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Canon Announces World's First 4K Video Shooting DSLR: the ($15k) EOS-1D C

04.12.12 @ 11:55AM Tags : , , , , ,

Canon has dropped its bomb — the EOS-1D C .  The world’s first 4K video shooting DSLR.  Equipped with a full-frame 24mm X 36mm CMOS sensor that offers an APS-H sized area for video capture, and recording 8-bit 4:2:2 Motion JPEG 4K video to CF cards at 24fps, this camera packs a punch.  Both in terms of its features — and the $15,000 price tag:

On the one hand, this is incredible news — who would have thought a year ago that we’d be discussing a DSLR camera with an ISO range up to 25,600 that could output 4K (4096 X 2160-pixel) video?  And to CF cards no less?  The camera can do a couple of other neat things, like record Full HD (1920 X 1080-pixel) at the full sensor width or cropped down to Super 35; and of course, it can shoot great stills just like its brother, the EOS-1D X.


On the other hand — this is a $15,000 camera.  For $15,000, we are throwing out the cost advantages of DSLRs vs dedicated video cameras, and are now speaking strictly in terms of what kind of video features it offers.  At $15,000 dollars you expect XLR inputs and more than an HDMI output, and frankly, with other cameras like the RED Scarlet and the FS700 right in that price range (with accessories), this camera is going to have to go through the paces to prove it’s a tool that high end video shooters want to invest in.

At the same time, it’s a DSLR.  It still offers the advantages of a small form factor, and a shooting flexibility that many other cameras don’t — and as many filmmakers have found out, that can be quite a liberating feature.

For those of us who were hoping for something as disruptive as the Canon 5DmkII, well, it’s looking like we’ll have to wait for the next round of innovation to provide us lower budget options.

For more details, check out the full press release here, and for images of the camera, just keep on scrolling.

Is this the 4K DSLR you were hoping for?  Will this cannibalize the C-300?  If you had $15k what camera would you buy and why?

[via EOSHD]

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  • My T2i has made me a shit load of $$$$ shooting commercials and videos. It looks just as good as the 7D and sometimes the 5D. So yes, just get’er done my friend…. But I admit, I will be getting a Mark III

  • Why bother with the full frame sensor if the capture area is only aps-h?

    • On the other hand, this is still very exciting. I love the DSLR form factor, but at that price tag, it’s hard to justify it against an FS700 when taking specs into account.

      But then 4k…drool…

    • The obvious: in stills mode you have a full frame 35mm camera. I believe this choice was superb. Cropping in to more of a s35mm film format helps with DOF issues (super shallow is no longer in vogue) and also keeps things more consistent when pairing with cinema cameras which follow the 35 and s35 formats (so finding FOV for a set of lenses is easier than computing a 50mm turning into a 35mm on a full frame still format camera, ect).

      • As someone who primarily will be using still lenses (cuz I will never afford cinema lenses), I like having my field of view the same. I think a FF and S35 modes would’ve been fine too. As for the whole ultra-shallow thing, I agree with you.

        • ya I hear you on the shallow DOF. Regarding lenses, it doesn’t matter which (cinema or “still”) both will have different FOV when coupled with different sensor sizes. I like how Canon crops in video mode to full frame s35 but physically allows for a FF still sensor.

  • Seriously? 15K for this?

  • The problem with Canon is the same year in year out, update after update. They are always a step behind, intentionally some might say, to maintain the consumer culture…afraid to to put out a camera capable of lasting more than a year or two production cycle before being replaced. The one thing that Canon refuses to do is RAW or increasing the bit depth. If the 5D Mark III did RAW, there is no telling what kind of image quality could be tweaked during grading. But we will never know, not until the C500 at least, which only outputs RAW to be recorded elsewhere somehow? The other thing is bit depth, which is why the Red will continue to surpass the Canon products. Granted all these things are dependent on how you are shooting and what you are shooting, increased bit depth will do more for your image than increased ISO any day. I’m baffled as to why Canon refuses to go bigger in bit depth. I don’t need a bigger sensor, I don’t need to shoot at 25,00 ISO, I need a “fat negative” to grade in post, not a compressed 14bit(not true 14bit at that) 1080p mov. I own and use Canon, but this is just irritating. If you are going to charge $15,000 for a “cinema” camera, give me some baseline specs – RAW, 16bit file.

    In addition, from a photography stand point, Canon makes no true medium format camera. For $15,000, this could be a legitimate medium format contender with a true 16bit file. The latitude would be on par with Hasselblads and Mamiya medium format cameras. Please, Canon if you are reading this, make a camera capable of generating a 16bit file and I will glady throw down $15,000 on it. It is far cheaper than a digital Hassie ($40K).

