Canon Brings 4K: C300 Mark II & Compact Digital Camcorder
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Bringing more 4K to their ecosystem, Canon announced today a Mark II version of the C300 cinema camera with internal 4K recording, a lightweight and compact 4K digital camcorder, and a new 4K reference monitor for on-set monitoring. Responding to the growing call for affordable and versatile 4K, Canon's announcements ahead of the NAB Show in Vegas bring more resolution and enhanced shooting tools in familiar – or smaller – packages to filmmakers.
CINEMA EOS C300 Mark II
A favorite among filmmakers of all types, the Mark II version of Canon's C300 features major updates to the internal processing as well as some changes to the body itself. Drawing on feedback from customers, the camera features a new 8.85 megapixel Super 35mm Cinema CMOS sensor, Dual DIGIC DV 5 processors, and a new Canon XF-AVC codec that allows 10-bit 4:2:2 4K image data to be recorded internally, and an expanded dynamic range of up to 15 stops.
Cinema EOS C300 Mark II. All images © Canon.
The new Super 35mm CMOS sensor supports high-image-quality internal video recording from Full HD (1920x1080) and 2K DCI (2048x1080) to 4K UHD (3840x2160) and 4K DCI (4096x2160). The new imaging sensor maximizes the amount of light that falls on each photosite through a wider pixel pitch, enhancing the EOS C300 Mark II camera's sensitivity, while minimizing noise and supporting ISOs up to 102,400. The new sensor is also capable of twice the readout speed compared to the original, which in turn significantly reduces the occurrence of rolling shutter distortion. In fact, Canon representatives mentioned the rolling shutter was near imperceptible if you could notice it at all.
The new XF-AVC codec (and MXF file structure) compresses the image data for internal recording with CFast 2.0 cards. The camera can also output a signal simultaneously through 3G-SDI ports for uncompressed external recording. It supports both REC 2020 and ACES workflows, and features a new log gamma tone curve – Canon Log Gamma 2 – designed specifically to take advantage of the recording capabilities of this camera. The Dual DIGIC DV 5 processors work with the sensor to allow bit rates up to 410 Mbps, simultaneous 4K and HD proxy recording, and 2K/FHD frame rates up to 120 frames per second. And 10-bit recording with 4:2:2 color sampling is available at all resolution settings, but the 2K and Full HD resolutions also support 12-bit recording at 4:4:4 color sampling.
Autofocusing has been expanded, with the C300 now capable of face detection AF with EF lenses in addition to existing Canon stepping motor (STM) lenses. The autofocusing selection area has also been expanded to about 80% vertically and horizontally of the image area. With a new feature called AF-Boosted MF, users can now adjust the speed, tracking sensitivity, and specific size and location of the focusing area to help maximize creative control. A graphic interface called Dual Pixel Focus Guide can also be used to aid in focusing, specifically for manual, cinema-style lenses.
Responding to feedback from current C300 users, the ergonomic design has been altered to add redesigned features to help maximize shooting comfort and improve usability. For example, the new camera features a built-in microphone for scratch audio as well as dual CFast 2.0 card slots for MXF recording and an SD card slot for 8-bit 4:2:0 Full HD proxy recordings. The camera body allows different components to be added or removed as needed, not only to meet the demands of a particular shooting environment, but also to help maximize camera operator comfort. It also comes with a removable hand grip and an improved low angle camera handle extension which features new additional attachment points, plus a removable LCD monitor with detachable cables, and control panel with XLR inputs. The camera comes with either a standard EF or PL lens mount, but can be modified later.
CANON XC10 4K DIGITAL CAMCORDER
A brand new addition to Canon's camera family, the new XC10 4K camcorder is compact, lightweight and versatile, ideal for content creators of all levels, with full HD or 4K shooting and 12 megapixel still photography capabilities. The camcorder includes a one-inch 12-megapixel CMOS sensor, with a 10x Wide-Angle Zoom Lens with a 2x Digital Teleconverter and Optical Image Stabilization. Measuring less than five inches in every dimension and weighing 2.3 pounds fully loaded with an LP-E6 battery pack and two memory cards, the combination of size and power makes it ideal for creatives who need 4K in a small package.
"With the introduction of the XC10 4K Digital Camcorder, we are looking to deliver a robust new camcorder that will allow for an ever expanding creative expression. Enabling the virtually seamless capture of stunning 4K video with the added convenience of still image capture and 4K frame extraction, XC10 users are empowered with multiple ways to share their artistic visions," said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO, Canon U.S.A., Inc.
The XC10 delivers up to 12 stops of dynamic range, which enhances the camera's ability to extract images from video. A 10x Wide-Angle Zoom Lens offers a 35mm-equivalent zoom ratio of 24.1-241mm for still photos and 27.3-273mm for movies while remaining compact as a result of the use of two UD lens elements, two Hi-UD lens elements, and three-surface, 2-piece aspherical lens. The DIGIC DV5 signal processor supports in-camera 4K video acquisition and 5-axis image stabilization (full HD only) as well as slow and fast motion recording.
The camera uses two new codecs: when recording 4K, the high image quality XF-AVC Intra codec is used, and for Full HD recording XF-AVC Long GOP is used to maintain outstanding image quality and efficient data rates. The XC10 camcorder can record in Canon Log Gamma, Wide DR or EOS Standard picture modes for increased versatility in color correction, and allows for greater ease in matching looks with footage from other cameras within the Cinema EOS camera system, which makes it an ideal, more versatile "B" camera in a cinema environment. It records H.264 4:2:2/8-bit MXF 4K (UHD) 3840 x 2160 movies to an internal CFast card or Full HD 1920 x 1080 video to an SD card at multiple frame rates up to a maximum of 305Mbps/29.97P in 4K and 50Mbps/59.94P in Full HD. The XC10 also offers 12-stop dynamic range Canon Log recording and 4K 30p movie playback via its HDMI 1.4 output port.
