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Dan Chung speaks to Canon's Chuck Westfall about 4K Cinema EOS cameras

By dpreview staff on Apr 20, 2012 at 00:38 GMT

DSLRnewsshooter's Dan Chung has been speaking to Canon USA Technical Advisor Chuck Westfall for more details about the company's 4K Cinema EOS offerings. Both the 500C and 1D C are skewed towards cinema and high-end television production, rather than documentary and news work, Westfall says, but hints that 'peaking' and 'zebra' focusing and exposure aids could be added to the 1D C if the market demands it.

For those people still trying to work out why Canon is so interested in 4K video and who it thinks is going to be buying its kit, this nine-minute video is well worth watching.

Comments

Total comments: 99
Laurence Svirchev
By Laurence Svirchev (Apr 25, 2012)

Mr. Chuck Westfall talks straight to the needs of photographers. It only displays lack of cultivation to slag Chuck Westfall. This man Westfall has personally helped legions of photographers make sense of the digital world. I'm one of those photographers with whom he communicated in 2000-2001 while I struggled with making the changeover from film.

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Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Apr 25, 2012)

Canon had to dug out Chuck from deep freeze storage to try to salvage whatever reputation the company still has for actual real-life photographers, it seems. Still, he was none too comfortable talking on-camera, that is readily obvious. The lens never lies, remember.

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PeakAction
By PeakAction (Apr 24, 2012)

First, I just want to say that Chuck looks totally stoned in the first part of this video. Secondly, yes, 15K is a lot of money to most of us, but to a lot of people, it isn't. In fact, when you're talking about even a super-low Hollywood budget, it isn't even a blip on the radar. I think we'll see a good number of 1DC bodies used as B-cams on movie and TV productions, or where space is limited, or where a camera with a rugged body is needed, etc. When you get down to brass tacks, the camera only costs half as much as one Zeiss Master Prime lens. I think Canon will sell more of them than you think.

However, I do agree that Canon has gone totally apeshit with their pricing across the board in the last year.

2 upvotes
Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Apr 25, 2012)

I don't know about using the EOS 1D C as an actual "B-cam," more like maybe as a K-cam, L-cam, or M-cam?

Also, I was not even aware that "Hollywood" had already switched over to shooting their movies with DSLRs. Had they, really?

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oldtown
By oldtown (Apr 23, 2012)

Hey, I like Chuck!
Years ago he helped me solve problems with my early digital cameras when I thought an insanity defense was my only option 'cos I couldn't figure it out. Great communicator and glad to see he's still around.

0 upvotes
nathanleebush
By nathanleebush (Apr 22, 2012)

Sony, and now Blackmagic are the only ones interested in offering pro features at non-kidney prices. Com'n, I bet one engineer could add peaking to the entire lineup's firmware in a day. Canon must think people are just blindly brand loyal... and they may be right. But they're basically betting on the halo effect of the 5D II and hoping no one will investigate further. But when $15k is at stake, I think people will start to question the $9k/$12k price bump over the 1D X/Mark III!

3 upvotes
Photogaz
By Photogaz (Apr 22, 2012)

You've got to hand it to Chuck, he is extremely knowledgeable and knows the products down to a T.

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bronxbombers
By bronxbombers (Apr 22, 2012)

What I want to know is why the heck the 5D3 doesn't get those added in? They admit that camera for sure IS oriented towards the types of shooting that would need it so why does it not have have zebras and peaking (or a nice 1920x1080 super crisp using 2x2 C300 readout at 1.6x crop factor for more reach/etc.)?!?!!!

How many times does marketing have to hold back & mess things? Such sillly little basics? Stop the insane protectionism (like they do by making sure to cripple something as minor as AutoISO, ONCE AGAIN which the ridiculous limitation on the maximum speed you are allowed to set for the minimum shutter speed), especially if you raise the price $800 over the previous model.

Companies that play such extreme internal segmentation games tend to eventually give up the lead and fall on their faces.

They bragged about being infinitely far ahead if FF sensors & could rest on their laurles & now look at how much the D800 sensor wipes the 5D3 sensor for ISO100-400 dynamic range.

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Salib
By Salib (Apr 21, 2012)

prices is over!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
if you (Canon) want to start in the world of motion picture... you should respect the user in the market.... comparing to the Red cam with that high prices... you lose.

