Canon announces expanded cinema range and new hybrid RF prime


Canon ANZ is expanding its Cinema EOS lineup alongside the RF 35mm F1.4L VCM, a first of its kind hybrid lens designed to capture both stills and video.


Canon EOS C400


Introducing the Canon EOS C400: the first high-end RF mount cinema EOS camera offers an all-in-one solution tailored to support a vast range of productions from indie cinema, documentary, live and virtual broadcasts to the electronic news gathering field. 


Key features:

  • 6K Full-Frame CMOS Sensor
  • RF Mount
  • Compact and Lightweight
  • Professional Level Connectivity


Adapting to the evolving needs of the market and designed with versatility in mind, the EOS C400 offers an all-in-one solution tailored to support a vast range of different productions, from indie cinema and documentary, live and virtual broadcasts to the electronic news gathering field. 


The EOS C400 is the first high-end RF mount cinema EOS camera, ushering in a new era for Canon products particularly within the EOS R System. Compact yet mighty, the innovative design packs advanced features and specifications typically found in larger cameras into a more nimble box shaped design, prioritising ease of use and operability without compromising on capability. Moreover, specific in-camera connectivity such as genlock, return input and 12-pin lens terminal all support live multi-camera productions.


BSI sensor and triple ISO


The EOS C400 is equipped with a cutting-edge 6K full frame backside-illuminated, stacked CMOS sensor (BSI), boasting 16 stops of dynamic range. The technology enhances light capture efficiency and facilitates faster readouts, helping ensure superior image quality.


Setting a new standard, the camera introduces the Canon triple base ISO technology, crafted for optimal performance in low light environments and delivering superb optical results. With base ISO levels of 800, 3,200 and 12,800 when shooting in Canon Log 2 or 3, users have greater flexibility when it comes to filming in challenging lighting conditions. 


To make the shooting process that much easier, an automatic switching mode detects ambient lighting and adjusts the base ISO level accordingly, enhancing the overall user experience. 


RF mount 


Supporting Canon RF mount technology, the EOS C400 seamlessly integrates with any RF prime, zoom, hybrid, cinema and VR lenses. For added flexibility the camera also supports the option to use a variety of Canon’s EF-EOS R mount adapters as well as the new PL-RF mount adaptor. Additionally, the camera has enhanced metadata capabilities and connectivity options facilitating real time frame-by-frame data capture enhancing both VFX and Virtual Production workflows.


Dual Pixel CMOS AF II 


Canon is now introducing its Dual Pixel CMOS AF II to its cinema EOS system, providing filmmakers with improved autofocus features. With approximately 100% coverage across the sensor plane, the Dual Pixel CMOS AF II helps deliver swift and precise performance, upgrading filmmaking clarity and reliability whilst providing peace-of-mind. 


This latest system also unlocks additional benefits such as face/ eye/ body tracking and animal detection and tracking, especially useful when working solo in a fast-paced environment. 


Recording formats


With more options when it comes to internal recording formats, users can now tailor the format to suit their specific needs. Options include Canon's scalable 12-bit Cinema RAW Light LT/ ST/ HQ, reliable 4:2:2 10-bit XF-AVC and all-new MP4 based XF-AVC S and XF-HEVC S formats, accommodating several types of professional requirements.  All of which facilitate more detailed filmmaking workflows with professional filename and metadata support.


Compact design


Users familiar with the EOS C500 Mark II will appreciate the EOS C400’s recognisable design, now upgraded with an even more compact form while still offering an extensive array of connectivity. This enables operators to access the full suite of features typically associated with larger scale production cameras without the burden of size, weight or attaching additional modules. 


The new compact design and enhanced accessories such as a versatile LCD bracket, advanced top handle and improved hand grip offer compatibility with a range of shooting styles whether handheld, on a gimbal, drone or shoulder-mounted.


Canon RF 35MM f/1.4 L VCM


This single lens performs like two, and is the only RF prime lens with a dedicated iris control ring for video1. It also boasts an 11-blade aperture, enabling smooth out of focus areas to separate the subject from the background or foreground, and minimal focus breathing to help videographers avoid visual distractions when pulling focus from one subject to another. Whether capturing an event, such as a wedding, or shooting a street documentary, this hybrid lens provides a seamless experience across both stills and motion.


For moments when a wide angle is needed – whether that’s capturing a group at an event or reportage-style shots on the street – the 35mm focal length offers a sweet spot in perspective. The f/1.4 aperture can be used to control depth of field, delivering brilliant creative performance, even in those low-light moments, such as golden hour, a night skyline or a dimly lit event. What's more, the prime lens design of the RF 35mm F1.4L VCM includes the option for both front and rear filters, giving room for extra creative expression.


This lens is designed with the needs of photojournalists and content creators in mind. The fast Nano USM, combined with even faster Voice Coil Motor2 (VCM) technology, delivers quick and precise focusing for a rapid response as scenes unfold – helpful for shooting fast-paced stills of busy subjects like children or pets, or capturing the action smoothly on video. On top of this, the dedicated Lens Control Ring and customisable Lens Function Button allows photographers and videographers to stay immersed in the unfolding action when adjusting settings.


Key features:

  • The fast Nano USM, combined with Voice Coil Motor technology
  • Iris control ring
  • Minimal focus breathing
  • 11-blade aperture


Canon CN7 X 17 KAS T


Engineered to elevate large scale productions and available with either RF or PL mount, this evolution to the previous CN7x bolsters operational performance and extends compatibility with virtual and VFX workflows.

  • 7x optical zoom and 17-120mm focal length
  • Improved connectivity between the lens and camera
  • Next-generation e-Xs V digital drive unit


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