When the Canon EOS C200 hit our shelves, I just had to take it for a spin. With fashion season in high gear, I set out to create a moody fashion video. I feel lucky to have had the opportunity to do a few shoots with the C200 this past week and the results are beyond impressive. On this particular shoot, I set out to show off its low light capabilities. As the week went on, I focused on other features of this awesome camera, such as its ability to shoot in 4K Raw and its advanced AF modes. Stay tuned for those articles coming later on this week.
The first thing that I did while planning for this shoot was to decide how I would light the image to achieve the best picture. To really show off the professional image quality, we worked with a model. I ended up using the Arri 750 Plus with 24X24 Chimera soft box (included in the Arri Softbank Tungsten 4 Light Kit. This combination allowed me to really push the dynamic range of the C200 to the maximum. To add motion to the shots, I also put the camera on the Kessler Parallax and the Phillip Bloom Pocket Dolly.
The C200 allowed me to shoot the model in 4k internally (3840×2160, MP4 format). The detail speaks for itself. I was able to crop in 100% on one of the images and the detail did not falter in the slightest. See the image below:
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After having the opportunity to shoot with this camera, I must say the low light performance of the C200 is impeccable. There is so much shadow information captured in each image that I could easily under or over expose the frame without fear of losing any picture information.
What I was most impressed about with the camera was the capability to shoot in Canon Log-3. The color of this Canon Profile looks spectacular. Results come out very clean and are not overly saturated, unlike some of the older C-Log profiles. The result is that the image is not only sharp but has beautiful color and depth. Although ultimately I chose to completely desaturate the video into black and white, the picture has never seemed more alive and vibrant.
As you will be able to see from the footage below this camera has endless possibilities. Canon seems to have thought of everything all the way down to the mounting of the screen, which can be done in 5 – 6 different configurations. I’ll be writing more about the ergonomics of C200 later on this week.
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