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Introducing the new Canon Cinema EOS C300 (Canon EF Lens Mount) and Cinema EOS C300 PL (Arri PL lens mount) - Canon's first Digital Cinema camcorders.
This new Full HD camcorder has the form factor of a supersized DSLR, however it is clearly aimed solely at digital cinematography, with a total absence of still image capture as well as AF and AE functionality. This means that even when using a Canon EF lens on the C300 EF you won't get the benefit of the lens' auto focus capabilities!
Contrary to expectation the C300 is a Full HD 1080p camcorder rather than being a 4K device even though its CMOS sensor is actually natively 4K resolution (This pitches it head to head with the Sony PMW-F3L).
Rather than the moire-pattern inducing line skipping method employed in the EOS 5D Mark II, the C300 uses a far more video-friendly down-sampling method whereby a group of 4 pixels are sampled and then mapped to each final output pixel.
Interestingly, where the Sony F3L's S-Log option offers the ability to obtain dual-link 4:4:4 output for the ultimate in recording quality, the C300 has built in log capability but only provides a single 8-bit 4:2:2 output via a single HD-SDI connector.
Whilst the C300 is the first Canon EOS badged camcorder, it shares many features with the XF305 camcorder:
Bringing Canon's expertise and decades of experience designing sensors, lenses, image processing and design to the world of motion picture capture, the EOS C300 camera has been designed to meet the demanding needs of cinema industry professionals, providing a modular, portable and eminently adaptable system of cameras, lenses and accessories built for moviemaking in the 21st century.
Featuring a unique Super 35mm Canon CMOS sensor, revolutionary Canon DIGIC DV III Image Processor and 50 Mbps 4:2:2 codec, the EOS C300 provides outstanding cinema quality movie capture. Compact, modular and compatible with Canon's existing line-up of EF and new EF Cinema lenses as well as accessories from third parties, the stunningly simple to operate EOS C300 is designed to please cinematographers for any production large and small, on location or in the studio, from shoestring to Hollywood budgets.
The EOS C300 offers compatibility with virtually every cinema lens in production today, while its compact and modular design and compatibility with third-party accessories enable it to meet virtually any production need while keeping costs down. Designed with SMPTE HD production standards, its MPEG-2 codec is an internationally recognized standard compatible with major NLE applications while additional features such as Canon Log ensure seamless integration with existing production workflows, making post-production easy. And with an entire support infrastructure designed to help you get the most from your equipment before, during and after production, the EOS C300 is ready to go to work.
|Power Supply (rated)||7.4V DC (battery pack), 8.4V DC (DC-IN)|
|Signal System:||NTSC and PAL|
|Compression:||8 Bit MPEG-2 Long GOP|
|Color Space:||4:2:2 at 50Mbps recording|
|Maximum Bit Rate:||50Mbps (CBR)|
|Canon Log Gamma:||Available|
|File Format:||MXF (OP-1a)|
|Recording Options||50Mbps (CBR) 4:2:2 422P@HL|
|1920x1080: 59.94i/29.97p/23.98p; 50i/25p; True 24 (24.00)|
|1280x720: 59.94i/29.97p/23.98p; 50p/25p; True 24 (24.00)|
|35Mbps (VBR) 4:2:0 MP@HL|
|1920x1080: 59.94i/29.97p/23.98p; 50i/25p|
|1280x720: 59.94p/29.97p/23.98p; 50p/25p|
|25Mbps (CBR) 4:2:0 MP@H14|
|1440x1080: 59.94i/29.97p/23.98p; 50i/25p|
|Audio||Linear PCM; 2-Channel; 16-Bit; 48kHz|
|External Audio Inputs:||2 - XLR inputs (Auto and Manual level settings)|
|Recording Channel Selection:||Two channel recording|
|XLR Mic Trimming: Available;||-12dB, -6 dB, 0dB or +12dB|
|Recording Level Adjustment Range:||- Infinity to +18dB|
|Phantom Power:||Available: +48V|
|Headphone Adjustment:||16 Settings; Volume is muted at lowest setting|
|1KHz Tone: Available:||-12, -18 or -20 dB|
