Canon Updates C100 Cinema Camera with New Design, Wireless and More

October 22, 2014

By Greg Scoblete

Canon refreshed the entry-level model in its Cinema EOS series with the roll-out of the new C100 Mark II. 

The C100 Mark II will see a number of upgrades from its predecessor including built-in wireless FTP capability and a new design featuring a detachable eye cup for the camera’s .45 inch color viewfinder. The C100’s 3.5-inch OLED display has been enhanced as well with a new hinged design that can open up to 270 degrees from the camera body.

The new cinema camera will not record in 4K, but will capture 1920 x 1080 HD video in either the AVCHD or MP4 codec at a maximum bit rate of 28Mbps and 35Mbps, respectively. Using its pair of SD card slots, the C100 Mark II can save video in both formats simultaneously to separate cards or function in relay mode and record a single codec to both cards to extend recording time. Uncompressed video can be output to an external recorder and there’s now a built-in look-up table to allow users to view a live view signal in wide dynamic range mode or BT.709 format on the OLED or external monitor.

Canon will add as standard its Dual Pixel AF technology (previously available as an upgrade for its cinema models) to enhance autofocusing as well as integrate Face Detection AF, a first for its cinema lineup.

The C100 Mark II will be powered by a DIGIC DV4 chip which separates the RGB signal coming from the camera’s Super 35mm-sized 8.35-megapixel CMOS sensor into three individual 8-megapixel signals–a boost from the C100’s processor, which was only pulling 2-megapixel signals. You will enjoy ISO sensitivity from 320 to 80,000 and the DV4 processor has a new debayering algorithm which Canon claims will reduce moire and video noise as you boost ISO.

The C100 Mark II will arrive in December with a body-only price of $5,499.