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New Canon 4K video cameras

Canon Australia has announced the XC10, a compact, lightweight 4K video (12-megapixel still) camera for ‘aspiring filmmakers and enthusiasts’ available in June; an upgrade to an EOS cinema camera, the EOS C300 Mk II (available September); and a new proprietary video format, XF-AVC.

1-FRT-Lense-hood-View-finder.web_-532x400The XC10 delivers Cinema EOS performance in a smaller, lighter camera which can be used as a stand-alone unit or as a supporting camera for larger productions.

At 930g the XC10 is relatively light. It doesn’t have a separate EVF but rather an optical loupe viewfinder that clips to the tiltable 3-inch (1.03 million dot) LCD screen.

Pricing is quoted as 1600 pounds (about $3100) in a UK website.

The loupe/viewfinder attached to the LCD screen.
The loupe/viewfinder attached to the LCD screen.

XC10 key features:
– 4K video and 12-megapixel stills (8-megapixel screen grabs) ;
– High bit rate XF-AVC files;
– Fast and slow motion recording  – 1200x fast motion in 4K/Full HD, and up to 1/4x slow motion in HD;
– Built-in Wi-Fi for easy browser/smart device control;
– 10x zoom (27.3-273mm focal range, 35mm equivalent) in video mode)
– Records UHDTV standard (3840 x 2160) 4K footage to an internal CFast 2.0 card at up to 305Mbps, or Full HD (1920 x 1080) footage to an SD card at up to 50Mbps, with pro-standard 4:2:2 colour sampling for high resolution performance;
– ISO of up to 20,000 and a 12-stop dynamic range;
– 7.66cm vari-angle touch LCD, with 100 percent field coverage.

The EOS C300 Mark II can record 10-bit 4:2:2 files internally at up to 410Mbps in 4K, or 10/12-bit 4:4:4 files in 2K/Full HD, with up to 15 stops of dynamic range.

It records 4K in both broadcast (3840 x 2160) and DCI cinematic (4096 x 2160) resolutions.

While no local pricing has been provided, the new camera is quoted as US$15,999 in the US.

D181_1_main[1]EOS C300 Mk II key features:
–  Integration with professional workflows.New XF-AVC H.264 codecs, designed to be compatible with industry standard non-linear edit systems, assist integrating both 4K and 2K/Full HD footage into workflows;
–  Both full manual control,as well as automatic modes including enhanced Dual Pixel CMOS AF (covers approx 80 percetn of the frame), auto white balance and Face Detection AF;
– High bitrate internal 4K recording with external RAW. Records high bitrate 4K files internally to dual CFast 2.0 media, while simultaneously recording 4K RAW files to an external recorder. Also can record 2K/Full HD proxy files to an internal SD card, at the same time;
– High dynamic range files;
– Shoot in low light with low noise. Super 35mm CMOS sensor with an ISO range up to ISO 102,400.

Canon’s new proprietary XF-AVC video format  employs the MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 video compression format, which realises a high data-compression rate without sacrificing image quality.

It supports the efficient recording on memory cards of high-image-quality 4K, 2K and HD video content captured on video camcorders. External storage and other equipment required during shooting be kept compact. Because it enables the recording of high-image-quality video data, the format also facilitates colour grading and other editing processes.


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