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Zerg2905
By Zerg2905 (Apr 21, 2012)

I wonder what promise Canon made to the investors... This is very expensive & very profitable stuff, but only if you have a strong foot in the market. Do they (Canon) have a strong foot in pro cinema?! Can someone provide some figures here? Thanks.

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Francis Sawyer
By Francis Sawyer (Apr 21, 2012)

Canon has totally lost its way. It failed to hire someone who knows anything about motion pictures, but launched a "cinema" line anyway. And the lack of competent leadership shows.

What a mess. I hope someone comes out with something that will take all my Canon lenses. Like a Red cam with decent color rendition.

4 upvotes
dbld49
By dbld49 (Apr 21, 2012)

Why don't you copy and paste "I hate Canon, Canon is stupid, Canon is going under", for all your replies? That's pretty much the gist of all your comments. You spend a lot of time hating on something that obviously you have no intention of buying, or using.

3 upvotes
chanpion01
By chanpion01 (Apr 21, 2012)

1d-c is terrible. needs more features and too overpriced

1 upvote
thejohnnerparty
By thejohnnerparty (Apr 20, 2012)

To Dan Chung: Thank you for a very thoughtful interview with Canon. .... Clearly something is a foot in the industry. Maybe Canon is seeing saturation in it's consumer markets and is looking elsewhere for sales. .... When you see the production crews that get put together for the videography adds for DSLR videos, clearly someone outside of DSLR stills is interested in smaller formfactor cameras.

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Tape5
By Tape5 (Apr 20, 2012)

I like to use a Canon to make a short film about how much I hate video.

3 upvotes
Boerseuntjie
By Boerseuntjie (Apr 20, 2012)

The dude looks like Alfred Hitchcock, maybe they should remake the day of the birds with this camera, and that is what I think of this camera it's for the birds.

5 upvotes
dresner
By dresner (Apr 20, 2012)

Peaking is awesome option on my A77, why wouldn't Canon offer that on its DSLRs?

2 upvotes
Vadimka
By Vadimka (Apr 20, 2012)

Peaking would have hijacked the price to a $25k territory. Canon simply wanted to keep it under easily justifiable $16k. ;))

4 upvotes
dresner
By dresner (Apr 21, 2012)

:D my A77 cost 2k :P altho I can only shoot 60FPS 1080 :/ only... :P

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Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Apr 21, 2012)

Sony SLT Alpha 57 offers great EVF, focus peaking, and 60p video in 1080 resolution. Costs only $700, too.

Canon had obviously totally lost its way a couple of years back, it increasingly seems. I just can't take them seriously with these recently announced crippled spec, yet greatly overpriced cameras of theirs.

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Superka
By Superka (Apr 20, 2012)

This camera is seems very BAD.
1. It is bad as photo camera because is overpriced and gives nothing more to photographer then 1D X.
2 It is bad as cine camera, because 8bit jpg only
3. It is bad as video camera, because overpriced.

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Superka
By Superka (Apr 20, 2012)

Perfect background they choose for the interview.

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Vadimka
By Vadimka (Apr 20, 2012)

Too funny...if you can't afford to buy our extremely overpriced camera, you should consider renting it sometimes in the near future... :))))) Chuck made me laugh.

If you ff to 9:17 of this video, right after beforementioned comment and look at the facial expressions it says it all:
Dan's face says, no thanks, I'm not that stupid.
Chuck's face says, I know you want it, it says Canon and it has Audio jack. :))

9 upvotes
Cy Cheze
By Cy Cheze (Apr 20, 2012)

Actually, rental is a good choice. You rent an airline seat, you don't by a plane. To rent an SUV would make more sense than to have one depreciating in the garage or on a supermarket parking lot. If you don't shoot 4k video without a contract that warrants it, you sure don't want to have one sitting on your shelf. If you did, you'd certainly want to rent it to someone else.

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Vadimka
By Vadimka (Apr 21, 2012)

Cy, it's not the point, rent or buy. The point is, it's an overpriced, underdeveloped camera for a price tag (even for $8k it would be too much)
Funny you mentioned a plane. I'm actually studying for my license and be buying one hopefully soon (maybe rent, we'll see) :)

6 upvotes
shaocaholica
By shaocaholica (Apr 20, 2012)

Seems like Canon wanted to release a $15k camera but didn't have one quite spec ready but they released it anyway and at $15k. I doubt the market will jump on this. I doubt any DP would rent this camera unless they have some relationship with Canon.

