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Canon EOS C300 Cinema EOS Camcorder Body (EF Lens Mount)

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Product Highlights

  • Super 35mm-Size CMOS Sensor
  • EF Lens Mount for Broad Compatibility
  • Canon XF Codec - 4:2:2 50 Mb/s MPEG-2
  • 1920 x 1080i60 & True 24p Recording
  • Rotating 4", 1.23 Mp LCD Monitor
  • HD-SDI Output, XLR Inputs
  • Dual CF Card Slots
  • Timecode I/O, Genlock In & Sync Out
  • Canon Log Gamma
  • Modular Design: Removable Grip & Monitor
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The Canon EOS C300 Cinema EOS Camcorder Body (EF Lens Mount) takes what professionals love about DSLR filmmaking – access to a vast selection of widely available lenses, a large sensor that facilitates a shallow depth of field, and portable operation with a modular, compact camera – and addresses its shortcomings. That means that unlike DSLR cameras, this Cinema EOS camcorder is designed inside and out for professional cinematographers capturing motion pictures that will stand up to rigorous post-production processes.

The EOS C300 features an EF mount for compatibility not only with Canon's existing broad range of DSLR lenses, but also with the burgeoning line of EF Cinema Zoom and Prime lenses. These lenses are designed to match up perfectly with the 3-perf Super 35mm-size CMOS sensor that Canon developed for this camera. Like the camcorder, these lenses (sold separately) were developed specifically for digital cinema, with engraved markings on angled surfaces in meters and feet and uniform front diameters for easy lens switching without having to reconfigure a matte box or follow focus gearing.

The Canon Super 35mm sensor is paired with the Canon DIGIC III image processor, which uses an innovative method of breaking out red, green, and blue data to enable color performance on a level that would otherwise require three separate chips. Recording HD formats to CompactFlash cards as the XF codec – at the highest level a 50 Mb/s, 4:2:2 MPEG-2 format – the C300 records motion video that reduces the jagged edges and Moiré patterns that can plague video with 4:2:0 chroma subsampling and lead to post-production challenges.

Moreover, the files' MXF wrapper brings together video, audio, metadata, and timecode in a package that enjoys robust support from all professional NLE programs. The EOS C300 is designed to capture footage that thrives in the post-production suite. To that same end, the camera also offers Canon's Log gamma mode, which results in excellent tonal reproduction in the highlight and lowlight regions of an image, and a greatly expanded dynamic range.

The exterior of the camera is as unique as its innards. Featuring the expected HD-SDI output, timecode I/O, and genlock input BNCs, the body is a modular creature that can either be stripped down completely, or be built up to host the included handle, 4" rotating LCD unit with full controls, grip, and thumb rest. With accessible buttons and ridges dividing them, the C300 is physically designed not for still photography but for the craft of digital cinema.

