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Canon EOS C500 Mark II 5.9K Full-Frame Camera Body (EF Mount, No CFexpress Card)

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Canon EOS C500 Mark II 5.9K Full-Frame Camera Body (EF Mount, No CFexpress Card)
Key Features
  • Full-Frame CMOS Sensor, DIG!C DV 7 Chip
  • Full-Frame, Super 35, and Super 16 Modes
  • DCI 4K/2K, UHD 4K, and HD Modes
  • User-Changeable Lens Mounts
The Canon EOS C500 Mark II 5.9K Full-Frame Camera Body is part of the Cinema EOS lineup of cameras, and it features a full-frame CMOS sensor with an effective 18.69MP resolution. This allows it to feature a 5.9K output in full frame, and crop (window) the sensor for Super 35 and Super 16 frame sizes while maintaining a high resolution. The C500 Mark II comes with a Canon EF mount and features an interchangeable lens mount system, allowing you to swap out the mount in the field for an optional Cinema Locking EF or PL mount, thus greatly expanding the amount of glass you can use with the camera. The sensor features over 15 stops of dynamic range and Dual Pixel autofocus support, and the camera uses a DIG!C DV 7 chip for image processing.
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Canon C500 Mark II Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Sensor
  • 3DIG!C DV 7 Image Processor
  • 4Interchangeable Lens Mounts
  • 5Dual-Pixel CMOS AF with support for Touch AF and Face Detection AF
  • 6Focus Control/Assist
  • 7Shutter Settings
  • 8Electronic Image Stabilization
  • 9Other Features
  • 10Optional Expansion Modules
  • 11LOG and LUT Support
  • 12Audio
  • 138-Bit Recording
  • 14Timecode
  • 15White Balance Modes
  • 16Optional EVF
  • 17Wireless
  • 18Power
  • 19Lenses that Support Auto Iris
By B&H Photo's

The Canon EOS C500 Mark II 5.9K Full-Frame Camera Body is part of the Cinema EOS lineup of cameras, and it features a full-frame CMOS sensor with an effective 18.69MP resolution. This allows it to feature a 5.9K output in full frame, and crop (window) the sensor for Super 35 and Super 16 frame sizes while maintaining a high resolution. The C500 Mark II comes with a Canon EF mount and features an interchangeable lens mount system, allowing you to swap out the mount in the field for an optional Cinema Locking EF or PL mount, thus greatly expanding the amount of glass you can use with the camera. The sensor features over 15 stops of dynamic range and Dual Pixel autofocus support, and the camera uses a DIG!C DV 7 chip for image processing.

The camera internally records raw using the Canon Cinema RAW Light codec in 12- or 10-bit, or you can capture using the XF-AVC codec in 10-bit. Internal recording is done to CFexpress cards via two CFexpress card slots. 8-bit proxy recording in the XF-AVC codes, as well as JPEGs, can be captured onto an SD card via the built-in SD card slot. Supporting a variety of gamma settings including Canon Log 2 and Log 3, as well as supporting a variety of color gamuts including Cinema BT.2020, DCI-P3, and legacy BT.709. LUT importing is supported of course. The camera supports four channels of 24-bit, 48 kHz linear PCM audio recording.

