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1Dc firmware 1.1.9 is out

The new firmware for the Canon 1Dc promising 25 fps at 4k resolution has been sighted in the wild.

German user Florian picked up his 1Dc in Germany yesterday and found that it had the new 1.1.9 firmware pre-installed. Florian posted pictures of the new shooting modes 4k25 as well as 1080p50. Sadly, the 720p120 that was briefly tested, but unreleased, has been stripped away.

This new firmware showing up is good news for me, since I’m waiting for delivery of my 1Dc and Canon wouldn’t deliver it before the new firmware issues had been ironed out. While Canon hasn’t said anything publicly, I’ve heard from my dealer that there was a hardware recall and that the original 1Dc will have to be modified in order to load this new firmware.

Hardware recall is probably the wrong term, since sending in your camera is optional. But at this time, all evidence suggests that in order to get the firmware your camera will have to be serviced by Canon.

ISO 400 still required in Canon Log

edgeOn my request florian provided the following image that shows that clipping still occurs in Canon Log if ISO is set below 400. I nurtured the smallest of hopes that the above mentioned hardware modification might have side benefits, such as access to the whole ISO range. While you can still select ISO 100, there’s something fishy going on with the signal being clipped early (histogram not all the way to the right) when overexposed. Oh, well…

Additional 1Dc demo footage

I’ve added some additional footage to Vimeo. This time it’s just clips from various environments that I shot while out and about. I’ve also added them to my ‘First Impressions’ article, at the bottom.

New York footage

Europa Park footage

1Dc cameras delayed due to hardware upgrade

Just spoke to my Canon Cinema EOS dealer about expected deliver time for my 1Dc. Canon has maintained that the camera is “deliverable” and I wasn’t expecting any delay apart from normal shipping times.

This morning they called me to tell me the bad news: all 1Dc’s are put on shipping hold due to problems with the new firmware promising to deliver 25p at 4k resolution.

I wasn’t told the exact nature of the problem, apart from that it would require a hardware modification. Already delivered cameras will have to be sent back for the new firmware.

More functionality to come?
I was hoping to get my own camera soon, but it if of course better that they fix whatever issues they’re having properly. And who knows: it might even be a hardware upgrade that allows for better operation or more functions in the future?

It’s probably also a sign that the 1Dc is delivering at the very edge of current hardware. I’ve shot with one for quite some time and I had zero issues at 24p.

It will be interesting to see if more connected people can find out more. Anyone?

First look: Canon 1Dc published under articles

Canon has launched the world’s most capable DSLR in the Canon 1Dc. Users with specific, high resolution stills photography needs might do better with a Nikon D800, or D800E, but as an all around package the 1Dc rules them all.

Unfortunately for most DLSR fans, Canon found it appropriate to ask twice the price of their other ‘normal’ flagship DSLR, the 1Dx. This has attracted some attention, since the 1Dc is essentially the 1Dx with minor hardware adjustments and new firmware. In all fairness: while the hardware differences might be small between the cameras (custom cooling has been identified as one change), it’s always a bit problematic to produce specialized high end equipment cheap when the series are small.

It would have been nice to see the 1Dc come in at less than $9999 list and maybe $8999 street. I think Canon would have made more money this way by getting a much larger user base and more goodwill towards the camera and Canon. High initial price for a camera body is also a really bitter pill for end customers to swallow, since new technology gets released at an insane pace, and it won’t be long until the 1Dc feature set and quality will be found in much cheaper models.

Now, this certainly is a professional production camera, and the assumption is that it won’t cost you anything at all. In fact, you buy it so that it can generate money for you, just like a farmer buys a cow to sell the milk it produces. It’s all a question about perspective.

With these dry remarks out of the way, let me assure you that this is a beautiful product that delivers exceptional footage both for stills and video. And if you are the new kind of hybrid photographer that knows how to get the most out of both ‘modes’, well then you’re in for a treat!

Thank you Light+Byte
Thanks to Light+Byte in Zürich I had the opportunity to bring the 1Dc along on two small trips. I have summarized my first impressions in an article that you can read here. Enjoy!

The stay-at-home Barista

First footage from recent trip to New York.

After having observed my brother go through all the motions in order to
prepare a decent cup of cappuccino, I saw it fit and only fair to make him do it all again—this time on camera. After all, he wanted one too…

Shot in 4k on the Canon
1Dc and edited on my MacBook Pro retina in a 4k ProRes project.

It was simply one of those spur of the moment projects that we do for fun. And it’s no coincidence that you don’t see the lower part of his or my body. We were probably still in our underwear…

Canon 1Dc review coming

While waiting for my own Canon Cinema EOS 1Dc to be delivered, Lite+Byte camera store in Zürich generously loaned me their 1Dc demo body to take on a short trip to New York and then to the large theme park Europa Park in southern Germany.

All in all, I spent about two weeks with the 1Dc in a sling over my shoulders and I tried to steal as many experiences as I could, while not neglecting the rest of my family too much.

Having done a lot of shooting with my current 5Dmk3 it was easy to get up and running with the 1Dc. The nature of the trip was such that my only assisting gear was a Manfrotto monopod and a Kinotehnik LCDVF loupe. It was more of a run-and-gun setup and not monitor-and-follow focus-on-rails. Incidentally, that’s is exactly how I like it.

Lot’s more to come including what I think will be a pretty thorough
write-up about shooting 4k with a DSLR, including handling of files and editing in FCPX on a MacBook Pro retina.

Footage to come includes scenes from
Manhattan, NYC and one of the largest theme parks in Europe: Europa Park in Germany.

I will make sure to provide some ungraded 4k ProRes files for anyone to play with. Watch this space and/or follow me on Twitter as @andreemarkefors.

Where 4:2:0 breaks

One of the defining differences between the C100 and the C300 is the internal codec each camera uses. While the C300 records to the broadcast approved Canon XF codec (
4:2:2) at 50 Mbit/s the C100 records to the familiar AVCHD (4:2:0) at 24 Mbit/s.

A common mistake I see people make, is looking at the bit rates of the two codecs and then they assume that AVCHD’s 24 Mbit/s is only half as strong as the XF codec’s 50 Mbit/s. But since the underlying technology is different, you can’t compare them directly like that.

Instead, the real difference is that XF codec is a 4:2:2 codec, while AVCHD is 4:2:0. But what does that mean exactly?

Look at the video above and see if there is something that stands out. Then continue reading.