We break a truly incredible story in the first installment of our annual series entitled “Orson Welles Lives!” Forget about that 4K consumer concept Canon just showed in China. Captured on an unauthorized audio recording inside Canon HQ — sorry, no real photos available, it's just a Photoshopped image below — the company is about to launch a new entry point to the Cinema EOS line: a stuffed-to-the-gills Cinema EOS C5Di that promises to blow away its mirrorless competitors, even at the potential risk of cannibalizing its own higher end sales.
The first hint comes when you hear Canon executives mention (6:52 into the recording) the new model by name — C5Di – and its role as the new entry point into the Cinema EOS line.
But what really bowls us over is the aggressive launch date – Q3 this year — and final spec, a veritable “in your face, m&*(erf&%#er” laundry list clearly designed to pound its competitors into the floor:
· Full 4K, 12-bit (you read that right, not 10), Apple Pro-Res internal recording;
· a 15-stop dynamic range using Imatest;
· up to 240fps in 1080p (120fps in full 4K);
· high ISO performance designed to exceed that of the Sony A7s by two full stops;
· native Bluetooth support and a robust iPhone app to remotely control and monitor the camera (no mention of WiFi – but hang on, see below);
· electronic focus and exposure assist overlays within the optical viewfinder itself including 5-step false color which goes all EVF once you hit record; and (perhaps most intriguing of all)
· an oblique mention of a licensing deal with the Vitec group to build into the C5Di a zero latency, no compression transmitter for wireless monitoring using the TDS (Teradek Streaming) protocol.
In another “can we really be hearing this” exchange after a sake break (and just before the audio ends), the executives apparently meet Adrian Perica. What makes this fascinating is that Perica is the former Goldman Sachs banker hired by Apple to head up its M&A work. But looking back on the specs above, it almost begins to make sense.
And if you believe ANY of what you've just read, you’ve either forgotten it’s April Fool’s today, or have we got a bridge to sell you.
But it IS nice to dream.
“If we shadows have offended,
Think but this, and all is mended,
That you have but slumber’d here
While these visions did appear.
And this weak and idle theme,
No more yielding but a dream,
Gentles, do not reprehend:
if you pardon, we will mend:
And, as I am an honest Puck,
If we have unearned luck
Now to ‘scape the serpent’s tongue,
We will make amends ere long;
Else the Puck a liar call;
So, good night unto you all.
Give me your hands, if we be friends,
And Robin shall restore amends.”
Puck’s epilogue, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, by William Shakespeare
(cover photo credit: snap from the video)