4K is the emerging standard for resolution in digital cinematography, and the EOS 1D is expected to record video at a resolution of 4096 x 2160 pixels at 24 frames per second (fps). It can also record in full HD format (1920 x 1080 pixels).
At 158 x 163.6 x 82.7 mm, the EOS 1D is quite compact. Users can record either in 4K or full HD format. The 4K recording can be saved in the camera’s CF memory card, while HD recordings can either be saved in the camera’s card or on an external device using the built-in HDMI terminal.
Given its positioning as a digital cinema camera, it is optimised for recording high quality video. However, its capability in the still photography department is nothing to be sneezed at either, the camera features an 18.1 megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor and high-performance Canon Dual DIGIC 5+ image processors delivering continuous shooting of up to 12 fps.
It uses the same LP-E4N battery-pack that the EOS 1D X uses. For long periods of continuous shooting, using the AC adapter is recommended.
The EOS 1D C reflects Canon’s desire to take the battle to the RED camp. RED is the most successful manufacturer of digital cinema cameras, and launched the Scarlet X in November 2011, on the same day that Canon launched its EOS C300.