Canon unveils EOS-1D C & C500 4K Cinema Cameras

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    MummyChunk Guest

    From EN


    Newest Addition to the Canon Cinema EOS Product Line Combines th
    Convenient Form Factor of a Digital SLR Camera with Full HD and 4
    Video Recording up to 4096 x 2160-Pixel Resolutio

    LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., April 12, 2012 – Continually advancing th
    frontiers of digital high-resolution motion-image capture for film
    television, and other industries, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader i
    digital imaging solutions, today announced the EOS-1D C digita
    single-lens reflex (SLR) camera.* Delivering outstanding vide
    performance, the compact, lightweight EOS-1D C provides vide
    recording at 4K (4096 x 2160-pixel) or Full HD (1920 x 1080-pixel
    resolution to support high-end motion picture, television productio
    and other advanced imaging applications

    Equipped with an 18.1-megapixel full-frame 24mm x 36mm Canon CMO
    sensor, the camera records 8-bit 4:2:2 Motion JPEG 4K video to th
    camera's CF memory card at 24 frames-per-second (fps) or Full HD 192
    x 1080 video at selectable frame rates from 24p to 60p, making i
    possible for next-generation visual expression with even highe
    image-quality and resolution performance

    "The Canon EOS-1D C digital SLR camera was designed in respons
    to the needs of filmmakers, television producers, and other high-leve
    motion-imaging professionals," stated Yuichi Ishizuka, executiv
    vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies
    Communications Group, Canon U.S.A. "Not only does it combine 4
    and Full HD video capture with a convenient design, its use of dual C
    cards also offers an efficient workflow compatible with today'
    post-production requirements.

    Creative Contro
    The Canon EOS-1D C digital SLR camera incorporates Canon Log Gamma t
    enable the recording of high-quality video with rich gradatio
    expression, making possible the type of impressive image qualit
    required in motion pictures by maximizing both highlight and shado
    detail retention while also providing a high level of color-gradin
    freedom. The EOS-1D C's full-frame 24 x 36mm 18.1-megapixel Canon CMO
    sensor makes possible a wide range of creative imaging expression
    such as image-blur effects. Additional features include an expande
    sensitivity range of up to ISO 25600 for exceptional motion-imagin
    results with reduced noise even in low-light settings. The camera'
    ability to record 8-bit 4:2:2 4K and 8-bit 4:2:0 Full HD video to C
    cards eliminates the need for an external recorder and enable
    workflows with increased mobility. If desired, however, captured vide
    (excluding 4K video) can be output from the camera's HDMI terminal t
    an external recorder using an uncompressed YCbCr 8-bit 4:2:2 signal

    4K video is captured by an approximately APS-H-sized portion of th
    full image sensor, while Full HD video can be captured in the user'
    choice of two different imaging formats

    The standard Full HD setting captures the full 36mm width of the CMO
    sensor to achieve the largest possible angle of view for an
    compatible lens

    An optional Super 35 crop setting enables cinematographers to matc
    the industry-standard imaging format and angle of view achieved b
    traditional motion picture cameras. This enables video footage fro
    the EOS-1D C camera to more closely match the look of footage fro
    other cameras in multi-camera shooting environments

    Other useful video-related features on the EOS-1D C DSLR include
    built-in headphone jack for real-time audio monitoring, and th
    ability to view the camera's LCD even when the HDMI port is connecte
    to an external monitor. The EOS-1D C camera uses the same LP-E4
    battery pack as the EOS-1D X, and it can also be powered by a
    optional AC Adapter Kit

    The EOS-1D C camera ships with Canon software applications includin
    EOS Utility, which enables various camera settings to be adjusted fro
    a PC, and Picture Style Editor. These two personal compute
    applications enable users to view the camera's live output on a
    external monitor1 and adjust the image in real-time to maximiz
    shooting and post-production efficiencies. The software also ensure
    no loss of quality for 4K/Motion JPEG and full HD/60p video displayed
    on the external monitor, and it enables video shot with Canon Log
    Gamma to be output on the monitor with video gamma applied.