Sensor
The full-frame CMOS sensor captures a clean, low-noise image with over 15 stops of dynamic range, and it has a color gamut that exceeds the BT-2020 specs. The sensor is capable of capturing footage in a variety of aspect formats, including DCI-4K, UHD, and Anamorphic Widescreen. In addition to shooting using the sensor's full-frame size, you can use a variety of spherical and anamorphic glass designed for Super 35mm and Super 16mm capture using appropriate sensor crop modes, lens mounts, and adapters.
DIG!C DV 7 Image Processor
The EOS C500 Mark II uses the DiG!C DV 7 image processor that takes the extensive raw information captured from the 5.9K sensor. The DiG!C DV 7 enables high frame rate recording, Dual Pixel Auto Focus, Canon RAW Light Recording, HDR (PQ and HLG) output, electronic image stabilization, proxy recording, and oversampling processing. The high-speed DIG!C DV 7 enables the camera to simultaneously record 2K proxy files as XF-AVC 2K 4:2:0 8-bit to an SD card, while you are recording Cinema RAW Light files (5.9K, 4K Crop, or 2K Crop) to the internal CFexpress cards.
Interchangeable Lens Mounts
the C500 Mark II comes standard with a Canon EF lens mount that works with and has electronic iris control of a variety of Canon EF, ENG, and Canon Cine-Servo lenses. An optional EF Cine Lock mount also features the Canon EF electronic protocols, and it removes any play when mounting EF lenses to your camera. An industry-standard PL mount is also available, enabling the use of virtually any PL-mount lens on your C500 Mark II. The lens mounts are field-swappable by the user, and each mount comes with a set of shims for setting the correct depth. An optional B4 lens adapter is available for either the PL or EF lens mount; this adapter allows you to use B4 mount ENG-style lenses on your C500 Mark II.
Dual-Pixel CMOS AF with support for Touch AF and Face Detection AF
  • DAF technology utilizes the fact that each pixel in the camera's CMOS sensor is configured with two photodiodes. Two independent image signals can then be detected at each photosite and compared using phase difference to provide autofocus with compatible lenses. DAF can survey the scene and recognize not only whether the subject is in focus or not, but in which direction (near or far) and by how much. Enabling auto-focus lenses to react when necessary and not have to "hunt" for focus.
  • DAF technology can also be used to aid in manual focus. Focus information is translated to an on-screen guide that conveys to the operator the subject's current focus and direction to move in order to achieve focus. When sharp focus is achieved, the indicator turns green as a clear indication.
  • You can also use DAF and the camera's touchscreen LCG to simulate a focus pull using preset locations. After setting two separate focus locations on the screen, the camera's set button can be used to alternate between the two focus points. The focus racking effect can be fine-tuned by adjusting AF tracking speed and response.
Focus Control/Assist
Focus control includes Dual Pixel CMOS AF (DAF), Manual Focus, One-Shot AF, Continuous AF, AF-Boosted MF, and Face Detection AF

Please note: Only lenses that support AF functions can be used in these modes.
Shutter Settings
Shutter settings include Speed, Angle, Clear Scan, Slow, or Off mode. Either 1/3 or 1/4 steps are selected as speed increments.
Electronic Image Stabilization
A new feature to the Cinema EOS ecosystem, the C500 Mark II features a built-in five-axis electronic IS that works with almost any lens, including anamorphic lenses.
Other Features
  • Slow and Fast Motion recording
  • Pre-recording
  • Relay recording
  • Double slot recording
  • Custom picture settings
  • Color bars
  • Peaking
  • Zebra
  • My Menu settings
  • Waveform monitor
  • Assignable buttons
  • Key lock
  • Marker display
  • Enlarged display
  • Custom display
  • Control via Browser Remote
  • Peripheral illumination correction
  • Diffraction correction
  • Built-in monaural microphone
  • Fan control
  • Geotagging
Optional Expansion Modules
  • Expansion unit 1 adds genlock/sync out, remote B (RS-422), and Ethernet ports, making the camera well suited for multicamera live production and streaming.
  • Expansion unit 2 expands the compact form factor and adds two additional XLR audio inputs, lens control port, 24-volt DC out, and D-Tap power, in addition to genlock, sync out, remote B (RS-422), and an Ethernet port. It also allows the camera to be powered using industry-standard V-mount batteries.
LOG and LUT Support
  • Log workflows provide the user with a higher dynamic range, more highlight and shadow retention, and more flexibility in grading.
  • Canon Log 2 provides the most post-production flexibility and full dynamic range of the sensor. It typically requires more time in color correction.
  • Canon Log 3 provides an alternative with only a slightly reduced dynamic range of 14 stops, which may speed up the post-production time.
  • In addition to Canon Log 2 and Log 3, the camera also supports Wide DR, Normal 1, HDR-PQ, and HDR-HLG
  • Users can use the included LUTs BT.709, BT.2020, DCI, ACESproxy, HDR-PQ, HDR-HLG, HDR1600%, HDR400%, or upload and apply custom LUTs to the outputs of the EOS C500 Mark II. LUTs can be assigned to specific output terminals and the LCD or viewfinder. Allowing each output to use a different LUT is great for giving different departments the look they need.
Audio
The camera body features two XLR audio inputs, and the camera supports a total of four audio tracks for recording. Two additional XLR audio inputs are available with an optional Expansion Unit 2.
8-Bit Recording
Recording in 8-bit is only available as a proxy recording to the SD card when recording Cinema RAW Light to the CFexpress cards.
Timecode
The camera supports drop frame (in 59.94 Hz mode only) and non-drop in all other modes. You can set the timecode to Rec Run, Free Run, and Regen.
White Balance Modes
AWB, Kelvin setting (2000 to 15000K / -20 to +20CC), Daylight, Tungsten, Set (A/B)
Optional EVF
An optional EVF is available separately.
Wireless
Wireless streaming is available via a proprietary port on the camera body that requires a WFT unit (not included).
Power
The camera includes a battery and power supply for charging the battery. An optional power supply for powering the camera from mains power is not included.
Lenses that Support Auto Iris
EF lenses
  • EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM
  • EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM
  • EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM
  • EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM
  • EF 24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM
  • EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM
  • EF-S 18-55mm f/4-5.6 IS STM
  • EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS II USM
  • EF-S 35mm f/2.8 Macro IS STM
  • EF 85mm f/1.4L IS USM

