Canon’s C200 Is Ready for High Dynamic Range Filmmaking

May 31, 2017

Canon is delivering a new Cinema EOS camera in August that aims to ease filmmakers into the high dynamic range era.

The C200 records 4K (4096 x 2160) video via a 8.85-megapixel, Super 35mm-sized CMOS sensor with a sensitivity range of 160-25,600 (expandable to 100 and 102,400). It delivers 13 stops of dynamic range and supports two new 4K file formats designed, in Canon’s words, to make “HDR recording more accessible to filmmakers.”

The new Cinema RAW Light file format will be available when filming in 4K 60p/50p at 10 bit and 30p/25p/24p at 12 bit internally to a CFast card and delivers RAW files that are between 1/3 and 1/5 the size of typical Canon Cinema RAW files. Despite the significant reduction in file size, Canon says you won’t lose “grading flexibility.” When shooting in Cinema RAW Light, proxy data in the MP4 format can also be simultaneously recorded to an SD card for use in offline editing.

Canon says that DaVinci Resolve and Adobe Premiere Pro (through 2017) will support the new Cinema RAW Light format, as will Avid’s Media Composer using a plug-in. There will also be a Canon Cinema RAW Development software app to process the new format. A plugin for Final Cut Pro X is due in the second half of the year.

Additionally, the camera can record 4K in an 8-bit MP4 format at a variety of frame rates from 24-60p. Full HD recording is available up to 120 fps.

The C200 incorporates Canon’s Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology and the LCD supplied with the C200 supports touch focusing. Unlike other Cinema EOS models, the C200 won’t have XLR inputs.

Additional features include:

  • oversampled HD recording to reduce noise
  • internal 10-stop ND filter
  • two SD card slots and one CFast slot
  • View Assist feature for monitoring footage through the viewfinder with a reference that is close to the PQ production standard
  • SDI and HDMI output

The EOS C200 will be sold in two configurations. The “standard” C200, for $7,499, includes a 4-inch LCD monitor, LCD attachment, camera grip and handle, and a 1.77 million dot OLED EVF. The $5,999 C200B has identical imaging features but ships without any of  the accessories and EVF (those can be purchased separately, as needed). Both versions will ship in August.