Canon updated its product advisories list with the announcement of a service upgrade for the EOS 1D C camera, scheduled for this summer.
Canon 1D C is a DSLR camera which can record 4K videos, a resolution much higher than full HD. The Cinema EOS can record videos at a resolution of 4096 x 2160 at 23.976 frames per second (fps). The camera was announced back in April 2012 as the first 4K-capable DSLR in the world. The manufacturer decided that the time has come to update the shooter, in order to make it capable of recording high-resolution videos at a higher rate of 25fps.
The Canon 1D C features an 18.1-megapixel CMOS full-frame sensor, though it is modified to reach the size of an APS-H sensor. This was necessary in order to acquire 4K recording capabilities. The company is looking to improve its already impressive 4K video performance up to 25 fps.
This may not seem like a big difference, but it means that the camera will be able to capture 4% more details. The videos will be sharper and they will match the PAL video format framerate, which is more popular in markets outside the US. Currently, the shooter is limited at only 23.976 fps, a framerate used by the NTSC video format, common on the North American markets.
Summer 2013 availability for the Canon 1D C update
Users of the Cinema EOS camera have long been waiting for an update ever since the DSLR has been released. 1D C’s service upgrade will most likely become available in the summer of 2013. Canon confirmed that further details will be revealed in April 2013, when a launch date will be confirmed.
The company has announced that the Canon 1D C update will be available as a free download for all users.
The Canon 1D C was first released in October 2012 for a MSRP of $15,000. The camera features 61 autofocus points, 3.2-inch 1,040K-dot LCD screen, optical pentaprism-based viewfinder with 0.76x magnification, and support for 14fps of continuously shooting of JPEG images, respectively 12fps of RAW photos.