Canon unveils EOS C500 Mark II, lightweight, modular professional digital cinema camera

Canon unveils EOS C500 Mark II, lightweight, modular professional digital cinema camera

Canon has announced the latest addition to its Cinema EOS System series of professional digital cinematography products with the EOS C500 Mark II, an advanced and compact digital cinema camera with a 5.9K full-frame sensor and brand new image processing platform. With a modular design that allows users to freely customise the camera with ease to meet their shooting needs, its outstanding expandability facilitates a wide range of video content productions from movies and television dramas — which demand extremely high image quality — to news and documentary, where mobility is paramount.

The EOS C500 Mark II contains a multitude of features that have been enhanced to provide users with greater recording flexibility, with one such feature being the internal Cinema RAW Light recording in the compact body. This video format allows for reduced file sizes while retaining the flexibility of a RAW format. The camera also supports XF-AVC, a video format that efficiently records compressed video data. As a first for Canon cinema cameras and video camcorders, both Cinema RAW Light and XF-AVC Intra record to CFExpress Type B1 cards, allowing for flexibility without the need to change media. This serves as one of the core technologies of the Cinema EOS System, offering full expressive capabilities and stress-free operability within a compact body. Additionally, the camera supports the HDR standards HLG (Hybrid Log-Gamma), which is ideal for users shooting for broadcast, and PQ (Perceptual Quantization), which is suitable for movie production and distribution online.

Canon unveils EOS C500 Mark II, lightweight, modular professional digital cinema camera

The EOS C500 Mark II is equipped with a 5.9K full-frame sensor with a 17:9 aspect ratio —developed specifically for cinema use — that provides a dynamic range of up to 15+ stops2, allowing users to have greater freedom in creative expression. In addition, the newly developed DIGIC DV 7 high-speed image-processing platform allows for high-quality 4K 50P / 60P recording, oversampled from the 5.9K full-frame sensor. It records in the XF-AVC Intra format that offers both outstanding quality and ease of editing.

The lightweight body of the EOS C500 Mark II is significantly smaller than the EOS C500. However, this highly modular camera can be combined with a variety of shooting accessories: from electronic viewfinders to camera grips and extension units. Users can change the lens mount from an EF mount to an EF Cinema lock mount or PL mount by themselves using a mount change kit (sold separately) to match their shooting environment. With the attachment of an extension unit (sold separately), the camera can support a variety of shooting styles. From special shooting needs such as single operator style, multi-camera, gimbal and drone to full-scale cinema camera operation, these enhanced expandability options allow the EOS C500 Mark II to support a wide range of shooting needs and provide users with systems that are geared toward the future.

Other enhanced features include Video IS, 4 channel audio and a large 4.3” LCD monitor with a more user-friendly touch panel. Improvements have also been made to attaching and removing accessories, and the LCD features also support more efficient HDR shooting. Dynamic range can be set to 400% or 1600%, and a more accurate LCD monitor provides an improved rendition of the image, allowing for seamless user experience. The EOS C500 Mark II also offers 12G-SDI and HDMI terminals for better handling at shooting sites and other locations, making connecting to a display or external recorder easier.

The EOS C500 Mark II will be available in January 2020.

[1] Cinema RAW Light recording only possible with CFexpress Type B cards.
[2] Dynamic range is measured in units called stops. With the increase of one-stop, the luminance range that can be captured during shooting is doubled. The maximum number of stops available differs depending on the recording mode.