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The C100 Mark II is the second-generation camcorder to join Canon's cinema EOS line of professional video camcorders and builds upon the popular C100 introduced in 2012. At the heart of the C100 Mark II is a Super 35mm format 8.3-megapixel CMOS sensor, DIGIC 4 Image Processor and Dual Pixel CMOS autofocus to ensure smooth, consistent focusing and improved image quality, even at high ISO speeds. The C100 MK II comes with improved RGB video processing, AVCHD and MP4 1920x1080/60p recording, uncompressed YCbCr output from HDMI, and many other new and enhanced capabilities for improved picture quality, operability, and convenient handling. What's more, with its EF lens mount you have the creative freedom to shoot for every occasion and create a cinematic look with shallow depth of field. SD cards not included. More
Canon Press Release: "Whilst maintaining the super 35mm CMOS sensor common across the Cinema EOS range, the C100 Mark II will continue to give users access to many of the features of the EOS C300 and EOS C500 at a lower price point, while giving many improvements and higher specification compared to the C100. Designed for economical film and video productions such as documentary and remote broadcast crews, wedding and event coverage, indie film productions, as well as film schools and business and government users."
Canon Super 35mm CMOS Sensor
The EOS C100 Mark II Digital HD Camera employs the same single Super 35mm Canon CMOS image sensor as the rest of the Cinema EOS camera family and includes the same innovative strategies that have established the outstanding image performance of these cameras. This 8.3 megapixel sensor maximises the size of the individual photosite each of which deploys two photodiodes to ensure high speed removal of accumulated charge, which in turn helps elevate the effective sensor dynamic range. Allied with innovative Canon signal extraction strategies that enhance the sensor signal to noise performance allows unprecedented elevation of the ISO setting in this professional Super 35mm camera, while always protecting its dynamic range.
Wide-angle to mid-zoom lens with STM functionality
The Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM is an all-purpose, versatile zoom lens that joins the new STM family of Canon lenses. The Canon 18-135mm uses STM (stepping-motor technology) to ensure quiet, smooth focus operation when capturing stills or shooting video. Thanks to the built-in 4-stop Dynamic Image Stabiliser (IS) the EF-S 18-135mm lens allows you to shoot sharp images handheld and shake-free movies. The Canon EF-S 18-135mm f3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens is a great, all-around lens suitable for a wide range of subjects and provides the user with a beautiful background blur. In combination with the technology above, this lens also includes ultra-low dispersion (UD) lenses, aspherical lens elements and lens coatings to ensure ghosting and flare is kept to a minimum throughout the entire zoom range.
Canon DIGIC DV 4 Image Processor
The four 1920 x 1080 HD R Gr Gb B video components from the image sensor are pre-processed and then sent to the DIGIC DV 4 processor for advanced video processing. This includes separate interpolation of the sparsely sampled R and B HD components to form full frame 4K for each. The two green HD components are also interpolated to form a single full frame 4K Green component. These three 4K RGB components are then down-sampled to create a set of YCC 422 HD components that have high MTF, improved edge transitions, low false color moiré, and enhanced overall color reproduction. These components are further processed preparatory to sending them to the AVCHD and MP4 codecs.
Simultaneous AVCHD and MP4 Recording
The EOS C100 Mark II Digital HD Camera enables users to record in both the AVCHD and the MP4 recording formats in a variety of bit rates (up to 28 Mbps and 35 Mbps, respectively), resolutions, and frame rates, including 59.94p, to address practically any production need. Both formats have their own particular advantages. AVCHD is a professional standard that enables long-duration recording of full HD using moderate total data capacities. MP4 has advantages for Web and smartphone sharing. Both formats are easily accepted by most nonlinear editing applications. The EOS C100 Mark II camera's dual SD card slots can record in either or both formats simultaneously and can convert AVCHD and MP4 files into smaller MP4 files for web upload.
Slow and Fast Motion Recording
The EOS C100 Mark II Digital HD Camera can provide slow and fast-motion video effects when recording in the MP4 format. Sound is not recorded, and the feature is not available during double-slot recording. Slow and fast-motion playback speeds can range from x0.4 slow up to x2.5 fast.
This feature allows for converting an AVCHD or MP4 recording on the SD card in the EOS C100 Mark II camera's main slot into a 3 Mbps (640 x 360) MP4 file on the SD card in the alternate slot. This gives users a smaller file that is easier to transmit. MP4 conversion is not possible for MP4 files at 35 Mbps and AVCHD files at 28 Mbps.
Redesigned 3.5-Inch OLED Panel
OLED (Organic Light-Emitting Diode) is a newer display technology that provides vivid colors, high contrast, and dramatically improved responsiveness compared to traditional LCD screens. The 3.5-inch 1.23 megapixel OLED display on the EOS C100 Mark II delivers virtually 100 percent field of view coverage, wide and faithful color range support, and improved viewing even in bright sunshine. The EOS C100 Mark II camera's OLED screen has a new hinge design to help maximize monitoring versatility. The design allows the panel to fold shut when stowed and protect the OLED surface. It can then open 180 degrees to reveal function keys and a joystick, or open further to 270 degrees to deploy against the side of the camera and provide monitoring for directors, producers, or other production personnel.
