Price Drop (Again) On the Canon C300 Mark II Cinema Video Camcorder

Price Drop (Again) On the Canon C300 Mark II Cinema Video Camcorder

A filmmaker favorite, the Canon C300 Mark II has always been a little more expensive than other cameras with similar specs. Last year around this time, Canon dropped the cost from $16,000 to $12,000, and lowered prices on a few lenses. Now they have dropped it again, bringing it down so that for only $9,999 you can get a shiny-new, internal 4K video camera.

The price on the Canon C100 Mark II is also down a little from last year, now sitting at $3,499, down from it's original price of $4,999.

Over time it's understandable that the cost of camera bodies will start to go down, but one might also consider a particular brand's product line. Just recently a new Cinema EOS camera was announced, the C200, which sits at a price point that is cheaper than the C300 Mark II. About a month ago, I speculated that another price drop might be in order, and sure enough that happened. But if you take a close look at the specs and features, the C200 still might be a better value, it just depends on what your needs are.

With plenty of options now in the $7,500 - $10,000 range, filmmakers have a lot to think about before making any purchase. Each system has their own strengths and weaknesses, and familiarity with a certain style or featureset could sway what you like. Options like the EVA-1 from Panasonic and Sony's FS7 might dill your pickle, but there's also the URSA MIni Pro 4.6K, sitting at a tempting price of just $5995. Option paralysis anyone?

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Mike Wilkinson is an award-winning video director with his company Wilkinson Visual, currently based out of Lexington, Kentucky. Mike has been working in production for over 10 years as a shooter, editor, and producer. His passion lies in outdoor adventures, documentary filmmaking, photography, and locally-sourced food and beer.

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Options paralysis?
When I was researching a DSLR to buy in 2013, I was comparing different models with their features and also looking the rumors sites for rumored upgrades.
The term I came up with was "analysis paralysis" I settled on the Canon 5D III since it had similar features, such as FPS, as my A-1 and New F-1 with their respective motor drives.