Canon on Thursday introduced a beautiful new single-lens reflex (SLR) camera under its Cinema EOS System umbrella. Aimed at all the would-be Orson Wells of the world, the EOS-1D C comes packed with a 18.1-megapixel full frame sensor, and is being touted as the first Canon DSLR capable of recording video at 4k resolution (4096×2160) — and it can be yours for the sum of $15,000.
The camera’s main focus here is video — though it’s still perfectly capable of capturing still images. The EOS-1D C’s full-frame 24mm x 36mm CMOS sensor can record 8-bit 4:2:2 Motion JPEG 4K at 24fps or Full HD video at selectable frames rates of 24p and 60p, allowing for even higher image-quality and resolution performance.
Additionally, the camera incorporates Canon Log Gamma with rich gradation expression, meaning videos will come with that new-Hollywood look by maximizing both highlight and shadow detail retention. There is also a range of creative imaging expressions, such as image-blur effects, and a number of other features: ISO sensitivity of up to 25600 in video mode, the ability to record to CF cards and the ability to output from the camera’s HDMI terminal, just to name a few.
The 1D C also comes with the option for different crop settings. 4K video is captured using an APS-H-sized portion of the full image sensor, while Full HD video gives users more freedom with two different imaging formats: full 36mm width of the CMOS sensor, and Super 35 crop to give users the ability to match big-budget Hollywood cinematography.
Of course, this is at heart a camera, with much of its know-how deriving from the previous Canon EOS-1D X: an ISO range of 100-51200, DIGIC 5+ image processors, and high-precision AF and AE performance with 12fps of high-speed continuous shooting — there’s also an ultra-fast shooting mode for capturing 14fps (JPEG only). The 1D C is compatible with more than 60 interchangeable Canon EF and EF Cinema Lenses and, in addition, it comes with a lightweight frame for shooting in confined spaces along with support for peripheral equipment.
Canon said the new EOS-1D C will retail for $15,000 sometime within 2012. I’d recommend you start saving now.