1.23 Megapixel Tilting Colour EVF
Larger and totally redesigned from what was featured on its predecessor model, the EOS C100 Mark II camera's EVF (Electronic ViewFinder) uses a 0.45 inch 1.23 megapixel color panel surrounded by a large professional-style eyecup like the one used on the Canon EOS C300 and EOS C500 Cinema cameras. In addition, the new EVF has a 68 degree tilt angle, allowing it to be used more effectively in a variety of shooting situations.
Dual Pixel CMOS AF
A standard feature of the EOS C100 Mark II Digital HD Camera, Dual Pixel CMOS AF (AutoFocus) ingeniously deploys the two photodiodes within each sensor Photosite to facilitate a powerful phase difference detection that provides measurement data that ultimately controls the EF lens focusing system helps ensure that proper focus is always maintained, even in unpredictable "run and gun" news or documentary-type shooting situations. Dual Pixel CMOS AF operates within the center portion of the frame and is compatible with more than 100 Canon EF lenses.
Face AF Mode
Face AF mode detects and focuses on human faces. Both the Dual Pixel CMOS AF and Face AF capabilities give camera operators more freedom to concentrate on composing their shots and paying attention to potentially unpredictable shooting environments.
59.94p Frame Rate
By popular demand, the EOS C100 Mark II HD Digital Camera can capture 1920 x 1080 HD video at a 59.94p frame rate (59.94p is available in MP4 mode at 35 Mbps and in AVCHD at 28 Mbps). This frame rate can provide captured video with a very "smooth" look that is useful for sports and news applications.
Wireless FTP Video Transfer
MP4 and AVCHD video files (and still images) can be wirelessly transferred to a selected FTP server. This feature is particularly useful for transferring time-critical video for news and for backing-up files. The feature uses the 5GHz band for quick, reliable file transfers. Up to 100 files can be selected to transfer at one time.
A monaural "mono" microphone is built into the body of the EOS C100 Mark II Digital HD Camera for the capture of reference audio, for spoken notes, or as an aid to synching sound in post. This microphone works only when the removable top handle with twin XLR inputs is not attached.
Built-In Canon Log LUT
Many filmmakers prefer to shoot in Canon Log to protect the integrity of the total dynamic range of which the image sensor is capable, which, in turn, can provide greater latitude in post-production grading processes. As the picture is being monitored during Canon Log-enabled shooting, however, the image seen will not accurately represent its final "look". A built-in LUT (Look-Up Table) in the EOS C100 Mark II can be applied to facilitate viewing the video live on a monitor connected to the camera's HDMI output in a more visually appealing Wide DR (Dynamic Range) or BT.709 (television standard) color space. The Canon Log LUT feature can be turned on or off in the camera's menu.
Red Record Buttons
There are three start/stop record buttons on the EOS C100 Mark II Digital HD Camera (one on the front of the camera, one on the removable pistol grip, and one on the detachable top handle) and all are red for bright visibility. Besides aiding with quick identification, this industry-standard color helps reduce the chance of accidentally stopping a recording.
New Ergonomic Re-Design
The EOS C100 Mark II Digital HD Camera features a compact design for comfortable use by a single operator. Subtle but important modifications for smoother operator comfort include indentations around control buttons and a recessed power switch.
Outstanding Low Light Sensitivity and Wide Dynamic Range
The combined performance of the camera's Canon Super 35mm CMOS sensor and DIGIC DV 4 Image Processor achieve a very high signal-to-noise ratio that enables recordings with great detail and dynamic range even in minimal light. This advanced performance yields a maximum ISO speed of 80,000 and a wide dynamic range with up to 12 stops.
Removable Pistol Grip and Top Handle with XLR Inputs and Stereo Mic
The removable top handle on the Canon EOS C100 Mark II Digital HD Camera integrates a built-in tally light, stereo microphone, dual XLR audio inputs for stereo recording, and a mic mount. Audio is captured in16-bit 48 kHz linear PCM format or Dolby Digital. A compact array of audio-level dials and channel/input switches built into the handle (under a hinged clear plastic protective cover) enables shooters to select signals from the built-in stereo mic or mics attached to the XLR inputs and adjust the gain independently on a channel-by-channel basis. Users can also power a wide range of audio-capture devices with the XLR inputs phantom power supply.
HDMI Out with Time Code
The Canon EOS C100 Mark II Digital HD Camera includes a screw-locking HDMI connector for output of live HD video from the camera to monitors or other devices. The camera's HDMI signal features superimposed SMPTE time code for attachment to recorders or other third-party devices.
Canon RC-V100 Remote Controller
An optional Canon RC-V100 Multi-Function Remote Controller can be connected to the camera via its remote control cable to adjust image quality and other settings from a distance. This can also be a handy feature when shooting from a crane, jib arm, or mounted remotely in some other inaccessible location.
Canon GP-E2 EOS GPS Receiver
An optional Canon EOS GP-E2 GPS Receiver can be connected to the camera using a USB cable to provide precise location and time information during shooting. This capability can support editing and archiving functions.
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Fantastic camcorder worth every penny
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Comments about Canon EOS C100 Mark II High Definition Camcorder:
I am a Fellow of the IAC - Film & Video Institute - which is an amateur organisation formed over 70 years ago. I make movies for club and national competitions which consist of documentaries, travel, comedies, etc.The 100C Mk2 enables me to record high quality movies using professional mics for sound.The camera buttons are well marked and easy to access and focusing is a dream using the mag button. I can also use my various lens to obtain the results I want.I can find little to complain about without being really picky perhaps being rather bulky but even then the balance is perfect even with a long lens.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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