Panasonic has launched a counter-attack on rival cameras like the Sony FS5, Canon C200 and Blackmagic Ursa Mini Pro with its all-new EVA1 cinema camera. The camera uses a new 5.7K Super35-size sensor, Canon EF-mount lens fitting and shoots onto SD cards. Weighing in at just 1.2Kg, it will go on sale in Autumn with a US price of around $8000 or 8000Euros in Europe, around £7000. The full information says:
Canon's newest Cinema EOS camera, the £7700 C200, shoots 4K and records Raw footage internally. It sits mid-way between the C100 and C300 Mark II Canons in both spec, size and price, but unlike both these can record its own slimmed-down version of Raw internally to CFast cards. Its sensor spec seems almost identical to the very expensive C700.
As Canon has discontinued its C500, it’s the only Super35-size Cinema EOS to record Raw internally. It uses its own Raw format called Cinema RAW Light. Canon claims the files provide the same flexibility in colour grading as Cinema RAW but in a smaller file size.
The camera features a fast new processor to enable Raw recording, which should also help reducing rolling shutter. The C200 can record internally at 4K UHD at 50P in MP4 format, 4K DCI RAW and continuous 120fps High Frame Rate in Full HD without a crop. It can also deliver 4K UHD recording at 150Mbps, and 2K or Full HD at 35Mbps to SD cards in MP4 format.
Raw footage gives a huge 15-stop dynamic range – the same as claimed for the C300 Mark II - and up to 13-stops of dynamic range in MP4 when using Canon Log or Log 3. The ISO range is 100 to a staggering 102,400, and there are built-in optical ND filters of up to 10 stops.
The C200 has an advanced Dual Pixel AF system like it big brother C300. EOS C200’s lightweight body weighs in at just 1.4kg/ 3.09lb so ideal for fitting to a drone or gimbal. There is also built-in Wi-Fi and Ethernet connectivity to allows for browser remote control and the ability to transfer files via FTP. And as a bonus, the standard EF mount can be changed to a PL mount at a Canon service centre.
Sensor: 8.85-megapixel Super35 CMOS
Recording formats: Canon Cinema RAW Light, MP4. 4096 x 2160; 3840 x 2160: 1920 x 1080
Maximum dynamic range: 15 stops
Frame rates: 1 - 240 fps. 4K RAW: up to 60P (up to 120P to CDX-36150). Max 240P (2K Cropped), XF-AVC Recording Bit Rate/ Sampling (50Hz Mode)
Colour configurations: Canon Log and Log3; BT709.
Recording media: Dual CFast 2.0 and twin SD slots
Lens mount: Canon EF
ND filter: Built in, 10 stops
Audio input: 2 x XLR inputs
Image stabilisation: Depending on lens
EVF: 1.77million dots
Screen: Optional EVF-V70 OLED viewfinder
Shutter speed: 1sec-1/2000sec
Dimensions (WxHxD): 144x153x179mm/ 65.7x6.0x7.0in
Weight: 1.4kg/ 3.09lb
Canon's official info says:
Canon Europe, world leader in imaging solutions, today announces the launch of the EOS C200, the latest addition to the esteemed Cinema EOS range. Offering exceptional creativity and flexibility, the new 4K compact digital cinema camera is perfect for a broad range of imaging professionals. As the first Cinema EOS camera to support the new RAW recording format – Cinema RAW Light – the EOS C200 provides the same flexibility in colour grading as Cinema RAW in a smaller file size, enabling filmmakers to record internally to a CFast 2.0™ card.
Newly developed Canon Dual DIGIC DV6 processors provide the ability to record internally 4K UHD/50P MP4, 4K DCI RAW and continuous 120fps High Frame Rate (HFR) in Full HD without crop. At the same time, advances in Dual Pixel CMOS Auto Focus (AF) technology and a new touch screen LCD monitor provide smooth AF operation and effective tracking.
Capability drives creativity
The EOS C200 features Canon’s 4K Super 35mm CMOS sensor with an effective pixel count of 8.85MP, along with the newly developed Dual DIGIC DV6 image processors. As a result, it can deliver Cinema RAW Light recording at 4K DCI 50P internally to a CFast 2.0™ card. It can also deliver 4K UHD recording at 150Mbps, and 2K or Full HD at 35Mbps to SD cards in MP4 format.
Supporting up to 15-stops of dynamic range with Cinema RAW Light and up to 13-stops of dynamic range in MP4 (Canon Log / Log 3), the camera is perfect for capturing highlight and shadow details. The EOS C200 is also capable of delivering both slow and fast motion recording at up to 120fps with no crop in Full HD/MP4, ideal for those wanting creative slow motion capture. An ISO range of 100 to 102,400 guarantees excellent performance, even in difficult lighting conditions, such as when quickly switching between locations. The built-in optical ND filters of up to 10 stops provide further flexibility and convenience, allowing filmmakers to shoot in bright light and expand the depth of field control.
