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EOS-1D C: a 4K DSLR for the movie world

EOS-1D C: a 4K DSLR for the movie world

The Canon EOS-1D C is a groundbreaking DSLR for the movie world that offers 4K digital cinema resolution, whilst also retaining the exceptional still camera performance of its EOS-1D X sister camera.

The EOS-1D C is the most technically advanced EOS DSLR ever made by Canon and is both the first DSLR and the first ever 4K camera to join Canon’s Cinema EOS System for filmmakers. It fuses Canon’s proven video technology and lens heritage with the creativity and depth of the EOS System. Compatible with both Canon’s EF mount range of interchangeable lenses for SLRs and Canon EF mount Cinema Lenses, the EOS-1D C brings movie camera functions into a compact DSLR camera body.


The EOS-1D C DSLR sets a new quality benchmark for cameras in Canon’s highly versatile Cinema EOS System. It will appeal to a wide spectrum of demanding professional filmmakers – from documentary filmmakers to commercial makers. It also offers superb still image shooting capabilities for photographers who desire the potent combination of high-quality stills and movie capabilities for their multimedia productions.

Key features*

  • 18.1 Megapixel full-frame size CMOS sensor.
  • 4K movie shooting – 24fps 8-bit 4:2:2 MJPEG.
  • Clean HDMI output, 1080p 8-bit 4:2:2 colour sampling.
  • 1080p at 50/60fps.
  • Canon Log.
  • Super 35mm crop mode.
  • View assist dual display.
  • 12fps continuous stills shooting with 14fps super high-speed mode available.
  • 61-point wide area AF with 41 cross-type sensors.
  • 100,000 pixel RGB metering sensor with own DIGIC 4 processor.
  • 25,600 high ISO for movies, 51,200 high ISO for stills.
  • 8.11cm (3.2”) Clear View II LCD with Live view mode.
  • High-speed Dual “DIGIC 5+” performance with superb image quality.
  • Dual CF card slots.
  • Compatible with all Canon EF lenses and Speedlite EX flashes.

* Cinema EOS Support: Feature upgrades may be required to enable the latest camera features. Visit the FAQ section of the Canon Support website to check what's available and get access to online technical support resources and troubleshooting. Drivers, software and user manuals are also available to download.


To match the standards of digital cinema the EOS-1D C can record 4K (4096x2160), digital cinema resolution (at 24fps). Movies shot in the 4K format can be played back using software supplied with the EOS-1D C.

As well as 4K movie capabilities the EOS-1D C also offers the ability to frame grab still images at an 8-megapixel resolution (providing enough image quality for newspaper use and some magazine work).


The EOS-1D C offers a number of frame rate options for film production including Full HD 1080p video capture at 50fps or 60fps, which is ideal for capturing fast action or providing a slow motion capture for creative flexibility. 1080p capture is also possible at 24fps, 25fps, and 30fps with 720p capture at 50fps and 60fps.

Compression method choices are the same as on the EOS-1D X with ALL-I (Intra-frame) or IPB (Inter-frame) compression available.

Clean, uncompressed Full HD 4:2:2 8-bit HDMI through output allows movies to be recorded directly to an external recorder. Output frame rate can be selected from ‘Auto/24p/50i/60i’, depending on the external recorder. 4K cannot be recorded to an external recorder


For cameramen who are more familiar shooting with the Super 35mm sensor cameras (such as the EOS C300) the EOS-1D C also offers a Super 35mm cropping function in Full HD at the 24p, 25p and 30p frame rates.


Canon Log Gamma, first seen in the EOS C300 Digital Cinema Camera, is available in the EOS-1D C to deliver neutral image quality with wide dynamic range (800%) for maximum freedom in post-production. It enables mixed editing of footage from different cameras and easier colour grading.


The EOS-1D C features a large, 18.1 Megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor that provides a number of benefits for video capture, most notably the beautifully shallow depth-of-field results that are possible with a large sensor.

The sensor has a pixel size larger than that for conventional professional camcorders enabling greater light-gathering capabilities for superb high-resolution images with enhanced sensitivity, low noise, reduced shutter artefacts and low power consumption.

For stills photography the full-frame sensor delivers the same class-leading performance as the EOS-1D X.


The EOS-1D C offers simultaneous viewing of footage on both the camera’s rear 8.11cm (3.2”) Clear View II LCD screen and an external device connected to the camera’s HDMI socket.


