Canon C200 To Get Firmware Update, But No 10-Bit Recording

Canon-C200_1-640x360By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS)

Canon is already planning improvements for the next firmware update to its new C200 cinema camera. But shooters who were excited for this mid-level rig will find it to be a bit lacking, and not only that, they’ll likely scratch their heads and wonder what’s the point?

The update will bring with it a new codec called XF-AVC YBcCr and the absolute odd part about this new codec is that users will only be able to record in it using the backup SD card slot, and not the faster CFast 2.0 port. On top of that, the codec will record in just 8-bit 4:2:0, and not a higher end 10-bit 4:2:2.

Not only that, but Canon has already said that it has no intention of boosting the capability of the C200 to offer 10-bit at all. So if you were hoping that Lake Success would bring the C200 into the 10 bit fold, you’re going to have to look towards its bigger brother, the C300 MK. II, because the C200 isn’t going there. AT ALL.

OK I get that Canon doesn’t want to cannibalize higher-end models by expanding features of the models underneath them, which has always been the way. It’s why it took so long for Canon to release a 4K-capable 5D MK. IV. But why won’t the C200 be able to record the new codec via CFast? I guess we should be count our blessings that Canon is letting the C200 shoot Raw Lite.

IMG_5951-600x450The other thing about this update is that it’s taking six months to come to us because Canon needs to write the codec from scratch. But since NewsShooter says that the only real advantage the XF-AVC codec has over MP4 is that it can store additional metadata, it seems a more tedious option that shooters may likely ignore or seldom use.

Speaking of the 5D, Canon is already testing prototypes for the Mk. II version of the 5DS R, and based on those prototypes, it looks like Canon is probably going to drop the dual camera 5DS theme altogether. This will enable Canon to focus on a amalgamated design with a larger sensor that will get a modest boost to 60.1 MP.

canon-5ds-5ds-rNot only that, but it will also finally get 4K video. So while Canon wants to protect higher-end features of its cinema camera line, it has no qualms with taking features of its high-end DSLRs and make them part of the feature set of their other products. Not that I’m complaining, mind you. The 4K video of the 5D SR will likely not have RAW or other higher end features and just give users basic 4K.
Other features of the rumored Mk. II model include:

  1. The “5DS” series will be amalgamated into a single camera.
  2. No low pass filter.
  3. All new 60.1mp image sensor.
  4. A new type of low megapixel mode.
  5. 4K video (video features will be basic)
  6. Identical body to the EOS 5D Mark IV.
  7. Focus peaking present, may appear first on another DSLR.
  8. Expect all the other features such as DPAF, Wifi, Touchscreen and GPS.

The information comes out of Canon Rumors, and they’ve been pretty spot on of late, and it looks like the MK. II 5D SR will be here in 2018. So does that means we’ll get a 5D MK. V sometime in 2019 or 2020? If Canon follows their upgrade cycle, it could be possible, but CR also says that the 5D line won’t be on 5 year upgrade cycles, so who knows?

About James DeRuvo

James has a multi-faceted career that spans radio, film and publishing. A writer about the technology in the video industry for nearly 20 years, James is also an award winning film director, having garnered a Telly Award for his short film Searching for Inspiration. He's also worked as a producer of many talk radio programs in Los Angeles with topics ranging from entertainment to travel to technology.