We got some hands on time with a C200 at Hunt's flagship store in Melrose. We talked with Canon's Ryan Snyder about what this camera can do and where it fits in the company's current lineup.
What are your first impressions of the C200?
I'm genuinely excited about the C200. I think it packs a lot of high end production features into a small camera at a great value. There are two models of the camera - the C200 and the C200B. The C200B does not include the built-in EVF or accessories the standard model comes with but features a smaller form factor allowing it to be used in tighter spaces.
What are some of the headline specs on the C200?
- Internal 4K UHD and 4K RAW recording to SD cards and CFast card respectively, at up to 60P
- New Canon RAW Light 4K codec
- Full HD recording up to 120P (no crop)
- 4-inch touch screen LCD capable of controlling focus with Canon's Dual-Pixel AF technology
- 13-stops DR with Canon Log 3 (RAW capable of 15-stops with Canon Log 2)
- Wi-Fi and Ethernet connectivity for remote control and file transfer
For teams like us, who have used the C100 for years, would the transition from a C100 workflow to C200 workflow be seamless? Are there any hurdles you would expect us to experience?
I think the transition will be seamless - yes. For 4K UHD and HD the C200 records the same type of compression in MP4 to SD cards as the C100 - just at a higher bitrate. Existing workflows will remain unchanged with the exception you will now be able to work in 4K.
Naturally you'll need a little more processing power from your editing system when transitioning to 4K, however, I've found more modest systems can edit the 150Mbps MP4 file the C200 records. The RAW workflow is also straightforward thanks to the new RAW Light format which is 1/3 to 1/5 the size of our full Cinema RAW found on other cameras. Using our Cinema Raw Development software it's very easy to generate a ProRes 4:4:4:4 file for editing in any NLE.
Why is the C200 a good upgrade for C100 owners?
The C100 is a great HD cinema camera, however, the industry is reaching a point where 4K is becoming more of a requirement - both for delivery and creative needs. The C200 is a natural step up from the C100 with its upgraded recording specs and also for its upgraded design.
The grip, while similar to the C100, has been redesigned allowing easier positional adjustment; the top handle is much sturdier; the LCD is attached via a new bracket that offers a lot of flexibility in placement; the Dual Pixel AF system is now capable of focusing within the majority of the frame and Face Detection autofocus can be used with almost all EF lenses.
Color: How well does the c-log in the C200 match that of the C100?
The C200 features the original Canon Log so you can shoot alongside a C100 with the same settings.
A lot of people are comparing the recently announced Panasonic EVA 1 to the C200. What is your take on that? Where does the C200 fit in with the current cinema camera lineup?
I cannot comment on the new Panasonic camera as I am not familiar with the finalized specifications. The C200 falls squarely between the C100 Mark II and the C300 Mark II; it is a big upgrade from the HD C100 Mark II but doesn't have the advanced studio connectivity of the C300 Mark II.
The two recording options, mp4 and RAW have pretty different workflows and results as far as IQ and ability to push footage in post, why is having both of those options useful?
Having both options lets you prioritize what's important for the project you're shooting. The 4K UHD 8-bit 4:2:0 recording to SD cards can be your go-to format for projects where turn-around time is limited or when extreme dynamic range and extensive grading are not necessary - saving time and recording media cost. RAW Light to CFast, on the other hand, gives you the option of outputting full DCI 4K master files up to 12-bit 4:4:4 for jobs that require the highest flexibility.
Have you messed around with the auto focus / face detect yet? Your impressions?
Extensively - and it's great! It's the same as the Dual-Pixel AF system in the C300 Mark II and flagship C700. The fact that you can use the touch screen LCD to control the focus point makes it even better. There's a lot of customization you can do to make it work for many different shooting scenarios. The face detection and object tracking feature is amazing, particularly with some of our large aperture lenses...seeing a 50mm F/1.2 lens track a "nervous interviewee" is awesome. It works with the lens wide open!
What is the ethernet jack for? What all can you do/control with the networking feature?
The main use is for remote control through the Browser Remote feature. This allows you to control all operations of the camera including exposure (including ND filters), white balance, and focus (you can even control zoom if you use a servo lens).
You can connect to the C200 (and C200B) with either Ethernet or Wi-Fi. Both work the same but it's great to have the Ethernet option when you are in an area with a lot of Wi-Fi interference. The operation is browser based so there is no need to download an app. You simply assign an IP address to the camera and point your device to it - and it works very well.
There is also an FTP function for uploading the MP4 files to a remote server - popular with ENG users.
The C200 is currently available for purchase in two confirgurations. The default model with top arm and monitor, and a B model without accessories or a viewfinder for gimbal useNeed help choosing the right gear?
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