Canon Unveils Two 4K Cameras & Two New Lenses

Canon today unveiled the EOS-1D C and the C500 – a higher-end version of the C300 that adds several shooting modes, dual 3G-SDI ports and a larger, permanent grip. Both cameras can capture 4K video, but in substantially different ways.

The $15,000 1D C, which has the same chassis and still shooting features of its less-abled cousin, the EOS-1D X, pipes 4096 x 2160 8-bit 4:2:2 video to a CF card at 24 fps. Unlike the X, however, the C swaps a headphone jack for the X’s PC socket, that’s usually used for hooking up strobes. The higher-end C500 requires a dedicated external recorder, but offers two full-RAW output options: 4096 x 2960, that will be better suited for motion picture capture, and 3840 x 2160 for 4K TV. Both of these modes offer 10-bit 4:4:4 at 60 frames-per-second. There’s also a half-RAW option, at 4096 x 1080 or 3840 x 1080 resolutions, also 10-bit 4:4:4, but at 120 fps. The C500 also includes dual CF slots, but that recording option is only available for 1080p (which can be captured to CF concurrently). Both cameras support Canon Log Gamma, empowering colorists to correct color in post production with more versatility by capturing additional information and a higher dynamic range.

While the 1D C offers the same still capabilities as the 1D X, including the new focus system and sensitivity through ISO 204,800, the camera can only jump up to ISO 25,600 in video mode. Likewise, the C500 offers the same ISO range as the C300 — ISO 320-20,000. Not planning to exclusively capture 4k footage? The cameras are also fully equipped for shooting 1080p. The C500 offers both 2048 x 1080 and 1920 x 1080 with either 12-bit or 10-bit 4:4:4 60p compressed RAW. There’s also an option to jump up to 120 frames-per-second, with 12-bit or 10-bit 4:2:2 YCC output. With the 1D C, you can shoot standard-format 1080p video at an uncompressed setting with 8-bit 4:2:2 Clean HD via HDMI, or you can send 4:2:0 1080p clips to the CF card — both at up to 60 fps.

Two new lenses will soon join the Cinema EOS family as well. A 15.5-47mm T/2.8 and 30-105mm T/2.8 have hit the development phase, so there’s no availability to share at this point, though we do know that both optics will be significantly lighter than the pair announced at last year’s NAB, and ship in EF or PL mounts (the latter of which can be used with any PL-mount camera). It’s important to note that while the EF-mount versions will fit the 1D C, they can’t be used for shooting stills, mainly due to vignetting. You’ll also need to switch the 1D into Super 35 crop mode when shooting 4K, to avoid the same effect. Naturally, the lenses will function normally in all modes with the C300 and C500.

Both the C500 and 1D C are set to ship by the end of 2012, though we’re told to expect the latter camera first, since the C500 is still under development. Unfortunately we don’t have pricing for the C500 or lenses just yet, though we’re told that the camera will be significantly costlier than the $16,000 C300 — both use identical sensors, but the 4K model requires additional components — Canon has confirmed 1D C pricing at a whopping $15,000, compared to $6,800 for 1D X.

Canon EOS C500 Press Release:

Canon EOS-1D C Press Release:

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