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Photato
By Photato (Apr 20, 2012)

Chuck Westfall "1DC is about one stop more sensitive than the 5DMIII because of the 18MP sensor rather than the 22MP" There you have it! @ 4:18

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oscarvdvelde
By oscarvdvelde (Apr 20, 2012)

pixel size alone cannot explain a one stop difference. It is 48 to 39 square microns, so only 23% more photons per pixel.

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Photato
By Photato (Apr 20, 2012)

Pixel size is not the only factor but the one that has the most impact when it comes to relative sensitivity. I suppose both sensor have equivalent technology. Video requires higher sensitivities because of the 1/ 60 1/30 etc. shutter limit. The just announced Blackmagic Cinema camera has a base sensitivity of ISO800 due to its large pixel design. It is no magic, just larger pixels.

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bronxbombers
By bronxbombers (Apr 22, 2012)

Really 18 vs 22MP means 1 stop better? Did they not look at the 36MP D800 sensor that has the same high ISO SNR as the 5D3 at 22MP or the D4 at 16MP? Folks it is the technology NOT the MP (unless RADICALLY different) that makes the difference.

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Cy Cheze
By Cy Cheze (Apr 20, 2012)

Peaking and zebra aids exist on several consumer <$1,000 videocams. Maybe high-end studio rigs don't need them because the users have golden eyes that attain the perfect narrow DOF and bokeh. Only low end aviators need GPS or auto-pilot. Professionals have x-ray vision and can dead reckon throught he fog.

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RRJackson
By RRJackson (Apr 20, 2012)

Well, to be fair pulling focus for movies is frequently done using a tape measure to determine near and far limits of DOF when you're doing the blocking. Of course that doesn't mean you release a camera with no focus assists at all and count on everyone who buys it to always have an assistant pulling focus.

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f_stops
By f_stops (Apr 21, 2012)

"Excuse me Mr. President, can you hold the end of my tape measure as you walk? My Canon 1D C is for professionals so it doesn't have focus peaking"

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Eleson
By Eleson (Apr 21, 2012)

"Well, to be fair pulling focus for movies is frequently done using a tape measure to determine near and far limits of DOF when you're doing the blocking. "
To be fair :) That is a heritage from a film era that would never been accepted if video was invented today.

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RRJackson
By RRJackson (Apr 21, 2012)

Actually, it's a heritage from 35mm and 65mm film. 16mm shooters pretty much always pulled focus solo. The reason that wasn't the case with larger film stocks was because it's nearly impossible to accurately pull focus by eyeballin' it with larger "sensors." That "heritage" persists to this day. News cameramen use 2/3" video cameras now that have sensors roughly the same size as 16mm film and they can (and do) pull focus for themselves. Meanwhile, if you watch feature films being shot there's still a guy with a tape measure pulling focus unless they go "fast and dirty" with a wide-angle lens. It's not so much about film vs. digital as it is about the size of the sensor. Small Sensor = Fun on the Run. Big Sensor = Slow on the Go. ;-)

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bronxbombers
By bronxbombers (Apr 22, 2012)

Exactly, how the heck does the 5D3 not have those??

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sir_bazz
By sir_bazz (Apr 20, 2012)

We must be light on for real photography stories if this made the news.

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Peiasdf
By Peiasdf (Apr 20, 2012)

If it takes that long to explain why a product should exist, it probably shouldn't exist.

1D C should be merged back to 1D

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meland
By meland (Apr 20, 2012)

Dan should probably stay the other side of the camera until his interviewing skills improve.

3 upvotes
Francis Sawyer
By Francis Sawyer (Apr 21, 2012)

The bitching about the price was painful. Say it once and move on.

And there was no discussion of recording format, bitrate, downscaling vs. line-skipping, the usability shortcoming (fussily narrow DOF) when using full-frame for video...

Lame.

3 upvotes
Mr Fartleberry
By Mr Fartleberry (Apr 20, 2012)

Fakechuck, Canon are finished! You hear me? Finished!

http://fakechuckwestfall.wordpress.com/author/fcwestfall/

3 upvotes
increments
By increments (Apr 20, 2012)

I don't know why people have been criticizing this video so much. I thought Dan asked good questions, and I learned a bit about Canon's strategy.

