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EOS C500 Camera (EF Mount) With Odyssey7Q 4K Recorder

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This Canon EOS C500 Camera (EF Mount) With Odyssey7Q 4K Recorder Kit includes a Canon EOS C500 camera and a Convergent Design ODYSSEY 7Q on-camera monitor/recorder, providing you with the capability to shoot and record 4K RAW images. The camera features a 4K Super-35-sized sensor and a EF mount , which supports EF mount  lenses. The camera shoots 4K, recording to the included Odyssey 7Q recorder, with optional upgrade, and you can record HD video internally to optional Type 1 CF cards. The included Odyssey 7Q monitor/recorder features a 7.7" LCD screen with 1280 x 800 resolution with a 3400:1 contrast ratio. It incorporates two media slots that accept optional Convergent Design 2.5" SSDs. The recorder supports ProRes 422 HQ allowing you to record up to 1080p 30 out of the box, with additional codecs optionally available. The monitor/recorder is flexible, allowing you record/playback/display 4 HD video streams on the monitor simultaneously using quad slit monitoring, and providing image analysis tools such as Waveform and RGB Parade during playback.

The Cinema EOS C500 EF 4K Digital Cinema Camera capitalizes on the groundbreaking ergonomic design of the EOS C300 camera, and offers a 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 image acquisition. Addressing the discrete needs of cinema and TV, the EOS C500 offers two forms of 4K origination - productions can dynamically select DCI (SMPTE 2048-1:2011 standard) or the alternative television-centric Quad-HD (SMPTE 2036-1:2009 and ITU-R BT.1769 standards) source image formats. The EOS C500 EF features uncompressed Canon RAW output for both 4K and 2K recording. The Canon RAW output is delivered to external recording systems 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 EF's output works seamlessly with external digital recording units, portable and master monitors, and on set DIT systems. The Cinema EOS C500 EF provides flexibility in 4K and 2K recording to allow production teams to maximize the efficiency in their production and post-production workflows.

The EOS C500 fully supports both 4K and 2K image resolutions; as such, it is the ideal choice for demanding video productions across a wide gamut that ranges from high-quality commercials and TV dramas to motion-picture releases. A 4K workflow offers four times the resolution of standard high-definition acquisition, resulting in life-like theatrical presentations, a familiar, film-style workflow, full versatility during post-production, and added flexibility for visual effects. Canon design engineers have developed a 4K/2K acquisition platform and matching workflow for the video and motion-picture industries. With 4K rapidly moving to become the de facto standard for theatrical projection, the need for high-resolution acquisition is a production reality. The EOS C500 is designed to fit seamlessly with projects shot entirely in 4K, or for mixed 4K/2K productions. Coupled to external data recorders, the EOS C500 is a true “4K powerhouse,” while still retaining the flexibility to handle standard HD workflows.

For enhanced creativity, and to accommodate a variety of workflows, the EOS C500 EF offers a range of 10- and 12-bit imaging modes. These comprise: 4K Output Priority Mode in resolutions up to 4096x2160 pixels; 2K Output Priority Mode in resolutions up to 2048x1080 pixels; and internal MXF File format recording up to 50 Mbps, utilizing MPEG-2 data compression at a variety of user-selectable frame rates and image resolutions. Because the discrete needs of cinema and television production can vary from project to project, the EOS C500 EF offers two forms of 4K origination. Users can dynamically select either the DCI source-image format SMPTE 2048-1:2011 standard or the alternative, TV-centric Quad-HD source-image format SMPTE 2036-1:2009 and ITU-R BT.1769 standards. For added flexibility, the EOS C500 EF lets users select uncompressed Canon RAW output for use in both 4K and 2K productions. Instead of utilizing the built-in Compact Flash/CF storage media, Canon RAW-format output is delivered to external recording systems via built-in dual 3G-SDI ports. Dual uncompressed HD-SDI outputs support external monitoring. To provide proxy video sources for offline non-linear video editing systems, HD content can also be written simultaneously to dual, onboard CF cards. 2K/Full HD images can be output as either RGB 4:4:4 12-bit/10-bit or YCC 4:2:2 10-bit data for both 59.94Hz and 50Hz projects at up to 50 Mbps rates; because of data-bandwidth restrictions, recording onto the EOS C500's built-in Compact Flash/CF card drive are made at Full HD resolutions. As well as serving as a primary source for video capture, HD images streamed onto the CF card can be used as proxies for off-line editorial.

