Canon has announced a next-generation addition to its Cinema EOS System—the EOS C500 Mark II—and with seven years having passed since the Mark I, there’s much to talk about.
Powered by the company’s new Digic DV7 processor, the C500 Mark II is built around the same 5.9K full-frame 17:9 sensor found in the high-end C700, offering more than 15 stops of dynamic range, according to Canon. The camera can shoot up to 5.9K/60p and 4K/60p as well as cropped 2K resolution at 120p.
Other features include Dual Pixel autofocus (with AF points covering around 80% of the sensor’s image area), five-axis electronic image stabilization, user-changeable lens mounts (with EF, PL and Cine EF options), built-in motorized ND filters, dual CFExpress card slots, a 4.3-inch touchscreen, and a removable 1.77-megapixel OLED electronic viewfinder (EVF).
Alongside the new cinema camera, Canon has announced a beast of a reference monitor, the DP-V3120, with the same 17:9 aspect ratio as the C500 Mark II. Capable of resolutions up to 4096 x 2160 pixels in 10-bit color, the 31-inch LCD panel boasts 2000-nit HDR output and a 2,000,000:1 contrast ratio, and features inputs for both 4K and 8K workflows.
Available in December 2019, the EOS C500 Mark II is estimated to retail for $16,000, while the DP-V3120 monitor will set you back an impressive $39,000.
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OWN, OPERATE, DOMINATE: EOS C500 MARK II 5.9K FULL FRAME CINEMA CAMERA DELIVERS VERSATILE, AFFORDABLE SOLUTIONS
New Cinema EOS Camera Features a User-Changeable Mount, Internal Cinema RAW Light Recording and the Newly Developed DIGIC DV 7 Image Processor
MELVILLE, N.Y., Sept. 5, 2019 – Contrary to popular belief, sometimes a sequel is better than the original. That is the case with the all-new Canon EOS C500 Mark II cinema camera today announced by Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions. With its modular design, competitive price point and new features such as a 5.9K Full Frame CMOS sensor, user-changeable lens mounts, electronic image stabilization, internal cinema RAW light recordingand the new DIGIC DV 7 Image Processor, the EOS C500 Mark II represents a bold leap forward for Canon’s Cinema EOS system line. The variety of assembly and lensing options help to make this camera ideal for a broad range of applications, from run-and-gun documentary shooting to live television broadcasts and big-budget films.
“As Canon’s position in the production industry has grown, we have sought to deliver new solutions that can perform at an elite level, while also maintaining competitive pricing to help continue to remove the barriers of great content creation,” said Kazuto Ogawa, president and COO, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “The EOS C500 Mark II encompasses the latest Canon technologies and, when teamed with the recently announced Sumire Prime Cinema Lenses and DP-V3120 4K Reference Display, forms an incredible input-to-output solution.”
The EOS C500 Mark II features a 5.9K full-frame sensor with 60p recording 5.9K and 4K (2K recording at 120p) and 15 stops of dynamic range. In addition, the newly introduced DIGIC DV 7 image processor allows for more fluid and efficient recording of 4K and HDR. Cinema Raw Light, first introduced in the popular EOS C200 cinema camera, helps to cut data size to about one-third to one-fifth of a Cinema RAW file, without losing grading flexibility.
For the first time ever with a Canon camera, users are able to change the lens mount themselves without the assistance from a Canon service center. Customers can purchase the EOS C500 Mark II with a standard EF mount and then have the option to purchase either EF-lock or PL mounts. This feature provides users with the creative freedom to pair the camera with the lenses that will provide the desired look for each project they work on.
In addition to the changeable mounts, the new camera’s body is quite modular. Included are 13 accessories, such as a 4.3-inch LCD monitor and the GR-V1 grip, and users can choose from a wide range of additional accessories that allow them to configure the EOS C500 Mark II to their preferences. Optional accessories include the EVF-V70 electronic viewfinder, SU-15 shoulder support unit and EU-V1 and EU-V2 expansion units. The EU-V1 expansion unit allows for gen-lock, sync out, remote use and ethernet connection, while EU-V2 expansion unit features those functions plus a V-mount battery connection, two analog XLR audio ports and 24v DC Out.
Additional features of the Canon EOS C500 Mark II include:
- 4K and 2K 4:2:2 10-bit XF-AVC recording and 5.9k oversampling for 4K
- 2 CFexpress media card slots
- Compatibility with EF and PL lenses as well as anamorphic and spherical lenses
- Dual Pixel CMOS AF with the ability for Touch and Face detection AF
- First Canon cinema camera with 5-axis electronic image stabilization, which can be utilized even without the use of lens with IS functionally
- Support for Canon Log 2 and 3 Gamma
- 4 channel recording that supports 4 XLR inputs with the use of the EU-V2 expansion unit
- User LUT allowing users to upload and apply custom LUTs
Pricing and Availability
The Canon Cinema EOS C500 Mark II is scheduled to be available in December 2019 for an estimated retail price of $15,999.00*. For more information, including accessory prices and availability, please visit, cinemaeos.usa.canon.com.
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