The Canon C500 MKII has three sensor modes - Full Frame, Super 35 (crop) and Super 16 (crop). Within each mode you have the ability to choose a recording resolution that best suits your project, making the C500 MKII a very versatile camera.

Canon C500 MKII viewfinder

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.

Recording Resolutions

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.

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

Visualising The Different Resolutions

Here's a visual representation of the different pixel counts of the reolution options available in the C500 MKII:

Size difference between recording resolutions

If you wish to learn more about the Canon C500 mark II please check out our other articles in this series and if you have a question that wasn't answered, please let us know.

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