Getting touchy feely with the Canon C200 touchscreen and DPAF

When it comes to autofocus in video Canon’s Dual Pixel Auto Focus is the best implementation I’ve seen so far in any camera. The C200 touchscreen pairs up with the company’s DPAF system. Does it give the user the control you want? Let’s dive in and see.


Canon implemented a very basic touc screen for the C200, but basic isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Sometimes less is more.

The touchscreen has to be turned on in the menu and once it’s activated you can set the parameters of the DPAF. You have a lot of options on how sensitive you want it to be and if you want to use face detection.

For touchscreen focus all you have to do is touch the screen and the focus box will move and focus. Speed of focus is what you need to set in the menu, and you have a lot of options to make the focus look more natural or really snappy.

The C200 will focus anywhere in an 80 degree area inside the box. Simple and powerful.

The AF performance is every bit as good as the C300 Mk II. The only difference here is the touchscreen allows the user to have more immediate control by simply tapping. The one downside to the touchscreen is the LCD image isn’t as good as the C300 Mk II.


Early on with DPAF Canon had a smaller selection of lens that performed best. Now it seems almost all of the modern “L” lenses and STM models will perform very well with the autofocus feature.


If you really want to get the best performance Canon says the new Cine 18-80 and 70-200 perform very well since the auto focus motors are fine tuned to do so.



I love focus magnification and now you can use it with the touch screen too. You push the magnification button and now with your finger you can touch and drag around the display just as you would do using the mini joystick. This is a very nice, simple feature for checking focus.


The Canon C200 might have a weaker codec than some people may want, but when it comes to autofocus in video Canon is the king of the hill. Add in touchscreen usability and the C200 is an autofocus shooting machine. Are DPAF and a touchscreen features that makes you want a C200? Let’s talk in the comment section below.


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  1. Reply ff June 5, 2017 at 6:25 pm

    Nice interview thanks!
    Any idea if purchased separately if this would work on a c300MKII?

  2. Reply Andrew Kierans June 5, 2017 at 6:25 pm

    does anyone know if you can set the focus box to a fixed position ( like a locked target ) within the frame?

    for example: I like to shoot with my cross hair ( target ) slightly to the right of center in the top third of the frame.

    • Reply Erik Naso June 5, 2017 at 6:25 pm

      If you can do this in the C300 MKII then you can as well on the C200. The only difference is the touch screen enabled focus. Hope that helps.

      • Reply Andrew Kierans June 5, 2017 at 6:25 pm

        thanks much:)

  3. Reply Liam June 5, 2017 at 6:25 pm

    I can’t help but want this camera, as it would be a perfect upgrade for how I shoot right now (C100 mkii). The problem is the future, and whether the 8-bit will quickly become a problem. In some sense, adding a Ninja Star for HD broadcast work isn’t that different (and probably cheaper) from having to add an EVF to the new Panasonic EVA1, which I would seriously want to do. Then I’d have the colour science I love, 10bit HD for broadcast, low bitrate for corporate bread and butter and 4K Raw for the music videos and short film stuff. All with amazing AF.

    • Reply Erik Naso June 5, 2017 at 6:25 pm

      They aren’t making it easy for us that’s for sure. 😀

  4. Reply Alexandar Kuraica June 5, 2017 at 6:25 pm

    Legend. Thanks heaps. Looks very useful.

  5. Reply Raya Fahreza June 5, 2017 at 6:25 pm

    Now Canon should make it possible for a wired external touch screen monitor to control the AF. The DSLRs can do this wirelessly on phones, with the EOS app but it’s a tad laggy.

  6. Reply Kerrin Sheldon June 5, 2017 at 6:25 pm

    Any update on what bit-rate the 2018 XF-AVC update will be? Should we see 10-bit then?

    • Reply Matthew Allard ACS June 5, 2017 at 6:25 pm

      There are currently no details on what they will be at this stage.

      • Reply Kerrin Sheldon June 5, 2017 at 6:25 pm

        Thanks Matthew – Like everyone else it seems, I will definitely be interested in how they decide to roll that out.

  7. Reply Narf T June 5, 2017 at 6:25 pm

    Hows dpaf for someone walking towards/away from you?

    • Reply Erik Naso June 5, 2017 at 6:25 pm

      Did you watch the video?

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