Canon announced a new addition to the Company’s Cinema EOS System of professional cinematography products: the EOS C200 digital cinema camera, which makes possible the on-camera recording of 4K video in MP4 and the new Cinema RAW Light1. The camera is ideal for wide-ranging video productions such as movies, TV dramas and commercials, as well as news, documentaries and milestones events, for example, weddings.
The EOS C200 features the newly-developed Dual DIGIC DV 6 image processing platform that makes possible the recording of 4K video1 to CFast cards using the new Cinema RAW Light video format, which retains the same amount of information and degree of freedom when colour grading a Cinema RAW while achieving between one-third and one-fifth the file size, in addition to 4K MP4-format video2 recording to SD cards. Both of these 4K video formats are recorded on camera, thereby enabling more efficient 4K video content creation.
Commenting on the launch, Mr. Eddie Udagawa, VP, Consumer Imaging and Information Centre, Canon India, said, “Celebrating 30 years of EOS Systems, we are at the forefront of innovation and aim to introduce more evolved and technologically advanced products. Foraying into professional cinematography, the newly launched product CINEMA EOS C200 with its inbuilt 4K RAW/UHD @60FPS and FULL HD @120 FPS shooting capabilities, with excellent low light performance, the camera is set to meet the needs of all kind of productions across domains of Documentaries, ENG, Film & Broadcasting Schools, Corporate promotions and Premium Weddings. Canon continues to take its commitment forward with launch of exciting products that can elevate professional and personal experience.”
Using the LM-V1 touch-panel LCD monitor, users can intuitively select the subject they wish to focus on with simple touch operation. With Dual Pixel CMOS AF, which enables superb tracking and smooth autofocus ideal for video capture, users can employ touch operations for fast and accurate adjustments, even during 4K shooting, when precise focusing can be a challenge.
The EOS C200 delivers a maximum 15-stop equivalent wide dynamic range for 4K HDR video recording in Cinema RAW Light format, and a maximum 13-stop equivalent in MP4 format that employs Canon’s proprietary Log gammas—Canon Log 3 and Canon Log. Through the use of Canon’s professional 4K displays, users can confirm ITU-R BT.2100 (PQ) 2– compliant HDR video on location while shooting.
Scheduled Firmware Update
From the first half of 2018, a free firmware update will be available, to include support for the XF-AVC (YCbCr 4:2:0 8bit) video format used by such digital cinema cameras as the EOS C700 /EOS C700 GS PL and EOS C300 Mark II.
Partners3 Supporting Cinema RAW Light
Coinciding with the release of the EOS C200, DaVinci Resolve, Blackmagic Design’s editing and grading software, will commence support for Cinema RAW Light. In addition, users can perform editing using Avid Technology, Inc.’s Media Composer with the official Canon plugin “Canon RAW Plugin for Avid Media Access4” and processing using Canon’s Cinema RAW Development4.
The EOS C200 and the aforementioned software will be on display at the 2017 After NAB Show broadcasting technology expo, to be held on June 1 and 2 in Akihabara, Tokyo, as well as the Cine Gear Expo cinema industry trade show, to be held on June 2 and 3 in Hollywood, U.S.A.
Support for Cinema RAW Light is also scheduled for EDIUS Pro, Grass Valley’s editing software, during 2017. Additionally, a future version of Final Cut Pro X from Apple Inc. will support Canon Cinema RAW Light, using Canon RAW Plugin for Final Cut Pro X5.
LM-V1 LCD monitor (included with the EOS C200)
The LM-V1 LCD monitor employs a 4-inch LCD panel for intuitive touch-screen operations, making possible the easy selection of focus points for convenient adjustment, even during single-operator shooting.
LA-V1 LCD attachment unit (included with the EOS C200)
The LA-V1 LCD attachment unit connects the camera body to the LM-V1 LCD monitor, enabling the monitor to be rotated freely during shooting while keeping it securely attached to the camera body.
GR-V1 camera grip (included with the EOS C200)
Compared with the EOS C300 Mark II, the distance between the grip and the optical axis has been reduced by approximately 9 mm, improving weight balance for handheld use. The grip can also be quickly attached and detached with ease.
HDU-2 handle unit (included with the EOS C200)
The HDU-2 handle unit can be attached to the camera body without tools, and features a newly-designed handle screw that enables fast and easy attachment.
CL-V2 clamp base (sold separately)
The CL-V2 clamp base enables the attachment of the optional high-image-quality EVF-V70 OLED electronic viewfinder (sold separately) to the EOS C200, which does not come packaged with the LM-V1 LCD monitor, to make possible comfortable EVF shooting.
EOS C200, LM-V1, LA-V1, GR-V1, HDU-2, CL-V2 and CG-A20 will be released in late August 2017.
1 For Cinema RAW Light: 4K DCI (4096 x 2160) in 60P. For MP4: 4K UHD (3840 x 2160) in 60P (Both 50P in PAL filming mode)
2 The HDR imaging standard recommended by the International Telecommunications Union
3 Additional companies not mentioned in this section are scheduled to add support for Cinema RAW Light at a later date. For a complete list of partner companies and products, please see the last page of this document.
4 A Windows version and Mac version of this product will be available for download free of charge from the Canon website.
5 Release date TBD. Please check the official product website for updates.