“High-quality 4K resolution imaging has become the new standard for advanced effects, Canon says, “and is particularly important for big-budget motion pictures that include scenes compositing live-action cinematography with high-resolution computer-generated imagery.”
And so, the EOS C500 4K is the new flagship model in Canon’s Cinema EOS System, the company says, capturing 4K (4096 x 2160 pixels) video that is output to external recorders as a 10-bit uncompressed RAW data stream.
“We developed the Cinema EOS C500 digital cinema camera to deliver the benefits of full 4K motion capture to Hollywood’s premier filmmakers,” Canon says.
The camera also outputs quad full-HD (3840 x 2160), 2K (2048 x 1080), and full HD (1920 x 1080). While outputting 4K or 2K video to an external recorder, the C500 PL simultaneously records a 50 Mbps Full HD video file in-camera to the user’s choice of one or two CF cards.
The C500 will be available in October in both EF- and PL-mount versions for $30,000.
Canon also debuted the C100 Digital Video Camera, which it says is “ideal for low-budget television production and independent moviemaking, museums, galleries, and film schools that utilize HD video, and wedding, corporate and event videography.”
The video camera is compact and affordable, the company says, while delivering full 1920×1080 HD video. The C100 is approximately 85 percent the size of the previous C300 model, “for maximum mobility.” It provides a push auto iris function, one-shot auto focus (or full manual focus and exposure control), a multi-angle 3.5-inch LCD touchscreen, an electronic viewfinder, built-in ND filters, dual XLR inputs, and a locking HDMI output.
The Super 35mm 16:9 CMOS sensor captures individual R, G, and B channels for each full HD 1920 x 1080 frame. “This high-sensitivity CMOS sensor provides creative depth of field capabilities for an excellent “bokeh” effect,” Canon says, and provides an ISO range of from 320 to 20,000, enabling the capture of images in low light with minimal picture noise.
The EOS C100 will sell in November for $8,000.