It isn't often that the announcement of new high-end video production equipment truly captures the industry's attention. After all, there are dozens, if not hundreds of different brands competing for the limelight. That's partly what makes it so impressive that, for months, all anybody has been talking about is the new Canon C200.
The Canon C200 has been the most talked-about new product on the video production scene.
The Canon C200: The story of 2017
Announced in May, the Canon C200 has arguably been the most talked-about new product on the video production scene for quite some time, with Cinema5D stating that: "In terms of specs, the C200 is certainly Canon's most interesting camera since their entry into the cinema market."
As Canon's own press release explained, the C200 represents the third generation of the company's wildly successful EOS system, which has become a staple across the industry. Indeed, the EOS range (which includes DSLRs as well as cinema cameras) has become popular everywhere from Hollywood film sets to low-budget independent projects, thanks to a wide range of options that suit every price point while still delivering impeccable results. The C200 takes the best from both ends of the spectrum, delivering an entirely new product that many have been waiting for with baited breath.
"Designed to meet the demanding needs of filmmakers and TV production users, the new Canon cinema offerings will combine the ease-of-use of entry level cinema cameras with exciting new, high-end features that are ideal for cinema, documentary, wildlife, wedding and events productions," explained Canon's press release.
The C200's new features
So, what exactly is it about the C200 that captured the imagination of so many in 2017? Well, to start with, the camera was designed with input from regular users (and passionate supporters) of Canon's existing EOS gear. This meant that the C200 would tick boxes that previous cameras hadn't, such as being versatile enough for the high-budget and low-budget crowds alike. This is more than an issue of price, with smaller projects and documentaries in particular often not requiring the extensive feature sets of previous Canon cinema cameras such as the C300.
The solution? Offering the C200 in two distinct types. There's one for users who want the full monty, and another (The C200B) that's bit sleeker and easier to incorporate into specialised setups such as with a drone or gimbal.
Regardless of which variation users want, the C200 and C200B both boast an 8.85 MP CMOS sensor, as well as a brand new image processing system that allow for high-quality capture of everything from Full HD to 4K footage. In addition, just a few of the other features of the C200 include:
These features, and many more, promise to make the C200 just as popular as previous Canon products have proved. The only question remaining, is how do the first reviews look?
Getting hands-on with the C200
The first reviews of new video production equipment are always revealing, particularly when it comes to 4K production cameras. This is because videographers tend to form strong bonds with the equipment they use, and it often takes quite a lot to convince them that anything else is as good – let alone an improvement.
It's therefore incredible revealing that reviews of the C200 over the last few months since its release have been almost overwhelmingly positive.
4K Shooters said that Canon "may have very well struck gold."
"Canon listened to its users and responded with a camera that is a good fit for most professional video shooters. It has good ergonomics and built-in flexibility for any workflow through Cinema Raw Light and MP4 shooting. It's a great value for the money," concluded Videomaker.
Meanwhile, 4K Shooters described the C200 as a real change of pace for Canon, saying that the company "may have very well struck gold by doing what no-one else besides Blackmagic Design and RED are doing, and that is giving users an easy to work with compressed Raw format. That's kind of a big deal, not just for the opportunities it presents, but also because it comes from Canon, who have been notoriously conservative in the (recent) past."
What does the future hold?
One of the few complaints about the C200 has been that it doesn't offer the XF-AVC codec – Canon's proprietary format for efficiently recording 4K footage. Fortunately, Canon will be rectifying this with a firmware update in early 2018. This upgrade will make the C200 a real contender for the best all-around cinema camera in its price range.
To find out more about the C200, get in touch with the DVT team today.
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