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The announcement of Canon's 4K EOS-1D C DSLR, have caused a lot of uncertainty about what the company is trying to achieve and who they're doing it for. Andrew Reid at EOSHD has taken a look at the camera's capabilities and omissions and what they mean for professional cinema production and how it sits alongside the EOS C500. We also spoke to Canon about how it sees the two models co-existing and who it sees at the audience for each camera.
'Thanks to its 4K RAW output, the EOS C500 will used as a main camera by cinematographers for high resolution broadcast TV and cinema production. However, the inclusion of all the same Full HD features as the EOS C300 provides the flexibility to suit many broadcast productions. The EOS-1D C will also be used by the film production industry professionals, possibly as a ‘B’ camera and particularly in situations where a conventional camera, even one as small as C300, won’t fit. We also believe it will be used by independent cinema productions as a standalone camera.
'Because of the EOS 1D C’s ability to act as a film and stills camera it also has an ideal application in journalism, allowing a single reporter could produce high quality video and capture stills for broadcast. Overall the unique feature set of the EOS 1D C means it will be suitable for diverse shooting scenarios.'