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Canon Announces EOS C400, PL-RF Adapter, RF-Mount Cine-Servo 17-120mm

The company is also releasing firmware updates for several Cinema EOS cameras and professional camcorders.

ASC Staff

Canon U.S.A., Inc., has unveiled the Canon EOS C400 cinema camera, the Mount Adapter PL-RF, and an RF-mount version of its Cine-Servo 17-120mm cinema lens.

The EOS C400 has a native RF-mount and features a newly developed 6K full-frame, back-illuminated CMOS sensor that enables a triple-base ISO of 800, 3200 and 12,800. The sensor supports the next generation of Canon’s Dual Pixel CMOS Autofocus, Dual Pixel AF II. The back-illuminated stacked positioning offers better light-capturing efficiency, which widens the area of the sensor that can be used for autofocusing. The sensor also empowers faster readout speed, as well as better 4K image quality from 6K oversampling.

The camera records in 6K full frame up to 60p in 12-bit Cinema Raw Light. By changing the sensor mode, the camera can record 4K Raw up to 120 fps and 2K Raw up to 180 fps. These are all recorded in Canon’s Cinema Raw Light, which provides three different recording modes. Other recording options include the XF-AVC codec, which can be recorded in 10-bit 4:2:2 with oversampling from the 6K sensor at frame rates up to 120p without the need for cropping the image from the sensor.

Canon is also introducing two new recording codecs in the C400: XF-AVC S and XF-HEVC S. These formats feature an easy-to-manage naming system and folder structure and record in MP4. All of these options are recorded to the camera’s CFexpress slot with sub-recording and proxy options available to the SD Card slot, which allows for simultaneous recording even when shooting Raw.

The camera can also provide frame-by-frame metadata in real time and postproduction to support virtual-production workflows. Ready for 180-degree VR shooting, the C400 has built-in compatibility with the Canon RF5.2mm F2.8 L dual-fisheye lens.

Canon’s Mount Adapter PL-RF maintains compatibility for Cooke i/Technology metadata communication between camera and lens and includes locking plates to help achieve maximum mount strength.

The RF-mount Canon Cine-Servo 17-120mm features a new e-Xs V servo drive unit that helps to improve its focus and iris speed, enables focus breathing compensation, and includes a USB-C connector for copying drive-unit configurations.

The Canon Cinema EOS C400 and Mount Adapter PL-RF will be available in September 2024. The camera will list for $7,999, and the adapter will list for $1,599.

The RF-mount Canon Cine-Servo 17-120mm will be available in October 2024 and will list for $23,850.

Canon has also announced firmware updates for several of its Cinema EOS and professional camcorder cameras, including the EOS C500 Mark II, EOS C300 Mark III, EOS C70 and EOS R5 C cameras and the XA75/70, XA65/60 and Vixia HF G70 camcorders. All of the updates will be available on Canon's website in late June.

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