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 x 2160 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 de-Bayering algorithms. Each of these components has a 1920 x 1080 sampling structure at up to 60 frames. From these original video components, a 1080-line 60i format or a 1280 x 720 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
Lens Peripheral Illumination Correction
When shooting with Canon EF optics that support Peripheral Illumination Correction, the EOS C300 can automatically compensate for the light fall-off or vignetting characteristics of each particular lens. Correction data specific to each lens model is loaded onto the camera's firmware, with future lens data added through firmware updates
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 80,000) a breeze
Reduced Rolling Shutter & 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 that's 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 that originate 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 delivers the highest image quality with its XF Codec - the same codec used by other Canon XF 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's superior resolution, original color quality and cinematic look will hold up through post-production – with results that meet or exceed the filmmaker's expectations
Canon EOS C300 with EF-Lens Mount
To integrate easily into the working style and equipment array of film crews and production houses, the EOS C300 with a Canon EF-lens mount is completely compatible with all of Canon's EF lenses, including compact primes, super telephotos, specialty Tilt-Shift, Macro, and Fisheye lenses – over 60 in all
EF and L-Series Lenses
A unique combination of the world's most advanced optical, microelectronic, and precision manufacturing technologies, Canon's EF lenses, compatible with the EOS C300, are perfected in Canon's laboratories and proven in the field. Whatever the application, whatever the budget, there are Canon EF lenses perfect for nearly every scenario. Their compatibility not only affords the Cinema EOS access to some of the finest optics on the market, it opens up myriad possibilities with Canon's superlative specialty lenses, including a range of Tilt-Shift lenses, Close-up lenses and even Canon's amazing EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye Zoom (all lenses sold separately)
Canon EF Cinema Lenses
Canon EF Cinema lenses (sold separately) are designed and engineered to meet or exceed the exacting standards of working professionals. Every Canon EF Cinema lens is designed to fulfill contemporary 4K production standards, surpassing the performance requirements of any HD imaging system. Zoom lenses feature large aspherical lens elements to achieve sharp, consistent images in every shooting situation. Geared inner focusing minimizes focus-induced changes in the angle of view, rendering focus breathing virtually zero. The 11-blade aperture diaphragms ensure smooth out-of-focus areas and beautiful bokeh – and innovative glass construction counteracts barrel expansion and contraction to avoid temperature-induced marking discrepancies. EF Cinema lenses provide markings on angled surfaces on both sides of the barrel, making it easy to read focus and aperture settings from behind or either side of the camera. Focus markings can be switched from standard labeling to metric. Control rings are designed to maintain the proper amount of resistance with consistent operating torque. EF Cinema lenses share uniform gear position, diameter and rotation angle as well as front lens diameters, enabling the film crew to quickly change to another Canon zoom or prime lens or compatible third-party accessories like matte boxes and rods without adjustments
Broad Compatibility with EOS Cameras
The versatility of the Canon Cinema EOS approach also makes it compatible with more cinema optics than any other camera system. EF-mount EF Cinema Prime lenses (sold separately) are compatible with Canon EOS DSLRs – including full-frame models like the EOS-1D X and the EOS 5D Mark II as well as cameras like the EOS 7D and EOS 60D and their APS-C-sized sensors
Canon EF Cinema Zoom Lenses
Canon's Cinema EF Zoom lenses (sold separately) offer unrivaled optical performance for demanding high-end productions, available in both EF- and PL-mount configurations. With fluorite, aspherical lens elements and advanced optical design, these unequalled Cinema EF Zoom lenses are capable of 4K-level image reproduction. The wide-angle CN-E14.5-60mm T2.6 L S/SP provides tremendous 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
Canon EF Cinema Prime Lenses
The brilliant series of Cinema EF Prime lenses (sold separately) offers spectacular 4K-level image quality in lightweight, compact designs. Three models for EF mount cameras – CN-E24mm T1.5 L F, CN-E50mm T1.3 L F, and CN-E85mm T1.3 L F – offer consistent form factors and marking optimized for motion picture production. Whether you shoot with a Canon EOS C300 or EOS DSLR, the compact and consistent lens design makes for excellent handling. Audiences will also love the results from the 11-blade aperture diaphragms, fast T-stops, and proven Canon lens elements
Designed with Filmmakers in Mind
With everything a cinematographer needs, the EOS C300 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 & Modular Design
