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EOS C200 with revolutionary 4K ‘RAW light’ feature

Canon’s EOS C200 EF Cinema Camera features a built-in electronic viewfinder, 4” touchscreen LCD monitor, built-in ND, top handle, good onboard audio recording, Canon’s fantastic Dual Pixel Auto Focus, Super 35mm CMOS sensor, 120fps recording without cropping the sensor, and the ability to record RAW internally. The Super 35mm sensor is paired with Canon’s Dual DIGIC DV 6 image processor, allowing it to capture and record up to 4K DCI resolution.

Affordable, versatile, simple, compact and interesting – these are only a few of the adjectives we have come across while studying the extensive reviews about the latest addition to the Canon family of the famous Cinema EOS line of cameras - Cinema EOS C200! And it seems there’s a lot to like about this new masterpiece and its not only the specifications. Introduction of internal 4K raw clubbed with an affordable price is certainly a bold step by Canon.

Flexibility factor is taken care of by one of the major aspects of this cinema camera i.e. it is compatible with the full range of more than 100 Canon EF and EF-S photographic lenses (including specialty tilt-shift and fisheye models) and Canon’s 4K CN-E Cinema prime and zoom lenses, including the “ENG-style” Canon CINE-SERVO and COMPACT-SERVO zoom thus amplifying its application in the field of creative film-making, documentary and television production, corporate and event videography, and newsgathering.

Internal 4K RAW Recording with New Cinema RAW Light

The EOS C200 Digital Cinema Camera record raw as a main codec. To make shooting raw feasible, the camera supports a new recording format called “Cinema RAW Light” which is a 4K RAW recording file format offering a smaller file size compared to the standard RAW*1 files (thus making it possible to record internally to CFast 2.0 media), while maintaining the same high resolution, high color reproducibility, and wide dynamic range data to provide remarkably greater freedom in grading and compositing.

Recording Formats

The newly-developed Dual DIGIC DV6 processor of the C200 enables internal recordings in 4K UHD/50P MP4, 4K DCI raw 50P and continuous 120fps High Frame Rate (HFR) in Full HD without cropping the sensor.

As an alternative to the Cinema RAW Light format, the C200 can also record 4K UHD at 150Mbps and 2K or Full HD at 35Mbps to an SD card in the MP4 format.

The EOS C200 Digital Cinema Camera integrates an 8.85 Megapixel Super 35mm 16:9 CMOS sensor that supports 4K (DCI) recording with a maximum resolution of 4096 x 2160 pixels. The camera fully utilizes the image data delivered by this 4K CMOS sensor to also enable Over Sampling HD Processing for 2K (DCI) and Full HD 1080/60p recording.

8.85 Megapixel Super 35mm CMOS sensor

Each pixel in this CMOS imaging sensor also maintains a wide pixel pitch that maximizes the amount of light that falls on to each photo site, thus enhancing the EOS C200 camera’s sensitivity while also minimizing noise and supporting ISO speeds of up to 102,400 for extreme low-light imaging. This sensor also reduces data-readout time, resulting in a reduction in rolling-shutter artifacts.

Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology

The EOS C200 Digital Cinema Camera features our Dual Pixel CMOS AF (DAF) Technology. DAF is a breakthrough AF technology that uses the CMOS sensor.

Each pixel in the camera’s CMOS sensor is configured with two photodiodes. Two independent image signals can then be detected at each photosite. By implementing phase-difference AF, smooth focusing is accomplished using Canon EF lenses with much higher speed and accuracy than was possible with previous technologies- a major advantage during single-operator shooting.

Continuous AF and Face Detection AF with all Canon EF Lenses

The EOS C200 has one-touch AF (with a push-button) and continuous AF within approximately 80% of the overall image area. Face Detection AF is another autofocus mode that can track a person’s face in the frame and maintain focus on them. To further fine tune AF performance, the EOS C200 offers the ability to set the AF tracking speed (up to 10 steps) and sensitivity (up to 7 steps) to match the user’s preference.

