SpaceX Launch carries Canon IMAX camera gear.
MELVILLE, N.Y. — Canon U.S.A., a manufacturer of digital imaging products, announced that Canon Cinema EOS digital cameras and lenses have been selected by IMAX Corp. for a mission to capture 4K footage in space. The cameras and lenses left Earth Saturday on a SpaceX Dragon spacecraft launched from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.
The equipment will arrive at the International Space Station, where astronauts will capture 4K content for the upcoming new 3D film, tentatively titled A Perfect Planet, a presentation of Walt Disney Studios and IMAX Entertainment.
Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Toni Myers, the IMAX 3D space project will offer high-resolution views of Earth from space, exploring mankind’s future on and off the planet. Renowned large format cinematographer James Neihouse serves as the film’s director of photography and trained the astronauts who will man the cameras while in orbit.
The IMAX production team selected Canon EOS C500 EF digital cinema cameras, Canon EOS 1D-C digital SLR cameras, and a selection of Canon Cinema Zoom and Prime lenses for the project. The EOS C500s will be paired with Codex recorders to capture 4K images.
“Of the digital cameras we tested for spaceflight, the Canon EOS C500’s image quality was more film-like than the other systems,” said Neihouse. “The sharpness is superior to some of the larger sensors. And it is more user-friendly for the astronauts. We have a good track record with Canon cameras in space.”
“When we launched the Cinema EOS product line, Canon hoped to inspire filmmakers to take their craft to new heights. We are honored that IMAX and James Neihouse, and the astronauts took our challenge so literally,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO, Canon U.S.A., Inc.
IMAX’s 3D film will be shot over the course of the next year with multiple crews of astronauts conducting principal photography. The film is tentatively set for release in early 2016.