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C300 Mark ii vs 1dx Mark ii for Wedding Videography?

I have a 1dx mark ii that I use to film weddings to make music video type of highlight reels. I also use it to film and photograph 6 different business clients every week. The 1dx mark ii is amazing, but in terms of ergonomics, ease of use, video quality, etc., would a C300 mark ii be a better option given how often I use the camera?

I realize that the C300 has better ergonomics and would probably be more comfortable to shoot with every week and for a long period of time like with weddings, but does the C300 have better image quality as well? Thank you ahead of time for your responses!
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Re: C300 Mark ii vs 1dx Mark ii for Wedding Videography?

*I should note that I would be keeping my 1dx mark ii for photography but I’m looking at also getting a C300 Mark II if it is a better video camera. I’m not looking at trading one in for another.
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Re: C300 Mark ii vs 1dx Mark ii for Wedding Videography?

Hello socialshot309, 

The EOS C300 Mark II is purpose built to be a cinema camera, so as nice as the EOS-1DX Mark II is, it is not a substitute for a dyed-in-the-wool cine camera.  The EOS C300 Mark II is an evolutionary 2nd generation Cinema EOS 4K camera system with a wide range of new and improved features including 4K/2K/Full HD internal and external recording (including 4K RAW output) and a new 10-bit Canon Log 2 Gamma. This powerful new camera also features an expanded dynamic range of 15 stops, improved Dual Pixel CMOS Autofocus, innovative focus assist engineering and CFast recording technology. Redesigned with the help of user input, the EOS C300 Mark II Digital Cinema Camera helps to deliver more creative flexibility for professional studio motion picture production applications, as well as independent productions, TV dramas, commercials, news features, sports and more.

The EOS C300 Mark II Digital Cinema Camera integrates a re-designed imaging system of advanced components. These include a newly developed 8.85 Megapixel Canon Super 35mm 16:9 CMOS image sensor that supports up to 4K (DCI) recording with a maximum resolution of 4096 x 2160 pixels and a high-speed readout for reduced rolling-shutter distortion. Working in concert with its dual Canon DIGIC DV5 image processors, data from the 4K sensor delivers Over-Sampling HD Processing for reduced-moiré 2K(DCI)/Full 1080-60p HD recording and Dual-Pixel CMOS Auto Focus with an expanded focusing area and Face Detection (in combination with Canon EF lenses). The dual DIGIC DV5 image processors also help to reduce visual noise and enable high-sensitivity shooting at a maximum speed of ISO 102,400 (+54dB) for sharp, clear image capture using only ambient lighting. In addition to its sensor and processors, the EOS C300 Mark II camera also incorporates a trio of XF-AVC H.264 codecs that enable in-camera 4K (DCI) recording to dual CFast card slots and 2K/Full HD recording to an SD card slot. For external recording and monitoring, twin 3G-SDI outputs capable of 4K RAW output are included on the rear of the camera body Users can choose among multiple recording modes, resolutions and frame rates to meet their production needs.

Creative flexibility is also greatly enabled by the EOS C300 Mark II Digital Cinema Camera’s compatibility with the full range of more than 100 Canon EF and EF-S photographic lenses (including specialty tilt-shift and fisheye models) and Canon CN-E Cinema prime and zoom lenses (including the "ENG-style" Canon CINE-SERVO zooms). New Dual-Pixel CMOS AF capabilities of the EOS C300 Mark II are enabled by the AF motors in Canon EF lenses. The improved EF lens communication capabilities of the EOS C300 Mark II camera allow for the display of CN-E Cinema lens T-values, lens metadata acquisition, and chromatic aberration correction on the camera’s LCD Monitor/EVF/Output display.

 

Operability improvements of the Canon EOS C300 Mark II Digital Cinema Camera that further facilitate operation and creative freedom include full manual control, an Ultra-High Resolution 1.77 Megapixel color OLED EVF with adjustable 60° tilting angle, a built in internal mono reference microphone, a removable hand grip, an improved camera handle extension with additional attachment points, and a removable LCD Monitor and control panel with XLR inputs. The modular design of the EOS C300 Mark II camera also allows for many kinds of industry-standard accessories to be added or removed as needed.

 

The EOS C300 Mark II is an ACES Compatible product.

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Re: C300 Mark ii vs 1dx Mark ii for Wedding Videography?

Thanks for the reply! I just don't think I can get past that it doesn't shoot 60fps in 4k. I shoot in that almost exclusively on my 1dx mark ii when I shoot weddings. Mixing that with the fact that I do a lot of photography work, I'll probably stick with getting another 1dx mark ii. Thanks again!

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Re: C300 Mark ii vs 1dx Mark ii for Wedding Videography?

Is there a reason you're not considering the C200? It seems like a much better fit for you, with 60 frame 4k, and a more affordable price tag.

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Re: C300 Mark ii vs 1dx Mark ii for Wedding Videography?

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You're right! After doing more research on everything I think the C200 is definitely the right fit. I guess I just didn't realize the C200 specs since I haven't looked into the Canon Cine line very in depth yet. Thank you for your response!

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