Canon has announced a new 4K digital cinema camera, the EOS C500, which will be available late this year for a likely list price of £20,000/€24,600 including VAT (US pricing hasn’t been revealed, but should be under $30,000).
It will output 4K (4,096 x 2,160 pixels), offering a 10-bit uncompressed RAW data stream with no de-Bayering, as well as a 2K/4:4:4 mode.
EOS C300 is primarily a television camera, the C500 (which is based on the C300) is targeting both movie and high-resolution digital production. It will be available with either Canon’s EF lens mount or the industry-standard PL mount.
EF Cinema Lenses, and combine with Canon Log Gamma to deliver the quality and wide exposure latitude expected by cinematographers.
For 2K use (2,048 x 1,080 pixels) it offers full 12-bit RGB 4:4:4 output, which will be ideal for greenscreen work.
By David Fox