Why would anyone want a Canon EOS 1D C? After all, who is the Canon 1D C for anyway? It would be great if we had the ability to shoot video full time and be able to get really good still images.
Now you can! This is how Canon describes the 1D C on the USA.canon website:
|IMAGING PROCESSOR||Dual DIGIC 5+ Image Processor|
|MAXIMUM FRAMES PER SECOND||14 fps Super high-speed continuous shooting|
|FLASH SYNC SPEED||Up to 1/250 sec.|
|MAXIMUM FRAMES-BURST||JPEG Large: 180
Individual frame capture from video has been desired ever since the Canon 5D Mark II burst onto the scene. The Mark II got everyone's attention for its 1080p video and quality still image capture. That was state-of-the-art technology at the time.
|RECORDING PIXELS||5208 x 3477|
|SENSOR TYPE||Full-Frame CMOS sensor|
|PIXEL SIZE||6.95 microns square|
You can grab small stills from 1080p video. You could publish on the web, but they're not good enough for large prints. If you want quality printable stills from video you really need to start with 4k (4096 horizontal pixels)
Squeezing 4k video into a DSLR body let you boldly go where no one has gone before. You'll be able to capture certain scenes and compose in ways that you can't when using a dedicated video camera.
A second bonus is that the EOS 1D C take all of your Canon EF Lenses.
Who is the Canon 1D C for? You, if you want to be able to shoot eye-catching stills, dazzling video, AND grab still images from your video.
The big downside: you may have to sell your car to get one. The 4k-capable 1D C at the time of this original post was about $8000. Now you can get one for less than $2000, at the time of this update
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