Digital Cinema Cameras

EOS C500 / EOS C500 PL

EOS C500 / EOS C500 PL

EOS C500 / EOS C500 PL

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Marketed October 2012

Making possible the output of uncompressed RAW data for impressive 4K (4096 x 2160-pixel) resolution data recording, Canon’s high-performance EOS C500/EOS C500 PL digital cinema cameras meet the demanding needs of cutting-edge cinema and TV production. The EOS C500 is equipped with an EF lens mount for compatibility with not only Canon’s diverse lineup of interchangeable EF lenses for EOS single-lens reflex (SLR) cameras, but also the company’s new EF Cinema Lens lineup, which delivers imaging performance ideally suited for cinematic applications. The EOS C500 PL incorporates a PL lens mount for use with industry-standard PL lenses.

The EOS C500/EOS C500 PL feature an industry-standard-size Super 35 mm-equivalent CMOS sensor (approximately 8.85 million effective pixels) that, in addition to delivering a high pixel count, realizes high-sensitivity performance with a maximum ISO setting of 20,000. Furthermore, Canon Log Gamma enables high-resolution 4K video capture with a high dynamic range that can be output as Canon’s proprietary uncompressed Cinema RAW data (60p, 10-bit) with no image degradation. The cameras newly employ a 10/12-bit RGB 4:4:4 signal format during 2K (2048 x 1080) and Full-HD output, achieving rich color reproducibility while supporting efficient post-production editing as well as chroma key compositing and other image processing tasks.

In addition to a highly mobile, compact body that facilitates use in confined shooting environments for exceptional filmmaking versatility, the EOS C500/EOS C500 PL include a range of new features that contribute to enhanced operating ease. Providing advanced compatibility with 4K motion-picture production workflows, the cameras each offer two 3G-SDI connectors for 4K RAW data output and two MON connectors for connection to an external monitor. Additionally, the EOS C500, equipped with an EF lens mount accommodating new and existing Canon EF lenses, newly incorporates Cinema Lock, a lens locking function that allows lens replacement with the same level of ease as PL lenses, even when attaching heavy lenses with the camera mounted on a rig.

[System]
Recording System Movies
4K Mode(Video Configuration ) RAW:10bit, 4096×2160/3840×2160
HRAW:10bit, 4096×1080/3840×1080
2K Mode(Video Configuration ) RGB 4:4:4 12bit, RGB 4:4:4 10bit, YCC 4:2:2 10bit
2048×1080/1920×1080
MXF Mode Video compression: MPEG-2 Long GOP;
Audio compression: Linear PCM, 16 bits, 48 kHz, 2 channels
File type: MXF
Photos
Recording type:DCF (Design rule for Camera File system), compatible with Exif Ver. 2.3,
JPEG compression
Size of Photos:1920×1080 pixels, 1280×720 pixels (only when capturing a photo from a clip)
Video Configuration
(MXF recording/playback)
4K Mode(Video Configuration)
RAW(10bit Canon Log Gamma) 4096×2160/3840×2160
59.94 Hz mode:59.94P/29.97P/23.98P
50.00 Hz mode:50.00P/25.00P
24.00 Hz mode:24.00P
HRAW(10bit Canon Log Gamma) 4096×1080/3840×1080
59.94 Hz mode:59.94P
50.00 Hz mode:50.00P
2K Mode(Video Configuration )
RGB 4:4:4 12bit(12bit Canon Log Gamma) 2048×1080/1920×1080
59.94 Hz mode:59.94P/29.97P/23.98P
50.00 Hz mode:50.00P/25.00P
24.00 Hz mode:24.00P
RGB 4:4:4 10bit(10bit Canon Log Gamma) 2048×1080/1920×1080
59.94 Hz mode:59.94P/29.97P/23.98P
50.00 Hz mode:50.00P/25.00P
24.00 Hz mode:24.00P
YCC 4:2:2 10bit(10bit Canon Log Gamma) 2048×1080/1920×1080
59.94 Hz mode:59.94P
50.00 Hz mode:50.00P
MXF Mode
50 Mbps (CBR, 4:2:2, 422P@HL) 1920×1080
59.94 Hz mode:59.94i/29.97P/23.98P
50.00 Hz mode:50.00i/25.00P
24.00 Hz mode:24.00P
1280×720
59.94Hz mode:59.94P/29.97P/23.98P
50.00Hz mode:50.00P/25.00P
24.00Hz mode:24.00P
35 Mbps (VBR, 4:2:0, MP@HL) 1920×1080
59.94 Hz mode:59.94i/29.97P/23.98P
50.00 Hz mode:50.00i/25.00P
1280×720
59.94Hz mode:59.94P/29.97P/23.98P
50.00Hz mode:50.00P/25.00P
25 Mbps (CBR, 4:2:0, MP@H14) 1440×1080
59.94 Hz mode:59.94i/29.97P/23.98P
50.00 Hz mode:50.00i/25.00P
Recording
Media
(in MFXmode)
Movies CompactFlash (CF) Card Type I (two slots)
Photos SD or SDHC (SD High Capacity) memory card*1

