Canon Cinema EOS 4k DSLR announced – the Canon EOS-1D C!

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Canon just announced the Canon EOS-1D C – their new Cinema EOS DSLR that they pre-announced back in November when they announced the Canon EOS C300.

Details are still very fresh but below is the press release. I'm afraid we didn't get invited to put our hands on but we're scratching for details.


LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., April 12, 2012 – Continually advancing the frontiers of digital high-resolution motion-image capture for film, television, and other industries, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced the EOS-1D C digital single-lens reflex (SLR) camera.* Delivering outstanding video performance, the compact, lightweight EOS-1D C provides video recording at 4K (4096 x 2160-pixel) or Full HD (1920 x 1080-pixel) resolution to support high-end motion picture, television production and other advanced imaging applications.


Equipped with an 18.1-megapixel full-frame 24mm x 36mm Canon CMOS sensor, the camera records 8-bit 4:2:2 Motion JPEG 4K video to the camera's CF memory card at 24 frames-per-second (fps) or Full HD 1920 x 1080 video at selectable frame rates from 24p to 60p, making it possible for next-generation visual expression with even higher image-quality and resolution performance.

“The Canon EOS-1D C digital SLR camera was designed in response to the needs of filmmakers, television producers, and other high-level motion-imaging professionals,” stated Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies & Communications Group, Canon U.S.A. “Not only does it combine 4K and Full HD video capture with a convenient design, its use of dual CF cards also offers an efficient workflow compatible with today's post-production requirements.”

Creative Control

The Canon EOS-1D C digital SLR camera incorporates Canon Log Gamma to enable the recording of high-quality video with rich gradation expression, making possible the type of impressive image quality required in motion pictures by maximizing both highlight and shadow detail retention while also providing a high level of color-grading freedom. The EOS-1D C's full-frame 24 x 36mm 18.1-megapixel Canon CMOS sensor makes possible a wide range of creative imaging expression, such as image-blur effects. Additional features include an expanded sensitivity range of up to ISO 25600 for exceptional motion-imaging results with reduced noise even in low-light settings. The camera's ability to record 8-bit 4:2:2 4K and 8-bit 4:2:0 Full HD video to CF cards eliminates the need for an external recorder and enables workflows with increased mobility. If desired, however, captured video (excluding 4K video) can be output from the camera's HDMI terminal to an external recorder using an uncompressed YCbCr 8-bit 4:2:2 signal.

4K video is captured by an approximately APS-H-sized portion of the full image sensor, while Full HD video can be captured in the user's choice of two different imaging formats:

  • 1. The standard Full HD setting captures the full 36mm width of the CMOS sensor to achieve the largest possible angle of view for any compatible lens.
  • 2. An optional Super 35 crop setting enables cinematographers to match the industry-standard imaging format and angle of view achieved by traditional motion picture cameras. This enables video footage from the EOS-1D C camera to more closely match the look of footage from other cameras in multi-camera shooting environments.

Other useful video-related features on the EOS-1D C DSLR include a built-in headphone jack for real-time audio monitoring, and the ability to view the camera's LCD even when the HDMI port is connected to an external monitor. The EOS-1D C camera uses the same LP-E4N battery pack as the EOS-1D X, and it can also be powered by an optional AC Adapter Kit.

The EOS-1D C camera ships with Canon software applications including EOS Utility, which enables various camera settings to be adjusted from a PC, and Picture Style Editor. These two personal computer applications enable users to view the camera's live output on an external monitor1 and adjust the image in real-time to maximize shooting and post-production efficiencies. The software also ensures no loss of quality for 4K/Motion JPEG and full HD/60p video displayed on the external monitor, and it enables video shot with Canon Log Gamma to be output on the monitor with video gamma applied.

Versatility and Value

The Canon EOS-1D C camera can be used to capture still images with more than 60 interchangeable Canon EF and EF Cinema Lenses, all of which are designed to deliver exceptional image quality to maximize the potential for creative visual expression. The compact size and lightweight design of the camera make it easy to carry so it is highly mobile for convenient shooting inside automobiles and other confined spaces. Its compact size also enables peripheral equipment such as rails and cranes to be more compact, which can facilitate smoother handling and reduced costs on-set. The camera's low-light capabilities can also help to minimize lighting costs and increase versatility for lighting. For added usability, record start/stop can be remotely controlled by EOS Utility Software via an optional Canon WFT-E6A Wireless File Transmitter.

