Broadcasters add Canon EOS -1DC to list of HD approved cameras. 

The 4K capable camera is the first DSLR to meet the EBU Tech 3335 requirements that show it delivers an image of high enough quality for broadcast production.The camera was specifically designed for motion picture capture has been tested and approved by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) for HD content acquisition. It's the first DSLR to get on the EBU's list as a camera of high enough quality for use as a broadcast production tool. 

The EBU's test results concluded the EOS-1D C  yields  an ‘exceptional’ HD resolution from a 4K source with ‘very low’ aliasing, and ‘good’ color performance and motion portrayal. The test results confirmed that the EOS-1D C complies with the recommended specification for inclusion in HD Tier 1 for HD production. The camera is based on the EOS-1D X, but is designed for video-supporting in-camera 4K (4096x2160) recording with 4:2:2 colour sampling.

The camera is also getting several feature upgrades via a firmware update. It will become possible to display current aperture (f-number) when shooting with Canon EF Cinema lenses, and to store lens metadata. EF Cinema lenses will also be supported by the Peripheral Illumination and Chromatic Aberration Correction functions, to improving overall image quality. One of the main user requests was improved audio, which is currently limited to a mic input. The forthcoming update will permit selection of Line or Mic, for use of an external audio source. 

The EOS-1D C features an 18.1-megapixel full frame CMOS image sensor that offers a wide range of image acquisition options, including 4K (4096 x 2160), HD (1920 x 1080); or 18-megapixel (5184 x 3456) still images. The 4K is recorded as Motion JPEG; the HD is recorded as H.264; and the still images are recorded as RAW or JPEG. All of the selected motion imaging formats can be recorded as normal gamma-corrected video or with Canon Log. In addition,  the EOS-1D C exhibits incredible low-light performance, ensuring optimum image quality under conditions of extremely low scene illumination, essential for natural-looking image capture when shooting in challenging environments. With onboard 4K recording at 24p or HD recording at a range of frame rates up to 60p; and Clean HD via HDMI, the EOS-1D C offers additional capabilities for film and TV production as well as specialty image acquisition applications.

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