We’ve been told the following and it looks to lineup with something we posted earlier last week about a fixed lens 4K camcorder coming from Canon.
The new 4K camcorder coming
- Direct competition to Sony’s X-70
- Sensor size will be about 1″
- Form factor will resemble the Canon EOS C100 on a smaller scale
- Priced around the Sony X-70
- It will definitely be 4K
Photo Credit: Matt Buchanan // Gizmodo.com
We’re told that a 4K fixed lens camcorder is coming in the early part of 2015. Such a product would probably fit in with CES as a consumer product announcement. We’re told the camera is called the XC10, and it will have similar ergonomics to the EOS C100, but it will have a fixed lens.
It’s possible this could come at NAB, but we expect the 4K Cinema EOS C300 Mark II & an new flagship Cinema EOS product to be the star of that show in April.
More to come…
Photo Credit: Matt Buchanan // Gizmodo.com
Canon has filed a patent that uses more of the camera as a heatsink to cool the electronics and most likely the sensor. I think this would be especially useful for video applications. 4K perhaps?
Patent Publication No. 2014-171141 (Google Translated)
- Published Date 2014.9.18
- Filing date 2013.3.5
- An electric path for heat imaging devices , electric heating member group, member boric mount ring portion (heat sink) heat to low thermal conductivity of the resin, and the order of the mount ring
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.
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