HDR viewing

The EOS C200 Digital Cinema Camera supports HDR recording in the ITU-R BT.2100 standard (PQ). HDR on-set monitoring is possible using HDR compatible reference displays, including all of our Canon 4K UHD Reference Displays. The Electronic Viewfinder can be used with a new View Assist feature, providing a reference view that’s close to the PQ standard. Using this View Assist feature, the displayed dynamic range can be selected for 400% or 1600%, and linear display as well. This allows operators to shoot HDR footage while getting a preview of the finished product.

Canon Log and Canon Log 3

The EOS C200 supports both Canon Log and Canon Log 3 Gamma. Canon Log is designed to reproduce, in post production, the entire tonal range that the CMOS image sensor is capable of. Log workflow provides the user with higher dynamic range, more highlight and shadow retention, and more flexibility in grading.

Canon Log 3 is ideal for professional end users that want to get the most out of the camera system, and provides the most versatility for post production when recording in camera.

When using Canon RAW Light and Canon’s RAW development software it is possible to additionally use Canon Log 2 allowing for a total of 15 stops of dynamic range out of the camera. Using this method requires additional post production time over other options, but gives the highest quality and flexibility for post.

Wide DR Gamma

The EOS C200 provides the Canon Wide Dynamic Range Gamma function that allows users to get many of the benefits of Canon Log Gamma while maintaining an 18% gray point similar to Rec. 709. By using this setting, users can maintain the full dynamic range of the sensor without the need for extensive post processing. Use of Wide DR Gamma can greatly reduce post production time while maintaining very high image quality.

ISO 100 sensitivity supported

Shooting at a low sensitivity that makes optimum use of the out-of-focusing (“bokeh”) effect that only a large-size sensor is capable of delivering.

The variety of settings in the low ISO speed range has been expanded by engineering an evolution in the pixel structure of the CMOS sensor. Images that utilize the out-of-focusing (“bokeh”) effect using a shallow depth of field even in the daytime can be created, and users can enjoy creating the kind of images that only a large-size sensor can create.

Over Sampling HD Processing

The EOS C200 features Over Sampling HD Processing*, a high-image-quality signal processing system that satisfies a broad spectrum of video production needs by effectively utilizing the abundant powers of 4K image expression in 2K (2048 x 1080) / Full HD (1920 x 1080) recording.

Professional workflow

The EOS C200 Digital Cinema Camera offers a variety of professional workflows. The camera’s new Cinema RAW Light format provides professional shooters with the widest dynamic range and highest color fidelity for post production work. Using Canon’s CRD software and Canon RAW Light codec with up to 15 stops of dynamic range is achievable. MP4 recording is also possible on the camera for situations such as newsgathering, where capturing the image and speed through post are priority.

The EOS C200 supports both ACES 1.0 and HDR imaging through support for emerging HDR standards. Canon is working closely with 3rd party developers to help ensure maximum compatibility for these new formats with NLE and grading systems.


The Canon C200 is a solid and ergonomic tool that feels rugged yet compact and light.This ready-to-go production camera weighs about 1.8kg. Considering that this camera shoots raw, a weight of 1.4kg is a good start, especially as applications like handheld gimbals or drones become more and more popular. There is also built-in Wi-Fi and Ethernet connectivity that allows users to remote control the camera and there is even an option to transfer files via FTP.

Canon will also be introducing a way to attach and connect the Canon EVF-V70 EVF that was originally designed for the C700.

Proxy Recording

For some people who want an efficient workflow with RAW, the 35 Mbps proxy recordings in 2K will be a welcome feature. Proxys are recorded to SD cards. The camera has 2 SD slots.

Battery Life

One battery lasts for more than 2 hours without switching off the camera.

To sum it up..

This $6000 camera is capable of doing everything a cinema camera shooter could wish for. The 12-bit 4K RAW quality lives up to the expectations of the word “RAW”. At the same time, the C200 makes the RAW process easy and relatively affordable as there is only a requirement of a third of the storage space of uncompressed RAW and one can record CFast 2.0 cards. It offers the best auto focus any cinema camera currently has to offer, face detection, the convenient focus assist feature, great low-light qualities and a rugged, reliable, ergonomic body with up to 10 stops of built-in ND. The camera’s multitude of features helps deliver outstanding image quality, performance and versatility making it ideal for film, documentary and television production, corporate and event videography, and newsgathering.