“We have stepped into this business and we’re never gonna stop” – Larry Thorpe (Canon USA) The Canon C300 mark II was announced just two weeks ago and it is a camera that comes with some high end tech specs aimed at true cinema production. But what is inside the Canon C300 mark II that makes it so unique? When it comes to talking about innovation at Canon, Emmy Engineering Award winner Larry Thorpe is the man to talk to. In this interview he takes us through a comprehensive journey about the tech inside the Canon C300 mark II and shares a small hint about the yet to be announced Canon C500 mark II. As a reminder, here ate the tech specs at a glance: Canon EOS C300 mark II Powerful new Canon codec (XF-AVC) 10 bit 4:2:2 in 4K mode, up to 12 bit 4:4:4 in 2K mode 225 Mbps Up to 30 fps in 4K mode and 60 fps in 2K/HD mode Totally new image sensor with higher dynamic range and lower noise floor Dual pixel autofocus (with a newly developed “focus guide” and a cursor that can be moved around 80% of the image) Enhanced build in ND filter capability (2-4-6-8-10 stops) Two 2.0 CFast recording slots Improved OLED viewfinder (wider gamma colour and higher brightness) Sturdy handle External RAW recording 4 colour gammas (HD 709, Cinema DCI P3, UHD Rec 2020 and Cinema gamma for serious movie shooting as Larry describe it). Proxy recording on an SD card As with all new cameras, numbers and technical details should be translated into beautiful images. It will be interesting to see how well the Canon C300 mark II will hold up in real world shooting environments.Read more
Canon didn’t release any new large sensor cameras at this NAB. Some people are unhappy, others rejoice that Canon takes their time to craft something relevant instead of throwing a spec sheet at us like many manufacturers seem to be in the habit of doing nowadays. While Canon stays silent on the camera side, they did present a very noteworthy piece of glass at NAB 2014. Their new Cine-Servo Zoom is one of a kind.Read more
by Clint Milby | 14th November 2011
Canon’s Senior Director of Professional Engineering Solutions Larry Thorpe Tells How the C300 Was Born After attending the release of Canon’s newest camera, HD Magazine published a great audio interview with Canon’s own Larry Thorpe on the development of the new C300 camera. Their in depth interview goes into the concept and creation of the C300 and its capabilities. Thorpe, Senior Director of Professional Engineering and Solutions, is definitely one of the most qualified to speak about Canon’s newest camera. After all, he has been with the project since the beginning. Thorpe speaks extensively about not only the specs but the abilities of the C300 (especially the sensor’s capabilities). Through the interview, he talks about how the C300 was developed, explaining why Canon decided to offer a two mount solution. Thorpe also addresses one of the main complaints about the C300: it’s 8-bit output, and tells you why the output may be much more than it seems. From concept to creation, Thorpe breaks down what makes the C300 tick. Check out HD Magazine’s interview below, and don’t forget to see their story at www.definitionmagazine.com. [soundcloud url=”http://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/27565586″ params=”show_comments=true&auto_play=false&color=ff7700″ width=”100%” height=”81″ ]Read more
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