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CANON ANNOUNCES DEVELOPMENT OF 4K DIGITAL CINEMA CAMERAS
« on: April 12, 2012, 09:26:35 AM »
LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., April 12, 2012 – Canon Inc. is developing two digital cinematography cameras as part of its acclaimed new Cinema EOS System of professional cinematography products. Designated as the Cinema EOS C500* for use with EF-mount lenses, and the Cinema EOS C500 PL* for use with PL-mount lenses, the cameras will be capable of originating 4K (4096 x 2160-pixel) resolution digital motion imagery with uncompressed RAW output for external recording, in response to growing expectations for higher levels of imaging performance in premium Hollywood films and other production markets requiring the utmost in picture quality.

“With the unveiling of our Cinema EOS System last November to great acclaim, Canon marked our full-fledged entry into the motion-picture production market,” stated Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies & Communications Group, Canon U.S.A. “To further serve the needs of Hollywood’s premier filmmakers, Canon is developing the Cinema EOS C500 and Cinema EOS C500 PL digital cinematography cameras, which deliver the added benefit of full 4K motion-image capture to the Cinema EOS System.”

The 4K imaging format is emerging as the new standard for advanced effects and post-production in Hollywood, and it is particularly important for big-budget motion pictures that include scenes compositing live-action cinematography with high-resolution computer-generated imagery. The Cinema EOS C500/C500 PL digital cinematography cameras will not only support 4K-resolution video but also outputs this as a 10-bit uncompressed RAW data stream with no de-Bayering. The cameras offer the additional versatility of being able to output quad full-HD (3840 x 2160), 2K (2048 x 1080), full HD (1920 x 1080), and other imaging options. All of these digital image source formats fully conform to established SMPTE production standards. All 4K formats can be selected to operate from one to 60 frames per second. The cameras employ a 12-bit RGB 4:4:4 signal format during 2K output, which can be selected to operate from one to 60 frames-per-second (fps) as well. If switched to a 10-bit YCrCb 4:2:2 mode, the camera can operate up to 120 fps.

The Cinema EOS C500 simultaneously records in-camera a 50 Mbps HD proxy video to a CF card that is immediately available to support offline editing. Equipped with a newly developed Super 35mm-equivalent approximately 8.85-megapixel CMOS sensor, the cameras will be compatible with Canon’s wide range of interchangeable EF Cinema and PL-mount lenses and EF lenses for Canon SLR cameras. Highly mobile and compact for filmmaking versatility, the Cinema EOS C500/C500 PL digital cinematography cameras – like Canon’s Cinema EOS C300/C300 PL cinematography cameras – provide all of the same ergonomic features, except for the rotating hand grip.

Further details regarding the Cinema EOS C500/C500 PL digital cinematography cameras – including specifications and pricing – have yet to be decided. Plans call for these new products to be launched later this year. In addition to targeting a swift launch of these cameras, Canon will continue to enhance other components of its Cinema EOS System product lineup, which is designed to contribute to the continued advancement of tools for visual expression and the development of cinematic culture.

Canon will display a prototype of the Cinema EOS C500/C500 PL digital cinematography camera at the 2012 NAB Show in booth C4325 at the Las Vegas Convention Center from April 16 to 19.

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CANON ANNOUNCES DEVELOPMENT OF 4K DIGITAL CINEMA CAMERAS
« on: April 12, 2012, 09:26:35 AM »

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Re: CANON ANNOUNCES DEVELOPMENT OF 4K DIGITAL CINEMA CAMERAS
« Reply #1 on: April 12, 2012, 09:29:05 AM »
But does it autofocus?   ;D

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Re: CANON ANNOUNCES DEVELOPMENT OF 4K DIGITAL CINEMA CAMERAS
« Reply #2 on: April 12, 2012, 10:49:22 AM »
But does it autofocus?   ;D

...and will it have the new 61 pts af system!!!!!
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Re: CANON ANNOUNCES DEVELOPMENT OF 4K DIGITAL CINEMA CAMERAS
« Reply #3 on: April 12, 2012, 10:55:44 AM »
if only video is done now for a while im happy.
personally i can´t hear or read about video stuff anymore.

i have yet to remember a video that has made a lasting impression on me.



 

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Re: CANON ANNOUNCES DEVELOPMENT OF 4K DIGITAL CINEMA CAMERAS
« Reply #4 on: April 12, 2012, 11:35:19 AM »
if only video is done now for a while im happy.
personally i can´t hear or read about video stuff anymore.

i have yet to remember a video that has made a lasting impression on me.

Really?  You've never seen a movie, TV show, or short film that was moving?  I find that hard to believe unless you just don't watch TV or are an emotionless sociopath.

Canon makes stuff aside from photography gear, and this is CanonRumors, not Canonphotographygearonlyrumors, get over it.
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33 Megapixel APS-H/Super35
« Reply #5 on: April 12, 2012, 11:49:28 AM »
C500 will have a 33MP sensor.

From the press release:
"The Cinema EOS C500/C500 PL digital cinematography cameras will not only support 4K-resolution video but also outputs this as a 10-bit uncompressed RAW data stream with no de-Bayering. The cameras offer the additional versatility of being able to output quad full-HD (3840 x 2160), 2K (2048 x 1080), full HD (1920 x 1080), and other imaging options."

Which sounds exactly like what they've done with the C300..

So, 3840 x 2160 x 4 (RGGB) = 33177600

To update, I'm not sure about that and it seems that the blurb contains conflicting messages. For example, it later says:
" Equipped with a newly developed Super 35mm-equivalent approximately 8.85-megapixel CMOS sensor"
Which would seem to imply that de-Bayering is required for 4K, in contrast to the above. Or does the camera de-Bayer internally? Now I'm confused...
« Last Edit: April 12, 2012, 12:32:34 PM by dilbert »

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Re: 33 Megapixel APS-H/Super35
« Reply #6 on: April 12, 2012, 01:18:06 PM »
C500 will have a 33MP sensor.

From the press release:
"The Cinema EOS C500/C500 PL digital cinematography cameras will not only support 4K-resolution video but also outputs this as a 10-bit uncompressed RAW data stream with no de-Bayering. The cameras offer the additional versatility of being able to output quad full-HD (3840 x 2160), 2K (2048 x 1080), full HD (1920 x 1080), and other imaging options."

Which sounds exactly like what they've done with the C300..

So, 3840 x 2160 x 4 (RGGB) = 33177600

To update, I'm not sure about that and it seems that the blurb contains conflicting messages. For example, it later says:
" Equipped with a newly developed Super 35mm-equivalent approximately 8.85-megapixel CMOS sensor"
Which would seem to imply that de-Bayering is required for 4K, in contrast to the above. Or does the camera de-Bayer internally? Now I'm confused...

It isn't confusing. Your calculation for 33177600 is the number of photo sites, or dots. The sensor is a Bayer sensor, so the true pixel count is as they say, 8.85 megapixels.

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Re: 33 Megapixel APS-H/Super35
« Reply #6 on: April 12, 2012, 01:18:06 PM »

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Re: CANON ANNOUNCES DEVELOPMENT OF 4K DIGITAL CINEMA CAMERAS
« Reply #7 on: April 12, 2012, 01:30:43 PM »
THIS is the camera the C300 *should* have been. It's an impressive and rich feature set. Unfortunately, I bet it will cost closer to $30K....  :-\

As for the EOS 1D C....it's just a 1Dx with a much better codec/chipset. Allowing for 4K capture and Full HD capture at 60fps...for an extra $8K   :o

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« Reply #8 on: April 13, 2012, 03:16:02 PM »