New Canon EOS C DSLR camera under development

Canon announced also the development of a new ESO DSLR capable of recording 4K video:

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:

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  • under development, coming out??

    • Scared reactionism.

      • match14

        I doubt that they had photo’s of the prototype mule at the C300 launch so it has been in the pipeline for a while.

  • Duke

    OMG That lens is HUGE!!!!!!!!

    • stepper

      Is it for real? It almost looks comical.

      Also, it looks like theres not much glass in there for such a large diameter lens

      • Matt

        Lol at you guys never having seen any cine lenses or not understanding the point of them.

      • nathan

        Cine lenses usually are zooms with constant aperture and maintain focus when zooming. That’s an important difference over a stills lens.

        This looks like a 24mm prime, though. It’s possible that the motors and focus gears are inside the large bezel area and are rather larger than some other lens motors, either for faster focusing or for silent focusing, or both.

        • MJr

          Sorry dude, manual focus only. There is no Contrast based auto-focusing system in the world that is smart, smooth and accurate enough for Hollywood cinema. Especially in low light. Can’t have Johnny Depp do his best performance ever and say yeah camera lost focus, sorry gotta do that again.

      • Iris Chrome

        The first and last pics are poor PS jobs.

  • Herman Hermit

    A video/cinema centric camera with vertical grip and shutter release?
    i donno what theyre thinking…

    • phosphoro

      What they’re thinking is people like me. There’s a (niche) market of professional filmmakers/photographers who are quite happy having to carry around only one piece of equipment with two functions, especially so when doing documentary work.
      I am utterly disappointed that Nikon has not been able to do this. If this camera comes out it will mean a switch for me, despite the huge investment. The cine lenses are a big plus.

      • Herman Hermit

        the booming market of single piece of equipment (not even a backup?) 4k production documentary filmmakers… now, you dont want to leave that pile of money on the table nikon! 😛

        even a tripod suitable for 4k work makes the extra bulk of an dedicated still camera a non issue.

        • phosphoro

          like I said, a niche market, so the sarcasm is misplaced.


          “even a tripod suitable for 4k work makes the extra bulk of an dedicated still camera a non issue.”

          Not so because currently you would have to take two whole sets of material with you. With a 4k dslr and cine prime lenses you could use a smaller tripod as well. That’s many kilos and at least two large bags lighter and cheaper. Whether you actually need 4k is a different story altogether but the 5DMkII is the only alternative currently available and I actually don’t like that camera.

  • earthrokk

    This is Huge for Canon and the future of video media. The ground work for a professional line of tools from Canon is ground-breaking! Having a dedicated and focused agenda will only push the industry forward. I imagine will do something similar within their business strategy. Canon’s commitment to this is good to see for the industry on the whole. I personally own Nikon tools, but I am excited to see this from Canon.

    The lens in the image above is huge, but I imagine that there are very scientific reasons why the lenses for digital cinema are larger. Auto-focusing alone is dramatically different and requires more effort with larger tools.

  • Adam

    The lens is a standard size for cinema lenses in order to be compatible with existing focus pulling gear/rail systems. Nearly any geared cinema lens you find will be similar in shape regardless of focal length, so that the gear units do not have to be moved. . In a professional filming environment this reduces the amount of time it takes to change lenses- a more complicated task than is typical for standard SLR’s.

  • sflxn

    That lens looks scary.

  • Matt


  • Pikemann Urge

    This is odd coming on the back of the C300. Not wrong, not stupid – just odd. Surely the 4K sensor belongs in the C300?

    Oh, never mind. Go, RED!*

    *Yes, I love RED and I am very, very biased.

  • broxibear

    I wonder if this is Canon realizing that there are photographers who might do a bit of video, and film makers who might do a bit of photography, so they’ve split their camera range. Instead of making one body that does everything, have two, one that leans towards video and the other towards stills ?
    The 5D Mark II sales were to do with it’s video capability not it’s stills…it’ll be interesting to see if the Mark III is more stills focused.

  • Looks like the Canon “Red”.

    That’s a honking big lens housing.

  • Mark

    A 24mm (FF-image circle) with T1.5 needs a big housing. Not to mention the other cine lens benefits like no breathing and minimal to no vignette. That’s one fast wide angle lens. I wouldn’t be surprised if the T-number translates to f/1.2 or nearby.

    • OsoSolitario

      Just mockups… if you look at the pictures, the big lens wear a 24 logo on it, but its optics actually are token from a 50mm lens (are the same as the 50/1.2 one, look at the other pics)… so that only says all is a PS work.
      However I always prefer this kind of information against embargo as brands are used to do every time they announce new gear!

  • andy

    Could be interesting if they stick with the “low res” 8mp sensor for good high ISO performance still images. Just hope it doesn’t cost $20,000

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