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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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.
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!