Canon C70 VS Sony FX6 Differences

If you are sticking around choosing a video camera this is a short explanation about two cinema cameras Canon C70 VS Sony FX6 what are my thoughts differences etc.

So what I want to share is that you can’t go wrong with any of these cameras because you can put them in anything you’re willing on working and they’re going to do an outstanding job.

In my opinion, Sony FX6 is a step up from the Canon C70 in the sense that it really can be used for shooting raw externally so from that sense the FX6 has a few limitations but anything that the C70 can do the FX6 can do too.


the C70 also has a full BNC for time code at the bottom of its body and the FX6 has one-two on the right-hand side of the body.

Canon C70 Body
C70 Body
Sony FX6

Screen Type

Canon C70 Screen
C70 Screen
Sony FX6 Screen

the FX6 is better in the level menu than C70 which you can customize in any way, it’s fully featured when it comes to exposure tools but it doesn’t have a false color tool.

Canon C70 LCD
Sony FX6 Menu

In comparison, the C70 menu system features pretty much everything you could possibly want, there is plenty of focusing and exposure tools, and is fast to operate.

Image Quality

In terms of image quality, they both feature fantastic image quality the image that comes from those cameras is entirely subjective. So, taking a picture with one of those cameras performs at your desired level.

Canon C70 Image Quality
C70 Image Quality

So, each one of these cameras captured amazing images so whichever one you choose the image quality will be fantastic with no doubt. When it comes to recording formats both cameras are fairly similar.

the C70 has a larger list of formats for shooting internally with a good mix of 4:2-10 bit options and even 12-bit raw.

In comparison, the FX6 has the ability to record in both XAVC internally or long up depending on your needs in 4K 4:2-10 bit across the board in pretty much every frame rate.

Sony fx6 Image Quality
FX6 Image Quality

Frame Rates

the FX6 has the best options when shooting higher frame rates the C70 with its compressed raw gives better performance over the FX6.

the C70 and FX6 files in the post are handled well when shooting intra-frame compression the C70s raw also performs well but takes longer to process when applying effects like wall stabilizer.

When it comes to the maximum frame rates that each camera can capture the FX6 has the best options and recording formats at higher frame rates.

It can capture DCI 4k up to 60 4k, up to 120, and 1080p up to 240 fps all in 4:2 10-bit intra-frame formats with autofocus enabled.

the C70 can capture 4k 120 but this is limited to long compression whereas the FX6 can capture with intra-frame compression when you put the C70 into its 2k mode you can go up to 180fps.

ND System

the C70 and FX6 both have really great ND systems built in whereas the FX6 its electronic ND allows you to dial in between two and seven stops really precisely and quickly.

Lens Mount

Canon C70 Body

when it comes to lenses the FX6 uses e-mount whereas the C70 uses rf mount when it comes to lens options e-mount is so much more mature than RF.


Both cameras have pros and cons to each camera’s sensor and processing the C70 features super 35 sensors I can say the same sensor just like Red Komodo.

Canon C70 Sensor
C70 Sensor

But C70 has less resolution than Komodo but a larger pixel pitch, whereas the FX6 features a full-frame sensor with an 8.4 micron pixel pitch and a dual native iso which makes it excellent in low light.

Sony FX6 Sensor
FX6 Sensor

the C70 has the same dual gain output sensor as the Canon C300 mark III and has a touch more dynamic range than the Red Komodo and the FX6. When it comes to latitude performance is similar on both cameras just the FX6 has a better under-exposure performance.


the C70 is using daf one autofocus the FX6 has more reliable autofocus performance than the C70 it performs excellently with moderne-mount lenses it really is very reliable and has solid tracking performance.

Both the FX6 and C70 have face and object tracking the FX6 has eye autofocus which the C70 does not.

ISO Performance

C70 VS Sony FX6 ISO

the FX6 has one of the best low light performances and a higher iso range which gives you up to 409 600 on the FX6 whereas the highest ISO performance on the C70 is 102 400. And in some results, the Komodo performs slightly worse than the C70 in low light.

Shutter Type

the C70 and the FX6 feature rolling shutters, when it comes to readout the fx6’s readout is rapid at just 9 milliseconds whereas the C70’s is 16 milliseconds.


Canon EOS C70

the C70 has a good range of i o but doesn’t not SDI output whereas the FX6 does have an SDI which for some will be a must otherwise it has a very similar set of i o to the C70.

Sony FX6 Ports
FX6 Ports

Storage Type

the FX6 has a dual slot system that can use both CF Express Type A which is by far the fastest and off load times is much quicker but uses as well as V90 SD cards, whereas the C70 has a dual SD card slot out of the bunch.

Canon C70
C70 SD Cards

When it comes to using media types Taipei is the most expensive and hardest to get hold. On the other side SD Card is by far the easiest to get hold of and the most available.

Audio Features

When it comes to audio both have slight compromises both of them feature microphones but have different input options.

the C70 has two mini XLR inputs as well as the 3.5 mil mic in and headphone out whereas the FX6 has two full-size XLRS, as well as a headphone out on the body, there are two full-size XLR ports and it doesn’t have any audio inputs on the body itself.

Battery Type

the FX6 is roughly 18 watts and the C70 max is 14.6 watts both cameras use different batteries but they are all decent battery types.

Canon C70 Battery
Sony FX6 Battery

the FX6 and C70 both have a single battery slot, the C70 uses canon’s BPA batteries and the sony FX6 uses BPU batteries which means you have loads of first and third-party options available for both batteries.

So, the option to use larger batteries on each of these cameras using the correct accessories.


In terms of the cost and prices of the cameras and body-only pricing they are all pretty close the FX6 comes to around $6,000 whereas the C70 is around $5,5000.

