Canon 8K Cinema Camera – First Official Footage

March 14th, 2019
Canon 8K Cinema Camera - First Official Footage

The first footage shot with Canon’s 8K cinema camera is now available to watch online. The short video shot in 8K RAW (Using external recorders) shows the natural and cultural heritage of the Miyazaki Prefecture in Japan.

Last year in November during Inter BEE 2018 in Japan, Canon showcased the final stage of its prototype cinema camera, capable of recording video in 8K resolution. You can check our initial article with a video interview by clicking here. The prototype’s camera body looked very much like the Canon C300 Mark II, with the only difference being the 8K badge.

Canon 8K cinema camera rig. Source: Canon

Canon has now released a short video showcasing the image quality of their new 8K cinema camera. The video titled “Roots of Japan” showcases some of the most iconic sightseeing locations and cultural elements of the Miyazaki Prefecture in Japan. The project aims to promote tourism at Miyazaki and to preserve its natural beauty and cultural heritage. It features scenes about the Takachiho Shrine and ritual Kagura dancing, the Amanoyasu-kawara cave and sake making at a brewery in the town of Hinokage.

The video has been filmed using Canon’s 8K cinema camera equipped with the range of Canon EF cinema lenses from wide-angle to telephoto, and is therefore the first official footage of that camera. The video is available on YouTube – though unfortunately, for those who already own an 8K display, the YouTube version is only available in 4K resolution. According to Canon, an 8K YouTube version will be made available at a later date. The company held an official 8K screening event in Japan only.

Photo credit: Canon global

There is not much technical information about the Canon 8K cinema camera available yet. The Super35-sized sensor resolution should be 8192 × 4320 pixels. There is also currently no information about when the camera will be available and at what price.

During our interview at Inter BEE 2018, we were told that 8K recording will not be possible internally, only with an external 8K recorder. I am not sure what kind of external recorder was used for this particular production, but on one behind-the-scenes photo we have, it looks like it was a rig of four 4K recorders. Ichiro Shimada, who was the director of this video said they were shooting in 8K RAW. I have cropped the photo, so that the recording rig is more visible – which equipment do you think they used?

The 8K RAW recording rig. Source: Canon

Do you plan to include an 8K workflow in your production? Let us know in the comments underneath the article.

Source: PRtimes.jp, Canon Global

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Francisco Falcão
Francisco Falcão
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March 16th, 2019

Sorry to ask… but my youtube only has 4K, am I missing something? Because I can’t believe we are all talking about watching a 4K video of an 8K camera!… Is there some setting I have to turn on? Or is it because my screen is only HD? Should I see it on my phone? I think that’s inverted HD 1080 x 1920, probably would have the same problem no? Also where could I see cinema in 8K? Because in my country they only use the 2K projectors (portugal), is it common in your country? Thank you for your help.

Terry Harada
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March 15th, 2019

Looks like a 12g-sdi proprietary recorder. I am assuming they are looking at each individual quadrant on four screens. Not one of my units that’s for sure!

matt
matt
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March 15th, 2019

it looks like sony’s 4K resolution!, NOT even close to an 8K image!!!
Canon is always behind in video resolution, as usual!
shame.

Marco Abraham
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March 15th, 2019

First try and give us pro res 4K 4444 internally canon , then try for 8K ?

Member
March 15th, 2019

Truly disgusting. I’m a big Canon guy, but that footage is just ugly. Somehow camera companies have lost sight of what cinema quality is supposed to be. It is not hyper-resolution. Not even close.

James Drawneek
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March 15th, 2019

Matthew Johnstone still looks shit.

Member
March 15th, 2019

You have to be a special kind of masochist to use that many recorders.

Member
March 14th, 2019

This is not impressive at all. Highlights blown, video look, poor color temperature selection, very cold look, extremely amateurish. Too bad. Get a real cinematographer Canon, please. This is nearly unwatchable.
Let me shoot your next one.

matt
matt
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March 15th, 2019
Reply to  Richard Sisk

you’re definitely right, not even a real 4k either,

Jay Batch
Jay Batch
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March 14th, 2019

8K… hmm, lemme guess – it’s for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. We haven’t even got over 4K yet. Great camera though

Ben J
Ben J
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March 14th, 2019

I’m really hoping to retire before I ever need to handle an 8K raw file.

Misha Engel
Misha Engel
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March 15th, 2019
Reply to  Ben J

Pretty easy with the (upcomming 32c/64tr 4.5 GHz all-core) threadrippers (aug 2019) and 2 radeon VII’s, about $5k for a complete workstation.

Joseph Castleberry
Joseph Castleberry
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March 16th, 2019
Reply to  Misha Engel

In all honesty Im running a $8k rig right now with stats similar to that with a core i9, 2080TIs, and Raid 0 NVME’s, and it still struggles with true 4k raw footage, not sure how you think what you mentioned can handle 8k raw – not to mention the thread rippers have a draw back in thier design “when talking about video editing” where all the cores dont even talk directly to the other components with out being bottlenecked by a bridge on the MB – stop reading and start building these machines, you’ll see what im talking about ;)

Misha Engel
Misha Engel
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March 16th, 2019

The current threadripper 2950x $800 is fast enough for decoding 8k.R3D 25fps 7:1. The Radeon VII $700 is fast enough to de-bayer this in real-time (All in Resolve).

