Canon just announced the release of an updated version to its original C100, the C100 Mark II. Some of the highlights of the new model includes an higher frame rates (60 fps) in 1080p, a practical new 3.5-inch 1.23 megapixel OLED display panel that pivots and rotates, internal mic build into the body, a build in 2.4 GHz and 5GHz WiFi support and as could be expected, Canon replaced the ageing DIGIC DV III Image Processor with the more sophisticated DIGIC DV 4. Here is a look at the new specs and features: Same Super 35mm CMOS Sensor (24.6 x 13.8 mm) as previous C100 Canon DIGIC DV4 image processor (improved edge transitions, low false color moiré, and enhanced overall color reproduction) 1080p: 23.98, 25, 29.97, 50, 59.94 720p: 23.98, 25, 29.97 640 x 360: 23.98, 25, 29.97 ISO 320 to 80,000 in 1/3-step increments Dual Pixel CMOS AutoFocus is Now Standard (Also includes Face Detection AF with STM Lenses) Canon Log LUT Support on the HDMI Output (so you can see what the final image will look like while still recording log) 4:2:0 to SD card, 4:2:2 via uncompressed HDMI out, Timecode over HDMI Dual SDHC/SDXC Card Slots Simultaneous recording in AVCHD or MP4 formats AVCHD: 28, 24, 17, 7 Mb/s MP4: 35, 24, 17, 4, 3, Mb/s New 40% slow motion to 250% fast motion in MP4 AAC Audio Recording Built-in 2.4GHz and 5GHz WiFi support New internal mic built into the body, not just the top handle New 1.23MP OLED Screen that can be tilted to the side of the camera New 0.45″ 1.23 MP viewfinder Canon’s press release states that the new camera will be available at the end of December 2014 for $5,499. I’m excited to see Canon updating the C100 and can only hope that the C300 and C500 will follow suit. In addition to internal processing improvements, there are some additions that seem to have come from serious use in the field, shooter’s experiences and really listening to the C100 community gripes. The previous flimsy screen has been replaced with a rotating screen that can be tilted and swiveled to the side of the camera, controllable via menu buttons, and a new internal mic will record reference audio without the need of an external mic (the C300 needs this update soon as well!). With the industry heavily shifting towards 4K, we can only hope that the C100 improvements will quickly reach the C300 to bring 4K as well as 1080p for higher frame rates, hopefully beyond 60 fps.Read more
It’s official. The Canon EOS 7D was just announced at the Canon event at Photokina. The new addition to the Canon DSLR family FINALLY does 1080p at 60 fps, something only Canon buyers of the flagship EOS 1DC have had a their dispense. The Dual Pixel CMOS allows AF in Video mode and benefits in live view when switching between subjects and, in combination with Canon’s Custom Movie Servo predictive AF, when tracking moving subjects. ISO sensitivity in video mode parallels stills mode to 16000 and video, as well as stills, can be recorded to both SD and Compact Flash cards in the dual card slot. Also an applauded new feature for timelapsers out there: The EOS 7D Mark2 interval timer takes from 1 to 99 shots at preselected intervals. Not sure if 99 is the cap on the interval, but we’ll find out soon. For action sports photography friends out there, the EOS 7D Mk2 has 65 AF points at shoots at 10fps. Here is Mark Horsburgh from Queensland, NZ testing its photo and video features. Specs so far: 20.2MP APS-C CMOS Sensor Dual DIGIC 6 Image Processors 3.0″ 1.04m-Dot Clear View II LCD Monitor Full HD 1080p/60 Video & Movie Servo AF Dual Pixel CMOS AF with Live View 65-Point All Cross-Type AF System Native ISO 16000, Extended to ISO 51200 Continuous 10 fps Shooting Magnesium Alloy Body Construction Built-In GPS Receiver & Digital Compass The will be a lot of questions surrounding the image quality and codecs options over the 5D mark3 and other Canon DSLRs. Other companies have since advanced from 1080 h.264, offering sharper and more robust images, often at 4K. My instinct suggests the answer to these questions, but we’ll wait for the roll out of further info and test imagery for know for sure.Read more
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