Canon launches new Cinema EOS System cameras, including 4K-resolution EOS C500/EOS C500 PL
Canon EOS C500
August 30, 2012
TOKYO, Japan, August 30, 2012—Canon Inc. and Canon Marketing Japan Inc. announced today in Japan the expansion
of the company’s Cinema EOS System lineup of professional digital cinematography products with the introduction of Canon’s most
advanced digital cinema cameras to date, the EOS C500/EOS C500 PL, capable of shooting stunning 4K-resolution video. The company
today also introduced the compact, lightweight EOS C100 digital video camera, equipped with automatic functions facilitating easy
operation by a single user.
EOS C500/EOS C500 PL
Making possible the output of uncompressed RAW data for impressive 4K (4096 x 2160-pixel) resolution data recording,
Canon’s new high-performance EOS C500/EOS C500 PL digital cinema cameras meet the demanding needs of cutting-edge cinema
and TV production. The EOS C500 is equipped with an EF lens mount for compatibility with not only Canon’s diverse lineup
of interchangeable EF lenses for EOS single-lens reflex (SLR) cameras, but also the company’s new EF Cinema Lens lineup,
which delivers imaging performance ideally suited for cinematic applications. The EOS C500 PL incorporates a PL lens mount
for use with industry-standard PL lenses.
The EOS C500/EOS C500 PL feature an industry-standard-size Super 35 mm-equivalent CMOS sensor (approximately 8.85 million
effective pixels) that, in addition to delivering a high pixel count, realizes high-sensitivity performance with a maximum
ISO setting of 20,000. Furthermore, Canon Log Gamma enables high-resolution 4K video capture with a high dynamic range that
can be output as Canon’s proprietary uncompressed Cinema RAW data (60p, 10-bit) with no image degradation. The cameras newly
employ a 10/12-bit RGB 4:4:4 signal format during 2K (2048 x 1080) and Full-HD output, achieving rich color reproducibility
while supporting efficient post-production editing as well as chroma key compositing and other image processing tasks.
In addition to a highly mobile, compact body that facilitates use in confined shooting environments for exceptional filmmaking
versatility, the EOS C500/EOS C500 PL include a range of new features that contribute to enhanced operating ease. Providing
advanced compatibility with 4K motion-picture production workflows, the cameras each offer two 3G-SDI connectors for 4K RAW
data output and two MON connectors for connection to an external monitor. Additionally, the EOS C500, equipped with an EF
lens mount accommodating new and existing Canon EF lenses, newly incorporates Cinema Lock, a lens locking function that allows
lens replacement with the same level of ease as PL lenses, even when attaching heavy lenses with the camera mounted on a rig.
Featuring a vertically oriented “mobile core” body design with minimal width and depth dimensions,
the EOS C500/EOS C500 PL facilitate high-impact cinematic perspectives by enabling shooting from vantage points all but
inaccessible to large cinema cameras, such as close to the ground for impressive low-angle shots and alongside walls.
Despite their high-performance features, the cameras realize the same approximate body dimensions as the
EOS C300/EOS C300 PL (released in January 2012).
The EOS C500/EOS C500 PL realize high reliability through their dust-proof, drip-proof construction and incorporate
a built-in cooling system for added peace of mind. Furthermore, the cameras accommodate a wide variety of third-party
shooting equipment, including matte boxes, follow focuses and external video and audio recorders, as well as third-party
Contributing to reduced production costs, the new Canon EOS C100 supports a wide range of applications, from film school projects
to broadcast news coverage and documentaries. The cinema camera accommodates Canon’s diverse lineup of interchangeable EF lenses
for EOS SLR cameras as well as new EF Cinema Lenses, which deliver imaging performance ideally suited for cinematic applications.
Incorporating an industry-standard-size Super 35 mm-equivalent CMOS sensor (approximately 8.29 million effective pixels),
the EOS C100 makes possible filmic expression such as images featuring attractive blur characteristics. Additionally,
the large surface area of each pixel enables high light-gathering capabilities with high sensitivity and reduced noise.
The EOS C100’s sensor reads Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels) video signals for each of the three RGB primary colors, decreasing
the incidence of moiré while realizing high resolution with 1,000 horizontal TV lines. Supported by a heightened signal
read-out speed, the CMOS sensor reduces rolling shutter skews, a phenomenon prevalent with CMOS sensors in which fast-moving
subjects may appear diagonally distorted.
In addition to Canon Log, the camera newly employs Wide DR Gamma, realizing a maximum 800% wide dynamic range.
Assuming output to a television monitor, the feature does away with the need for post-production processes while
realizing smooth gradation with reduced detail loss in highlight areas.
The EOS C100’s compact body design is approximately 15% less in volume and approximately 29% lighter in weight than
the EOS C300/EOS C300 PL, enabling shooting in confined environments to make possible innovative possibilities in
imaging expression. In accordance with on-location shooting needs, the camera can be outfitted with such unit accessories
as a handle, grip, and thumb rest.
Equipped with “Push Auto Iris” and “One-Shot AF” buttons, the EOS C100 enables one-touch automatic iris and focus adjustment.
Additionally, when outfitted with the EF-S18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM (released in June 2012), a new function (to be made available
as a firmware update in the first half of 2013) will enable the automatic continuous adjustment of focus and iris settings for
subjects located in the center of the frame.
The camera records to versatile SD cards and, equipped with two card slots, enables the simultaneous recording of video data
to two cards as well as HD to SD conversion. The EOS C100’s AVCHD recording format offers high compatibility with non-linear
editing systems while also supporting the recording of high-resolution HD images with reduced file sizes.
Pricing and availability
The new Canon EOS C500 and EOS C500 PL will go on sale in Japan in late October 2012 while the new Canon EOS C100 will go on
sale in Japan in late November 2012. All three models will be made available at an open price.