Canon EOS Video rumours and news
Rumours, updates and announcements
With the launch of the EOS 5D mk2 in 2008, Canon put video functionality firmly into the EOS family of cameras, and the EF lenses they use.
The EOD 1D C and C500 show the path the high end of the range is likely to follow, whilst the provision of on-sensor phase AF pixels for the EOS-M and 650D, split pixel AF for the 70D, and ‘silent’ STM lenses point to where video functionality is becoming an integral part of the camera range.
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31st Canon are likely announcing a new camera, the C300 mk3, on the 20th of April.
“The new Canon broadcast and cinema products featured during the Virtual Press Conference are aligned with the current and growing needs of the respective industries such as 4K UHD and HDR, as well as evolving technologies.”
There will be a virtual press event [DPR] covering it
Suggested specs [CR] are:
- Most likely will be called C300 Mk III (almost 100% confirmed)
- It has the same body as the C500 Mk II and uses the same accessories
- Just as the C500 Mk II, it has the same optical axis as the C200 and C700 cameras, so the bridge plates, shoulder mounts, and rod supports are the same
- It sports a 4K super 35 sensor with the capability of recording 4K120 without crop in Cinema RAW Light format
- It also has a “dual ISO” function when recording in XF-AVC
- It has an anamorphic de-squeeze function and false-color built in for monitoring (with the C300 Mk II you had to use an external monitor with these functions)
5th The C500 mk2 is announced.
EOS C500 Mark II Key Features (from Canon):
Breathtaking Full Frame Image Quality
- 5.9K Full Frame sensor
- Immersive look
- Faithful color reproduction with Canon color science
- Natural and smooth Skin tone
- HDR capable with PQ/HLG and Canon Log 2/3
Internal recording to CFexpress / Cinema RAW Light and XF-AVC
- Compact and robust body
- Lightweight body at 1,750g
- Robust design
- Reliable in harsh environments
- User interchangeable lens mount
- Extension units and EVF’s
Pioneering autofocus technology
- User LUTs
- Internal ND (2/4/6/8/10)
- False colour / Marker / Customisable display level
27th The Canon Cinema EOS C500 Mark II is due for announcement around the 5th of September
Specs [from CR]
- Full-frame sensor
- RAW internal recording (both 4K and 2K). 4K is up to 60p, 2K up to 120p.
- Optional XF-AVC recording in 4:2:2 10 bit (4K up to 60p, 2k up to 120p)
- User interchangeable lens mount
- Optional modules with EVF, genlock, timecode, 12G-SDI, etc
- EF and PL mount available at launch
- Power supply with BP-A series batteries, an optional module for V-Mount batteries
- Optional module for 4x XLR inputs
- Backwards compatibility with EVF-V70, LV-M1 and some other peripherals from previous Cinema EOS cameras
- New media usage: CFExpress cards for faster readings and writing speed
- WiFi and IP Streaming capabilities
10th Blackmagic design have announced a 6k ‘Pocket Cinema Camera’, with S35 sensor and EF mount [DPR]
30th In time for the NAB show in April, it looks as if 4:2:2 internal 4k recording is being added to the C200
A feature that the EOS R will likely get is Raw video recording with an external Atmos Ninja V [CR]
11th A new cinema EOS and C300 mk3 are expected [CR] next month for the NAB show in the US.
Also expected, some new camcorders and PL lens options [CR]
31st Canon X40 and Canon XA45 4K camcorders have appeared in certification info [Nok] No specs yet, so an April 2019 launch at NAB might be on.
16th 8k gets a mention in Canon’s interview at [IR]
This is the video bit – a relatively small part of the whole interview (well worth reading).
“Video will play a huge role in the EOS R System for sure. For example, an 8K video capable camera is already in our EOS R-series roadmap. And we are not just looking at video from a camera perspective, we are also working on how to make RF lenses better for video capture as well. For example, the RF 24-105mm F4L was the first L-series lens with Nano USM technology, which contributes to silent and smooth autofocus while shooting video. We are looking to further extend the Nano USM-equipped RF lens lineup. Paired with Dual Pixel CMOS AF, a wide range of Nano USM equipped RF lenses will promise video creators great image quality as well as impressive autofocus together in the R-series.”
