Express creativity in 4K video with Canon EOS C200

A new 4k digital cinema camera for enthusiasts, documentary and TV productions is finally making waves. The Canon EOS C200 is the latest addition to Canon’s growing collection of Cinema EOS System of professional cinematography products. It juggles between the entry-level C100 Mark II and the broadcast and cinema standard C300 Mark II. The camera basks on its in-camera 4K video recording with the new Cinema RAW Light in MP4 format and Dual Pixel CMOS AF with touch control and wide-ranging shooting functions.

Recording

One of the key features of the Canon EOS C200 is its ability to shoot in two codec internally–4K in MP4 format and Cinema RAW Light. All thanks to the newly developed Dual DIGIC DV6 processor. It enables 4K UHD and Full HD recording in MP4 format of up to 60fps, and high-speed recording in Full HD at 120p/100p fps for creative slow motion replays and other special effects.

The digital cinema camera is also capable of relay recording on SD card, in which if the card being recorded on becomes full, the recording will continue uninterrupted on the other card. Aside from that, it also has the option for double slot simultaneous recording on SD cards, which allows users to record the same scene simultaneously to memory cards.4K video can be recorded to a CFast card, while recording 2K proxy video to an SD card. The smaller size of the 2K proxy file allows for easier editing. It is a convenient way to make backup copy of the recording while the camera records.

The recording time on a 128GB CFast 2.0 card is 15 minutes using 4K cinema RAW Light at 16Gbps VBR, while on a 128GB SD card is 110 minutes using MP4 at 150Mbps and 485 minutes using MP4 at 35Mbps.

Note that the pre-record cache is three seconds. And with recording formats of Cinema RAW Light on CFast card and MP4 XF-AVC on SD card.

The Canon C200 supports a dynamic range of 15 stops in Cinema RAW Light and 13 stops in MP4 and Canon Log3. The camera delivers excellent performance even in low light conditions with expanded ISO sensitivity of 100-102400. Furthermore, it has built-in ND filters with up to 10-stop density, especially helpful when dealing bright scenes.

 

Cinema RAW Light

The new Cinema RAW Light offers a 4K RAW recording file format that has about 1/3 to 1/5 the size of standard RAW files. The smaller file size and reduced bit rate speeds up data transfer and allows internal recording to CFast cards, while maintaining the same high resolution, high reproducibility and wide dynamic range data to provide dramatically greater freedom in grading and compositing.

Canon supports Canon Log, Canon Log 3, Canon Cinema RAW Development 2.0, Canon RAW Plugin for Avid Media Access, and other support programs such as Edius Pro, Premiere Pro, Media Composer, DaVinci Resolve and Final Cut Pro X.

 

Auto Focus

With the Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology, users can expect high precision on focusing and tracking subjects. Its touchscreen LCD monitor works hand-in-hand with the Dual Pixel CMOS AF for faster and more accurate focusing of subjects. Focus assist, a great feature that Canon introduced with the Canon C300 Mark II, carries through with the C200. The focus assist tells the user which is in focus with the indication of three arrows. This helps the user identify the focused subject, without having to use the magnify button. Moreover, the camera allows Face Detection AF in two settings: Face Priority and Face Only. In both Face Priority and Face Only, the face to detect can be selected with the joystick.

 

Ergonomics

The Canon C200 feels light as compared to its predecessors, weighing approximately 1.4kg, which is advantageous for handheld and gimbal use. It comes with a built-in viewfinder, 4-inch rotating touch screen LCD monitor, versatile handle, ergonomical handgrip, two SD card slots and another slot for a CFast card. The overall handling of the digital cinema camera is easy and flexible.

 

Connectivity

The EOS C200 Digital Cinema Camera has a wide array of input and output terminals that is beneficial in production shooting and display situations.

By accessing the Browser Remote Control through connected devices like a pc, tablet or smartphone, users can manage auto focus functions, manual focusing, and other settings such as exposure (ISO, speed, aperture, ND filter) and white balance.

The C200 also offers Wi-Fi connectivity and GPS.