April 15, 2016

Introducing Canon's New $5K Super 35mm Pocket Camera, the ME200S-SH

Just in time for NAB, Canon has announced the ME200S-SH, which is essentially the Super 35mm version of their ME20 low light camera with a whole bunch of exciting features.

Perhaps the first thing you'll notice about the ME200S-SH is its form factor, which is similar to that of the Alexa Mini, Blackmagic Micro Cinema Camera, and even Sony's new 4K action cam. This cube-shaped camera is small and lightweight enough for drone and gimbal users, but also powerful enough with features like a Super 35mm CMOS sensor, high dynamic range, and ISO up to 204,800 to provide broadcasters and feature filmmakers with great images.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9y3uwhiLdqQ

Check out this B&H interview with Canon's Ken Rowe to learn more about the camera:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MLZBViSx9y0

Features

  • Super 35mm CMOS Sensor
  • Canon Cinema Lock EF Lens Mount
  • 12-Stop Dynamic Range
  • ISO Up to 204,800
  • 1920 x 1080 / 1280 x 720, Up to 60 FPS
  • Dual Pixel AF
  • Motorized ND and IR Cut Filters
  • 2x, 4x, 8x Digital Teleconverter
  • HD/3G-SDI & HDMI Connectors
  • RS-422 Remote Control Terminal

The ME200S-SH certainly has some features that make it appealing to filmmakers, starting with its Super 35mm sensor, which is the same one in Canon's popular C-series. It does very well in low light situations thanks to its 12-stop latitude and an ISO that reaches 204,800. It also has several features that may make it faster and easier to work with, like its built-in filter stack (clear filter, ND 1/8, ND 1/64, IR cut filter), One-Shot Auto Focus, and Push Auto Iris, which quickly and automatically adjusts your aperture to maintain exposure.

But even though this camera has a bunch of great features, it definitely has its drawbacks. For one, it doesn't have a display and doesn't record internally — it's basically, as News Shooter puts it, "a sensor rather than a full camera." So this means that you'd have to include several add-ons to even use it. It also only records in HD, which might be a deal-breaker for some die-hard 4K shooters out there, unless they don't mind mounting an Atomos Shogun or Ninja to it. Furthermore, it's very much a multi-purpose camera, meaning that, yes, there's a little something for every kind of user, but only a little. It may not have many of the features you're looking for, and with a price of $5K you might feel the absence of those features a lot more than usual.

So, this little camera, which weighs about 2.5 lbs. might be ideal for drones and gimbals, or for documentarians who not only need something small and rugged that they can take pretty much anywhere, but also something that allows them to make quick adjustments on the fly.

The ME200S-SH is currently available for pre-order for $5000. There will definitely be a lot more information to share about it come NAB, so stay tuned.      

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39 Comments

Again, Canon entertain us and never lets us regret our choice leaving her and going to Panasonic/Sony!

April 15, 2016 at 4:52AM

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Panos Karachristos
Director - Filmmaker
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Best comment so far! I cant agree more!

April 15, 2016 at 8:53PM

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Tom V
CEO Velocity Studios | Since 1998
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I'm not usually a tech fanatic but, Canon have seemed really lackluster these last few years.

I wonder whats going on internally in the company to continually deliver substandard cameras?

April 15, 2016 at 5:17AM

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Man, that salesvideo hat a lot of swooshes! Must be a record!

April 15, 2016 at 5:21AM

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Anders Jørgensen
Dop, Director, Editor & owner of Feber Film Norway
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LOL... first thing I noticed... it needs MORE swooshes!! Because more swooshes is always, ALWAYS, better! :-)

April 15, 2016 at 5:55AM

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Fernando Pauwels
Owner of Motion in Sync - digital motion design, Belgium
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haha!! I kept jumping away from my screen every time it swooshed! I think each one got louder and louder!

April 15, 2016 at 7:49AM

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Another lemon from Canon.

April 15, 2016 at 5:23AM

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Jerry Roe
Indie filmmaker
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Why include a couple of frames promoting 'tripod shooting' using a C300 body and not the ME200S they're advertising? 01:01 on the first video. Plain lazy no?