There’s also an answer to the suggestion that Canon hobbles video performance so as not to compete with its video camera range
“This is simply not true; we do not place any limitations on video features for fear of losing Cinema EOS sales. We are keenly aware of what customers are asking for, such as 4K without crop factor, faster frame rate, in-body image stabilisation (IBIS) and an extended product lineup with Canon Log. While I cannot specify a timeline at this point, these are all features we are aware of and are working on.”
“Basically the difference comes from the fact that both the digital SLR and mirrorless cameras need to be designed to do both video and still capture at the same time. So we designed all the systems, the processor, the sensor, etc, to accomplish both of those together. So that’s what’s really really different about those devices versus Cinema EOS. That’s actually a huge difference.”
21st Interview with Canon’s Tim Smith about the C700
20th The 1D C has been out a while now (see timeline below) and there are suggestions that it will get an 8K update for next year [CR]
I suspect that this is firmly in the wishful thinking category and that any developments in 8k are much more likely to come in a ‘C’ style body.
|Best||Full||1Ds||1Ds Mk II||1Ds Mk III||1D X||1DX II||1DX III|
|1.3||1D||1D Mk II||1D MkIIn||1D Mk III||1D Mk IV|
|5D||5D Mk II||5D Mk III||5D Mk IV|
|1.6||7D||7D Mk II|
|750D T6i||800D T7i||850D T8i|
|Micro||1.6||100D SL1 X7||200D SL2||250D|
|Entry||1.6||1000D / XS / F||1100D / T3 / X50||1200D T5 X70||1300D T6||2000D T7|
Note: dates start in announcement quarter, not shipping dates. Video capable 4k 8k
Digic | Digic 2 | Digic 3 dual | Digic 4 dual | Digic 5 dual | Digic 6 dual | Digic 7 dual | Digic 8 dual | Digic X dual
15th The firmware updates for the C300 are now available – links and info [CR]
9th C300 firmware updates.
MELVILLE, N.Y., November 9, 2016 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced firmware updates for both the Canon EOS C300 and EOS C300 Mark II Digital Cinema Cameras being showcased at NAB Show New York 2016, November 9 and 10 at the Jacob K. Javits Center in New York City. These firmware updates support a number of feature updates for users including improvement of accessory support, ease of use, Dual Pixel CMOS AF (DAF) and creative flexibility.
Firmware updates are as follows:
- The EOS C300 Mark II Digital Cinema Camera (EF-Mount) updates will allow various functions such as support for the Canon EVF-V70 OLED Electronic Viewfinder, WFT-E8 Wireless File Transmitter, Shutter Angle Priority, support for Zebra range at 65 percent or below, 2K Crop Audio Recording, Built-In Mic Audio off, and Peripheral Illumination Correction when using the new EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM lens.
- The EOS C300 Mark II Digital Cinema Camera (PL-Mount) updates will allow various functions such as support for the Canon EVF-V70 OLED Electronic Viewfinder, WFT-E8 Wireless File Transmitter, Shutter Angle Priority, support for Zebra range at 65 percent or below, 2K Crop Audio Recording, and Built-In Mic Audio off.
- The EOS C300 Digital Cinema Camera (EF-Mount) updates will allow various functions such as support for the WFT-E8 Wireless File Transmitter, Shutter Angle Priority, Grip Zoom Function when using CINE-SERVO 17-120mm EF-mount, CINE-SERVO 50-1000mm EF-Mount and COMPACT SERVO 18-80mm lenses, Auto Iris and Push Iris when using CINE-SERVO 17-120mm EF-mount, CINE-SERVO 50-1000mm EF-Mount and COMPACT SERVO 18-80mm lenses and Peripheral Illumination Correction when using the new EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM lens.
