It was a big day for Canon as they unveiled a new digital cinema camera and a DSLR prototype for the professional filmmakers. It marks Canon's powerful push into the motion picture production industry with the launch of the Cinema EOS System, which currently includes the two new cameras, seven new EF Cinema lenses, and Canon's current HD DSLR camera and lens line-up.
The C300 is an interchangeable lens digital cinema camera which features a new 8.3MP Super 35mm CMOS sensor and a modular body design. It shoots full HD (1920 x 1080), with a maximum bitrate of 50Mbps, recording in MPEG-2. In addition to frame rates of 59.41i, 50i, 29.97P, 25P and 23.98P, the EOS C300 features a 24P mode. It comes with two CF card slots, which makes it possible to record to both cards at the same time.
There will be two models, the EOS C300 comes with an EF mount, while the EOS C300 PL comes with a PL mount. The Canon EOS C300 (EF mount) digital cinema camera is scheduled to be available in late January 2012 for an estimated list price of $20,000. The Canon EOS C300 PL (PL mount) digital cinema camera is scheduled to be available in late March 2012 for an estimated list price of $20,000.
To watch sample movies shot with the EOS C300, as well as behind the scenes footage and interviews with directors, check out Canon's Cinema EOS System's Sample Movies page.
For the full press release and details about the EOS C300, visit Canon's official website.
The other exciting announcement was a EOS DSLR camera in development which will shoot 4K video at 24p, recording in MPEG with a 35mm full-frame sensor. Not much is known about the new camera as it's still in development, except that the body will be similar to the recently announced Canon EOS 1D X.
For the full press release about the new EOS DSLR camera, visit Canon's official website.
Seven new 4K EF Cinema Lenses have also been announced: four zoom lenses covering a wide zoom range from 14.5 mm to 300 mm, two models each for EF and PL lens mounts, and three single-focal-length lenses for EF mounts. The three single-focal-length lenses can be used with cameras equipped with 35 mm full-frame sensors.
Both the Canon CN-E14.5-60mm T2.6 L S (EF mount) lens and the Canon CN-E14.5-60mm T2.6 L SP (PL mount) lens are scheduled for late January 2012 availability. The Canon CN-E30-300mm T2.95-3.7 L S (EF mount) and Canon CN-E30-300mm T2.95-3.7 L SP (PL mount) lenses are scheduled for late March 2012 availability.
The Canon CN-E24mm T1.5 L F (EF mount) and CN-E50mm T1.3 L F (EF mount) lenses are scheduled to be available in late July 2012, while the CN-E85mm T1.3 L F (EF mount) lens is scheduled to go on sale in late August.
For the full press release and details about the seven new lenses, visit Canon's official website.