Canon EOS C300 Mark II impression by LensRentals


The folks over at LensRentals posted a first impression about the Canon EOS C300 Mark II. When talking about performance, they write:

Surprisingly, the thing that impressed me most in my time with the Canon C300 Mark II had nothing to do with resolution, bit rate, or dynamic range. Digital video technology has improved so much in just the last few years that those specs, while enormously important, aren’t enough on their own to make me choose one camera over the other. There are simply so many great digital cinema cameras on the market right now that it takes a wholly original feature to make a camera stand out. In the case of the Canon C300 Mark II, that feature is autofocus. Read the review at LensRentals.

What makes the auto-focus so powerful is Dual Pixel CMOS Auto-Focus technology, featured also on the EOS 7D Mark II and Canon EOS 70D. Below you see two test videos shot with the C300 Mark II. You may also be interested in a C300 Mark II white paper Canon recently published.

Canon C300 Mark II (B&H Photo | Adorama) specs at a glance:

  • New Canon 8.85 Megapixel CMOS Sensor
  • Dual Canon DIGIC DV5 Image Processors
  • Canon XF-AVC H.264 Codec
  • Internal 4K/2K/Full HD Recording
  • Twin 3G-SDI Outputs for up to 30p 4K
  • Full Manual Control
  • 1.77 Megapixel Color OLED EVF With Adjustable 60o Tilt Angle
  • Uses All Canon CN-E Cinema Prime and Zoom Lenses
  • Uses All Canon EF and EF-S Photo Lenses (Including Specialty Tilt-Shift and Other Models)
  • Built-In Mono Microphone
  • Removable LCD Monitor and Control Panel with XLR Inputs
  • Removable Hand Grip
  • Improved Low-Angle Camera Handle Extension
  • Built-in Dual-Band Wi-Fi for Remote LiveView Display and Camera Control


Canon Expo 2015 in NYC overview video (14 minutes)

Jared Polin posted a 14 minutes video where he reviews all the news and technological innovations presented by Canon at their Canon Expo 2015 in NYC. If you missed the event (it’s over now) and our coverage, then Polin’s video is right for you. Everything from the 250 and 120 megapixel sensors to the ISO 4.5M camera and the 8K video camera and displays is overviewed in a funny and entertaining way.

[via FroKnowsPhoto]

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV to be announced before NAB 2016? [CW4]

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV To Be Announced Before NAB 2016? [CW4]

Another rumor about the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV announcement. It is already common knowledge that the EOS 5D Mark IV will be announced in Q1 of 2016. This rumor isn’t ading anything new, it’s speculating about the exact date of the announcement.

The latest EOS 5D Mark IV announcement murmurings suggest Canon will reveal the EOS 5D Mark IV replacement before NAB 2016. The rumor says nothing about how far in advance of NAB 2016 we will see the announcement.

My guess is March 2016. For two reasons. Announcing the EOS 5D Mark IV in March would allow Canon to have it on display for both NAB and WPPI (the latter oriented to wedding photographers). And Canon did the same with the EOS 5D Mark III, announced March 2012.

It’s easy to rate this rumor CW4. The Q1 announcement of the EOS 5D Mark IV, beside being rumored by various sources since months, is just very likely to happen in the indicated time frame also because of previous announcements of the EOS 5D series.

If March 2016 will be the EOS 5D Mark IV announcement date, then we should see first possible specs around November – December. Stay tuned…

[via Canon Rumors]

Canon Rebel T5/EOS 1200D firmware 1.0.1 released

Canon Rebel T5/EOS 1200D Firmware 1.0.1 Released

Canon released a firmware update for the Canon Rebel T5/EOS 1200D (download here).

Firmware Version 1.0.1 incorporates the following fix:

1. Fixes a phenomenon in which the captured image may exhibit uneven exposure when the camera is used with a TS-E 17mm f/4L or TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II lens which is shifted or tilted during shooting.
Firmware Version 1.0.1 is for cameras with firmware Version 1.0.0. If the camera's firmware is already Version 1.0.1, it is not necessary to update the firmware.


Canon EOS 80D coming with 28MP and new Auto-Focus system? [CW3]

Canon EOS 80D Coming With 28MP And New Auto-Focus System? [CW3]

After all those fake rumors, I was glad to hear news from one of my trusted sources. This source may be wrong but at least it is not intentionally delivering fake rumors.

I have been told (thanks) that the Canon EOS 80D will feature a 28MP sensor. The source mentioned also a “more advanced AF system” (compared to the EOS 70D). I am not sure what to think here. I do not believe the EOS 80D will get the same advanced AF system as the EOS 7D Mark II, but anything is possible. If I am not wrong, there was a rumor floating around the web a month or two ago that also suggested a high resolution for the EOS 80D.

The source also said that the EOS 80D will get some of the features of higher models. The 70D got the AF system of the EOS 7D, and it is usual practice by Canon to add features of higher models in a new mid-level camera. So what can we expect from the EOS 80D? Other rumors I got (by less reputable or unknown sources) suggest the EOS 80D will get the anti-flickering technology employed on the EOS 7D Mark II but I am somewhat sceptical about this feature being implemented on a mid-level DSLR like the EOS 80D. Dual Pixel AF will not get lost, that’s sure. It will likely have a new AF system but it is unclear how advanced it will be. In the past I got a suggestion the EOS 80D may have focus peaking on board (introduced with the EOS M3). That would be a powerful and very welcome addition to the next xxD model, though I do not think Canon will feature it on a DSLR. WiFi and NFC will also be on board, but no GPS. Another suggestion I got, says the EOS 80D will have something around 8fps (the 70D has 7fps), which is a plausible frame rate for this camera. Sure thing that the EOS 80D will have a tiltable display, one memory card slot, and no dual CPU (like 7D2). Please note that it may still be early to have reliable specs for the EOS 80D. Take anything with the usual salt.

The EOS 70D was announced in July 2013. Since the announcement of EOS 60D Canon released a new xxD model every three years. 2016 would be year of the EOS 80D. There have also been some suggestion about the announcement, nothing to take seriously. The EOS 80D will likely be announced in Summer 2016. However, given Canon recent and not foreseen announcements and technological innovations, I wouldn’t be too much surprised if the EOS 80D would be announced before the expected time-frame.

Stay tuned…

Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS II lens coming? [CW2]

Canon EF 70-200mm F/4L IS II Lens Coming? [CW2]

Latest rumor has it Canon may be working on a new EF 70-200mm L lens. The rumor says nothing about the aperture, it may be a f/2.8 or a f/4 lens. My guess is, if the rumor is reliable, it’s an EF 70-200mm f/4L II lens that could go to market next. The Canon EF 70-200 f/2.8L IS II was announced in 2010, the Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L in 2006. Following a mere chronological order, then the EF 70-200mm f/4L II is the candidate. It’s also my tip.

Please note that this is a very vague rumor, referring to a product that will be announced somewhen in the future, which is in any case something that will happen, sooner or later. However, the rumor suggests the lens may be announced soon, possibly in November 2015.

Stay tuned…

[via CR]