An updated version of the C100, the C100 Mark II, was announced by Canon this week. The new camera will feature the same sensor, but Canon has addressed some complaints the C100 has received over the past couples of years including it’s lack of ability to shoot slow motion and the less than desirable EVF and LCD.
Obviously one of the biggest new features of the C100 Mark II is it’s ability to shoot slow motion. The previous C100 at a max of 30 fps, but the C100 will give shooters the 60 fps they’ve been asking for.
As we previously told you, the new C100 Mark II will have the same sensor as the C100, but the camera does have a new image processor, the Canon DIGIC DV4. The main difference with the new processor is the way it processes RGB, which will improve image quality. In addition to improved RGB video processing, the camera’s dual codec capability supports simultaneous AVCHD and MP4 recording, including 59.94P capture along with slow and fast motion recording.
The C100 Mark II’s new EVF does look promising. It has a tilt-able arge rubber eye cup and looks much similar, if not identical, to the ones found on C300s. This is a big step up from the almost unusable on the original C100. Hopefully the EVF will also have an improved image, but that has not yet been confirmed.
The LCD screen has been redesigned to rotate out from the side as opposed to the top. They have also added a joystick and other menu buttons directly on the menu so that you don’t have to use the side handle to control the camera. The screen is the same size as the C100 (3.5″), but it has been upgraded from LCD to OLED.
Canon’s C100 Mark II will ship standard with Canon’s Dual Pixel AF Technology. Canon released that technology almost two years and has offered shooters the option of sending their original C100 cameras in for the upgrade at the owner’s cost ($500). Recently, they have released several DSLRs with the technology (including the 7D Mark II). It seems as the Dual AF Technology will be a standard feature on all their new cameras.
Another update to the C100 that shooters will love is the ability to add a Rec709 LUT to the HDMI output while recording in C-log.
The camera will also now have the ability to be controlled wirelessly via a smartphone or computer as well as wirelessly transfer files.
The Canon C100 Mark II will retail for $5499 and is expected to begin shipping this December.