MXF Canon Eos C500 Technical Parameters

File Format MXF (OP-1a)

The Cinema EOS C500 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 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'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.

Specifications

Imaging Sensor

Effective Pixels 
4096 x 2160 pixels; Approx. 8.85 megapixels
Total Pixels 
4206 x 2340 pixels; Approx. 9.84 megapixels
Sensor Type 
CMOS
Sensor Size 
Super 35; 26.2 x 13.8 (29.6 mm diagonal); 6.4 µm cell pitch
Scanning System 
Progressive
Number of Sensors 
1
Filter 
RGB Primary Color Filter (Bayer Array)
Imaging Processor 
Digic DV III

Lens System

Interchangeable Lens System 
Choice of PL or EF mounts for compatibility with a wide variety of lens systems.
Zoom/Focus Preset 
N/A
Shockless Zoom 
N/A
Digital Teleconverter 
N/A
ND Filter 
Mechanical ND filter system with option of clear, 2, 4, and 6 stops
Iris Dial 
Iris Dial located on camera body for use with EOS EF Lenses with electronic Iris control (EF Camera version only)
Peripheral Illumination Correction 
Available on EF Mount model only

Exposure and Metering

Exposure Modes 
Manual
Metering Modes 
N/A
Gain 
Normal Setting -6dB to 30 dB TBD
Fine Setting 0dB to 24 dB in 0.5 dB increments
ISO 
320 to 20,000
Auto Gain Control (AGC) 
N/A
Shockless Gain 
N/A
Exposure Compensation/AE Shift 
N/A
Shutter Modes 
3 Modes: OFF; Speed; Angle; Slow Shutter; Clear Scan
Speed Mode is selected in 1/3 or ¼ stop increments
Shutter Speed Range 
59.94i/59.94p: 1/60 to 1/2000 in 1/4 or 1/3 stops; SLS: ¼, 1/8, 1/15, 1/30; CS: 59.94 Hz - 250.27 Hz

29.97p: 1/30 to 1/2000 in 1/4 or 1/3 stops; SLS: ¼, 1/8, 1/15; CS: 29.97 Hz - 250.27 Hz

23.98p/24p: 1/24 to 1/2000 in 1/4or 1/3 stops; SLS: 1/3, 1/6, 1/12; CS: 23.97 Hz - 250.27 Hz

50i/50p: 1/50 to 1/2000 in 1/4 or 1/3 stops; SLS: 1/3, 1/6, 1/12 1/25; CS: 50.00 Hz - 250.78 Hz

25p: 1/25 to 1/2000 in 1/4 or 1/3 stops; SLS: 1/3, 1/6, 1/12; CS: 25.00 Hz - 250.78 Hz
Shutter Angle Settings 
59.94i/59.94p: 360, 240, 216, 180, 120, 90, 60, 45, 30, 22.5, 15, 11.25

29.97p: 360, 240, 216, 180, 120, 108, 90, 60, 45, 30, 22.5, 15, 11.25

23.98p/24p: 360, 345.6, 288, 240, 180, 172.8, 144, 120, 90, 86.4, 72, 60, 45, 30, 22.5, 15, 11.25

50i/50p: 360, 300, 240, 180, 150, 120, 90, 60, 45, 30, 22.50, 15, 11.25

25p: 360, 300, 240, 180, 150, 120, 90, 75, 60, 45, 30, 22.50, 15, 11.25
Iris (Aperture) Range 
EF Lens only - ½. 1/3 stop or fine setting can be selected
Smooth Manual control on Cinema Lenses

Focus

Focus Settings 
Manual
Autofocus System 
N/A
AF Modes 
None

External Recording Output

Resolution 
Resolution


Mode

Resolution

Frame Rate

4K RAW 10bit

4096x2160/3840x2160

59.94p/29.97p/

23.98p/50.00p/

25.00p/24.00p

4K RAW 10bit

4096x1080/3840x1080

62p up to 119.88p in 2 frame steps

2K RGB 444 12bit

2048x1080/1920x1080

59.94p/29.98p/23.98p/50.00p/25.00p True 24 (24.00p)

2K RGB 444 10bit

2048x1080/1920x1080

59.94p/29.98p/23.98p/50.00p/25.00p True 24 (24.00p)

2K YCC 422 10bit

2048x1080/1920x1080

62p up to 119.88p in 2 frame steps

Back to TopRecording/Codec

Compression 
8 Bit MPEG-2 Long GOP
Maximum Bit rate 
50Mbps (CBR)
Recording Options 
Recording Options


Mode

Resolution

Frame Rate

50 Mbps (CBR) 4:2:2 422P@HL

1920 x1080

59.94i/29.98p/23.98p

50i/25p

True 24 (24.00)

