Canon EOS C200/C200B Review

Canon EOS C200-C200B Review

I’ve played well with an EOS C200 over the past 48 hours. When I first opened the package, I was pleasantly surprised by the size. The height is significantly less than that of the C300, and everything should be quite sturdy with the double-mount top plate.

It’s a well-made device with the same high level of build quality as the other Cinema EOS cameras that you would expect from Canon.

When I first picked up the camera, it felt comfortable in my hands, and the significant controls were located in locations I was already familiar with thanks to using a 500, 300, and now a 700. Again, thislieve Canon is doing this better than competitors at than others in terms of consistency in developing a product range with standardization across models.

If you’ve had the pleasure of switching between multiple cameras while on location, it can mean the difference between capturing the photo and not, saving you the trouble of fumbling for the button or (when renting) the embarrassment of not appearing to know what you’re doing.

If you deal with the professional line of Canon stills cameras, you are probably already familiar with the idea that you may rapidly switch between them. Additionally, the user can choose a button mapping for the buttons.

Canon EOS C200/C200B Ergonomics

I like the front hold with the side grip for ergonomic reasons. This size unit and the grip it may use make complete sense; they can result in more dynamic photos and the ability to move the camera about a little more. Perhaps this is because I have a background in still photography. Third parties like Vocas have already revealed several cool shoulder setups for those who would choose to shoot that way.

The Canon viewfinder, now the best I’ve used, was the other optional accessory I had. Although you can’t use it simultaneously as the touchscreen, it is beneficial when installed on the camera, especially for one-person shooters who employ autofocus.

With my arms pulled in and pressed to my eye, it felt wonderfully secure. In addition, when shooting outdoors in bright sunlight or other challenging conditions, the external finder elevates the quality of the image in the rear viewfinder. This makes using the camera a complete pleasure.

Additionally, if you shoulder mount, you now have a complete viewfinder that works with a 300 and 700.

Let me start by saying that the mount for the touchscreen is overengineered. I get what the designers were going for, but for me, it falls short.

I do not doubt that outside parties will resolve this fast. The CFast card flap was the other; I think it made removal difficult. Full-size XLR inputs and strategically placed sockets with easy access felt appropriate.

The fact that this camera can shoot RAW internally and has a tiny form factor appeals to me. It is a stripped-down version (referred to as “Light” by Canon), yet it still uses RAW data.

In my opinion, Canon has always possessed the best color science. The C700 I use has one of the most excellent looks available; all you need to do is apply a LUT, and you’re finished unless you want to go farther, in which case you may do so without significantly degrading the image. I’ve always taken still photos in RAW format, first with the C500 and now with the C700.

The opportunity to use a compact, lightweight, all-in-one camera with exceptional image quality, particularly for handheld or gimbal work that can be done on your own if necessary, was lacking for me.

The C200 is a compact, up to 50/60P, 4K DCI cinema camera with internal RAW recording and the ability to simultaneously build a proxy for editing. I believe some people are missing this.

The Alexa Mini is the only camera I can think of that does this, but it lacks autofocus and is not even close to the same price. Instead, connect an external recorder to make a rapid, usable recording.

I utilized external recorders with the 500 to obtain RAW, and it’s an excellent alternative because it provides you a second screen, the main screen with the viewfinder attached, and a tool to view rushes without the camera.

Canon EOS C200/C200B Pure beauty

Having tried the RAW, I can say that it is lovely. It appears to have the same camera sensor as the C700. While holding the whites, you can see the 15-stop range in detail to the blacks.

In my brief test, the files from the CFast card transferred quickly, and I could edit in real-time in Resolve 14 beta three on a 2017 MacBook Pro. I did activate the speed workflow, and I did have to wait for Resolve to render before playing, but it was workable for editing.

I used a LUT that was pre-made by Lutifyme, and the result was a stunning 15-stop cinema release quality film. Unfortunately, I didn’t have the Canon LUTS at the time.

Although 13 firms have stated that they will accept Cinema RAW Light, I could import the proxy file, alter it, and then re-conform with the RAW in Resolve to grade it immediately. The other option is to convert with a LUT to a different codec using Canon’s Cinema RAW Development.

