Canon EOS-1D C

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Canon EOS-1D C
2012 Canon EOS 1D C 2013 CP+.jpg
Type Digital single-lens reflex camera
Lens Interchangeable (EF)
Sensor 36 mm × 24 mm CMOS (5184 x 3456 pixels)
Maximum resolution 18.1 Megapixels
ASA/ISO range 100–51,200 in 1/3 stops. Expandable to ISO 50, 102,400 and 204,800.
Storage Dual CompactFlash (Type I or Type II)
Focus modes One-shot, AI Servo, Manual
Focus areas 61 autofocus points
Exposure metering 100,000 pixel RGB sensor, 0–20 EV, 252-zones
Shutter Electromechanical carbon fiber focal-plane shutter. Selectable electronic 1st curtain shutter.
Shutter speed range 1/8000 to 30 sec. (1/3-stop increments), bulb, X-sync at 1/250 sec.
Continuous shooting 14 fps JPEG with mirror locked up. 12 fps RAW, JPEG, RAW+JPEG.
Viewfinder Optical pentaprism
Rear LCD monitor 3.2 inch 1,040,000-dot LCD
Battery LP-E4N lithium-ion battery pack
List price $15,000.00
Made in Japan
Released December 2012[2]
Predecessor Canon EOS-1D X[1]

The Canon EOS-1D C is an 18.1-megapixel CMOS digital single-lens reflex camera (digital SLR) made by Canon in the Cinema EOS range. It shares many features with the Canon EOS 1D X. It was publicly announced on April 12, 2012, and was released in March 2013 with suggested retail price of US$15,000 (body only).[3] The Canon EOS-1D C is stated to be the world's first 4K resolution DSLR camera.[4][5]

The 1D C has a full frame sensor but uses an APS-H-sized portion to record 4K resolution (4096 x 2160 pixels) video at 24p and 25p without downscaling in Y'CbCr 4:2:2 format. The pixel size of the sensor is 6.95 μm and records 4K in 8-bit 4:2:2 using Motion JPEG. The other modes in 8-bit 4:2:0, using MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 IBP or ALL-I format.[3][6] Uncompressed video over HDMI up to 1080p is also possible.

In November 2013, Canon announced that the 1D C was the first DSLR to meet the European Broadcasting Union HD Tier 1 requirements for use in HD broadcast production.[7]

In an interview in February 2016, Canon Product Manager Roger Machin announced that the 1D C would be succeeded by the 1D X Mark II,[8] however the 1D X Mk II lacks the unlimited recording, and log gamma found on the 1D C, and as of December 2016 the 1D C is still being produced.


The Canon EOS-1D C can use more than sixty interchangeable Canon lenses, and features the Canon Log Gamma[9] , by which an estimated preview of footage after grading helps the videographer with focusing and determining exposure whilst retaining maximum latitude in captured image data. An ISO setting range from 50 to 204,800 can be selected automatically or adjusted manually.[10] The camera also allows the user to view the LCD screen while the HDMI port is in use on an external device and includes a headphone jack.[11] The 1D C shares the same battery that is used in the EOS-1D X, the LP-E4N.[12] Like all Canon DSLR full frame cameras, the 1D does not feature a built in flash.[3] EOS Utility and Picture Style Editor software is included in the purchase of the product which enables the user to adjust several settings from a computer.[3] Like the Canon EOS 5D Mark III and Canon EOS-1D X, the camera features 61 autofocus points, which are assisted by a 100,000-pixel metering sensor.[13] The camera's viewfinder has an estimated magnification of .76x and 100% field of view.[13] Remote control from computer is possible using the built in USB or Ethernet connector.

The camera can be operated remotely with a Canon WFT-E6A Wireless File Transmitter, allowing an external web enabled device to control the camera. The WFT-E6A Wireless File Transmitter unit also enables Bluetooth v2.1 +EDR, to embed GPS location data into files.[13]


According to Canon's website, the EOS 1D C model comes equipped with:[14]

  • EOS-1D C Body
  • Eyecup E.g.
  • LP-E4N Battery Pack
  • LC-E4N Battery Charger
  • Cable Protector and Clamp
  • Stereo AV Cable (AVC-DC400ST)
  • USB Interface Cable (model IFC-200U)
  • Wide Camera Strap L7[14]

Known defects[edit]

Canon issued a product advisory indicating that in some units, due to insufficient lubrication within the camera’s driving mechanism, "the autofocus searches but does not lock in on the subject" and "the image shown in the viewfinder is “blurry” or “not steady”". Any bodies sold with the issue have been recalled by Canon.[15]


On February 1, 2015, Canon reduced the price of the Eos 1D C model by $4,000 from the current price of $11,999 to $7,999. On December 13, 2016, Canon reduced the price of the Eos 1D C model once again by another $3,000 from the current price of $7,999 to $4,999.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Canon EOS-1D C Instruction Manual" (PDF).
  2. ^ "EOS-1D C". Canon Camera Museum.
  3. ^ a b c d "Canon U.S.A. Introduces EOS-1D C Digital SLR Camera Featuring 4K High-Resolution Video Capture" (Press release). Canon. April 12, 2012.
  4. ^ Rodrigo Caula (2 July 2012). "Canon EOS-1D C is the world's first 4K DSLR camera". designboom. Retrieved 10 May 2017.
  5. ^ Schofield, Jem (12 April 2012). "Canon EOS-1D C (4K DSLR Cinema Camera)". Canon. Retrieved 7 October 2012.
  6. ^ Honig, Zach (15 April 2012). "Canon Cinema EOS-1D C 4K camera hands-on". Engadget. Retrieved 10 May 2017.
  7. ^ "Canon EOS-1D C first digital SLR camera to meet EBU HD Tier 1 imaging requirements for broadcast production" (Press release). Canon Inc. 12 November 2013. Retrieved 10 May 2017.
  8. ^ Michelle Joubert-Martin (12 February 2016). "Canon EOS 1D X Mk II | In-Depth Discussion with Roger Machin".
  9. ^ Jem Schofield (2 November 2011). "Understanding the EOS C300's Canon Log Gamma". Retrieved 15 August 2015.
  10. ^ "Canon EOS-1D C". Digital Photography Review. Retrieved 10 May 2017.
  11. ^ Mike Tomkins (12 April 2012). "Canon EOS-1D C Review". Retrieved 10 May 2017.
  12. ^ Tomkins, Mike (12 April 2012). "Canon announces EOS-1D C 4K camera and Cinema EOS C500". Retrieved 10 May 2017.
  13. ^ a b c "Features". Cinema EOS Camera. Canon. Retrieved 9 May 2017.
  14. ^ a b "What's in the Box". EOS-1D C. Canon. Retrieved 9 May 2017.
  15. ^ "Product Advisories". Retrieved 9 May 2017.

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