April 15, 2016 at 5:50AM, Edited April 15, 5:51AM

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Jack Slater
News Cameraman - BBC
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I noticed that right away too. Looks like a C300. Canon really needs to get their **** together!

April 15, 2016 at 1:59PM

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Sam Bryce
Cinematographer/Editor at Cassiar
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FULL HD!!!!! whoooo!!!! only for 5k.... what is this, 2011...

April 15, 2016 at 7:12AM

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gandulf charpentier
director of pornography
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Lol!

April 15, 2016 at 7:21AM

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Eusebio Abbondanza
Director
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Full HD.
Okay... this must be a delayed April fool.

If it was 6k res with up to 50fps...

April 15, 2016 at 7:41AM

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JeffreyWalther
Steadicam Operator
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so people are complaining that its pretty much like most red cameras?

April 15, 2016 at 8:01AM

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Carsten Weizer
Independent swiss army knife of a film maker
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For example??

April 15, 2016 at 8:11AM

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JeffreyWalther
Steadicam Operator
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Accept that this is $5k for what looks like a pretty average image. Might as well grab a c100 or BlackMagic Ursa Mini 4.6k for that price. I think thats what most people are complaining about.

April 15, 2016 at 1:24PM

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Charles C.
Editor/ Director/ Director of Photography/ Wannabe Thinker
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Clicking on an article written by V Renee is like being Rick Rolled!

April 15, 2016 at 8:11AM

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K W
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I know! I bet you never thought that by clicking on an article entitled "Introducing Canon's New $5K Super 35mm Pocket Camera, the ME200S-SH" you'd be taken to an article that introduced you to Canon's new $5K Super 35mm pocket camera, the ME200S-SH.

I got you good!

April 15, 2016 at 6:02PM, Edited April 15, 6:03PM

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V Renée
Nights & Weekends Editor
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Only HD??!!!? Woo hoo!

Nuf said, Canon is living in the past and out of touch with the market. I'll most likely be one of those going over to Panasonic. Considering the new VariCam LT vs. the C300 MKII. Although if Canon brings the C300 MKII down to $10,000 I might consider it. ; )

April 15, 2016 at 9:59AM, Edited April 15, 10:00AM

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Ron Marvin
Director of Photography
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C500 was priced at 26K now selling (hardly!) for 10K!
C300 was priced at 16K now selling for 7K!
C100 was priced at 12K now selling for 2.5K!

Can you see the pattern? The pattern is Greed!
They are stealing money from independent film-maker and getting rich! Filthy Canon!

April 15, 2016 at 10:19AM

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Rayhanur kabir
Director, DP
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Go ahead and compare those numbers to ANY other camera manufacturer apart from ARRI. You'll have the same results. A few years ago Digital cameras overtook personal computers as the fastest-depreciating things money can buy - it is simply one of the most competitive and rapidly evolving technologies there are. Don't buy a camera as an investment - buy it to use it.

April 15, 2016 at 11:32AM

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Very true.

Imagine the opposite: cameras never becoming cheaper, but the new ones always being more expensive, because they are better... None of us would be able to buy a camera anymore... :-p

April 15, 2016 at 11:56AM

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WalterBrokx
Director, DOP, Writer, Editor, Producer
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Rayhanur is right, show me another camera company that drops their prices $16k. The current prices of the C100, 300 and 500 are what they should have originally been all along.

April 15, 2016 at 3:52PM

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Kaster Troy
Director, DP, Editor
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Meanwhile, the BlackMagic Production Camera was $3K and still is $3K. And it shoots proper 4K (in raw, if you want) with Canon lenses.

Canon's offerings are a joke, and have been for years. That company desperately needs a management house-cleaning.

April 19, 2016 at 7:06PM, Edited April 19, 7:06PM

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David Gurney
DP
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2.5 lbs without recorder?
So it only has it's dimensions winning from a C100, not the weight.

