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C300 Mark 2 announced, 4k, 15 stops DR, & Lots more

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 Preorders for the C300 mark 2 are available at


There is also a huge price drop on the C300 Mark 1:


The wait is over for the mark 2 of the acclaimed c300, and the specs are quite nice to look at. If you didn't know, the C300 has been one of the most popular cameras in the market for the last 3 or so years, it has been one of the hottest rentals. The big price drop on the mark 1 may hurt owners, but unless they were just high end enthusiasts, they should have made a good return on their investment with work/rentals.

The rumor mill was churning hot for the mark 2, with 4k being the only confirmed feature. 4k indeed made the list, and at an impressive data rate along with numerous improvements. 

So, not to beat around the bush, here they are:

-New sensor
-4k internal
-Up to 15 stops dynamic range
-internal 4:2:2 10bit @ up to 440mbps
-Dual Digic DV5
-2 ND wheels for : 2, 4, 6, 8, 10stops of ND
-Supports ITU-R BT.2020 colour gamut
-Log2 - an update to original Clog
-ISO up to 102,400 with improved noise over mark 1
-XF-AVC intra codec
-CFast media
-2k/HD up to 120fps
-Output's RAW 4:4:4 4k
-Overall same design but with many improvements/refinements
-EF mount, but mentions optional upgrade to PL mount or EF with cinema lock
-Price $15,999

Read the full specs in the official canon brochure: 

Quote from canon:

"With the ability to record 10-bit 4:2:2 files internally at up to 410Mbps in 4K, or 10/12-bit 4:4:4 files in 2K/Full HD, with up to 15 stops of dynamic range, the EOS C300 Mark II provides footage suitable for extensive post-production work. The C300 Mark II features Canon’s XF-AVC codec integrating both 4K and 2K/Full HD footage into workflows effortless, while maintaining the highest image quality. The range features XF-AVC intra for 4K, and XF-AVC Long GOP and Proxy options for 2K/Full HD recording, both of which utilise H.264 codec, offering post production flexibility and ease of use. The modular body that can be adapted to suit the needs of each shooter and filming situation, through the extensive range of compatible accessories and is also compatible with more than 90 current EF and Cinema lenses"

If comparing to the Sony FS7, it might not look THAT impressive, but specs are only one side of things, and there is a strong chance this camera will give the FS7 some hard competition. If however you need higher framerates, the FS7 will be the camera to get. Form factor will also be a deciding factor for many, the C300 mark 2 maintains the oversized DSLR type form, while the FS7 is a very ergonomic shoulder mount style.

Not much in the way of ergonomic changes, likely they figured don't change what people already overall like. As a C100 user, i liked the small size, but whenever i used a C300, the extra size did get a tad cumbersome for long hours of handheld running around. I'd definitely pack a monopod, light shoulder mount, or belt rod for extended shooting without a tripod.

Without the top handle, the form factor is quite nice for many users, but with the top handle/LCD mounted it does get to be pretty tall for my/others tastes. All depends on your usage of course, and there is a large aftermarket of accessories to fine tune it. 

Added on 2015-04-08 by
Darren Levine

Darren Levine

Stimulus Video

DP/Videographer, Video/Film Editor
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