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Canon Cinema EOS C500 EF 4K Super 35mm Digital Camera

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Canon Cinema EOS C500 EF 4K Super 35mm Digital Camera

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Canon Cinema EOS C500 EF super 35mm 4K Digital Camera Body Only CALL FOR LEAD TIME ON THIS CAMERA


The powerful, compact EOS C500 offers 4K video capture, RAW data output and Canon Log Gamma to unleash the full potential of Cinema EF Lenses and deliver high-quality video with wide dynamic range.


  • 8.85MP Super 35mm CMOS sensor
  • 4K RAW
  • Interchangeable lens (EF mount)
  • Compact, modular, lightweight
  • 50Mbps MPEG-2 MXF to CF cards
  • High sensitivity, low noise
  • Canon Log Gamma
  • 24.00p for movie production
  • Wi-Fi remote control
  • Workflow integration

Key Features

8.85MP Super 35mm CMOS sensor

An 8.85MP Super 35mm CMOS sensor, designed and manufactured by Canon specifically for video capture delivers superb high-resolution images with high sensitivity, low noise, reduced rolling shutter artefacts and beautifully shallow depth of field.


4K 10 bit RAW

The C500 offers 4K 10-bit RAW, 2K RGB (4:4:4, 10/12 bit) or Full HD RGB data output to a compatible third party external device at frame rates of up to 60P. Two further SDI outputs can connect to an external monitor. Simultaneously record Full HD MXF files to CF cards for use as proxies in desktop editing.


Interchangeable lens (EF mount)

Expand your creative options through a huge range of interchangeable lenses. The EF mount with Cinema Lock is compatible with Canon 4K EF Cinema lenses plus over 60 EF lenses including Macro and Fish Eye, while the moveable lens locking mechanism allows for easier lens changes. 3 electronic built-in ND filters increase shooting versatility.


Compact, modular, lightweight

Ultra-compact, a basic recording set up weighs just 1820g (without lens). A detachable multi-angle LCD panel ensures maximum manoeuvrability and the robust, splash resistant body features magnesium alloy components for extra rigidity and toughness.


50Mbps MPEG-2 MXF to CF cards

Record broadcast-ready MPEG-2 MXF files at 50Mbps (4:2:2) to two CF memory cards – with relay and simultaneous recording options. Industry-standard outputs include HD-SDI and Timecode, Genlock and Synch terminals for multi-camera shoots.


High sensitivity, low noise

Enhanced sensitivity, low noise images can be captured at up to ISO 80000, allowing use in almost any shooting situation.


Canon Log

Shooting with Canon Log delivers neutral image quality with wide dynamic range - 12-stops of latitude at a base setting of ISO 850 - for maximum freedom in post-production.


24.00p for movie production

PAL, NTSC, and 24.00p modes are included as standard. Support for frame rates up to 120p in both 4K and 2K resolution enables high-speed (slow motion) video capture in high resolution.


Wi-Fi remote control

Use the optional Wi-Fi adaptor (WFT-E6) to control camera settings like ISO, focus, aperture, white balance and ND filters via a notebook, tablet or Smartphone using a simple browser-based user interface.





Super35mm type CMOS


RGB primary colour filter (Beyer array)

Total pixels per sensor

9.84 megapixels (4206 x 2340)

Effective pixels per sensor

8.85 megapixels (4096 x 2160)

Minimum illumination

NTSC Mode 0.3 Lux
[F1.2 lens, 24 dB, 29.97P mode, shutter speed 1/30]
PAL Mode 0.25 Lux
[F1.2 lens, 24 dB, 25.00P mode, shutter speed 1/25]


[1920x1080/59.94i , ISO640 (0dB), 2000 Lux, 89.9% reflection]
PAL: F10
[1920x1080/50.00i , ISO640 (0dB) , 2000 Lux, 89.9% reflection]

S/N Ratio

NTSC: 54dB (Typical)
[1920x1080/29.97P, Canon Log base sensitivity ISO850 (Dynamic range 800%)]
PAL: 54dB (Typical)
[1920x1080/25.00P, Canon Log base sensitivity ISO850 (Dynamic range 800%)]

Dynamic Range

During normal shooting: 300%
With Canon Log gamma: 800%
(ISO 850 or above/gain 2.5 dB or more)

Horizontal Resolution

Up to 1000 TV lines or more (1920 x 1080i mode), depends on lens used.

Lens Mount

Canon EF Mount with Cinema Lock

Focal length

Equivalent to 1.53x the focal length of EF lenses; (3840x2160/1920x1080); Approx x 1.46 (4096x2160/2048x1080) 
As indicated for EF-S lenses and Canon cine lenses

Peripheral illumination correction

YES (dependent on lens used)

ND filter

3 glass filters in camera body: 2 stops; 4 stops; 6 stops. Operate via body or wireless control.

