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Canon EOS-1D C Reviews and Video Round-Up

Let's go for a Canon EOS-1D C reviews round-up. Foremost, the EOS-1D C will soon get a firmware update that will enable 25p at 4k video recording. The firmware update is expected for April 2013. The EOS-1D C is an amazing yet pricey photographic tool. One of the features that are thrilling photographers is the possibility to get stills from video footage. A possible game changer in the industry. Still, the price is high ($11,999, check it out at the following shops: B&H and Adorama)

The video above is a 35min video review by Philip Bloom, the video below a mini documentary he shot to get accustomed with the EOS-1D C.

Shooting was a breeze. It’s a DSLR, it may have been shot in 4k but it operates the same way! Miller DS20 tripod. Lenses were Canon 16-35. 24-105, 70-20 F4, 100mm Macro (used for the interview for some utterly bizarre reason!) Audio was a Rode NTG2 into a Roland R26 and B-roll audio was the Rode Video Mic Pro.

I had a lot of issues in post though. This was shot in 4K, downscaled in to full HD for editing (I do plan to remaster as a 4k version soon.) In the edit I noticed a lot of problems, banding, magenta tinges on parts of the frame. Basically we worked it out and it was down to a number of things. The compression of the 4K, combined with the Canon log mode shooting below the native ISO of 400 which is a bad combination.

More sample works shot with the EOS-1D C. The next video (source: planet5d), Killing Me Softly by Andrew Wonder, gives more insights about the EOS-1D C as a doc camera, i.e. it gives a good idea of what image quality the EOS-1D C produces out of the box:

This film captures the life and journey of a lobster. The more time I spent with her the more human she became. I was completely unprepared for what I would see.

The film was shot entirely on the Canon 1DC with a Zeiss ZE 28mm and 100mm Makro. With the 1DC I was able to retain the flexibility of shooting with a DSLR while getting detail and clarity beyond what has been previously possible. In this case I believe 4K was essential for bringing this story to life.

The film is not color corrected to give viewers an idea of how this camera handles doc situations without manipulation. All the sound was recorded with the onboard camera mic. I directed and shot the film without any support rig. Justin Sharp edited it together.

Finally, a video by Austrian filmmaker Nino Leitner. The movie, called hyber nation, can be watched in 4k on YouTube can also download the ungraded 13GB 4K ProRes Master file from Nino's server. There could be problems with the available bandwidth.

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Canon EOS-1D C core specs:

  • 18.1Mp CMOS Sensor
  • 4K Cinematic Quality Video
  • 1920 x 1080 Full HD Video
  • Dual DIGIC 5+ Image Processors
  • 3.2″ LCD Screen
  • Eye-Level Pentaprism Viewfinder
  • Dual CF Card Recording Media
  • Canon EF Lens Mount
  • Magnesium Alloy Body
  • 61-Point High Density Auto Focus

EOS-1D C Review


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