Is this the Canon 4k video camera to kill all the others? Canon has been rumored to be working on a small 4k video cam and they’ve just shown off this ‘concept’ camera in China – leading into NAB coming up in 3 weeks.
These ‘teaser’ images come from a Canon event in China where Hideki Ozawa Canon (China) president was showing off new gear and the famous Jackie Chan made an on-stage appearance to help show off the new ‘concept’ camera.
So there’s confusion already… the text of the source materials say “concept” camera, yet, it looks pretty much like a production body with its build and features.
Canon 4k video DSLR or just a video camera?
While it looks a bit like a DSLR, our guess is that (based on the pictures) it is a very small Canon EOS C100 designed to be mainly video – especially since the lens attached says “Canon 4k Video Lens”
It also happens to say “10x optical zoom – 8.9-89.0mm 1:2.8-5.6” (which we note is a damn wide range on the aperture!).
So is it a DSLR? According to photographer Li Bai (note this is a google translation) but the writer appears to have been at the announcement so he should have some good flavor of what was said…
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But top of the mode dial can also be seen, this camera also retain a lot of EOS SLR design elements, it should take into account the use of photography and video.
As Canon's own words, this new 4K cameras are cross-border products. That is not only suitable for taking pictures, but also for ultra-clear recording of 4K video.
So there are two mentions there of shooting photos – so maybe it is a new DSLR? Is it part of the Canon Cinema EOS line? We just don't know yet.
Detachable or fixed lens?
While the evolve.cn post says that it comes with a PL and EF mount (and Canon would be insane not to include detachable lenses right?), the lens itself is very reminiscent to me of fixed video cameras so I’m suspicious.
Several forums are also suspecting it is a non-detachable lens – but again, this site says it has PL and EF mount options.
The evolve.cn site doesn’t give it a name, but cinescopophilia.com says it is the Canon EOS One. (Not sure where they got that name as I can’t find it in any of the other sources and
canonrumors goes on to say it is “Canon’s foray into the drone market” but I don’t quite understand that comment. Granted it is small, but is obviously a hand-held camera with the grip on the site… maybe the grip is detachable? Petapixel says it appears to rotate.
Specifications found on the photo rumors site
Update: I received some more details on the new camera:
• 1″ CMOS Sensor
• 58mm filter
• Built-in Wi-Fi
• Similar shape to the Canon EOS 70D
• External viewfinder
• Canon 10X optical zoom 8.9-89mm f/2.8-5.6 4k video fixed lens (35mm Equi. 24-240mm)
Most of which can be diagnosed from the images – except for the sensor specification.
The photos show an electronic detachable EVF
but how does that come off? Does the LCD on the back come off and is replaced by the EVF?
have a look at this image and see what you can figure out:
Canon EOS One?
So, what do you think?
Is this the Canon 4k video camera to trump all the others or simply a consumer 4k video camera?
Will this be the new camera announced at NAB or is it indeed a ‘concept' that we'll have to wait a long time to see?
What do you think? Let us know in the comments below!