*1 Custom picture files, camera settings and user memo files can be saved on and read from the memory card as well.

Maximum Recording
Time *2
16 GB CF Card 50 Mbps: 40 min., 35 Mbps: 55 min., 25 Mbps: 80 min.
64 GB CF Card 50 Mbps: 160 min., 35 Mbps: 225 min., 25 Mbps: 310 min.

*2 Approximate figures based on continuous recording in MFXmode.

Image Sensor Super-35mm-equivalent CMOS sensor,
approx. 8,850,000 effective pixels (4096×2160)
Viewfinder 1.3 cm (0.52 in.), approx. 1,555,000 dots,
100% coverage
Lens Mount C500: Canon EF mount compatible with Canon EF lenses (including EF-S lenses)
C500 PL: PL Lens mount without data interface terminals
Lens multiplication factor (for 35mm equivalent focal length):
Approx. 1.46 (when the horizontal resolution is 4096 or 2048)
Approx. 1.53 (when the horizontal resolution is 3840 or 1920)
ND Filter Built-in (Off, 2, 4 or 6 stops), motor operated
White Balance Custom white balance (two sets, A and B), color temperature setting (2,000K to 15,000K); two preset settings (daylight, 5,400 K and incandescent lamp, 3,200 K) that can be further fine-tuned
Iris(C500) 1/2-stop increments, 1/3-stop increments, fine-tuning
ISO Speed 1-stop increments: ISO 320, ISO 400 to ISO 12800, ISO 20000
1/3-stop increments: ISO 320 to ISO 20000
Gain -6 dB to 30 dB (3-dB increments), 0 dB to 24 dB (fine-tuning in 0.5-dB increments)
Shutter Speed Speed (1/3-stop increments, 1/4-stop increments), angle, clear scan, slow, off
Lens Peripheral
Illumination
Correction(C500)
Available for Canon EF lenses *3
*3 Some Canon EF lenses are not compatible with peripheral illumination correction.
Sensor Sensitivity
(MXF mode, ISO 640 (0 dB),
2000 lux, 89.9% reflection)
59.94 Hz mode: F9 (1920×1080 at 59.94i) 50.00 Hz mode: F10 (1920×1080 at 50.00i)
S/N Ratio
(MXF mode, ISO 850, using
Canon Log gamma)
54 dB (typical, 1920×1080, 59.94 Hz mode at 29.97P / 50.00 Hz mode at 25.00P)
Subject Illumination
(MXF mode, 24 dB,
with a f/1.2 lens)
59.94 Hz mode: 0.30 lux (29.97P, shutter speed 1/30)
50.00 Hz mode: 0.25 lux (25.00P, shutter speed 1/25)
[Terminals]
3G-SDI Terminals
1 and 2
BNC jack, output only, 0.8 Vp-p / 75 Ω, unbalanced, 2.97 Gbps
SMPTE 424M, SMPTE ST 425-1
Video [Resolution]
4096×2160, 3840×2160, 4096×1080, 3840×1080
[Mode]
RAW; RGB, 4:4:4, 12-bit; RGB, 4:4:4, 10-bit; YCC, 4:2:2, 10-bit
[Frame rate *1]
59.94P, 29.97P, 23.98P, 50.00P, 25.00P, 24.00P

*1 Available frame rates depend on the resolution and recording mode settings.