- The EOS C300 Digital Cinema Camera DAF (EF-Mount) updates will allow various functions such as support for the WFT-E8 Wireless File Transmitter, Shutter Angle Priority, Dual Pixel CMOS AF (DAF) when using CINE-SERVO 17-120mm EF-Mount and COMPACT SERVO 18-80mm lenses, Grip Zoom Function when using CINE-SERVO 17-120mm EF-mount, CINE-SERVO 50-1000mm EF-Mount and COMPACT SERVO 18-80mm lenses, Auto Iris and Push Iris when using CINE-SERVO 17-120mm EF-mount, CINE-SERVO 50-1000mm EF-Mount and COMPACT SERVO 18-80mm lenses and Peripheral Illumination Correction when using the new EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM lens.
- The EOS C300 Digital Cinema Camera (PL-Mount) updates will allow various functions such as support for the WFT-E8 Wireless File Transmitter and Shutter Angle Priority.
To learn more about the firmware updates, please visit usa.canon.com/nabny2016firmware.
These firmware updates are scheduled to be available on December 13, 2016.
1st Canon announce the C700 and XC15 video cameras
EOS C700 key features:
4K (4,096 x 2,160) video recording at up to 810Mbps
Internal 10/12-bit XF-AVC or ProRes recording
4K recording at up 59.94P/50P internally or 100P/120P with optional Codex recorder
Up to 15 stops dynamic range
Dual Pixel CMOS AF (EOS C700 only) or Global Shutter model options
United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, 1 September 2016 Canon today unveils two new flagship models in the esteemed Cinema EOS system – the EOS C700 (EF/PL) and EOS C700 GS PL. Both models are ready for the 4K generation, enabling high-end production houses and broadcasters to intuitively and easily shoot with a wide dynamic range, in supreme quality. The EOS C700 cameras capture creative slow motion 4K video footage internally with high frame rates of up to 59.94P/50P and 2K up to 200p/240p (sensor crop mode), or 4K RAW up to 100P/120P, to the optional dockable Codex[i] RAW recorder. Building on the Cinema EOS System range, the powerful video cameras are modular in design to adapt to all shooting requirements and include support for the Apple ProRes format for the first time. Designed for fast-moving subjects and action scenes, the EOS C700 GS PL is also the first Cinema EOS camera with a global shutter.
Quality and versatility for every production
Created with cinematographers and high-end broadcast production professionals in mind, both models deliver the versatility that the industry demands using a Canon Super 35mm CMOS sensor with a maximum pixel count of 4.5K (EOS C700 GS PL at 4.2K). 4K DCI or 4K UHD can be recorded up to an incredible 810Mbps. Combining the sensor with triple DIGIC DV5 processors, documentary makers can capture natural history and compelling stories in incredible detail, delivering spectacular high-resolution videos with low-noise and shallow depth of field. Together, with a high ISO of up to 102,400 and built-in ND filters, with up to 10-stops of control, both models offer enhanced flexibility and stunning cinematic detail, in even the most challenging of lighting conditions.
The EOS C700 EF’s Dual Pixel CMOS AF is incredibly effective at locking onto and tracking a subject allowing the camera operator to concentrate on framing the shot, making it easier for news reporters to film accurately on the move. Operators on drama productions will appreciate the acclaimed Dual Pixel Focus Guide feature, which is ideal for greater control and accuracy. Supporting Canon Log 3, Log 2 and Log Gammas, the EOS C700 (EF/PL) is capable of recording up to an incredible 15-stops of Dynamic Range (14-stops with the EOS C700 GS PL), where footage can be graded with greater confidence and flexibility in HDR post-production workflows.
Professional workflow integration
The EOS C700 (EF/PL) provides a wide range of colour space options, including the Canon Cinema Gamut, BT.2020, and DCI-P3, as well as support for ACES 1.0 workflow. The camera also supports HDR monitoring with SMPTE ST.2084. For a truly integrated, efficient and reliable HDR workflow, all versions of the EOS C700 can connect directly to the new DP-V2420, Canon’s 4K high luminance reference monitor that is able to support the new ITU-R BT.2100 standard for HDR output.
