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Canon announces new EOS-1D C dSLR—a 1D X with 4K HD video

Canon adds professional video capabilities to its digital SLR lineup with a souped-up version of the recently announced EOS-1D X.

(Canon EOS-1D C image courtesy of Canon U.S.A.)

(Canon EOS-1D C image courtesy of Canon U.S.A.)

Depending on how you look at it, either the newly announced Canon EOS-1D C digital SLR is a beefed up version of the company's upcoming EOS-1D X, or the 1D X is a shortchanged version of the 1D C. Whatever way you slice it, though, you'll pay an extra eight grand or so for the 1D C's high-end video features—most notably the ability to record 4K (4096x2160-pixel) video at up to 24fps or full HD 1920x1080 video at 24/25/30/50- or 60fps.  As with the 1D X, the 1D C uses an 18.1-megapixel, full-frame CMOS sensor and offers pretty much an identical still-camera feature set and design. To achieve 4K recording, the 1D C uses an APS-H-sized crop of the full sensor (while full HD uses either the full 36mm width of the sensor, or an optional Super 35 crop). Other new professional video features include:

  • Support for Canon Log Gamma settings
  • Uncompressed HDMI output for 1920x1080 HD video
  • Built-in headphone jack
  • Ability to view LCD when connected to external monitor via HDMI

According to Canon, the EOS-1D C should ship within 2012, with a suggested retail price of $15,000.

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