I'm part of that group who aren't interested in video for myself, but that doesn't mean it's not worth watching if you're interested in how the market's developing.

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Henry M. Hertz
By Henry M. Hertz (Apr 20, 2012)

http://www.techradar.com/reviews/cameras-and-camcorders/cameras/digital-slrs-hybrids/canon-eos-5d-mark-iii-1074186/review/page:5#articleContent

the techradar test:

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TIFF images (after conversion from raw) have a consistently good signal to noise ratio across the sensitivity range comparing closely to the Canon EOS 1Ds Mk III and just having the edge over the Nikon D800. It also shows a slight improvement at all sensitivities over the Canon EOS 5D Mk II.

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TIFF files (after conversion from raw) have a high dynamic range with results comparing closely to the Nikon D4 and D800. Compared with the Canon EOS 5D Mk II, there is a marked improvement showing over 2EV greater range at the lower end of the sensitivity scale.

i thought techradar is a DxO certified lab?

http://www.techradar.com/news/photography-video-capture/cameras/noise-and-dynamic-range-results-explained-1027588

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bronxbombers
By bronxbombers (Apr 22, 2012)

techradar has no clue what they are doing

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bradleyg5
By bradleyg5 (Apr 20, 2012)

I forgot Chuck Westfall is not the same person as fake Chuck Westfall, not as funny as I was hoping :(

I'd rather a 1dx with 10bit 2k or 12bit 1080P

I want full frame with the ability to push it HARD in post production, not just the ability to crop it. Cropping is for the guys at EOSHD, they love crop cameras.

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Izu
By Izu (Apr 20, 2012)

OMG again Dan, again Canon 1D C? Incredible...

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ProfHankD
By ProfHankD (Apr 20, 2012)

I don't question why Canon is doing 4K video -- all video is headed there.

I'm less clear on why DPReview is giving so much coverage to Canon video when it has a long tradition of barely mentioning video from other companies. Could it be because Canon isn't doing much with stills that's interesting...?

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Tape5
By Tape5 (Apr 20, 2012)

DPR is owned by Amazon. It should really be called APR: Amazon Product Review. Consider yourself lucky toys are not reviewed here.

2 upvotes
Cy Cheze
By Cy Cheze (Apr 20, 2012)

Cameras are big boy toys.

2 upvotes
Barney Britton
By Barney Britton (Apr 20, 2012)

In the past, video wasn't a big part of DSLR/high end digital photography, and now it is. So now we cover it.

6 upvotes
larrytusaz
By larrytusaz (Apr 20, 2012)

I REALLY don't want to make anyone in authority mad, but I totally share the concerns of those who are scratching their head at all the video stories appearing on here lately. Even respected Nikon expert Thom Hogan has expressed concerns at photography progress being snowed under by an avalanche of video interest. The same applies with this site covering video every 2.5 nanoseconds.

It is one thing to acknowledge that SLRs can record video, it's another for every other story here to be video-video-video. I mean every-time I turn around, there is yet another video story. It's almost as if this has turned into a site mostly about video, with a little photography sprinkled here & there for old time's sake, but otherwise--this is a site fully dedicated to almost NOTHING but videography now.

After all of these years, it's really disappointing to see this. Photography is still very relevant. There are plenty of people here who are interested in STILLS even if they ARE okay with SLR video.

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larrytusaz
By larrytusaz (Apr 20, 2012)

If I'm overposting, forgive me. To me, I think painting vs photography is a good analogy. I don't doubt there is much overlap there, yet at the same I have heard of & even met persons who are into painting who are not into photography one bit. If you go back in time enough, it was once the case photographs didn't exist at all, paintings were IT. Can you imagine how puzzled artists of the day were once photography came to be, & especially when the Kodak Brownie made everyone a "photographer?"

Yet, painting survived, and what's more, people who don't disparage photography but just aren't interested in it because painting is what they do, we're totally okay with that. There are sites you can go to that deal with painting ONLY. No one is calling those sites or their fans "luddites." They like what they like, no disrespect to anyone else's interests. It's GOOD that you can be into painting & have no interest in photography & not be called a "luddite."

The same thing should apply here.

