The 4K DSLR Monster Canon EOS-1D C Gets a Huge Price Drop!

Well, it didn’t take long for that to happen – the Canon EOS-1D C 4K DSLR is getting a massive $3K discount for a very limited time. After the C100 Mark II, and the C300 II got some very decent (permanent) discounts, now you can pick up the EOS-1D C for $4999 until the end of July, which is in three days. Yes, it may have been around for a few years, but it was the 1st Canon DSLR to ever get 4K video, and it’s sure still capable of producing some lovely images – and add to that Canon LOG (that is missing from the newer 1DX Mark II which is $5,999) combined it with a full-frame chip and more affordable Compact Flash cards for media, and you get some smoking good 4K DCI in a 4:2:2 codec. It is a sure tell sign that Canon are making way for their new 4K cameras to be announced in the next 6 weeks – which include the 2 mystery 4K cameras at IBC and the 5D Mark IV of course. So with this juicy price drop, the EOS-1D C falls nicely below the newer 1DX mark II.

Canon 1DC

Canon EOS-1D C Features – Now $4,999 (was $7,999) until 7/31 at B&H, Adorama

  • 18.1MP Full-Frame (5208 x 3477) CMOS Sensor
  • 4K DCI (4,096 x 2,160) 8bit 4:2:2 MJPEG
  • 1,920 x 1,080 Full HD Video
  • Dual DIGIC 5+ Image Processors
  • 3.2″ LCD Screen
  • Eye-Level Pentaprism Viewfinder
  • Dual Compact Flash Card Slots
  • Canon EF Lens Mount
  • Magnesium Alloy Body
  • 61-Point High Density Auto Focus

Check out this awesome video by Simeon Quarrie shot in 4K on the 1DC:

Now some of you may be thinking – hey wait a minute – aren’t we supposed to get a 5D Mark IV announcement pretty soon? I mean after all, 2016 is a Photokina year, which is just around the corner in less than 60 days. Plus we already have the 1D X Mark II, which does 4K and is a newer camera with a few more tricks up its sleeve (4K/60p, 1080p 120fps and all that jazz).

And yes that’s true, all the logic, rumours and hype point to a late August announcement and Photokina (and possibly IBC 2016 beforehand 8-13th Sept) unveiling of the new 5D Mark IV full-frame DSLR, which will supposedly shoot 4K, have LOG and other key video-centric features missing from the 1 DX II and even 1DC – such as zebras, peaking etc.

For what it’s worth here is an UPDATED version as of today 27/7/16 of my predictions on what the upcoming Canon EOS 5D Mark IV will have in terms of video functionality (I heard from a new source at Canon as to what the new 5D may bring and more importantly when):

  • 24MP full-frame sensor
  • Dual DIGIC 7 processors
  • Super 35 crop for 4K/60p in H.264/ 8bit 420 codec
  • Full Frame (no crop) 4K/30p
  • 1080/120fps – again in a crop
  • Dual CFast 2.0 card slots
  • Dual-pixel AF in video
  • Mic and headphone jack
  • Improved back LCD screen with touchscreen functionality (like the 1D X II)
  • Canon LOG and Canon LOG 2
  • Canon WideDR, Zebras, Peaking (very video centric)
  • Possibly new Picture profiles similar to WideDR dedicated for video
  • It won’t be cheap: MSRP at the moment around $3,699-$3,999 (due to post-Brexit and due to weak Yen)
  • Very likely to be announced August 26th or 27th, displayed at IBC and Photokina. 
  • Delivery scheduled for October 2016.

canon c300 rig

In addition, there will be 2 new EOS Cinema cameras announced and debuted at IBC 2016 in Amsterdam – one big beast – top of the food-chain, new shoulder design AMIRA competitor 4K S35 camera priced around the $30K mark; and surprisingly a smaller C100-like (may not be a C100 III at all or can even be a fixed lens XF305 update) cheaper, but broadcast friendly 4K camcorder priced around $5-6K.

I personally have a hunch this new 4K camcorder may very well be an XC20 of some sorts with a better lens and bigger body (much more like a traditional camcorder and rightfully a XF300/305 4K replacement). I’ll be in Amsterdam again this year and will report with the latest as the show gets underway.

Until then here’s the Canon 4K line-up as it stands now (from cheapest to top end):

  1. Canon XC10 – $1,999 (B&H, Adorama, Amazon)
  2. Canon EOS-1D C – $4,999 (B&H, Adorama) until 7/31
  3. Canon 1D X Mark II – $5,999 (B&H, Adorama, Amazon)
  4. Canon C300 Mark II EF – $11,999 (B&H, Adorama)
  5. Canon C500 + Odyssey7Q Bundle – $11,999 (B&H, Adorama)

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  • David R.F.

    A 5Dmk4 wit those specs would be good. I also hope a significant increase in ISO performance, at least 1 stop compared to the Mk3.

  • LICE

    Canon…to stay relevant you are going to need to come out with something ground-breaking. Catch-up duty doesn’t suit you.

  • Ben McGinley

    I’d LOVE to see an upgrade to the XF300 or an XC20. I’d love a Canon option against a Sony Z150 or Pany DXV200. Been dying for an ENG fixed lens event camera that can match low light and quality of the C-series.

  • David Peterson

    $4K for a new 5D??? No way!!