C300 Mark II

Canon unleashes the EOS C300 MARK II – will it be your next camera?

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Canon upgrades the Canon EOS C300 to the EOS C300 Mark II as expected… and there are some awesome features added, but the pricing may disappoint… let’s quickly dive into the new features.

The first one that will grab many is 15 stops of dynamic range!

ISO up to 102k!

There are lots of other tidbits in the press release you’ll drool over –

  • bit rates up to 420Mbps
  • 2k/HD frame rates up to 120fps
  • 10 bit 4:2:2 recording at all resolutions and 12 bit 4:4:4 at 2k and HD
  • reduced rolling shutter due to double speed readout of sensor

The EOS C300 Mark II will have upgraded sensor and Canon has designed it to shoot a variety of formats including our old fav, 1080, as well as a 2k DCI variant, 4k UHD and 4k DCI and have upgraded the Dual Pixel AF to include about 80% coverage of the view. They’ve also added face detection with the EF lenses. Plus, there is mention of additional Dual Pixel AF functionality so you can adjust things like tracking sensitivity and speed.

A new feature called AF-Boosted MF adds a super-imposed graphic interface for use with manual focus lenses. I can’t wait to see how this works and how people perceive its functionality. I know a lot of folks who thing AF for video is a horrible idea.

Make sure you check out our other story about their new XF-AVC codec for 4k compression.

Canon's 3 announcements today:

Pricing is a bit disappointing, Canon mentions a $20k price and that’s probably going to make many unhappy. The Sony FS7 that this is likely to compete with is priced near $10k and tho there are some super additional capabilities of the Canon EOS C300 Mark II, will that pricing be perceived as worthwhile purchase? We’ll have to see.

Delivery is also not expected until September, but you can pre-order the EOS C300 Mark II now – just click that link!

What do you think? Are you going to order right away?


With New Super 35mm Sensor and 4K Internal Recording, the Latest Addition to the Canon Cinema EOS Line Offers High Image Quality and a 15-stop Wide Dynamic Range

C300 Mark II

Via Canon Press Release:

MELVILLE, N.Y., April 8, 2015 – Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is proud to introduce the new EOS C300 Mark II Digital Cinema Camera for cinema, documentary, event and commercial videography. As the latest addition to the Canon Cinema EOS line of professional cameras, the EOS C300 Mark II features evolutionary updates including a new 8.85 Megapixel Super 35mm Cinema CMOS Sensor, new Dual DIGIC DV 5 Processors and a new Canon XF-AVC Codec that allows 10-bit 4:2:2 4K image data to be recorded internally, and an expanded dynamic range of up to 15 stops.

“Feedback from our customers is an invaluable asset that Canon takes very seriously in research and development,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO of Canon U.S.A., Inc. “Drawing on input from Canon’s global community of Cinema EOS camera users, the Company has improved upon capabilities of the EOS C300 cinema camera to now offer even higher image quality and a wider dynamic range, as well as improved operability, ruggedness and expandability.”

Enhanced Features & Benefits
To engineer the next evolutionary step up from the EOS C300 Cinema Camera, Canon has developed a new Super 35mm CMOS sensor that supports high-image-quality internal video recording from Full HD (1920×1080) and 2K DCI (2048×1080) to 4K UHD (3840×2160) and 4K DCI (4096×2160), utilizing Canon’s proprietary Over Sampling HD Processing to help meet the needs of multi-purpose productions. The new imaging sensor maximizes the amount of light that falls on each photosite through a wider pixel pitch, enhancing the EOS C300 Mark II camera’s sensitivity, while minimizing noise and supporting ISOs up to 102,400. The new sensor is also capable of twice the readout speed compared to the original, which in turn significantly reduces the occurrence of rolling shutter distortion.
The EOS C300 Mark II uses Canon’s new XF-AVC codec that compresses the camera’s 4K image data at a high level of quality for internal recording using CFast 2.0 memory cards. The EOS C300 Mark II can also output its signal simultaneously through built-in 3G-SDI ports for full uncompressed RAW recording to an external recorder.

The EOS C300 Mark II features a new log gamma tone curve – Canon Log Gamma 2 – which was designed specifically to help maximize the recording capabilities of the camera. The log format files can be ideal for post-production allowing users to apply processes where corrections, color matching and grading are applied, providing users with a high level of creative freedom in post-production without substantially degrading the image quality.

