We’re told that the next Cinema EOS camera to be released will be a replacement to the EOS C100 and not the C300 or C500. No details were given as to when the camera would be released or any specifications, but I would assume it’ll come before NAB 2015 in April.
Saving a new C300 or C500 for that show would make marketing sense. Although, we do hear that Canon has plans for an over the shoulder style Cinema EOS camera, and perhaps that could be shown at NAB.
More to come…
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
I received a vague hint that Canon could be making a surprise Cinema EOS announcement for Photokina. There was no mention of what it could be, or whether or not it was a product announcement or a development announcement.
I receive these sorts of “nudges” every so often and they usually end up being true, but I have zero proof that such a product is coming. The videographers may want to pay a little attention to Photokina.
As always, I hope to hear some more over the weekend. This post is CR1, so please treat it as such.
Canon has announced details of firmware upgrades for its EOS C500 and EOS C300 Digital Cinema Cameras, DP-V3010 4K reference display and Cinema RAW Development (CRD) software. The firmware upgrades, scheduled for release as free downloads from Canon Europe in Q4 2014, have been designed to better integrate acquisition and management of 4K footage into every workflow situation…
When Canon first entered the digital cinema market, it did so with a firm commitment to fully support every aspect of filmmaking. The latest firmware upgrades provide more compelling reasons for filmmakers to enjoy the significant advantages offered by the Cinema EOS system.
SUPPORT FOR BT.2020 COLOUR SPACE
The EOS C500 will be able to, thanks to new firmware, deliver BT.2020-defined Ultra High Definition (UHD) video.
Since launch, Canon’s Cinema EOS Digital Cinema Cameras and lenses have earned widespread praise and the C500 and C500 PL, which capture 4K video in stunning detail, can now be enhanced even further with a new firmware upgrade offering support for BT.2020, the recently-defined colour space for Ultra High Definition (UHD) video, the next-generation broadcast standard.
Supporting end-to-end BT.2020 workflow, Canon’s DP-V3010 4K professional reference display will also be upgraded to support content shot in BT.2020. BT.2020 input signals will be mapped to the native colour space of the DP-V3010 for output, implementing the latest derivation of luminance and colour-difference signal specified by the International Telecommunications Union, to ensure that images are displayed with the widest possible colour gamut and the greatest possible accuracy.
Canon EOS C300 at B&H Photo | Canon EOS C500 at B&H Photo
DP-V3010 – THE SUPERIOR 4K REFERENCE DISPLAY
Since the DP-V3010 was launched in January 2014, it has won critical praise for its exceptional colour accuracy and high image quality. Continuous feedback from users and industry professionals has resulted in this firmware upgrade. In addition to BT.2020 support, the ACESproxy transfer standard1 advocated by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will become an option following the update, enabling streamlined colour grading on set and in post-production.
The DP-V3010 4K reference display has received a significant firmware upgrade to allow for new inputs and signal formats as well as BT.2020 and ACESproxy modes.
The new firmware will also provide an output solution for footage shot using the Cinema Gamut and DCI-P3+ colour spaces available in EOS C500, simplifying monitoring and post-production work. Footage can be displayed using either DCI-P3 or BT.709, as the project requires, with optimised conversion occurring in the display. Further support added includes YCbCr 4:4:4 luminance and chroma sampling used in digital cinema production, while a new peaking function displays a colour outline around subjects in focus making it easier to judge a point of focus for a shot.
The update makes the DP-V3010 the first2 4K professional display to support the 48 frames-per-second digital cinema frame rate increasingly used by professionals in the industry.
DP-V3010 – KEY IMPROVEMENTS
The DP-V3010 will benefit from a variety of improvements thanks to the forthcoming firmware update, including BT.2020 and ACESproxy modes. The improvements include:
- BT.2020, DCI-P3+ and Canon Log to DCI 1.0 gamma conversion modes
- New colour space transforms
- Support for new signal formats
- Gain RGB and Bias RGB colour temperature settings
- Peaking function
- Automatic 3G-SDI and HD-SDI selection
- Selection of OSD display position
- New interface options
- Delete LUT function
- PsF conversion for signals with no payload
- IMPROVEMENTS FOR CANON RAW DEVELOPMENT (CRD) SOFTWARE
- Canon is improving on-set workflow to make 4K RAW production a more cost-effective proposition and at the heart of this is the continued enhancement of its Canon RAW Development (CRD) software, which will be upgraded to version 1.3 in Q4 2014.
CRD v1.3 will provide a colour space transform function to enable review of ‘developed’ 4K footage in the industry-standard colour spaces BT.709 and DCI-P3.
CRD v1.3 will also include support for Edit Decision List (EDL) files for the first time, helping to streamline RAW workflow. Hence it will be possible to complete an offline edit using HD proxy files (recorded to CF card) and use the resulting EDL file to determine which files should be developed by the CRD software. This means that only the required content will be developed – saving time and money.
CANON RAW DEVELOPMENT AND INTEL GRAPHICS
Furthermore, CRD v1.3 will also benefit from a collaboration with Intel, first announced in April 2014, that will help to make shooting in 4K RAW a simpler proposition. The upgrade will offer improved performance thanks to the Intel® Integrated Native Developer Experience RAW Media Accelerator, enabling fast de-bayering and drop-free playback of the resulting 4K footage (up to 24fps only) when using a laptop equipped with Intel ® Iris™ Pro Graphics. This solution reduces the cost and footprint of the necessary computer hardware and saves time (and budget) on set. With suitable software on a laptop this solution means it will be possible to edit, develop, play back and output 4K RAW footage using a single suitably specified laptop – thus providing a complete mobile RAW workflow.
C500 AND C300 – IMPROVED OPERABILITY WHEN SETTING COLOUR TEMPERATURE OF WHITE BALANCE
The new firmware upgrade also includes a useful feature for users of the EOS C500 and EOS C300 cameras, allowing users to easily set colour temperature values using the camera’s FUNC button.
FIND OUT MORE
Canon will also be showcasing the advantages offered by the new firmware at IBC 2014 (the International Broadcasting Convention), which will take place at the RAI conference and convention centre in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, from 12-16 September 2014.
After a weekend at Cine Gear 2014 in Los Angeles, it became apparent to me that we won’t be seeing any replacements to the EOS C100, EOS C300 or EOS C500 anytime soon. We were told that the EOS C300 is selling “extremely well” and that the EOS C100 is also selling “better than expected”. The EOS C500 is a bit different and isn’t quite as popular as Canon had hoped, but it could be that the camera is in no mans land as far as price/performance and what people are using $20,000 cameras for.
I did get the impression that Canon does plan to be aggressive in the “A camera” space and will take direct aim at the king ARRI. I’m hypothesizing this point, but after talking to various people, I get the feeling that Canon is serious about clawing its way into the professional, large budget cinema market. With the consumer space in photography shrinking, it does make sense to put resources into new markets for growth.
I don’t think we’ll see any Cinema EOS announcements until next April at NAB 2015.
Canon EOS C100 | Canon EOS C300 | Canon EOS C500