Canon announces 4K C500 camera. Price circa $30k

No real surprises here. I think we all knew this would come. Apparently looks very much like the C300 but offers 4K resolution RAW output amongst other things. There is also a new DSLR with 4K capability, the EOS 1D C. This records 4k using jpeg compression at 8 bits, so much less interesting as far as I’m concerned. Remember resolution isn’t everything, the Arri Alexa is a fantastic example of that. Here’s the press release from Canon



The EOS-1D C is a unique product offering a package of features not comparable to any other product on the market.


Based on the powerful core specifications of the EOS-1D X, it incorporates additional features such as 4K recording and Full HD/60p support, alongside the option of high quality stills capture.


As part of the Cinema EOS range, it’s also compatible with the complete range of EF and Cinema Lenses, offering video professionals exceptional flexibility.


Key Headlines:


  • Internal 4K (4,096 x 2,160) recording with 4:2:2 colour sampling – direct to CF cards
  • 8-bit Motion JPEG compression
  • ISO sensitivity up to 25,600
  • Clean HDMI out (Full HD, 4:2:2)
  • Canon Log Gamma
  • 24p support during 4K shooting
  • 24, 25, 30, 50 and 60p frame rate support in Full HD (1920x1080p) resolution
  • Full-frame sensor with crop support (APS-H, Super 35mm)


All other specifications are the same as the EOS-1D X.



EOS C500


Targeting both the motion picture and high resolution digital production industries, the EOS C500 will offer 4K RAW output and will be available with Canon’s EF mount and the industry-standard PL mount.


In November 2011 Canon announced the EOS C300 – the first camera in the Cinema EOS System, marking the company’s entry into the motion-picture and digital production market. Highly acclaimed by video professionals since launch, the EOS C300 offers exceptional video quality performance, outstanding mobility, durability and expandability, thanks to its modular design and its compatibility with Canon’s range of EF and EF Cinema Lenses. The EOS C500/EOS C500 PL will be based on the same advanced platform, adding support for 4K RAW video capture, and 4:4:4 sampling during 2K capture.


Supporting next-generation 4K-resolution video capture and RAW data output, the EOS C500/EOS C500 PL will achieve exceptional video results without any loss in quality. The camera’s uncompressed 4K output will unleash the full potential of Canon’s premium range of EF Cinema Lenses, combining with Canon Log Gamma, which delivers the high-quality video and wide exposure latitude required by digital cinematographers.


Furthermore, 12-bit RGB 4:4:4 signal during 2K (2,048 x 1,080 pixels) video output will deliver rich colour and high compatibility with image processes such as chroma key compositing. Support for frame rates up to 120p in both 4K and 2K resolution will provide enhanced creative flexibility, enabling high-speed (slow motion) video capture in high resolution.


A development prototype of the EOS C500 digital cinema camera will be on display at NAB 2012, one of the world’s largest events for the video, broadcasting equipment and digital media industries. NAB 2012 will take place from April 16-19 in Las Vegas, USA.


Cine lenses


The new lenses will join Canon’s existing line-up of high-end EF Cinema Lenses in forming the core of the Cinema EOS system, which spans lens, digital cinema camera and DSLR categories.


In addition to compatibility with industry-standard Super 35 mm-equivalent cameras, the four cinema zoom lenses will also offer superior flexibility. Each lens will feature a compact, lightweight body supporting a wide focal range, making them ideal for handheld shooting. Combined with the Canon’s existing high-end EF Cinema primes, the new lenses will offer a greater variety of creative possibilities for video professionals of all types.


Prime Lenses

CN-E15.5-47mm T2.8 L S (EF)

CN-E15.5-47mm T2.8 L SP (PL)


Telephoto cinema zoom lenses

CN-E30-105mm T2.8 L S (EF)

CN-E30-105mm T2.8 L SP (PL).


Prototypes of the new cinema zoom lenses will be on display at NAB 2012, one of the world’s largest events for the video, broadcasting equipment and digital media industries. NAB 2012 will take place from April 16 to 19 in Las Vegas, USA.

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