April 15, 2016 at 11:54AM

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WalterBrokx
Director, DOP, Writer, Editor, Producer
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So what are the output specs? Raw? 4:2:2 10-bit? 4:2:0 8-bit?

April 15, 2016 at 12:02PM

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Mike Tesh
Director of Photography
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Oh YES!!!!!! JUST WHAT I WAS LOOKING FOR!!! ....Haa haha hahahahaha!

April 15, 2016 at 12:15PM

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Edgar More
All
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Internal recording and I would have picked this up in a heartbeat. Smaller/lighter stripped down C100 Mark 2 sounds good to me.

This makes perfect sense in a broadcast setting/corporate video world.

April 15, 2016 at 2:08PM, Edited April 15, 2:18PM

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Steven Bailey
Writer/Director/Composer
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I don't understand, Canon have been at this game for years and they churn out something like this?? At this price point I'd expect a lot more. No thanks Canon, I'd prefer an Ursa Mini 4.6K, Aja Cion, Sony fs5 even... OK it may be a "pocket" camera - even so - I'll stick to my GoPro.

April 15, 2016 at 2:13PM, Edited April 15, 2:16PM

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Ben McAllister
Compositor
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Judging by the video , instead of calling this camera the ME200S-SH they should have called it ME-SW00SH

April 15, 2016 at 2:24PM, Edited April 15, 2:24PM

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Boy, I wish Canon could see the NFS threads and comments... WE ARE Their target demographic, why not give us WHAT WE WANT!!

... not this crap.

April 15, 2016 at 2:40PM

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Jordan Mederich
Documentarian / Filmmaker
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Gotta love Canon! Hahaha, fuck me Freddie.

April 15, 2016 at 3:24PM, Edited April 15, 3:24PM

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Terma Louis
Photographer / Cinematographer / Editor
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Another completely useless camera from Canon, congrats fellas. Canon has laid out the perfect blueprint on how to hand over the market share to other competing companies on a silver platter.

April 15, 2016 at 3:35PM

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Kaster Troy
Director, DP, Editor
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Nice to see the folks at Canon are fans of VideoCopilot. So many VC effects in that video.

April 15, 2016 at 3:41PM, Edited April 15, 3:41PM

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Jeremiah Kuehne
Filmmaker
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This camera -swoosh- Looks like it's been sitting -swoosh- on the shelf -swoosh- for several years -swoosh- and they -swoosh- -swoosh- just decided they wanted to -swoosh- -swoosh- -swoosh- sale it. -swoo...

April 15, 2016 at 4:53PM, Edited April 15, 4:54PM

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Film GRIT
Host With The Most
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8bit 1080p barebone cam box (with NDs though) for how much? Lol!!!! And still rental places will buy them so Canon corp. buildings which are offices for the cam division will not need suicide nets.

April 15, 2016 at 7:03PM

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Kokles
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Contrary to popular NFS belief, the entire world of imaging technology doesn't revolve around the DSLR generation. There tons of live to tape format shows that have been waiting for a large sensor alternative to 2/3" sensor broadcast cameras that are currently dominating. The lowlight ability and competent autofocus make this a great choice for that kind of production. Considering absolutely zero percent of these types of shows are delivering 4k, it wouldn't make much sense to make this a 4k camera. This is for a multicam live or live to tape show that can easily afford a $5k camera. It is 2016, and in 2016, television is delivered in HD and most of it will be for some time and for good reason.

April 15, 2016 at 9:16PM

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Derek Olson
Directomatographeditor
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The only disruptive move canon introduced is the DSLR movement back in the days. It's been uninteresting ever since. Milk the cows good canon. It's not like there's anyone else with better offers than you (and lesser money). Full HD, wow, that's like so 10 years ago!

April 15, 2016 at 10:20PM

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Roshdi Alkadri
Director / Sound & Video Editor / Camera OP
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No mention of Hasselblad's new 4K 16 bit color camera?

April 15, 2016 at 10:41PM

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Vincent Gortho
none
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I think canon got their numbers mixed up, should have been $2k for 5k...

April 16, 2016 at 1:11PM

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