Canon has unveiled the EOS C100 Mark II camcorder as a replacement for the entry-level Cinema EOS C100 camcorder.
The rumor mill has recently suggested that Canon will replace the EOS C100 with a new device at the beginning of 2015. Well, the sources have been right, but they have not managed to get the timeline right, as the company has just taken the wraps off of the EOS C100 Mark II.
Canon introduces Mark II version of the Cinema EOS C100 camcorder
The second-generation of the EOS C100 video camera is here with an 8.3-megapixel Super 35mm CMOS sensor that comes packed with Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology. As usual, this autofocus system will allow the shooter to focus really fast.
It used to be an optional upgrade during the first-generation, but now Dual Pixel CMOS AF has become a standard tool. Additionally, the Canon EOS C100 Mark II features Face Detection AF, which represents a premiere for the company’s Cinema series.
The Face Detection AF system is based on contrast detection technology and will maintain focus across the image plane.
Canon EOS C100 Mark II has a maximum ISO sensitivity of 80,000
Canon has revealed that the C100 Mark II is powered by a DIGIC DV4 processing engine, which will allow the camera to separate its 8.3MP sensor into a trio of 8MP signals in order to increase the quality of the image.
This processor employs a new algorithm that reduces noise even when selecting the highest ISO sensitivity settings. Speaking of which, the ISO of this camcorder ranges between 320 and 80,000.
The EOS C100 Mark II is capable of recording full HD videos at a frame rate of up to 60fps and a bit rate of up to 35Mbps. Canon’s camcorder supports MP4 and AVCHD formats.
While the Canon Log support is still there, the company has added a look-up table (LUT) feature, which allows users to view the video signal in Wide DR or BT.709 color spaces.
New C100 Mark II camcorder will be released this December
As with any respectable camcorder, the Canon EOS C100 Mark II supports uncompressed video output with timecode support to an external recorder through an HDMI cable. However, regular footage can be stored internally on a pair of SD cards.
On the camera, users will find a 1.23-megapixel tilting electronic viewfinder to frame their videos. Moreover, a 3.5-inch 1.23-megapixel swiveling OLED screen can also be used for framing the shots.
In addition to the subtle design changes, the new camcorder also comes with 5GHz and 2.4GHz WiFi, allowing users to remotely control the C100 Mark II using smartphones, tablets, and laptops.
The device has been scheduled for a December 2014 release date and will sell for a price of $5,499. Potential buyers can already pre-order the new C100 at B&H PhotoVideo.