CANON C100 MK II – SOME QUICK THOUGHTS AFTER MY FIRST SHOOT
If you’ve been a reader of my blog you no doubt know that I’m a big fan of the C100 and use it extensively. You probably also know that I’ve been endlessly frustrated by its few but crazy making shortcomings that derailed what could have been the perfect camera for me within arms reach of the station.
Well, enter the C100 MK II. Clearly Canon has been listening to C100 users and we now have what we wanted. The MK II is probably the camera the original C100 should have been all along but better late than never.
I’ve had a chance to use the camera on a real shoot in Zambia and I wanted to share some quick first impressions before I head home. This isn’t a complete in-depth look and each and every feature but a general overview on why I think this is a great camera to consider.
First, let me say where I’m coming from regarding why I’m excited by this camera. I’m a single person operator 100% of the time. More often than not, I’m travelling overseas with minimal gear and need to keep things compact and easy to use in “run-and-gun” shooting situations. I need a light and compact form factor with most of the functions of a true video camera rather than a DSLR and all the work-arounds that come with it. For the work I do, I’m not yet at the point where I need to be shooting 4K. Realistically, I’m likely about 2 years away before this even becomes something to consider. I could shoot in 4K right now if I chose to, but from a business perspective, my clients don’t require it and there won’t be any additional revenue generated. So, for now, I’m perfectly happy in the HD world.
So, why did I buy this camera? Essentially because it solved all the problems I was having with the original C100 and now this truly is the perfect solution for me. For the less the $6,000 I can work this baby like crazy for the next couple of years and it will easily pay for itself several times over.
For me, the biggest attraction of the C100 MK II is the addition of a proper viewfinder – the exact same one found on the C300 and C500. Thank the camera gods! This alone solved most of my frustrations. The viewfinder is excellent and works perfectly. The only slight annoyance is that when the handle is on the camera the viewfinder doesn’t quite tilt up all the way because it physically bumps into the back of the handle – oops! Not a deal breaker however.
The improved 3.5″ OLED display with increased resolution, now flips all the way out an rotates as it should – all the way up, all the way down, and flips over completely to rest on the side of the camera which is handy in all kinds of situations.
On top of this you also get much improved low-light sensitivity. I really noticed how much cleaner the image is when you push the ISO. For the first time, you’ll now have additional frame rates when recording in AVCHD and slow & fast motion options when recording in MP4. The Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology comes built in. The Mark II supports GPS, and features built-in wireless functionality. There’s a small built in microphone in the body of the camera for slating etc if you really want to strip things down to the bare minimum.
There’s even more improvements but I won’t go into every detail here and suggest you check it out yourself for all the specs and info you desire.
To make a long story short, if you’re a single operator and need a camera that’s easy, intuitive and a pleasure to use while packing a powerful punch of features and amazing image quality, I would suggest seriously looking at the C100 MK II. However, if you’re looking for 4K recording capabilities, this is where it falls short. It’s really all about your workflow.