Canon kicks off its NAB 2016 campaign with the launch of a new camera, a new lens, and firmware updates for an impressive range of products.
We’ll start with the ME200S-SH, billed as a compact professional multipurpose video camera featuring Canon’s Dual Pixel CMOS Autofocus system. The company is aiming this at a fairly wide spectrum of users, from broadcast and cinematic productions, to scientific research and wildlife documentaries, claiming that it combines some of the best features from the company’s Cinema EOS range with the form factor, flexibility, and operational characteristics of the extremely popular ME20F-SH.
Sensor is a Super 35mm CMOS sensor with 8.29 megapixels that can record Full HD up to 50p/59.94p. Canon Log support enables it to capture up to 12-stops of dynamic range, as well as ensuring that it can match easily with other Canon-derived footage in post. As with Canon’s Cinema EOS cameras, Wide DR mode enables footage to be used directly from the camera with little or no grading.
An ISO range of 320 - 204,800 (which would have been fairly astonishing once upon a time but now seems almost common now so much has the bar been raised recently) makes it versatile for low light shooting, while retracting the built-in infrared cut filter allows for capture of a scene in infrared too.
Unsurprisingly, the ME200S-SH uses the same design architecture as the ME20F-SH, packing a lot into a compact body, which could see it make a decent option for use on robotic heads, or even attached to drones.
Also new from the company is the CN-E18-80mm T4.4 L IS KAS S, a new Cinema EOS lens with cine-servo style functionality.
Canon CN-E18-80mm T4.4 L IS KAS S
Its 18-80 mm focal length equates to 4.4x zoom ratio with stable T4.4 number maintained across the entire zoom range from the center to the edges. Three Canon Image Stabilization modes result in what is hoped to be complete stability, while a nine blade diaphragm provides that essential ‘bokeh’ look.
Also available is the newZSG-C10, an optional dedicated zoom grip ideal for use with hand-held rigs.
There are more firmware updates than we can shake a fairly large stick at, so we’ll just state that the highlight looks to be that the EOS C300 Mark II Digital Cinema Camera updates will allow various functions such as shooting in new Canon Log3, and publish the rest below. You can read the various press releases regarding the ME200S-SH and the CN-E18-80mm T4.4 L IS KAS S over the page.
The EOS C300 Mark II Digital Cinema Camera updates will allow various functions such as shooting in new Canon Log3, viewfinder magnification during recording, focus guide with EF Cinema Prime lenses, Push Auto Iris and Zoom function on the grip joystick with New COMPACT-SERVO and CINE-SERVO series lenses, Canon Dual Pixel CMOS AF (DAF) with COMPACT-SERVO 18-80mm and CINE-SERVO 17-120mm lenses, ACES 1.0 output, peripheral illumination correction updates and overall image improvements such as noise level reduction in low-light for Canon Log2.
The EOS C100 Mark II Digital Cinema Camera update will allow various functions such as Push Auto Iris and Zoom function on the grip joystick with the new COMPACT-SERVO and CINE-SERVO series lenses, Canon DAF with COMPACT-SERVO 18-80mm and CINE-SERVO 17-120mm lenses, and peripheral illumination correction updates and selectable disabling of the microphone.
The DP-V2410 4K Reference Display firmware will be updated to support ARRI Log C and ARRI metadata; improve display contrast and dynamic range; add support for Canon Log3 and Hybrid Log Gamma; and display of SMPTE 2084 input signal on the waveform monitor
The DP-V3010 4K Reference Display firmware will be updated to improve display contrast and dynamic range; add support for Canon Log3 and Hybrid Log Gamma; and display of SMPTE 2084 input signal on the waveform monitor.
The CINE-SERVO 17-120mm Lens will be updated to be compatible with Canon’s DAF function in the EOS C300 Mark II and EOS C100 Mark II Cameras.
The update for the ME20F-SH Camera will include lens support for an additional 19 EF and CINE lenses allowing for more creative choices in a wider variety of shooting applications including television and film production.
The XA35 and XA30 Professional Camcorders and LEGRIA HF G40 Camcorder updates include a new MP4 file format at 8Mbps (720 / 59.94P, 50P) allowing the user to shoot low bit rate footage
The firmware upgrades for the XF305 and XF300 Professional Camcorders include new shooting modes allowing for greater creative flexibility, Wide DR Gamma (600%) Mode, Highlight Priority Mode, and Signal/Noise priority mode.
The XC10 4K Camcorder firmware will be updated to include a new file format MP4 in HD mode, improved AF speed, and shutter speed options for flicker reduction.