Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Canon EOS C500 Camera and Compact Zoom Lenses

Canon announced the official launch of 4K cinema camera, the EOS C500, and two Compact Zoom lenses, the CN-E15.5-47 mm T2.8 L S/SP and CN-E30-105 mm T2.8 L S/SP.

Canon’s Cinema EOS System brings together unique expertise from the company’s DSLR, video, broadcast and lens divisions – offering exceptional quality and creative freedom to professionals of all kinds. With the new entry-level EOS C100 and the 4K EOS C500, the system has grown to meet a range of production requirements for users of all levels. Additionally Canon’s new cine zoom lenses provide excellent value and performance in EF and PL variants – offering compatibility with virtually any camera in production today. All new products will be showcased at IBC 2012, marking the first time the complete Cinema EOS System has been displayed in Europe.

“This is our strongest-ever professional video line-up” said Kieran Magee, Professional Imaging Marketing Director, Canon Europe. “Each of these new products has been developed with the needs of professionals in mind, empowering our customers to be more creative than ever before. With the EOS C500 and our new cinema zoom lenses, as well as the new EOS C100, we’re extending the range to meet the needs of an even wider range of users – from independent users through to cinematographers.”

EOS C500 – revolutionary 4K video capture
Following a development announcement in April 2012, Canon today confirms the European launch of the EOS C500, a new digital cinema camera capable of 4K-resolution (4,096 x 2,160 pixels) video output. Designed for motion picture and high resolution digital production industries, the EOS C500 offers the ability to output 4K-resolution images as RAW data for recording using an external device. The camera’s uncompressed 4K output also unleashes the full potential of Canon’s expanding range of 4K-resolution EF Cinema Lenses, while an EF mount with Cinema Lock makes it easier for operators to switch lenses during shooting.

As well as uncompressed 4K footage, the EOS C500 supports 12-bit or 10-bit RGB 4:4:4 output signals for 2K (2048 x 1080 pixels) or Full HD off-board recording – delivering rich colour and high compatibility with image processes such as chroma key positioning. The camera also supports frame rates up to 120p in both 4K and 2K modes, providing enhanced creative flexibility for high-speed (slow motion) video capture. The inclusion of Canon Log Gamma delivers the high quality video and wide exposure latitude demanded by professional cinematographers.

Based on the same advanced platform as the EOS C300, the EOS C500 delivers exceptional performance, incredible mobility and outstanding expandability. The availability of a PL mount variant provides support for industry-standard lenses, while the EF mount model is the first Cinema EOS camera to feature a modified EF mount with Cinema Lock.  Designed as a result of user feedback, EF mount with Cinema Lock has been developed to make it simpler to swap lenses mid-shoot. Instead of the user having to rotate the lens, the new mount rotates to lock lenses into place – providing easier operation during studio and field-based shooting.

New Compact  Zoom lenses – flexibility, performance and value
The arrival of the new EF Cinema Lenses expands the Cinema EOS System further, with each designed to offer premium performance, mobility and competitive pricing. A CN-E15.5-47mm T2.8 L S wide-angle cinema zoom lens launches alongside a new CN-E30-105mm T2.8 L S telephoto cinema zoom lens, with both available in EF and PL-mount variants. All new lenses offer sufficient resolution for 4K production, making them ideal for use with Canon’s EOS C500 and EOS-1D C cinema cameras – both of which support 4K video capture.

All new lenses offer compatibility with industry-standard Super 35 mm-equivalent cameras, while cutting-edge optical constructions provide superior flexibility for use in a wide range of situations. Each lens features a compact, lightweight body that supports a versatile focal range, making them ideal for handheld shooting, and a variety of design enhancements made in recognition of the way users work, such as a uniform front diameter, standard gear pitch and 300 degree focus travel for precise focus adjustments. Perfectly complementing Canon’s existing Top-End Cinema zooms and EF Cinema primes, these new Compact Zoom lenses offer a greater variety of creative possibilities for cinema and video professionals of all types – whether studio-based or in the field.

Source: Canon USA

Canon EOS C100 Video Camera

Canon has announced its latest addition to the Cinema EOS products, EOS C100 professional video camera designed for independent videographers. The new, "affordable" model combines impressive hardware specifications with new automatic features making the camera ideal for professionals who works without a crew or for the beginners. 

