Canon EXPO NY: First Look at 8K Cinema Camera, VR Headset, VR Camera Rigs

Canon 8K Prototype at Canon EXPO NY
Remember that 8K cinema camera that Canon announced they were developing? They've got a prototype at Canon EXPO NY.

The new camera is in a body just like the C300 Mark II, except it's sending out many more SDI signals and is capable of recording 8K 60p to 4 Convergent Design Odyssey 7Qs. It's important to note that this is simply a prototype proof-of-concept, and when Canon does release a camera like this, it's possible that it will be nothing like this. They are also showing off some of the 8K footage on their 8K reference displays, so if you are at the show, feel free to share your experience watching that. 

Here's more from Convergent Design on this setup (which is obviously a bit unwieldy to say the least — but they do prove that it's possible):

Today at the Canon EXPO 2015 in New York City, Canon unveiled a new prototype 8K Cinema EOS camera. Completing the camera system are four Convergent Design Odyssey7Q monitor/recorders, each capable of capturing Canon RAW or processing the data into video for recording in popular formats such as Apple ProRes. This proof of concept camera system illustrates the next generation for motion picture imaging and recording, and Convergent Design is proud to help lead the way with Canon.

As a refresher, here are some of the specs Canon mentioned this camera had:

The Cinema EOS System 8K camera being developed will be equipped with a Canon Super 35 mm-equivalent CMOS sensor that makes possible high-resolution 8,192 x 4,320 pixel (approximately 35.39 million effective pixels) imaging performance even at a frame rate of 60 frames per second with 13 stops of dynamic range and a richly expressive wide color gamut. 

Shots of the rig at the show:

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And some of Canon's ultra low-light camera ME20F-SH:

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The company has a number of prototypes at the show, including the 120 Megapixel DSLR that they announced alongside the 8K camera, and also a new 600mm prime lens. While there is a mix of real products, they've got plenty of items that may or may not see the light of day.

VR Headset & VR Camera Rigs

Apparently Canon is showing off another prototype device of a different kind, a VR headset and some ways that they were able to achieve VR recording (thanks to Austin Mace for sending this my way). Via Upload VR, here are some looks at the headset:

And of the rigs they used:

While it's unclear when we may see something like this from Canon for real, there's no question they have the technology to pull it off if they really wanted to. They make all of the screens and the glass, and they already make the cameras, so it wouldn't be too surprising if at some point down the road they threw their hat in the ring.

If you are at, or are going to Canon EXPO NY, be sure to share your experiences with any of these devices.     

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I see figures like 8k, 15 stops, million ISO, crazy frame rates. We've got everything. The future is here, all is left is to be a better creator.

September 10, 2015 at 3:58PM, Edited September 10, 3:58PM

You voted '+1'.
Einar Gabbassoff
D&CD at Frame One Studio

"Richly Expressive"
Can somebody quantify that for me?

September 10, 2015 at 7:52PM, Edited September 10, 7:52PM

Richard Krall


September 11, 2015 at 6:02PM

Einar Gabbassoff
D&CD at Frame One Studio

Both the camera and headset look like something from a 50's sci-fi movie. Seems like they rushed these out to give the appearance they are on the cutting edge. Must have finally noticed all the complaints of how far behind they are in video tech.

September 13, 2015 at 10:02PM, Edited September 13, 10:02PM

Gene Nemetz
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