updated 10:45 am EDT, Thu April 12, 2012
Canon intros C300 successor for 4K shooting
Canon on Thursday made a number of announcements relating to high-end pro video, starting with the EOS-1D C and now the EOS C500 and C500 PL. Either of the C500 models is meant for cinematographers and shoots up to 4K resolution (4096x2160) video, though the former takes EF-mount lenses and the latter accommodates PL-mount glass. They output in 10-bit uncompressed RAW format and meet SMPTE production standards. The camera also simultaneously records 50Mbps HD proxy video to its CF card to ease offline editing. At its heart is a new Super 35mm-equivalent CMOS sensor rated that is rated at approximately 8.85 megapixels.
The base design sports dual 3G-SDI ports and a larger, non-rotating grip as compared to the current C300. It has dual CF card slots, but only 1080p video can be recorded onto them. ISO ranges from 320 to 20,000, same as the C300.
The other supported 4K format is 3840x2160 for 4K TV, and either format can be set at between one and 60 frames per second. The same frame rate is an option for the 12-bit RGB 4:4:4 signal format with 2K output. When set to a 10-bit YCrCb 4:2:2 mode, the camera can be set at up to 120 frames per second.
The cameras will launch later this year, though no pricing or release dates are known. Based on current hardware that's somewhat comparable, pricing is expected to fall into higher five-digit figures. Prototypes will be on display at the NAB show that kicks off on April 16 in Las Vegas.