Focus control

Via lens, wireless control or wired remote (dependent on lens used)

Iris control

Via body, grip, wireless control or wired remote.
1/2-stop, 1/3-stop or FINE control.
Possible to maintain constant F-number during zoom.

Image stabilization system

Depends on lens used




Video storage media

4K/2K: External recording device required
HD: Type 1 Compact Flash memory cards (2 card slots)


CF card: UDMA4, 30MB/s or faster (40MB/s or faster for Fast/Slow recording)

Recording time

64GB CF card: Up to 160mins (1080/50i @ 50 Mbps)

Recording file format

4K/2K: Dependent on external recorder
HD: Material eXchange Format (MXF); OP-1a pattern

Recording format

RAW/HRAW, 10 bit (4096 x 2160/3840 x 2160, Canon Log only)
RGB 12 bit (2048x1080/1920x1080, 4:4:4, Canon Log only)
RGB 10 bit (2048x1080/1920x1080, 4:4:4, Canon Log only)
YCC 10 bit (2048x1080/1920x1080, 4:2:2, Canon Log only)
50Mbps CBR (4:2:2) MPEG-2 422P@HL;
35Mbps VBR (4:2:0) MPEG-2 MP@HL;
25Mbps CBR (4:2:0) MPEG-2 MP@H14

Recording frame rate

4K & 2K:
60 Hz (NTSC) mode: 59.94P / 29.97P / 23.98P
50 Hz (PAL) mode: 50.00P / 25.00P
24.00P mode: 24.00P
50Mbps: 1920 x 1080/59.94i, 50i, 29.97p, 25p, 24.00p, 23.98p; 
1280 x 720/59.94p, 50p, 29.97p, 25p, 24.00p, 23.98p.
35Mbps: 1920 x 1080/59.94i, 50i, 29.97p, 25p, 23.98p; 
1280 x 720/59.94p, 50p, 29.97p, 25p, 23.98p.
25Mbps: 1440 x 1080/59.94i, 50i, 29.97p, 25p, 23.98p.

Slow/Fast motion*

YES (4K/2K dependent on external recorder)
RAW: 1 to 60
HRAW: 1 to 60 fps , 62 to 120fps (in 2-fps increment)
2K RGB 444: 1 t 60 fps
YCC 422: 1 to 60 fps , 62 to 120fps (in 2-fps increment)
1080p: 1-30fps in 1fps steps
720p: 1-60fps in 1fps steps
(available options may differ according to recording mode selected)

Interval Record

YES. 1, 2, 3, 6, 9 or 12 frames, 25 time intervals
(available options may differ according to recording mode selected)

Frame Record

YES. 1, 2, 3, 6, 9 or 12 frames
(available options may differ according to recording mode selected)

Pre Record (cache record)

YES (3 seconds)

Relay Recording

YES (CF Card)

Double Slot (simultaneous) Recording


Scan Reverse

YES. Vertical, Horizontal, Both

HD->SD conversion


Internal Data Transfer

MOVIE: Yes (CF card to CF card)

Photo storage media

SD/SDHC memory card

Still quality

During video recording: 1920 x 1080;
During playback: 1920x1080, 1280 x 720



10.1 cm (4"), 100% view


1.23 million

Image quality adjustments

Brightness, contrast, colour, sharpness, backlight, black & white


Up/down/left/right according to camera configuration

Waveform Monitor

Waveform Monitor and Vectorscope

Focus Assist

Peaking; Magnifying; Edge Monitor (using waveform display)


Peaking 1, Peaking 2 (Colour, Gain, Frequency customisable for each)


Level 1; Level 2; Both 
Output via HD-SDI or HDMI


On/Off (Aspect ratio, Aspect marker, Safety Zone Area, Safety Zone, Grid, Horizontal, Centre)


1.3cm (0.52")


1.55 million

Image quality adjustments

Brightness, contrast, colour, sharpness, backlight, black & white


Vertical tilt

Correction lens

+ 2.0 to -5.5 diopters

Audio in

XLR inputs with 48V phantom power (x2), 3.5mm microphone input jack

Headphone output

3.5mm stereo jack

Video monitor output

YES (BNC, SD output only via Synch terminal)


YES (Type A, output only)

IEEE 1394 (Firewire)




HD/SD-SDI output

2x 3G-SDI (BNC, output only, embedded audio and time code), 
2x 2K Monitor Output (BNC, output only)
1x HD/SD-SDI (BNC, output only, embedded audio and time code)

Time code

YES (BNC, switchable input/output)


YES (BNC, input only)


YES (BNC, output only, 5 modes: HD Sync, HD-Y, SD blackburst, SD composite, Off)