    Versatility and Value
    The Canon EOS-1D C camera can be used to capture still images with
    more than 60 interchangeable Canon EF and EF Cinema Lenses, all of
    which are designed to deliver exceptional image quality to maximize
    the potential for creative visual expression. The compact size and
    lightweight design of the camera make it easy to carry so it is highly
    mobile for convenient shooting inside automobiles and other confined
    spaces. Its compact size also enables peripheral equipment such as
    rails and cranes to be more compact, which can facilitate smoother
    handling and reduced costs on-set. The camera's low-light capabilities
    can also help to minimize lighting costs and increase versatility for
    lighting. For added usability, record start/stop can be remotely
    controlled by EOS Utility Software via an optional Canon WFT-E6A
    Wireless File Transmitter.

    Realizing the same exceptional still-image performance as the recently
    introduced Canon EOS-1D X digital SLR camera, the camera provides a
    sensitivity range of ISO 100-51200 for outstanding still-image results
    with reduced noise, even in dimly lit settings. Incorporating
    high-performance Canon Dual DIGIC 5+ image processors, the EOS-1D C
    delivers high-precision AF and AE performance while also enabling
    high-speed continuous shooting of up to approximately 12 fps. In the
    ultra-fast continuous shooting mode, the EOS-1D C provides a
    continuous shooting speed of up to approximately 14 fps (mirror
    remains raised during shooting; JPEG images only).

    The Canon EOS-1D C digital SLR camera is scheduled to be available
    within 2012 at a suggested retail price of $15,000.


    LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., April 12, 2012 – Canon Inc. is developing two
    digital cinematography cameras as part of its acclaimed new Cinema EOS
    System of professional cinematography products. Designated as the
    Cinema EOS C500* for use with EF-mount lenses, and the Cinema EOS C500
    PL* for use with PL-mount lenses, the cameras will be capable of
    originating 4K (4096 x 2160-pixel) resolution digital motion imagery
    with uncompressed RAW output for external recording, in response to
    growing expectations for higher levels of imaging performance in
    premium Hollywood films and other production markets requiring the
    utmost in picture quality.

    "With the unveiling of our Cinema EOS System last November to
    great acclaim, Canon marked our full-fledged entry into the
    motion-picture production market," stated Yuichi Ishizuka,
    executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies
    & Communications Group, Canon U.S.A. "To further serve the
    needs of Hollywood's premier filmmakers, Canon is developing the
    Cinema EOS C500 and Cinema EOS C500 PL digital cinematography cameras,
    which deliver the added benefit of full 4K motion-image capture to the
    Cinema EOS System."

    The 4K imaging format is emerging as the new standard for advanced
    effects and post-production in Hollywood, and it is particularly
    important for big-budget motion pictures that include scenes
    compositing live-action cinematography with high-resolution
    computer-generated imagery. The Cinema EOS C500/C500 PL digital
    cinematography cameras will not only support 4K-resolution video but
    also outputs this as a 10-bit uncompressed RAW data stream with no
    de-Bayering. The cameras offer the additional versatility of being
    able to output quad full-HD (3840 x 2160), 2K (2048 x 1080), full HD
    (1920 x 1080), and other imaging options. All of these digital image
    source formats fully conform to established SMPTE production
    standards. All 4K formats can be selected to operate from one to 60
    frames per second. The cameras employ a 12-bit RGB 4:4:4 signal format
    during 2K output, which can be selected to operate from one to 60
    frames-per-second (fps) as well. If switched to a 10-bit YCrCb 4:2:2
    mode, the camera can operate up to 120 fps.

    The Cinema EOS C500 simultaneously records in-camera a 50 Mbps HD
    proxy video to a CF card that is immediately available to support
    offline editing. Equipped with a newly developed Super 35mm-equivalent
    approximately 8.85-megapixel CMOS sensor, the cameras will be
    compatible with Canon's wide range of interchangeable EF Cinema and
    PL-mount lenses and EF lenses for Canon SLR cameras. Highly mobile and
    compact for filmmaking versatility, the Cinema EOS C500/C500 PL
    digital cinematography cameras – like Canon's Cinema EOS C300/C300 PL
    cinematography cameras – provide all of the same ergonomic features,
    except for the rotating hand grip.

