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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 EF-Mount 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

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.


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 using 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 recognizes 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 selected as speed increments.

Electronic Image Stabilization

A new feature to the Cinema EOS ecosystem, the C500 Mark II features 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.


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.


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 streaming is available via a proprietary port on the camera body that requires a WFT unit (not included).


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

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

  • 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.
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Canon C500 Mark II EF-Mount Specs

Lens MountCanon EF
Lens CommunicationYes, with Autofocus Support
Sensor ResolutionActual: 20.8 Megapixel (6062 x 3432)
Effective: 18.69 Megapixel (5952 x 3140)
Sensor TypeFull-Frame CMOS
Built-In ND FilterMechanical 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 HolderNo
Shutter TypeElectronic Rolling Shutter
Advertised Dynamic Range15 Stops
Raw RecordingCinema RAW Light 10-Bit, 12-Bit
5952 x 3140 at 23.98/24.00/25/29.97/50/59.94 fps
4096 x 2160 23.98/24.00/25/29.97/50/59.94 fps
3840 x 2160 23.98/24.00/25/29.97/50/59.94 fps
Sensor Crop While Recording5K (5952 x 3140) in 17:9 When Recording in Raw
4K (4096 x 2160) in 17:9 When Recording in Raw
2K (2048 x 1080) in 17:9 When Recording in Raw
Variable Frame RatesUp to 119.88 fps
Gamma CurveCanon Log 2, Canon Log 3, HDR-HLG, HDR-PQ, Normal 1, Wide DR
Built-In Microphone TypeMono
Audio Recording4-Channel 24-Bit 48 kHz LPCM Audio
IP StreamingYes
Media/Memory Card SlotDual Slot: CFexpress Type B
Single Slot: SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-II)
Video I/O1 x BNC (12G-SDI) Output
1 x BNC (3G-SDI) Monitor Output
1 x HDMI Output
Audio I/O1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Stereo Microphone Input
2 x XLR 3-Pin Mic/Line Input
1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Stereo Microphone Input
1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Stereo Headphone Output
Power I/O1 x XLR 4-Pin (11.5 to 20 VDC) Input
Other I/O1 x BNC (Timecode) Input/Output
Resolution2,760,000 Dot
Display TypeIncluded External Touchscreen LCD
Battery TypeCanon BP-A Series
Dimensions (W x H x D)6.6 x 6 x 5.8" / 16.8 x 15.2 x 14.7 cm
Packaging Info
Package Weight14.445 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)18.4 x 14.5 x 12.7"

Canon C500 Mark II EF-Mount Reviews

very powerful camera

By richard
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-06-14

the battery sticking out of the back was a concern but after a few plates, rods and cheese-plates its protected good. the audio being on the right side is a bit of a NO No for me... but the function button at back give you all the audio visuals you need. the quality and dynamic range blows me a way. what a treat to play with this beast. i love the camera. switching my existing lenses EF or PL nice. one of the SDI outs doesnt have any signal . not sure what thats about . (operator error? ) or am i missing a function to turn it on. the EU-V1 wouldnt work NETWORK...sent it back. got wireless and worked right away. overall is it worth the money. well when you compare the quality of this camedra..DUAL card slots and EF_PL i thought it was worth it and have not been dissapointed.

Best Camera

By Fred
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-05-01

First - if you are considering this camera you are already a professional or similar. That siad, it is an excellent camera and in my opinion the best choice. Pros: Canon family of lenses - all autofocus. Great looking images right out of the box Selectable sensor size and full sensor imaging allows use of Canon's 11-20mm and 14 or 16-35mm lenses in their full capacity. So easy to hold for hand held work I took my Zacuto rig off and there it sits. Just enough stabilization in camera to mske it work. Now I am flexible again in space, i can shoot low to high in seconds. Many accessories make customization easy. I use a Wooden Battery plate. This adds 3 D taps for my Zacuto Gratical eyepiece, wireless receivers, tentacles, or a light. Audio system has been updated. XLR inputs are now on the body and the audio menu lets you select whatever you need. Touch sreen focus works well. You can super crop the image to Super 16. This allows you to cheat telephoto shots in a pinch. CFast Express cards are cheap enough - roughly 500$ for 513gb. So 160 minutes of 4k/ card. I don't push the limits of 4k/6k but I have no doubts there. Because it is the same Codec as C300 mk ii those cameras exactly match. Cons You will need a viewfinder. Monitor not bright enough for outside, not positioned for handheld. Canon's 18-80 zoom vignettes full frame till 45mm - so it has to be shot Super35. The 17-120 lens too heavy for more than a shot or two handheld. Does not come with power supply. I now have a lightweight full sensor camera with the full stable of Canon lenses. Great picture. No color shifting with the lenses. Full wide. Super tight. Auto focus of course. Excellent blacks. Tolerable 100ire blowouts (not as pretty as 5D). Relatively cheap. Compact. Will not be obsolete for 10 years. Solidly built. Well balanced. Easy to customize. Luckily for me I had the viewfinder and lenses. Great camera. Those who know know and those who don't don't.