Embedded audio, time code (VITC/LTC)
MON. Terminals
1 and 2
BNC jack, output only, 0.8 Vp-p / 75 Ω, unbalanced, 1.485 Gbps
SMPTE ST 292-1
Video [Resolution]
2048×1080, 1920×1080
[Mode]
YCC, 4:2:2, 10-bit
[Frame rate *2]
59.94i, 29.97P/PsF, 23.98P/PsF, 50.00i, 25.00P/PsF, 24.00P/PsF

*2 Available frame rates depend on the resolution and recording mode settings.

Embedded audio, time code (VITC/LTC), assistance displays *3 (magnification, peaking, zebra pattern, onscreen markers)

*3 Magnification is available for the output from both MON. 1 and MON. 2 terminals. Other assistance displays are available for the output from the MON. 1 terminal only.

HD/SD SDI Terminal BNC jack, output only, 0.8 Vp-p / 75 Ω, unbalanced, 1.485 Gbps
HD-SDI: SMPTE 292
Video [Resolution]
1920×1080, 1280×720
[Frame rate *4]
59.94i, 29.97 (P/PsF), 23.98 (P/PsF), 50.00i, 25.00 (P/PsF), 24.00 (P/PsF), 59.94P, 50.00P

*4 Available frame rates depend on the resolution and recording mode settings.

SD-SDI: SMPTE 259M
Video [Resolution]
640×480, 768×576
[Frame rate]
59.94i, 50.00i
Embedded audio, time code (VITC/LTC)
HDMI OUT Terminal HDMI connector, output only
SYNC OUT Terminal BNC jack, output only, 1 Vp-p / 75 Ω
Output signal: HD component video luminance signal (HD-Y), HD analog tri-level signal, Analog blackburst signal, SD composite video
MIC Terminal ø 3.5 mm stereo mini-jack, -72 dBV (manual volume center, full scale -18 dB) / 600 Ω
Microphone attenuator: 20 dB
Headphone Terminal ø 3.5 mm stereo mini-jack, -∞ to -12 dBV (16 Ω load, volume range Min to Max) / 50 Ω or less
GENLOCK Terminal BNC jack, input only: 1 Vp-p / 75 Ω
TIME CODE Terminal BNC jack, input/output
Input: 0.5 Vp-p to 18 Vp-p / 10 kΩ
Output: 1 Vp-p / 75 Ω
REMOTE Terminal ø 2.5 mm stereo mini-jack
WFT Terminal Proprietary connector for the optional WFT-E6 Wireless File Transmitter
GRIP Terminal Same as the grip unit connection terminal on the C300 / C300 PL camcorder
[Power / Others]
Power Supply (rated) 7.4 V DC (battery pack), 8.4 V DC (DC IN)
Power consumption*1 During 4K mode, RAW, 4096×2160: 59.94P: 23.9 W, 50.00P: 22.9 W
During 2K mode, RGB444, 2048×1080: 59.94P: 20.9 W, 50.00P: 20.9 W
During MXF mode, 50 Mbps 1920×1080, 24.00P: 12.4 W
Maximum rated power consumption: 33.8 W
*1 For each mode, viewfinder/LCD screen normal brightness, HD/SD SDI output on.
For 4K and 2K modes, MON. and 3G-SDI output on, simultaneous MXF recording at 50 Mbps.
Operating Temperature 0 – 40 °C (32 – 104 °F)
Dimensions
(W x H x D)*2
  • Camera unit only:
    C500:160 x 179 x 171 mm (6.3 x 7.0 x 6.7 in.), C500 PL:3 160 x 179 x 177 mm (6.3 x 7.0 x 7.0 in.)
  • Configuration with monitor unit:
    185 x 249 x 187 mm (7.3 x 9.8 x 7.4 in.)
  • Configuration with handle unit and monitor unit:
    185 x 284 x 301 mm (7.3 x 11.2 x 11.9 in.)
*2 All dimensions are approximate.
Weight*3
  • Camera unit only:
    C500:1820 g (4.0 lb.), C500 PL:1930 g (4.3 lb.)
  • Camera with monitor unit, BP-955 battery pack and two CF cards:
    C500:2705 g (6.0 lb.), C500 PL:2815 g (6.2 lb.)
  • Camera with monitor unit, handle unit, BP-955 battery pack and two CF cards:
    C500:2885 g (6.4 lb.), C500 PL:2995 g (6.6 lb.)
*3 All weights are approximate.