Today Canon announced the C100 Mark II, its new professional camcorder aimed primarily at small productions. You know that you have followed the special video we have in place as its predecessor is one of my favorite cameras for several reasons, though he was not without faults. This Mark II solves one of those problems that most users have complained, but we’ll see if it’s enough.
If yesterday stressed that both the C100 and the C300 still made use of a processor of 2009, in this case incorporated the DIGIC DV 4 which gives some improvements in image processing, and probably even better performance at ISOs high. Its range extends from ISO 320 to ISO 102,800.
Besides, it incorporates a new AVCHD codec that reaches 28 Mbps 24 Mbps compared to its predecessor. Again, a small improvement, although it may be insufficient for some crave something. We talked a codec 4: 2: 0 that does not meet the standard that is required in certain televisions. In any case, it also incorporates MP4 to 35 Mbps AVCHD recording and dual-MP4.
Another critical point in this new improved Mark II Canon C100 is the addition of a 60p mode for slow motions.
The display, the largest improvement
Although it may not be the media for those not familiar with the camera, I can say from personal experience that if the C100 had a very weak point was its tiny and uncomfortable viewfinder. It seems that Canon has listened to criticism, as they have built a large tilting viewfinder with an eye improved to make it much more comfortable shooting.
Apart from this, it also has been improved its rear screen OLED in this case, giving it more contrast. Also like the Panasonic GH4 eg when leaving to one side, can be rotated 180 degrees to see what we recorded even from in front of the camera.
The C100 Mark II features integrated Wi-Fi broadcast in low resolution SD via FTP. A nice addition for small TVs without a doubt. It also allows control via an optional remote, the RC-V100.
As the previous C100 after a small update incorporates the Dual Pixel CMOS AF for auto focus although several individuals have and can switch between them easily. This also helps a face detection system, so common today in low-range cameras, but with a more interesting application in this case.
Finally, it includes a built-in microphone on the camera body, apart from higher quality microphone built into the handle as usual. For audio sync if not wanting to use the handle (for example, if we put the camera on a steadicam) it seems very useful.
So far, he has not disclosed the price or release date for our country, but we will remain vigilant and will update the post once we have the data available, but in the US the advertised price is $ 5,500 (€ 4,335 to change). No doubt this Mark II Canon C100 is a very useful tool for many jobs, but it’s a shame that Canon has not decided to make a fist on the table and incorporate more fundamental developments.
Still, given the good work with the previous version, it’s definitely a camera for those who come from the DSLR, is a very attractive offer if you want to take a step forward in the world of video.
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