Canon Announce the EOS-1D C: Superb 4k movies, stunning stills – one camera

This afternoon, Canon UK expanded on its range of Cinema EOS system cameras with the launch of the EOS-1D C. Based on the powerful core specifications of Canon’s flagship DSLR, the EOS-1D X, this camera is aimed at those who require outstanding video quality as it incorporates additional features such as 4K recording and Full HD/60p support, alongside the option of high quality stills capture.

With the EOS-1D C, advanced creative flexibility is provided with support for varying resolutions and frame rates. 4K video is captured using 8-bit Motion JPEG compression at 24p, and Full HD (1920x1080) video capture is available at frame rates up to 1080/60p. The camera supports internal recording to compact flash cards at all resolutions up to and including 4K, offering enhanced mobility. Video can also be output to external recorders (excluding 4K video) via an integrated HDMI terminal using an uncompressed YCbCr 4:2:2 signal.

To ensure your movies are rich in exposure latitude and dynamic range, the EOS-1D C features Canon Log Gamma. This is a feature that has moved across from the C300 and offers a dynamic range that can be compared to that of film, minimising the loss of any highlight or shadow information. In other camera systems the dynamic range is limited, therefore not making it possible for the camera to record this information, which would then reduce the ability to ‘colourise’ the footage in post-production.

Additional flexibility is provided by the camera supporting 24, 25, 30, 50 and 60p frame rates in Full-HD (1920x1080) resolution satisfying the needs of various videographers across the film industry. Easy editing and grading is also available immediately after shooting with industry-standard timecode and codec support providing compatibility with your established workflow processes.

The EOS-1D C still has all the functionality of the EOS-1D X, so retains the high quality, full-frame 18.10 effective megapixel image sensor. Having the full-frame sensor helps provide you achieve an extremely shallow depth of field and background blur, especially when combined with one of Canon’s ED Cinema prime lenses. Mixed with the Dual DIGIC 5+ processor found in the likes of the EOS 5D Mark III and the EOS-1D X, the high-quality images are processed quickly, yet ensuring the image quality is retained.

When shooting video in low-light conditions with the EOS-1D C it offers an exceptionally wide ISO range of 100-25,600, which thanks to the processor, offers noise-free footage even in the darkest conditions.  When shooting stills, the ISO ranges from 100-51,200 and is expandable to an amazing 204,800 – like the EOS-1D X.

Canon UK has also stated that this camera will come with an exclusive software package included in the box.  This will include a suite that allows 4K/Motion JPEG and Full HD/60p video shot on the camera to be output on an external monitor (requires the use of a PC equipped with an SDI port)² with no loss of image quality. It also enables video shot with Canon Log Gamma to be output on a monitor with standard video gamma applied.

The estimated delivery date for the Canon EOS-1D C is October 2012, although this is subject to change. You can place a pre-order at www.ParkCameras.com. As a Canon EOS Pro Dealer, we should receive some of the first cameras available in the UK.

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