    Further details regarding the Cinema EOS C500/C500 PL digital
    cinematography cameras – including specifications and pricing – have
    yet to be decided. Plans call for these new products to be launched
    later this year. In addition to targeting a swift launch of these
    cameras, Canon will continue to enhance other components of its Cinema
    EOS System product lineup, which is designed to contribute to the
    continued advancement of tools for visual expression and the
    development of cinematic culture.

    Canon will display a prototype of the Cinema EOS C500/C500 PL digital
    cinematography camera at the 2012 NAB Show in booth C4325 at the Las
    Vegas Convention Center from April 16 to 19.


    A Wide-Angle Cinema Zoom and a Telephoto Cinema Zoom, Available in EF-
    and PL-Mount Versions, Will Further Expand Canon's Cinema EOS System
    of Professional Digital Cinematography Products

    LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., April 12, 2012 – Building upon the historic
    November 2011 introduction of the Cinema EOS System of professional
    digital cinematography products, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leading in
    digital imaging solutions, today announced the development of four EF
    Cinema zoom lenses. Designed to deliver exceptional optical
    performance on 4K resolution Super 35mm-equivalent cameras, each of
    the four lenses features a compact, lightweight design to facilitate
    handheld and SteadicamTM shooting while also covering a wide range of
    focal lengths. Included are two wide-angle cinema zooms – the
    CN-E15.5-47mm T2.8 L S* (for EF mounts) and the CN-E15.5-47mm T2.8 L
    SP* (for PL mounts) – and two telephoto cinema zooms – the
    CN-E30-105mm T2.8 L S* (for EF mounts) and CN-E30-105mm T2.8 L SP*
    (for PL mounts).

    "Canon's introduction of EF- and PL-mount versions of the EOS
    C300 digital cinema camera was well received by the film and
    television production communities," noted Yuichi Ishizuka,
    executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies
    & Communications Group, Canon U.S.A. "The development of
    these EF- and PL-mount cinema zooms will help add to the rich
    diversity of creative imaging choices available to the many film and
    television professionals who have embraced the new Cinema EOS

    A leading maker of precision lenses for professional digital
    photography, broadcast HDTV sports and news coverage, and many other
    markets, Canon has leveraged its years of expertise as a world leader
    in optics and imaging to develop its latest EF Cinema lenses. These
    wide-angle and telephoto cinema zooms will be compatible with
    industry-standard Super 35 mm-equivalent cameras and are engineered to
    deliver exceptional optical performance to support 4K resolution
    digital filmmaking. The four lenses will perfectly complement the
    compact body design of Canon EOS digital cinematography cameras with
    their own compact, lightweight design featuring a form factor
    well-suited for hand-held use, or for mounting on Steadicam or other
    lightweight, highly mobile camera-support devices used for cinema
    verité, "run-and-gun" shooting, or other rapid-action

    The developments of these EF Cinema lenses are essential to Canon's
    Cinema EOS System of professional digital cinematography products,
    which include digital cinema cameras, a digital SLR camera, and a wide
    variety of advanced lenses. Canon will continue to enhance its Cinema
    EOS System product lineup to support diverse image creation in motion
    picture, television, and other high-resolution digital production
    industries. All of these products are designed to contribute to the
    continued advancement of tools for visual expression and express
    Canon's commitment to cinematic culture.

    Canon will be displaying prototypes of the cinema zoom lenses at NAB
    Show 2012, one of the world's largest events for the video,
    broadcasting equipment and digital media industries, from April 16 to
    19 in Las Vegas.

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    Bowser Guest

    If Canon continues on their "video priority" path, I may switch to
    Nikon for my next upgrade cycle. More and more it seems they're
    sacrificing still photography for video, something in which I have no
    interest. Damned shame, too.
    Bowser, Apr 13, 2012
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    Mike Guest

    The Canon "C" (cine) models are designed for video use. And they are
    designed to compete with Red, Sony, Panasonic and Canon Pro video (XL
    series) XL H1 is no longer listed on Canon's website.
    Mike, Apr 13, 2012
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    Bruce Guest

    I'm not a customer for video either. But we both have to accept that
    there is a strong demand for video and that video helps sell DSLRs.

