Canon 4K Reference Monitor


Canon demonstrated the new DP-V3010 4K Reference Monitor in their 4K theater at Tokyo Headquarters today.  It’s a 30-inch 4K IPS LCD flat panel display with the jaw-dropping ability to exactly match its mates on set, in grading suites around the world, as well as simultaneously running projectors and monitors.

Anyone grumbling about the $40,000 list price will quickly be mollified by the stunning fact that here’s a monitor that might replace an entire DI grading theatre/screening room. You will now be able to grade at a desktop — because its 4K picture is as good as, and matches exactly, any 4K grading digital projection system. Just imagine the savings in high-cost real estate rental.

The DP-V3010 Reference Display was first shown as a prototype at Canon Expo in New York a couple of years ago. It will ship in the first quarter of 2014. It has a 30 inch diagonal screen and is  7.4 inches deep.  Contrast ratio is 2000:1 (DCI-compliant).

Canon’s 30-Inch 10-Bit IPS LCD Display has a 16:10 aspect ratio, with 4096 x 2560 resolution. The monitor is designed to be used on set, for grading, in DI suites, CGI, animation, and VFX facilities, and for DIT carts on stage and on location.

Pixel pitch is 157.5μm. The panel  is an IPS (in-plane switching) LCD with full array RGB LED scanning backlight technology that delivers excellent color accuracy, and crisp video without motion blur.  The IPS LCD panel has polarizing and filtering film layers to prevent changes in color and contrast.

The Canon DP-V3010 4K Reference Display is compatible with the five major color gamut standards (SMPTE-C, EBU, ITU-R BT.709, DCI, and AdobeRGB), DCI standards for 4K display (2000:1 contrast ratio), and ASC CDL (American Society of Cinematographers Color Decision List) format. The display controller provided with the DP-V3010 4K Display includes a dedicated CDL button. Color settings made on location can be stored on a USB flash drive and imported/exported.

You can import 1D and 3D LUTs.

You can view live 4K from the camera on this monitor. It supports Canon Log gamma from the EOS C500 and EOS C300 Cinema cameras because Canon Log viewing LUTs are pre-installed.  The display will be able to support  ACESproxy output from Canon’s EOS C500 digital cinema camera.

To accommodate HD formats, the DP-V3010 Display offers upscaling to 4K resolution of DCI 4K (in up to 12 bit 4:4:4 color), 2K, 1080p, 1080i and 720p. Inputs include 3G-SDI, HD-SDI and DisplayPort connectors.

The Canon DP-V3010 4K Reference Display is scheduled to be available in the first quarter of 2014 for a suggested list price of $40,000.

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