Canon Cinema EOS

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The Canon Cinema EOS (Cinema Electro-Optical System) autofocus digital photographic and cinematographic SLR and mirrorless interchangeable lens camera system was introduced in late 2011 with the Canon EOS C300 and followed by the Canon EOS C500 and Canon EOS 1D C in early 2012.[1]


Cinema EOS is a branch off from the existing EOS line of cameras that date back to 1987 with the introduction of the analog Canon EOS 650. With many Canon DSLRs adding motion video capabilities starting with the Canon EOS 5D Mark II in 2008,[2][3] Canon decided to focus on making cameras specially designed for motion video instead of just producing still video cameras with some motion video capabilities.

The Cinema EOS line launched in late 2011, with a multi-day gala event held at Paramount Studios. Director Martin Scorsese spoke and four films (directed by Sam Nicholson, ASC; Vincent LaForet, Richard Crudo, ASC and Felix Alcala ASC/Larry Carroll) shot with the new Canon C300MkI as well as accompanying Behind the Scenes films were presented.[4] Products introduced included the C300 and new CN-E lenses (with both Canon EF and Arri PL mounts).

In early 2012, Canon began to expand the Cinema EOS line with the C500, which added 4K/QHD recording and RAW capture to the existing features of the C300. The new C500 would be the first camera to offer uncompressed raw motion video recording.[5]

Canon also announced a variant of the Canon EOS-1D X, called the Canon EOS-1D C, which featured 4K (but not raw) recording on the same sensor. The new split in the Canon EOS 1D series follows its recent reunification of the high resolution line (1D S) and high speed line (1D) in 2011.[6]

Additional announcements included an upcoming Canon camera that would feature 4K motion video capabilities in a DSLR body. The demonstration of a prototype device from Canon was a rarity and was seen as a sign of their intent to enter the new still and motion camera market.[7]

In 2020 Canon released the C70, a camera bridging DSLR video shooters with cinema camera users. With features like professional recording options and interfaces and inputs similar to those on high-end cinema cameras are main aspects that make this camera very appealing for indie film makers. On top of that the camera uses Canon’s latest lens mounting system, the RF mount which has a small flange focal distance meaning that the camera can adapt a variety of different lenses including EF mount, PL, Nikon F, Canon FD and the list goes on, this is great for adapting vintage lenses which are cheap and very high quality and cinematic. It features many useful features like a BNC timecode port, 13 fully customisable buttons, built in ND filters, articulating screen, 2 XLR ports, 2 3.5mm audio jacks (one for microphone, one for headphones) and monitors for waveform, peaking and zebras.


2011 - Canon EOS C300 - 2K/HD MPEG recording

2012 - Canon EOS 1D C - 4K/QHD and 2K/HD MJPEG

2012 - Canon EOS C100 - HD MPEG recording

2012 - Canon EOS C500 - 4K/QHD and 2K/HD RAW recording

2014 - Canon EOS C100 Mark II - HD recording, improved Auto Focus.

2015 - Canon EOS C300 Mark II - 12-bit 2K/HD, 4K/UHD

2016 - Canon EOS C700 - 4.5K CMOS sensor

2017 - Canon EOS C200 - Internal 4K RAW

2017 - Canon EOS C200B - Internal 4K RAW

2019 - Canon EOS C500 Mark II - 5.9K Full Frame sensor, 4K/UHD

2020 - Canon EOS C300 Mark III - 4K/UHD

2020 - Canon EOS C70 - 4K/UHD up to 120FPS, 4:2:2 10 bit

2021 - Canon EOS C100 Mark III - 4K/UHD

2022 - Canon EOS C200 Mark II 4K/UHD


Canon has released a series of cinema-specific lenses using the CN-E designation. All non-full frame lenses announced so far come in both Canon EF and Arri PL mounts.


  • CN-E - Cinema EOS
  • S - Super 35 mm
  • F - Full 35 mm
  • P - PL mount
  • EF - EF mount
  • L - (Luxury)

Full 35 mm[edit]

Canon EF Mount[edit]

Prime lenses[edit]
Zoom lenses[edit]

None yet.

Super 35 mm[edit]

Canon EF Mount[edit]

Prime lenses[edit]

14MM 24MM 35MM 50MM 85MM 135MM

Zoom lenses[edit]
  • CN-E 14.5-60mm T2.6 L S (2011)
  • CN-E 30-300mm T2.95-3.7 L S (2011) [9]
  • CN-E 15.5-47mm T2.8 L S (2012)
  • CN-E 30-105mm T2.8 L S (2012)

While the first two and second two sets of zoom lenses announced by Canon cover similar ranges, the latter are significantly smaller in size than the former.

Canon PL Mount[edit]

Prime lenses[edit]

None yet.

Zoom lenses[edit]
  • CN-E 14.5-60mm T2.6 L S P (2011)
  • CN-E 30-300mm T2.95-3.7 L S P (2011)
  • CN-E 15.5-47mm T2.8 L S P (2012)
  • CN-E 30-105mm T2.8 L S P (2012)

While the first two and second two sets of zoom lenses announced by Canon cover similar ranges, the latter are significantly smaller in size than the former.


  1. ^ Canon launches c300 cinema camera, prepares to take on red scarl
  2. ^ Jacobowitz, P.J. (17 September 2008). "New Canon EOS 5D Tries to One-Up Nikon in Video". PC Magazine. Retrieved 13 October 2008.
  3. ^ "Canon EOS 5D Mark II: 21MP and HD movies". Digital Photography Review. 17 September 2008. Retrieved 13 October 2008.
  4. ^
  5. ^ Canon c500 eos 1d c 4k
  6. ^ canon announces eos 1d x full frame 18mp sensor 14 fps 204 80
  7. ^ canon has a new eos movies dslr on the way too
  8. ^ a b "Page Not Found". Retrieved 2 October 2017. Cite uses generic title (help)
  9. ^ a b "Canon Casts EF Cinema Lenses in Starring Role For New Cinema EOS System | Canon Global". Archived from the original on 29 October 2016. Retrieved 2 October 2017.

10. Canon first dslr type cinema camera.

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