    Nikon is already catching up fast with the D4 and D800 having powerful
    video features. These will eventually filter down to cover the whole
    DSLR range. So in future Nikon won't offer a video-free alternative
    to Canon in the way that it has for the last couple of years.
    Bruce, Apr 13, 2012
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    Alan Browne Guest

    "What" has been sacrificed?

    To me video is an add-on that doesn't subtract from the whole.
    Alan Browne, Apr 13, 2012
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    DanP Guest

    Switch for Nikon but do it for the right reason, like better IQ, cheaper price, etc.

    Don't switch because you want a camera with poorer video quality, Nikon cameras will have video from now on.

    DanP, Apr 14, 2012
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    Rich Guest

    Do we know that?
    Rich, Apr 15, 2012
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    Me Guest

    In the case of the "C" series cameras/lenses, probably not.
    Canon appear to be /very/ serious about this system.
    The "compromise" seems to be that they still use a 35mm still format
    (36x24) sensor, when the sensor is designed for optimal performance (at
    4k resolution with 1:1 pixel mapping and no downsampling/pixel binning)
    at about APS or Super 35 format size. The EF-C lenses also don't cover
    36x24mm frame size.
    You could shoot 36x24 format (but only at 1080p) and using dslr lenses
    which aren't designed for cine, and use the cameras for stills, but for
    the sake of a few thousand dollars, a 5DIII or Nikon D800 might do a
    better job of it anyway.
    Me, Apr 15, 2012
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    Joe Kotroczo Guest

    Oh, come on. Canon has been making film cameras since 1956. They started
    making Hi-8 camcorders in 1989, they even had a Hi-8 camcorder with
    interchangeable EF-Lenses in 1991. They've made digital camcorders for
    as long as there have been digital camcorders.

    Recently the digital video camera market has been moving towards bigger
    sensors to get more of a "film look", and dSLRs with video have become
    popular as a cheap means to get said "film look" (which really is just
    shallow depth of field) and Canon is quite naturally following that
    move. They would be fools not to follow the market.

    The EOS-1D C is not a still photo camera, it is a video camera based on
    the EOS-1D X. If you're not interested in video, just ignore it.
    Joe Kotroczo, Apr 15, 2012
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    Bruce Guest

    In fact Canon is doing what it does best - leading the market.

    Well said.
    Bruce, Apr 15, 2012
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    George Kerby Guest

    You're new here aren't you?

    Rich is a Bitch, especially when it comes to Canon and Apple and anything
    plastic. It's called an 'obsession', and his day revolves around such
    George Kerby, Apr 15, 2012
  12. [EOS-1D C]
    Nooooo. I'm shooting at 8 MPix on APS-C now (old 20D,
    landscape trigger's starting to misbehave), I wanna be
    machinegun-photographing 8 MPix at 24 FPS!
    Never again miss the critical moment more than by 1/48s[1]!


    And I do tell you, 8 MPix is good for most common sizes (OK,
    if you're shooting for huge prints, you want large format ...)
    and more MPix is no reason for an upgrade (for me, that is).

    I'll expect such a camera to be quite a success where 20-25 fps are
    needed to capture the moment --- or where not enough training will
    be allowed for photographers to properly anticipate that moment.[2]


    [1] If you're holding the camera in the right direction, are
    filming, are focussed, etc, etc. etc.

    [2] Crossbows and even early fireams were slower, shorter ranged
    and less accurate than, say, the English longbow. But it took
    a decade or two to properly train such an archer (i.e. from
    childhood up), so they made do with crossbows which could be
    trained in a couple of weeks.

    Early firearms were worse: not only they could blow up, the
    smoothbores were too inaccurate to be properly aimed at a
    man at most ranges (rifles without breech loading or minié
    ball were slow and laborious to load --- too slow for the
    battlefield except for, say, snipers) and thus every rank,
    after loading, aimed in the general direction of the enemy
    and fired as one, creating a killing field.
    But firearms were easy to train, just follow the drill.

    Worse solutions that are much easier to mass train tend
    to replace better, but hard to train solutions, when
    masses of them are needed ...
    Wolfgang Weisselberg, Apr 17, 2012
  13. .... better tele lenses (right? :)
    .... currently more affordable insane MP numbers (before the D800
    people changed to Canon for that)

    Wolfgang Weisselberg, Apr 17, 2012
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