Latest Cinema EOS camera incorporates new Cinema RAW Light recording format for internal 4K


The expansion of Canon’s Cinema EOS range of cameras has continued with the announcement of the EOS C200 model – a compact, 4K digital cinema camera that sees the introduction of the new Cinema RAW Light recording format.

The EOS C200 is the first Cinema EOS camera to support the Cinema RAW Light format, which is said to offer the same flexibility in colour grading as Cinema RAW in a smaller file size, thus making it possible for filmmakers to record 4K internally to a CFast 2.0 card.

New DIGIC 6 processors
Newly developed Canon Dual DIGIC DV6 processors provide the ability to record internally in 4K UHD/50P MP4, 4K DCI RAW 50P and continuous 120fps High Frame Rate (HFR) in Full HD without any cropping. Canon also claims it has made advances in its Dual Pixel CMOS Auto Focus (AF) technology which, combined with a new touch screen LCD monitor, will help to provide smooth AF operation and effective tracking of subjects.

4K, 2K and Full HD
The combination of the new DIGIC DV6 processors and Canon’s 4K Super 35mm CMOS sensor (8.85 megapixels) helps to deliver Cinema RAW Light recording at 4K DCI 50P internally to CFast 2.0 media. The C200 can also deliver 4K UHD recording at 150Mbps, 2K or Full HD at 35Mbps to SD cards in MP4 format.

The EOS C200 is said to be capable of delivering both slow and fast motion recording at up to 120fps with no crop in Full HD/MP4, ideal for those shooting with the intent to create slow motion footage.

Dynamic range & low light
With Cinema RAW Light the C200 can support up to 15 stops of dynamic range and up to 13 stops of dynamic range in MP4 (Canon Log/Log 3), making it a versatile tool for capturing highlight and shadow details. The camera also features an ISO range of 100 to 102,400 for shooting in a wide variety of lighting conditions.

The camera’s built-in optical ND filters (Clear, 2-stop, 4-stop, 6-stop, 8-stop and 10-stop) offer up to 10 stops of density and should provide further flexibility and convenience, allowing filmmakers to shoot in bright light and expand their control over depth-of-field.

Advanced AF
As mentioned above the EOS C200 features an advanced AF system that provides reliability and accuracy when shooting 4K, as well as a touch screen LCD panel for filmmakers to easily select their subject. For those needing to switch swiftly between several subjects in a single shot Dual Pixel CMOS AF should enable smooth AF operation. A Manual Focus Assist Function, Face Detection with Face Priority and Face-Only options provide further creative control over focusing.

The EOS C200’s body weighs 1.4kg and is designed for comfortable hand-held shooting. Its compact size should mean the camera is well suited for mounting either on a drone or a gimbal.

Wi-fi & accessories
Built-in Wi-Fi and Ethernet connectivity allows for browser remote control and the ability to transfer files via FTP, whilst the camera’s compatibility options mean new and existing accessories can be used, including Canon’s EVF-V70 electronic viewfinder.

Cinema RAW Light for workflows
Canon has collaborated with several partners to ensure Cinema RAW Light is integrated with various software editing programs. As a result, editing and grading of the Cinema RAW Light video format will be supported in Blackmagic Design’s DaVinci Resolve. Editing will be possible in Media Composer from Avid Technology, using Canon RAW Plugin for Avid Media Access. This format can also be processed using the Canon application known as ‘Cinema RAW Development’.

Support for Cinema RAW Light is also scheduled for Grass Valley’s EDIUS Pro editing software later in 2017. A future version of Final Cut Pro X from Apple will support Canon’s Cinema RAW Light, using Canon RAW Plugin for Final Cut Pro X.

Future firmware
Canon’s XF-AVC video format will become available for the C200 via a future free firmware upgrade that’s planned for the first quarter of 2018.

The EOS C200 has an RRP of £7,699.99 or will be available in a kit with the Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM lens at an RRP of£8,589.99. The CG-A20 Charger has an RRP of £389.99 and the CL-V2 Clamp Base has an RRP of £429.99.

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