Canon announce 35mm full frame 4K DSLR!!


Canon 4K Cinema EOS DSLR

This is not a rumour.

DSLRs dead for motion? Think again.

Canon have just announced they have a 4K Cinema EOS DSLR in production, seemingly based on the 1D X. It records 4K over an APS-H sized area of the full frame 35mm sensor. Read the full press release…

HOLLYWOOD, California, November 3, 2011/TOKYO, November 4, 2011 – Canon Inc. today announced that the company is developing a new-concept EOS-series digital single-lens reflex (SLR) camera. Incorporating an enhanced version of the video-capture capability offered in the current EOS-series lineup, the new camera will be ideally suited for cinematographic and other digital high-resolution production applications. The model will be equipped with a 35 mm full-frame CMOS sensor and, enabling the recording of 4K video (at a frame rate of 24P, with Motion-JPEG compression), will make possible the type of exceptional image quality and sublime imaging expression to be expected from the next generation of “EOS Movies.”

The announcement coincides with the launch of the Cinema EOS System, marking Canon’s full-fledged entry into the digital high-resolution production industry. The new professional digital cinematography system spans the lens, digital cinema camera and digital SLR camera product categories.

Further details regarding the new EOS digital SLR camera currently under development, including the product name, specifications and scheduled launch date, have yet to be decided.

EOS Movie: A New Industry Standard

Movie recording has been a standard feature in all newly introduced Canon EOS-series digital SLR cameras since the launch of the EOS 5D Mark II in November 2008. Coupled with the diverse array of lenses in Canon’s current interchangeable EF lens lineup, this feature has heralded rich visual expressive possibilities, delivering such characteristics as beautiful image blur and low noise while also garnering kudos for the mobility and maneuverability made possible through the cameras’ compact and lightweight body designs.

The impressive images created by the combination of Canon EOS digital SLR cameras and EF lenses, known as “EOS Movies,” have already earned their screen credentials on the sets of multiple productions, from television commercials and artist promotion videos to episodic dramas and even major motion pictures.

For more information and to view online demonstration footage of the new products please visit this official Canon site


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  1. This is awesome. I just hope the final version is a bit smaller and not the 1D sized body. The 5D body size is perfect. Not too large, not too small. Just make it 4:2:2 and I will be very happy. Mirrorless will be nice also. And hopefully with 1080p 60fps. I just hope it comes out relatively soon.

  2. I just died.

    Talk about releasing the floodgates after years of neglect from Canon! New cameras, new lenses tailored for cinema! Oh my!

  3. Oh yes, and I hope it comes out sometime before I die or retire. And that is still a long ways off.

  4. Canon need to price this competitively. If it is too high people will go eleswhere. 4k/24p video is the new video standard for interchangeable lens camera and we will see a lot of from next year. I certainly expect it in the next GH3.

  5. Man, did you see the prices for the Cine Zooms they announced? $45-47,000 USD! WOW! That’s almost twice the price of Arri Master Primes! OUCH!

  6. master primes are 17500€ a piece and you need at least 5-6 of them to be well equipped…
    so the canon zoom is half the price of master primes…. in a way….
    a 24-290 angenieux optimo is around 55k€, so the canon is a real bargain :-) although not starting at 24 (big minus!) and not holding 2,8 like the angenieux…

  7. It is a straight fight between Canon and Sony. Nikon I’m afraid is dead in the water (pun intended)

  8. I suspect that without directly saying so this is their answer to the question of 5dmk3 (it has been whispered that there will never be a 5dmk3), and also that perhaps this “4K” figure is similar to what they are quoting on the C300, which is to say: double the res of HD 1080p, and not actually recording a 4k moving image, but using 4k for the sampling the 1080p image. That being said I think it is going to be a major leap forward over the 5dmk2, obviously. Question will be: can we get our hands on it for the same ballpark as we currently get the 5d?

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