Designed not just for high-resolution, full-frame imaging, but also for capturing fleeting moments in high-speed activities, the EOS-1D C is able to shoot at up to 14fps in One-Shot AF with the mirror locked up. This is possible because of the Dual "DIGIC 5+" processors and the redesigned mirror and shutter drive system. In normal shooting, with full AI Servo AF tracking enabled, the EOS-1D C can fire at up to 12fps (unless the battery has less than 50% charge) to ensure that you don't miss any of the action, no matter how fast it is.


The creative possibilities of the EOS-1D C are greatly enhanced by its compatibility to Canon’s wide range of EF mount SLR lenses, the growing range of Canon EF mount Cinema Lenses, the Speedlite EX range of flash units and other EOS System accessories, such as the WFT-E6 Wireless File Transmitter.

Canon’s extensive EF lens range encompasses over 60 different lenses, for a total focal length range that stretches from 8mm up to 800mm, to open up an incredibly wide range of shooting possibilities.

Filmmakers can also take advantage of the widespread compatibility of the Cinema EOS System’s 4K EF mount Cinema Lenses to achieve exceptional 4K, (4096x2160 pixels), optical performance and compatibility with Super 35mm-equivalent sensors. These lenses provide filmmakers with precise control of focus and aperture, electrical contacts for the transfer of lens metadata, and familiar ‘cinema’ handling. In Super 35mm crop mode the EOS-1D C is compatible with the zoom models in the Canon’s Cinema Lens range.


The EOS-1D C has a compact DSLR body (158x163.3x82.7mm, WxHxD) that offers superb handling and, like its EOS DSLR predecessors, offers maximum manoeuvrability in tight shooting situations without any compromise on quality.

The camera has a durable, splash-resistant body with magnesium alloy components for additional rigidity and toughness. Environmental protective sealing prevents dust and water ingression, allowing filmmakers and photographers to work in a wide range of shooting conditions.


The EOS-1D C integrates seamlessly with existing industry-standard workflows and is compatible with most of the widely used professional NLE software packages.


The 4K movie technology in the EOS-1D C uses the Motion-JPEG, 24p (23.976fps) format and YCbCr 4:2:2 8-bit colour sampling. The 4K movie recording area is smaller than the Full HD area and is more similar to the area used by Canon’s EOS-1D Mark IV DSLR for movie recording. Movies shot in 4K format can be played back using the supplied Canon software.


Canon develops and manufactures its own sensors and has incorporated a full-frame 18.1 Megapixel CMOS sensor in the EOS-1D C. This sensor has a pixel size that is larger than that for conventional professional camcorders, enabling greater light-gathering capabilities for enhanced sensitivity and reduced noise.

Supported by a heightened signal read-out speed, the CMOS sensor reduces rolling shutter skews, a phenomenon prevalent with CMOS sensors in which fast-moving subjects may appear diagonally distorted.


The high-end Dual "DIGIC 5+" processors found in the EOS-1D C are three times faster than the already powerful DIGIC 5 processors. In fact, there is still a DIGIC 4 processor (the main processor found in the EOS 5D Mark II) within the EOS-1D C that is dedicated solely to the camera's exposure metering system.

The benefits of the Dual "DIGIC 5+" processors are great. With more processing power, they are able to perform more complex image processing for better image quality, as well as adding features such as multiple exposure shooting, lens chromatic aberration correction, compression options for HD Movie shooting and UDMA memory card compatibility.


The 61-point AF sensor in the EOS-1D C offers consistent focusing performance with all subjects in light levels down to EV -2. With up to 41 cross-type AF points and a dual-zigzag line arrangement for all 61 points, focus accuracy and speed is improved. In combination with the evolved AI Servo III AF algorithm, the new system is also more stable in use. To ensure setting up the system to suit the subject is as easy as possible, an AF Configuration tool is provided within the camera menu to give details of each setting and example usage.


Recording light is the essence of what a camera does. But in order to record light correctly, it must first be able to measure the light in a scene accurately. The EOS-1D C's metering system features an all-new 100,000-pixel RGB sensor that's able to measure not only light levels but can also detect the colour of a scene for even greater metering accuracy, whatever the colour of the subject is. This colour and face detection data is also used by the camera's autofocus system to improve focus tracking accuracy as the camera can identify a subject by its colour and contrast, rather than relying on contrast alone.