COMPACT SERVO lenses
  • CN-E 18-80mm T4.4 L IS KAS S
  • CN-E 70-200mm T4.4L IS KAS S

CINE-SERVO lenses
  • CN7x17 KAS S/E1
  • CN7x17 KAS S/P1
  • CN20x50 IAS H/E1
  • CN20x50 IAS H/P1

ENG broadcast lenses
2/3 mount lenses which allow for 12-pin communication using a B4 mount. The optional MO-4E or MO-4P B4 adapter is required.
  • HJ14ex4.3B IASE S
  • HJ18ex7.6B IASE S
  • HJ24ex7.5B IASE S
  • HJ17ex7.6B IASE S
  • HJ22ex7.6B IASE S
  • CJ45ex9.7B IASE-V H
  • CJ45ex13.6B IASE-V H
  • CJ24ex7.5B IASE S
  • CJ14ex4.3B IASE S
  • CJ18ex7.6B IASE S

Canon C500 Mark II Specs

Key Specs
Lens Mount
Canon EF
Sensor Resolution
Actual: 20.8 Megapixel (6062 x 3432)
Effective: 18.69 Megapixel (5952 x 3140)
Image Sensor
Full-Frame CMOS
Image Stabilization
Digital
ISO Sensitivity Range
160 to 25,600 (Extended: 100 to 102,400)
Internal Recording Modes
Cinema RAW Light 10/12-Bit
5952 x 3140 from 12 to 59.94 fps
4096 x 2160 from 12 to 59.94 fps
3840 x 2160 from 12 to 59.94 fps
XF-AVC 4:2:0 8-Bit
2048 x 1080 from 12 to 120 fps [24 to 35 Mb/s]
XF-AVC 4:2:2 10-Bit
4096 x 2160 from 12 to 59.94 fps [160 to 810 Mb/s]
3840 x 2160 from 12 to 59.94 fps [160 to 810 Mb/s]
2048 x 1080 from 12 to 120 fps [160 to 810 Mb/s]
1920 x 1080p from 12 to 120 fps [160 to 810 Mb/s]
Media/Memory Card Slot
Dual Slot: CFexpress Type B
Single Slot: SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-II)
Video I/O
1x BNC (12G-SDI) Output
1x BNC (3G-SDI) Output
1x HDMI (Unspecified Signal) Output
Mobile App Compatible
No
Battery Type
Canon BP-A Series
Imaging
Lens Mount
Canon EF
Lens Communication
Yes, with Autofocus Support
Sensor Resolution
Actual: 20.8 Megapixel (6062 x 3432)
Effective: 18.69 Megapixel (5952 x 3140)
Image Sensor
Full-Frame CMOS
Image Stabilization
Digital
Built-In ND Filter
Mechanical Filter Wheel with 2-Stop (1/4), 4-Stop (1/16), 6-Stop (1/64), 8-Stop (1/256), 10-Stop (1/1024) ND Filters
Internal Filter Holder
No
Capture Type
Stills & Video
Exposure Control
Shutter Type
Electronic Rolling Shutter
Shutter Type
Electronic Rolling Shutter 
ISO Sensitivity Range
160 to 25,600 (Extended: 100 to 102,400)
Advertised Dynamic Range
15 Stops
White Balance
2000 to 15,000K
Video Capture
Internal Recording Modes
Cinema RAW Light 10/12-Bit
5952 x 3140 from 12 to 59.94 fps
4096 x 2160 from 12 to 59.94 fps
3840 x 2160 from 12 to 59.94 fps
XF-AVC 4:2:0 8-Bit
2048 x 1080 from 12 to 120 fps [24 to 35 Mb/s]
XF-AVC 4:2:2 10-Bit
4096 x 2160 from 12 to 59.94 fps [160 to 810 Mb/s]
3840 x 2160 from 12 to 59.94 fps [160 to 810 Mb/s]
2048 x 1080 from 12 to 120 fps [160 to 810 Mb/s]
1920 x 1080p from 12 to 120 fps [160 to 810 Mb/s]
Recording Sensor Crop
Crops to Output Resolution When Recording Raw
Fast-/Slow-Motion Support
Yes
Gamma Curve
Canon Log 2, Canon Log 3, HDR-HLG, HDR-PQ, Normal 1, Wide DR
Built-In Microphone
Mono
Audio Recording
4-Channel 24-Bit 48 kHz LPCM Audio
IP Streaming
Yes
Still Image Capture
Aspect Ratio
16:9
Interface
Media/Memory Card Slot
Dual Slot: CFexpress Type B
Single Slot: SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-II)
Video I/O
1x BNC (12G-SDI) Output
1x BNC (3G-SDI) Output
1x HDMI (Unspecified Signal) Output
Audio I/O
1x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Stereo Microphone Input
2x XLR 3-Pin Mic/Line Input
1x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Stereo Microphone Input
1x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Stereo Headphone Output
Power I/O
1x XLR 4-Pin (11.5 to 20VDC) Input
Other I/O
1x BNC (Timecode) Input/Output
Wireless
No
Mobile App Compatible
No
Global Positioning (GPS, GLONASS, etc.)
GPS
*Adapter Required
Monitor
Display Type
Included External Touchscreen LCD
Display Size
4.3"
Resolution
2,760,000 Dot
Viewfinder
Type
Optional, Not Included
Focus
Focus Type
Auto and Manual Focus
Focus Mode
Automatic, Continuous-Servo AF, Manual Focus
Environmental
Operating Temperature
32 to 104°F / 0 to 40°C
Operating Humidity
85%
General
Battery Type
Canon BP-A Series
Power Consumption
≤63 W
Shoe Mount
1x Cold Shoe
Netflix Approved
Yes
Dimensions (W x H x D)
6.6 x 6 x 5.8" / 16.8 x 15.2 x 14.7 cm
Weight
3.9 lb / 1.77 kg
Packaging Info
Package Weight
14.445 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)
18.4 x 14.5 x 12.7"

