Unveiled: Canon EOS C100 Mark II Cinema Camera



In an unanticipated move, Canon has announced a successor to its popular EOS C100 cinema camera. Dubbed the “Mark II,” the camera is more of an update to the original model rather than a complete overhaul. It comes standard with Canon’s Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology, a feature that required a paid hardware modification for the original model, and will also support Face detection AF when using STM lenses. Other major updates include the addition of 1080p recording at 50 and 60 fps, Canon Log LUT support on the HDMI output, and an improved viewfinder and display panel.

To support 1080p 50/60 recording, the camera sees a bump in its maximum bit rate—up to 28 Mbps for AVCHD and 35 Mbps for MP4. In MP4 recording, the camera also gets fast- and slow-motion recording, with speeds ranging from 40% slow motion to 250% fast motion, as well as AAC audio recording. The C100 Mark II also features built-in 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz Wi-Fi support, and is compatible with Canon’s GP-E2 GPS receiver for recording location data and RC-V100 remote controller.


The Canon C100 Mark II does see some physical changes, as well. Most obviously, the microphone is now incorporated into the body of the camera itself, rather than into the top handle. The camera also sees a boost in the quality of its display panel and EVF. The 3.5" LCD of the original has been replaced with a 1.23MP OLED version of the same size, and has a side-hinged design that enables you to monitor your images from the side of the camera. The EVF size has been increased from 0.24 to 0.45" and can be tilted to accommodate different shooting positions.

The last major update that many filmmakers will appreciate is Canon Log LUT support on the HDMI output. This enables you to use external monitors that lack Canon Log LUT or custom LUT support to more accurately judge the exposure and color of your images while recording Canon Log gamma internally.


With expanded recording options and enhanced usability, the C100 Mark II should pick up right where the C100 left off as an industry staple for event videographers, documentarians, and independent filmmakers.



Do you know if the C100 MK2 will output 60P to an external recorder?  


Hi Tyler -

"Thanks again to the DIGIC DV 4 Processor, the uncompressed YCbCr 4:2:2 8-bit video signal (with time code data and 2:3 pull-down markers superimposed) output over the HDMI, should be cleaner with fewer visual artifacts and less noise at high ISO settings. Additionally, you can output 1920x1080 59.94P through the HDMI."

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Is there any possiblity by any firmware to record 2k video on Canon C100 Mark II ?


Thanking you

Rowshan Ali

No unfortunately, there currently is not.

Do we have a firm release date yet? 

Unfortunately, we do not have an estimated delivery date from Canon for the C100 II at this time.  If you haven't already, you could choose the Notify When in Stock option on the camera's page on our website.  We would then send you an email when it came into stock.

The C100 II doesn’t have RAW capabilities, no.

Would you be able to itemize and numberize the individual tech advantages why:

1) this would be a better or worse purchase than the c500?

2) this would be a better or worse purchase than the FS7?

3)how exactly an external Monitor like the  Convergent Design Odyssey7Q+ OLED Monitor & Recorder , or a Atomos Shogun 4K HDMI/12G-SDI Recorder and 7" Monitor, etc., etc,.....would make this a better or worse purchase than the c500 with such a recording monitor?

1) The Canon C500 is geared towards higher end productions and has significant advantages over the C100 Mark II such 4K RAW (4096 x 2160) Output up to 60p, internal 50 Mb/s recording, 10-Bit 4K Half RAW at Up to 120p, 12-Bit 2K 4:4:4 Signal at Up to 60p, 3G-SDI outputs, and Timecode/ Genlock/ Sync inputs/outputs.

2) The FS7 is also geared towards higher end productions. It has the ability to be used with a parfocal servo zoom lens for high quality run and gun use. It also can record 10-bit 4:2:2 4K (UHD) and 2K internally, as well as output 4K (4096 x 2160) 12-bit RAW to an external recorder.

3) The C100 Mark II does not output 4K to an external recorder or even RAW. An external recorder for the C100 Mk II would allow you to recorder less compressed HD footage, but does not compare to the 4K RAW output of the C500 or the Sony FS7.

Too bad Canon sold me a 6D body and deliberately crippled the video, making it unsuitable for professional use.  There's no way I am going buy another video camera from Canon.  Ever.  


Will there be a "trade-in" program for the older C100? I purchased a C100 in May, 2014.

I would have waited, if I had known about a possible upgrade.  I had communicated with Canon about my concerns with the view finder. Seens unfair.

Canon has not made any mention of a trade in plan. We do offer trade in's at B&H though.

You can check the trade in value here:  Trade in your gear.


That's the beauty of B&H, as they stand behind their customers and offer trade-in values. Of course your not going to get what you paid for it, but at least it beats Craig's list, or Ebay without worry of being ripped off. Ever tried to buy a car one day, and  traded it in a week later?

Although that is true, I personally think B&H offers a bit too little for trade-ins. They offer ~$2000 for a "like new" c100 with all the acessories listed when the c100 mk1 retails for $5000 without a lens. I have no idea how much you would be able to get from ebay but I imagine more than $2000 for a c100.

It's a good option that  B&H provides so you can trade your camera in but the price B&H paysis too low. I would rather sell it at some video/photo forums and will get as twice as much (if not more)

B&H trade-in values are very low. I sold mine on Ebay and got far more than B&H offered. My C100 was less than 6 months old and they wouldn't even offer me $3400 for it.

I agree, $5,500 for a video camera body without 4K at this time of camera releases is way behind the current offerings.Unless you have money to burn, skip this one, or you will be outdated very quickly.


Agreed. No 4k... I love the Canon look and features but I guess yet again I'll continue to buy or rent other cameras.

Realy good in making art though it doesnt look like a piece of art

Anybody have a guess on the drop down price of the original c100?