WATCH: Comparing the Canon C100 (mk II), C200 and C300 (mk II)

Canon C100 C200 C300
Let’s take a look at how these Canon cinema cameras (C100 mk II, C200 & C300 mk II) stack up and which (if any) might be right for you.

For those interested in looking at cinema quality digital cameras - and specifically at Canon’s Cinema Line - it’s a commonly asked question. Heck, we’ve tackled it almost six years ago on No Film School. Which (if any) Canon Cinema Camera is right for you? The C100, the C200 or the C300?

While there are certainly other quality cinema cameras which you should absolutely consider as well (here are a few to look at - or follow our channel here), if you do think a Canon Cinema Camera is possibly in the cards, here’s a great breakdown video to showcase the strengths and weakness of the C100 mk II, the C200 and the C300 mk II.

Canon Cinema Cameras Compared

In this video by Kenny at Stray Angel Films, we get his recommendations into what makes the C100 mk II, the C200 and the C300 mk II each unique and highlights when and how they could be used best. For example, he recommends the C100 mk II as the best (and most affordable) option for shooting solo. The C200 as the best short or feature film option for the indie filmmaker. And the C300 mk II as the go-to documentary option.

From a seasoned filmmaker and videographer, it’s an interesting personal take on the cameras. If you’d like to check out the prices and specs for each, they’re listed out below.

Canon C100 mk II

  • Super 35mm 8.3MP CMOS Sensor + EF Mount

  • 1920 x 1080p 59.94/50/29.97/25/23.98

  • Built-In Dual Pixel CMOS AF Hardware

  • AVCHD + MP4 Recording

  • Dual SDHC/SDXC Media Card Slots

  • HDMI Output with Timecode and Canon Log

  • ISO 320 to 102,400

  • Canon Log and Wide DR Gamma

  • Two XLR Audio Connectors

  • Built-In 2.4/5 GHz Wi-Fi Capability

Price: $3,499.00

Canon C200

  • Super 35mm CMOS Sensor

  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF Technology

  • Dual DIGIC DV 6 Processors

  • 4K DCI and UHD, 1920 x 1080

  • 59.94/50/29.97/25/24/23.98p & 120p in HD

  • Canon RAW Light, XF-AVC, MP4 Recording

  • Rotating 4" Touch-Panel LCD Monitor

  • Integrated EVF, 2 x XLR Audio Inputs

  • 1 x CFast Card, 2 x SD Card Slots

  • SDI, HDMI, Ethernet Connectors

Price: $7,499.00

Canon C300 mk II

  • Super 35mm CMOS Sensor

  • 4K,1920x1080 60/50i, 23.98/25p True 24p

  • Canon XF AVC H.264 Codec

  • EF Lens Mount

  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF Technology

  • Rotating 4" LCD Monitor

  • 2 x 3G-SDI Output, 2x XLR Inputs

  • 2 x CFast Card Slots

  • Timecode I/O, Genlock In & Sync Out

  • Canon Log 3 Gamma

Price: $9,999.00     

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He forgot to mention that the C300 can do 2k DCI 12 bit 444 which is a lot of fun to work with.

December 4, 2018 at 11:58AM, Edited December 4, 11:58AM

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Alex Alva
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a $10k camera that cant shoot 4k 60... crazy

December 4, 2018 at 5:19PM

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Walter Wallace
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Yes, this is the year they lost the market and Sony got it with FS7.

December 4, 2018 at 5:37PM

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visionrouge.com
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I'm not a fanboy but I must say that I always back to Canon, for just one reason. Image feels right. It's not about how sharp it is, or how many K it has, or is it 8bit or 10bit or how many frames you can shot?
It's about this natural looking colors and ability to push the way I want. But let's be frank now Canon have a big issue to solve. They Cinema lineup is a bit messy. Let's take away C500 for a moment from the equation. C300 mark II has no raw (even external) and no 4k60. It has 10 bit though. C200 (which I own btw.) has no 10 bit 4k (even external) but it has 12/10 bit Raw internal to fast. C100 II is a bit underwhelming 1080 camera. Other companies pushes 10bit in small form mirrorless and even Canon have 10bit external on EOS R yet c200 is only 8bit 4:2:0 in mp4 or 12bit RAW. All this contradiction make really hard to choose Canon camera. And the solution is simple:

C100 mk III - 4k up to 60p 10bit 4:2:2 400mbit,. Canon R mount. 15 stops of DR.

