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Our Take and Test Footage on the Canon 1D C DSLR with 4K Video

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Canon has added yet another camera to their cinema line, the 1D C.  This addition gives professional and novice filmmakers alike a formidable number of shooting choices, not to mention access to a wide variety of cine-lenses. It is also a very sports-friendly camera, shooting at 14 FPS for up to 400,000 cycles with its newly-designed shutter and carbon fiber blades. But what really stands out about this camera–especially when compared to the established C300 and the new C100 and C500?

Form Factor

The Canon 1D C retains the same DSLR form factor that Canon popularized with the 5D Mark II. It is a lightweight package that will be familiar to many videographers. Having so many shooting features in a small package will be particularly appealing to those who travel a lot or just need to pack light.

Everything from Before, Plus More

This pro body DSLR retains a lot of the photography options of the 1D X but also shoots 4K video. This is a boon, especially for sports shooters who need the quick shutter bursts but who may also want to introduce great video into their portfolios without having to carry multiple bodies.

4K

The resolution of 4K is 4096 x 2160, which is 4 times the size and resolution of full 1080 HD. This is really useful for those who’d like to crop down an image and still have a lot of detail in the shot (again, useful for both videographers and sports photographers but also a nice bonus for wildlife shooters).  4K is becoming very popular and companies are releasing more and more 4K TVs and the number of films being shot in 4K is increasing. This camera is very versatile–if you don’t need 4K you can record in 1080 on full frame or Super 35 crop. Slow motion footage can be achieved by shooting 60p in 1080.

Canon Log

The 1D C comes with a new image profile: Canon Log. Log style profiles give you the option of a low-contrast image that has a ton of latitude for color correction in post production. It is also referred to as “shooting flat”. The footage, at first, looks desaturated and gray but the flexibility of editing afterwards can make shooting in this profile worth it because it allows more image information to be retained for color correction and visual effects.

Things You Need to Know

4K files are huge. You’re going to need very fast and very large CF cards. 1 minute of 4K footage takes up about 4GB of space. We recommend nothing short of a 128GB UDMA 7 CF card. Also, while there is a microphone jack on the this camera, there are no XLR inputs like there are on the C100 and C300. For sound we recommend either using an external recorder, such as the 744T Portable Recorder or the Zoom H4n Recorder, or hotshoe-based mics. Internal Neutral Density filters are also absent from the 1D C so we recommend getting lens-based filters or using a matte box with filters, such as the Oconnor O-Box Matte Box and Schneider Matte Box ND Filter Set.

Our Take

While this camera may have a few drawbacks when compared to some of the pro features of the C100 and C300, the 1D C is still a shooting powerhouse for those who need 4K video and/or high-speed photography with the kind of portability and ability to fit in small spaces that the pro cinema cameras do not have. Our video team likes to think of the 1D C as the perfect 2nd camera on set or a great main camera if you need an all-in-one package suitable for photojournalism-esque on-the-go shooting. Check out some of our footage comparisons in the video below:

 

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Alex "2.0" Huff is a portrait photographer based in San Francisco. Her tutorials can be found here on the BorrowLenses Blog, 500px, Shutterfly, Snapknot, and SmugMug. She specializes in studio lighting. Follow her work on 500px.

Comments

  • Alex says:

    Sweet camera! My only comment is that 4k is only twice the resolution of 1080p (1920×1080, use the 1920 not the 1080), not 4 times the resolution as stated in the video. Great review though!

  • HERP DERP says:

    @Alex I believe that they are referring to the area.

  • Jason says:

    no built in ND Filter, and lousy rolling shutter… I don’t get it

  • bill says:

    On the last low light test, it seems both the C300 and the 5d3 were more sensitive than the 1DC at the same ISO? Is that right?

  • Vic says:

    Sports video? I’m still looking for decent autofocus on a DSLR platform. Any suggestions?

  • Nick Clark says:

    That sounds great. Shooting Log is nice but is it Raw? and what about bit depth? If its not 32 bit then it still cant compete with the RED.

  • Alex 2.0 says:

    @Nick – 8 bit 4:2:2 for 4K. Sadly, not RAW.

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