto kind plate with the entrance peg to help with anti-twist; Nonetheless, that doesn’t assist me as I take advantage of Arca/Swiss kind plates and clamps on all my cameras.


Beneath is an inventory of a number of Canon cameras to raised perceive the burden and the way it compares to different Canon cameras.

CANON C701.17 kg (2.58 lb)
CANON R5738 g (1.62 lb) (Physique with Battery and Reminiscence)
CANON C2001.5 kg (3.2 lb)
CANON C100 Mark II1.5 kg (3.2 lb)
CANON C300 Mark III1.77 kg (3.9 lb)
Canon XC15910 g (2 lb)
CANON 1D C1.5 kg (3.5 lb)
CANON 1D X Mark III1.25 kg (2.75 lb) (Physique Solely)

Does the C70 Want a Cage?

I appear to all the time put a cage on a video digicam since I are likely to need extra gear on a digicam than one chilly shoe can deal with. The very first thing to search for is to verify not one of the invaluable buttons and inputs are blocked. This requirement is tougher with a digicam that’s coated in buttons and capabilities.

I want to connect an EVF on the left facet for sure conditions when a viewfinder on prime is just too tall; nevertheless, that makes it a bit tight to get entry to the buttons and utilizing the flip-out contact display. With a smaller physique, it’s a must to make artistic choices on how you employ exterior gadgets.

Multi-functional Grip

The C70 grip is a cross between a Cinema EOS and EOS RF digicam. It’s packed in your right-hand assignments. Three customized dials and a joystick are positioned on the grip. On prime, you might have the principle energy swap. The C70 powers up very quick at round 3-seconds.

Missed Alternative with the Chilly Shoe

Canon C70 top

Right here is the place Canon had an opportunity to do one thing particular with the good add-on, but it surely didn’t occur.

Sony XLR
Sony XLR-K3M Twin-Channel Digital XLR Audio Adapter Package with Shotgun Microphone

The chilly shoe is just for mounting an adjunct just like the included deal with, but when it was a sizzling shoe with contacts, the C70 would have the ability to have add-ons such because the Sony XLR-K3M Twin-Channel Digital XLR Audio Adapter that offers you 2-XLR inputs.
Sony has had this arrange for a while now and is included in all of the mirrorless cameras, together with the a6000 line. It’s not excellent, but it surely positive is useful. Canon may have taken this concept to the subsequent degree. For the reason that C70 has no EVF, Canon may have made one which slides in, connects, and powers straight from the digicam. Consider it as the identical one within the EOS R5, solely in a bit field. That may have solved an enormous problem with the digicam for me.

The customized dials might be set to carry out varied capabilities. Together with iris and ISO/achieve, WB choice and colour temperature have now been added. That is helpful in quite a lot of capturing eventualities.

Fixing the Lack of an EVF

Canon C70 with EVF

I lately reviewed the PortKeys LEYE EVF and located it an excellent possibility within the $399 value vary. So far, I don’t suppose you will get a greater viewfinder for much less or equal value. The C70, just like the Z Cam or different field cameras, wants monitoring. The touchscreen LCD is nice because it provides just a few options I like to make use of, and protecting it with a loupe won’t be the way in which to go. With just a few bits, I bought the LEYE mounted on the C70, and it really works very properly.

Bits and Items Wanted

To get the PortKeys LEYE to play properly with the C70, I had just a few hurdles to cope with. Primarily powering it. The LEYE doesn’t have an on-board energy possibility, so it’s a must to energy it externally. In my evaluation, I discussed it was a miss to not add an LP-E6 kind battery on the again. Possibly V2?

To energy the LEYE, you can add a 5V transportable battery to the again with some Velcro and use both the USB or the 5.5 x 2.5mm DC enter. The barrel connector is a greater possibility. When utilizing the USB enter, the facility swap doesn’t work, and the LEYE stays powered up. It’s a must to unplug it, or you’ll drain the battery.

Canon C70 with EVF 1

Talking of batteries, the most suitable choice is the Core SWX Nano-C98. It has each USB and D-Faucet energy faucets that work completely with the LEYE. Now I’ve one powering answer for each C70 and EVF.

With powering the LEYE solved, I wanted a simple approach to mount the EVF. With out a cage, my solely possibility is to make use of the chilly shoe. The C70 has a really stable chilly shoe. It must be because it’s designed for the deal with.

Nitze Monitor Holder Mount ELF Series Low Profile QR Cold Shoe to 14” 20 Screw with Locating Pins N54 G1
 Nitze Monitor Holder Mount with chilly shoe locking lever

I picked up a Nitze Monitor Holder Mount that’s pretty low profile. The large plus is it pans and tilts and holds in place. The stress is adjustable with a easy screw. Over time these can get unfastened, so retaining a hex wrench within the bag is a should.

I like the way in which it locks down with the lever. This makes it straightforward to get the mount good and tight on the chilly shoe. One other massive plus is the Nitze has a 1/4”-20 screw with finding pins just like the Arri accent mount. The LEYE’s mount has a slot alongside the NATO rail the place the 2 pins slot in. That is nice because the EVF gained’t twist and is rock stable.

Canon C70 with EVF 2

Sure, it’s a little bulkier, however it will likely be a lifesaver if you’re capturing exterior within the solar.

Shortcut & Function Buttons

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The C70 has a complete of 13 assignable buttons. I discovered them too very useful, and you’ve got an choice to assign them. I by no means preferred to vary the buttons with markings on the physique, such because the Waveform button with the WFM. It will be complicated. With that stated, Canon did a wonderful job with quite a lot of buttons and choices.

Beneath is a full checklist of what might be assigned

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Monitoring – Articulating LCD Display screen Solely

The C70 doesn’t have a built-in EVF, and that may very well be a problem, at the least it’s for me. I’d fortunately pay a bit additional and have a barely bigger physique to have one as an alternative of including one and coping with powering it. As an alternative, the C70 makes use of a completely articulating LCD display with a 3.5-inch (8.8 cm diagonal) colour LCD with a 16:9 side ratio. It has approx. 2,760,000 dots (1280 x RGB x 720), and a 100% subject of view ratio. It additionally options contact display operation.

Canon C70 LCS Audio controls 1

As for the dimensions, I’ve a troublesome time relying on a 3.5″ display for focusing, however the picture is sweet. The opposite EVF-less digicam I’ve used is the BMD Pocket 4K. Whereas the display is far greater, it didn’t work within the solar, and it doesn’t articulate.

Canon cameras have an enormous benefit because the Twin Pixel AF is excellent so this takes one of many largest points away considerably as focusing with the contact display works very properly. With that stated, it’s fatiguing to taking a look at such a small display for longer intervals of time.

Contact Management

Canon C70 LCD touch shortcut
By my thumb is a contact display shortcut that opens many digicam capabilities settings.

The contact display is an efficient one. On the underside of the LCD display is a fast entry menu that features probably the most used settings. It really works very well. You faucet the nook, and the menu seems. It doesn’t take up quite a lot of room or block the picture. It’s very useful. While you make the adjustments, a easy faucet and it hides.

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