I put it on my Ronin to try it out regarding usability. Using only EF lenses and the autofocus, the camera balanced fast, sitting comfortably above the center point. Canon must have tweaked the autofocus because it now feels human, rather than a computer, on pulls; the abrupt stop associated with computer control now seems to relax in and out.

I used a highly dependable and vintage 50mm f1.0 to capture high-quality close-up images while pulling the focus. Since I couldn’t focus the lens with my eyes, it consistently achieved the desired direction.

Another improvement seems to be that the focus now functions in much lower light; my small test shoot was conducted at night with candles, and only a few times did it search. However, facial recognition could still rapidly identify one or two people even in that dim setting.

Regarding focusing, the touchscreen on the camera is pure genius. The C300 MkII had a comparable WiFi control but always seemed delayed. The C200 can distinguish between two faces, and with a touch of the screen, I can naturally move between them.

The ideal entry-level RAW 4K cinema camera is this one. You can shoot in 4K resolution that can be seen on a large screen as a one-person show while only using EF lenses or the new autofocus Cinema lenses. When HDR becomes standard, supply it to ensure the lifespan of the images created.

You understand what I mean if you’ve ever attempted to convert client-supplied Betacam footage into even HD, let alone 4K. This makes the ideal partner if you shoot with a C300 or C700 because it gives you new skills not possible with either camera while also acting as a backup if necessary.

And if you are a stills photographer transitioning to video, this is the ideal option to get started while maintaining the RAW quality you are accustomed to.

The 700 and 200 together would allow me to shoot any scenario, with any rigging or camera support I could imagine, while maintaining a RAW workflow, using the same sensor and color science, and using ACES.

Canon EOS C200/C200B Specs

Lens MountCanon EF
Lens CommunicationYes, with Autofocus Support
Sensor ResolutionActual: 9.84 Megapixel (4206 x 2340)
Effective: 8.85 Megapixel (4096 x 2160)
Sensor Type24.6 x 13.8 mm (Super35) CMOS
Pixel Pitch6.4 ┬Ám
Image StabilizationNone
Built-In ND FilterMechanical Filter Wheel with 2 Stop (1/4), 4 Stop (1/16), 6 Stop (1/64) ND Filters
Capture TypeStills & Video

Exposure Control

Shutter TypeElectronic Rolling Shutter
ISO Sensitivity160 to 25,600 (Extended: 100 to 102,400)
Gain-2 to 42 dB (Native)
-6 to 54 dB (Expanded)

Video Capture

Internal Recording ModesCinema RAW Light 10-Bit
4096 x 2160 from 23.98 to 60.00 fps [1 Gb/s]
Cinema RAW Light 12-Bit
4096 x 2160 from 23.98 to 60.00 fps [1 Gb/s]
MP4 4:2:0 8-Bit
3840 x 2160 from 23.98 to 60.00 fps [150 Mb/s]
1920 x 1080p up to 119.88 fps [35 Mb/s]
External Recording ModesNone
Sensor Crop ModesSuper35 / APS-C
Fast-/Slow-Motion SupportYes
Built-In Microphone TypeMono
IP StreamingNone

Interface

Media/Memory Card SlotSingle Slot: CFast (CFast 2.0)
Dual Slot: SD/SDHC/SDXC
Video I/O1 x BNC (Unspecified SDI) Output
1 x HDMI 2.0 Output
Audio I/O2 x XLR 3-Pin Microphone (+48 V Phantom Power) Input
1 x 1/8″ / 3.5 mm TRS Stereo Microphone Input
1 x 1/8″ / 3.5 mm TRS Stereo Headphone Output
Power I/O1 x LEMO 4-Pin Input
Other I/O1 x 2.5 mm Sub-Mini (LANC) Control Input
1 x RJ45 (LAN)
WirelessNone
App CompatibleNo
*As of November 2022: Check with the manufacturer for the most up-to-date compatibility
Global Positioning (GPS, GLONASS, etc.)None

