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Canon EOS C500 PL Mount 4K Digital Cinema Camera


Canon EOS C500 PL offers 4K video capture, RAW data output and Canon Log Gamma for high-quality video
  • 8.85MP Super 35mm CMOS sensor
  • 4K RAW
  • 50Mbps MPEG-2 MXF to CF cards
  • High sensitivity, low noise
  • 24.00p for movie production

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Canon EOS Cinema 4K Digital Cinema Camera with PL 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.


  • 8.85MP Super 35mm CMOS sensor
  • 4K RAW
  • Industry-standard PL lens mount
  • Compact, modular, lightweight
  • 50Mbps MPEG-2 MXF to CF cards
  • High sensitivity, low noise
  • Canon Log Gamma
  • 24.00p for movie production
  • Wi-Fi remote control
  • Workflow integration

  • 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, 2K RGB (4:4:4, 10/12 bit) or Full HD RGB data output to a compatible third party external device at frame rates of up to 60P. Two further SDI outputs can connect to an external monitor. Simultaneously record Full HD MXF files to CF cards for use as proxies in desktop editing.

    Industry-standard PL lens mount

    The industry standard PL mount is compatible with a wide variety of interchangeable lenses already used by film, TV and video production professionals, as well as Canon’s own 4K Cinema lenses. 3 electronic built-in ND filters increase shooting versatility.

    Compact, modular, lightweight

    Ultra-compact, a basic recording set up weighs just 1930g (without lens). A detach

    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
    [1920x1080/59.94i , ISO640 (0dB), 2000 Lux, 89.9% reflection]
    PAL: F10
    [1920x1080/50.00i , ISO640 (0dB) , 2000 Lux, 89.9% reflection]
    S/N RatioNTSC: 54dB (Typical)
    [1920x1080/29.97P, Canon Log base sensitivity ISO850 (Dynamic range 800%)]
    PAL: 54dB (Typical)
    [1920x1080/25.00P, 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 MountPL mount
    Focal lengthAs indicated for Canon Cinema Lenses and other PL mount lenses
    Peripheral illumination correctionNo
    ND filter3 glass filters in camera body: 2 stops; 4 stops; 6 stops. Operate via body or wireless control.
    Focus controlManual via lens
    Iris controlManual via lens
    Image stabilization systemNo

    Video storage media4K / 2K: External recording device required
    HD: Type 1 Compact Flash memory cards (2 card slots)
    TypeCF card: UDMA4, 3MB/s or faster (40MB/s or faster for Fast / Slow recording)
    Recording time64GB CF card: Up to 160mins (1080 / 50i @ 50Mbps)
    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 (2048 x 1080 / 1920 x 1080, 4:4:4, Canon Log only)
    RGB 10 bit (2048 x 1080 / 1920 x 1080, 4:4:4, Canon Log only)
    YCC 10 bit (2048 x 1080 / 1920 x 1080, 4:2:2, Canon Logonly)
    HD MPEG-2 Long GOP:
    50Mbps CBR (4:2:2) MPEG-2 422@PHL;
    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 fps
    HRAW: 1 to 60 fps , 62 to 120fps (in 2-fps increment)
    2K RGB 444: 1 to 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

    Size10.1cm (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
    HD/SD-SDI outputYES
    2x 3G-SDI (BNC, output only, embedded audio and time code),
    2x 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
    Remote Control Terminal2.5mm mini jack
    Wireless Control TerminalYES (optional accessory required for wireless control)
    Colour BarsEBU, SMPTE, ARIB
    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 determined by shuter 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: 0dB 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 160 x 179 x 177mm (6.3 x 7.0 x 7.0 in)
    Approx 185 x 249 x 187mm (Body and monitor unit)
    Approx 185 x 284 x 301mm (Body, Monitor Unit and Handle)
    Detachable handleYes
    Weight (camera only)1930g
    Weight (fully equipped)2995g (grip, monitor unit, handle, BP-955, 2x CF card)
    Operating Temperature range-5ºC to +45ºC, 60% relative humidity


    All specifications are subject to change 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 sensitvity achieving 800% dyhnamic range with Canon Log function.
  • Canon EOS C500 4K Cinema Camera (PL Lens Mount)
  • 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 Battery pack (5200mAh)
  • CG-940 Battery charger
  • CA-940 Compact power adapter
  • DC cable for CA-940
  • AC cable
  • XF Utility Disc Ver3.1
  • Instruction manual
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