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Canon Cinema EOS C100 camera topic
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    • EF mount
    • S35mm sensor
    • magnesium body
    • 2 XLR audio inputs
    • 24/25/30p and 50/60i (yep, no 50/60p)
    • ND filters
    • ISO 320 – 20.000
    • Canon Cinema Log Gamma
    • AVCHD only small bitrate codec
    • 2 slots for SD-/SDHC-/SDXC- cards
    • AF function is completely absent, could be added via FW in 2013
    • Price $7,999

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    Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, continues its commitment to the advancement of tools for visual expression and expand its contribution to cinematic culture with the introduction of the new EOS C500 4K Digital Cinema Camera* and the EOS C100 Digital Video Camera*. The C500 will take its place as the flagship camera model in Canon's Cinema EOS System while the C100 provides another option for beginning filmmakers working on a budget. The C500 is Canon's high-end professional 4K (4096 x 2160-pixel) cinema camera capable of originating uncompressed RAW output for external recording to meet the demands of premium cinematic productions and other top-quality production markets. The C100 digital video camera is a compact, affordable entry-level model delivering full 1920x1080 HD video and integrating the popular AVCHD codec for universal compatibility with laptop and desktop editing systems. The C500 will be available in both EF- and PL-mount versions; while the C100 will be offered in EF mount only and will be compatible with the more than 70 zoom and prime lenses in Canon's EF, EF-S and EF Cinema lens lineups. All products in the Canon Cinema EOS line are engineered to provide exceptional image creation capabilities for professionals in the motion picture, television, and other diverse high-resolution digital production industries.

    "We developed the Cinema EOS C500 digital cinema camera to deliver the benefits of full 4K motion capture to Hollywood's premier filmmakers, while the C100 is designed for economical productions that need sophisticated HD capabilities and optical lens diversity. As we said in November of 2011, the C300 was just the beginning to our Cinema EOS system and we now offer a more complete system of imaging solutions with a range of cameras for every level of production," stated Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies and Communications Group, Canon U.S.A., Inc.

    The EOS C500 4K digital cinema camera and EOS C100 digital video camera join Canon's Cinema EOS System which includes two other camera models, the EOS C300 digital cinema camera for mainstream HD production and the EOS-1D C 4K Digital SLR cinema camera for 4K and HD filmmakers favoring the SLR form factor. The Cinema EOS System also offers filmmakers optical diversity with seven EF Cinema lens models: the compact and lightweight CN-E15.5-47mm T2.8 L wide-angle cinema zoom and the CN-E30-105mm T2.8 L telephoto cinema zoom (available in EF and PL versions); the CN-E14.5-60mm T2.6 L wide-angle zoom and CN-E30-300mm T2.95-3.7 L telephoto zoom (also available in EF and PL versions); and the CN-E24mm T1.5 L, CN-E50mm T1.3 L, and CN-E85mm T1.3 L prime lenses for EF-mount cameras, in addition to the more than 60 lenses in Canon's EF and EF-S lens lines (which include macro, fisheye, telephoto, and tilt-shift models).

    4K, 2K, and Full HD Image Quality

    The Canon EOS C500 and C500 PL digital cinema cameras are designed to provide a versatile high-quality 4K imaging solution to high-end productions. High-quality 4K resolution imaging has become the new standard for advanced effects and is particularly important for big-budget motion pictures that include scenes compositing live-action cinematography with high-resolution computer-generated imagery. The C500 and C500 PL cameras output 4K resolution to external recorders as a 10-bit uncompressed RAW data stream, as well as offering the additional versatility of being able to output quad full-HD (3840 x 2160), 2K (2048 x 1080), full HD (1920 x 1080), and other imaging options. All of these digital image source formats fully conform to established SMPTE production standards. All 4K formats can be selected to operate from one to 60 frames per second. When shooting in 2K, the C500 and C500 PL cameras employ a 12-bit RGB 4:4:4 signal format from one to 60 frames-per-second (fps) as well. For high-speed shooting and slow motion capture the cameras can be set to a 10-bit YCrCb 4:2:2 mode, and can output 4K or 2K video up to 120 fps.

    While outputting 4K or 2K video to an external recorder, the Canon EOS C500 and C500 PL digital cinema cameras simultaneously record a 50 Mbps Full HD video file in-camera to the user's choice of one or two CF cards. The 8-bit 4:2:2 in-camera recordings can be used as a proxy for offline editing of 4K projects, and they are also suitable for various projects that do not require 4K resolution. Equipped with Canon's exceptional Super 35mm 8.85-megapixel CMOS sensor, both C500 camera models are compatible with a wide range of interchangeable Canon lenses – the C500 is compatible with EF, EF-S and EF Cinema lenses for Canon SLR cameras, while the C500 PL is compatible with PL-mount EF Cinema lenses and other PL-mount lenses. Highly mobile and compact, the C500 digital cinema camera provides the same ergonomic features as the C300 model, with the exception of a fixed hand grip that incorporates a pair of 3G-SDI ports for 4K video output and another pair of video ports for monitoring purposes. Canon is working with several independent manufacturers of external video recorders to support smooth workflow options, and these recorders are expected to be available by the time the EOS C500 and C500 PL 4K digital cinema cameras ship to authorized dealers later this year.