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Tape5
By Tape5 (Apr 20, 2012)

Just when we were studying who are the half decent photographers among us, we have millions now who claim to be decent cinematographers.

It is OK I guess. As long as someone is making money.

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Tim Ashton
By Tim Ashton (Apr 20, 2012)

So if you want to shoot cinema and have $15k to spend there is the c300 or next step up in quality the Red Scarlet + accessories, so Chuck, why the 1Dc?? You didnt say
To me who knows nothing of cinematography and less about photography the 1Dc appears to be a case of the only difference between men and boys is the price of their toys.
Tim

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richg101
By richg101 (Apr 20, 2012)

I love the way all these moaners complain about the price. even if it were 3000usd none of you would buy it. dreamers and talkers.

You pays your money... you get your camera.

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Francis Sawyer
By Francis Sawyer (Apr 21, 2012)

If it were $3000 I'd definitely consider it.

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ET2
By ET2 (Apr 20, 2012)

C300 is more expensive than F3 with SLog, (now around $1300 on B&H) ... but DR is worse

https://vimeo.com/40381084

Would 1D C (at $15,000) change that?

I doubt it.

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Sdaniella
By Sdaniella (Apr 20, 2012)

odd comparison
none were done in low light at all (all well lit, even if modulated)
worse, ISO improperly chosen for the lighting at hand, then pp 'grading' to fix drastic over or underexposed footage.
nobody should need to do pp 'fixes', but pp on optimally captured footage for any given lighting makes more sense.

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ET2
By ET2 (Apr 20, 2012)

It was not a test of lowlight/ISO. They were testing latitude/DR, especially notice the highlights.

The logs are flat (to preserver DR) and then they need to be color graded.

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KAllen
By KAllen (Apr 20, 2012)

What a joke. So why does it cost more than the X. Because we think we can get away with it.
Why no focusing aids? We will listen to the market.
I thought this was built after listening to the market.
I could buy an X or a D4 plus the Blackmagic 2.5k raw and still have change.

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EOSHD
By EOSHD (Apr 20, 2012)

I hear Ford are going to release a car with no wheels and add them later after listening to drivers.

18 upvotes
Photato
By Photato (Apr 20, 2012)

Marketing BS at its worst.Disgusting! to say the least. A cheap Rebel T1i has those features already with the Magic Lantern FREE app.

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Gary Dean Mercer Clark
By Gary Dean Mercer Clark (Apr 20, 2012)

Chuck's a great pitchman for Canon---I thought he retired? Did he come out of retirement for this launch or something?

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Daryl Cheshire
By Daryl Cheshire (Apr 20, 2012)

Be nice to Chuck - Bizzard named a zone in WoW after him

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ivan1973
By ivan1973 (Apr 20, 2012)

Nikon is set to follow.

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acassino
By acassino (Apr 20, 2012)

This dog don't hunt.

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Octane
By Octane (Apr 20, 2012)

I find it telling that Canon is so desperate trying to explain this camera to end users. Thanks, but we get it. It's too expensive and the market for 4K footage is almost non-existent.

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RRJackson
By RRJackson (Apr 20, 2012)

There's a huge market for 4K footage, but not for 8-bit 4K footage. Even though home 4K displays are just now starting to appear the production crowd want it as an origination format even if they're delivering in 1080p. Much better to oversample on origination. Makes the HD deliverables look much less video-y. But nobody wants to shoot in 8-bit color. That's soccer-mom stuff. Fine for YouTube, but not something to shoot a TV show/movie on.

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Cy Cheze
By Cy Cheze (Apr 20, 2012)

Any proof that YouTube videos look better on an iPhone, or even on the home 32" screen, if they were shoot in 4k at 150mbps? How long would the soccer mom's 5mbps server take to download or buffer the video before streaming? Does the extra time and cost improve the content or sales result?

Remember, that lowly soccer mom is probably your client, or maybe your boss.

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RRJackson
By RRJackson (Apr 20, 2012)

The point is that the hypothetical soccer mom can buy a much better quality 4K camera for less money if she really wants to dabble in 4K origination.

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graybalanced
By graybalanced (Apr 21, 2012)

I was watching coverage from NAB and 4K was everywhere. I don't get those who say 4K is irrelevant because there are no 4K TVs in the home. Do you turn away from the 36.3 megapixels of the Nikon D800 because you never print larger than 8x10? Do you chastise the music industry because they master at 96K/24 bits when the files you get can only be 8-bit MP3s or 16-bit CDs?