CPU: AMD – Threadripper 2950X 3.5 GHz 16-Core Processor ($799.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Enermax – Liqtech TR4 II 280 80.71 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock – Fatal1ty X399 Professional Gaming ATX TR4 Motherboard ($374.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair – Dominator Platinum 64 GB (4 x 16 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory ($586.42 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung – 970 Pro 512 GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive ($167.89 @ OutletPC)
Storage: Samsung – 970 Pro 1 TB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive ($344.41 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung – 970 Pro 1 TB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive ($344.41 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate – IronWolf 8 TB 3.5″ 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($229.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate – IronWolf 8 TB 3.5″ 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($229.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate – IronWolf 8 TB 3.5″ 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($229.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate – IronWolf 8 TB 3.5″ 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($229.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: PowerColor – Radeon VII 16 GB Video Card
($699.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design – Define R5 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($133.87 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair – 1600 W 80+ Titanium Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($339.89 @ OutletPC)
Total: $4861.80 ~ $5000

And this is with current gen Threadripper.
Next gen will be a lot faster (for the same price).

Grant Van Zutphen
Grant Van Zutphen
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March 18th, 2019
Reply to  Misha Engel

I’m with you Misha. 8K is achievable. I’d still edit with prores as opposed to raw, but a threadripper with enough RAM and the right GPU and NVME drives should be able to handle it.

Matt Mullen
Matt Mullen
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March 14th, 2019

Highlights are blown out and there’s no detail in the blacks. Stop chasing resolution and make a better sensor.

Daniel Henriquez Ilic
Daniel Henriquez Ilic
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March 15th, 2019
Reply to  Matt Mullen

Or just shoot real film; Kodak Vision3 color negative platform was released between 2007 and 2012, and is currently in production (11 to 13+ stops of latitude). A new stock was just released: Ektachrome 100D/7294. It’s a color reversal stock, so the latitude is between 2 to 3 stops, the quality of the color is just amazing.

Chad Little
Chad Little
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May 1st, 2020
Reply to  Matt Mullen

This was to show the 120fps not the grading.

Roman
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March 14th, 2019

I see Blackmagic Video Assist on the camera ) shame on you, Canon!

Member
March 14th, 2019

I really hate seeing stuff in 50p or 60p whatever it was. It just makes it look cheap!

Misha Engel
Misha Engel
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March 15th, 2019
Reply to  Philip Bloom

Then don’t watch Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk and Gemini Man directed by Ang Lee. It’s 120p so it’s won’t look cheap but free of charge.

Steve Oakley
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March 14th, 2019

external RAW vs internal RAW of some flavor are 2 different things. They went external for max quality as you do for demo’s like this. I’m sure the internal is probably very good. It would be nice though if they bump up to 444 codecs as an option because 422 doesn’t cut it for certain situations.

as for the 60P, well thats simply an insane data rate. they are showing they can hit it for once. 4K 120 or 180 though would be nice :)

 Manfred Baulig
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March 14th, 2019

watched it on the Dell 8K….the focus isnt sometimes where its supposed to be. Either they are very artsy or they couldnt see a thing XD The Skintones also didnt look good…how do you process all the data from 4 recorders? Post-Pro must be a nightmare compared to red.

Teodor
Teodor
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March 14th, 2019

People are missing the most important thing. 8k will give us 4k in 444. I really hope canon will implement this and were able to keep the dynamic range. Then this thing will be a dream.

What Haveyou
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March 14th, 2019
Reply to  Teodor

Or… they could just do 6K and give us 4:4:4 4K.

Teodor
Teodor
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March 14th, 2019
Reply to  What Haveyou

6k is not enough to give you 444 with a bayerpattern maybe with some special debayer but with 8k you have genuine clusters of pixels with red green and blue which should in theory result in a wonderful 4k signal.

Misha Engel
Misha Engel
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March 15th, 2019
Reply to  Teodor

6k Venice gives perfect 444 4k RGB de-bayer. With current modern de-bayer algorithems 4096/0.75 ~ 5.5k bayer sensor is enough.

Milton Milz Tu
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March 14th, 2019

Canon 8k?! ??

Antony Keane Alvarez
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March 14th, 2019

You need 4 external recorders? I can’t see many reasons to choose this over an 8K RED – high iso and autofocus would be the only reasons, but the best use for autofocus is gimbal work and this thing would be a mess to try and record raw footage with on a gimbal. Canon is due for a C300 mk3 at NAB and it should have cinema raw light internally… now that’s interesting.

Keith Mullin
Keith Mullin
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March 14th, 2019

I’m pretty sure I saw this same setup at NAB back in 2016, including the 4 Odyssey recorders.

Admin
March 14th, 2019
Reply to  Keith Mullin

Set-up yes, first footage is from February 2019. We have been told that the camera is in production now.