    One-Person Full HD With Automatic Functions

    A cost-effective camera solution for a wide range of everyday users, the EOS C100 digital video camera is ideal for many full HD applications such as:

    Low-budget television production and independent moviemaking Museums, galleries, and film schools that utilize Full HD video Wedding, corporate and event videography

    The EOS C100 digital video camera is approximately 85% of the size of the EOS C300 model, for maximum mobility. Designed for professional operability, the C100 includes a push auto iris function, one-shot auto focus (or full manual focus and exposure control), a multi-angle 3.5-inch LCD control panel, a high-resolution electronic viewfinder (EVF), built-in ND filters, dual XLR inputs, and a locking HDMI output. These features combine with such advanced technologies as reduced rolling shutter artifacts in 60i mode, enhanced gamma modes (including Wide Dynamic Range (DR) Gamma and Canon Log Gamma), cinematic depth of field characteristics, and excellent low-light performance. The C100 records to dual SD cards contributing to the camera's reduced size and convenience.

    Like its C300 sibling, the EOS C100 employs Canon's uniquely designed Super 35mm 16:9 CMOS sensor that captures individual R, G, and B channels for each full HD 1920 x 1080 frame. This high-sensitivity CMOS sensor provides creative depth of field capabilities for an excellent "bokeh" effect, and provides an ISO range of from 320 to 20,000, enabling the capture of images in low light with minimal picture noise. The Canon DIGIC DV III image processor in the C100 helps ensure high color fidelity and smooth color gradations. The camera's AVCHD codec utilizes MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 compression similar to the codec used in Canon's XA10 professional HD camcorder. AVCHD features a maximum recording bit rate of 24Mbps in full HD 1920 x 1080 and 4:2:0 color space for sharp, vivid images. Multiple recording modes, resolutions, and frame rates (including 24p) make the C100 creatively flexible for many production environments. The C100 also offers enhanced gamma modes (including Wide DR Gamma and Canon Log Gamma) for a peak dynamic range of 800% and the wide exposure latitude needed for creative post-production image processing, color correction, and contrast manipulation.

    Designed for extensive operational versatility, the Canon EOS C100 digital video camera features a mobile core configuration that allows users to flexibly add accessory parts to the main camera body according to their production needs. A removable side-mounted rotating grip with start/stop button and miniature "joystick" menu control provides traditional SLR camera-style operation. A detachable handle unit connects to the top of the C100 and includes dual XLR connectors, a built-in stereo microphone, a bracket for an external microphone, audio-input level adjustments, and a tally light. The C100 records linear PCM two-channel audio or Dolby digital two-channel audio.

    In addition to its ability to record to both SD cards simultaneously, or relay-record from one card to the other, the Canon C100 Cinema EOS camera can also output uncompressed digital HD to an external recording device via its locking HDMI connector. This HDMI output includes superimposed time code and 2:3 pull-down marker information. Additional outputs include a USB connector and stereo headphone jack.

    Pricing and Availability

    The Canon EOS C500 and C500 PL 4K Digital Cinema Cameras are scheduled to be available in October for an estimated list price of $30,000.

    The Canon EOS C100 Digital Video Camera is scheduled to be available in November 2012 for an estimated list price of $7,999

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  • That would look right if it sits on Toys R Us shelf.

    That red "C" mark looks retarded... Made in "C"hina?

  • What a strange camera to release in the later half of 2012. It would have trouble selling at 1/2 the price

  • The form Factor reminds of this: Yes, thats a toilet Brush :)

  • Its not a good upgrade for the money. It may be come handy for those canon fanboys willing to buy it in, due to big invesment in canon glass, also for the sake of saying is a Canon pro movie making camera. If output would be 10bit then maybe a point but even in that aspect, it fails choosing 8 bit and 4:2:0 AVCHD. Its like having a GH2 with XLR and bigger body, lol.

    As @Vitaliy said, look really bad.

  • Considering that it has XLR audio inputs, ND filters, Canon LOG and low bitrate AVCHD(file size won't be as demanding). It may be attractive to a lot of users. You can shoot with the camera right away without any other accessories required like cage, mattebox, etc... of course you need a lens.

    The important part is how "good" is the AVCHD 24 Mbps? Plus you have output to uncompressed video directly to external recorder.

    Hopefully the street price will be under $7K once it hits the stores!

  • @Vitaliy_Kiselev

    This camera would have been really cool about 6 years ago.

  • @retrospective

    Biggest issue is upcoming Sony NEX video camera. It is full frame, with APS-C crop mode and much much cheaper. Looking at the NEX cameras, it'll have much better EVF, and better or same screen, plus it'll have 50p/60p for certain.