The Canon EOS C100 brings together the renowned technology of Canon CMOS sensors, DIGIC DV III Image Processor, and EF lens compatibility in a smaller, lighter body. Modular and compatible with a host of Canon and third-party accessories, the EOS C100 brings true cinema quality to independent event videographers and video production organizations.

The EOS C100 sports the Super 35mm Canon CMOS Sensor and Canon DIGIC DV III Image Processor of the C300 and records at 24Mbps using an AVCHD codec for easy integration in existing production workflows. Operability and customization make the EOS C100 an ideal camera for one-person operation while providing expanded professional capabilities such as HDMI output with embedded Time Code, support for external recorders, remote operation, and complete manual control over both video and audio recording.

Pair the powerful and portable EOS C100 with the full range of Canon EF, EF-S and EF Cinema lenses, from fish-eye to macro to super telephoto, and make this expanded vista your new starting point on your cinematic adventure.

The camera is expected to hit the shelves in November, 2012. EOS C100 will be priced at around $8,000.

EOS C100 Features

  • New Canon Super 35mm CMOS Sensor
  • Canon DIGIC DV III Image Processor
  • Exceptional Low Light Sensitivity and Wide Dynamic Range
  • Canon Log Gamma and Wide DR Gamma
  • Multiple Recording Modes and Frame Rates
  • Full Manual Control and Focusing Aids
  • Compact and Ergonomic Design
  • One-Shot AF and Push Auto Iris
  • High Resolution EVF and Integrated LCD Display
  • Removeable Hand Grip with XLR Inputs and Built-in Stereo Microphone
  • AVCHD File Based Recording to SD Cards
  • HDMI Out with Time Code
  • Remote Terminal


Standard Definition or High Definition: High Definition

Power Supply (rated): 7.4 V DC (battery pack: BP-955), 8.4 V DC (DC IN)

Signal System: NTSC and PAL
Compression: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
Color Space: 4:2:2
Maximum Bit Rate: 24Mbps
Canon Log Gamma: Available
File Format: AVCHD

Recording Options:

Frame Rate
24 Mbps LPCM
1920 x1080
24 Mbps
1920 x1080
17 Mbps
1920 x1080
7 Mbps
1440 x1080

24 Mbps Mode: Linear PCM; 2-Channel; 16-Bit; 48 kHz

All Other Modes: Dolby Digital AC3

Built-in Microphone: L/R

External Audio Inputs: 2 - XLR inputs (Auto and Manual level settings)

External microphone terminal: (3.5 mm diameter)

Recording Channel Selection: 

This is used to set the allocation of the audio channels:

CH1/CH2: The CH1 signals are allocated to the L output channel, and the CH2 signals are allocated to the R output channel.

CH1/CH1: The CH1 signals are allocated to the L output channel, and the CH1 signals are allocated to the R output channel.

CH2/CH2: The CH2 signals are allocated to the L output channel, and the CH2 signals are allocated to the R output channel.

ALL CH/ALL CH: Signals obtained by mixing the CH1 and CH2 signals are allocated to the L and R output channels.

XLR Mic Trimming: Available; -12dB, -6 dB, 0dB, +6dB or +12 dB

Recording Level Adjustment Range: - Infinity to +18dB

Phantom Power: Available; +48V

Headphone Adjustment: 16 Settings; Volume is muted at lowest setting

1KHz Tone: Available: Available; -12, -18, or -20 dB

Image Sensor 
Sensor Type: CMOS sensor (single-panel) equivalent to Super 35mm

Sensor Size: 24.6 x 13.8 (28.2 mm diagonal); 6.4 ?m cell pitch

Scanning System: Progressive

Number of Sensors: 1

Filter: RGB Primary Color Filter (Bayer Array)

Imaging Processor: DIGIC DV III

Effective Pixels 
Approx. 8.29 megapixels (3840 x 2160)

Total Pixels 
Approx. 9.84 megapixels (4206 x 2340)

Max. Movie Recording Time 
(1) Recording media: SD/SDHC/SDXC card
(2) Number of slots: 2
Note: Movie and photo recording is enabled. Also, custom pictures (20 files) and settings of data such as menus can be recorded.
Recording media operation results: A list of cards that can be used for recording will be provided separately.
Clips of 59.94 Hz and 50.00 Hz modes cannot be stored together on a single media device.
The maximum continuous recording time is 12 hours. When this time has elapsed, recording will stop automatically. When continuous recording is performed, data is divided up in 2 GB files. When 50 files are recorded for 1 clip, recording will stop automatically.