Component out


AV terminal


DC input


Remote Control Terminal

2.5mm mini jack

Wireless Control Terminal

YES (optional accessory required for wireless control)

Colour Bars


Tally lamp


Accessory shoe

YES (cold shoe, 3 locations: top of body, top of handle, front of handle)

Custom key

YES (15 assignable buttons; select from 30 functions)


Exposure metering

Manual exposure determined by shutter setting, iris setting, ISO/gain setting and ND filter setting

Exposure compensation


Auto Exposure mode


Push Auto Iris


Exposure Lock


Auto Gain Control setting


ISO Sensitivity

1-stop display: 320¹, 400, 800, [850]², 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800, 80000
1/3rd stop display: 320, 400, 500, 640, 800, [850]², 1000, 1250, 1600, 2000, 2500, 3200, 4000, 5000, 6400, 8000, 10000, 12800, 16000, 80000¹

Gain setting

NORMAL: -6dB, -3dB, 0dB, 3dB, 6dB, 9dB, 12dB, 15dB, 18dB, 21dB, 24dB, 30dB;
FINE: 0 dB to 24 dB (0.5 dB increments).

Control Modes

Off; Speed; Angle; Clear Scan (CS); Slow Shutter (SLS)

Shutter speed

1/3 to 1/2000 depending on frame rate and Shutter Control Mode

Shutter Angle

11.25º to 360º depending on frame rate

Slow Shutter (SLS)

1/3, 1/4, 1/6, 1/8, 1/12, 1/15, 1/25, 1/30 depending on frame rate

Clear Scan

59.94i/p: 59.94 - 250.27Hz;
50i/p: 50 to 250.78Hz;
29.97p: 29.97 - 250.27Hz;
25p: 25 to 250.78Hz;
23.98/24p: 23.98 - 250.27Hz

Stored Configurations

9, including 2 presets (CINEMA and EOS Std)

Storage Medium

SD/SDHC memory card (all customisation data and metadata), up to 20 Custom Pictures per card


8 profiles

Canon Log Gamma


Master Pedestal

-50 to +50

Master Black

-50 to +50 for each of R,G,B

Black Gamma

Adjustable Level, Range and Point

Low Key Saturation

-50 to +50 adjusts colour saturation in low brightness area


Adjusts over exposure characteristic, start, slope, saturation


Adjustment for Level, H Detail Freq., Coring, HV Detail Balance, Limit, Select, Knee Aperture and Level dependent sharpness

Noise reduction

Off, On (1 to 12)

Skin detail

Off, Low, Middle, High / Hue, Chroma, Brightness, Area, Y Level

Selective Noise Reduction

Off, Low, Middle, High / Hue, Chroma, Brightness, Area, Y Level

Colour matrix

Phase, Gain and RGB adjustment, in tandem with Gamma selection

White balance

-50 to +50 white balance offset for R,G,B

Colour correction

Area selection / area revision of two areas

Setup level

-50 to +50 On/Off

Clip 100% IRE

Limits output to 100% after setup adjustment




Daylight (5400K), Tungsten (3200K), Kelvin (2000K-15000K, 100K intervals), Set A, Set B

White Balance Shift

YES. -9 to +9 (Daylight and Tungsten only)

Black balance adjustment


Countup system

Regen, RecRun, FreeRun, External, Hold (Drop frame available for some frame rates)

Start value setting

“00:00:00:00”, Set/Reset selectable


16-bit 2ch (48 kHz) linear PCM


Independent limiters and auto/manual settings

Microphone attenuation


Microphone level meter




XF Utility and NLE Plug-ins, RAW Development software, Monitor Unit (LCD and XLR), Handle Unit, Tripod base adaptor plate, Shoulder strap, Eyecup, EVF cap, Battery Charger CG-940, Compact power adapter CA-940, Battery pack BP-955.


Batteries BP-955, BP-975, Compact Power Adaptor CA-930 (battery charger only), Tripod Adapter TA-100, Wireless Controller WFT-E6.

Power Consumption

59.94Hz:23.9w (4K) 12.4w MXF priority (24Hz)
50.00Hz 22.9w (4K)

Continuous Recording Time

Supplied BP-955: Approx. 90 minutes (max @ 4K 50.00 Hz)
Optional BP-975: Approx. 135 minutes (max @ 4K 50.00 Hz)



Body Approx 160 x 179 x 171mm (6.3 x 7.0 x 6.7 in)
Approx 185 x 249 x187mm (Body and monitor unit)
Approx 185 x 284 x 301mm (Body, Monitor Unit and Handle)

Detachable handle


Weight (camera only)


Weight (fully equipped)

2885g ( monitor unit, handle, BP-955, 2x CF card)

Operating Temperature range

-5ºC to +45ºC, 60% relative humidity


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