Canon has announced an update to its Super35mm, C100 Cinema EOS camcorder.
The new C100 model, which goes on sale at the end of this year, offers a number of upgrades over the first-generation C100. The most notable include MP4 recording, at up to 35mpbs as an addition to AVCHD, and support for 1080p50 or 1080p60 for smoother video, or half speed slow motion.
Canon has redesigned the camera’s viewfinder – one of the weak spots of the original model – and boosted its resolution to 1.23 megapixels. The main display is now a hinged OLED type, again with 1.23 megapixels, and 100 per cent field of view coverage. The monitor covers the camera’s function keys and control joystick when not in use.
Canon has retained the detachable top handle design of the C100, with XLR mic inputs, a stereo mic, and record button on the handle. But, to improve the camera’s usefulness when the handle is detached, there is now a basic mono mic in the camera body itself.
Internally, Canon has fitted a new image processor, the DIGIC IV. This, the company says, samples three 8 megapixel signals from the sensor, rather than three two megapixel streams on the original C100. The new camera has an improved debayering algorithm, and allows the camera to record both in MP4, and at higher framerates – although the C100 still lacks the advanced slow motion features of the Sony FS-700.
The camera can record in Canon Log, but can output a client-friendly TV picture (BT.709) to the OLED screen and over HDMI, by using a built in look up table. The HDMI connection continues to support uncompressed video output, including timecode data, for external recorders. The camera’s sensitivity runs from ISO 320 to ISO 80,000.
Canon has also added WiFi connections to the C100 mkII, allowing video file transfer, or remote viewing of MP4 files. Operators can control the C100 mkII over WiFi from a tablet, smartphone or PC, but also have the option of using Canon’s RC-100 remote unit, for example for boom or crane shots.
Canon has also opted to make its Dual Pixel CMOS AF (DAF) a standard feature on the C100 mkII. An upgrade on the original C100, DAF offers much-improved autofocus performance, especially on moving subjects.
Canon has further added to the AF functions on the C100 mkII by including face detection AF. A feature more usually found on DSLRs and consumer camcorders, face detection AF will make it easier for single operators to keep a subject in shot, especially in news filming (ENG) scenarios.
Canon says it has made a number of other improvements to the camera, including a better battery release and 17 assignable function buttons.
The camcorder is due to go on sale in later December, at a US price, body only, of $5,499. Canon has confirmed a January release for Europe, with a UK price of £3,569 + VAT.
See our in-depth review of the C100 with DAF for more on how Canon’s autofocus system works.
Canon has also produced a video where the company’s Peter Yabsley discusses some of the features of the new model: