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EOS C500 PL

The EOS C500 PL capitalizes on the groundbreaking ergonomic design of the EOS C300 PL camera, and offers a new Super 35mm, 8.85-megapixel CMOS image sensor, DIGIC DV III Image Processor and an expansive range of recording and output options specifically for 4K and 2K image acquisition. Addressing the discrete needs of cinema and TV, the EOS C500 offers two forms of 4K origination – productions can dynamically select DCI (SMPTE 2048-1:2011 standard) or the alternative television-centric Quad-HD (SMPTE 2036-1:2009 and ITU-R BT.1769 standards) source image formats – and output a selection of 4K, 2K and HD digital sampling formats.

The EOS C500 PL features uncompressed Canon RAW output for both 4K and 2K recording. The Canon RAW output is delivered to external recording systems via built-in dual 3G-SDI ports. Dual uncompressed HD-SDI out ports supports external live monitoring. HD or 2K content can be written to dual onboard CF cards simultaneously to provide proxy video for offline NLE systems.

Canon has collaborated with some of the most respected names in the industry to ensure the standardized 4K/2K output interfaces work with external digital recording units, portable and master monitors and colour grading systems – affording maximum flexibility to production and post-production teams.

Also available separately is the EOS C500, which is an EF-mount camera.

$30,800.00 MSRP

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Print Specs

  • What's in the Box
    • EOS C500 Body (with Camera Cover)
    • Monitor Unit (with Microphone Holder Unit and Screws for MHU)
    • Handle unit
    • Thumb Rest
    • WFT Adapter
    • Tripod Adapter Base
    • Eye Cup
    • EVF CAP
    • SS-1200 Shoulder Strap
    • BP-955 Battery Pack (with Terminal Cover)
    • CG-940 Battery Charger
    • CA-940 Compact Power Adapter
    • DC Cable for CA-940
    • AC Cable
    • XF Utilities Disc Ver.31
    • Instruction Manual
  • Recording/Codec
    • Compression: 8 Bit MPEG-2 Long GOP
    • Maximum Bit rate: 50Mbps (CBR)
  • Recording Options50 Mbps (CBR) 4:2:2 422P@HL
    • 1920 x1080: 59.94i/29.98p/23.98p; 50i/25p; True 24 (24.00)
    • 1280 x 720: 59.94/29.98p/23.98p; 50p/25p; True 24 (24.00)
    35 Mbps (VBR) 4:2:0 MP@HL
    • 1920 x1080: 59.94i/29.98p/23.98p; 50i/25p
    • 1280 x 720: 59.94/29.98p/23.98p; 50p/25p
    25 Mbps (CBR) 4:2:0 MP@H14
    • 1440 x1080: 59.94i/29.98p/23.98p; 50i/25p
  • Audio
    • Recording Format: Linear PCM; 2-Channel; 16-Bit; 48 kHz
    • Built-in Microphone: None
    • External Audio Inputs: 2 - XLR inputs (Auto and Manual level settings)
    • External microphone terminal: (3.5 mm diameter)
    • XLR Mic Trimming: Available; -12dB, -6 dB, 0dB or +12 dB
    • Limiter: Available
    • Recording Level Adjustment Range: - Infinity to +18dB
    • Phantom Power: Available; +48V
    • Headphone Adjustment: 16 Settings; Volume is muted at lowest setting
    • Built-in Speaker: None
    • 1KHz Tone: Available; -12, -18, or -20 dB
  • Image Sensor
    • Sensor Type: CMOS
    • Sensor Size: Super 35; 26.2 x 13.8 (29.6 mm diagonal); 6.4 µm cell pitch
    • Scanning System: Progressive
    • Number of Sensors: 1
    • Filter: RGB Primary Colour Filter (Bayer Array)
    • Imaging Processor: Digic DV III
  • Effective Pixels4096 x 2160 pixels; Approx. 8.85 megapixels
  • Total Pixels4206 x 2340 pixels; Approx. 9.84 megapixels
  • Max. Movie Recording Time2GB Compact Flash (CF) card.
    • 50 Mbps: 5 minutes
    • 35 Mbps: 5 minutes
    • 25 Mbps: 10 minutes
    4GB Compact Flash (CF) card.
    • 50 Mbps: 10 minutes
    • 35 Mbps: 10 minutes
    • 25 Mbps: 20 minutes
    8GB Compact Flash (CF) card.
    • 50 Mbps: 20 minutes
    • 35 Mbps: 25 minutes
    • 25 Mbps: 40 minutes
    16GB Compact Flash (CF) card.
    • 50 Mbps: 40 minutes
    • 35 Mbps: 55 minutes
    • 25 Mbps: 80 minutes
    32GB Compact Flash (CF) card.
    • 50 Mbps: 80 minutes
    • 35 Mbps: 110 minutes
    • 25 Mbps: 155 minutes
    64GB Compact Flash (CF) card.
    • 50 Mbps: 160 minutes
    • 35 Mbps: 255 minutes
    • 25 Mbps: 310 minutes
  • LensInterchangeable Lens System: Choice of PL or EF mounts for compatibility with a wide variety of lens systems.
  • Focusing SystemManual (Autofocus system not available)
  • Max. Shutter Speed1/2000 sec
  • ISO Range320 to 20,000
  • ND Filter SettingsMechanical ND filter system with option of clear, 2, 4, and 6 stops
  • White Balance
    • Auto White Balance (AWB): Not Available
    • White Balance: Kelvin Setting 2,000K to 15,000K in 100K increments
    • White Balance Presets: Daylight (5,400K); Tungsten (3,200K); Kelvin 
    • White balance shift is available within Presets (-9 to +9)
  • Frame Rate23.98p/24.00p/25.00p/29.97p/59.94p/50p
  • Minimum Illumination
    • 59.94 Hz Mode: 0.3 Lux: (f/1.2, 24 dB, 29.97p, 1/30 sec.)
    • 50.00 Hz Mode: 0.25 Lux: (f/1.2, 24 dB, 25p, 1/25 sec.)
  • Illumination CorrectionAvailable on EF Mount model only
  • Genlock TerminalBNC Connector (Input Only): Adjustment range: -1023 to +1023
  • HD/SD-SDI Terminal

    Yes; (with embedded audio)

  • MicrophoneBuilt-in Microphone: None
  • Recording Media
    • CF Card (Type 1 Only); 2 Slots (Movie Files); UDMA supported
    • SD Card (Still Images (JPEG), Custom Picture Data*, Clip Metadata, and menu settings); SD/SDHC/SDXC Supported; MMC Cards are not supported
    *Custom Picture Data and settings is not compatible with data from others Canon models
  • HDMI TerminalYes (Type A)
  • AV Mini-terminal/Headphone TerminalAvailable; 3.5mm stereo mini-jack
  • Operating Temperature Range
    • Performance requirements: 0°C to 40°C, 85% (relative humidity)
    • Operating requirements: -5°C to 45°C, 60% (relative humidity)
  • Dimensions (W x H x D)
    • Approx. 6.3 x 7.0 x 7.0 in (160 x 179 x 177 mm)
    • C500 PL + Monitor Unit: Approx. 7.3 x 9.8 x 7.4 in (185 x 249 x187 mm) 
    • C500 PL + Handle Unit + Monitor Unit: Approx. 7.3 x 11.2 x 11.9 in (185 x 284 x 301 mm)
  • Weight
    • C500 PL Body: Approx. 4.3 lb. (1930 g)
    • Monitor Unit: Approx. 1.4 lb. (645 g)
    • Handle Unit: Approx. 6.3 oz. (180 g)