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Canon EOS C500 EF Mount 4K Digital Cinema Camera


The powerful, compact EOS C500 offers 4K video capture, RAW data output and Canon Log Gamma
  • 8.85MP Super 35mm CMOS sensor
  • 4K RAW
  • Interchangebale lens (EF mount)
  • 50Mbps MPEG-2 MXF to CF cards
  • 24.00p for movie production

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Canon EOS Cinema 4K Digital Cinema Camera with Ef Mount

Cinema EOS C500 4K Digital Cinema Camera is built upon the groundbreaking ergonomic design of the EOS C300 camera, offering a 4K Super 35mm, 8.85-megapixel CMOS image sensor, DIGIC DV III Image Processor and an expansive range of recording and output options specifically for 4K and 2K resolutions including RGB 444. The Canon C500 is made for cinema and high-end TV productions, and offers both 4K formats 4096 x 2160 DCI 4K and the UHD 3840 x 2160 future TV standard..

The EOS C500 features uncompressed Canon RAW output for both 4K and 2K recording to external recording systems such as the Odyssey7Q+ via built-in dual 3G-SDI ports. Dual uncompressed HD-SDI out ports supports external live monitoring. HD content can be written to dual onboard CF cards simultaneously to provide proxy video for offline NLE systems.

Canon has collaborated with some of the most respected names in the industry to ensure the Cinema EOS C500's output works seamlessly with external digital recording units, portable and master monitors, and on set DIT systems. The Cinema EOS C500 provides flexibility in 4K and 2K recording to allow production teams to maximize the efficiency in their production and post-production workflows.

Features and Frame Rates
  • Canon 4K Super 35mm 8.8 Megapixel 16:9 CMOS Sensor
  • Full HD 50 Mbps 4:2:2 internal MXF Broadcasat Codec
  • Internal Recording to Compact Flash cards
  • 2K and 4K RAW ouput to External Recorders
  • RAW compatible with Convergent Design Odyssey7Q+
  • EF Mount
  • Dynamic Range up to 800% with Canon LOG Gamma
  • 2 x 3G-SDI outputs for 4K Raw, 2 x SDI monitoring ports
  • Dual XLR inputs
  • Sync Out
  • Genlock Input
  • Timecode In/Out
  • 4K RAW - 10-bit 4096 × 2160 / 3840 × 2160 59.94p / 29.97p / 23.98p / 50.00p / 25.00p / 24.00p
  • 4K HRAW - 10-bit 4096 × 1080 / 3840 × 1080 59.94p / 29.97p / 23.98p / 50.00p / 25.00p / 24.00p
  • 2K RGB 444 - 12-bit 2048 × 1080 / 1920 × 1080 59.94p / 29.97p / 23.98p / 50.00p / 25.00p / 24.00p
  • 2K RGB 444 - 10-bit 2048 × 1080 / 1920 × 1080 59.94p / 29.97p / 23.98p / 50.00p / 25.00p / 24.00p
  • 2K YCC 422 - 10-bit 2048 × 1080 / 1920 × 1080 59.94p / 29.97p / 23.98p / 50.00p / 25.00p / 24.00p
Detailed Features

8.85MP Super 35mm CMOS sensor

An 8.85MP Super 35mm CMOS sensor, designed and manufactured by Canon specifically for video capture delivers superb high-resolution images with high sensitivity, low noise, reduced rolling shutter artefacts and beautifully shallow depth of field.

4K 10 bit RAW

The C500 offers 4K 10-bit RAW,

SensorSuper35mm type CMOS
SystemRGB primary colour filter (Beyer array)
Total pixels per sensor9.84 megapixels (4206 x 2340)
Effective pixels per sensor8.85 megapixels (4096 x 2160)
Minimum IlluminationNTSC Mode 0.3 Lux
[F1.2 lens, 24 dB, 29.97p mode, shutter speed 1/30]

PAL Mode 0.25 Lux
[F1.2 lens, 24 dB, 25.00p mode, shutter speed 1/25]
SensitivityNTSC: F9
[1920 1080 / 59.94i, ISO640 (0dB), 2000 Lux, 89.9% reflection]

PAL: F10
[1920 x 1080 / 50.00i, ISO640 (0dB), 2000 Lux, 89.9% reflection]
S/N RatioNTSC: 54dB (Typical)
[1920 x 1080 / 29.97p, Canon Log base sensitivity ISO850 (Dynamic range 800%)]

PAL: 54dB (Typical)
[1920 x 1080 / 25.00p, Canon Log base sensitivity ISO850 (Dynamic range 800%)]
Dynamic RangeDuring normal shooting: 300%
With Canon Log gamma: 800%
(ISO 850 or above / gain 2.5 dB or more)
Horizontal ResolutionUp to 1000 TV lines or more (1920 x 1080i mode), depends on lens used
Lens MountCanon EF Mount with Cinema Look
Focal lengthEquivalent to 1.53x the focal length of EF lenses; (3840 x 2160 / 1920 x 1080); Approx x 1.46 (4096 x 2160 / 2048 x 1080)
As indicated for EF-S lenses and Canon cine lenses
Peripheral illumination correctionYes (dependent on lens used)
ND filter3 glass filters in camera body: 2 stops; 4 stops; 6 stops. Operate via body or wireless control
Focus controlVia lens, wireless control or wired remote (dependent on lens used)
Iris controlVia body, grip, wireless control or wired remote.
1/2-stop, 1/3-stop or FINE control
Possible to maintain constant F-number during zoom
Image stabilisation systemDepends on lens used