For shooting, a dedicated focusing ring and Push AF button allow for reliable manual focusing operation, while a Continuous AF mode with Face Detection lets users shoot confidently in challenging shooting environments, knowing that the camcorder can hold critical focus while tracking subject movement. The camcorder also has dedicated microphone and headphone jacks along with a built-in microphone for professional sound monitoring. It also features a built-in ND filter, and ISO speeds can be set from 160 to 20,000 for exceptional flexibility in a wide range of lighting conditions
The XC10 can be used hand-held or with camera-support accessories, such as ultra-low-angle car mounts or even drones. It incorporates built-in dual-band 5GHz and 2.4 GHz wireless networks to provide remote camcorder operability through a web browser, a compatible smartphone or a tablet. The wireless function also provides browser previewing of recorded images without the need to remove media from the camcorder.
DP-V2410 4K REFERENCE DISPLAY
Bringing the 4K workflow all together is a new 4K reference display for television and cinema productions. Measuring 24-inches diagonally and weighing approximately 26 lbs. this new Reference Display was engineered to be an easily transportable on-set Reference Display for 4K/UHD and 2K/HD program origination. It is housed within a sturdy metal frame that includes handles and adjustable feet that facilitate rapid setup in any shooting environment, and features a 24V DC input.
"We continue to forge forward in the development of 4K Reference Display technology. This new display will immediately find a very important place in the Canon cinema ecosystem as a key component, supporting the entire 4K workflow process," Ishizuka added.
The display's 17:9 10-bit IPS (In-Plane Switching) Panel features outstanding sharpness and deep and accurate black reproduction that provides a 2000:1 contrast ratio. A special anti-glare coating helps ensure faithful image reproduction within challenging environments often encountered on-set. A Canon-designed RGB LED backlight system and specially developed high-bit depth image processing engine helps ensure highly uniform brightness and accurate DCI-P3 color reproduction. The display panel and associated digital video processing offer two modes of HDR portrayal. In addition, the internal debayering facilitates direct live viewing of the uncompressed RAW 4K/2K outputs of the EOS C500 and EOS C300 Mark II cameras.
The 10-bit panel supports accurate tonal reproduction – allowing precise portrayal of broadcast standards ITU-R BT.709, EBU and SMPTE C, and also near complete portrayal of the DCI-P3 digital cinema standard. The 4096 x 2160 display pixel structure and 17:9 aspect ratio displays all broadcast and cinema digital sampling standards on a precise dot by dot basis. The contrast ratio of 2000:1 complies with DCI specifications. The DP-V2410 can accept wide color gamuts like the ITU-R BT.2020 UHD gamut using a specially developed gamut mapping technology to optimally display color data outside of the native panel color gamut.
DP-V2410 close-up. Click image for larger view.
The display features several shooting assist functions that make the display convenient for cinema professionals. The new 4K RAW Debayering* feature provides users with the ability to process 4K RAW data of Cinema EOS System directly on the display. This reduces the need for conversion accessories as well as the number of connection cables, which in turn helps minimize the space needed for the display and digital cinema camera setup. It also supports the new Canon Log 2 in the C300 Mark II camera, enabling on-set viewing of the camera's possible 15 stops of dynamic range.
The DP-V2410 supports the ACESproxy (ACES System Ver. 1.0) transfer standard for the ACES (Academy Color Encoding System) color management standard advocated by AMPAS (the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences). The DP-V2410's 8 LUTs can be configured for each picture mode, allowing the user to freely switch LUTs within the same picture mode, making it easy to compare the display's false color function allowing different colors to be displayed based on differences in brightness. This assists in camera exposure adjustment and visually monitoring the exposure status. The zoom function can be used in one of two ways – cinema professionals can zoom in on the center of the screen or expand a selected portion of the screen from a four-screen layout. This zoom feature can be extremely beneficial when confirming focus in a scene. In addition, the display's Capture Function can capture screen shots of images that are currently displayed on the screen and save them as an image file, as well as 4K waveform monitor, vector scope, peaking, audio level meter and Area Markers.
An HDMI terminal has been added, improving linking capabilities with digital cameras allowing transmission of 4096 x 2160 60P images via a single cable. With the built-in debayering function, the DP-V2410 is capable of frame rates of up to 4K 30P in RAW over a single 3G-SDI cable or up to 4K 60P in RAW when using two 3G-SDI cables when capturing footage with Cinema EOS System cameras. The display also features four input and four output 3G/HD-SDI ports and one Stereo headphone mini-jack.
SUMMING IT UP
The Canon EOS C300 Mark II Digital Cinema Camera is expected to be available in September 2015 for an estimated retail price of $20,000.00, and will be available with either EF or PL mount. The Canon XC10 4K Digital Camcorder is scheduled to be available in June 2015 for an estimated retail price of $2,499.00 with SanDisk 64GB CFast 2.0 card and card reader. The Canon DP-V2410 4K Reference Display is scheduled to be available November 2015 for a Suggested List price of $18,000.00. In addition, a new firmware update for the Canon DP-V3010 is scheduled to be available November 2015 and the DP-V3010 display's direct sales price is now $24,999. For more information please visit http://usa.canon.com/nab2015