Following a development announcement in April 2012, Canon have confirmed the 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.