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posted by - Thursday, 12 April 2012

If the NAB news wasn’t building enough already, Canon has some major announcements this morning. First up is the C500, which looks very similar to the C300, but with some major improvements. The big news is that it can output raw sensor data before de-Bayering over SDI. The 4K camera data can be sent out over 3G-SDI connectors as 10-bit raw data. With two 3G-SDI outputs, the camera can also pump out HD, 2K (2048×1080) and Quad HD (3840×2160) formats. The camera also has two monitor HD-SDI outputs for on-board and on-set monitoring. All 4K formats can be selected to operate from one to 60 frames per second. The cameras has 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. These features are very impressive and first of their kind in the market.

Like the C300, the C500 can also record in 50 Mbps HD video to CF cards. This video can be used as proxy for immediate offline editing. The sensor is the same as found in the C300, Super-35 sized, 8.85-megapixel, and very good in low light. The camera will come in both EF and PL mounts. The body of the camera is much the same as the C300, but the rotating handgrip has been removed and the side expended to make room for more internal hardware and all those extra SDI outputs.

Other specifications are not yet set, but a preliminary suggested list price of $30,000 has been suggested. Canon will display a prototype of the Cinema EOS C500/C500 PL digital cinematography camera at NAB this year and is expecting to ship the camera in 2012. Read the press release here.

Next up is the EOS-1D C.

The 1D C was hinted at during the launch of the C300, and now it is a reality. It is the 4K DSLR we all were wondering about. The EOS-1D C is a full frame (24mm x 36mm) camera that can record video in 4K (4096×2160-pixel) or Full HD (1920×1080-pixel) resolutions. The camera records 8-bit 4:2:2 Motion JPEG 4K video to the camera’s CF memory card at 24 fps or Full HD 1920×1080 video at selectable frame rates from 24p to 60p. The 4K Motion JPEG format is traditional compressed video, no raw conversion needed, which can really speed up a 4K workflow. Additionally, the Canon EOS-1D C digital SLR camera incorporates the Canon Log Gamma mode found in the C300. This gives the recording a great deal of range, and a lot of adjustability in post. In video mode, the camera has an impressive ISO range up to 25,600 and promises low noise levels.

The internal recording is 8-bit 4:2:2 4K or 8-bit 4:2:0 Full HD to CF cards. And, it will also output an 8-bit 422 signal via HDMI for external recording. No 10-bit here, which is a bit limiting, but with so many features we are still impressed.

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

1. The standard Full HD setting captures the full 36mm width of the CMOS sensor to achieve the largest possible angle of view for any compatible lens.

2. An optional Super-35 crop mode enables cinematographers to match the industry-standard imaging format and angle of view achieved by traditional motion picture cameras. This enables the use of the new Canon Zooms, which I’ll discuss below.

Other useful video-related features on the EOS-1D C DSLR include a built-in headphone jack for real-time audio monitoring and the ability to view the camera’s LCD even when the HDMI port is connected to an external monitor. The EOS-1D C camera uses the same LP-E4N battery pack as the EOS-1D X, and it can also be powered by an optional AC Adapter Kit.

The EOS-1D C camera ships with Canon software applications including EOS Utility, which enables various camera settings to be adjusted from a PC, and Picture Style Editor. The software also ensures 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.

The Canon EOS-1D C digital SLR camera is scheduled to be available in 2012 with a suggested retail price of $15,000. Read the press release here.

Also Canon has Four New Zoom lenses.

Canon announced the development of two cinema zoom lenses, both in PL and EF mount. These compact and  lightweight lenses are designed to perform well on a 4K sensor camera, meaning they will work well with both of their new cameras. The set includes a wide-angle zoom – 15.5-47mm T2.8 (in PL & EF), and a telephoto cinema zoom – 30-105mm T2.8 (in PL & EF mount).  No doubt that these two zooms will be popular.

Canon will be displaying prototypes of the cinema zoom lenses at NAB this year. Read the full press release here.

More News from Canon

Canon has also announced several additions to their ENG and box lens lineup, firmware improvements to the XF cameras (including 35Mbps recording), and their entry in the the monitor world with 4K monitoring solutions. After all why have a 4K video output on a camera if you can’t view it on something. We will be blogging from NAB on all these new updates, so stay tuned. Read all the news from Canon here.

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