Designed to integrate into existing production setups, the EOS C500 EF is fully compatible with a wide variety of industry-standard EF-mount   lenses, ensuring the finest in today's technology and operability will work seamlessly with trusted optics already in the filmmakers possession. Compatibility with Canon's existing EF mount  lenses means filmmakers can take advantage of the brilliant new optical designs Canon has developed for the Cinema market. Canon's amazing CN-E  mount zoom lenses deliver superlative performance for large-scale, big budget movie productions. The PL CN-E series is 4K ready and comes in two models: Wide Angle CN-E14.5-60mm T2.6 L S/SP and Telephoto CN-E30-300 T2.95-3.7 L S/SP.

Convergent Design's Odyssey7Q Raw OLED Monitor & Recorder is an advanced follow-up to Convergent's Gemini 4:4:4 Raw monitor/recorder. The Odyssey7Q features a 7.7" 1280 x 800 OLED display with a 3400:1 contrast ratio and is equipped with advanced image analysis tools, including Waveform and RGB Parade. It includes the Apple ProRes 422 HQ codec (up to 1080p30) and supports several high-speed Raw and HD recorder options, sold separately. It features two built-in SSD slots and records to Convergent Design 2.5" SSDs only. The Odyssey7Q has two SDI inputs, two outputs, and two bi-directional SDI ports. It automatically detects the incoming video format and when possible creates an entire recorder/monitor setup based on camera metadata. The bi-directional SDI ports can be assigned as either inputs or outputs via menu selection. When these are assigned as inputs, the monitor can simultaneously stream four separate 1080/30p/60i signals from a multicam setup, and you can monitor all four in a quad-split screen.

