Canon EOS C500 is a Pro Level 4K RAW Cinema Camera

Canon C500

The Canon C500 was announced today alongside the Canon EOS 1D C.  Both offer 4K video capture; however, the C500 is clearly targeted toward the higher-end Hollywood user.

The C500 supports 4K-resolution video and outputs as a 10-bit uncompressed RAW data stream with no de-Bayering.  The C500 can shoot 4K at 1-60fps.

The camera will also output quad full-HD (3840 x 2160), 2K (2048 x 1080) and full HD (1920 x 1080).  The C500 offers a 12-bit RGB 4:4:4 signal format during 2K output, which can be selected to operate from one to 60 fps. The C500 can capture 120 fps when switched to a 10-bit YCrCb 4:2:2 mode.

In addition to the external video output options, the  C500 simultaneously records in-camera a 50 Mbps HD proxy video to a CF card.

Like the C300, the C500 features a Super 35 format CMOS sensor and will be available in EF-mount and PL-mount options.  Pricing (rumored to be around $30k) and release dates are yet to be confirmed.

More info and images for the Canon C500 below. [Read more...]

Zeiss 15mm T2.9 and 135mm T2.1 CP.2 Lenses Announced

Zeiss CP.2 15mm T2.9

Zeiss CP.2 15mm T2.9

Zeiss has unveiled two new compact prime lenses – the CP.2 15/T2.9 super wide angle lens and the CP.2 135/T2.1 lens.  The new CP.2 lenses offer full frame coverage in multiple mount options – PL, EF, F, MFT and E mounts.

Zeiss CP.2 135mm T2.1

Zeiss CP.2 135mm T2.1

The lenses will retail at $5700 each and will have their official coming out party at NAB 2012.

More info in the press release below. [Read more...]

RED Scarlet Gets Sub-$10K Price, Canon EF Lens Mount, 4K Motion

 

RED Scarlet

Following Canon’s announcement of the new EOS C300 cinema camera, RED announced details that the long-awaited Scarlet will be getting a 5K sensor, but will only capture 4K motion up to 25fps.  The price is $9750.

To be clear, the Scarlet has the same sensor size and dimensions as the EPIC.  The processing power, however, is where the limitations lie at.  If you are shooting cinema at 24p though, this is the cheapest and highest resolution you’ll find by a long shot.

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