There was a bit of talk at NAB about how 4K is desirable for the same type of oversampling. It provides options for cropping and noise reduction, and for producing a better 1080p image than a 1080p camera on its own.

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Octane
By Octane (Apr 21, 2012)

@graybalanced
Apples and oranges. You can, and have been for many years been able to, print resolutions higher than your monitor. The resolution has been used for a long time already.

Video is quite different. There simply is no way to view 4K video yet expect movie theaters. Actually many of them are not able to project 4k. They all went with 3D (stereo) projectors which are designed to deliver higher frame rates rather than higher resolution. James Cameron (Avatar, Titanic, ...) said, after doing many tests, that he prefers higher frame rates for movies over higher resolution.

I'm not saying 4K is pointless. I have no doubt that 4K will eventually come, and it has advantages, but the lack of display/output devices at the moment makes any 4K camera a niche product for now. My point is more that the number of professionals is very small that can financially justify investing that much money in a photo camera that has a cheap version of 8bit 4K 'frankensteined' into it's body.

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Francis Sawyer
By Francis Sawyer (Apr 21, 2012)

It's sad that people still argue against higher-quality acquisition because the delivery options right now are limited. Do you not value your work? There are millions of hours of historic footage that look like shít because they were shot on SD, interlaced video instead of film.

If you think your work has no value beyond today, then go ahead and use some half-assed acquisition format. Some of us hope that our work lasts a bit longer.

Your point would've been more compelling if you'd argued that 4K is pointless because there's no home-delivery medium that even offers decent HD, and quality is actually DECLINING over time as people gobble up compressed-to-hell crap on streaming services.

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graybalanced
By graybalanced (Apr 22, 2012)

@octane, your explanation didn't address my post at all. You kept talking about having no way to display it. Yet I wasn't talking about capturing 4K to display 4K. I said there is demand to capture at 4K to produce a superior 1080p image, which was supported by my existing examples from other media, which you decided to ignore.

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treepop
By treepop (Apr 20, 2012)

Me mad at Canon for their price gouging and lack of R&D :(

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BeanyPic
By BeanyPic (Apr 20, 2012)

Please explain what you are on about regarding R&D? Canon and other Imaging brands spend up to 8% of there global revenue on R&D the 100's of millions a year. What a stupid comment...

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aeolos
By aeolos (Apr 20, 2012)

just look at the black magic cinema camera.

seriously canon.. that price is a f* joke

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Francis Sawyer
By Francis Sawyer (Apr 21, 2012)

Canon needs to hire someone who knows something about motion pictures. They obviously didn't learn from the outrage over the lack of 24P on the 5D II. That move alone revealed their lack of basic knowledge about motion pictures.

Now they're flailing around even more disastrously with this baffling and inept product line. And why is this guy talking about raw output but then 4:4:4 in the same sentence? There is no color subsampling when you're capturing raw sensor data.

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BeanyPic
By BeanyPic (Apr 22, 2012)

Lets see what happens. The background support that Canon are offering Hollywood with the kit will prove that the overall package will beat what Black Magic can deliver.

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Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Apr 25, 2012)

"Canon needs to hire someone who knows something about motion pictures."

Okay, Francis, and I understand that our mutual friend BeanyPic is presently and readily available for that consulting position, correct?

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Rasskot
By Rasskot (Apr 20, 2012)

Q: What have you done to 1D c to justify the huge difference in price between it and 1D x?
A: Headphone jack and slightly different software (we did nothing but estimated that people will pay that much money)
I pray to heavens that canon gets a worthy rival soon so people can choose and not be blackmailed like this.
Shame.

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RRJackson
By RRJackson (Apr 20, 2012)

Yeah, that's classic. "Did you see the headphone jack?" Oh, well that certainly justifies tripling the price. How could I have missed the headphone jack?

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IcyVeins
By IcyVeins (Apr 20, 2012)

Canon hasn't made an interesting camera in forever

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RRJackson
By RRJackson (Apr 20, 2012)

You can almost hear their design meetings. "Now we could certainly provide 4K video in the EOS-1D X using a Super-35 section of the sensor. It would probably add $45 to the unit cost, but we think it would make the camera more attractive to consumers even though the video will necessarily have to be 8-bit. Of course we could go ahead and triple the price while designating it as a 'professional' model...perhaps that would suck enough to wear the Canon logo? Can anyone think of any other good ways to ruin it before we finalize our release plans?"

