It’s odd to think of celebrating our “winter” holidays of Christmas/Hanukkah, New Years, etc., in the summer when it’s time for baseball, grilling, and vacations at the beach- but that’s what’s going on for some of our friends in the Southern Hemisphere. I think though, with the recent announcement of the Canon C300 Mark II, I’m beginning to understand the combined joy of home runs, boogie boards, and chestnuts on an open fire. All in all, it’s 90 degrees and sunny, and it feels like it’s time to light the menorah.

The Canon C300 Mark II is an evolutionary cinema EOS 4K camera that has raised the bar higher than our pals in Colorado and Washington. Not only is it capable of internal and external 4K/2K/full HD recording, but Canon developed an 8.85 Megapixel Canon Super 35mm 16:9 CMOS image sensor that records at a maximum resolution of 4096 x 2160 pixels and provides a high-speed readout for reduced rolling shutter distortion. That all equates to a larger-than-life, gorgeous picture that will make your neighbors feel like the poor kid at the arcade.

Canon didn’t stop with sensors, they threw dual DIGIC DV5 image processors in to help reduce visual noise and enable high-sensitivity shooting at an unheard of max speed of ISO 102,400 (or +54dB), i.e. you could shoot in your creepy cousin’s dark apartment without much fuss.

That’s a lot of numbers and acronyms, so lets wrap this up. The Mark II is an incredible new machine that will certainly revolutionize the industry; but make sure not to forget how amazing the older brother (the always dependable Canon C300) is. Our friends at F11 rentals have a couple if you find the need.