Canon Told US One Year Ago That An 8K Capable Canon EOS R Camera Is Coming

Canon EOS R5 Rumor 8k

If you follow us, you’ve seen the latest Canon EOS R5 rumors. And if you did, you might be scratching your head because of the rumored 8K @30fps.

Thanks to an attentive user of CW, it turns out Canon anticipated an EOS R model with 8K video already one year ago (sorry, I forgot). In an interview with Imaging Resource, a Canon exec said:

Video will play a huge role in the EOS R System for sure. For example, an 8K video capable camera is already in our EOS R-series roadmap

However, the “EOS-R-series roadmap” could easily extend over the next 5 years, and nothing in the interview suggests that the Canon EOS R5 will feature 8K video. But then, it has been said by a Canon executive, so at least you can be sure that it will be featured on some future EOS R camera. Now it’s to see how far in the future this EOS R camera is.

One thing is sure: if the EOS R5 comes with 8K, then Sony might be in serious troubles.

Stay tuned.

Canon Announces Company’s First 8K Capable Broadcast Lenses

Broadcast Lenses

Why do these professional broadcasting lenses have to have such weird monikers? Canon just announced two 8K capable broadcast lenses, the UHD-DIGISUPER 51 and 7×10.7 KAS S 8K lenses.

Canon press release:

Canon U.S.A. Introduces Its First Two 8K Broadcast Lenses

UHD-DIGISUPER 51 and 7×10.7 KAS S Lenses Provide Cutting Edge Imagery Solutions for Sports and Event Production

MELVILLE, NY, November 6, 2019 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced the launch of its first two 8K Broadcast lenses: the UHD-DIGISUPER 51 (SP51x15.5B), a long-zoom field lens, and the 7×10.7 KAS S, a portable zoom lens. These two new zoom lenses are compatible with 8K broadcast cameras equipped with 1.25-inch sensors.

“8K broadcasting equipment is the newest frontier for covering sporting events and documentary productions around the globe,” said Kazuto Ogawa, president and chief operating officer, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “Through the addition of our first 8K broadcast lenses, Canon is cementing our position on the cutting edge of the latest ultra-high resolution digital imaging solutions.”

broadcast lenses

UHD-DIGISUPER 51 8K Lens

The UHD-DIGISUPER 51 8K field zoom lens provides high-quality optical performance for 8K broadcast cameras from the center to the periphery of the screen. The lens is built with the world’s highest1 51x zoom, as well as the world’s longest1 focal range from the wide-angle end of 15.5mm to the telephoto end of 790mm. In addition, the lens also features a built-in 1.5x extender that increases the maximum focal length to 1185mm. With the ability to realize high magnification, this lens provides users the same operability as a conventional 2/3-inch HDTV or 4K field zoom lens, allowing them to switch to 8K video shooting and production without changing the shooting style.

7×10.7 KAS S 8K Lens

Featuring a 7x zoom that covers a focal range of 10.7-75mm, the new 7×10.7 KAS S is ideal for a variety of broadcasting applications. From the center of the screen to the corners of the periphery, this lens has the resolution and contrast compatible with 8K broadcast cameras, while also having the same operability as a conventional 2/3-inch HDTV or 4K portable zoom lens. The 7×10.7 KAS S is equipped with key features designed to provide customers with a high-quality, user-friendly experience, including the mobility required for on-the-move shooting.

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Apple Used An Unreleased Canon 8K Cinema Camera During WWDC 2019

Canon 8k Cinema Camera

Something Canon related happened yesterday at Apple’s World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC) 2019, and it appears to be a Canon 8K Cinema camera.

YouTuber Jonathan Morrison live streamed from WWDC 2019 and at a certain point (around min 10:55 in the video below) he talks to an Apple rep who says “there is an unreleased 8K Canon camera over there”.

The unreleased 8K Canon camera was used to capture 8K resolution footage to showcase the performance of the new Pro Display XDR. In the video you can see the Canon 8K mounted on a robotic arm while sending 4:4:4 ProRes 8K raw video via an Atoms Shogun to the Apple display.

The Canon 8K camera in the video is most likely the upcoming Canon EOS C300 Mark III, expected to be announced in 2019.

Canon Shows Official 8K Video Footage Shot With New Cinema Cameras

8k Video

Canon posted a video with the first 8K video footage shot with the company’s new 8K camcorder.

