MELVILLE, NY — Canon (www.usa.canon.com) has introduced the C300 Mark II, which the company says represents a dramatic departure from its existing camera line. The C300 Mark II is appearing at the annual NAB show in Las Vegas as a working prototype, and the company hopes to deliver production models in the fall.
The new Mark II captures 4K imagery by recording internally to fast memory cards. It is also capable of capturing 2K at 12-bit or 10-bit, and standard HD. A card slot allows for the recording of HD proxy files simultaneously with the higher resolution imagery.
The image sensors offer 15 stops of latitude. A small mic is incorporated for collecting scratch-track audio, and a new accessory port accommodates XLR connectors. The Mark II offers the ability to record Raw footage out the back of the camera. Canon says it will continue to sell the original C300, which debuted three years ago, though at a reduced price. The Mark II has an estimated price of $17K.