We’re hearing more and more about new Cinema EOS products has we get closer to NAB 2015 in April in Las Vegas, a show we will be attending.
We were told the following about the upcoming 4K Canon EOS C300 Mark II
- Color rendition a top priority
- Future proof mandate, great dynamic range, codec and usability
- Canon does not see the FS7 as a competitor, as they expect their camera to be better in every way.
- New motor zoom lens for C-series coming
- Shoulder mount system for EOS C300 Mark II coming
- No more on pricing at this time
More to come…
We’re told again that the upcoming Canon EOS C300 Mark II will be 4K along with a host of other upgrades. You can expect the C300 Mark II to be a bigger update than the EOS C100 Mark II was to its predecessor. We’re also told it’s going to be priced very aggressively, to better compete with Sony’s FS7 which is $7999 USD.
Expect the Canon EOS C300 Mark II to be announced before NAB 2015 in April.
While the announcements today had some positives and a big glaring negative (someone please explain their mirrorless strategy to me), Canon is far from done in 2015 and we’ll see a host of new products in the coming months.
We’re going to see a new 50 f/1.8 STM soon, as well as a new 70-300 non-L, non-DO lens. We don’t know exactly when they’re coming, but we’re told they definitely are. There are no other lenses we’ve been told about that are imminent. I wish someone would say 35L :)
We haven’t heard anything definitive about what EOS camera would be coming next. The obvious choices are an EOS-1D X Mark II and an EOS 5D Mark IV. In case you were wondering, we haven’t heard anything about a replacement for the EOS-1D C.
NAB is in April, and we’re told Canon will be making it a major announcement show this year. We’re told the Cinema EOS C300 will get a replacement and that it will shoot 4K. We haven’t received the same confirmation about an EOS C500 replacement. We’re also told there’s a chance Canon shows a new style of Cinema EOS camera, which would become the flagship and compete directly with the Arri Alexa.
I suspect there will be a lens or two announced, though we haven’t heard anything.
Other Video Products at NAB
We’re told that Canon will announce a GH4 competitor for NAB. It will be some kind of 4K ILC camera, we’ve heard the camera will have swappable parts, such as the grip and the viewfinder. We have no information on what lens mount it would be. We are told that it’s an “entry level” cinema product.
We’re also told a fixed lens Cinema EOS C100 style camera is coming and could be called the XC-10 (this could change), and that it will shoot 4K. Since it will have a fixed lens, I doubt it’s part of the Cinema EOS family.
We will be at NAB this year and hope to bring some fresh content with a few partners.
We’ve been told by a couple of people that the Cinema EOS C300 will be replaced in time for NAB 2015 in Las Vegas this coming April. The Mark II version of the C300 will indeed be 4K, which I think would have been assumed, though you never know with Canon. We’re told there will also be a “bunch of other improvements”, but what those additional improvements would be wasn’t specified. I suspect the C300 Mark II is going to be a bigger upgrade than the C100 Mark II was to the original C100.
We’re also told there will be some kind of an announcement for an over the shoulder style Cinema EOS camera to compete directly with Alexa. The hope is for that camera to be ready for NAB, but it could come after.
Firmware Version 220.127.116.11.00 incorporates the following improvements and fixes
- Supports exFAT file system of CF cards over 128 GB, which decreases the waiting time required for accessing the card before being able to record footage.
- Simplifies the process when fine-tuning the preset White Balance values.
Firmware Version 18.104.22.168.00 is only for EOS C300 cameras with the Dual Pixel CMOS AF Feature Upgrade applied. If the EOS C300 camera does not have Dual Pixel CMOS AF Feature Upgrade applied, please download Firmware Version 22.214.171.124.00.
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