C200 - firmware update to 4k 10bit up to 60p internal to SD, 120p 10bit 4:2:2 1080p, Ability to shot raw to fast and 4k 8bit 4:2:2 proxy to SD. 15stops of DR

C300 mk III - 4k up to 120p 10 bit 4:2:2, RAW external up to 60p via SDI / HDMI, EOS R mount. 15 stops of DR.

C400 - full frame sensor + 8k or 6K up to 60p 10 bit 4:2:2, 4k up to 120p 10 bit. External RAW up to 60p. Eos R mount. 15 stops of DR.

EOS R 1DX - Mirrorless equivalent of 1dx mkII but with full frame 4k. 4k up to 60p 10bit 4:2:2, 1080p 10bit 4:2:2. 13 stops of DR. IBIS. option to use full frame or 1,5 crop for video. R mount.

And finally:
R mount to PL mount adapter.
R mount to EF with positive lock
R mount to medium format lenses speedbooster with cooperation with Metabones, or simply by Metabones.

If only Canon could do this, then they would take it all.

December 4, 2018 at 11:19PM, Edited December 4, 11:22PM

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Piotr Numowicz
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Of course, but today everyone can buy a camera, and too many people are noobs, that's why Sony exists.

December 7, 2018 at 1:36PM, Edited December 7, 1:36PM

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Uhhhh nawwww. How many people are shooting docs with the FS7 over the C series?

December 5, 2018 at 7:39AM

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Alex Alva
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Surprising how these cameras still exist at their price points. They might be worth the cost if Canon cut the prices in half.

December 5, 2018 at 7:47AM, Edited December 5, 7:47AM

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Richard Krall
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Just shoot with one and you will understand :-)

December 5, 2018 at 8:14AM

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Piotr Numowicz
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Due to their limited feature set, I can't consider them. And I don't think I was really bashing them on anything other than they're over-priced for what you get compared to other brands. Canon bilks it's fanbase with a plethora of crippled cameras. And looks are a very tertiary or even less important consideration but, it's got to be one of the ugliest form-factors out there. So many other choices with better specs, picture and features for less $.

December 5, 2018 at 7:47PM, Edited December 5, 8:04PM

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Richard Krall
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I am going to strongly disagree with that. Name a camera that's better than the C100 Mark II at that price point?
All I can think of is the Ursa Mini but that's not as robust as the C100. I think the C100 is just a more compact, versatile camera. Also the low light is insanely better than the Ursa.

December 6, 2018 at 7:47AM

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Alex Alva
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C100M2 is the only thing in its price range that gives you camcorder form factor, built-in ND, built-in XLR, great low light performance, super 35 sensor, great battery life, great color science, and solid workhorse reliability. That combo can make it the perfect tool for some jobs.

People need to stop expecting sub-$10K cameras to have zero compromises or weaknesses.

March 24, 2019 at 5:05PM

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As sure as the sun will rise, web forum folk will reach for the Canon-bashing cliches.

So many new shooters who agonise over mirrorless specs would be better served by picking up a used C100 Mkii and commiting to understanding exposure, framing, good audio and interesting people/stories. I picked the camera up for £3k and no longer needed ND, external audio recorders and external power. It’s a downsampled 4k image at 60fps. As a reformed bit-depth snob, good 8-bit is actually fine. And my media and storage costs reduced by about five times.

I think it’s a shame that so many shooters have become disconnected from what clients look for and, in some cases, get lost in the maze of tech marketing.

December 5, 2018 at 8:20AM, Edited December 5, 8:33AM

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Yeah, spec wise the C100 isn't impressive at all but the ease of use for the amazing picture that comes out is absolutely brilliant. I usually tell people that want to get into filmmaking to skip buying an entry MILC or DSLR and buy a used C100 Mark I.

December 5, 2018 at 9:16AM

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Alex Alva
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I'm planning on saving up for a "real" camera now that I'm out of college and the C100MKII is kind of at the top of my list right now. The cost and inconvenience of external power, external ND, media, a speedbooster and rigging solutions for something like a BMPCC4K is unattractive compared to the plug 'n play nature of a solid, all-in-one camcorder like I used in school for ENG and short docs.

March 7, 2019 at 5:01PM

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