Offering universal appeal for high-resolution production, the EOS C700 is capable of recording high bitrate 4K files internally to dual CFast 2.0™, supporting both XF-AVC and ProRes formats, while simultaneously recording 4K RAW files to an external recorder. Equipped with an Ethernet (RJ45) terminal, the EOS C700 allows broadcasters to live stream Full HD footage via the internet, and also can be connected to a wireless network using the optional wireless file transmitter (WFT-E6B/WFT-E8).
To complement this powerful new camera, Canon has worked with Codex to provide a fully-integrated recording and workflow solution. The combination of the dockable Codex RAW recorder (CDX-36150) with the Canon EOS C700 allows for high-speed 4K RAW recording at up to 120 frames per second (fps). Future firmware upgrades[ii] will include 4.5K RAW recording at up to 100 fps, 4K Apple ProRes at up to 60 fps, and Apple 2K ProRes at up to120 fps. Codex’s production-proven recording media – Codex Capture Drives – are used for both RAW and higher-speed ProRes recording. Along with the images, frame-accurate metadata such as lens information can also be captured, streamlining production and post-production processes and delivering time and money savings.
Build the camera your own way
The camera can be adapted to suit the needs of the individual as well as for each filming scene. For full customisation, there is an extensive range of optional accessories including a new 0.7’’OLED viewfinder system, the EVF-V70, which offers Full HD resolution (1920 x 1080) with a wide colour gamut. The optional Remote Operational Unit OU-700 can also be used to control the camera when shooting with a multi-member team. For newsgatherers and high-end documentary makers, a bespoke Shoulder Support Unit, the SU-15, and new Shoulder Style Grip Unit, the SG-1, will be available for on-the-move shooting.
For complete creative freedom and choice, anamorphic lenses are supported, along with a huge range of EF and PL lenses, plus the ability to use compatible Canon broadcast lenses with the optional B4 mount adapters (in Full HD mode). The EOS C700 with EF mount with Cinema Lock and EOS C700 PL with Cook/i support can even swap mounts by Canon service, if user requirements change.
EOS C700 key features:
· 4K (4,096 x 2,160) video recording at up to 810Mbps
· Internal 10/12-bit XF-AVC or ProRes recording
· 4K recording at up 59.94P/50P internally or 100P/120P with optional Codex recorder
· Up to 15 stops dynamic range
· Dual Pixel CMOS AF (EOS C700 only) or Global Shutter model options
Pricing and Availability
· The EOS C700 (EF/PL) is available from December 2016 with the RRP £28,839 inc VAT
· The EOS C700 GS PL is available from Q1 2017 with an RRP of £30,789 inc VAT
United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, 1 September 2016 – Canon today announces the XC15 – a compact, 4K (UHD) and Full HD video camcorder with stills capability, aimed at content creators such as news gatherers and independent or documentary filmmakers. Following in the footsteps of the popular XC10, the XC15 combines the best elements from its predecessor with new features and functionality, including a microphone adapter with dual XLR inputs for professional audio capture, quick autofocus and a 24p frame rate option for cinematographers.
Recording versatility for easy workflow integration
The XC15 is the perfect “B” or “C” camera for film productions, thanks in part to its ability to record with Canon Log, providing the same impressive 12 stops (800%) of dynamic range as seen in Canon’s EOS C500. The camera can record UHD (3840 x 2160) 4K footage at 25p or 24p to an internal CFast 2.0™ card at up to an impressive 305Mbps, or Full HD to an SD card at up to 50Mbps. The option to record at 24p, combined with the ability to select a ‘Look’ setting, appeals directly to cinematographers as they are able to easily integrate footage from other cinema cameras, dramatically improving their workflow. The shutter speed and shutter angle modes further support the camera’s operator to work in a more familiar way.
