Canon EOS C70 review

The Canon EOS C70 is a powerful cinema camera squeezed into DSLR size, with Canon's cutting-edge RF mount

5 Star Rating
Canon EOS C70
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Digital Camera World Verdict

With its hybrid design and awesome functionality, the Canon EOS C70 both democratizes the world of cinema cameras and gives established videographers a compact, capable new tool for solo and run-and-gun filmmaking. Combining the performance of the C300 Mark III, the potential of the RF mount, and the touch input and ergonomics of a mirrorless camera, this is a powerful proposition for anyone who shoots video professionally.

Pros

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    Accepts RF lenses

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    Fantastic ergonomics

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    Great touch controls

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    Accurate autofocus

Cons

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    No RAW recording

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    Unconventional mount points

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    No SDI output

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    Some SD card issues

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The Canon EOS C70 has all the potential to be a game changer. Boasting a completely new form factor and the manufacturer's latest lens mount, Canon has evolved its Cinema EOS system with a camera that's uniquely compact and thoroughly capable.

While it replaces the C100 line, it's effectively a Canon EOS C300 Mark III in a body the size of a pro DSLR, boasting the RF mount used by the manufacturer's cutting-edge mirrorless cameras like the Canon EOS R5 and the autofocus wizardry of the Canon EOS-1D X Mark III.  

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James Artaius
Editor

The editor of Digital Camera World, James has 21 years experience as a journalist and started working in the photographic industry in 2014 (as an assistant to Damian McGillicuddy, who succeeded David Bailey as Principal Photographer for Olympus). In this time he shot for clients like Aston Martin Racing, Elinchrom and L'Oréal, in addition to shooting campaigns and product testing for Olympus, and providing training for professionals. This has led him to being a go-to expert for camera and lens reviews, photo and lighting tutorials, as well as industry news, rumors and analysis for publications like Digital Camera MagazinePhotoPlus: The Canon MagazineN-Photo: The Nikon MagazineDigital Photographer and Professional Imagemaker, as well as hosting workshops and talks at The Photography Show. He also serves as a judge for the Red Bull Illume Photo Contest. An Olympus and Canon shooter, he has a wealth of knowledge on cameras of all makes – and a fondness for vintage lenses and instant cameras.