On the outside, other than a redesigned top handle, the Mark II doesn’t look significantly different than its predecessor. It’s the inside — the heart & soul of a camera — where the real transformation has taken place. And what a transformation!
The Mark II comes equipped with a brand new 9.84 megapixel Super 35mm CMOS sensor, dual DIGIC DV 5 processors, and an ISO range of up to 102,400.
But what really sets the Mark II apart and raises interested eyebrows is this: internal 4K and an unheralded 15 stops of Dynamic Range. Those two features alone should keep the Canon C300 Mark II in the near future busy on a wide-range of film projects.
With the C300 Mark II you will be able to shoot video at full HD (1,920 x 1,080), 2K DCI (2,048 X 1,080), 4K UHD (3,840 x 2,160) and 4K DCI (4,096 x 2,160). There’s the option for capturing uncompressed RAW output as well, but you’ll need an external recorder to do that.
The Mark II also comes equipped with two CFast 2.0 card slots and one SD Card slot. The SD slot is capable of recording 2K/HD in 4:2:0 35Mbps/24Mbps Long GOP. Noteworthy, the C300 Mark II will be available in EF or PL versions. Codec-wise it features Canon’s proprietary high bit-rate XF-AVC, their version of H.264 AVC codec.
Canon is suggesting September is the earliest we can look forward to actually getting our hands on a new C300 Mark II. It’s a long wait, and like many filmmakers, we’ll be waiting with bated breath. Stay tuned for pre-ordering details!