  • Canon 4K Super 35mm 16:9 CMOS Sensor: The EOS C500 EF features a Canon-designed Super 35mm, 16:9 CMOS sensor with full 4K resolution capable of delivering pristine-quality, 8.85-megapixel images needed for commercial applications with minimal moiré and other artifacts. Based on the same technology as the well-received EOS C300, the EOS C500 EF's High-Sensitivity CMOS image sensor has the additional ability to directly output full 4K, 10-bit RAW Bayered data through two dedicated 3G-SDI connectors. The sensor's large, Super 35mm size lets you capture cinematic shallow depth-of-field imagery, yet maintain the enhanced image characteristics demanded by professional cinematographers. During data transfer, the uncompressed information from the EOS C500 EF's 4096x2160 Bayer-type CMOS image sensor is read out and transferred as RAW data to the 3G-SDI output. Prior to editing and/or image processing, this pristine RAW data is recomposed using a process known as de-Bayering to extract the highest amount of detail information from the camera's sensor, and capable of delivering truly breathtaking results for both film and TV projects. By maintaining a wide pixel pitch, the sensor maximizes the amount of light that falls on each photo site, thereby enhancing the EOS C500 EF's sensitivity and reducing image noise. By using a single CMOS sensor to capture individual Red, Green and Blue channels for each Full HD 1920x1080 frame, the EOS C500 EF produces color performance that is comparable with conventional three-chip designs. Of course, during 4K recording, the EOS C500 uses a debayering algorithm to process and output a full-resolution 4096x2160 image.
  • Cinema RAW Capture: The EOS C500 EF lets you capture images in a choice of 4K Cinema RAW and 4K Half Cinema RAW modes at frame rates up to, respectively, 60 fps and 120 fps, with 10-bit resolution. For enhanced flexibility, these two Bayer RAW modes are offered in a choice of Digital Cinema Initiatives/DCI 1.895:1 or Quad Full High Definition/QFHD 16:9 aspect ratios. 4K RAW data output from the EOS C500 EF image sensor can be recorded using about one-third of the space required for 4K RGB data, and Cinema RAW-based recording systems offer an enhanced degree of creative freedom during post-processing. Primary applications for Cinema RAW include video production for high-end commercials and major motion-picture releases, in addition to footage for high-quality visual effects. 4K Cinema RAW data output can be processed using the Cinema RAW Development software application, which is available through the Canon website.
  • Canon MPEG-2 4:2:2 50 Mbps XF Codec: For trouble-free exchange of video and audio material, the EOS C500 EF uses the industry-standard Material Exchange Format (MXF) for its internal recording file structure. With MXF, video and audio are interwrapped into a single file, together with important metadata about the project. In addition to providing the highest level of compatibility with non-linear editing/NLE systems, use of MXF-format files offers integration with high-end, networked DAM (Digital Asset Management) and MAM (Media Asset Management) systems used by many TV networks and production studios. When HD is required – either as the acquisition format, or as a proxy file system for 4K output the EOS C500 EF supports the highest image quality, with Full HD 1920x1080 resolution, 50 Mbps bit rate and 4:2:2 color sampling. The system delivers outstanding results via its powerful built-in MPEG-2 XF codec and recording to Compact Flash/CF card installed within the camera body. MPEG-2 compression is fully compatible with existing industry infrastructures and non-linear editing platforms.
  • Canon Log Gamma: The EOS C500 EF features a log gamma setting that sets the camera to maximize dynamic range and provide wide exposure latitude. The files produced using log format are ideal for post-production processes where corrections, color matching and grading are applied. It provides users with a high level of creative freedom in post-production without substantially degrading the image quality. When using Canon Log, the EOS C500 EF can provide a dynamic range up to 800%. Canon Log Gamma can be applied in any EOS C500 EF recording or output mode.
  • Canon EOS C500 EF with EF-Lens Mount: Designed to integrate into existing production setups, the EOS C500 EF is fully compatible with a wide variety of industry-standard EF-mount   lenses, ensuring the finest in today's technology and operability will work seamlessly with trusted optics already in the filmmakers possession. Compatibility with Canon's existing EF mount  lenses means filmmakers can take advantage of the brilliant new optical designs Canon has developed for the Cinema market. Canon's amazing CN-E EF mount zoom lenses deliver superlative performance for large-scale, big budget movie productions. The EF CN-E series is 4K ready and comes in two models: Wide Angle CN-E14.5-60mm T2.6 L S/SP and Telephoto CN-E30-300 T2.95-3.7 L S/SP.
  • Versatility, Reliability and Durability: Designed from the ground up to maximize shooting comfort and usability, the EOS C500 EF's modular design enables different components to be added or removed as required to meet the needs of a particular shooting scenario, and also to increase the comfort of a camera operator. In addition to the core camera body, the EOS C500 EF features a low-angle, camera-handle extension plus a removable LCD Monitor and control panel with XLR audio inputs. (However, to accommodate the EOS C500's 3G SDI outputs, the handgrip is fixed in a single position and not removable.) The EOS C500 EF features an Ultra-High Resolution 1.55 Megapixel EVF with approximately 100% field-of-view coverage for comfortable viewing and accurate image composition, focus and color adjustment. The viewfinder's angle is adjustable for additional user comfort. The Camera Control Unit features a 4-inch, 1.23 Megapixel rotating LCD screen that offers approximately 100% field-of-view coverage. Mounted onto the camera control pad, the display panel can be freely rotated to provide the operator with flexible viewing angles and convenient access to the control panel. For added flexibility, the panel can also be mounted in different positions to accommodate different viewing positions required by the operator, director or producer. Such flexibility and ease of movement makes the display easier to use than a rigid design that can be easily bumped during a shoot.
  • Full Manual Control: The EOS C500 EF incorporates a number of built-in features that camera cinematographers and camera operators need to ensure accurate exposure and color levels during production. A versatile waveform monitor provides detailed analyses of both overall image brightness and RGB Components. To check color balance and view the effects of white-balance adjustments, an on-board vectorscope displays real-time image hue and saturation analysis. The EOS 500 PL offers full manual control of all functions, including iris, shutter speed, gain, zoom, focus and audio levels, thereby allowing the camera operators to adapt to both technical and artistic challenges during the shooting. For maximum customization, you have access to Custom Picture Settings, Custom Functions and Custom Display Options to tailor the EOS C500 EF precisely to your specific needs. For situations in which conditions require critical focusing, the EOS C500 EF offers several focus aids. A pair of Peaking Modes and a Magnify Focus Assist are available in both standby and record mode, making it extremely easy to check and confirm critical focus settings. An Edge Monitor Focus Assist system, which was first introduced with the Canon XF Series camcorders, shows overall focus of the image plus focus status of focus-check boxes.
  • Slow and Fast Motion: During internal CF recording mode, the EOS C500 EF provides a Slow and Fast Motion Mode that can be used to record at a different frame rate than the playback frame rate, thereby resulting in either a fast or slow motion effect. Because the EOS C500 EF is recording real frames, and simply modifying the data playback rate, there is no overall quality loss due to interpolation; maximum image quality is maintained. In HD 1080 mode, fast motion is supported at up to 30-times normal rate and as slow as 1/1.25 sec.; in HD 720 mode, fast motion is supported up to 60-times the normal rate, and as slow as 1/2.5 seconds. In 4K/2K output modes the camera provides variable frame rate control that can be output to external recorders. The EOS C500 EF incorporates an interval recording function. With this feature set, users can program the camera to record a specified number of frames at specified intervals for time-lapse capture.
  • WFT-E6 Wi-Fi unit with Remote Capabilities: The EOS C500 EF can be used with the optional WFT-E6A Wi-Fi transmitter to provide unique capabilities not found in competitive units. Using any web-enabled devices such as a laptop PC, smartphone or tablet, you can control and adjust a number of the EOS C500 EF's operational functions, including camera start and stop plus shooting parameters, in addition to monitoring a remote video feed and inputting session metadata. A built-in Bluetooth sensor will communicate automatically with external GPS units to secure location data that can be embedded with your video footage.