C70 VS Sony FX6 Price

The FX6 is the most ordered camera even than the C70 and both cameras you can find with different prices it really depends where you will buy them.

If we put in comparison between functionality the price of the camera an extra battery plus some audio kit we can see that the price can get very expensive.

Wrapping Up

those cameras are definitely not the stopping the point so if you need SDI out or the possibility of needing raw recording you can go with the FX6 because has really good options.

the FX6 and C70 both have the edge which makes them both much better for run and gun scenarios straight out of the box.

So, physically both cameras are very different from each other the C70 is more shaped like a large DSLR the FX6 is better physically to hold.

So, each camera does things a little bit differently the fx6 can be used as a viewfinder with the correct mod, whereas the c70 is a bit harder to get working in shoulder configurations without a proper dedicated EVF.

So, which camera do you preferer the most or which is right for you it’s your choice depends on what you work.


So, making a decision between the FX6 and the C70 and having SDI out then the FX6 is a clear winner in my opinion over the C70 with that.

The C70 is a better camera in some ways and able to produce working in larger environments or augmenting for different productions than the FX6 is a better camera because it gives you all of the tools that you might need like recording raw externally.

the FX6 is a traditional camcorder looking like a professional camera while the C70 is smaller than the FX6 and can be mounted onto gimbals easily.

Canon C70 Body

Sony FX6

Release DateSeptember 2020December 2020
LensCanon RF MountSony E Mount
Lens communicationWith Autofocus SupportWith Autofocus Support
Sensor typeAPSC Super 35 Dual Gain output CMOSFull Frame CMOS
Sensor Size26.2 x 13.8 mmN/A
Sensor resolution4096 x 21601420 x 802
Sensor pixels9.6 12.9 Megapixels
Actual 10.2 Megapixels
Pixel Pitch6.4 umN/A
Image stabilization5 Axis digitalSupplies stabilization metadata
Build in ND FilterMechanical filter wheel with clear 2 stop 1/4, 4 stop 1/16, 6 stop 1/64, 8 stop 1/256, 10 stop 1/1024Electronically variable in increments from 1/4 to 1/128 
Capture type Stills & VideoVideo
Shutter typeElectronic rolling Electronic rolling 
Shutter speed1/12 to 1/2000 sec1/8000 to 1 sec
ISO160 to 25,600
Extended: 100 to 102,400
Video 800 to 12,800
Extended 409,600
Gain– 6 to 54 db Native
-2 to 54 db Expanded
-30 to 30 db Native
Shutter Angle 11 to 360-30 to 30 db Native
Dynamic range 16 stops15 stops
White balance2000 to 15,000k
Presets AWB, Daylight, set A, set B, Tungsten
2000 to 15,000k
Presets AWB, Daylight, set A, set B
Recording modesXF-AVC 4:2:2 10 bit
h.264/h.265/mp4/xf-avc/xf-avc proxy4:2:210 bit
h.264/h.265/mp4/xf-avc/xf-avc proxy 4:2:2 8 bit
h.264/h.265/mp4/xf-avc/xf-avc proxy 4:2:0 8 bit
h.264/h.265/mp4/xf-avc/xf-avc proxy 4:2:2 10 bit
h.264/h.265/mp4/xf-avc/xf-avc proxy 4:2:0 10 bit
h.264/h.265/mp4/xf-avc/xf-avc proxy 4:2:2 10 bit
h.264/h.265/mp4/xf-avc/xf-avc proxy 4:2:0 8 bit
h.264/h.265/mp4/xf-avc/xf-avc proxy 4:2:2 8 bit
DCI 4K (4096 x 2160) at 23.98p/24.00p/25p/29.97p/50p/59.94p [240 to 600 MB/s VBR]
UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) at 23.98p/25p/29.97p/50p/59.94p [240 to 600 MB/s VBR]
Full HD (1920 x 1080) at 23.98p/25p/29.97p/50p/59.94p [89 to 223 MB/s VBR]
UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) at 23.98p/25p/29.97p [100 MB/s]
UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) at 50p/59.94p [150 MB/s]
Full HD (1920 x 1080) at 23.98p/25p/29.97p/59.94p [35 to 50 MB/s]
Gamma CurveCanon Log 2, Canon Log 3, HDR – HLG, HDR-PQ, Wide DRS Cinetone standard
Recording LimitUnlimitedUnlimited
Audio Recording4 channel 24 bit 48 kHz LPCM Audio 4:2:2 10 Bit via HDMI4 Channel 24 bit 48 kHz LPCM Audio SDI/BNC
Streaming YesYes
Image sizesJPEG-
4096 x 2160,
3840 x 2160,
2048 x 1080,
1920 x 1080
Still video only
Aspect Ratio16 : 9N/A
File formatJPEGN/A
Bit Depth12 BitN/A
Memory CardsDual Slots SD/SDHC/SDXCDual Slot CFexpress Type A/SD
Video I/O1 x HDMI output1 x HDMI output
Audio I/O2 x mini XLR Mic/Line +48 V Phantom power input

1 x 1/8 / 35mm TRS stereo input
1 x 1/8 / 35mm TRS stereo Headphone output
2 x XLR 3 pin Mic/line + 48 V Phantom power input on included handle
1 x 1/8″/3.5 mm TRS stereo microphone output
WirelessN/A2.4/ 5 GHz, WI-FI, NFC
Screen typeArticulated touchscreen LCDExternal touchscreen LCD
Screen size3,5″3,5″
Dynamic Range16 Stops15 Stops
Viewfinder  TypeN/AOptional Not included
Focus TypeAuto and ManualAuto and Manual
Weight1.17 kg Body890 g Body
Dimensions130.2 x 160 x 115.9 mm15.29 x 11.61 x 11.4 cm

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