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Canon RF Cinema EOS Camera to be Unveiled at IBC 2020?

Canon may be announcing their first RF mount Super35 camera soon

Canon c300 Mark III mk3 camera ef lens mount

Is Canon planning on releasing their first RF mount Cinema EOS camera at this year’s IBC trade show? A recent rumour on popular Canon rumor site suggests that this indeed may be the case. 

[UPDATE: 26/09/20] Canon EOS C70 RF Mount Announced

New 4K Canon Cinema EOS in RF mount! Finally?

With the recent trade show/exhibition landscape disrupted for at least the next two years, IBC 2020 will be a virtual event. In prior years the event usually takes place in early to mid September in the beautiful city of Amsterdam at the RAI exhibition centre.

UPDATE: Pre-order the Canon EOS C70 RF on B&H

And although it generally has been a more broadcast oriented trade show – it is the biggest one in Europe with over 50,000+ attendees, kind of like a European NAB Show of sorts. 

Nevertheless, over the past few years, the show has seen its fare share of important camera releases such as the venerable Sony FS7 back in 2014, the Sony FS5 a year later, and the Sony FX9 just last year. 

Canon C200 C200B
Image by Canon

According to CanonRumors.com, the rumored new camera may have the same Super35 sensor as the C200 and also built-in internal NDs.


However, the form-factor is said to be more compact and akin to that of a 1D X Mark III, which is interesting. 

Rumored Canon Cinema EOS RF 4K camera – Features:

  • Super35 sensor from the Canon C200
  • 4K up to 120fps 
  • 4K 10bit 4:2:2 All-I and IPB codecs
  • 6 stops Built-in ND filters 
  • 2 x mini XLR inputs
  • Full-size HDMI
  • 1 x CFexpress Type B Slot
  • 2 x SD UHS-II slots
  • External RAW recording options up to 4K/120fps
  • 2 x LP-E6NH batteries
  • Body similar to the EOS-1D X Mark III
  • Rumored price: $4,500 USD

A Mini-C300 mark III RF Camera? 

Will this be a more XC10/XC15 style boxy camera, but with interchangeable lenses? Or is Canon going to make the C100/C200 body even more compact? 

The XC10 and then XC15 seemed like an interesting and useful ideas for cameras on paper, but once you get to use one, the design flaws became apparent. I used to own one, and despite the compact size, the small (1 inch) sensor and slow fixed zoom lens left a lot to be desired image-wise. 

The dual LP-E6NH batteries (same one as on the EOS R5) lead me to believe that we may see some sort of a hybrid between a XC10 and C200 style camcorder. However, I am not too excited about the mini XLR inputs as you’d need adapter cables to plug XLR mics. 

A RED Komodo Competitor? 

I guess we’ll have to wait and see on launch day, but I have a funny feeling that Canon may actually be doing a mini-C300 Mark III with this new RF camcorder?

I know that a lot of people thought that Canon would offer the C300 Mk III with an RF mount (and without the internal Raw), but alas they stuck to their now ageing EF mount, so a Canon RF mount Cinema EOS camera seems inevitable at some stage. 

And with the C100 Mark II getting really old now, we finally may get that RF mini cinema camera. Of course, RED has their Komodo, which has a native RF mount, but it will cost around $6K when released. And, apart from its tiny footprint, it’s main appeal is the REDCODE RAW codec and workflow. 

tilta-red-komodo-rig
RED Komodo in Tilta Gear / image by Tilta

New RF to EF and RF to PL lens Adapters

In addition, Canon is also rumored to announce (or release) a few new RF lens adapters such as:

  • PL to RF with Cooke/i protocol support
  • EF to RF focal length reducer (like a Metabones Speed booster)
  • EF Cinema Lock to RF

This past July has been one crazy month for camera releases. Canon played their trump card with the new EOS R5 and R6 mirrorless cameras, which may be off to a rocky start due to overheating issues.

Then, just a few weeks later at the end of July, Sony finally announced the a7s III, which sticks to 4K video at up to 120fps and a solid 10bit internal recording with unlimited recording (and much fewer overheating issues)

And as we approach September, IBC 2020 is shaping as an interesting event already with potential new 4K cameras, lenses, and lighting kit. 


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