Canon Debuts Compact ME200S Video Camera

NAB Show 2016 saw Canon release a compact multi‑purpose video camera, the ME200S-SH, in a similar footprint to the low-light ME20F-SH. The ME200S has a a super 35mm 8Mpxl CMOS sensor.The flexibility makes it the perfect camera for restricted spaces, fixed locations and in unusual or discreet positions.

Canon has released the ME200S-SH, a compact professional multi‑purpose video camera featuring Canon’s Dual Pixel CMOS Autofocus system. Ideal for use across a wide range of applications from broadcast and cinematic productions, to scientific research and wildlife documentaries, the ME200S-SH is capable of capturing professional, high quality Full HD images even in low or difficult lighting conditions.

The Canon ME200S-SH combines some of the best features from the company’s Cinema EOS range, with the form factor, flexibility and operational characteristics of the ME20F-SH.

The camera as a super 35mm CMOS sensor with 8.29 megapixels, the ME200S-SH replicates the image quality seen in the Cinema EOS range. The camera will suite the requirements of scientific researchers, or those shooting films and documentaries. The ability to record Full HD images up to 50p/59.94p also extends the camera’s use for sports and wildlife, as well as surveillance.

The ME200S-SH supports Canon Log, which enables the camera to capture up to 12-stops of dynamic. Canon Log provides an additional benefit to those currently using cameras such as the EOS C100 Mark II or EOS C300 Mark II, making it easy to match footage in post-production. As with Canon’s Cinema EOS cameras, the ME200S-SH also features Wide DR mode, enabling footage to be used directly from the camera with little or no grading, further speeding up the post production workflow.

The camera is equipped with the Canon EF with Cinema Lock mount, providing use with a large range of compatible Canon EF, EF-S and cine-servo lenses. Launched today, the CN-E18-80mm T4.4 L IS KAS S cine-servo lens is the perfect partner for the ME200S-SH thanks to its compact size, light weight and ability to control the zoom and focus via Canon’s RC-V100 remote controller.

Ultimate control

Providing smooth, fast, high-performance continuous autofocus, the ME200S-SH features Dual Pixel CMOS Autofocus (DAF), a highly efficient AF system developed by Canon, which allows users to easily capture moving subjects such as those found in sports and wildlife environments. Additionally, the Custom Picture Setting allows users to preset and store preferred settings, ensuring shooting can start in a preferred style, as soon as the camera is switched on.

Excellent image capture from daylight to near-darkness

Offering an equivalent ISO range of 320 - 204,800, the ME200S-SH is a versatile tool for difficult or low light shooting scenarios such as in sports arenas or when capturing nocturnal wildlife. Retracting the built-in infrared cut filter further extends the camera’s capability when shooting in the lowest of light or when natural daylight disappears, allowing capture of the scene in infrared.

The ME200S camera has 3G-SDI and HDMI out, plus genlock input

The ME200S camera has 3G-SDI and HDMI out, plus genlock input

Compact and flexible for the most confined spaces

The ME200S-SH uses the design architecture of the compact ME20F-SH. The camera’s size means it can easily be placed high in sports stadiums, inside vehicles, on robotic heads, or even attached to drones. The flexibility makes it the perfect camera for restricted spaces, fixed locations and in unusual or discreet positions. The option to operate the ME200S-SH remotely provides even greater levels of creative freedom – particularly for wildlife and natural history filmmakers who don’t want to disturb their subjects.

Connectivity options for individual workflows

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.

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