Canon upgrade colour science

By Waran
Rated 3 out of 5
Date: 2021-11-13

We want more from colour science

Quality Cinema Camera

By Payton
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-09-17

For the price, very happy with it's dynamic range and features like autofocus and built in ND. Do wish built in stabilization worked with RAW but I understand why not, and wish there were better options for 120fps. Very competitive with other, much higher priced options.


By Shaun
Rated 1 out of 5
Date: 2021-04-16

Cool to have full frame but Canon color science is still so far behind...

The Only Cinema Camera to Buy

By John
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-01-11

First I should state that I'm not sponsored by Canon. Nor am I an extreme professional. I know what I'm doing, but I just got into this. In one year I went from the Canon R5 to the C500 MII, mostly because I found that in that year I outgrew the R5 as I began shooting video. The C500 MII 5.9k sensor is amazing, allowing me to use full-frame lenses and even crop in when using S35 lenses. I cannot overstate how extremely useful it is to have built-in ND filters. The programmable buttons are a life-saver. Just being able to pop on the waveforms or see what a Rec709 LUT would look like has been so easy. The fans being on the other side of the body save my face when it's shoulder-mounted. And it's a fairly light system when not completely rigged out. I'm able to get it onto a relatively inexpensive gimbal to get steady shots. I'm in the process of shooting a legitimate short film and have tested anamorphic lenses, which are beautiful on teh sensor. And having the de-squeeze makes it easy to frame the shot you want/need. Overall, I cannot express how amazing this camera has been in the short time I've had it. Any cons I have are related to the price of other equipment necessary to deck this out as a proper cinema camera (lights, cage, gimbal, power, d-taps), but those are necessary for any shoot. It's just that with this camera, being as truly cinematic as it is, I wanted to buy ALL THE THINGS. But seriously, this camera has changed my life. I know that sounds hyperbolic, but considering I'm now shooting a short film I may never have shot without it and its capabilities, it's providing an opportunity for me to dive into the medium with more earnestness than I ever had dreamed. One day I may own an Alexa, but this camera will always have a place in my arsenal.

very pleased with camera

By richard
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-06-09

one gripe. the menus is weird. to do things some are strange but otherwise its an incredible camera. i really love it. Just don't expect the expansion packs to work EU-V1 and EU-V2 they don't do the network browser remote function. so don't waste your time getting them I've tried both neither work on the C500-ii or the c300-iii . the accessories for this camera are plentiful. the ability to change lenses from EF to PL is fantastic. the clear audio with phantom amazing. i really love this camera. only concern is the battery sticking out so i got the shape base plate with the cheese plate on back to hide battery so no bumping the battery any more. added matt-box for light reflection and good to go. the quality out of the camera is really incredible. having all the bells and whistles is a treat. yes its worth the extra over the c300iii getting that full frame sensor. sorry one other gripe only 1080 cropped for 120 frames is a letdown. but i don't see myself doing much of that. the still pics are ok but not perfect. definitely usable. but wont stack up to 1dxii raw file.(obviously)

love it so much

By richard
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-05-27

the saying you get what you pay for is so true. spend more to get more is evident here. the ability to color correct blew me away. using avid media composer for 30 years and have never been able to dig in deep and color correct so much as the quality of LOG 2 is crazy good. only beef is.. will the battery get bumped and break the teeth cos it sticks out so much. ill watch that and try to be careful with handheld stuff. i could talk all day how much i love this camera . its fantastic. the quality of dynamic range ( my brain is exploded off the ceiling) so good. no blown out spots at all. incredible. if you need quality this camera is for you. one thing i wish is that the small viewfinder that attaches on the back is included *would be nice if it was* seems pricey to add considering what you pay for this camera. i considered the c300iii but wanted the full frame and glad i did. i use the c300iii for work and now have the c500ii and in my opinion the quality makes up for the price difference.

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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: 2022-05-20

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

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
The Canon EOS C500 Mark II 5.9K Full-Frame Camera Body (EF Mount, No CFexpress Card) (B&H# CAC500IIQ), when shooting in raw, will not add the same noise reduction to the image that you will find in other recording formats. As such, there will always be more noise in raw video footage than you will find in noise-reduced or compressed CODECs. It has not changed but is not typically considered to represent a problem because when shooting in raw it is with the assumption that one will be grading, denoising, and otherwise adjusting the footage in post production.
Answered by: Yoni
Date published: 2022-05-23

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

What formats can be recorded to the SD card slot? ...

What formats can be recorded to the SD card slot? Can 4k 10 bit be recorded to the SD? Can the 8 bit proxy option be recorded to the SD while nothing else is being recorded?
Asked by: Chris
The SD Card slot is for Proxy Recording only as far as video goes. According to Canon it will give you a 35/24 Mbps Long GOP that is 2048 x 1080 / YCC420 8 bit.
Answered by: Joseph
Date published: 2019-10-18

Which Canon-branded Cine lenses will be able to ...

Which Canon-branded Cine lenses will be able to take advantage of the AutoFocus built into this Cine camera?
Asked by: Anonymous
In other words, when using the while sensor to record, there aren’t any Canon cinema lenses that support AF. Though it’s up for debate whether any true cinema lens has AF built. Options exist for external AF control systems that can be added to cinema lenses, but they are bulky, expensive and complicated.
Answered by: Ty
Date published: 2020-02-04
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