Monitor

Size4.0″
Resolution1,230,000 Dot
Display TypeIncluded External Touchscreen LCD

Viewfinder

TypeBuilt-In Electronic
Size0.46″
Resolution1,770,000 Dot

Focus

Focus TypeAuto and Manual Focus
Focus ModeAutomatic, Manual Focus

General

Battery TypeCanon BP-A Series
Accessory Mount1 x 1/4″-20 Female
1 x Cold Shoe Mount
Dimensions (W x H x D)5.7 x 6 x 7″ / 14.48 x 15.24 x 17.78 cm (Without Grip)
7 x 6 x 8″ / 17.78 x 15.24 x 20.32 cm (With Grip)
Weight3.2 lb / 1.5 kg

Packaging Info

Package Weight15.05 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)18.4 x 14.4 x 12.8″

Price

Canon EOS C200/C200B FAQs

What is the difference between C200 and C200B?

The primary distinction between the Canon C200 and the Canon C200B is that the former model, the C200, includes an electronic viewfinder and an LCD integrated right into the camera body, while the latter model, the C200B, does not. In addition, the C200 can be purchased as part of a bundle that includes peripherals, whereas the C200B is sold separately as just the camera frame.

Is Canon C200 Netflix approved?

The Canon C200 has been given the green light for use in production by Netflix.

Can the Canon C200 take pictures?

Yes, the Canon C200 can capture video and still images in addition to its video recording capabilities.

Is C200 powerful?

The Canon C200 is an impressive cinema camera that comes equipped with a variety of professional features. These features include capturing internally in 4K, sophisticated autofocus, and high dynamic range capabilities.

Is Canon C200 full frame?

The Canon C200 is not a full-frame camera, despite popular belief. Instead, it has a camera that is Super 35mm.

Does the Canon C200 overheat?

When recording in high temperatures or for prolonged amounts of time with the Canon C200, overheating can become a problem; however, it is typically manageable with proper camera handling and settings.

Does Canon C200 have autofocus?

The Canon C200 is equipped with dual-pixel autofocus, an autofocus system that is quick and dependable.

Does the Canon C200 have a mic?

There is a mono microphone integrated right into the body of the Canon C200, and it also has XLR connectors for connecting additional microphones.

Is the C200 waterproof?

No, the Canon C200 is not designed to be submerged in water. However, in severe weather, it is strongly advised to use it with various pieces of protective clothing.

What type of camera is a C200?

The Canon C200 is a professional movie camera that was developed specifically for the production of high-quality videos.

Is the C200 comfortable?

The level of comfort one experiences is highly individual. Still, the Canon C200 was developed with professional video production in mind and was intended with ergonomics and simplicity.

Does C200 have a turbo?

The Canon C200 does not come equipped with a speed mode, unfortunately.

Is the C200 worth it?

The Canon C200 is a high-end cinema camera that comes equipped with a variety of features that are designed for professionals. Your requirements and financial constraints will determine whether or not the expenditure is worthwhile.

How long does the Canon C200 battery last?

Continuous use of the Canon C200 camera will deplete the battery life for approximately 2 hours.

How many megapixels is the Canon C200?

The Canon C200 has a Super 35mm CMOS camera with 8.85 megapixels.

Does C200 have Bluetooth?

The Canon C200 does come equipped with Bluetooth communication.

What cards does the Canon C200 take?

Both CFast 2.0 and SD devices can be used in the Canon C200.

What bit rate is Canon C200?

When shooting in Cinema RAW Light format, the Canon C200 can achieve a maximal data rate of 410Mbps.

Is Canon C200 a crop sensor?

The Canon C200 does not have a zoom sensor like other Canon cameras. Instead, it has a camera that is Super 35mm.

Joseph

Joseph

Joseph is a talented photographer and videographer based in the USA, with a thriving career as a freelance creative. Over the past several years, he has had the privilege of working with renowned brands, capturing captivating images and videos. His portfolio encompasses a diverse range of subjects, specializing in fashion, portrait, and lifestyle content creation. From editorial shoots to engaging social media videos, Joseph's versatile skills ensure exceptional visual storytelling in every project. Beyond his professional endeavors, he nurtures a personal passion for travel and nature photography, channeling his deep appreciation for the environment into a commitment to sustainability and environmental causes.

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