Canon intros two new 4K cameras

Four zoom lenses also announced

Canon announced Thursday that the company has two new 4K cameras and four zoom lenses coming to market as part of its push into the entertainment industry.

The company has developed the EOS C500, which will take 4K digital imagery with uncompressed footage that can then be stored on an external drive rather than on a memory card in the camera. It was designed with high-end filmmaking needs in mind, according to Chuck Westfall, technical advisor for Canon’s professional engineering and solutions division.

“We knew we needed to step it up in order to satisfy the needs of a professional filmmaker,” said Westfall. “We’ve been working with more than half a dozen third-party developers of external recording devices to be sure what we’re doing will be compatible with a lot of equipment.”

Though Westfall declined to name those manufacturers, he said they would make their own separate announcements following the Canon announcement.

Canon also announced the EOS 1DC, a 4K camera with a smaller housing that will record directly to a CF memory cards within the camera itself that Westfall described as a good solution for an indie filmmaker.

“It’s a more flexible camera that will allow you to get into tighter spaces,” said Westfall.

The company also revealed the development of four EF cinema zoom lenses which were designed for high performance on 4K resolution Super 35mm-equivalent cameras. All of the lenses are lightweight so they can be easily used with handheld or Steadicam shooting.

The estimated cost of the EOS 1DC is $15,000. The company was not able to provide an estimated cost for the EOS C500. Both cameras are expected to be available within this year. Pricing and availability of the lenses was not yet available.

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