Bringing Canon's expertise and decades of experience designing sensors, lenses, and image processors to the world of motion picture capture, the EOS C300 camera perfectly meets 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 and modular, the C300 is compatible either with Canon's existing line-up of EF and new EF Cinema lenses or with EF Mount lenses; 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. Big-Screen Digital Cinema has finally arrived.
The EOS C300 with an EF Mount is compatible with all of Canon's new EF Cinema lenses and current EF lenses, including compact primes, super telephotos, specialty tilt-shift, macro and fisheye - over 60 in all. The EOS C300 has a compact and modular design and is compatible with third-party accessories, enabling 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.
Note: SD memory card required for Still images, Custom Picture Data, Clip Metadata, Custom Settings
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 EF 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 EF, 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 EF 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.
Canon DIGIC DV III Image Processor - Designed and built by Canon for the highest HD RGB processing, the DIGIC DV III Image Processor uses proprietary circuits and architecture to deliver the highest image quality at the highest speeds, with low power consumption and minimal heat output. It processes the RGB representations originated in the single CMOS sensor of the camera into three channels (Red, Blue and Green) to maintain the rich resolution and clean color fidelity formerly possible only in three-chip sensor designs.
XF Codec Image Quality - To create digital files robust enough for major post-production, the EOS C300 EF delivers the highest image quality with its XF Codec - the same codec used by other Canon XF-series professional camcorders. With 4:2:2 color sampling, image files have double the vertical resolution of color components created with 4:2:0 color sampling, minimizing jagged edges between red and blue and ensuring ample quality for chroma key compositing with green screens. Thanks to the Canon XF Codec and the EOS C300 EF's superior resolution, original color quality and cinematic look will hold up through post-production - with results that meet or exceed the filmmakers expectations.
Canon EOS C300 EF with EF-Lens Mount - Designed to integrate into existing production setups, the EOS C300 EF is fully compatible with a wide variety of industry-standard EF-mount lenses, ensuring the finest in today's technology and operability will work seamlessly with trusted optics already in the filmmakers possession. Compatibility with Canon's existing PL mount lenses means filmmakers can take advantage of the brilliant new optical designs Canon has developed for the Cinema market.
Canon EF Cinema Zoom Lenses (EF-mount) - Canon's EF Cinema Zoom lenses offers unrivaled optical performance for demanding high-end productions, available in both EF and EF mount configurations. With fluorite, aspherical lens elements and advanced optical design, these unequalled EF Cinema Zoom lenses are capable of 4K-image reproduction. The wide-angle CN-E14.5-60mm T2.6 L S/SP provides industry-leading breadth of range; the telephoto CN-E30-300mm T2.95-3.7 L S/SP rivals best-in-class zoom magnification and telephoto focal length. Together these lenses cover the range most commonly used in cinema shooting.
Designed with Filmmakers in Mind - With everything a cinematographer needs, the EOS C300 EF comes ready to produce. A logical layout of buttons and dials make operation simple. A lock switch turns off all controls except the recording button and function buttons. Small ridges between the buttons help prevent activating functions by mistake. A backlit display panel is great for low-light viewing. A tally lamp is clearly visible from the side or behind the camera.
Compact and Modular Design - The EOS C300 EF body is surprisingly small (5.24" x 7.0" x 7.0") and easily hand-held at just over 3 lbs. There is a bright 1.55 megapixel electronic viewfinder that comes bundled with a removable combination 4-inch 1.23 megapixel monitor and control panel. The camera also has a removable hand grip with a control dial and function buttons for hand-held shooting in DSLR style - or remove it and use the supplied thumb rest for completely stripped down shooting. The EOS C300 EF has a manually-operated built-in Neutral Density glass filter offering 1/4, 1/16 and 1/64th steps of filtering. Hand-held or using a tripod, on location or in the studio, even on 3-D rigs, the EOS C300 EF fits shooting situations that are challenging for larger cameras.