Video storage media4K/2K: External recording device required
HD: Type 1 Compact Flash memory cards (2 card slots)
TypeCF card: UDMA4, 30MB/s or faster (40MB/s or faster for Fast/Slow recording)
Recording time64GB CF card: Up to 160mins (1080/50i @ 50 Mbps)
Recording file format4K/2K: Dependent on external recorder
HD: Material eXchange Format (MXF); OP-1a pattern
Recording format4K:
RAW/HRAW, 10 bit (4096 x 2160/3840 x 2160, Canon Log only)
RGB 12 bit (2048x1080/1920x1080, 4:4:4, Canon Log only)
RGB 10 bit (2048x1080/1920x1080, 4:4:4, Canon Log only)
YCC 10 bit (2048x1080/1920x1080, 4:2:2, Canon Log only)
50Mbps CBR (4:2:2) MPEG-2 422P@HL;
35Mbps VBR (4:2:0) MPEG-2 MP@HL;
25Mbps CBR (4:2:0) MPEG-2 MP@H14
Recording frame rate4K & 2K:
60 Hz (NTSC) mode: 59.94P / 29.97P / 23.98P
50 Hz (PAL) mode: 50.00P / 25.00P
24.00P mode: 24.00P
50Mbps: 1920 x 1080/59.94i, 50i, 29.97p, 25p, 24.00p, 23.98p;
1280 x 720/59.94p, 50p, 29.97p, 25p, 24.00p, 23.98p.
35Mbps: 1920 x 1080/59.94i, 50i, 29.97p, 25p, 23.98p;
1280 x 720/59.94p, 50p, 29.97p, 25p, 23.98p.
25Mbps: 1440 x 1080/59.94i, 50i, 29.97p, 25p, 23.98p.
Slow/Fast motion*YES (4K/2K dependent on external recorder)
RAW: 1 to 60
HRAW: 1 to 60 fps , 62 to 120fps (in 2-fps increment)
2K RGB 444: 1 t 60 fps
YCC 422: 1 to 60 fps , 62 to 120fps (in 2-fps increment)
1080p: 1-30fps in 1fps steps
720p: 1-60fps in 1fps steps
(available options may differ according to recording mode selected)
Interval RecordYES. 1, 2, 3, 6, 9 or 12 frames, 25 time intervals
(available options may differ according to recording mode selected)
Frame RecordYES. 1, 2, 3, 6, 9 or 12 frames
(available options may differ according to recording mode selected)
Pre Record (cache record)YES (3 seconds)
Relay RecordingYES (CF Card)
Double Slot (simultaneous) RecordingYES
Scan ReverseYES. Vertical, Horizontal, Both
HD->SD conversionNO
Internal Data TransferMOVIE: Yes (CF card to CF card)
Photo storage mediaSD/SDHC memory card
Still qualityDuring video recording: 1920 x 1080;
During playback: 1920x1080, 1280 x 720

Size10.1 cm (4"), 100% view
Dots1.23 million
Image quality adjustmentsBrightness, contrast, colour, sharpness, backlight, black & white
AdjustableUp/down/left/right according to camera configuration
Waveform MonitorWaveform Monitor and Vectorscope
Focus AssistPeaking; Magnifying; Edge Monitor (using waveform display)
PeakingPeaking 1, Peaking 2 (Colour, Gain, Frequency customisable for each)
ZebraLevel 1; Level 2; Both
Output via HD-SDI or HDMI
MarkersOn/Off (Aspect ratio, Aspect marker, Safety Zone Area, Safety Zone, Grid, Horizontal, Centre)
Size1.3cm (0.52")
Dots1.55 million
Image quality adjustmentsBrightness, contrast, colour, sharpness, backlight, black&white
AdjustableVertical tilt
Correction lens+ 2.0 to -5.5 diopters
Audio inXLR inputs with 48V phantom power (x2), 3.5mm microphone input jack
Headphone output3.5mm stereo jack
Video monitor outputYes (BNC, SD output only via Synch terminal)
HDMIYes (Type A, output only)
IEEE 1394 (Firewire)No
HS / SD-SDI outputYes
2x 3G-SDI (BNC, output only, embedded audio and time code),
2K 2K monitor output (BNC, output only)
1x HD / SD-SDI (BNC, output only, embedded audio and time code)
Time codeYes (BNC, switchable input / output)
GenlockYes (BNC, input only)
SynchYes (bnc, output only, 5 modes: HD Sync, HD-Y, SD blackburst, SD composite, Off)
Component outNo
AV terminalNo
DC inputYes
Remotre Control Terminal2.5mm mini jack
Wireless Control TerminalYes (optional accessory required for wireless control)
Tally lampYes
Accessory shoeYes (cold shoe, 3 locations: top of body, top of handle, front of handle)
Custom keyYes (15 assignable buttons; select from 30 functions)

