Canon Introduces Cinematographer’s Dream: EOS-1D C DSLR with 4K Video

Canon’s newest release is the first of its kind–a camera that combines convenience of a DSLR with the production capabilities of a high-end movie camera. Unfortunately, the price is consistent with the latter rather than the former, fetching for a cool $15,000. Still, the price is distinctly lower than other high-end digital movie camera. Even the RED ONE–a comparable company’s newest and most affordable unit–still comes with a price tag of $17,500, and that’s for only the body.

Executive Vice-President of the company Yuichi Ishizuka states that the camera was, “designed in response to the needs of filmmakers, television producers, and other high-level motion-imaging professionals.” Back when Canon released its first video-capable DSLR, the company was caught off guard by the enthusiasm for the cameras within the filmmaking community. It released the video feature as a sort of novelty, but the DSLR specific depth-of-field had never been seen at such an affordable price and became popular fast.

The 1D boasts an impressive recording capability of 4K (4096 x 2160-pixel) High-Resolution video. The camera can also record in Full HD (1920 x 1080-pixel), the more compatible format amongst high-end TV or movie productions. A small disadvantage is that when recording 4K, the camera uses a smaller portion of the sensor resulting in a 1.33x cropped moving image.

The 18.1-megapixel full-frame (24mm x 36mm) Canon CMOS sensor records 8-bit 4K video in Motion JPEG format with a 4:2:2 sampling rate. The frames per second are variable, ranging from 24fps to 60fps. The camera boasts an impressive top film speed of 25600 ISO with video and 51200 with still photography.

To the delight of Canon SLR users, the camera is compatible with all EF Lenses. Added to this, the camera will also utilize specialty EF Cinema Lenses. Two new Cinema Lenses are also being released this year–a 15.5-47mm T2.8 L Lens and a 30-105mm T2.8 L Lens. No price has been released on these yet and no word as to its exact release date.

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