CANON Camera C200 Review with a complete introduction

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Hey guys! Today I’ll be talking about something special:  The beautiful and best Canon C200!  Enjoy!

First up two things:  Thanks a lot to TELETECH, the company that made it at all possible they contacted Canon for me and arranged it so that I could get my hands on a preview model of the C200.  And since Canon allowed me to produce a review of the camera – lots of thanks to them as well. 

So that’s what I’ll be talking about first!  The camera is about 1,4kg which is about three times the weight of my A7s and of course, that’s extremely noticeable when you pick it up for the first time.  It’s also definitely bigger than the Sony FS5.  But also smaller than the URSA MINI which I had tried out a couple of times beforehand.  And even filmed an image-video with.  Shooting hand-held with the C200 is definitely easier than with the URSA MINI for example.  It’s a big adjustment, coming from a small Sony A7s it takes about an hour to get a bit used to the new feeling and handling.

But I think you noticed quite fast that this is a camera made especially for filmmaking.  I absolutely love the ergonomics and handling of the camera – it’s perfect for filming!  I can’t describe it any other way. You have buttons for almost every single setting.

It’s got buttons for zebras, focus peaking, and filters, etc. on the sides.  There are built-in ND filters for about ten f-stops!  In the URSA MINI review, I told you that the built-in ND filters were a little weak. They were too bright when filming in daylight with an open aperture.  With the C200 there are ten f-stops which is enough to be shooting with an open aperture in broad daylight.  A really great thing about this camera, and also in general Canon cameras, is its autofocus.  It’s dual pixel autofocus that’s also built into the 70D, 80D, 6DMarkII, etc.

It’s incredibly reliable, I’ve never seen anything like it.  I usually film everything manually but with this camera, you could actually rely on its auto-focus.  I’ve never had that before and as far as I know, only Canon has it perfected like that.

The touchscreen is also extremely bright and good to use in broad daylight this is also where you can adjust your focus, just by tapping the screen.

It works so extremely well that even when you move your object out of the frame by turning your camera and then bringing it back into the shot, the camera will have saved the object and will still be in focus.  The focus will recognize the object so you can move your camera around and it will still be focused.  I think it works perfectly!  I am extremely happy with the auto-focus and would give it a 10 out of 10.  Let’s talk about plugs:  There are slots for normal 3, 5 microphone jacks like the Rhode video mic pro for example but also an xlr slot which I haven’t seen with other cameras yet, only built into the handle.  With the Canon C200, we can lose the handle and make the camera a little more handy and compact and still have the option to use xlr microphones.  Now for some technical details:  For the happy news: this camera can do 4k with 50fps  As you know, that’s exactly what I want for my next camera.  And the Canon C200 can do that.  Unfortunately, there have been some critics complaining about its codecs.  The C200 is missing a middle codec.  There is a low-end codec with 150mbit/s with 8bit 420, on the other hand, it has a compressed raw codec – the new Canon Cinema RAW Light format.  So it’s a compressed raw which gives you the highest quality.  Unfortunately, it’s missing a middle thing, like a compressed 10bit codec or an 8bit 422.  Canon is probably doing that to protect their C300MarkII which means that this camera won’t be good for TV work since the lower codec doesn’t have enough resolution and the bigger one, the raw codec, just needs too much memory capacity.  The biggest downside of the C200.  For me personally, that’s not an issue I’m used to 8bit codecs with a relatively low bit rate.  And for bigger productions like music videos or image clips, where you need a maximum quality I’d just use the bigger raw codec, even if it is highly compressed.  With this new raw format, you’ll need about 500GB per hour.

That’s definitely still a lot but much less than uncompressed formats like the Black magic or RED uses.  So it’s a relatively manageable raw format although it’s still a lot of data.  One Hour = 500GB – that’s definitely still a whole lot.  Up to now, there is two software that can work with this format.

One is the beta version of DaVinci Resolve 14 there is not the full version of this program yet.  And of course Canon’s own raw developing software.  Although there is not much to do in the Canon software, you can set your white balance and set the exposure.  And also set the video codec that you’ll use exporting the files.  But other than that there is not much you can do there.  But DaVinci Resolve works quite well with these files, just a very smooth working process.  Of course, that’s also because of my great MacBook, I was pleasantly surprised by that,

But definitely also because of the great software.  So thumbs up for Blackmagic, everything went smoothly with these 4k 50fps raw files!  Here you can play around with the colours a little bit as well.  What emerges now is Canons absolutely fantastic colour science.  You hear everybody talks about this when they’re talking about Canon but it just so very true.  Canon is the best at capturing skin tones and setting colours in general.

Manufacturers like Sony or Panasonic often get called out for their colour scheme because they’re just not as beautiful or realistic as Canon.  And that’s definitely something that I can point out here again – Canon’s colours are amazing.  Very good work Canon. But keep in mind – I’ve only used a prototype, they might still change it u a bit.  Well that’s it for now, I know it’s only been a brief introduction to the camera but as I said, I only had the camera for a few hours to try out.  If there are any more questions, just put them in the comments and I’ll try to answer them as well!  A couple of weeks ago I uploaded a Q&A and you were able to guess what my new camera was going to be  I can now reveal, as many of you guessed, of course, it is going to be the Canon C200.

For me it’s just the perfect camera: it has 4k 50fps and amazing autofocus that I can really rely on which is nice when working with a steady-cam.  That will make things much easier for me.  Great colour science – nice skin tones which is great for me since I mostly film people let it be for music clips or my YouTube videos.  And the lower codec which many people criticize is also just perfect for me, for filming my YouTube content.  I can record my YouTube videos in the low codec without using up too much memory space.  And then, of course, use the higher codec for music videos or other productions which I’ll be concentrating on some more in the future.  Just to get that maximum quality with the raw files.  For me, there is just very little to criticize about this camera.  But I do know it’s not a camera for everyone.  For example, people working for TV won’t have the right codecs to work with it.  For me, as I said, that’s not an issue.  Also, there are enough other cameras for this kind of productions.  I did order the Canon C200 a couple of hours ago from TELTEC.

It’s a preorder for now since it hasn’t been released yet.  I might get it sometime around mid to end August, maybe even a little later since there have been a couple of preorders before mine as well, I’m not the first one on their list.  So I decided to preorder it now and I can’t wait to finally hold it in my hands soon!  I’m very excited for it, it’s going to be like Christmas, Birthday and Eastern combined all in one when it finally arrives here.  I can’t wait, and you can be excited about it as well, of course, there’s going to be a lot of content about it!  Very, very exciting!  Again: A big thank you to TELTEC for making this possible for me and to Canon as well.

That’s it for now, see you next time, ciao! 

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