Canon C70 to get 12-Bit Cinema RAW Light in upcoming firmware

Jan 17, 2022

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Canon C70 to get 12-Bit Cinema RAW Light in upcoming firmware

Jan 17, 2022

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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Canon is set to announce new firmware for the Canon EOS C70 on Wednesday, 19th January. The headline feature of the new firmware will be the introduction of 12-Bit Cinema RAW Light recording. While Canon hasn’t announced anything yet, it appears that Canon leaked themselves via their UK website stating that it was on the way and that it would become available in March. Beyond that, it reveals no other information.

That’s not all we’re expected to hear about on Wednesday, either. Canon is also expected to announce the Canon EOS R5C, an active-cooled version of the Canon EOS R5 designed specifically for 8K cinema. We might also see some new Cinema lenses as well as possibly 8K modules for the Canon EOS C300 Mark III and Cinema EOS C500 Mark II.

The RF mount Canon EOS C70 Cinema Camera is a pretty formidable beast for its price, offering a more mirrorless-like form factor, 4K UHD up to 120fps, 16+ stops of dynamic range, 10-bit 4:2:2 4K DCI internally in either XF-AVC, H.264 or H.265 (depending on frame rate) and externally via HDMI, with Canon Log 2, Canon Log 3, HDR-HLG, HDR-PQ and Wide DR gamma curves.

Adding 12-Bit Cinema RAW Light into the mix means that you’ll be able to retain more of that dynamic range and get much better options in post for adjusting things like your ISO and white balance, as well as colour correction and grading with the minimum of quality loss.

The announcement is expected at 7am on Wednesday, 19th January, although the firmware isn’t expected to become available until some time in March. The other announcements potentially happening on Wednesday are still rumours at the moment and may or may not be announced. That being said, the EOS R5C is already long overdue with an announcement originally expected in 2021 which then shifted to Q1 2022 a short time later. Well, it’s Q1 2022 now, so fingers crossed.

[via Canon Rumors]

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John Aldred

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John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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