|Sensor Type:||CMOS sensor (single-panel), equivalent to Super 35mm|
|Sensor Size:||24.6 x 13.8mm effective screen size (6.4 x 6.4 micrometer pixel pitch)|
|Number of Sensors:||1|
|Filter:||RGB Primary Color Filter (Bayer Array)|
|Imaging Processor:||DIGIC DV III|
|Effective Pixels||Approx. 8.29 megapixels (3840 x 2160)|
|Total Pixels||Approx. 9.84 megapixels (4206 x 2340)|
|Max. Movie Recording Time||64GB Compact Flash (CF) card|
|Greater capacity is possible when both are used.|
|25Mbps: 310 minutes|
|35Mbps: 225 minutes|
|50Mbps: 160 minutes|
|Focusing System||Manual; Autofocus system not available|
|Max. Shutter Speed||1/2000 sec|
|ISO Range||320 to 20,000, 1-stop or 1/3-stop|
|ND Filter Settings||Mechanical ND filter system with option of clear, 2 stops, 4 stops, and 6 stops|
|White Balance||Auto, Manual, 2 Custom (2000K - 150,00K in 100K increments), Daylight, Tungsten|
|Frame Rate||NTSC: 59.94P, 59.94i, 29.97P, 23.98P|
|PAL: 50P, 50i, 25P|
|Full AUTO mode:||TBA lux|
|Manual mode:||TBA lux|
|Illumination Correction||Compensates for each lens' light fall-off. Lens specific data stored in firmware|
|Genlock Terminal||BNC (input only)|
|HD/SD-SDI Terminal||BNC (output only), with embedded audio|
|Timecode Terminals||BNC (input/output), Sync Out (BNC)|
|Viewfinder||0.52-inch diagonal, color 16:9 rotatable LCD|
|+2.0 to -5.5 diopter eye adjustment|
|LCD Screen (Monitor Unit)||4-inch diagonal, 1.23 megapixel color 16:9 rotatable LCD 100% field of view adj. brightness, contrast, color, sharpness and backlight|
|Recording Media||CF Card (Type 1 Only): 2 slots (Movie files); UDMA supported|
|SD Card: 1 slot: Still images, Custom Picture Data*, Clip Metadata and menu settings|
|*Custom Picture Data and settings are not compatible with data from other Canon models|
|Video Terminal||Same as HD/SD-SDI Terminal|
|Audio Terminal||XLR 3-pin jack (2), Switchable between MIC/LINE|
|HDMI Terminal||Yes (Type A), output only|
|AV Mini-terminal/Headphone Terminal||3.5mm stereo mini-jack|
|WFT Terminal||For compatible Wi-Fi Accessory|
|Operating Temperature Range||Performance: 32°-104°F / 0°-40°C, 85% (relative humidity)|
|Operation: 23°-113°F / -5°-45°C, 60% (relative humidity)|
|Dimensions (W x H x D)||EOS C300 + Thumb Rest: 5.2 x 7.0 x 6.7 in / 133 x 179 x 171mm|
|EOS C300 + Grip: 6.9 x 7.0 x 6.7 in / 174 x 179 x 171mm|
|Camera + Monitor: 7.3 x 9.8 x 7.4 in / 185 x 249 x 187mm|
|Camera + Handle + Monitor: 7.3 x 11.2 x 11.9 in / 185 x 284 x 301mm|
|(not including lens hood, eyecup, grip belt)|
|Weight (not including lens)|
|Main Unit: EOS C300: 3.2 lb / 1430g|
|Grip: 8.1 oz / 230g|
|Monitor Unit: 1.4 lb / 620g|
|Handle Unit: 6.3 oz / 180g|
|Thumb Rest: 0.35 oz / 10g|
|BP-955 Battery: 7.8 oz / 220g|
|Attachment fitting: 0.32 oz / 9g|
|CF Cards x 2: 0.63 oz / 18g|
|Measure hook: 0.11 oz / 3g|
|Body Cap, Camera Cover (either type): 0.63 oz / 18g|
|EOS C300 w/:|
|Grip, Monitor, BP-955, 2@CF 5.6 lb / 2520g|
|Grip, Monitor, Handle, BP-955, 2@CF 6.0 lb / 2700g|
New Canon Super 35mm CMOS Sensor
Modeled on the Super 35mm 3-perf motion picture film standard, the Canon CMOS sensor has an active image size of 24.4 x 13.5mm. It uses 3840 (H) x 2160 (V) photosites to perform the crucial optoelectronic transformation of digital imaging. Each photosite is a generous 6.4 x 6.4 micrometers in area and each has a microlens that ensures the highest efficiency in light transfer to the individual photodiode. Proprietary technologies within the photosite simultaneously lower the image sensor noise floor while enhancing the photon capacity of the photodiode - a combination that assures superb dynamic range. The image sensor employs an innovative readout technique that delivers full bandwidth individual RGB video components without the need for any debayering algorithms. Each of these components has a 1920 (H) x 1080 (V) sampling structure at up to 60 frames. From these original video components, a 1080-line 60i format or a 1280 (H) x 720 (V) at 60P HD format are selectively derived.