Recording bit rate (Variable Bit Rate)
1920 x 1080 recording
1440 x 1080 recording
Memory capacity
24 Mbps (*1)
17 Mbps
7 Mbps
10 minutes
15 minutes
35 minutes
20 minutes
30 minutes
1 hour 10 minutes
30 minutes
45 minutes
1 hour 45 minutes
40 minutes
1 hour 00 minutes
2 hours 20 minutes
1 hour 5 minutes
1 hour 30 minutes
3 hours 35 minutes
1 hour 25 minutes
2 hours 05 minutes
4 hours 45 minutes
2 hours 55 minutes
4 hours 10 minutes
9 hours 35 minutes
5 hours 55 minutes
8 hours 20 minutes
19 hours 10 minutes
(*1) Same for 24 Mbps LPCM recording.
Note: If recording is performed continuously for 12 hours, recording will stop automatically. The recording will not be started automatically.

Interchangeable: EF mount for compatibility EF, EF-S and EOS Cinema lens systems (non-PL).

Focusing System 
Manual; One-Shot AF 
Autofocus system is available; AF is dependent on interchangeable lenses

Max. Shutter Speed 
1/2000 sec.

ISO Range 
3200 to 20,000 in 1-step and 1/3-step increments

ND Filter Settings 
Mechanical ND filter system with option of clear, 2, 4, and 6 stops

White Balance 
AWB, Kelvin setting (setting range: 2000K to 15000K), daylight, tungsten, set A, set B

Frame Rate 
NTSC: 60i, 30p, 24p 
PAL: 50i, 25p

Minimum Illumination 
59.94 Hz: 0.3 lux 
50 Hz: 0.25 lux

Illumination Correction 

Genlock Terminal 

HD/SD-SDI Terminal 

Timecode Terminals 

0.24-inch (0.61 cm diagonal) color wide-screen LCD with 16:9 aspect ratio
Equivalent to approx. 1.555 million dots (960 x RGB x 540), 100% field of view ratio

LCD Screen (Monitor Unit) 
3.5-inch (8.8 cm diagonal) color wide-screen LCD with 16:9 aspect ratio
Equivalent to approx. 922,000 dots (640 x RGB x 480), 100% field of view ratio

Stereo (electret condenser microphone)

Recording Media 
SD Card x2 (Video, Still Images (JPEG), Custom Picture Data*, Clip

Metadata, and menu settings); SD/SDHC/SDXC Supported; MMC Cards are not supported

*Custom Picture Data and settings is not compatible with data from others Canon models

USB Terminal 
mini-B, Hi-Speed USB

Video Terminal 
3.5 mm 4-pole mini jack out only

Audio Terminal 
2 - Balanced 3-pin XLR (Mic Level, Mic Level with phantom power and Line Level) in Handle unit

HDMI Terminal 
Yes (Type A) Time code can be superimposed

AV Mini-terminal/Headphone Terminal 
3.5mm stereo mini-jack

WFT Terminal 

Operating Temperature Range 
Performance requirements: 0°C to 40°C, 85% (relative humidity)
Operating requirements: 0°C to 45°C, 60% (relative humidity)

Dimensions (W x H x D) 
C100 (Body plus Thumb Rest):
Approx. 5.3 x 6.7 x 5.1 in (135 x 170 x 129 mm)

C100 (Body plus Grip):
Approx. 7.2 x 6.7 x 5.1 in (182 x 170 x 129 mm)

C100 (Body plus Thumb Rest plus handle):
Approx. 5.6 x 11.1 x 9.3 in (142 x 281 x 236 mm)

C100 (Body plus Grip plus handle):
Approx. 7.2 x 11.1 x 9.3 in (182 x 281 x 236 mm)

Weight (not including lens) 
Main Unit: 
C100 Body: Approx. TBA lb. / TBA g

Grip: Approx. 8.1 oz. / 230 g
Handle Unit: Approx. TBA oz. / TBA g
BP-955 Battery: 7.8 oz / 220g
SD Cards x 2: 0.14 oz / 4g

Source: Canon USA