A replacement to their ever popular C100 cinema camera was not even on my mind coming from Canon, but last night, Canon surprised many and announced a follow up to the C100, the aptly named C100 Mark II.
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Canon C100 Mark II – Specs

  • Super 35mm 8.3MP CMOS Sensor + EF Mount
  • 1920×1080 60/50i, 24/25p, PF30, PF23.98
  • Built-In Dual Pixel CMOS AF Hardware
  • AVCHD + MP4 Recording
  • Dual SDHC/SDXC Media Card Slots
  • HDMI Output with Timecode & Canon Log
  • ISO 320 to 80,000
  • Canon Log and Wide DR Gamma
  • Two XLR Audio Connectors
  • Built-In 2.4 GHz & 5 GHz WiFi Capability

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Overall, this looks like a decent upgrade to the C100. The addition of the Dual Pixel AF tech, improved face detection AF, MP4 recording, and more frame rate options for AVCHD are just a few of the improvements made over the previous model. 

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Probably the biggest addition in my mind, is the improved EVF, which Canon says is now almost double the size of the one in the original C100, in addition to being brighter and tilt-able. This is a great upgrade, as the EVF was always a downside to the C100 compared to other cinema cameras.

*Worth noting for those interested, the original C100 is now $500 off ($4,999) at B&H with the Dual Pixel AF upgrade, and only $4,499 without the Dual Pixel AF upgrade.*

You can pre-order the new C100 Mark II now for $5,499 from B&H. The new camera is expected to begin shipping towards the beginning of December of this year.