1280 x 720

59.94/29.98p/23.98p

50p/25p

True 24 (24.00)

35 Mbps (VBR) 4:2:0 MP@HL

1920 x1080

59.94i/29.98p/23.98p

50i/25p

1280 x 720

59.94/29.98p/23.98p

50p/25p

25 Mbps (CBR) 4:2:0 MP@H14

1440 x1080

59.94i/29.98p/23.98p

50i/25p

Recording Time 


Memory capacity (CF Card)

Bit rate

50 Mbps

35 Mbps

25 Mbps

2GB

5 minutes

5 minutes

10 minutes

4GB

10 minutes

10 minutes

20 minutes

8GB

20 minutes

25 minutes

40 minutes

16GB

40 minutes

55 minutes

80 minutes

32GB

80 minutes

110 minutes

155 minutes

64GB

160 minutes

225 minutes

310 minutes

Recording Media 
CF Card (Type 1 Only); 2 Slots (Movie Files); UDMA supported
SD Card (Still Images (JPEG), Custom Picture Data*, Clip Metadata, and menu settings); SD/SDHC/SDXC Supported; MMC Cards are not supported
*Custom Picture Data and settings is not compatible with data from others Canon models
File Format 
MXF (OP-1a)
File System 
FAT 32
Maximum Clip Number 
999 (per media)

Audio

Recording Format 
Linear PCM; 2-Channel; 16-Bit; 48 kHz
Built-in Microphone 
None
External Audio Inputs 
2 - XLR inputs (Auto and Manual level settings)
External microphone terminal: (3.5 mm diameter)
Recording Channel Selection 
This is used to set the allocation of the audio channels:

CH1/CH2: The CH1 signals are allocated to the L output channel, and the CH2 signals are allocated to the R output channel.

CH1/CH1: The CH1 signals are allocated to the L output channel, and the CH1 signals are allocated to the R output channel.

CH2/CH2: The CH2 signals are allocated to the L output channel, and the CH2 signals are allocated to the R output channel.

ALL CH/ALL CH: Signals obtained by mixing the CH1 and CH2 signals are allocated to the L and R output channels.
XLR Mic Trimming 
Available; -12dB, -6 dB, 0dB or +12 dB
Limiter 
Available
Recording Level Adjustment Range 
- Infinity to +18dB
Phantom Power 
Available; +48V
Headphone Adjustment 
16 Settings; Volume is muted at lowest setting
Built-in Speaker 
None
1KHz Tone 
Available; -12, -18, or -20 dB

Features and Performance

Playback 
Clip Display: 3x4 Index Display, Original, "OK Mark," "Check Mark," "Shot Mark," Expand, Photo (SD Card), Clip Metadata

Clip Playback: Forward Search (x5, x15, x60), Reverse Search (x5, x15, x60), Forward frame Advance, Reverse Frame Advance, Record Review, Skip to next clip, skip to previous clip

Clip information Display: Clip Metadata display, custom picture settings Playback Functions: Inter-media Copy (Single Clip, All Clips, Last Clip); Clip Delete (Single Clip, All Clips, Last Clip)

Still Image Playback: index, single playback, erasure, protect
Slow and Fast Motion Recording 
Slow and Fast Motion Recording
Available; Records at a different frame rate then the playback rate allowing for fast and slow motion effects: (Slow and Fast Motion Recording is available in 4K and 2K modes to external recording devices.)


Mode

Resolution

Playback Rate

Record Rate

4K RAW

4096x2160/3840x2160

60Hz/24:00

1-60

50Hz

1-50

4K HRAW

4096x1080/3840x1080

60Hz/24:00

1-60. 62-120 in 2 frame increments

50Hz

1-50. 52-100 in 2 frame increments

2K RGB 4:4:4

2048x1080/1920x1080

60Hz/24:00

1-60. 62-120 in 2 frame increments

50Hz

1-50. 52-100 in 2 frame increments

2K YCC 4:2:2

2048x1080/1920x1080

60Hz/24:00

1-60. 62-120 in 2 frame increments

50Hz

1-50. 52-100 in 2 frame increments

50 Mbps

1920x1080

29.97p/23.98p/24.00p

1-30

50i/25p

1-25

1280x720

59.94p/29.97p/23.98p/24.00p

1-60

50p/25p

1-50

35 Mbps

1920x1080

29.97p/23.98p/24.00p

1-30

50i/25p

1-25

1280x720

59.94p/29.97p/23.98p/24.00p

1-60

50p/25p

1-50

25 Mbps

1440x1080

29.97p/23.98p

1-30

     
All specifications are preliminary, and based on Canon Inc.'s standard test methods
All specifications subject to change without prior notice. 
Special Recording Functions 
Relay Recording*; Double-Slot Recording**; Copying between Media

