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Canon EOS C100 Mark III Coming at NAB 2017?

Canon EOS C100 Mark III Coming at NAB 2017?

Update: NAB 2017 came and went without a peep from Canon, but then they launched the C200 just prior to the CineGear show. More details about he C200 can be found here, and you can order the 4K, internal RAW recording beast from B&H. Here at RDC, we’re very excited about this camera. In a very uncharacteristically Canon move, they really pulled out all the stops, and added many features that aren’t even available on the C300 Mark II!

Original Post

Back in July this year we heard some vague whisperings about what we could expect form the next entry in Canon’s popular C100 range of Cinema cameras. The rumor at the time merely suggested that the camera would feature 4k video, and as we pointed out, the idea of Canon releasing a cinema camera that did not feature 4K was pretty ludicrous and therefore the ‘rumor’ was probably more of an educated guess. We stipulated however that the camera would probably be released in time for Photokina; The original C100 was released on August 29th 2012, and the Mark II debuted on October the 21 2014 so Photokina seemed reasonable given the cameras two year update cycle, add to that the fact that Canon dropped the price of the C100 Mark II by $1500 in July and you have a recipe for an upcoming release. We now know of course that the C100 Mark II was not announced, Canon instead choosing the release the C700 and the XC15, perhaps diverting valuable resources towards the development of the C700 is one of the reasons why we are yet to see a C100 Mark II successor.

Whatever the reasons are for the delay, there is no doubt that the C100 Mark II is due an update; It is now the only ‘current’ model in Canon’s Cinema EOS family that does not record 4K, our best guess is that the announcement will not be made until the run-up to NAB 2017 in April next year.

We expect to hear more information on the C100 Mark III in the new year, so stay tuned!

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9 Comments

  1. Galea

    Hi Mr. Blue.,
    If C100 mark III will not have 24p, 25p and 30p over HDMI video output it will be a big disappointment for Atomos users. Some users have noticed that from pulldown (50i to 25p) it is lost a bit from image quality.
    Karl Korner has a good list to update C100 mk III: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z74n0FuHNaQ

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    • Mr Blue

      Thanks for the link to the video Galea, very useful. It certainly would be nice if the Mark III output a progressive signal over HDMI!

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  2. Jermaine

    Another feature that would be welcome is to have the focus point selectable and not just in the centre of the screen. Not a biggie but it would help.

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    • Mr Blue

      That would indeed be a welcome addition Jermaine, let’s keep our fingers crossed and hope Canon Deliver!

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      • Jonathan

        I hope so too. My Hi8 Canon ES8200V from 2001 had a movable autofocus box. The feature was called Flexizone and there was joystick on the back of the camera that let you place the AF box wherever you wanted. I can’t figure out why this feature isn’t available on a modern cinema camera.

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  3. Josh

    It frustrates me already to know Canon will leave 4K 60p out of this camera, and charge upwards of $7000 for it.

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    • Troy

      And that will be the end of my Canon ownership…….!!!!!

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  4. Alex

    So, no C100 mk iii? Canon really wants Sony to take over the video market. Well they already have but Canon just gave up. No new C just a lens no one asked for and firmware.

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    • Mr Blue

      Hi Alex, It is disappointing that Canon haven’t brought anything big to NAB this year, the new lens is nice and super compact for what it is but I agree that the lack of news on the C100 MKIII is a total let down!

      Reply

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