Canon has just launched its first full-frame RF mount cinema camera, the EOS C400, and it’s nothing short of jaw-dropping.

The Canon EOS C400 is a powerhouse, boasting 12-bit 6K 60p video, triple-base ISO, Dual Pixel CMOS Autofocus II, and 180° VR video support. Rumored a decade ago as part of the C300 and C500 series, the C400 has finally emerged, surpassing its siblings with impressive specs.

Equipped with a back-side illuminated full-frame 6K sensor, the C400 offers RAW recording up to 6K 60p, 4K 120fps, and 2K 180fps in 12-bit Cinema RAW Light format. It also includes Canon’s XF-AVC codec for uncropped 10-bit 4:2:2 capture up to 120p, along with new codecs XF-AVC S and XF-HEVC S, featuring a simplified naming system and MP4 format support with metadata preservation.

The standout feature is the triple-base ISO, offering base ISOs of 800, 3200, and 12800. This technology leapfrogs the conventional dual-native ISO in other video cameras, providing incredible dynamic range.

Storage and connectivity options are extensive. The C400 includes a CFexpress Type B slot and a standard SD card slot, allowing for RAW recording and proxy options, respectively. The RF mount’s 12-pin connection supports broadcast and Cine-Servo lenses, enhancing versatility. The camera also features a full-size HDMI port, mini-XLR inputs, DIN connectors, 12G-SDI and 3G-SDI monitor outputs, and an ethernet connection.

Wi-Fi connectivity and support for video and audio IP streaming via SRT are integrated, and the camera can be remotely controlled using Canon’s RC-IP100 or RC-IP1000 controllers, the Canon Multi-Camera Control app, or a browser remote. This marks a significant shift from the EF mount to the RF mount in Canon’s cinema cameras, starting with the Super35 EOS C70 and hybrid EOS R5 C.

Available in September for $7,999, the C400 comes at a premium but promises to be worth every penny. There’s also an optional PL to RF lens adapter, priced at $1,599. Canon seems poised to dominate the cinema camera market with this new addition.

With its groundbreaking features and advanced technology, the Canon EOS C400 sets a new standard in the world of cinema cameras. Expect it to hit the market this September and revolutionize filmmaking at $7,999.

By Peter Browne

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