Jonathan David Piercy
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March 14th, 2019

And so it begins

 Chris Kennedy
Chris Kennedy
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March 14th, 2019

Didn’t Canon show this camera prototype at an NAB 3-4 years ago? It was also outputting to 4 Odyssey’s like this

Admin
March 14th, 2019
Reply to  Chris Kennedy

Yes indeed! Now it is coming to fruition

Caleb Money
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March 14th, 2019

I’m a Canon user but this video looks does not look good (60FPS? wtf) and this camera does not look impressive either.

“8K recording will not be possible internally, only with an external 8K recorder…” Uhhhh….

Will Wayman
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March 14th, 2019

lol it looks like they upscaled footage from a 70D

Rafael Molina
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March 14th, 2019

External RAW? That’s no Cinema Camera then, it’s a Video Camera, nice try Canon. ?

Misha Engel
Misha Engel
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March 15th, 2019
Reply to  Rafael Molina

Arri uses an external Codex box on their Alexa’s, so does panasonic and Canon.

Davide Greco
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March 14th, 2019

only with external recorder?

Misha Engel
Misha Engel
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March 14th, 2019
Reply to  Davide Greco

Internal (compressed)RAW or raw recording is patented by RED, hence the on camere codex boxes with ARRI, Sony and Pana. Some US patent office granted this patent to give a US company an unfair advantage over other companies. For among this reason BM developed BRAW (which is technically not RAW or raw).

Bryan Singer
Bryan Singer
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March 14th, 2019
Reply to  Misha Engel

Panavision is made by RED.

Misha Engel
Misha Engel
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March 15th, 2019
Reply to  Bryan Singer

pana means Panasonic in this case

Delano
Delano
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March 14th, 2019
Reply to  Misha Engel

That’s strange…. Internal RAW is possible on almost all Arri cameras: https://goo.gl/tLbTKK . I just shot raw last week on an Arri LF.

Manfred Baulig
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March 14th, 2019
Reply to  Delano

they have a patent on compressed RAW. Also maybe a strange coincidence: Red announced on the same day as BM announced BMR, that they licensed there codec to another camera manufacturer.

Member
March 14th, 2019
Reply to  Manfred Baulig

are you sure? I understand their patent is on THEIR type of compressed raw. There are many cameras that shoot variations of compressed raw internal including the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K.

 Manfred Baulig
Member
March 14th, 2019
Reply to  Philip Bloom

Compressed raw in camera. That’s why there was also the law suit against Sony when they released the f5 series. I wish I could find the statement from.jarred land at the they as blackmagic announced Blackmagic Raw.

Misha Engel
Misha Engel
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March 15th, 2019
Reply to  Manfred Baulig

F*ck*ng,@ssh011es,#*(& or something similar.

Misha Engel
Misha Engel
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March 15th, 2019
Reply to  Philip Bloom

Compressed cDNG is not allowed anymore on new camera’s, so keep your old firmware. BRAW is not RAW or raw.

Misha Engel
Misha Engel
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March 15th, 2019
Reply to  Delano

Good luck with shooting LF Open Gate ARRIRAW 4.5K at 24 fps with SxS PRO+ Cards (you need a write speed of atleast 500 MB/s)

What Haveyou
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March 14th, 2019
Reply to  Misha Engel

There is a bullshit patent involved, yes, but the U.S. Patent & Trademark office isn’t nefarious; it’s just derelict. Until software patents are outlawed, U.S. AND other businesses will be stifled, innovation will be retarded, and consumers will be harmed.

Misha Engel
Misha Engel
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March 15th, 2019
Reply to  What Haveyou

How about softbuttons on an iPhone screen vs. Samsungs phone.

Robert Ruffo
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March 15th, 2019
Reply to  What Haveyou

When you won’t be able to make any money with software patents, then innovation will pretty much stop, not blossom, or become the exclusive domain of hobbyists.

Lâm Tran
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March 14th, 2019

It looks like you have to have another unit that’s twice the size of the camera to capture or process the 8k res

What Haveyou
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March 14th, 2019
Reply to  Lâm Tran

It comes with a motorcycle sidecar.

Marko Hila
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March 14th, 2019

Clipping highlights like 8 stops.

Pedro Hofmann
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March 14th, 2019

RED works since years with 8K – I don´t understand this big technical workaround. Maybe they are just testing. Sony will show us new 8K chips and small cams with it this year…

What Haveyou
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March 14th, 2019
Reply to  Pedro Hofmann

Recording 8-bit 4:2:0 video

Misha Engel
Misha Engel
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March 15th, 2019
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Lexicon
Lexicon
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March 14th, 2019

Japanese not just invented but are in love with the ‘VIDEO LOOK’

 Thomas LIZON
Thomas LIZON
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March 14th, 2019

On the picture, we can see 4 Convergent Design Odissey 7Q and 1 Shogun Inferno.

Lukedriftwood
Lukedriftwood
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March 14th, 2019
Reply to  Jakub Han

It’s Canon’s proprietary debayer box/processing unit, it’s separate from the camera head.

Robert Halliday Jr.
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March 14th, 2019

Looks the same as 2k. Wait let me get off my phone and try my 5k iMac….yep the same.

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