Type 36 x 24 mm CMOS
Effective Pixels Approx. 18.10 megapixels
Total Pixels Approx. 19.3 megapixels
Aspect Ratio Stills: 3.2
Movies : 16:9 (4K, Super 35mm, Full HD, HD) 4:3 (SD)
Low-Pass Filter Built-in/Fixed with fluorine coating
Sensor Cleaning EOS integrated cleaning system
Colour Filter Type Primary Colour
Type Dual "DIGIC 5+"
Lens Mount EF including limted support for EF cine zooms(excludes EF-S lenses)
Focal Length Equivalent to 1.0x the focal length of the lens
Type TTL-CT-SIR with a dedicated CMOS sensor
AF System/ Points 61 Point / 41 f/4 cross-type AF points inc 5 dual cross type at f/2.8
The number of cross-type AF points will differ depending on the lens.
AF Working Range EV -2 - 18 (at 23°C & ISO100)
AF Modes One Shot
AI Servo
AF Point Selection Automatic selection: 61 point AF
Manual selection: Single point AF (61, 41 cross type only, 15 or 9 points selectable)
Manual selection: Spot AF
Manual selection: AF point Expansion 4 points (up, down, left, right)
Manual selection: AF point Expansion surrounding 8 points
Manual selection: Zone AF
AF points can be selected separately for vertical and horizontal shooting
Selected AF Point Display Superimposed in viewfinder
AF Lock Locked when shutter button is pressed half way in One Shot AF mode or AF-ON button is pressed.
AF Assist Beam Emitted by optional dedicated Speedlite
Manual Focus Selected on lens, default in Live View Mode
AF Microadjustment AF Menu
+/- 20 steps ( wide and tele setting for Zooms)
Adjust all lenses by same amount
Adjust up to 40 lenses individually
Adjustments remembered for lens by serial number
Metering Modes TTL full aperture metering with 252 zone from 100,000-pixel RGB AE senssor
(1) Evaluative metering (linked to all AF point)
(2) Partial metering (approx. 6.5% of viewfinder at centre)
(3) Spot metering:
Center spot metering (approx. 2.5% viewfinder)
AF point-linked spot metering
Multi/Spot metering (Max 8 spot metering entries)
(4) Center weighted average metering
Metering Range EV 0 - 20 (at 23°C with 50mm f/1.4 lens ISO100)
AE Lock Auto: In One-shot AF mode with evaluative metering exposure is locked when focus is achieved.
Manual: By AE lock button in P, TV and AV modes.
Exposure Compensation '+/-5 EV in 1/3 or 1/2 stop increments (can be combined with AEB).
AEB 2, 3, 5 or 7 Shots +/-3 EV 1/3 or 1/2 stop increments
ISO Sensitivity* Auto (100-51200), 100-51200 (in 1/3-stop or whole stop increments)
(movie 100- 25600)
ISO can be expanded to L: 50, H1 102400, H2 204800
Type Electronically-controlled focal-plane shutter
Speed 30-1/8000 sec (1/2 or 1/3 stop increments) + Bulb (Shutter speed range available varies according to shooting mode)
Type Auto white balance with the imaging sensor
Settings AWB, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, White
Fluorescent light, Flash, Custom, Colour Temperature Setting.
White balance compensation:
1. Blue/Amber +/-9
2. Magenta/ Green +/-9.
Custom White Balance Yes, 5 setting can be registered
WB Bracketing '+/-3 levels in single level increments
3 bracketed images per shutter release.
Selectable Blue/Amber bias or Magenta/ Green bias.
Type Pentaprism
Coverage (Vertical/Horizontal) Approx. 100%
Magnification Approx. 0.76x¹
Eyepoint Approx. 20mm (from eyepiece lens centre)
Dioptre Correction '-3 to +1 m-1 (dioptre)
Focusing Screen Interchangeable (12 types, optional). Standard Focusing Screen Ec-CV
Mirror Quick-return half mirror (Transmission: reflection ratio of 40:60, no mirror cut-off with EF600mm f/4 or shorter)
Viewfinder Information AF information: AF points, focus confirmation light¹, AF status indicator
Exposure information: Metering mode, shooting mode, AE lock, shutter speed, aperture,
exposure compensation, ISO speed (always displayed), exposure level,
exposure warning
Flash information: Flash ready, FP flash, FE lock, flash exposure level
