Canon announces remote control for professional video cameras and feature updates

United Kingdom – Canon today expands its professional line-up with the launch of the Canon Remote Controller RC-V100 – a new wired remote control unit for its range of professional video cameras. Joining the new remote is also a host of new firmware upgrades that add new functionality to Canon’s world class series of EF and Cinema lenses and Cinema EOS cameras.

Take control with the Canon Remote Controller RC-V100

Developed in direct response to market feedback, the RC-V100 offers greater creative flexibility for Canon camcorder users by expanding the scope of possible installation locations and increasing compatibility with multi-camera shoots, freeing DoPs and cameramen to concentrate on getting the shot they really need.

Providing access to any in-camera function using the standard operating menus, the RC-V100 features dedicated interfaces that allow users control of common settings such as iris, zoom and white balance, whilst a number of more advanced adjustments, such as knee point/slope and master pedestal, can also be made directly. Support for custom settings is provided in the form of four buttons that mirror the operation of assignable camera buttons 1-4 on the body itself.

“Our customers are constantly inspiring us with their creativity and desire to use our products in new and different ways – sometimes in ways we didn’t expect. We really want to feed this creativity by expanding shooting possibilities even further, and this has resulted in the development of the new Canon Remote Controller RC-V100,” said Kieran Magee, Director of Professional Marketing, Canon Europe. “The customer feedback we receive is invaluable to us, and we hope that the addition of this new remote will enable even more of our customers to realise their vision.”

At launch, the Canon Remote Controller RC-V100 wired remote will be compatible with a range of Canon professional video cameras and Cinema EOS cameras, including the XF300-series, EOS C100, EOS C300 and EOS C500. A free firmware update will be required to provide compatibility with models announced prior to the launch of the new remote control.

New firmware and upgrades

Continuous Recording functionality will soon be available for the EOS C100, thanks to a free firmware update that will permit uninterrupted recording and the ability for users to set in and out markers directly, in-camera. Selected moments can then be instantly accessed during editing, saving time and effort. Furthermore, the ability to record in full, particularly when shooting significant moments such as weddings or important events, allows users to access moments that might not have been spotted on the day, or to adjust the marked shots for the best possible end result. Compatible NLE software is required to take full advantage of Continuous Recording; at launch the feature will be supported by EDIUS Pro 7 from Grass Valley.

In addition, Canon is announcing the future availability of a paid-for upgrade that brings Dual Pixel CMOS AF functionality (DAF) to its professional EOS C300 camcorder. Dual Pixel CMOS AF is a ground-breaking, Canon-developed technology that expands shooting possibilities by providing smooth, fast, high-performance continuous autofocus in large sensor video cameras, to offer even greater creative flexibility in everyday use.  First announced for the EOS C100, and since requested by many EOS C300 users, this unique feature expands shooting opportunities for the popular cine camera even further.

Finally, Canon is also bringing Peripheral Illumination Correction for its CN-E35mm T1.5 L F and EF-S55-250mm F4-5.6 IS STM lenses to the EOS C100, EOS C300 and EOS C500. Peripheral Illumination Correction balances any light fall-off, or drop in illumination, that may darken the edges of an image as a result of lens characteristics or shooting conditions.

Pricing & Availability

The Canon Remote Controller RC-V100 and associated firmware updates are expected to be available from June 2014 with an SRP of £2,799/€2,999. Continuous recording on the EOS C100 is expected to be available via a firmware update from late February 2014. DAF functionality for the EOS C300 is expected to be available via a firmware update from May 2014 costing approximately £340/€400. The firmware update to enable Peripheral Illumination Correction for the CN-E35mm T1.5 L F and EF-S55-250mm F4-5.6 IS STM lenses is expected to be available from June 2014.
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