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Digital Cinema Camera Information
Sensor CMOS
Processor Canon DIGIC DV III
Effective Megapixels 4096 x 2160 pixels (approx. 8.85 megapixels)
Megapixels 4206 x 2340 pixels (approx. 9.84 megapixels)
Lens Mount EF Mount
Recording Format 50 Mbps (CBR) 4:2:2 422P@HL
1920x1080 at 59.94i/29.98p/23.98p/50i/25p/24.00p
1280x720 at 59.94/29.98p/23.98p/50p/25p/24.00p
35 Mbps (VBR) 4:2:0 MP@HL
1920x1080 at 59.94i/29.98p/23.98p/50i/25p
1280x720 at 59.94/29.98p/23.98p/50p/25p
25 Mbps (CBR) 4:2:0 MP@H14
1440x1080 at 59.94i/29.98p/23.98p/50i/25p
Dynamic Range During Normal Shooting: 300%
With Canon Log Gamma: 800% (ISO 850 or above, gain 2.5dB or above)
Video Resolution 4K
System Type NTSC & PAL
Compatible Memory Card CompactFlash (Type I) and Secure Digital (SD/SDHC, SDXC) Card
Slow/Fast Motion yes
Peripheral Illumination Correction yes
Built-In ND Filter yes
White Balance Daylight (5,400K); Tungsten (3,200K); Kelvin
Sensitivity 320-80000
Audio Format Linear PCM; 2-Channel; 16-Bit; 48 kHz
Outputs 2x BNC
Inputs 2x XLR inputs (auto and manual level settings)
1x External microphone terminal (3.5 mm diameter)
Remote Connection Fully LANC Compatible Remote control through WFT-E6A accessory is also possible
Power Supply DC 7.4 V (Battery Pack) / DC 8.4 V (DC In)
Dimensions 6.3 x 7.0 x 6.7 in (160 x 179 x 171 mm)
Weight 4 lb (1820 g)
Media Format CF/SD
Monitors Information
Display Size 7.7 In. OLED (19.5 cm)
Viewing Angles 176 Degrees
Contrast Ratio 3400:1
Audio 2-channel embedded audio (48 kHz, 24-bit)
Dimensions 7.9 x 6.1 x 1 In. (20 x 15.5 x 2.5 cm)
Weight 1.2 lbs (0.54 kg)
  • EOS C500 Body (with Camera Cover)
  • Monitor Unit (with Microphone Holder Unit and Screws for MHU)
  • Handle unit
  • Thumb Rest
  • WFT Adapter
  • Tripod Adapter Base
  • Eye Cup
  • SS-1200 Shoulder Strap
  • BP-955 Battery Pack (with Terminal Cover)
  • CG-940 Battery Charger
  • CA-940 Compact Power Adapter
  • DC Cable for CA-940
  • AC Cable
  • XF Utilities Disc Ver.31
  • Instruction Manual
  • Convergent Design Odyssey7Q Raw OLED Monitor & Recorder
  • AC Adapter
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty
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