Canon C700 GS PL-Mount Overview
This Canon kit bundles the EOS C700 Cinema Camera (PL Mount) with a combo shoulder mount/VCT adapter, a remote operation unit, the EVF-V70 electronic viewfinder, a handgrip, and 15mm LWS support rods. Features of this version of the C700 include a PL lens mount, a 4.2K global-shutter CMOS image sensor, and up to 14 stops of dynamic range. The PL lens mount is compatible with a range of cine-style lenses, and its Cooke /i lens interface provides metadata when used with compatible lenses. With 4K recording at 60p to CFast 2.0 cards, and 2K/HD up to 240 fps, the C700 is primed for 4K and HDR productions.
The EVF-V70 OLED viewfinder features 1920 x 1080 resolution, and is well suited for use when shooting 4K. The shoulder support unit provides the operator with ENG-style lens and camera control. The OU-700 remote operation unit provides additional access to the camera’s functions, and can be mounted on the camera or used from up to 3′ away via the included extension cable. A variety of power accessories allow you flexibility in powering the camera.
Canon EOS C700 GS PL Cinema Camera
Put Canon‘s mastery of image processing into a cinema-grade production-ready form factor and you get the EOS C700 GS PL Cinema Camera. This version of the C700 comes stocked with an ARRI PL lens mount, opening up a wealth of compatible vintage and modern cinema lens options. Furthermore, the 12-o’clock position of the PL mount is home to the Cooke /i lens interface, which passes lens information, such as aperture, focal length, and focus distance in real-time from compatible lenses for electronic display as well as metadata useful in VFX workflows. Beyond the lens mount is the first stop in the C700’s imaging pipeline, the 4.2K global-shutter CMOS image sensor. The global shutter exposes every pixel on the sensor simultaneously. As opposed to rolling shutters found in most cinema cameras, this global shutter will be free of distortion that can be caused by fast moving objects passing through the scene or intense camera movements.
What good is a sensor without the processing technology to back it up? The C700 is capable of 4K recording at 60p to CFast 2.0 cards using the XF-AVC format. Also available are Apple’s well-regarded ProRes formats for direct-to-edit workflows. Raw recording is another possibility through Canon’s separately available Codex Digital Recorder which simply clips onto the rear of the C700’s modular design.
While the C700 is a fairly advanced piece of equipment, Canon has implemented a familiar user interface. Most basic functions can be accessed through the six buttons surrounding the screen. More advanced settings can be found using the simple selection dial and set buttons.
I/O options for nearly any application can be found on the C700’s side panel. Video, audio, control, and power inputs and outputs are available for implementations ranging from ENG-style run-and-gun to high-budget cinema productions.
While the C700 is a production powerhouse all on its own, its modular design lets the user customize the form factor to fit their use case. The rectangular body has enough real-estate to be shoulder-mounted for handheld shooting or secured to a dovetail on professional grip equipment with ease. And for the first time on a Cinema EOS camera, native V-mount battery support is available via an installed IDX battery plate.
High Frame-Rate Support
Internal ProRes Recording
Following in the tradition of the EOS C series cameras, the C700 offers Canon Log, Canon Log 2, and Canon Log 3 curves for recording.
Canon Log 2 emphasizes post-production grading, and maintains higher tonality in dark areas compared to the original Canon Log. With this curve, up to 15 stops of dynamic range can be realized in a single frame.
Canon Log 3 uses a gamma designed to simplify grading by tightening dark areas and adjusting gradation, making it a gamma that makes noise less noticeable and widens dynamic range while retaining Canon Log’s ease of use.
B4 Lens Support
IP Streaming Support
Canon EVF-V70 OLED Viewfinder for C700
The EVF-V70 OLED Viewfinder is an electronic viewfinder for the Canon C700 that features a 1920 x 1080 resolution, making it suitable for critical 4K applications. The EVF puts its controls at your fingertips, offering four assignable buttons plus a menu navigation joystick and menu selector that are both readily accessible. It features false color and zebra to assist in exposure, and there is a magnification mode for critical focus.
Canon SU-15 Shoulder Support Unit
The SU-15 Shoulder Support Unit for C700 from Canon frees up the C700 for ENG-style hand-held shooting. It features an adjustable shoulder pad to help achieve optimal balance even with varying lens, battery, and accessory configurations. The Shoulder Support Unit incorporates rods for accessories such matte boxes, follow focuses, or Canon’s Shoulder-Style Grip Unit (SG-1).
Canon SG-1 Shoulder-Style Grip Unit
The SG-1 Shoulder-Style Grip Unit from Canon enables you to control your EF lenses like regular ENG video lenses. It features a grip/rocker assembly that mounts on the rods of the separately available SU-15 Shoulder Support Unit. With it, you can control record start/stop, iris/aperture, and – if supported by the lens – zoom. It connects to the camera via a 12-pin connector, which also supplies the units power.
Canon UN-5 Unit Cable for Canon EOS C200, C300 Mark II, C700, and XC15 (20″‘)
The Canon UN-5 Unit Cable allows you to connect the Canon LM-V1 4″ LCD monitor to the Canon EOS C200 and C300 Mark II cameras. It also connects the Canon MA-400 Microphone Adapter to the C300 Mark II and Canon XC15.
Canon OU-700 Remote Operation Unit for C700
The OU-700 Remote Operation Unit for C700 from Canon provides a control surface for accessing camera settings as well as triggering record start/stop. The unit can be mounted directly to the right side of the camera or used remotely by employing a separately available extension cable. It is ideal for scenarios where several crew members need access to the camera, allowing the camera assistant to stay out of the way so the focus puller and operator can do their jobs unobstructed.
Canon Unit Cable for OU-700 Remote for C700 (30″)
Operate the OU-700 Remote from a short distance away with this 30″ Unit Cable from Canon. The OU-700 can be used attached on the side of the camera or over an extension cable. This cable provides a short-distance wired connection between the OU-700 and C700 camera.