Image information: White balance correction, highlight-tone priority (D+), maximum burst
(2-digit display), CF card information, JPEG/RAW indicator, battery check icon.
Composition information
Grid, electronic level
Depth of Field Preview Yes, with Depth of Field preview button.
Eyepiece Shutter Built in
Type 8.11cm (3.2") Clear View II TFT, approx. 1040K dots
Coverage Approx. 100%
Viewing Angle (Horizontally/Vertically) Approx. 170°
Coating Anti-reflection and Solid Structure
Brightness Adjustment Adjustable to one of seven levels
Display Options (1) Quick Control Screen
(2) Camera settings
(3) Dual Axis Electronic Level
Modes E-TTL II Auto Flash, Metered Manual
X-Sync 1/250sec (EX series Speedlites only)
Flash Exposure Compensation '+/- 3EV in 1/2 or 1/3 increments
Flash Exposure Bracketing Yes, with compatible External Flash
Flash Exposure Lock Yes
Second Curtain Synchronisation Yes
HotShoe/ PC Terminal Yes/ No
External Flash Compatibility E-TTL II with EX series Speedlites, wireless multi-flash support
External Flash Control Via camera menu screen
Modes Program AE, Shutter priority AE, Aperture priority AE, Manual, Custom (x3)
Picture Styles Auto, Standard, Portrait, Landscape, Neutral, Faithful, Monochrome, User Defined (x3)
Colour Space sRGB and Adobe RGB
Image Processing Highlight Tone Priority
Auto Lighting Optimizer (4 settings)
Long exposure noise reduction
High ISO speed noise reduction (4 settings)
Auto Correction of Lens Peripheral illumination
Chromatic aberration correction
Distortion correction
Resize to M1, M2 or S
RAW image processing - during image Playback only
Multiple exposure
Canon Log
Drive Modes Single, Continuous L, Continuous H, 14fps Super high speed, Self timer (2s, 10s), Silent single shooting
Continuous Shooting Max. Approx. 12fps. (speed maintained for up to 180 images (JPEG)¹ or 38 images (RAW))² (with UDMA card)³, 14fps with mirror locked up and exposure and AF locked on first frame
Type Electronic viewfinder with image sensor
Coverage Approx. 100% (horizontally and vertically)
Frame Rate 30 fps
Focusing Manual Focus (Magnify the image 5x or 10x at any point on screen)
Autofocus: Quick mode, Live mode, Live Face detection mode
Metering Real-time evaluative metering with image sensor
Active metering time can be changed
Display Options Grid overlay (x3), Histogram, Aspect ratios
Still Image Type JPEG: 10 compression options (Exif 2.3 compliant) / Design rule for Camera File system (2.0),
RAW: RAW, sRAW (14bit, Canon original RAW 2nd edition),
Digital Print Order Format [DPOF] Version 1.1 compliant
RAW+JPEG Simultaneous Recording Yes, any combination of RAW + JPEG possible, separate formats to separate cards possible
Image Size JPEG: (L) 5184x3456, (M1) 4608x3072, (M2) 3456x2304, (S1) 2592x1728,
RAW: (RAW) 5184x3456 (M-RAW), (S_RAW)
Movie Type MOV Video: 4K - MJPEG, FULL HD/ HD/SD - H.264 Intra frame / inter frame, Uncompressed 8bit 4.2.2 via HDMI
Sound: Linear PCM, recording level can be manually adjusted by user
Movie Size 4096 x 2160 (23.976, 25 fps)
1920 x 1080 (59.94, 50, 29.97, 25, 23.976 fps) intra or inter frame
1280 x 720 (59.94, 50 fps) intra or inter frame
640 x 480 (25, 30 fps) inter frame
Movie Length Max duration; 2 hours
Folders New folders can be manually created and selected
File Numbering (1) Consecutive numbering
(2) Auto reset
(3) Manual reset
Custom Functions 31 Custom Functions with 99 settings
Metadata Tag User copyright information (can be set in camera)
LCD Panel / Illumination Yes / Yes
Water/ Dust Resistance Yes
Sound Memo Up to 30sec per image - 48Khz or 8Khz
Intelligent Orientation Sensor Yes
Playback Zoom 1.5x - 10x, Pixel level magnification
Display Formats (1) Single image with information (2 levels)
(2) Single image
(3) 4 image index
(4) 9 image index
(5) Magnified view
