Canon’s EOS-1D C dSLR captures 4K video
Announced today, the EOS-1D C dSLR is the company’s latest camera targeted at cinematographers. It’s essentially a souped-up version of the speedy EOS-1D X dSLR, adding 4K video-recording capabilities at a resolution of 4,096 x 2,160 pixels. The camera records this high-resolution video at a frame rate of 24p with 8-bit Motion JPEG compression. In 1080p mode, it reaches 60fps, which is double what the 1D X is capable of.
Aside from superior video shooting abilities, the 1D C is essentially identical to the 1D X in all other aspects. There’s an 18.1-megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor, dual-Digic 5+ processors, a maximum continuous-shooting speed of 14fps with the mirror locked up and dual-CF card slots. The camera doesn’t require any specialized external storage for recording 4K video so filmmakers will be able to use fast CF cards. Nonetheless, an HDMI terminal is included for video output to an external recorder. Of course, the dSLR will be compatible with all Canon EF lenses.
The Canon EOS-1D C dSLR will sell for US$15,000 in the US (body only), which is quite a bit more than the US$6,800 1D X. It is expected to be available in Asia from end October with a regional price being announced closer to release.
By Timothy Fernandez on Apr 13, 2012