Press release:

Canon and Miyazaki Prefecture collaborate on ultra-high-resolution 8K video “Origins of Japan’s Mythology”

Canon, in cooperation with Miyazaki Prefecture, has produced a new, ultra-high-resolution 8K video highlighting some of the prefecture’s most iconic sightseeing locations and cultural elements. The project, entitled “Origins of Japan’s Mythology,” aims to promote tourism to Miyazaki and to preserve its natural beauty and cultural heritage. Using a Canon 8K camera equipped with the Company’s rich lineup of EF Cinema Lenses covering the full range from wide-angle to telephoto, this video features such scenes as Takachiho Shrine and ritual Kagura dancing, Amanoyasugawara cave and sake making at a brewery in the town of Hinokage. Watch the video and experience the majesty of Miyazaki in exquisite detail!

Sharing his thoughts on capturing Miyazaki with 8K equipment, director of “Origins of Japan’s Mythology” and CEO of Full score Co., Ltd. Ichiro Shimada said,

“Of the six days we spent filming, we only had clear skies for one. But we were still able to capture the full range of Miyazaki’s graceful beauty in 8K, from Amanoyasugawara cave against the backdrop of faint rain to droplets forming outside Amanoiwato. Then on the final day, the sun finally emerged and we witnessed a miraculous sea of clouds from our vantage point at Kunimigaoka. The sublime sight of gentle drifting clouds and the soft glow of the sun is enough to take your breath away, and I feel we fully captured this in our 8K content.

“Canon’s 8K technology not delivers not only extremely high resolution, but also high dynamic range and rich color expression. And with the ability to record in 8K RAW, we could represent our subjects with more true-to-life visuals. Finally, thanks to the ease of scaling our existing 4K equipment to accommodate our workflow, we were able to film without any trouble. I hope our work will allow even more people to experience the beautiful scenery of Miyazaki.”

Canon’s 8K Technologies

Canon is leveraging its proprietary optical and image-processing technologies to develop a full lineup of 8K equipment spanning input to output, including cameras, lenses and displays. The 8K camera used to record this content is equipped with a Canon-developed 8K image sensor that realizes ultra-high resolution of 8192 x 4320 pixels—16x that of 2K—high-precision HDR and a wide color gamut. All of this makes possible the capture of footage with quality, presence and immersion that’s like seeing with the naked eye. In addition to hardware, Canon is pursuing development of such fully immersive experiences as the Free Viewpoint Video System, which gives viewers the feeling of watching an event in person. Going forward, Canon will continue striving to develop and deliver new visual solutions and experiences.

Public viewing locations

“Origins of Japan’s Mythology” will be available for public viewing at the following locations:

8K

Canon 8K display at the Miyazaki Public Enterprise Bureau Office 1F Kenden Hall
February 20 from 10:00 – 16:00 and February 21 from 10:00 – 14:00

4K

CP+ Camera and Photo Imaging Show 2019, held at the Pacifico Yokohama convention center
February 28 to March 3

2K

Outdoor LED Vision (Miyazaki Hinata Vision) screen at the Miyazaki Products Shop KONNE in Shinjuku
Starting on February 20, from 10:00 – 16:00

[via Cinema 5D]

Yet Another Mention of Canon EOS C300 Mark III Getting 8K Video

Canon EOS C300 Mark III

A rumor which reports exactly what we reported back in November 2018 emerged from the web.

It’s suggested that Canon will release the EOS C300 Mark III in late 2019. The initial release will feature 4K video. A paid upgrade to 8K will be made available later, apparently to keep the initial price competitive. The EOS C300 Mark III will have a 4.4.4 codec and electronic image stabilisation.

Stay tuned…

Canon’s Future 8K Video Camera Concept Explained

8k Video

The folks at Cinema5D made a neat video where they explain what Canon’s 8K video technology is about.

At Inter Bee 2018 Cinema5D met with Canon’s Toshiyuki Akimoto who is responsible for the development of 8K monitors and cameras. He was kind enough to explain Canon’s take on 8K acquisition.

The Canon 8K camera concept presented at Inter BEE 2018 has quite a compact body very similar to the Canon C300 Mark II. It will have a super 35mm sensor and an 8K processing unit inside and mind you that recording will not be done internally. You will have to find and attach an external 8K recording solution. According to Canon, the purpose of this demonstration is to research the market and to gather the customer’s opinion regarding future 8K demand.

Since this 8K camera is still only a prototype and future technology demonstration, there is no detailed explanation of its functions or ergonomics yet. The presented camera, however, looks to being very close to the production stage.

Canon has in fact already demonstrated the same system at the “Canon Expo” in 2015. It seems that Canon has had 8K technology for quite a while already. We can only guess the reason for not releasing a Canon 8K capable camera til now was because the 8K market has not grown enough yet. 8K is being promoted mainly in Japan – there were very few 8K demonstrations at international trade shows like NAB or IBC.

And here is the video.