The Canon EOS-1D C – 4K dream HDSLR

April 12th, 2012

Canon just announced yet another HDSLR camera with some unreal specs.

The EOS-1D C is a high resolution, 4K DSLR camera optimized for video recording.

Internal 4K (4,096 x 2,160) recording with 4:2:2 colour
_sampling (direct to CF cards)
8-bit Motion JPEG compression
high 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)

How much is it?
[UPDATE:]The Canon EOS-1D C will cost $15,000 US, putting it above the RED Scarlet-X. It will be available in 2012.

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From the Press Release:
The Canon EOS-1D C represents a breakthrough in cinematography in a DSLR specifically designed for video, that is incredibly flexible, rugged and compact. Offering onboard 4K image capture, industry-standard codecs and interfaces, and incredible low light performance – the EOS-1D C helps make 4K filmmaking as creative as you want it to be.

For anyone familiar with Canon’s EOS 5D Mark II or the EOS-1D product line, the compact size and weight of the EOS-1D C will be immediately recognizable. Built with onboard 4K recording at 24P or HD recording at a range of frame rates up to 60p; and Clean HD via HDMI, the EOS-1D C offers additional capabilities for film and TV production as well as specialty image acquisition applications.

Coupled with Canon’s compact EF-mount lenses, the EOS-1D C facilitates 4K image origination in the tightest and most challenging environments, opening up fresh cinematic opportunities along the way.

Production
The EOS-1D C is designed to perform wherever a scene may take it: hostile environments, very cramped spaces, mounted on the end of extended jib arms, or embedded on-set. For added versatility, record start/stop can be remotely controlled by Canon’s EOS Utility Software via a WFT unit.

Like other Cinema EOS products, the EOS-1D C exhibits incredible low-light performance, helping to ensure optimum image quality under conditions of extremely low scene illumination. When operating in DSLR mode the EOS-1D C offers top-of-the range focusing, exposure, and burst mode.

Post-Production
The EOS-1D C records the 4K signal as a YUV 4:2:2 at 24p Motion JPEG format directly to onboard CF cards. It can also externally record an HD time-coded proxy via HDMI output for use in an offline NLE system. The 4K file can be loaded directly into color grading systems that support the Motion JPEG file format; and the alternative HD recordings (H.264) on the CF cards can also be taken directly into color grading systems.

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