Canon EOS C500 Cinema EOS Camcorder Body - EF Lens Mount

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About Canon C500 EF

The Canon EOS C500 capitalizes on the groundbreaking ergonomic design of the EOS C300 camera, and offers a new Super 35mm, 8.85-megapixel CMOS image sensor, DIGIC DV III Image Processor and an expansive range of recording and output options specifically for 4K and 2K image acquisition. Addressing the discrete needs of cinema and TV, the EOS C500 offers two forms of 4K origination - productions can dynamically select DCI (SMPTE 2048-1:2011 standard) or the alternative television-centric Quad-HD (SMPTE 2036-1:2009 and ITU-R BT.1769 standards) source image formats - and output a selection of 4K, 2K and HD digital sampling formats.

The EOS C500 features uncompressed Canon RAW output for both 4K and 2K recording. The Canon RAW output is delivered to external recording systems via built-in dual 3G-SDI ports. Dual uncompressed HD-SDI out ports supports external live monitoring. HD or 2K content can be written to dual onboard CF cards simultaneously to provide proxy video for offline NLE systems.

Canon has collaborated with some of the most respected names in the industry to ensure the standardized 4K/2K output interfaces work with external digital recording units, portable and master monitors and color grading systems - affording maximum flexibility to production and post-production teams.
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Canon C500 EF Specifications

Rec Codec 50 Mbps (CBR) 4:2:2 422P@HL
1920 x 1080:
True 24 (24.00)

1280 x 720:
True 24 (24.00)
Rec Mode 35 Mbps (VBR) 4:2:0 MP@HL
1920 x 1080:

1280 x 720:
Rec Mode 25 Mbps (CBR) 4:2:0 MP@H14
1440 x 1080: 59.94i/29.98p/23.98p
Image Sensor
CMOS; Super 35; 26.2 x 13.8 (29.6 mm diagonal); 6.4 µm cell pitch
Effective Pixels
4096 x 2160 pixels; Approx. 8.85 megapixels
Total Pixels
4206 x 2340 pixels; Approx. 9.84 megapixels
Max. Movie Recording Time
50 Mbps - 5 min
35 Mbps - 5 min
25 Mbps - 10 min

50 Mbps - 10 min
35 Mbps - 10 min
25 Mbps - 20 min

50 Mbps - 20 min
35 Mbps - 25 min
25 Mbps - 40 min

50 Mbps - 40 min
35 Mbps - 55 min
25 Mbps - 80 min

50 Mbps - 80 min
35 Mbps - 110min
25 Mbps - 155 min

50 Mbps - 160 min
35 Mbps - 225 min
25 Mbps - 310 min
Compatibility with EF, EF-S and EF Cinema lens systems
Focusing System
White Balance
Kelvin Setting 2,000K to 15,000K in 100K increments
Minimum Illumination
59.94 Hz Mode: 0.3 Lux
(f/1.2, 24 dB, 29.97p, 1/30 sec.)
50.00 Hz Mode: 0.25 Lux
(f/1.2, 24 dB, 25p, 1/25 sec.)
HD/SD-SDI Terminal
Yes; (with embedded audio);
HD 8-bit 4:2:2 (YPbPr) 1920x1080: 59.94i/50i/23.98/24.00, 1280x720: 59.94p/50p/23.98/24.00
SD 8-bit 4:2:2 (YPbPr) 480: 59.94i, 576: 50i
BNC Connector, output only
NTSC 480i/PAL 576i: Compliant with SMTPE 259M
Embedded Audio: Compliant with SMTPE 272M
Time Code Standard: (VITC/LTC) SMTPE 12M
HD-SDI: (Compliant with SMTPE 292M)
1080i/720p: Compliant with SMTPE 292M
Embedded Audio: Compliant with SMTPE 299M
Time Code Standard: (VITC/LTC) SMTPE 12M
Timecode Terminals
Yes; BNC Connector (Input and Output)
LCD Screen (Monitor Unit)
Rotating 4 inch Wide Screen Color LCD Display (1,230,000 dots: 854x480) on detachable controller
Recording Media
CF Card (Type 1 Only); 2 Slots (Movie Files); UDMA supported
SD Card (Still Images (JPEG), Custom Picture Data, Clip Metadata, and menu settings); SD/SDHC/SDXC Supported;
MMC Cards are not supported
Custom Picture Data and settings is not compatible with data from others Canon models
Audio Terminal
2 - Balanced 3-pin XLR on Monitor Unit (Mic Level, Mic Level with phantom power and Line Level)
HDMI Terminal
Yes (Type A)
HD 8-bit 4:2:2 (YPbPr) 1920x1080: 60i/59.94i/50i, 1280x720: 60p/59.94p/50p
SD 8-bit 4:2:2 (YPbPr) 480: 59.94i, 576: 50i
Operating Temperature Range
-5°C to 45°C, 60% (relative humidity)
Dimensions (WxHxD)
Approx. 6.3 x 7.0 x 6.7 in (160 x 179 x 171 mm)
Weight (not including lens)
C500 Body: Approx. 4.0 lb. (1820 g)
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Canon C500 EF Reviews

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from Undisclosed

I make a living with this camera. I use it in conjunction with the C300 on multi camera shoots and as an A camera on our narrative projects. The image is gorgeous, the workflow in conjunction with the Ki Pro Quad is incredibly smooth. Most importantly it is RELIABLE. I have never had any issues with these Canon products. The form factor here is excellent, it can be as small or as big as you need it to be. Having the recorder work externally may seem inconvenient, but it's a serious advantage when you need to work in a tight space and record high resolution/bit depth. More over, any time I have any kind of question regarding the camera or the workflow Canon's support center answers my call every time with virtually no time on hold and are ready with answers. This is absolutely invaluable when you're in the field. Can't say enough about the camera and the support behind it. The CN-E lenses are top notch as well. If you want 14+ stops then you're going to be paying a higher price, but these workhorses are phenomenal for what they are. It's expensive to operate these cameras, but nowhere near what you'd need to buy a fully functional Alexa or RED rig. It'd be awesome if these were cheaper, but they get the job done and that's what matters.


4K at a decent price point


from Los Angeles, CA

This camera paired with an AJA KiPro Quad allows 4K to be captured in 4:4:4:4 ProRes. The workflow is simple and fast!

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