Canon have announced out of nowhere a new C series camera, the EOS C100 MKII.
Just like its previous version, it has and will take a beating from the camera world – and that’s a great thing!
Specs at a glance:
- Canon Super 35mm CMOS Sensor
- Canon DIGIC DV 4 Image Processor
- Simultaneous AVCHD and MP4 Recordings
- Slow and Fast Motion Recording
- MP4 Conversion
- Redesigned 3.5-Inch OLED Panel
- 1.23 Megapixel Tilting Color EVF
- Dual Pixel CMOS AF
- Face AF Mode
- 59.94p Frame Rate
- Wireless FTP Video Transfer
- Built-In Microphone
- Built-In Canon Log LUT
- Red Record Buttons
- New Ergonomic Re-Design
- Outstanding Low Light Sensitivity and Wide Dynamic Range
- Full Manual Control and Focusing Aids
- Removable Pistol Grip and Top Handle with XLR Inputs and Stereo Mic
- HDMI® Out with Time Code
- Canon RC-V100 Remote Controller
- Canon GP-E2 EOS GPS Receiver
So what’s different?
After reading through the press release, I can assure you there is more to this new camera than 50/60p! Sure there is no 4K (does it really matter today?!) but there are nice upgrades that are worth the jump.
Canon DIGIC DV 4 Image Processor
This processor is faster and stronger, resulting in better picture quality by separating RGB output into three individual 8-megapixel signals, rather than 2 megapixels in the processor employed by the original C100. The DV4 also has a new debayer algorithm that should reduce moiré, video noise and enhanced overall colour reproduction.
Something interesting I discovered, max ISO reported has been 80,000 but both on canon’s brochure and product spec it reads 102,400. I guess this extra stop is from better image processing from the DIGIC DV 4?
Simultaneous AVCHD and MP4 Recording
Enables users to record in both the AVCHD and the MP4 recording formats in a variety of bit rates (up to 28 Mbps and 35 Mbps, respectively), resolutions, and frame rates, including 59.94p, to address practically any production need. Both formats have their own particular advantages. AVCHD is a professional standard that enables long-duration recording of full HD using moderate total data capacities. MP4 has advantages for Web and smartphone sharing. Both formats are easily accepted by most nonlinear editing applications. The EOS C100 Mark II camera’s dual SD card slots can record in either or both formats simultaneously and can convert AVCHD and MP4 files into smaller MP4 files for web upload.
Slow and Fast Motion Recording
The EOS C100 Mark II Digital HD Camera can provide slow and fast-motion video effects when recording in the MP4 format. Sound is not recorded, and the feature is not available during double-slot recording. Slow and fast-motion playback speeds can range from x0.4 slow up to x2.5 fast.
This feature allows for converting an AVCHD or MP4 recording on the SD card in the EOS C100 Mark II camera’s main slot into a 3 Mbps (640 x 360) MP4 file on the SD card in the alternate slot. This gives users a smaller file that is easier to transmit. MP4 conversion is not possible for MP4 files at 35 Mbps and AVCHD files at 28 Mbps.
Redesigned 3.5-Inch OLED Panel
OLED (Organic Light-Emitting Diode) is a newer display technology that provides vivid colors, high contrast, and dramatically improved responsiveness compared to traditional LCD screens. The 3.5-inch 1.23 megapixel OLED display on the EOS C100 Mark II delivers virtually 100 percent field of view coverage, wide and faithful color range support, and improved viewing even in bright sunshine. The EOS C100 Mark II camera’s OLED screen has a new hinge design to help maximize monitoring versatility. The design allows the panel to fold shut when stowed and protect the OLED surface. It can then open 180 degrees to reveal function keys and a joystick, or open further to 270 degrees to deploy against the side of the camera and provide monitoring for directors, producers, or other production personnel.
1.23 Megapixel Tilting Color EVF
Larger and totally redesigned from what was featured on its predecessor model, the EOS C100 Mark II camera’s EVF (Electronic ViewFinder) uses a 0.45 inch 1.23 megapixel color panel surrounded by a large professional-style eyecup like the one used on the Canon EOS C300 and EOS C500 Cinema cameras. In addition, the new EVF has a 68 degree tilt angle, allowing it to be used more effectively in a variety of shooting situations.
Face AF Mode
Face AF mode detects and focuses on human faces. Both the Dual Pixel CMOS AF and Face AF capabilities give camera operators more freedom to concentrate on composing their shots and paying attention to potentially unpredictable shooting environments.
Wireless FTP Video Transfer
MP4 and AVCHD video files (and still images) can be wirelessly transferred to a selected FTP server. This feature is particularly useful for transferring time-critical video for news and for backing-up files. The feature uses the 5GHz band for quick, reliable file transfers. Up to 100 files can be selected to transfer at one time.
A monaural “mono” microphone is built into the body of the EOS C100 Mark II Digital HD Camera for the capture of reference audio, for spoken notes, or as an aid to synching sound in post. This microphone works only when the removable top handle with twin XLR inputs is not attached.
Built-In Canon Log LUT
Many filmmakers prefer to shoot in Canon Log to protect the integrity of the total dynamic range of which the image sensor is capable, which, in turn, can provide greater latitude in post-production grading processes. As the picture is being monitored during Canon Log-enabled shooting, however, the image seen will not accurately represent its final “look”. A built-in LUT (Look-Up Table) in the EOS C100 Mark II can be applied to facilitate viewing the video live on a monitor connected to the camera’s HDMI® output in a more visually appealing Wide DR (Dynamic Range) or BT.709 (television standard) color space. The Canon Log LUT feature can be turned on or off in the camera’s menu.
Red Record Buttons
There are three start/stop record buttons on the EOS C100 Mark II Digital HD Camera (one on the front of the camera, one on the removable pistol grip, and one on the detachable top handle) and all are red for bright visibility. Besides aiding with quick identification, this industry-standard color helps reduce the chance of accidentally stopping a recording.
Full Manual Control and Focusing Aids
Digital filmmakers preferring complete manual control have that ability with the Canon EOS C100 Mark II Digital HD Camera. Shooters can also create, save, and recall custom picture settings, camera functions, and display options. Highly effective built-in Focus Aids to confirm critical focus can be displayed on both the tilting EVF and folding OLED monitor, including Peaking (white, red, blue, yellow) and a magnification function that can be shifted to 25 locations across the image. Also included is an Edge Monitor feature, which shows red and green displays at the bottom of the OLED panel with three red focus-check areas shown. The green waveform shows overall focus of the image while the red waveform shows the focus status of the focus-check boxes. Through this dynamic focus feedback technology shooters can intuitively tune focus or quickly change the zone of focus.
Canon GP-E2 EOS GPS Receiver
An optional Canon EOS GP-E2 GPS Receiver can be connected to the camera using a USB cable to provide precise location and time information during shooting. This capability can support editing and archiving functions.
It’s going to be a great camera, and it seems every annoyance that has bothered C100 users, has been addressed in this well featured MKII. No 4K, but it looks promising a C300 4K capable MKII is around the corner.Tagged: C100, canon, eos, gear, mkii