    • Agreed 100% I can see RED/Sony/Panasonic/Kineraw/Bolex overtaking canon in video camera sales within a year or two. Intentionally limiting specs to feed more sales only worked for Apple because they stayed ahead of all competition. Canon isn’t staying ahead here, this will be their achilles heel if they don’t lower the price significantly.

      • I just read that Canon also announced the C500 that should be able to silence all complaints.
        Quoting from the engadget article: “The higher-end C500 requires a dedicated external recorder, but offers two full-RAW output options: 4096 x 2960, that will be better suited for motion picture capture, and 3840 x 2160 for 4K TV. Both of these modes offer 10-bit 4:4:4 at 60 frames-per-second. There’s also a half-RAW option, at 4096 x 1080 or 3840 x 1080 resolutions, also 10-bit 4:4:4, but at 120 fps.”
        (…) The C500 offers both 2048 x 1080 and 1920 x 1080 with either 12-bit or 10-bit 4:4:4 60p compressed RAW. There’s also an option to jump up to 120 frames-per-second, with 12-bit or 10-bit 4:2:2 YCC output.

        Sounds good, huh?

    • Canon does not refuse to give the masses RAW. Stuffing the kind of processing into that form factor is no easy feat. People don’t seem to realize the serious technological advancement the guys at RED have made. Its HUGE. And i think now video/cinema pros will realize what a serious piece of machinery RED cameras are.

      But 4k is not for everyone. 1080 is actually just fine for for most applications. we use 4k for commercials and cinema stuff, films etc.
      The thing that bothers me the most about the 1Dc is that motion jpeg recording. Motion jpeg is an archaic compression format, people stopped using that over 10 years ago as far as i know (correct me if im wrong). thee are much better codecs out there. Unless they have developed a new varient of it.

      And the C500. lets say that IS 15k as well …. show me a 4k recorder thats affordable enough, even to rent to make this purchase make sense

  • I want to see updates to the 60D and 7D!!!!!!

    • john jeffreys on 04.13.12 @ 6:28PM

      60D is a relatively new camera and will probably stick around for a long time. There might be a 7d mark II announced this year, but probably not.

  • This is ridiculous what they are doing is trying to capitalize on the 4K hype but not delivering on all aspects of a true 4K cinema camera. This is gonna be a flop i think. I will hold on to my 7D and wait for the Bolex D16 to come to fruition. That camera delivers everything I am looking for. Images that go from Lens to CF. Next to no in camera compression…for $3000 not a bad deal. Sorry canon. you keep dropping the ball trying to be something your not.

    • This article missed the important info that Canon also announced the C500 … and silence will fall! ;)

  • I think we should remember this is going to be a $10k camera. Just like the $20k price for the c300 dropped to $15,999 at retail, this should come in under the $10k mark—especially for marketing. Then it’s a decision to jump from $10k to $16k for the c300.

    I guess this could be looked at as a $4k upgrade to a $6k 1DX?

    The one thing that could have helped this camera with the next fad of high fps is 120fps in HD. But then who would buy the c300?

    You want 4K? That will be $10k. You want a 4K sensor and video body? That will be $16k. You want both? That will be about $26k when it gets on the street (c500).

  • I might as well buy the Scarlet and I will.

    Like Hell I’ll use a joke for serious work.

  • I agree – the price is absurd for a modified d1x – definitly interested but not till it gets to a street price of 6-7k.

    We can probably guess that the price point is there to let Canon empty it’s C300 inventory.

  • Since my lenses cost this much combined (snark intended) and our shoot this weekend will be 2- D700′s, a 5DMK2 and a T2i, with the 400i rented I guess we’ll just have to make do.

    Still waiting for D800 video clips in low light before I pay for a new rig.

    4K means Sony S-log in at over $20,000 as I recall.

    My $.02…

  • So it’s a “cinema” camera with no XLR inputs, no ND filters, a screen that doesn’t articulate and isn’t even the proper aspect ratio for video, no slow motion 1080p, just HDMI out….and the SRP is $15,000?!?!?!

    …I think Canon may have thought it was still April Fools day? Either that or someone over there got confused about the difference between “cinema DSLR” and “1D with a headphone jack thrown in.” WTF.

  • Personally, for that price, I would go for the C300 or even the RED Scarlet. After seeing what the RED’s can do, I’m convinced that they did an amazing job

  • 1D C is photocamera too, but C300 is only video. Than 1D С is better.

  • I really think what canon should of released was a c100 a watered down version of the c300 that would make sense..keep the 422 8 bit no xlr and if they really needed to even things out give the c300 the ability to output 4k to an external recorder giving more value to the c300 and that would help justify some of the similar features that it has with the c100 also no pl mount no monitor no hdsi I could live with that for between 6-8 thousand.

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