NAB, the biggest broadcast and video trade show in the country, is just about upon us. Canon's taking the opportunity today to show off some of its latest video cameras, hoping to wow the broadcast and cinema pros hitting the show floor later this week.
The first product on display will be the EOS C300 Mark II, the follow-up to one of Canon's best-received cinema-grade interchangeable lens cameras. Packing an improved 8.85-megapixel Super 35mm sensor and two DIGIC 5 processors, the C300 Mark II will have the 4K/UHD chops to keep it competitive in the years to come.
Of course resolution isn't everything, and Canon is touting this camera's expanded dynamic range. Canon's hoping to compete with the RED Dragons of the world, claiming the new sensor can record up to 15 stops of dynamic range. It also features the flat Canon Log Gamma 2 color profile Canon's lauded Dual Pixel AF technology, face detection AF, and helpful manual focus assist tools.
Using CFast 2.0 cards for storage, the C300 Mark II can record 10-bit video with 4:2:2 color sampling at all resolution settings, with 2K and Full HD rocking 12-bit recording at 4:4:4, all in-camera. A smorgasbord of frame rate options are available, also, giving the C300 II versatility regardless of your production needs. That shiny new sensor also has a faster readout, which should result in reduced rolling shutter—useful since it lacks the global shutter of some of its competitors. The C300 Mark II will debut for $20,000 in September in both EF and PL variations.
If you don't have 20 grand burning a hole in your (producer's) pocket, the brand-new XC10 camcorder should be right up your alley. Featuring a DSLR-style form factor, a rotating grip, and a whole host of features that are hard to find at this price point, the XC10 is more designed for one-man-band operations that have to do it all. Built around a 1-inch sensor, the XC10 has a fixed, stabilized, 10x zoom lens. Of course, it shoots 4K/30p 4:2:2 8-bit video right out of the box, though you'll need a CFast card to do so.
It's designed with news gathering in mind, and its small footprint and approachable controls will undoubtedly appeal to anyone looking for a high-grade camcorder that's very portable. While it's not as affordable as, say, a Panasonic Lumix GH4, the XC10 will ring the till at only $2,499.00, including a 64 GB CFast memory card, card reader, and of course a lens built right in.
As a complete package, that'll be a tempting offer, especially for rental and production companies that are used to using Canon video cameras in their workflow already.
If you can't wait to hear more about how these cameras fare in real life, you won't have long to wait; we'll have hands-on with all the latest Canon cameras when we hit the show floor at NAB 2015.