Canon’s Video Prowess On Display At NAB Show 2018

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Canon’s booth is always one of the anchors of the NAB trade show, and this year is no exception, with the company displaying several new products announced just ahead of the 2018 NAB including the new C700 FF camera.

As the broadcast world embraces 4K and the news outlets and camera manufacturers look ahead to the 2020 Olympic Games—which will be broadcast internally in Japan in 8K—the camera world is really starting to heat up. 

Canon’s C700 FF camera is the first of their line of successful DSLR-inspired cine cameras to feature a full-frame sensor, enabling the same “look” that cinematographers get with cameras like the company’s 5D Mark IV. The C700 FF is also able to handle anamorphic lenses without cropping, giving DPs and cinematographers a wider range of lens choices. 

The C700 FF is a gorgeous camera, and it was hard to get a look at it with all the people surrounding it. It’s a great looking piece of kit, with well-designed menus and manual controls. You can see the DSLR pedigree in these cameras, but they’re clearly their own beast now.  

Along with the new lenses Canon announced, which are also on display, creatives are able to tackle a wider range of projects.

As an indication of the importance of the HDR workflow in today’s broadcast and cinema production, Canon is showing off some new and updated displays, like the DP-V1711, a 600 nit display with 12G inputs. The previously-released DP-V1710 is upgradeable via a paid firmware update to give it 600 nit capabilities as well. 

Both displays (once the 1710 is updated) are capable of displaying out-of-gamut warnings, switch between multiple LUTs and to load LUTs on the fly. 

There is also a new portable display, the DP V2411, a 24-inch, 600 nit monitor for field use, which is remarkably light for a reference display. It also supports a variety of LUTs and is a great solution for the in-field producer. 

Several new broadcast lenses are available as well, and those are also on display and can be tested at the Canon booth. 

We will be reviewing the C700 FF as soon as it’s available—Canon is estimating a “fall” release date for the C700FF.