Canon enhances cinema RAW light formats for flagship cinema EOS camera, EOS C500 Mark II

Canon enhances cinema RAW light formats for flagship cinema EOS camera, EOS C500 Mark II

Canon is excited to announce the latest firmware update to the EOS C500 Mark II, with an enhancement of the camera’s Cinema RAW Light capabilities. Up until now, the EOS C500 Mark II was able to shoot 12-bit RAW video at up to 30 frames per second, and 10-bit at frame rates beyond that. Canon is now adding three new Cinema RAW Light formats which will provide 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. 12-bit RAW at high frame rates provides a tremendous boost to Canon’s already-distinguished 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 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.

Availability 

This firmware update for the Canon EOS C500 Mark II is scheduled for March 21, 2024 on their website.