Canon launches new Cinema EOS camera - and new RAW format

Canon EOS C200
Neal Romanek
May 31st 2017 at 5:30AM : By Neal Romanek

With new recording format, the 4K camera can record RAW to CFast cards

Canon is releasing a new 4K compact Cinema EOS camera, the Canon EOS C200. Along with the EOS C200, Canon is introducing a new RAW recording format, Cinema RAW light.

The new Cinema RAW Light has been designed to have the same flexibility in colour grading as Cinema RAW but in a smaller file size, allowing users to record internally to a CFast 2.0 card.

Editing and grading of the Cinema RAW Light video format will be supported by DaVinci Resolve. Editing will also be possible in Avid Media Composer, using Canon RAW Plugin for Avid Media Access. This format can also be processed using a Canon application, Cinema RAW Development. Other partners are expected to support the format in the coming months.

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’s Cinema RAW Light, using Canon RAW Plugin for Final Cut Pro X.

Canon EOS C200

The EOS C200 features Canon’s 4K Super 35mm CMOS sensor with an effective pixel count of 8.85 megapixels, along with the newly developed Dual DIGIC DV6 image processors. It can deliver Cinema RAW Light recording at 4K DCI 50P internally to a CFast 2.0 card. It can also deliver 4K UHD recording at 150Mbps, and 2K or Full HD at 35Mbps to SD cards in MP4 format. The camera can also deliver 4K UHD/50P MP4, 4K DCI RAW and continuous 120fps in full HD without crop.

The camera also comes with a touch screen LCD monitor. The monitor's Dual Pixel CMOS Auto Focus (AF) technology provides smooth AF operation and tracking, and is the same as the system used on the EOS C300 Mark 2 (read our review of the C300). AF options include Manual Focus Assist Function, Face Detection with Face Priority and Face-Only.

The EOS C200 offers up to 15-stops of dynamic range with Cinema RAW Light and up to 13-stops of dynamic range in MP4 (Canon Log / Log 3) with an ISO range of 100 to 102,400. The camera has built-in optical ND filters of up to ten stops.

The camera weighs 1.4kg and has a redesigned grip for better ergonomics. Built-in Wi-Fi and Ethernet connectivity permit browser remote control and the ability to transfer files via FTP.

Canon’s XF-AVC video format will become available in a future, free firmware upgrade. The upgrade is expected to be available in the first half of 2018.

The EOS C200 is scheduled to go into mass production at the end of July. The camera will run at £7,699.99 / €9,229.99. The EOS C200 with EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM Kit will run at £8,589.99 / €10,299.99?. The camera's CG-A20 Battery Charger is priced at £389.99 / €464.99? and the CL-V2 Clamp Base will be £429.99 / €519.99.

Look for a review of the EOS C200 in TV Tech Global this summer.


Canon EOS C200