More than seven years after releasing the EOS C500, Canon has released its next-generation Cinema EOS System camera, the EOS C500 Mark II. The new camera builds upon its predecessors with an extensive list of new and improved features and technology.
At the heart of the EOS C500 Mark II is the same sensor found inside Canon’s EOS C700 camera, a5.9K full-frame 17:9 sensor, which Canon says offers more than 15 stops of dynamic range. Powered by Canon’s new Digic DV7 processor, the EOS C500 Mark II offers 5.9K internal Cinema RAW Light and 4K 4:2:2 10-bit XF-AVC recording. In addition to shooting 60 frames per second (fps) at 5.9K and 4K resolution, the EOS C500 Mark II can shoot up to 120 fps when dropped down to a cropped 2K resolution.
The EOS C500 Mark II also features Canon’s Dual Pixel autofocus technology, which covers roughly 80-percent of the image area on the sensors, and features user-changeable lens mounts with options for EF, PL and Cine EF mount. By unscrewing four hex screws located on the outside of the lens mount, it’s now possible to (comparatively quickly) switch from one mount to another without the need to send it in or make it a massive operation.
The camera, which weighs in at 1750g (3.86lbs), features built-in motorized ND filters at two, four and six-stop measurements that can be combined to achieve eight and ten stop levels as well. Media can be recorded to the two CFExpress card slots as well as an SD card slot for proxy media. Also new to a Canon EOS Cinema camera is a five-axis electronic image stabilizer.
The EOS C500 Mark II comes with the LCD LM-V2, a 4.3in touchscreen, as well as a user-removable 0.46in 1.77-megapixel OLED electronic viewfinder (EVF). Canon is also offering two extension units that add additional connections and ports for added versatility.
In addition to its new full-frame cinema camera, Canon also announced the DP-V3120, a 4K HDR reference monitor. The massive machine delivers 2000-nit HDR output and 0.001-nit full-screen black levels with a 2,000,000:1 contrast ratio. It features four 12G-SDI inputs for both 4K and 8K workflows and features a 17:9 aspect ratio, matching that of the EOS C500 Mark II.
The Canon EOS C500 Mark II is scheduled to be avaialble in December 2019 for an estimated retail price of $15,999. The DP-V3120 is scheduled to be available in November 2019 for a wallet-busting price of $39,000. You can find out more information on both products by visiting Canon’s EOS Cinema site.
OWN, OPERATE, DOMINATE: EOS C500 MARK II 5.9K FULL FRAME CINEMA CAMERA DELIVERS VERSATILE, AFFORDABLE SOLUTIONS
New Cinema EOS Camera Features a User-Changeable Mount, Internal Cinema RAW Light Recording and the Newly Developed DIGIC DV 7 Image Processor
MELVILLE, N.Y., Sept. 5, 2019 – Contrary to popular belief, sometimes a sequel is better than the original. That is the case with the all-new Canon EOS C500 Mark II cinema camera today announced by Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions. With its modular design, competitive price point and new features such as a 5.9K Full Frame CMOS sensor, user-changeable lens mounts, electronic image stabilization, internal cinema RAW light recordingand the new DIGIC DV 7 Image Processor, the EOS C500 Mark II represents a bold leap forward for Canon’s Cinema EOS system line. The variety of assembly and lensing options help to make this camera ideal for a broad range of applications, from run-and-gun documentary shooting to live television broadcasts and big-budget films.
“As Canon’s position in the production industry has grown, we have sought to deliver new solutions that can perform at an elite level, while also maintaining competitive pricing to help continue to remove the barriers of great content creation,” said Kazuto Ogawa, president and COO, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “The EOS C500 Mark II encompasses the latest Canon technologies and, when teamed with the recently announced Sumire Prime Cinema Lenses and DP-V3120 4K Reference Display, forms an incredible input-to-output solution.”
The EOS C500 Mark II features a 5.9K full-frame sensor with 60p recording 5.9K and 4K (2K recording at 120p) and 15 stops of dynamic range. In addition, the newly introduced DIGIC DV 7 image processor allows for more fluid and efficient recording of 4K and HDR. Cinema Raw Light, first introduced in the popular EOS C200 cinema camera, helps to cut data size to about one-third to one-fifth of a Cinema RAW file, without losing grading flexibility.
For the first time ever with a Canon camera, users are able to change the lens mount themselves without the assistance from a Canon service center. Customers can purchase the EOS C500 Mark II with a standard EF mount and then have the option to purchase either EF-lock or PL mounts. This feature provides users with the creative freedom to pair the camera with the lenses that will provide the desired look for each project they work on.
In addition to the changeable mounts, the new camera’s body is quite modular. Included are 13 accessories, such as a 4.3-inch LCD monitor and the GR-V1 grip, and users can choose from a wide range of additional accessories that allow them to configure the EOS C500 Mark II to their preferences. Optional accessories include the EVF-V70 electronic viewfinder, SU-15 shoulder support unit and EU-V1 and EU-V2 expansion units. The EU-V1 expansion unit allows for gen-lock, sync out, remote use and ethernet connection, while EU-V2 expansion unit features those functions plus a V-mount battery connection, two analog XLR audio ports and 24v DC Out.
Additional features of the Canon EOS C500 Mark II include:
- 4K and 2K 4:2:2 10-bit XF-AVC recording and 5.9k oversampling for 4K
- 2 CFexpress media card slots
- Compatibility with EF and PL lenses as well as anamorphic and spherical lenses
- Dual Pixel CMOS AF with the ability for Touch and Face detection AF
- First Canon cinema camera with 5-axis electronic image stabilization, which can be utilized even without the use of lens with IS functionally
- Support for Canon Log 2 and 3 Gamma
- 4 channel recording that supports 4 XLR inputs with the use of the EU-V2 expansion unit
- User LUT allowing users to upload and apply custom LUTs
Pricing and Availability
The Canon Cinema EOS C500 Mark II is scheduled to be available in December 2019 for an estimated retail price of $15,999.00*. For more information, including accessory prices and availability, please visit, cinemaeos.usa.canon.com.