The Canon EOS C200 Mark II is set to be revealed in April next year, according to reports, but the big question is whether it will feature the manufacturer's new RF lens mount or retain the EF system of its predecessor.
While logic would tell you that the Canon EOS C200 Mark II will once again use the EF mount (since you would not expect a successor to the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV (opens in new tab) to possess an RF mount), the fact that the manufacturer has just released the RF-based Canon EOS C70 (opens in new tab) suggests that it is in the process of graduating its Cinema EOS line to the latest lens technology.
RF compatibility may not be the only similarity with the C70, either. As reported in a story (opens in new tab) by Canon Rumors, the C200 Mark II will be "more a unibody design than the modular design of the C300 Mark III" – which might lead you to believe that it will possess a similar, 'fat DSLR' style form factor to the C70.
And why the mention of the Canon EOS C300 Mark III (opens in new tab)? Well, it appears that the C200 Mark II will feature the same 8.85MP Super 35mm CMOS sensor as its big brother. This would, on paper at least, give it the same 16 stops of dynamic range (improved from 15 on the original C200), but the 4K 120fps and 2K 180fps won't carry over.
Instead, according to the same Canon Rumors report, the C200 Mark II will be capable of 4:2:2 10-bit Raw, with 4K 60p and 2K at up to 120fps. This would sit the camera below the EOS C70 in the lineup, as the C70 possesses largely the same specs (and the same sensor) as the C300 Mark III.
Elsewhere, we would also expect that the new camera will also make the switch from CFast cards to CFexpress Type B memory, as is becoming the norm for the manufacturer's cinema cameras (and higher end bodies like the Canon EOS-1D X Mark III (opens in new tab) and Canon EOS R5 (opens in new tab)).
With the intended announcement due for April (initially to coincide with broadcast trade show NAB 2021, which has now moved to October), we expect more details to trickle through soon.