Versatile codecs and standout dynamic range
With a wealth of recording formats, the Canon EOS C70 offers journalists versatility in the field. "I was shooting XF-AVC 4:2:2 10-bit, but you can shoot other codecs that are about half the weight of XF-AVC, which, if you need to edit something on your laptop and turn it around very quickly, is very helpful," says Elisa. "I love the fact that you can output straight to PQ and HLG, because it saves you time on colour correct. If you want to go to broadcast, you've already got the industry standard."
The camera's standout DGO sensor, the same as that found in its Cinema EOS stablemate, the Canon EOS C300 Mark III, offers 16+ stops of dynamic range when shooting in Canon Log 2. Paired with the camera's built-in ND filters, this gives powerful control over light. As well as being able to shoot past sunset and extract detail from the rocks and waves with just the light of the moon, Elisa could see practical applications for her work in hostile environments.
"Turning on a light can attract attention and make a situation dangerous – for yourself, and for the people that you're interviewing," she says. "You need a camera that's going to be able to read into the shadows. The more latitude you have the better, and this camera did not disappoint.
"The beauty of the internal ND filters is that I can actually control my lighting situation. I can get a more beautiful depth of field and have that bokeh effect. I can control that with a little knob, which is awesome. A camera such as the EOS C70, where you can rely on the autofocus and image stabilisation, then have such a vast choice in terms of output, makes your life a lot easier. It's really just an excellent body."