The EOS C300 Mark II camera supports both ACES and REC .2020 workflows, and utilizes the Material Exchange Format (MXF) for its file structure. MXF is an internationally standardized container format for the exchange of video and audio material. Using the MXF format, video and audio can be wrapped into a single file along with important metadata. With MXF, the EOS C300 Mark II camera can benefit from both the highest level of compatibility with popular non-linear editing systems, and also with high-end network systems used by many networks and production studios. The Dual DIGIC DV 5 processors on the EOS C300 Mark II camera work hand-in-hand with the new Super 35 Canon CMOS sensor to enable a wide variety of image quality and feature improvements including 15 stops of dynamic range, bit rates up to 410 Mbps, Canon Log Gamma 2, XF-AVC Codec, Dual Pixel CMOS AF, simultaneous 4K and HD Proxy recording and 2K/FHD frame rates up to 120 frames per second. 10-bit recording with 4:2:2 color sampling is available at all resolution settings, but the 2K and Full HD resolutions also support 12-bit recording at 4:4:4 color sampling for maximum color fidelity.

The EOS C300 Mark II camera features the newest generation in Canon Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology that expands selection of the autofocusing area to approximately 80 percent (vertically) x 80 percent (horizontally) of the total image area. The EOS C300 Mark II camera is now capable of face detection AF with EF lenses in addition to existing Canon stepping motor (STM) lenses. Additionally, users can adjust the speed, tracking sensitivity, and specific size and location of the focusing area to help maximize creative control, and a new feature called AF-Boosted MF, which offers increased autofocusing stability. A super-imposed graphic interface called the Dual Pixel Focus Guide can also be added as a visual aid for autofocusing or to assist with the focusing of manual, cinema-style lenses.

In response to feedback provided by current EOS C300 Cinema Camera users, the EOS C300 Mark II builds on the innovative and efficient ergonomic design of the original camera by adding several redesigned features to help maximize shooting comfort and improve usability. For example, the new camera features a built-in microphone for scratch audio as well as dual CFast 2.0 card slots for MXF recording and an SD card slot for 8-bit 4:2:0 Full HD proxy recordings. The EOS C300 Mark II camera’s modular design allows different components to be added or removed as needed, not only to meet the demands of a particular shooting environment, but also to help maximize camera operator comfort. In addition to the core EOS C300 camera body, the new EOS C300 Mark II camera body comes with a removable hand grip and an improved low angle camera handle extension which features new additional attachment points, plus a removable LCD monitor with detachable cables, and control panel with XLR inputs. The EOS C300 Mark II camera is equipped with either a standard EF or PL lens mount, but can be modified at a later point in time for a fee by authorized Canon Cinema EOS service centers for users who prefer either locking EF mount or PL mount.

Pricing and Availability
The Canon EOS C300 Mark II Digital Cinema Camera is expected to be available in September 2015 for an estimated retail price of $20,000.00, and will be available with either EF or PL mount. For more information please visit: usa.canon.com/nab2015

About Canon U.S.A., Inc.
Canon U.S.A., Inc., is a leading provider of consumer, business-to-business, and industrial digital imaging solutions to the United States and to Latin America and the Caribbean (excluding Mexico) markets. With approximately $31 billion in global revenue, its parent company, Canon Inc. (NYSE:CAJ), ranked third overall in U.S. patents granted in 2014† and is one of Fortune Magazine's World’s Most Admired Companies in 2015. In 2014, Canon U.S.A. received the PCMag.com Readers’ Choice Award for Service and Reliability in the digital camera and printer categories for the 11th consecutive year. Canon U.S.A. is committed to the highest level of customer satisfaction and loyalty, providing 100 percent U.S.-based consumer service and support for all of the products it distributes. Canon U.S.A. is dedicated to its Kyosei philosophy of social and environmental responsibility. In 2014, the Canon Americas Headquarters secured LEED® Gold certification, a recognition for the design, construction, operations and maintenance of high-performance green buildings. To keep apprised of the latest news from Canon U.S.A., sign up for the Company's RSS news feed by visiting www.usa.canon.com/rss and follow us on Twitter @CanonUSA.

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  1. no 4K 60p??? even my fs700 can output 4K 60p and is a 3 years old camera; my FS7 cand do too up to 600Mbs in 4K 60p and S-Log3 curve for the half money, and with better control and ergonomics…. so no; this camera must be made 1 or 2 years ago not now, and not at that price!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. well, i remember in 2012 when I first heard about the c300 and nobody believed in the camera because of it’s price compared to a 5D. The c300 found it’s market and became a huge success.
    If the skin tones look better than on the fs7 I’ll buy one. Personally I don’t care about 4K 60p

  3. chrisshelms don’t care about 60p 4K??? that only spec is a huge advantage over any other 4K, with that you can go 2.5x slow motion over 24p; but if you don’t need 4K now then you don’t need C300 MKII because C300 is very good 1080p camera; but the reason why canon go with MKII is 4K… and then again Canon put less specs and twice the price…

  4. GerardoCampos We still finish most projects in HD so 4K for our company will be huge in terms of reframing a shot and having a second angle on an interview. Some people might need 4K 60fps, for us it’s not a deal breaker not having it…

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