16 Sep 2013

Canon DSLR gets broadcast approved!

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Canon DSLR gets broadcast approved

The Canon EOS-1D C, Canons 4K capable DSLR has just been approved by the European Broadcasting Union for high definition broadcast use. It is the first time that a DSLR has been approved by the EBU and the camera was rated for inclusion in HD Tier 1.  The EBU defines HD Tier 1 as: “Tier 1 cameras can be used without restriction on any high definition programme. They are usually shoulder mounted or system (studio) cameras with interchangeable lens mounts.”

The results from the test state that the camera gives “exceptional HD resolution from a 4K source with ‘very low’ aliasing, and ‘good’ colour performance and motion portrayal.”

The first time

While DSLR’s have obviously been used in a broadcast context before, they are usually restricted to a certain percentage of the overall programme. This is the first time that a DSLR has been rated such that it would be allowed as the primary acquisition camera for a HD broadcast production.

The Canon EOS-1D C is considered a part of Canon EOS line up and uses Canons EF mount, so is able to use the same lenses as the Canon 5D/7D/50D/600D etc etc. There has been much excitement about the quality of the images from the 4K mode from this camera and the new EBU broadcast rating only adds fuel to that fire.

Freya Black

Freya Black is a Freelance writer, director, cinematographer and artist based in the UK, (the land of cold winters and rainy days). She believes cinematography is all about creating magic through light. Her all time favorite film is "Freaks" by Todd Browning. Freya is a big fan of chocolate, owls and the night.

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