(6) Movie edit
Slide Show Image selection: All images, by Date, by Folder, Movies, Stills, Rating
Playback time: 1/2/3/5/10 or 20 seconds
Repeat: On/Off
Histogram Brightness: Yes
RGB: Yes
Highlight Alert Yes
Image Erase/Protection Erase: Single image, All images in folder, Checkmarked images, unprotected images
Protection: Erase protection of one image at a time
Menu Categories (1) Shooting menu (x4)
(2) AF Menu (x5)
(3) Playback menu (x3)
(4) Setup menu (x4)
(5) Custom Functions menu (x7)
(6) My Menu
Menu Languages 25 Languages
English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Portuguese, Finnish, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish, Spanish, Greek, Russian, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Romanian, Ukrainian, Turkish, Arabic, Thai, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Korean and Japanese
Firmware Update Update possible by the user.
Computer Hi-Speed USB
Other Video output (PAL/ NTSC) (integrated with USB terminal), HDMI mini output (HDMI-CEC compatible), Extension system terminal (for WFT-E6/ GP-E1), External microphone / Line input (Stereo mini jack), Headphone socket (Stereo mini jack), RJ-45(gigabyte ethernet)
Canon Printers Canon Compact Photo Printers and PIXMA Printers supporting PictBridge
PictBridge Yes
Type 2x CompactFlash Type I/II (incompatible with Microdrive) (UDMA 7 compatible)
PC & Macintosh Windows XP (SP2/SP3) / Vista inc SP1 (excl. Starter Edition) / 7 (excl. Starter Edition)
OS X v10.6-10.7
Browsing & Printing ImageBrowser EX
Image Processing Digital Photo Professional
Other PhotoStitch, EOS Utility (inc. Remote Capture, WFT utility*), Picture Style Editor
* Requires optional accessory - TBC
Batteries Rechargeable Li-ion Battery LP-E4N (supplied), 1xCR2025 for date & settings
Battery Life Approx. 1120 still images, 2h 10min Full HD, 1hr 25min 4K (at 23°C)¹
Approx. 860 still images, 2h Full HD, 1hr 15min 4K (at 0°C)
Battery Indicator 6 levels + percentage
Power Saving Power turns off after 1, 2, 4, 8, 15, 30mins or Off.
Power Supply & Battery Chargers AC Adapter Kit ACK-E4, Battery charger LC-E4n, Car Battery charger cable CG-570 (use with LC-E4)
Body Materials Magnesium Alloy body covers
Operating Environment 0 – 45 °C, 85% or less humidity
Dimensions (WxHxD) 158x 163.6x 82.7mm
Weight (Body Only) Approx. 1355g
Viewfinder Eyecup Eg, Eg-series Dioptric Adjustment Lens with Rubber Frame Eg, Anti Fog Eyepiece Eg, Focusing Screens Ec, Angle Finder C
Wireless File Transmitter Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E6
Lenses All EF lenses including limited support for EF Cine zooms (excludes EF-S lenses)
Flash Canon Speedlites (220EX, 270EX, 270EX II, 320EX, 420EX, 430EX, 430EX II, 550EX, 580EX, 580EX II, 600EX, 600EX-RT, Macro-Ring-Lite, MR-14EX, Macro Twin Lite MT-24EX, Speedlite Transmitter ST-E2, Speedlite Transmitter ST-E3-RT)
Remote Controller/ Switch Remote control with N3 type contact, Wireless Controller LC-5
Other Hand Strap E2, GP-E1 GPS reciever, GP-E2 GPS reciever
Magnification ¹ With 50mm lens at infinity, -1m-1 dpt
Continuous Shooting ¹ Based on Canon's testing conditions, JPEG, ISO 100, Standard Picture Style. Varies depending on the subject, memory card brand and capacity, image recording quality, ISO speed, drive mode, Picture Style, Custom functions etc.
² Maximum fps and buffer capacity may be reduced depending on the cameras settings and light level
³ With Battery strength 75% or higher
Battery Life ¹ Based on the CIPA Standard and using the batteries and memory card format supplied with the camera, except where indicated
Viewfinder Information ¹ Focus Confirmation Light not available with EF Cinema lenses
*Recommended Exposure Index
All data is based on Canon standard testing methods except where indicated.
Subject to change without notice.