Realizing the same exceptional still-image performance as the recently introduced Canon EOS-1D X digital SLR camera, the camera provides a sensitivity range of ISO 100-51200 for outstanding still-image results with reduced noise, even in dimly lit settings. Incorporating high-performance Canon Dual DIGIC 5+ image processors, the EOS-1D C delivers high-precision AF and AE performance while also enabling high-speed continuous shooting of up to approximately 12 fps. In the ultra-fast continuous shooting mode, the EOS-1D C provides a continuous shooting speed of up to approximately 14 fps (mirror remains raised during shooting; JPEG images only).

The Canon EOS-1D C digital SLR camera is scheduled to be available within 2012 at a suggested retail price of $15,000.



About Canon U.S.A., Inc.

Canon U.S.A., Inc., is a leading provider of consumer, business-to-business, and industrial digital imaging solutions. With approximately $45.6 billion in global revenue, its parent company, Canon Inc. (NYSE:CAJ), ranks third overall in U.S. patents registered in 2011† and is one of Fortune Magazine’s World’s Most Admired Companies in 2012. Canon U.S.A. is committed to the highest levels of customer satisfaction and loyalty, providing 100 percent U.S.-based consumer service and support for all of the products it distributes. Canon U.S.A. is dedicated to its Kyosei philosophy of social and environmental responsibility. To keep apprised of the latest news from Canon U.S.A., sign up for the Company’s RSS news feed by visiting



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  1. Hopefully they make a 5D C. If the 5D Mark 3 is a stills camera that shoots video. And the 1D C is a 4K video camera that can shoot stills. The 5D C will be a 2k video camera that can shoot stills. And hopefully it has other cool video features like Canon Log and whatever other goodies they want to throw in.

  2. They finally make what i was thinking all along….

    The divides their market…

    The Indie Filmmakers can be 5dmkii and 1Dx users…

    while the pros can afford this or the c300.

    The price is really tough… People should now decide between this and the c300… the c300 is better camera in terms of accesorie ready… and other body features… but the 1D “c” has the 4K ability…

    they finally made what the pros wanted….

    that indie filmmakers can get the same visual quality pros can…

    i see a lot of new people goign with the d800… if you’re new to HDSLR… Nikon is the answer… the 5dmkiii handle moire better… but picture quality on the d800 is better…

    2K is coming…. hopefully we will se a “entry” camera like a new 7D that handles 2K especifically.

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      Rodrigo… good points… tho I still see the D800 as not being as good with higher ISOs as the Canon EOS 5D Mark II… but I do see a lot of people going that direction.

      2k is just barely above 1080 in terms of size and resolution (1080 is 1920 wide so just under 2k)… not sure it really is the next step.

  3. Hey guys, I’ve shot with both the 5D III and the D800 and I can safely say that people will be happy with both, at least at the level that most of us reading this blog are at.
    I think, though, that we’re really getting hung up on resolution, sharpness and all those other buzz words that have very little relevance to our actual enjoyment of the videos we’re producing. The 4K thing is especially overblown. You might be able to record it but what do you do with it once you have it? In fact, just recording it is a major memory drain, something like 10 minutes per 32gb card.
    Then it has to be processed, transcoded and cut and that takes huge computer resources. And on top of all that, you have to down-size it to 1080 to get it to play on present-day TV’s. It’s like killing a steer just because you feel like a steak.
    You don’t need it and even if you have it, it won’t make you a better filmmaker.
    We’re far better off just shooting with what we can afford and learning as we go. Higher resolution, 4k, HDMI recording will make no difference if what we shoot isn’t any good.

  4. I’m sorry, the price strikes me as ridiculous. I feel like Canon is making bad decisions in order to protect their video division while Nikon can just make good products at reasonable prices without worrying about losing business in another area of their business. I cant imagine needing 4k for years so I don’t care so much about that, but for some reason it is going to cost you $15,000 for 4:2:2 if you stick with Canon, that stinks!

  5. 4k with 8 bit 4:2:2 for 15k is really a very bad joke (and not xlr or SDI). I was waitng for this camera, but i wont buy it; Sony neX Fs700 for 9 0r 10 K shooting at 240 fps at fullhd and with a 4k “ready” sensor and red scarlet x; killed the Eos 1D-C as a choice for indie filmakers. Maybe Panasonic will surprise us too.

    1. Couldn’t agree more, manuel.

      Disregard the 4K (which nobody needs outside of hollywood and possibly sports journalism) and you have a $15,000 FS100 with consumer grade audio.

      Seriously. It is that bad.

      Thank God for Metabones. At least now I can make the switch to Sony without reinvesting in glass.

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