A Talk with Canon About the Tech Inside the Canon C300 Mark II – NAB 2015

“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.

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alain April 21, 2015

I would like to replace the C300 with the new model, I can’t find any specs regarding the exact size of the body, since it is a bit bigger I would like to know, since I will be using it in my Movi M10

Pedro Hofmann Reply
Pedro Hofmann April 21, 2015

the pic is the C100 II

Christopher April 21, 2015

No it’s not, my man. C300 II for sure.

Pedro Hofmann Reply
Pedro Hofmann April 21, 2015

now it is right – before there even was the monitor on back and Cam name C100 on it – never mind. Can´t wait to test the C300 II but the price is much higher than other nice cams in this range. Good chance for FS7

Christopher Dobson April 21, 2015

Okay gotcha. 300 II indeed is expensive but its hard to beat that beautiful image!

 Serhiy Sheremeta Reply
Serhiy Sheremeta January 13, 2016

Oh, really? I think investing 16K in red ecosystem (you can definitely can have full set with RED raven or/with some used stuff, which gets cheaper and cheaper everyday, and i think it’s much better solution both in terms of futureproofness, ease of postproduction and end result (and conservation of value – canon will fall like sh*t (to real market value)). the only thing where c300 is superior is low light. And low light and cinematic colours and motion in one package. Because you can have blackmagic 4.6k + sony as7II + Odissey 7Q and lenses and some stuff, and will cover theese needs.
I think Canon no longer interested to give big bang for the buck, in fact they trying earn on each product as much as it teoretically possible, and videographers market was good for that. But world’s changing.
Very pity Canon obstinate try to go that way. It’s very cool innovative company…

Jack Whaley Reply
Jack Whaley April 22, 2015

larry thorpe is the best salesperson a company could ask for! that being said, check out the girl in the background at 5:03 and the nervous interaction between her and the guy hitting on her for 3 minutes. seriously, quite entertaining :) And Nino is great, always.

Peter Kent April 24, 2015

OMG, I’d pretty much given up on Canon but hearing this guy go on and on with everything put into the C300 mkII really makes me want one! lol A lot of great information here, THANK YOU for putting this guy on.