Advanced operability and ergonomic design
Built for professionals and ideal for single shooters, the EOS C200 features an advanced AF system that provides reliability and accuracy when shooting 4K, as well as a touch screen LCD panel for filmmakers to easily select their subject. For those who need to switch effortlessly between several subjects in a single shot, the Dual Pixel CMOS AF enables smooth AF operation whilst the Manual Focus Assist Function, Face Detection with Face Priority and Face-Only options provide greater creative focus control.
The EOS C200’s lightweight body of just 1.4kg is designed for comfortable hand-held shooting and will benefit those who are filming for long periods. The compact size also makes the camera suitable for mounting onto a drone or gimbal. Built-in Wi-Fi and Ethernet connectivity allows for browser remote control and the ability to transfer files via FTP, whilst the camera’s compatibility options mean new and existing accessories can be used, including Canon’s electronic viewfinder - the EVF-V70.
Cinema RAW Light for next generation workflows
Canon has worked with several partners to ensure Cinema RAW Light is integrated with various software programs. As a result, editing and grading of the Cinema RAW Light video format will be supported in DaVinci Resolve of Blackmagic Design. Editing will be possible in Media Composer from Avid Technology, using Canon RAW Plugin for Avid Media Access. This format can also be processed using a Canon application, Cinema RAW Development. Support for Cinema RAW Light is also scheduled for EDIUS Pro, Grass Valley’s editing software, during 2017. Additionally, a future version of Final Cut Pro X from Apple Inc. will support Canon’s Cinema RAW Light, using Canon RAW Plugin for Final Cut Pro X.
Future Firmware upgrade
Canon’s XF-AVC video format will be available with a future firmware upgrade. This upgrade is free of charge and is planned to be available from 1H 2018.
EOS C200 key features:
- Internal 4K recording with Cinema RAW Light and MP4 format
- Continuous 120fps (maximum) High Frame Rate with no cropping at Full HD
- Up to 15-stops dynamic range (Cinema RAW Light)
- Professional High Quality image and audio
- Dual Pixel CMOS AF with touch control and extensive shooting functions
- Easy operation and flexible configuration
Panasonic will reveal its new Cinema Camera at Cine Gear Expo 2017 in California this week. The official Preview session is on Friday, June 2nd, in the Paramount Theatre, Hollywood, Los Angeles. The camera is though to be a mid-size rival to cameras like Sony's FS5 and FS7 and the Blackmagic Design Ursa Mini Pro. Check out this video from Panasonic as the tensions mounts for Friday's big announcement!
IDT's super-fast O-10 4K camera shoots at up to 1000fps and has a tiny body. There's a 240GB SSD memory and a Micro Four Thirds lens mount. The official info says:
Panasonic has announced more details of its prototype 4K 360-degree camera as well as a new live production centre, incorporating switcher, remote camera controller and audio mixer functions, at the NAB show in Las Vegas. The official statement reads:
Panasonic is dropping huge clues that it is about to reveal a cinema-style camera to take on Sony’s big-selling FS5.
This slide was shown at the NAB show in Las Vegas. And the mystery camera is pitched between Panasonic’s Varicam LT and Panasonic GH5. It’s believed it will record to SD cards, like the GH5 and FS5.
Panasonic has focused its GH5 development on very robust Codecs to give it the edge over its rivals. With the Codec in Sony’s FS5 often being cited as the camera’s weakest areas, it’s though Panasonic would focus its new mystery camera in this area.
It’s thought the camera will be unveiled in the next few months and go on sale in autumn.
Meanwhile at the NAB show, Sony unveiled a firmware upgrade for the FS5 which will allow it to record 120fps in HD. The more expensive Sony F55 will get slow motion of up to 120p in 4K.
Sony has revealed its most expensive but feature-packed mirrorless camera ever, the all-new full-frame A9. Costing roughly £4500 when it hits the shelves in June, it's largely aimed at sports still photographers as the video spec seems little improved from the current A7S Mark II.
With a shutter speed of up to 1/32,000 sec, the camera uses a world first stacked 24.2MP CMOS sensor and solves the problem of viewfinder blackout for action shooters as now it doesn't black out when shooting continuously at up to 20fps.
The AF has had a much-needed boost, with a 693-point phase-detect system. The viewfinder blackout and poor AF has been the biggest issue with stills action shooters using the A7 series so far.
There is now double the battery life and twin card slots, too.
The video spec offers similar features as the current A7S Mark II with 4K (3840x2160p) video recording across the full width of the full-frame image sensor - although the sensor is new and higher resolution. When shooting in this format, the camera uses full pixel readout without pixel binning to collect 6K of information, oversampling it to produce high quality 4K footage. Recording is also available in the popular Super 35mm size.
The camera can record also Full HD at 120 fps at up to 100 Mbps, which allows footage to be reviewed and eventually edited into 4x or 5x slow motion video files in Full HD resolution with AF tracking which could be a game-changer for sports and action video shooters. Sony's official information says: