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DPReview has posted an couple of interviews it has had with Canon executives. Once in late 2013 and another at CP+ last month. Most of the interview is about what you’d expect a Canon executive to say.
On the topic of Smartphones
“Realistically, thanks to the global prevalence of smartphones there are more photographs being taken. And as such I anticipate an organic growth of people who are using their smartphone and come to want to take better photographs. Regardless of what device they’re using, whether it’s a smartphone or a compact camera or DSLR, I’d like to encourage people to take more and more pictures.”
On Canon being stagnant or boring
“They may perceive us in that way, but we are incorporating technological innovation into our products. The EOS 70D’s Dual Pixel AF technology is a good example of innovation that is unique to Canon.
Dual Pixel CMOS AF was born out of the concept of allowing the user to freely choose which kind of finder they wanted to use. The optical finder, the camera’s LCD or the screen of a mobile device via our EOS Remote app.”
On 4K video taking over from true still images
“Yes, definitely. There will always be a need for still photographs, in my opinion. I believe that still images contain more information, and have more depth and meaning.”
On the EOS M2 coming to North America or Europe
“It’s a possibility but we haven’t made a final decision yet. We’re looking at the market.”
Read the full interview
Canon USA at NAB 2013
Canon’s focus here at NAB 2013 is definitely 4K acquisition and broadcasting. They have a big theater and ongoing presentations about the benefits of acquiring your content in 4K resolution.
A lot of people, including myself, don’t think 4K will even become a mainstream thing inside peoples homes. The size of screen you’d need to see the difference between 4K and 1080P in your home would eliminate most potential customers. Think of it like a 1080P vs 720P 32″ television, there’s just no discernible difference when viewing 1080P content. Another big issue with 4K in your home is streaming content at that resolution. As on demand internet content services become more popular, there’s only a handful of people in the grand scheme of things that will have the bandwidth necessary to stream 4K resolution reliably.
Acquisition does have a lot of merit. Canon was very much pushing the idea of cropping, zooming and having more options when editing your film. They showed a lot of examples of 4K content being zoomed 200%-300% and outputting to a 1080P signal, and the image was still quite stellar.
Beyond the cost of a 4K display, the workflow with 4K content needs improvement. There is a lot of software and hardware talk here at NAB to correct this area of the equation.
Will we see 4K in a DSLR camera other than Canon EOS-1D C? One day, though I don’t think it will be soon. A drop in price-point for Canon is something that would be welcomed. The $25K+ C500 is a big jump from the $15K C300.
The 4K and 8K resolution is beautiful on the big screen, just don’t expect it to become mainstream in your home. Your local movie theatre is a different story.
Canon EOS C300 $13,999 (Save $2000)
Abraham Joffe captures stills from 4K video with the EOS-1D C
A good article and video on the Canon Europe site about extracting still images from the 4K video produced by the Canon EOS-1D C.
Says Joffe about the possibiliies:
“This should excite photographers: their skills sets are about creating beautiful images that work, and I think motion photographs will take more photographic skill than video skill,” he reveals. “Video is about multiple shots that work together to tell a story; motion photos have sound and camera movement stripped away and you are coming down to one moment in one frame that happens to be moving. That is very exciting for me.”
Read the full article | Canon EOS-1D C at B&H Photo
From Untitled Film Works
Check out some of the work being done using the Canon EOS 1D C, the motion image results are pretty astonishing.
The art of motion image
“The art and skill of a photographer is still required when using a camera like the 1DC. Understanding and harnessing of light, composition and interaction with your subjects are all vital skills of a photographer and are not replaced by the idea of motion image capture. Photographers also use a variety of techniques to obtain unique looking images (like long exposure times and the use of remote flashes) these times of images would not be reproduced in video. I see the biggest step forward using motion image capture the ability to record many individual moments in time, all the while silently as there is no shutter being released. This could have great benefits in situations where you may want to remain more candid. Subjects could also feel more relaxed not knowing “photographs” are being taken.”
Read the entire article
Preorder Canon EOS-1D C at B&H Photo $11,999
Canon will be introducing two new cameras for NAB. I’ve been reading a lot of the tips coming in and trying to make sense of it, thankfully someone else has received some of the same information and has.
We should see an official announcement on Thursday.
Canon Cinema EOS 1D
- Full Frame
- ALL-I, IPB and MJPEG 4K.
- Log Profiles
- Super35 Crop Mode
- Compatible with cinema lenses
- Priced around $10,000
Canon EOS C500
- To compete with RED Epic
- 4K at 120fps EOS RAW via 3G HD-SDI
- At 60 fps EOS RAW from the C500 is 12 bit.
- Priced around $35,000
New Cinema Lenses
- 15.5-47mm T2.2
- 30-105mm T2.2
I’ve seen a range in pricing between $12,000 and $20,000 for the above lenses.
A higher end C300?
There is some thought that we may be seeing a new Cinema EOS video camera announced or shown at NAB instead of the 4K DSLR.
It’s rumoured to be priced in the $30K+ range. No specs were given, but this info also appeared on a twitter feed with a price mentioned over $35K.
I will say, information about a 4K DSLR has been hard to come by so far.
Canon has sent out another invite for April 16, 2012. This will be beyond the screening from the other invite.
Could this be the hoped for 4K DSLR Canon has already teased the world with? As some would say, is this what videographers wanted the 5D Mark III to be?
We have heard the 4K DSLR would be announced sooner than later, however it’s rumoured availability would be in the distant future.
Received a brief bit of information regarding the upcoming Canon Cinema EOS 4K DSLR.
Apparently it won’t be available for purchase until Q4 2012 or early 2013. The announcement could come some time before then. Variations of the camera are in the wild, no specs are known beyond the 4K specification for the movie mode.
The form factor will apparently be in the form of a 1D style body as shown at the C300 announcement.
NAB 2012 is coming up in the middle of April, and we have heard nothing about a possible announcement before then.
New Gear for NAB 2012?
Canon has started to tease with Cinema EOS again. Are we going to see new products announced prior to the show? We’ve heard the 4K Cinema EOS DSLR would be announced “sooner than later”. Others have said it could be the Ron Howard project (thanks unfocused) being shown. We’ll be at NAB to find out.
The event will take place on Sunday, April 15, 2012 at 5PM
This will be a developing story.
From a forum post
Below is a post that appeared on the GTC forum in the UK. Apparently they will be appearing in November, as we’ve reported previously.
“They will be badged as EOS, despite the fact they are video cameras, and there will be two versions – one for EF lenses, the other with an PL mount. I’m guessing here but the PL mount camera may offer more options than the EF version – e.g. SDI out and genlock… etc in the same way that the XF300/305 cameras have differentiated themselves.
“Its a Super35 4K sensor, but from what I have seen only records 1080 in-camera, using the same XF codec – i.e. 4:2:2 @ 50mbps. Perhaps the PL version will output 4K thru SDI?
“The size of the camera looks similar to that of the FS100, but more rounded/ergonomic. It has a similar LCD screen on top, but it seems more flexible – i.e. allowing for greater viewing angle/for versatility.
“This could be a killer camera, and one well worth waiting for if any of you guys are thinking of buying a F3/FS100 or AF100…”
A wish list, or something to it?