Well Cinephiles, the recent Canon rumor has officially been confirmed; The Canon C500 Mark II is official and available for pre-order as of today! While this rig may not be that interesting to the photographers in the room, it packs a massive punch for the professional videographers out there. A 5.9k full-frame sensor with dual-pixel Autofocus, 5-axis stabilization, and dual CFExpress slots, well, this rig doesn’t shy away from what’s possible with future models of the Canon Cinema camera.

So lets talk the dirty details. What’s impressive about this camera is the sensor. It’s the first time Canon has put a full-frame sensor into the “classic” (aka smaller), Cinema EOS body. It’s effectively the same sensor that’s in the larger C700FF camera but only just over 1/2 the cost! (the C500 Mk II is $16,000 vs the C700’s whopping $33,000 price tag.).

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LET’S Get To The Details!

The Camera

C500 Mk II Feature Highlights

  • 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 LUT

Technical Specifications

  • Sensor Type – CMOS
  • Sensor Resolution – Actual: 6062 x 3432 (20.8 MP)
  • Resolution Modes
    • 5952 x 3140 in 17:9 and Recording in DCI 4K, DCI 2K
    • 5580 x 3140 in 16:9 and Recording in UHD 4K, 1080p
  • Color Filter – Bayer
  • ISO
    • 160 to 25,600 (Native)
    • 100 to 102,400 (Expanded)
  • Lens Mount – Canon EF
  • Lens Communication – Yes, with Autofocus Support
  • Interchangeable Lens Mount – Yes
  • Internal Filter Holder – No
  • Built-In ND Filter Mechanical Filter Wheel with 2 Stop (1/4), 3 Stop (1/8), 4 Stop (1/16), 6 Stop (1/64), 8 Stop (1/256) ND Filters
  • Built-In Microphone Type – Mono
  • Recording Media
    • 2 x CFexpress Card Slots
    • 1 x SD (Unspecified Type) Card Slot
  • Raw Recording Cinema RAW Light 10-Bit, 12-Bit:
    • 5952 x 3140 at 23.98/24/25/29.97/50/59.94 fps
    • 4096 x 2160 at 23.98/24/25/29.97/50/59.94 fps
    • 3840 x 2160 at 23.98/24/25/29.97/50/59.94 fps
  • Recording Modes XF-AVC 4:2:2 10-Bit:
    • 4096 x 2160p at 23.98/24/25/29.97/50/59.94 fps (160 to 810 Mb/s)
    • 3840 x 2160p at 23.98/24/25/29.97/50/59.94 fps (160 to 810 Mb/s)
    • 2048 x 1080p up to 120 fps (160 to 810 Mb/s)
    • 1920 x 1080p at 23.98/24/25/29.97/50/59.94 fps (160 to 810 Mb/s)
    • 1920 x 1080i at 50/59.94 fps (160 to 810 Mb/s)
      XF-AVC 4:2:0 8-Bit:
    • 2048 x 1080p at 23.98/24/25/29.97/50/59.94 fps (24 to 35 Mb/s)
  • Gamma Curve Canon Log, Canon Log 2, Canon Log 3, HDR-HLG, HDR-PQ, Normal 1, Wide DR
  • Audio Recording 4-Channel 24-Bit 48 kHz LPCM Audio
  • Video Connectors
    • 1 x BNC (12G-SDI) Output
    • 1 x HDMI Output
  • Audio Connectors
    • 1 x 1/8″ / 3.5 mm Stereo Mic Level Input
    • 1 x 1/8″ / 3.5 mm Stereo Headphone Output
  • Display Type – LCD
  • Screen Size – 4.3″
  • Touchscreen – Yes
  • Screen Resolution – 2,760,000 Dots
  • EVF Optional, Not Included
  • Battery Type – Canon BP-A Series
  • Dimensions – 6.6 x 6 x 5.8″ / 16.76 x 15.24 x 14.73 cm
  • Weight – 3.9 lb / 1.77 kg

Final Thoughts

While it’s not exactly cheap with the nearly $16k price-tag, for the true cinema and film professional, i’m sure this is incredibly exciting news! The EOS C500 Mark II is scheduled to start shipping in December of 2019. Are any of you out there Canon Cinema shooters? Are you excited for this new rig? How do you think it stands up compared to the previous generations? Is it the perfect Christmas gift? Let us know in the comments below

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