Wide Dynamic Range
The EOS C300 incorporates the first Canon CMOS sensor designed specifically for high frame rate motion pictures, offering not only high resolution and shallow depth-of-field but also high sensitivity with low noise. Working together, Canon's Super 35mm sensor and DIGIC DV III Image Processor achieve a remarkably high signal-to-noise ratio that enables recordings with great detail and dynamic range even in minimal light.
Canon Log Gamma
Shooting in Canon Log mode, cinematographers can set the camera exposure value using their customary light meter practices. Canon Log is a special nonlinear transfer function embodied within the DIGIC DV III RGB video processing system. This transfer function is specifically designed to facilitate the post-production of digital images originating in Cinema EOS in a manner similar to the post-production of images digitally transferred from motion picture film (the contemporary DI process). By managing the disposition of quantization bits, Canon Log ensures excellent tonal reproduction within both highlight and low-light regions of a given digital image - maintaining a total dynamic range of 800%. These sophisticated video grading processes restructure a new digital representation achieving a sought-after creative look on a quality reference display.
Low Light/High ISO Ability
A dark and stormy night? With the EOS C300, it's no problem. The combination of sensor and image processor render an extraordinary signal-to-noise ratio and as such make shooting at high ISO (up to ISO 16000) a breeze.
Reduced Rolling Shutter and Moiré Artifacting
The EOS C300 uses enhanced signal processing to minimize rolling shutter skews and to reduce moiré artifacts. A high-speed readout significantly reduces the subjective visibility of the vertical skewing on fast-moving horizontal subjects, a typical pitfall of the CMOS image sensor neutralized by Canon technology.
Super 35mm equivalent 16:9 Large CMOS Sensor
Large imager unleashes full creative potential. Modeled on the Super 35mm 3-perf motion picture film standard, Canon's CMOS sensor has an active image size of 24.6 x 13.8mm. The image sensor utilizes an innovative readout technique that delivers full bandwidth individual RGB video components without the need for any debayering algorithms.
Modular design for mobility and expandability
Taking into account various shooting scenarios, the EOS C300* can accommodate situations where every last inch of maneuverability counts. With day-long shooting comfort and usability in mind, different components can be added or removed as needed. It's also compatible with industry standard, third-party accessories so it can be easily rigged for studio, Steadicam, jib or just about any other configuration imaginable.
Reliability and durability:
Highly compatible with movie production workflows
Seamless integration with NLEs is just the beginning of effective post-processing. Clean image quality. Low S/N ratio. Canon Log Gamma for expanded dynamic range. File formats that hold up when multiple effects and color corrections are applied. Robust enough for the big screen, but convenient enough for on-set review and tweaking.
I recently used the C300 for a webseries shoot and it was excellent to use. A major plus point is the internal broadcast quality codec that was a breeze in post, especially in terms of storage. 8 bit 4:2:2 50mbps. Images derived from its 4k sensor create excellent 1080p footage and make it more malleable than AVCHD based camcorders.I just wanted to point out, however, that the description on the page for the C300 identifies this as a 10bit HDMI out camera. Unfortunately this is an error. The C300 is an 8 bit camera and only outputs an 8 bit signal via HDMI. The only difference is you can record this to a 10 bit 4:2:2 codec like DNxHD or ProRes but it will still be an 8 bit signal though you will be able to record between 180mbps - 220mbps. For the majority of work the extra mbps aren't necessary. The internal codec is good enough for the majority of work this camera is used for.
Martin Doyle on 2014-03-12
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Tomas on 2011-11-03