Ultra High Resolution EVF - The EOS C300 EF features a 0.52-inch, 1.55 Megapixel Color EVF and approximately 100% field of view coverage for comfortable viewing and accurate judgment of composition, focus and color. The angle of the viewfinder is adjustable for additional user comfort.
CF Memory Card Recording - For versatility and reliability, the EOS C300 EF's recording and terminal specifications are completely compatible with the prevailing industry standards. It records to CF cards through dual slots. From a cost and reliability standpoint, CF cards have no equal. Solid state, and easy to find, 2 hours of 4:2:2 50Mbps footage can be recorded on two reusable and hot swappable 32 GB CF cards with ease. It's even possible to record to two CF cards simultaneously and relay-record for uninterrupted shots and copy from one card to another.
Multiple Recording Formats and Advanced Recording - With the realities of production in mind, the EOS C300 EF can record in a number of different modes, resolutions and frame rates, delivering quality recordings perfect for any application. 24.00p mode matches the exact frame rates of film cameras, so there's no need for time-consuming frame-rate conversion. And the camera can shoot in both PAL and NTSC modes at 50 Mbps (CBR), 35 Mbps (VBR) and 25 Mbps (CBR) with a range of settings for resolution, color, frame rate and recording time. Whether shooting with the expectation of significant editing and post-production, recording for compatibility with HDV editing, or simply creating the longest possible HD image files, the EOS C300 EF will perform flawlessly.
High-Speed, Slow-Motion, Time-Lapse and Stop-Motion - Beyond the advantages of file-based recording, the EOS C300 EF offers a number of creative possibilities in post-production. By capturing fewer frames per second, the camera can transform normal action into intense high-speed motion up to 60x. By capturing more frames per second, the camera can slow down motion to 1/2.5x at 720p. The EOS C300 EF can also be programmed to record a set number of frames at defined intervals for amazing time-lapse photography - and a frame-recording feature is perfect for stop-frame animation.
Connectivity - To connect to external monitors, switchers, VTRs and NLE systems with SDI inputs, the EOS C300 EF features industry-standard HD-SDI Output, Genlock, and Timecode terminals plus audio terminals with Linear PCM recording. Timecode and Genlock enable synchronized multiple camera capture, perfect for multiple camera shots, 3D acquisition and more. The HD-SDI Sync terminal can be switched to output to HD Sync, HD Y, Black Burst, and Composite.
Full Manual Control and Focusing Aids - Providing the cinematographer with everything they need in the palm of their hands, the EOS C300 EF comes ready to produce. The cameras have a Waveform Monitor (WFM) function that shows the overall brightness of a scene, with RGB Parade Display to view red, green and blue brightness or Spot Display to isolate the luminance distribution of a chosen area. The Vectorscope (VS) display shows real-time hue and saturation levels. For sharp focus, the EOS C300 EF camera has two peaking modes and a magnified focus assist function. An Edge Monitor Focus Assist provides both a waveform representing the overall degree of focus and a red waveform that represents focus in three specific areas displayed on the camera's 4" LCD monitor. To maintain proper highlight exposure, it offers a zebra bar feature as well. It's all in the camera.
WFT Wireless Remote Control over Wi-Fi - Offering a new level of mobility, the Canon Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E6A opens up a world of wireless options to the EOS filmmaker. The EOS C300 EF comes preconfigured so that camera settings can be viewed and controlled on third party devices with web browsers, including computers, smartphones and tablets without the need for additional in-camera software. With the WFT-E6A module the camera can be controlled from up to 150 feet away over an 802.11 a/b/g/n wireless network. The WFT-E6A enables superior camera control: users can start and stop recording; adjust focus, white balance, gain and other parameters; and adjust the aperture of Canon EF lenses. This offers huge potential for specialty applications where cameras must be controlled remotely such as nature documentaries or reality TV. It also enables input marking for metadata; and offers a live view of the composition. It supports incorporating GPS information into the file metadata - useful for general cinematic applications, and essential for expedition filmmakers. A basic window mode even enables use with the Apple iPhone, iPod touch and iPad, as well as with handheld devices operating the Android operating system.
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