Rumours have been spread by many manufacturers in the run-up to the NAB. At the moment there is also a lot of bubbling going on at Canon. The question here is: Will Canon still produce a 4K-capable C100 MKIII or will the 4K-capable full-format mirrorless and will define the new entry level of the Cinema-EOS series or will both come?
When it comes to full-frame mirrorless, all market observers at Canon (and Nikon) agree: the mirrorless full-frame camera will definitely come - the question here is only when. The successor of the C100 MKII doesn&t seem to be quite so sure. Let&s take a quick look back:
Canon had introduced the EOS C100 MKII in the autumn of 2014 - here our news about it. The C100 MKII was then available for an EIA of EUR 4,350 at the beginning of 2015. This means that the C100 MKII is now 3 years in the market and definitely due for an update, especially as HD-only in 8 bits no longer seems quite up-to-date and with the C200 here our practical test and the Canon EOS C300 MKII 4K Compressed RAW or 4K 10 Bit have already entered the Cinema EOS portfolio. In the current market situation, however, we consider a C100 MKIII as 4K 8-bit only variant to be a bit too short.
A mirrorless full-format camera, which is to serve as a new entry into the Cinema EOS series, would have to be priced at around 4-5,000 euros. However, such a camera could disrupt Canon&s existing DSLR portfolio...
This year, the NAB promises to become quite exciting - we&ll be all smarter in a couple of weeks.