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C400: Canon's Next-Gen Cinema Camera Unveiled

Canon's new C400 cinema camera, unveiled at Cine Gear, boasts a full-frame 6K sensor, triple base ISO, and advanced autofocus capabilities, offering filmmakers enhanced flexibility and performance across various shooting situations.

Behind the Scenes

  • The C400, Canon's first box-style camera with a native RF mount, features a back-illuminated stacked CMOS sensor.

  • Triple base ISO (800, 3200, and 12800) enables cleaner images and improved dynamic range.

  • The back-illuminated sensor design allows for 100% coverage of Canon's Dual Pixel CMOS autofocus, including body and animal detection.

  • Faster sensor readout speed minimizes rolling shutter effects, benefiting LED wall and lighting setups.

The Breakdown

  • Integrated live event inputs and outputs (12G SDI, 3G SDI, HDMI, mini XLRs) cater to broadcast and live shooting needs.

  • Canon XC protocol enables control of multiple Canon cameras (C400, PTZ, XF605) from a single IP network.

  • 6K, 4K, and 2K raw recording options are available in full-frame, Super 35, and Super 16 formats on the CFexpress Type B card.

  • New XF-HEVCS (H.265) and XF-AVCS (H.264) codecs provide high-quality, low-bitrate recording with consistent metadata across formats.

Final Take

The C400 marks a significant advancement in Canon's Cinema EOS line, incorporating advanced sensor technology, improved autofocus, and streamlined connectivity options. Its versatile recording formats and live event capabilities position the camera to appeal to a wide range of professional users in the film and broadcast industries.

With its September release at $7,999, the C400 presents an attractive option for filmmakers seeking a high-performance, full-frame cinema camera at a competitive price point.

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