Finally the wait is over. On Nov 3rd 2011, Canon had announced during the unveiling of Cinema EOS C300 that it was developing a 4K DSLR. Today, Canon has unveiled the 4K EOS-1D C – the most advanced EOS DSLR ever for shooting movies and the first DSLR camera to join Canon’s Cinema EOS System.
The EOS-1D C adds advanced video functions on top of the 18.1 Megapixel of the EOS-1D X by introducing 4K recording to CF cards, and high-speed shooting at 60p (NTSC) or 50p (PAL) in Full HD – in a compact body favoured by DSLR filmmakers. I was missing the high speed shooting (for slow motion) and now this camera can be set to 50p (PAL country like ours) and 60p (NTSC).
it also inherits the Canon Log Gamma option from other Canon Cinema EOS cameras. So the EOS-1D C is ideal as a second camera used in conjunction with EOS C300 and EOS C300 PL Digital Cinema Cameras. To further enhance this capability the EOS-1D C DSLR can be set to crop to the same format as the Super 35mm format of the EOS C300/C300PL cameras.
The combination of functionality, filming formats and image quality mean that the EOS-1D C is more than capable of being used as a stand-alone capture device. Third party accessories are catered for from the outset with the inclusion of a positional plug on the base plate of the camera to allow for the precise attachment of such accessories.
The EOS-1D C occupies a unique position in the market as no other product offers a combination of such advanced photo and video features in a single camera body.
EOS-1D C – KEY FEATURES
An evolution in DSLR movie shooting, offering the creative possibilities of EOS 5D Mark II with improved features, quality and lens options.
Full-frame 35mm image sensor provides extremely shallow depth-of-field and superb sensitivity.
Small form factor allows use in restricted environments without compromising on quality.
Record video at 4K, digital cinema resolution (at 24fps) or Full HD at higher frame rates (1080/60p).
Clean HDMI output (Full HD, 4:2:2 colour sampling).
Capture Full HD video and high-resolution stills from one device.
That will be the biggest kill joy, unless you are earning good money from filming. It is likely to be priced at 15000 USD, so out of bounds for most of the hobbyists.