Meeting the needs of today’s content creators
News gatherers and filmmakers understand that sound quality is just as important as the image and increasingly require a camera with more advanced audio options. Built on feedback from global XC10 users, the XC15 includes the MA-400, a microphone adapter which allows professional grade audio to be recorded via dual XLR connections that accept balanced and unbalanced microphones and line level audio inputs.
As well as sound, the flexibility of the XC15 will appeal to news gatherers due to its ability to extract 8.29MP still images when used in 4K (UHD) recording mode for publication in print or online. When capturing breaking stories is of upmost importance, the camera’s autofocusing is quick and includes face detection for added ease of use when framing a shot.
Capture more detail, even in low light
The XC15 has excellent low-light capabilities thanks to its wide ISO range from 100 to 20000, perfect for shooting in difficult lighting conditions such as news interviews in poorly lit areas. Equally, the built-in ND filter helps when the light is too bright. Combining speed and quality, the XC15 features a 1.0 type CMOS sensor and Canon’s DIGIC DV5 image processor, providing users with the ability to capture high quality, low noise 4K video with a shallow depth of field. The camera also features a 10x Optical Zoom lens with Canon’s class-leading image stabilisation technology providing the ability to shoot a range of scenes, from portraiture to large expanses of scenery.
Lightweight and compact design, optimised for easy shooting
The XC15’s compact size and lightweight makes it the ideal companion for shooting documentaries and news interviews, particularly when needing to capture a different viewpoint from an unusual or tight location, such as inside a car. For the ultimate in comfort, the camera’s body is ergonomically designed, featuring a rotating side hand grip. Additionally, the vari-angle touch LCD provides easy viewing whilst the loupe makes it easier to shoot in bright light or at eye level.
The XC15 features built-in dual band Wi-Fi for Live View and easy remote control through a browser or smart device – a must-have for any videographer’s toolkit.
XC15 key benefits:
· Capture professional 4K and Full HD video
· Professional dual XLR audio connections
· Professional features and easy workflow integration
· Discrete and highly versatile
· Easy to use
Pricing and Availability
· The XC15 is available from September 2016 with the RRP £2,409 inc VAT
14th As expected, Canon roll out a number of video related products and upgrades for the NAB show in the US.
Updates Include Canon Log3 for the EOS C300 Mark II Camera and Support of ARRI Log C and Metadata for Canon’s DP-V2410 4K Reference Display [CR]
A CN-E18-80mm T4.4L IS KAS S servo zoom lens [Canon] is new (with more related lenses on the way)
The compact ME20F-SH video camera kit [CR]
12th Lytro may have decided that Lightfield cameras have no traction in the consumer market (really? colour me amazed ;-) but their 755MP 300fps monster looks to have a place in video [DPR]
7th Canon press info about their attendance at the NAB show in the US:
“MELVILLE, N.Y., April 6, 2016 – At the 2016 NAB Show in Las Vegas, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, will showcase its full line of professional 4K and high-definition imaging equipment for motion picture, television production, video content creation, and still photography at booth C4325. Additionally, there will be presentations and panel discussions throughout the show featuring Canon Explorers of Light, ASC members, and other emerging voices in imaging culture. A unique, immersive event, 8K Ride Experience showcases Canon’s innovation in current, emerging, and future technology by providing a simulated journey through a realistic, panoramic landscape powered by Canon 8K imaging technology. Visitors will also have hands-on opportunities with the full range of Canon Cinema cameras, 4K reference displays, HD Video and DSLR cameras, including the recently announced EOS-1D X Mark II and EOS 80D DSLR Cameras. On the lens side, users can see the latest in Canon Cinema, Broadcast, and EF lenses. In addition, on display will be Canon’s line of high- resolution Projectors, including a 4K HDR Projector and its first laser model, the LX-MU800Z.
“The NAB show is Canon’s opportunity to show our valued customers and the industry our latest technology as well as the multitude of ways that Canon digital imaging solutions can help them achieve their vision,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “NAB is an amazing show for us to connect with professionals in all aspects of video creation, editing, and distribution.”