exposure meteringManual exposure determinded by shutter setting, iris setting, ISO / gain setting and ND filter setting
Exposure compensationNo
Auto Exposure modeNo
Push Auto IrisNo
Exposure LockNo
Auto Gain Control settingNo
ISO Sensitivity1-stop display: 320¹, 400, 800, [850]², 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800, 80000
1/3rd stop display: 320, 400, 500, 640, 800, [850]², 1000, 1250, 1600, 2000, 2500,
3200, 4000, 5000, 6400, 8000, 10000, 12800, 16000, 80000¹
Gain settingNORMAL: -6dB, -3dB, 0dB, 3dB, 6dB, 9dB, 12dB, 15dB, 18dB, 21dB, 24dB, 30dB;
FINE: 0 dB to 24 dB (0.5 dB increments)
Control ModesOff; Speed; Angle; Clear Scan (CS); Slow Shutter (SLS)
Shutter speed1/3 to 1/2000 depending on frame rate and Shutter Control Mode
Shutter Angle11.25º to 360º depending on frame rate
Slow Shutter (SLS)1/3, 1/4, 1/6, 1/8, 1/12, 1/15, 1/25, 1/30 depending on frame rate
Clear Scan59.94i/p: 59.94 - 250.27Hz;
50i/p: 50 to 250.78Hz;
29.97p: 29.97 - 250.27Hz;
25p: 25 to 250.78Hz;
23.98/24p: 23.98 - 250.27Hz
Stored Configurations9, including 2 presets (CINEMA and EOS Std)
Storage MediumSD/SDHC memory card (all customisation data and metadata), up to 20 Custom Pictures per card
Gamma8 profiles
Canon Log GammaYES
Master Pedestal-50 to +50
Master Black-50 to +50 for each of R,G,B
Black GammaAdjustable Level, Range and Point
Low Key Saturation-50 to +50 adjusts colour saturation in low brightness area
KneeAdjusts over exposure characteristic, start, slope, saturation
SharpnessAdjustment for Level, H Detail Freq., Coring, HV Detail Balance, Limit, Select, Knee Aperture and Level dependent sharpness
Noise reductionOff, On (1 to 12)
Skin detailOff, Low, Middle, High / Hue, Chroma, Brightness, Area, Y Level
Selective Noise ReductionOff, Low, Middle, High / Hue, Chroma, Brightness, Area, Y Level
Colour matrixPhase, Gain and RGB adjustment, in tandem with Gamma selection
White balance-50 to +50 white balance offset for R,G,B
Colour correctionArea selection / area revision of two areas
Setup level-50 to +50 On/Off
Clip 100% IRELimits output to 100% after setup adjustment
PresetDaylight (5400K), Tungsten (3200K), Kelvin (2000K-15000K, 100K intervals), Set A, Set B
White Balance ShiftYES. -9 to +9 (Daylight and Tungsten only)
Black balance adjustmentYES
Countup systemRegen, RecRun, FreeRun, External, Hold (Drop frame available for some frame rates)
Start value setting“00:00:00:00”, Set/Reset selectable
Recording16-bit 2ch (48 kHz) linear PCM
ControlIndependent limiters and auto/manual settings
Microphone attenuationYES
Microphone level meterYES

Power Consumption59.94Hz:23.9w (4K) 12.4w MXF priority (24Hz)
50.00Hz 22.9w (4K)
Continuous Recording TimeSupplied BP-955: Approx. 90 minutes (max @ 4K 50.00 Hz)
Optional BP-975: Approx. 135 minutes (max @ 4K 50.00 Hz)

DimensionsBody Approx 160 x 179 x 171mm (6.3 x 7.0 x 6.7 in)
Approx 185 x 249 x187mm (Body and monitor unit)
Approx 185 x 284 x 301mm (Body, Monitor Unit and Handle)
Detachable handleYES
Weight (camera only)1820g
Weight (fully equipped)2885g ( monitor unit, handle, BP-955, 2x CF card)
Operating Temperature range-5ºC to +45ºC, 60% relative humidity


All specifications are subject to chnage without notice.

* 4K RAW / 2K RGB up to 30fps / 4K HRAW / 2K YCC up to 60fps single 3G-SDI output. Frame rates above this 2X 3G-SDI output.


ISO Sensitivity - ¹ 320 and 80000 are not 1-stop increments but represent highest and lowest supported ISO values
² [850] = Lowest ISO sensitivity achieving 800% dynamic range with Canon Log function.
  • Camera Cover
  • Monitor Unit (with Microphone Holder Unit and Screws for MHU)
  • Handle Unit
  • Thumb Rest
  • WFT Adapter
  • Tripod Adapter Base
  • Eye Cup
  • EVF Cap
  • SS-1200 Shoulder Strap
  • BP-955 7.4V Lithium-Ion Battery Pack (5200mAh)
  • CG-940 Battery Charger
  • CA-940 Compact Power Adapter
  • DC Cable for CA-940
  • AC Cable
  • XF Utilities Disc Ver.31
  • Instruction Manual
  • Reviews