* Not available during Slow Motion 50 Mbps recording

** Not available in combination with Slow and fast motion recording

NOTE: Special features other than Slow and Fast Motion Recording are not available in 4K and 2K modes
Photo Recording Mode 
Available; Images captured to SD Card
Waveform Monitor 
Available; 2 Modes (Standard and RGB Component)
Vectorscope 
Available
Exposure/Focus Aids 
Peaking (2 types), Zebra Pattern*, Magnify, Edge Monitor Focus Assist, Black and White Mode

*Can be output via the SDI or HDMI Jack (HD Only)
Interval Record 
Available; ability to set time interval and number of frames to record

Interval can be set in 25 levels ranging from 1 second to 10 minutes.

(1s/2s/3s/4s/5s/6s/7s/8s/9s/10s/15s/20s/30s/40s/50s/1m/2m/3m/4m/5m/6 m/7m/8m/9m/10m)

NTSC 59.94i/29.97p/23.98p/24.00p: Selectable between 1, 3, 6, 9 frames

NTSC 59.94p: Selectable between 2, 6, 12 frames

PAL 50i/25p/50p: Selectable between 2, 6, 12 frames
Frame Record 
Available; Records a set number of frames each time the record button is pressed

NTSC 59.94i/23.98p/24.00p: Selectable between 1, 3, 6, 9 frames

NTSC 59.94p: Selectable between 2, 6, 12 frames

PAL 50i/25p/50p: Selectable between 2, 6, 12 frames
Pre-Record 
Yes, 3 seconds cache (Audio and Video)
Scan Reverse 
When using a Depth of Field Converter or other lens adapters it flips or reverses the image automatically so it is recorded correctly.
Time code 
*Drop Frame (DF) and Non-Drop Frame (NDF)

*Dropframe works with NTSC models only and is not available in 24P
Time Code Modes 
Regeneration, Record Run, Free Run and External Source
Auto White Balance (AWB) 
Not Available
White Balance 
Kelvin Setting 2,000K to 15,000K in 100K increments
White Balance Presets 
Daylight (5,400K); Tungsten (3,200K); Kelvin 

White balance shift is available within Presets (-9 to +9)
Auto Black Balance 
Available
Custom Picture Settings 
23 Custom Picture settings

A total of nine 9 Customized Pictures are available in the camera and up to 20 can be saved to an SD card

Custom pictures can be adjusted using the following settings and saved for later recall:

Gamma, Black, Black Gamma, Low Key Saturation, Knee, Sharpness, Noise Reduction, Skin Detail, Selective Noise Reduction, Color Matrix, White Balance, Color Correction, Setup Level

Custom Pictures CP8 and CP9 ship with the following presets:

C8: Cinema - Suited for giving recorded media a film tone.

C9: EOS Standard - Used to match the quality of DSLR video shot in EOS standard mode
Custom Functions 
Available, 9 total functions
Custom Display 
Yes; LCD panel and EVF information display can be customized 

Total of 27 display and icons that can be turned on and off
On Screen Markers 
Yes
Assign Buttons 
15; Can be assigned functions as desired (37 functions Available)
Color Bars 
Color bars compliant with SMPTE, EBU, or ARIB standards can be selected.
Minimum Subject Illumination 
59.94 Hz Mode: 0.3 Lux

(f/1.2, 24 dB, 29.97p, 1/30 sec.)

50.00 Hz Mode: 0.25 Lux

(f/1.2, 24 dB, 25p, 1/25 sec.)
Sensitivity 
59.94 Hz Mode: F9

(1920 x 1080/59.94i, ISO 640 (0 dB), 2000 lux, 89.9% Reflection)

50.00 Hz Mode: F10

(1920 x 1080/50i, ISO 640 (0 dB), 2000 lux, 89.9% Reflection)
S/N Ratio 
59.94 Hz Mode: 54 dB (Typical)

(1920x1080/29.97p, Canon Log, ISO 850, Dynamic Range 800%)

50.00 Hz Mode: 54 dB (Typical)

(1920x1080/25p, Canon Log, ISO 850, Dynamic Range 800%)
Dynamic Range 
During Normal Shooting: 300%

*With Canon Log Gamma: 800%

*ISO 850 or above - gain 2.5dB or above

EVF

Viewing Angle Adjustment 
Available; Viewing Angle can be adjusted up and down 60°
Diopter Adjustment Range 
+2.0 to -5.5
EVF Adjustments 
Brightness, Contrast, Color, and Backlight (Normal or Bright)

LCD Monitor

Display Adjustments 
Brightness, Contrast, Color, Sharpness, and Backlight (Normal or Bright)

