Canon introduces 4K-capable C200 cameras
Issue: June 1, 2017

Canon introduces 4K-capable C200 cameras

MELVILLE, NY — Canon USA, Inc., has introduced the EOS C200 and EOS C200B digital cinema cameras, which are designed to meet the demanding needs of filmmakers and TV production users. The two new models combine the ease of use of entry level cinema cameras with new, high-end features that are well suited for cinema, documentary, wildlife, wedding and event production. 

The C200 and C200B representing the third generation of the Cinema EOS system and offer two 4K video formats. Canon’s new Cinema RAW Light and MP4 codecs can be captured for those interested in recording HDR video. Both models feature a newly developed dual DIGIC DV6 image processing system, Canon’s Dual Pixel CMOS AF system and improved operability for professionals.

The new models will be available in two configurations, while retaining the same core technologies within. The C200 is a production-ready solution that can be used right out of the box, accompanied by an LCD monitor, LCD attachment, camera grip and handle unit. The camera also features a 1.77 million dot OLED electronic view finder. For users who desire more versatility and the ability to craft custom setups, the C200B offers cinematographers the same camera without these accessories and the EVF.

Both sport the same 8.85MP CMOS sensor, that combines with a newly developed dual DIGIC DV6 image processing system to help process high-resolution image data and record video from Full HD (1920x1080) and 2K (2048x1080) to 4K UHD (3840x2160) and 4K DCI (4096x2160). The combination of sensor and newly developed processing system also allows for the support for two new 4K file formats designed to help optimize workflow and make 4K and HDR recording more accessible to filmmakers. 

Cinema RAW Light, available in 4K 60p/50p at 10 bit and 30p/25p/24p at 12 bit, allows users to record data internally to a CFast card by cutting data size to about one-third to one-fifth of a Cinema RAW file, without losing grading flexibility. Alongside recording to a CFast card, proxy data (MP4) can also be simultaneously recorded to an SD card for use in offline editing. 

Canon will show the new C200s at Cine Gear Expo in Hollywood from June 1st through June 4th. The cameras will be available in August for $7,499 (C200) and $5,999 (C200B). They are both compatible with Canon’s recently announced Compact-Servo 70-200mm zoom lens, which is scheduled to be available later in 2017, for an estimated retail price of $5,800.