Canon has released details of its ME200S-SH compact professional multi-purpose video camera, along with a new CN-E18-80mm T4.4 L IS KAS S Cinema EOS lens.


Angled front and rear views of the new ME200S-SH video camera. (Source: Canon.)

The ME200S-SH, which is due to go on sale in August 2016, features Canon’s renowned Dual Pixel CMOS Autofocus system and is capable of capturing professional, high quality Full HD movie clips. Equipped with a Super 35mm CMOS sensor with 8.29 megapixels, the ME200S-SH can record at frame rates up to 50p/59.94p and is suitable for broadcast and cinematic productions as well as scientific research and recording wildlife documentaries. Superior low light recording capabilities makes it also usable for surveillance.

The ME200S-SH supports Canon Log, which enables the camera to capture up to 12-stops of dynamic range and ensure that detail is retained in the brightest areas through to shadows. Canon Log also makes it easy to match footage from cameras such as the EOS C100 Mark II or EOS C300 Mark II in post-production. With options to record to a range of third party devices, the ME200S-SH has the ability to fit directly into existing workflows. The HDMI out and 3G/HD-SDI out terminals, for example, allow easy connection to monitors and recording devices. There are also multiple remote control terminals and the camera is compatible with Canon’s RC-V100 for full remote operation over the camera.

The Cinema Lock mount is compatible with Canon EF, EF-S and cine-servo lenses, including the new CN-E18-80mm T4.4 L IS KAS S lens, which is also announced today but not due for release until November 2016. This lens includes a servo engine which is powered via EF mount connectors, supporting hand-held shooting. An optional dedicated zoom grip, the ZSG-C10, is available for using the lens with hand-held rigs.


Angled view of the CN-E18-80mm T4.4 L IS KAS S lens on the new ME200S-SH camera. (Source: Canon.)
Weighing only 1.2 kg, the CN-E18-80mm T4.4 L IS KAS S is Canon’s smallest and lightest cine-servo lens to date. It has a resolving power that matches 4K quality. The 18-80 mm focal length equates to 4.4x zoom ratio with stable T4.4 number maintained across the entire zoom range. Three Canon Image Stabilisation modes and a nine-blade iris diaphragm make this lens ideal wedding videographers, while its colour balance matches other Cinema EOS lenses. The lens features minimal focus breathing, thanks to the 3-group inner focus system. Users are able to quickly change focus without losing viewing angles, perfect for those capturing fast moving activity such as in adverts or corporate film.

As usual, Canon has not released prices for the new Cinema EOS products. For more information, visit