Canon C500 Mark II Reviews

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Can the 6k Raw Files be played on FCPX on an imac ...

Can the 6k Raw Files be played on FCPX on an imac pro thats souped up?
Asked by: Adrian
Yes iMacs should be able to playback the Canon EOS C500 Mark II 5.9K Full-Frame Camera Body's 6k raw files.
Answered by: Paige K
Date published: 2022-05-20

Is there any plan to bring a 4k or 6k 120p to ...

Is there any plan to bring a 4k or 6k 120p to this firmware update?
Asked by: Adrian
At this moment no announcement has been made about full 4k/6k 120p. The current top resolution for 120p would be 4096x1080.
Answered by: Chris H
Date published: 2022-10-28

Is this camera still worth buying in 2022? For ...

Is this camera still worth buying in 2022? For lets say 12 grand CAD , like 10 grand US? Theres defeinitely more options out there now that shoot canon raw
Asked by: Adrian
Yes. Very highly respected approved UHD 4K production camera still being used in the field.
Answered by: hectorm
Date published: 2022-05-23

What are the different frame rate options for SDI ...

What are the different frame rate options for SDI and HDMI outputs? For some reason it isn't listed on your specs page.
Asked by: Angel
Please review pages 149-150 of the Canon EOS C500 Mark II manual for the HDMI/SDI supported frame rates. Page 149-150: https://bit.ly/42wbMHj
Answered by: Chris H
Date published: 2024-02-09

can a video feed be sent to the monitor sdi and ...

can a video feed be sent to the monitor sdi and 12G sdi at the same time?
Asked by: terrance
Yes, you are able to output video through both SDIs.
Answered by: Peterm
Date published: 2021-09-09

Does the 6k raw still have noise issues in image?

Does the 6k raw still have noise issues in image?
Asked by: Adrian
In low light, it is recommended to shoot in Clog 3 RAW. This is because Clog 3 has a base ISO of 800 and 3200. Super Clean in Clog3 RAW at ISO 3200
Answered by: David
Date published: 2024-05-07

can I put anamphoric lenses on this camera, and ...

can I put anamphoric lenses on this camera, and have the option for anamphoric lenses on the menu?
Asked by: ali
Yes, you can attach an anamorphic lens to the camera and set the anamorphic desqueeze ratio used to display the image from the camera on monitoring devices while shooting or during playback.
Answered by: Nick Y
Date published: 2022-11-02

At what resolution can. you shoot 120fps?

At what resolution can. you shoot 120fps?
Asked by: Oz
You would have to but the camera in Slow & Fast Motion recording. The highest resolution you can shoot 120fps is at 4096x2160. There is a refence chart in the camera's manual, page 115.
Answered by: gracem
Date published: 2022-03-21
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