NAB 2012: Canon's 4K Cameras the EOS-1D C and EOS C500

[image:blog_post:12912] The EOS-1D C from Canon is designed with the cinematographer in mind. The EOS C500 is the big brother to the EOS C300, but is more like an older twin since it's announced a little more than five months after the C300. What the EOS-1D C (scheduled to be $15,000) and EOS C500 (scheduled to be $30,000)do have in common is capability of 4K video.

As a DSLR that puts video first, the EOS-1D C represents one of the smallest 4K cameras, especially when combined with EF-mount lenses. With 18MP, a full frame CMOS image sensor, and support for Motion JPEG (a 4K format) this camera is sure to push your CF cards to the limit. It can shoot at a variety of frame rates within 24p and 60p.

There is still capability to shoot HD as H.264 and stills in RAW or JPEG, and while we mention photos, it's worth mentioning that the EOS-1D C is good in low-light and is a top performer in terms of focusing, exposure and bursts. [image:blog_post:12913] Recording with the EOS-1D C should allow for freedom due to its size, and the ultimate advantage here is your creativity. The EOS C500 combines a Super 35mm 8.85MP CMOS image sensor, uncompressed output with HD-SDI and special attention to film and TV specifications for a top-level camera.

Canon added uncompressed RAW output through 3G-SDI for both 4K and 2K recording. Video also comes through the camera at 12-bit RGB and 4:4:4 while at a range of 1-60fps. [image:blog_post:12914] The lenses available for the EOS-1D C are compact EF-mount lenses which further promote the small form factor while the EOS C500 has a true twin model, the EOS C500 PL which accepts PL-mount lenses as opposed to EF cinema lenses.

Canon has also dedicated development on four new lenses, two are wide-angle at 47mm and two are telephoto at 30-105mm. Now with a dedicated complete workflow thanks to nextLAB from FotoKem. The software solution is file-based and is the first Canon camera to use the Academy of Color Encoding Specifications system throughout production and post-production. When working with the EOS C500 on a film or TV set, nextLAB provides excellent data management as is being used by industry professionals, some of whose work can be viewed at the Cinema EOS site. Finally, the EOS-1D C and EOS C500 (with more details to come) are scheduled to be available by the end of 2012.

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