Canon C300 MarkII

The Super 35mm CMOS sensor in the just announced Canon EOS C300 Mark II Digital Cinema Camera drives video like nobody's business: Full HD (1920 x 1080) and 2K DCI (2048 x 1080) are supported for internal recording, as is 4K UHD video in 3840 x 2160 and 4096 x 2160 for 4K DCI. The built-in 3G-SDI ports can be used to send uncompressed RAW recordings to an external recorder at the same time as it's being recorded internally.[image:blog_post:56343]

Dual sensors provide the processing power and speed for such feature improvements as 15 stops of dynamic range, bit rates of up to 410 Mbps, Canon Log Gamma 2 and simultaneous 4K and HD Proxy recording. 2K/FHD frames rates can reach up to 120 fps. There is 10-bit recording at 4:2:2 color sampling at all resolution settings, with 2K and Full HD resolutions support of 12-bit recording at 4:4:4 color sampling.[image:blog_post:56344]

The camera has a built-in microphone and hand grip, ISO support up to 102,400 and employs Face Detection AF with EF lenses as well as existing Canon stepping motor lenses. All this comes with a price — the suggested retail is $20,000.00 with either EF or PL mount. Availability is September 2015

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Also announced is the XC10 4K Digital Camcorder, which can record both Full HD (1920 x 1080) and 4K video (3840 x 2160), plus take 12 megapixel stills (it is also able to extract 8 megapixel stills from 4K recorded video). [image:blog_post:56342]

4K 30p movie playback can be accomplished through the HDMI 1.4 output port. The camera can record in Canon Log Gamma, Wide DR or EOS Standard picture modes and can match looks with footage from other Cinema EOS camera systems. The 2.3 lb. camera has a built-in ND filter and microphone, ISO speeds of 160 to 20,000 and employs optical image stabilization (coming with a 10X wide-angle zoom lens plus 2X digital teleconverter). Continuous focus uses Face Detection while manual focus employs a dedicated focusing ring and a conveniently placed Push AF button. For still photography, shooting speeds can reach up to 3.8 fps. The variable angle capacitive touch-panel LCD monitor works in tandem with a rotating hand grip.

Dual-band wireless networks provide remote camera operations through a web browser or smartphone/tablet plus there is the ability to preview recorded images. The June 2015 launch will see an estimated retail price of $2,499.00

New also is the DP-V2410 4K Reference Display. Suitable for cinema production workflows and television broadcasting, the 24” 17:9 10-bit IPS panel has a 2000:1 contrast ratio, RGB LED backlighting system and anti-glare coating. Scheduled for a November 2015 release, the display's suggested retail will be $18,000.00.

Marshal Rosenthal is a Los Angeles-based freelance writer and journalist specializing in technology, consumer electronics and pop culture. Past accomplishments include editing of home theater and video gaming publications domestic and international, operating a NY photographic studio specializing in children/product and providing graphic imaging for video game box art, manuals and related.