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Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Apr 20, 2012)

Who the heck cares any more what anyone from Canon is saying, really? Company's cracked-up. They are on their way out.... way out. $15,000 DSLRs and matching 8-bit low-end color "high-end cinema" cameras for $16,000, ha-ha-ha-ha. What crock-pots!

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Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Apr 20, 2012)

Give it up already. C-man. When it comes to video-cams, just about everyone makes more interesting and better spec'd products than you guys do. And perhaps we should mention that at prices much lower than your own "Canon Corporate Bean-Counter Special MSRP Pricing."

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BeanyPic
By BeanyPic (Apr 20, 2012)

Great to soo Francis back with his usual nonsensical comments. Great to see you again you always put a smile on my face as your comments are just a joke. Keep them coming lol!!!

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Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Apr 21, 2012)

BeanyPig, I saw your obituary in the papers -- was that all just another one of your many tiresome hoaxes, dude? And when it comes to cameras and stuff, you really don't know squat still, in this life or the other, huh?

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BeanyPic
By BeanyPic (Apr 22, 2012)

Hi Francis as I said keep them coming. You make my day :o)

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Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Apr 25, 2012)

BeanyPix, Canon is looking for a "Consultant Eggstraordinare" to teach them about how to break into "Digital Hollywoodland," was I wrong in suggesting to them that you were readily available and would work for absolutely nothing to boot?

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RRJackson
By RRJackson (Apr 20, 2012)

8-bit video. Man, it's almost an insult. It's almost certainly a restriction imposed by the internal data bottlenecks, but there's nothing "professional" about 8-bit video. It's like higher-resolution HDV. I mean, it's better than nothing, but this isn't going to pose much of a threat to Red. The Scarlet is a crippled monstrosity, but even it can shoot 4K at 24p in 12-bit Recode RAW...for several thousand dollars less than the Canon EOS-1D C.

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richg101
By richg101 (Apr 20, 2012)

people spend too long sitting in front of a screen, reading specs. Its the new age of internet experts. When you meet them face to face they lack the strng persona they exhibit online. Their avatar shows them with their biggest lens mounted to their 550d, and they look almost professional until you realise its all a big myth. why don't they watch a few movies, or even better, create some of their own instead of hiding behind a load of technicalities gained from hours and hours of time wasted looking at specs under a magnifying glass. Shooting a good film with a super8 camera and a minidisk recorder is better than shooting nothing with uncompressed 'red raw'.

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RRJackson
By RRJackson (Apr 20, 2012)

Uh, I don't know if that comment is directed at me, but that avatar of mine shows me with a Nikon F5 and a 135mm f/2. As for shooting Super-8 movies, I've done that. And 16mm movies. And 35mm movies. Not to mention years of shooting video for television.

I wasn't saying that you can't possibly shoot decent video using 8-bit origination. I was saying that with cheaper 12-bit options that won't show stepping in gradients most professionals wouldn't want to.

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Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Apr 21, 2012)

@ richg101: say, do you use that US$49.00 newfangled Thunderbolt cable to conenct your Super 8-cam to your "minidisk recorder," do you now? Where can we see the results, on www.twilightzone.com perhaps?

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ScottieC
By ScottieC (Apr 20, 2012)

15k for the EOS C... I drool.

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openskyline
By openskyline (Apr 20, 2012)

Chuck is great, Dan Chung is not so great, I don't see the point of his questions!

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acassino
By acassino (Apr 20, 2012)

It's called restraint.

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Eric Sorensen
By Eric Sorensen (Apr 20, 2012)

I always liked Chuck. He's a great spokesman for Canon. I can see why the Japanese keep him around - he gives good answers without giving away any secrets.

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ewelch
By ewelch (Apr 21, 2012)

I knew Chuck when I was in grad school (Mizzou) and he and I would always argue Canon vs Leica. He's a smart, honest straight shooter. He has integrity by the ton. People who say otherwise are fools, or have an agenda. (Disclosure: I shoot Nikon -D800- and Canon -5D Mk II- prefer Nikon).

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