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Canon details 4K video-capable EOS 1D C DSLR


April 13, 2012

Canon has revealed the details of its new EOS 1D C digital SLR which is capable of recording video at 4096 x 2160 pixel (4K) resolution

Canon has revealed the details of its new EOS 1D C digital SLR which is capable of recording video at 4096 x 2160 pixel (4K) resolution

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Canon has just brought 4K video recording to the world of digital SLR cameras in the shape of the EOS 1D C. Developed to support the broadcast quality TV, motion picture high-resolution production industries, the new EOS family member is based on the core specs of the EOS 1D X (which has just been confirmed for a June 2012 release), with some features from last year's C300 cinema camera thrown in for good measure.

The new EOS 1D C is capable of recording Motion JPEG 4K (4096 x 2160 pixel resolution) video at 24 frames per second (fps) with 8-bit 4:2:2 color sampling or 8-bit 4:2:0 Full HD 1920 x 1080 (H.264 format) at frame rates of 24, 25, 30, 50 and 60p. Users can opt to save the 4K or Full HD recordings to the camera's CF memory card or output HD movies to an external recorder via the built-in HDMI terminal using an uncompressed YCbCr 4:2:2 signal.

Videographers choosing the 4K format can expect to capture the action on roughly an APS-H sized portion of the sensor (1.3 crop factor) while those opting for HD can choose between the full 36 mm width of the sensor or a Super 35 crop setting that enables users to match the industry-standard imaging format and angle of view achieved by traditional motion picture cameras.

The EOS 1D C is also said to retain highlight and shadow detail while providing a high level of color grading freedom thanks to the inclusion of Canon's Log Gamma (as seen on the C300). There's a built-in mono microphone or external mic connection via a stereo audio jack for Linear PCM recording quality, and a built-in headphone jack for audio monitoring.

Although optimized for high quality video capture, the EOS 1D C is by no means a slouch in the photography department. It features an 18.1 megapixel full-frame (24 x 36 mm) Canon CMOS sensor and high-performance Canon Dual DIGIC 5+ image processors delivering continuous shooting of up to 12 fps and an ISO sensitivity range that can be notched right up to ISO25600 for low noise low light video capture and up to ISO51200 for photography. Sensitivity can be further expanded from the LO setting of ISO50 to an H2 max of ISO204800.

The DSLR captures stills in RAW or JPEG image format, with simultaneous recording of both formats also possible, benefits from a 61 point AF system and can be powered by an optional AC adapter for long haul sessions or via the same LP-E4N battery pack used with the EOS-1D X. There's a pentaprism viewfinder with 100% frame coverage and 0.76% magnification and users are able to view the camera's 3.2-inch, 1,040,000 dot resolution Clear View II LCD display even while the camera is connected to an external monitor. The new camera is also compatible with over 60 Canon EF and EF Cinema lenses.

The EOS-1D C digital SLR has very portable body-only dimensions of 6.22 x 6.44 x 3.25-inches (158 x 163.6 x 82.7 mm) and will be available later this year for a suggested retail price of US$15,000.

Canon has also announced the development of four new Cinema lenses, two wide-angle cinema zoom lenses - the CN-E15.5-47mm T2.8 L S (EF mount) and the CN-E15.5-47mm T2.8 L SP (PL mount) - and two telephoto cinema zoom lenses- the CN-E30-105mm T2.8 L S (EF) and CN-E30-105mm T2.8 L SP (PL).

When all's said and done, it's not a bad answer to RED's Scarlet X, but will it be enough to draw industry professionals back over to the Canon camp?

Source: Canon

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Whaaaaa isn't it amazing how quickly cameras evolve.....

Now you can buy 10Meg "corner store" cameras, that have AMAZING capabilities for $75

These are just getting better and better.......

Mr Stiffy

Is compact flash better then SD?? why CF?

Michael Mantion

Primarily because CF is the de facto standard format, Michael, and we photographers are reluctant to change to another card format when we've invested a fair chunk of money already on CF.

Also - one form of memory card for every camera the photographer owns just makes life easier.

It's also true to say that CF's size makes it more easy to handle in less than ideal conditions - SD cards are faffy to swap out quickly in gloves for example, and speed can really matter. Even just dropping a card can make CF more appealing - they're harder to lose.

Keith Reeder

My Son (32 years old) predicts cameras will go the way of wrist watches and become obsolete because of Smart Phones with better and better still and video capabilities, his new phone takes video that rivals my 14.8 MP Olympus camera, I have not worn a watch in years unless it was unique from Tokyo Flash

Bill Bennett

Get back to me when a smartphone can give me high image quality at 8 frames a second and 600-800mm of fast aperture/shallow depth of field focal length, Bill...

Keith Reeder

@Bill I've wondered the same thing about cameras on phones. Although you aren't likely to get a lens this large attached to a phone; so maybe that will keep the camera advantage vs phone.

As for watches, I think they've become more of a jewellery piece for men as you've alluded to. I have a nice Tag that is useless at telling time (if I don't wear it for a day). But it looks great with the suit.

Dan Cheng

Regarding watches,cameras,phones, I have been using a watch phone with great sucess where all three are combined on my wrist.Very handy or wristy one might say. This has dispensed with having to carry or remember a phone which may become obsolete in future as well. Also see the link on this page showing an adapter for the iphone to connect to virtually any lens of course none of this will replace professional equipment.


Wawaviva! 15000 isn't a bad deal for this kind of piece for sure!

Kirill Belousov

It's amazing the enormous lack of progress that prosumer video cameras have made in the last 10 years. If you want to record some footage with a video camera and then go to your computer, freeze a frame, and take a screen capture of it, if there was anything in the scene that was moving in the video, it will be totally blurry when going frame by frame. Only the non-moving elements in the video are clear in any single frame. Really sucks that you have to spend $25,000+ to get a video camera that allows for that. Simple concept, but incredibly expensive to implement apparently.


@pimply - lack of progress?! where have you been in the past decade? we've gone from crap to cinema quality technology for 15K in 10 years! thats incredible! do you know how much it costs just to rent a 35mm film camera? $1500 a day. then you have to purchase the film stock, develop it, and then have it digitized. technology like this has lowered the cost of entry for budding filmmakers extensively. as for for inability to grab a screen shot from video that isn't blurry, good luck. with video, the frame rate is analogous to the shutter speed in still photography. so, for instance, if you shoot something at 30FPS that is like taking a picture at 1/30th of a second. you need a 1/60th of a second to freeze the slowest movements, let alone camera shake, and 1/125 for any modest action. to get the results you're describing you have to shoot video at 60FPS at the very least. before you ask why video looks smooth to our eyes - its because we can't perceive individual frames @ 24FPS+. The magic of movies.... You would need a high speed video camera, which do exist, to get the kind of results you're looking for. I believe they're less than 15K. Heres an example http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fi1HchJdmTo

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