Input/Output

HD/SD SDI 
Yes; (with embedded audio);

HD 8-bit 4:2:2 (YPbPr) 1920x1080: 59.94i/50i/23.98/24.00, 1280x720: 59.94p/50p/23.98/24.00

SD 8-bit 4:2:2 (YPbPr) 480: 59.94i, 576: 50i BNC Connector, output only

SD-SDI:

NTSC 480i/PAL 576i: Compliant with SMTPE 259M

Embedded Audio: Compliant with SMTPE 272M

Time Code Standard: (VITC/LTC) SMTPE 12M

HD-SDI: (Compliant with SMTPE 292M)

1080i/720p: Compliant with SMTPE 292M

Embedded Audio: Compliant with SMTPE 299M

Time Code Standard: (VITC/LTC) SMTPE 12M
3G SDI 
Available; 2x BNC

Output Modes: RAW (10-bit); RGB 4:4:4 (10-bit/12-bit); YCC 4:2:2 (10-bit)

Frame Rates: 23.98p/24.00p/25.00p/29.97p/59.94p/50p
Video Monitor Out 
Available; 2x BNC

Resolution: 2048x1080 / 1920x1080

Frame Rates: 23.98p/24.00p/25.00p/29.97p/30p/59.94p/50p/60p

Color Space: YPbPr: 10-bit
Time code In/Out 
Yes; BNC Connector (Input and Output)
Genlock 
Yes; BNC Connector (Input Only)

Adjustment range: -1023 to +1023
Synch Out 
Yes, BNC Connector

(1) HD tri-level signal (HD Sync) 1920x1080: 59.94i/50i/23.98/24.00, 1280x720: 59.94p/50p/23.98, 24.00; The HD standard analog component Y signal with the black muted is output.

(2) HD-Y signals (HD-Y) 1920x1080: 60i, 59.94i/50i, 1280x720: 60p/59.94p/50p; Only the HD standard analog component Y signal is output.

(3) Black burst signal 480: 59.94i, 576: 50i; The SD standard analog composite signal with the black muted is output.

(4) Composite 480: 59.94i, 576: 50i; The SD standard analog composite signals are output.
HDMI 
Yes (Type A)

HD 8-bit 4:2:2 (YPbPr) 1920x1080: 60i/59.94i/50i, 1280x720: 60p/59.94p/50p

SD 8-bit 4:2:2 (YPbPr) 480: 59.94i, 576: 50i
Audio Input Terminal 
2 - Balanced 3-pin XLR on Monitor Unit (Mic Level, Mic Level with phantom power and Line Level)

3.5mm Microphone terminal
Headphone Jack 
Available; 3.5mm stereo mini-jack
Remote Terminals 
Available (Fully LANC Compatible)

Remote control through WFT-E6A accessory is also possible
USB Connector 
N/A
CCU 
N/A

Power

Supply 
DC 7.4 V (Battery Pack) / DC 8.4 V (DC In)
Power Terminal 
DC in on camera (no need for "Dummy Battery")
Battery 
BP-9 Series (Excluding BP-925)
Compact Power Adapter 
CA-940N

Accessories

Tripod Adapter 
Canon TA-100
Tripod Adapter Base 
Canon TB-1
Zoom Remote Controller 
Canon ZR 2000
Wi-Fi Adapter 
WFT-E6A

Other

Dimensions 
Approx. 6.3 x 7.0 x 6.7 in (160 x 179 x 171 mm)

C500 + Monitor Unit: Approx. 7.3 x 9.8 x 7.4 in (185 x 249 x187 mm) 

C500 + Handle Unit + Monitor Unit: Approx. 7.3 x 11.2 x 11.9 in (185 x 284 x 301 mm)
Main Unit Weight 
C500 Body: Approx. 4.0 lb. (1820 g)

Monitor Unit: Approx. 1.4 lb. (645 g)

Handle Unit: Approx. 6.3 oz. (180 g)
Total Equipped Weight 
C500: Approx. 6.0 lb. (2705 g)*

C500: Approx. 6.4 lb. (2885 g)**

* Weights include the monitor unit, BP-955, 2x CF cards.

** Weights include the monitor unit, handle unit, BP-955, 2x CF cards.
Temperature and Humidity 
Performance requirements: 0°C to 40°C, 85% (relative humidity)

Operating requirements: -5°C to 45°C, 60% (relative humidity)
Language Support 
English, Japanese, Chinese, German, Spanish, French, Italian, Polish, Russian
Time and Date 
Automatic Calendar range January 1st, 2010 through December 31, 2031 selectable in American, Japanese and European Date formats.
World Clock 
World Clock support - UTC time setting: Setting range from +14:00 to - 12:00

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