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New Item - Canon C300 Mark II

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This week we have added Canon's latest flagship EOS Cinema Camera, the EOS C300 Mark II. Almost four years have passed since the original EOS C300 was released and Canon has made some pretty significant changes.

The biggest change is the brand new Super 35mm sensor with up to 15 stops of dynamic range. The new sensor is capable of capturing DCI 4K (4096 x 2160), Ultra HD (3840 x 2160), and Full HD (1920 x 1080) internally in a variety of different bit-rates and color spaces. It also offers slow and fast-motion recording of up to 120fps in 2K/Full-HD Mode. Here is a breakdown of the capable recording formats. All of these are recorded as a Canon XF AVC Coded (H.264 format in an MXF wrapper).

In additional to the various internal recording options, the camera can also output 4K RAW through its 3G-SDI port. The capture of the RAW 4K signal requires a recorder that is capable of handling the Canon RAW codec, like our Convergent Design Odyssey 7Q+ with RAW Upgrade.

The other big change is the upgraded Dual Pixel AF system. The Dual Pixel AF system found in the EOS C300 (Dual Pixel Version) and EOS C100 Mark II only cover a very small portion of the very center of the original frame (roughly 20% vertically and 25% horizontally). The EOS C300 Mark II's expanded system now covers 80% of the frame both horizontally and vertically. The camera's direction key can move the AF point throughout the area of coverage.

If you are familiar with the original C300, the control layout is very similar so you should feel right at home. There have been a few nice upgrades/additions. An exhaust fan has been added to the back like the EOS C500 to keep the sensor cool. The EVF has been upgraded to an OLED with a slightly higher color range. The top handle has also seen some welcome changes, including a more secure mounting plate and the addition of two more cold shoe mounts and a variety of 1/4-20" and 3/8" mounting points, making it easier to mount a variety of accessories. The monitor is about the same, but the audio and video cables are now completely removable if necessary.

Some things to keep in mind when renting the EOS C300 Mark II is the camera now utilizes dual CFast Cards in order to keep up with the internal 4K and 10-bit 2K/HD Recording options. If you don't already have them, we rent both CFast Cards and CFast Memory Card Readers. There is an SD Card slot, but it is only for recording 2K/HD proxy files. The battery is different from the original EOS C300, and now uses the new Canon BP-A30 (the camera rental will include one and a dual battery charger. For support, we would recommend a heavier duty tripod like the Manfrotto 504HD head/546B legs or Manfrotto 509HD head/545 legs. To capture RAW Video, you will need an external recorder like the Convergent Design Odyssey 7Q+ with RAW Upgrade.Last, the camera does not have any sort of internal mic, so you will need to rent an external microphone unless you are planning on shooting a silent film.

The Canon EOS C300 Mark II is available to rent today!