A Beautiful Planet
Cinematographer James Neihouse, ASC will be presenting alongside Marsha Ivins, a former American astronaut and veteran of five space shuttle missions, about the making of the IMAX movie A Beautiful Planet. The film, premiering in April, was largely shot aboard the International Space Station using Canon EOS C500 and EOS-1D C Cinema Cameras in 4K. Neihouse has worked on more than 30 IMAX® films including Space Station 3-D and Hubble 3-D. He has also trained more than 25 shuttle and space-station crews on the intricacies of large-format filmmaking. Ivins consulted on A Beautiful Planet drawing on her many years of experience with filming in space during her tenure with NASA.
Canon will be bringing its 8K Ride Experience to NAB as well. First introduced at the Canon Expo this past September in New York, The 8K Ride Experience projects video on large screens surrounding viewers to give them a unique sense of movement while sitting or standing still. By experiencing such high resolution imagery from all angles, the technology can simulate a physical journey often sparking a physical and emotional reaction. Additionally, Canon will be showcasing working prototype 8K cameras and lenses, with the stunning imagery shown on Canon 8K displays. Also on display will be a prototype 4K Projector capable of covering up to 100 percent of the DCI color space.
Canon Professional Services
Canon’s Professional Services (CPS) will again be hosting the Canon Hospitality Suite, in Room C201. The Canon Hospitality Suite is open to all NAB tradeshow attendees with priority support for CPS Gold, Platinum, Cinema, and Enterprise members. Visitors to the suite, located just off of the tradeshow floor, can experience Canon’s commitment to service and support for the professional imaging community.
Visit Canon at the 2016 NAB show at Booth C4325 in the Central Hall to see first-hand the latest products, hear from the Explorers of Light and the enjoy the 8K Ride Experience. For more information on the booth and an up-to-date schedule of the speaker schedule, please visit www.usa.canon.com/NAB2016. Follow Canon throughout the show on Instagram at @CanonUSA and Twitter at @CanonUSApro.”
22nd Suggestions of an 8k camera for the NAB show next month … and maybe something else? [via CR]
3rd A new range of speed categories are announce by the SD card group, with faster options for up to 8k video.
“The new Video Speed Class maintains the tradition of ensuring guaranteed minimum performance levels as the familiar Speed Class and UHS Speed Class systems do today. Minimum speeds will range from 6MB to 90 MB per second. The fastest options, V60 and V90, support 8K resolution, while V6, V10 and V30 capture high-definition and 4K resolution.”
Full press info [PDF]
|Focal length||14mm (NEW)||24mm||35mm (NEW)||50mm||85mm|
|Negative size||24 mm X 36 mm||24 mm X 36 mm||24 mm X 36 mm||24 mm X 36 mm||24 mm X 36 mm|
|Angle of view||Full Frame(1:1x)||115.7˚||84.1°||63.1˚||46.2°||28.4°|
|Focusing range||∞ to 0.28 m||∞ to 0.25 m||∞ to 0.33 m||∞ to 0.45 m||∞ to 1.12 m|
|Number of blades||9||11||11||11||11|
|Size||PL||117.6mm x 80.3mm||117.6mm x 113.7mm||117.6mm x 113.7mm||117.6mm x 113.7mm||117.6mm x 113.7mm|
|Canon EF||117.6mm x 88.3mm||117.6mm x 121.7mm||117.6mm x 121.7mm||117.6mm x 121.7mm||117.6mm x 121.7mm|
|Nikon F||117.6mm x 85.8mm||117.6mm x 119.2mm||117.6mm x 119.2mm||117.6mm x 119.2mm||117.6mm x 119.2mm|
|Sony E||117.6mm x 114.3mm||117.6mm x 147.7mm||117.6mm x 147.7mm||117.6mm x 147.7mm||117.6mm x 147.7mm|
|MFT||117.6mm x 113.1mm||117.6mm x 146.5mm||117.6mm x 146.5mm||117.6mm x 146.5mm||117.6mm x 146.5mm|
(without Lens cap)
11th The D5 may have added 4k video, but is still outperformed by the 1D C [EHD]
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