Canon sorts of “struck gold” if one can say with their Canon C200. Capable of the new Cinema RAW Light compressed raw format, for the first time ever Canon released a pro video camera with the ability to record 4K raw or any kind of raw for that matter internally. The Canon C200 became popular rather quickly with those invested in EF lenses, looking for a compact, but very capable cinema camera and 4K/60p raw ability into a CFast 2.0 card. And this is still despite the fact that Cinema Raw Light does not have a wide NLE support similar to what CinemaDNG has. Sure, that has to do with it being a new format, and support for all major editing suites will come eventually, but I think despite that there is still a huge interest in the camera from those who are on the fence about buying it.
The choice today for a capable and affordable 4K camera is overwhelming – you have the Panasonic EVA1, hell even the Panasonic GH5s, which offers a strong 400Mbps 4K intra codec on-board, which happens to be my favourite and most used camera at the moment, and a bunch of offerings from Sony, including the latest Sony FS5 II with improved internal colour sciences with a Rec.709 curve borrowed from the top-end Sony VENICE.
Canon have prepared a lovely series of video tutorials presented by Jem Schofield, who goes over various camera aspects including the aforementioned Cinema Raw Light, various special recording formats and what it is like to shoot with the camera for those new to the camera and those considering purchasing one soon.
You get an in-depth look how to use the various Colour Space, Gamma and Custom Pictures/HDR settings, HDR/LUT options, exposure recommendations using the waveform, proxy recording, and a ton more useful info.
Shooting with the C200:
Special recording modes and features on the Canon C200:
Canon C200 Features/Highlights
- 4K DCI Cinema RAW Light to CFast 2.0
- 4K/60p – 10 bit
- 4K/30p – 12 bit
- Internal Compressed Codec options:
- 4K/60p Long GOP 8bit 4:2:0 at 150 Mbps in MP4
- 4K/24/25/30p Long GOP 8bit 4:2:0 at 100 Mbps
- 2K/HD at 35 Mbps 8bit 4:2:0 in MP4
- Full HD 120fps Continuous with no sensor crop
- Records onto SD cards
- Can do 2K/Full HD Proxies on SD card and Raw on Cfast 2.0
- Up to 15-stops dynamic range (Cinema RAW Light)
- Wide DR, Canon LOG & Canon LOG 3
- Dual Pixel CMOS AF with touch control and extensive shooting functions
- Built-in NDs – 2/4/6/8/10 stops (like on the C300 MK II)
- ACES 1.0 Support
- BT.2100 (PQ) HDR support
- HDR ST-2084 LUT (in EVF)
- Uses BP-A30 and BP-A60 batteries (same as C300 MK II)
- 8bit 4:2:2 XF-AVC 4K internal codec coming Q1 2018 as free firmware
- No 4K Raw Output (has to be recorded internally)
- HDMI Output:
- 1920 x 1080p – 10bit 4:2:2
- 3840 x 2160 – 8bit 4:2:2
- SDI Output:
- 2048 x 1080 / 1920 x 1080 – 10bit 4:2:2 – Raw Light
- 1920 x 1080 – 10bit 4:2:2
- Price: $7,499 (B&H)
4K Cinema Raw Light and Post-Production with C200:
Get to grips with the audio setup and functionality of the C200 with this tutorial below:
Check out our previous posts on various accessories for the Canon C200 such as a PL conversion kit from Wooden Camera (link here), dedicated accessories by Vocas and more accessories such for the C200 by Wooden Camera and a cage from Bright Tangerine.
For full specs on the Canon C200 head over to Canon’s website here.
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