  • Only a blind fanboy could make an argument that is a good deal for that money - Epic Fail. THOSE features for the same price as an FS 700? I would like to have some of that stuff that Canon was smoking :-)

  • THOSE features for the same price as an FS 700? I would like to have some of that stuff that Canon was smoking :-)

    Sensors and ASICs became so complex that it is now extra hard for them to move fast.
    It is interesting how electronics giants forced Canon and Nikon compete on their field.

    Plus it was to easy to kill C300 :-)

  • @Vitaliy_Kiselev Right, I guess I am enthusiastic for the C100 since if it uses the same sensor as C300 then we have good quality, good dynamic and low light performance.

    64 GB SD card = 5 hours 55 minutes of footage. Good bye time limit!

    Plus don't forget C100 will have the proper video tools such as waveform and RGB parade.

    I also like the small form factor.

  • @last_SHIFT Yeah FS700 with it's killer slow mo and 4K upgrade option. I just never found FS100/700 footage to be aesthetically good, it has a very video feel to it. Canon should lower the C100 to at least $5K to compete.

    C100 + Atomos = C300? lol cheap option

  • At this rate they need to start releasing negative model numbers to catch up to the price/performence ratio maybe C-300 :)

    All kidding aside - the overpricing and underspec'ing are almost comical. Desperate times call for desperate measures. But there are more than enough folks out there who just care about the brand that they just might sell enough of these ( with the obligatiry PB or Lafor'A' endorsement).

  • on US page they claim Color Space 4:2:2 - but it looks like it was wishful thinking.

    Canon has a lot of nervs to bring 4:2:0 24mbps for 8k to the market in 2012. What would they do without their huge basis of professionals with EF lenses?

  • I think they just got the specs wrong. It was supposed to record 8K and instead of costing 8K.

  • What a pathetic joke. Does Canon really think that brand-loyalty is so strong that anyone will overlook such better options as the Blackmagic camera, the Kineraw, or even the FS700?

  • Let's lower the expectation from the company that says EOS-M is made for women.

    You know... they have no plan whatsoever to make a pink body for real men who wanna possess a decent mirrorless.

  • I'm actually tempted concidering form factor and (most probably) IQ out of the box. Specwise it can't beat the FS700, but in the end it's the handling and IQ that matters.. But it really annoys me with lack of 50/60p. And output options - the FS700 is much more futureproof..

    I understand that internal codec is 4:2:0 8-bit, but I can't find data about HDMI output. Maybe this would be 4:2:2 8 bit, like the FS700?

  • @evero Make sure that's true. Otherwise...


    j/k :)

  • I like this camera. AVCHD 24Mbps 420 is not so bad. It can be upresized to 422 10bit with cineform neoscene with great results and great to post production. The sensor is bigger than FS100, something about 1.5x crop factor. It can use Nikon mount lenses. It is small and portable, it seems the LCD screen is in the back and there are nd filters. Also the 8.3megapixels sensor downsized to 1080p is perfect image quality. Also high iso is clean. I think the 1080 60i can be deinterlaced to 1080 60p with field interpolation to do slow motion and it will be almost the same quality as 720p upresized. Just expensive, price could be the same as FS100.

  • @stonebat yeah, need to know a lot more about the performance, so I'm far away from preordering ;) And I really don't understand why there is only one "low bitrate" option in codec, when even the 5d mk3 have options for intra - and 720p. We can hope Canon finds out they need to address those issues in firmware (but then they have to do that for the C300 first - and again this is Canon, so I'm not too optimistic..)

  • hahaha... that was pretty funny canon. But please release the real specs now please. :)

  • I wish people would stop comparing the C100 to BMCC or kineraw. Different animals aimed at a very different audience.

    The C100 (rumoured to hit streets at $6K) is more competition to the FS100 than FS700. I'd take a C100 over an FS100 any day for broadcast, documentary, reality run and gun stuff. Superior form factor and build in NDs.

    I agree Canon could have done better but I really don't understand the outright hate for this camera. If the image is similar to the C300 and the HDMI outputs 422 8bit I can see lots of production companies interested in this camera. Especially those who only shoot 24p or 30p.

  • @endotoxic: With a much better sensor, great dynamic range, great lowlight, proper LOG profiles, built in ND-filters and working EF-mount. So an FS700 missing the SDI, high speed and 4K compabilities, or twice the price of a Blackmagic but still only AVCHD. I don't hate it as much as others do... But it's still way overpriced. If Canon dropped the price to $4000 (making it a competitor to FS100) and the C300 to compete with the FS700, then yes!

  • @apefos AVCHD 24Mbps 4:2:0 is not so bad?!.. in 8.000 (!!) dollar camera! That was a joke, right?!

    You saw a raw low light footage from the camera that you are telling here the high ISO is clean? You know for sure it´s the same sensor as C300?

  • C100: Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz ...