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Canon Enhances Cinema RAW Light Formats for the EOS C500 Mark II
By Ian Bongso-Seldrup, March 12, 2024 @ 06:30 PM (EST)

Canon has announced the latest firmware update to their EOS C500 Mark II cinema camera, with an enhancement of its Cinema RAW Light capabilities. Up until now, the camera was able to shoot 12-bit RAW video at up to 30fps, and 10-bit at frame rates beyond that. Canon is now adding three new Cinema RAW Light formats providing 12-bit recording at all frame rates.

With the addition of Cinema RAW Light LT (light recording), ST (standard quality), and HQ (high quality) formats, the EOS C500 Mark II will now have four different RAW recording options—a first in the Cinema EOS lineup. Canon says 12-bit RAW at high frame rates provides a significant boost to Canon’s color science, with enough data provided to render over 68 billion colors.

Canon’s proprietary Cinema RAW Light format offers a significant reduction in file size without sacrificing image quality or grading and compositing headroom. Available on all four current Cinema EOS models—the EOS C500 Mark II, EOS C300 Mark III, EOS C70, and EOS R5 C—the Cinema RAW Light format allows filmmakers to realize the widest dynamic range of the camera’s sensor in a file that’s approximately a third to a fifth of the size of a standard Cinema RAW file.

The firmware update for the Canon EOS C500 Mark II is scheduled for March 21st. Nauticam makes housings for all four currrent models in Canon’s Cinema EOS line—C500 Mark II and C300 Mark III, C70, and R5 C.

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