Canon Europe is expanding its lineup with the debut of the EOS C400 featuring an RF mount, alongside the CN7x17 KAS T lens.

The EOS C400 is aimed at productions from indie cinema and documentary, live and virtual broadcasts to electronic news gathering.

The EOS C400 is the first high-end RF mount cinema EOS camera. The design, says Canon, “packs advanced features and specifications typically found in larger cameras into a more nimble box shaped design, prioritising ease of use and operability without compromising on capability.”

In-camera connectivity includes genlock, return input and 12-pin lens terminal for live multi-camera productions.

The EOS C400 is equipped with a  6K full frame backside-illuminated, stacked CMOS sensor (BSI), with 16 stops of dynamic range. The technology “enhances light capture efficiency and facilitates faster readouts, ensuring superior image quality.”

The camera introduces the Canon triple base ISO technology, crafted for  low light environments. With base ISO levels of 800, 3,200 and 12,800 when shooting in Canon Log 2 or 3, “users have greater flexibility when it comes to shooting in challenging lighting conditions.”

An automatic switching mode detects ambient lighting and adjusts the base ISO level accordingly.

The EOS C400 integrates with a wide array of RF prime, zoom, hybrid, cinema and VR lenses. Without the need for third party accessories, the camera also supports the option to use a variety of Canon’s EF-EOS R mount adapters as well as the new PL-RF mount adaptor The camera also has enhanced metadata capabilities and connectivity options for real time frame-by-frame data capture enhancing both VFX and Virtual Production workflows.

Canon is now introducing its Dual Pixel CMOS AF II to its cinema EOS system, providing improved autofocus features. The latest system also unlocks additional benefits such as face/ eye/ body tracking and animal detection and tracking.

Recording format options include Canon’s scalable 12-bit Cinema RAW Light LT/ ST/ HQ, 4:2:2 10-bit XF-AVC and new MP4 based XF-AVC S and XF-HEVC S formats, accommodating several types of professional requirements.

Design is similar to the EOS C500 Mark II but more compact “while still offering an extensive array of connectivity. This enables operators to access the full suite of features typically associated with larger scale production cameras without the burden of size, weight or attaching additional modules.”

The new compact design come with enhanced accessories such as a new LCD bracket, top handle and hand grip offering “compatibility with a range of shooting styles whether handheld, on a gimbal, drone or shoulder-mounted.”

Also launched is the new CN7x17 KAS T available with either RF or PL mount that  sits within the Canon Cine Servo lens range, an evolution to the previous CN7x lens but with improved updates designed to bolster operational performance and extend compatibility with virtual and VFX workflows.”

With an expansive 7x optical zoom and 17-120mm focal length, the lens appeals to live sports and news, documentary, film, remote and virtual productions. 11 iris blades produce softly diffused highlights and silky out of focus backgrounds.

Among its standout features are improved connectivity between the lens and camera, streamlining processes such as real-time lens distortion correction, frame by frame lens metadata and virtual production workflows with an Unreal Engine plug-in tailored for the EOS C400. The PL mount variant of the lens supports both Cooke /i Technology and ZEISS eXtended Data for lens metadata and distortion/ shading correction1.

Canon is also releasing a free-of-charge firmware update for the EOS C300 Mark III, adding 12-bit Cinema RAW Light formats: LT (Light), ST (Standard) and HQ (High Quality). An Auto ISO feature will also be made available to seamlessly transition between dynamic lighting conditions in a continuous shot.

Canon today also introduces the RF 35mm F1.4L VCM, a first of its kind hybrid lens designed to capture both stills and video, along with the new Speedlite EL-10for elevating portraits with controllable lighting.


Jon Creamer

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