I love the C300 mark II. At first when I head the announcement, as most people I was angry – oh, it’s so expensive, how dare they, look at the FS7, bla, blah… and other crap like that; it is not everyone’s cup of tea for sure, but the damn thing works out of the box and doesn’t require a book to read in order to get some decent stuff out of it as some Sony and Panasonic cameras do. It’s “expensive” for a reason, and that it is a high end professional tool with phenomenal colour science, industry’s best autofocus aids for video and one of the best 2K codecs in the business including 12bit RGB 444 on board. 4K is limited to 30, but I couldn’t care less.
I had a chance to shoot a little promo on the C300 mark II a while back, which you can see here. Since then I have been learning more and more about the features of the camera, as I went and shot with it without knowing much about the new features or how to use them properly. Luckily Jem Schofield and Canon have partnered up to give us some really informative video tutorials around the new features in the Canon C300 Mark II.
Canon C300 Mark II: New Features
Canon C300 Mark II: Custom Picture Menus
External recording options:
Browser Remote with the WFT-E6A:
Focus Assist Features
4K Monitoring with the Canon DP-V2410 4K Monitor:
Super 35mm CMOS Sensor
4K/24p and 30p
2K RGB 444 12bit and 10bit options
Canon XF AVC H.264 Codec at 400+ MB/s
4K RAW output
EF Lens Mount
Dual Pixel CMOS AF Technology
Rotating 4″ LCD Monitor
2x 3G-SDI Output, 2x XLR Inputs
2x CFast Card Slots
Timecode I/O, Genlock In & Sync Out
Canon Log 2 Gamma
I think the Canon C300 Mark II is one of the most solid investments that one can make today. I put it up there with the Varicam LT/35, the Amira, the Epic and the F55 in terms of the high-level work they can do. The C300 and now the C300 II are very well respected, especially in the UK, where the C300 II is now at 0% for 2 years , and costs body only £10K.
Now come to think of it, a camera that nobody talks or thinks about is the C500 – which can do most of the resolutions and frame rates the C300 II can but can only do so externally to an Odyssse7Q or O7Q+. Now that the C500 is about £7K in the UK and the C500 II looming at NAB, maybe the C500 will make a lot more sense to those who don’t want to shell out £10K for a C300 II?
NAB 2016 runs from 16th to 21st April this year and we’ll bring more updates and news as they get released.