Canon C500 MKII Recording Resolutions

A quick overview of the recording resolution options available in the Canon C500 MKII.

Jamie Harris

Updated May 20, 2022

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3 min read

The Canon C500 MKII has three sensor modes - Full Frame, Super 35 Crop and Super 16 Crop. For each mode you can choose a recording resolution that best suits your project, making the C500 MKII a very versatile camera.

Unlike some other camera systems, the recording resolution isn't locked to the sensor mode in the C500 MKII. This means that you can record as low as 1080p while still using the full sensor and getting a large format look.

Another advantage of this is that, within each sensor mode, the angle of view of a lens does not change when you choose a different resolution (if you want this to happen then you can simply change the sensor mode).

Downscaling footage in camera can be a huge advantage by giving you much longer recording times and less data to backup and store.

Visualising The Different Resolutions

Here's a visual representation of the different sensor modes available in the C500 MKII. For each, you can see the number of sensor photosites used to record, the dimensions of the sensor used and the image circle required to cover the sensor area.

Canon C500 II sensor modes.

Recording Resolutions and Codecs

Here are the recording resolutions available in each of the three sensor modes. We've also broken it down by the two codec options offered by the C500 MKII.

Canon C500 MKII Sensor Modes, Codecs and Resolution
Sensor Mode Codec Resolution

Full Frame

Cine RAW Light

5952 x 3140

XF-AVC

4096 x 2160

3840 x 2160

2048 x 1080

1920 x 1080

Super 35 Crop

Cine RAW Light

4096 x 2160

XF-AVC

4096 x 2160

3840 x 2160

2048 x 1080

1920 x 1080

Super 16 Crop

Cine RAW Light

2048 x 1080

XF-AVC

2048 x 1080

1920 x 1080

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