The EOS C300 body is surprisingly small (5.24 x 7.0 x 6.7") and easily handheld at just over 3 lb. There is a bright 1.55 Mp electronic viewfinder, and the camera comes bundled with a removable combination 4", 1.23 Mp monitor and control panel. The camera also has a removable hand grip with a control dial and function buttons for handheld shooting in DSLR style. Or remove it and use the supplied thumb rest for completely stripped-down shooting. The EOS C300 has a manually operated built-in neutral density (ND) glass filter offering 1/4, 1/16, and 1/64th steps of filtering. Handheld or using a tripod, on location or in the studio, even on 3-D rigs, the EOS C300 fits shooting situations that are challenging for larger cameras
Rugged, Durable & Quiet
The EOS C300's dust-proof and splash-proof design includes sealing gaskets around the edges of all access covers, dials fitted with o-rings on the axis of rotation, and button key-tops sealed with rubber. The EOS C300 also features a built-in silent cooling system with a heat-dissipating duct in the center of the body, a graphite sheet that conducts sensor heat towards the heat sink, three ventilation holes and a cooling fan that pulls hot air out through an exhaust opening. All air is directed through a discrete pathway that keeps dust particles away from sensitive components. Your camera runs cool, quiet, and clean
Comfortable Ergonomic Controls
The moment you pick up the EOS C300, you'll feel right at home. The detachable grip rotates 360° in 15-degree increments so the start/stop, iris control and multi-controller buttons are always literally at your fingertips. Four separate start/stop buttons and 15 other customizable buttons distributed over the camera body mean quiet and intuitive access. Large dials positioned in two places can be customized for different functions and are easy to operate from all angles. The viewfinder tilts up to a convenient 60° angle. The 4" control panel and 1.23 megapixel monitor rotates 135° left/right or 270° down – and can be mounted directly on the camera body or the handle unit. Top, behind, from either side, on either shoulder: the EOS C300 operates from any angle
Pre Rec for Shooting in a Single Take
For situations where there is no second take and action shoots where things can happen with little warning, the EOS C300's Pre Rec feature continually records approximately three seconds of full-motion imaging to buffer memory. When you press the record button, these seconds are automatically added to the shot – and you'll have a welcome margin of insurance to capture the unexpected
Ultra-High-Resolution EVF
The EOS C300 features a 0.52", 1.55 Mp 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
Rich Audio Controls
When mounted to the EOS C300 camera, the included control unit provides two XLR audio inputs with +48V phantom power. A 3.5mm microphone terminal is also built in to the camera. Audio is recorded uncompressed in 16-bit PCM format at 48 kHz for high fidelity sound. Both XLR inputs, as well as the mic terminal have the option for automatic, as well as full manual gain control (-Infinity to +18dB). Additionally, a 3.5mm headphone terminal with 16 volume settings offers accurate audio monitoring
Accommodating File-Based Production
The Cinema EOS system creates files in the internationally standardized Material eXchange Format (MXF), wrapping video and audio with metadata in a single file that maintains access to critical information throughout the production process. The EOS C300 records to inexpensive and easy-to-find CF cards in dual card slots, giving you unlimited hot-swappable storage on reliable solid-state media. And for industry-standard peripherals, the EOS C300 has all the right terminals: remote (2.5mm), sync out (BNC), HDMI type A out, genlock (BNC), timecode (BNC), HD/SDI (BNC), headphone, SD card, DC input socket, plus mic and XLR connectors (CH1 & CH2) when using the included Canon monitor/controller unit. The camera also includes a dedicated connection port for the optional Canon Wireless File Transfer WFT-E6A unit (sold separately)
Perfect for Mixed-Shoot Editing
The tremendous dynamic range of the EOS C300 with Canon Log gamma can be easily converted to industry-standard 10-bit Cineon (.cin) Log format, which assures smooth integration with industry-standard post workflow and finishing. The EOS C300's 24.00p mode matches the exact frame rates of film cameras, so there's no need for time-consuming frame-rate conversion. And you'll have plug-ins for leading NLE systems from Adobe, Apple, Avid, and Grass Valley. Whether your entire production is digital or your EOS C300 is used as an A, B, or C camera on a primarily film-based shoot, the integrity of your image and sound is assured through the editing process – and beyond
CF Memory Card Recording
For versatility and reliability, the EOS C300'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, hot-swappable, and easy to find, two 32 GB CF cards can hold 2 hours of 4:2:2 50 Mb/s footage. It's even possible to record to two CF cards simultaneously, relay-record for uninterrupted shots, and copy from one card to another
Custom Pictures
To achieve the look and feel you want in less time during post-production, the EOS C300 has 26 different Custom Picture settings. Custom Pictures can include different image-quality adjustments, including gamma, knee, color matrix, sharpness, noise reduction, and more. Settings can be created in-camera and saved to the EOS C300 or to an SD card for transfer to other cameras. A number of natural color settings are included with the EOS C300; others include Cinema setting for post-production and EOS setting to match images captured by a Canon EOS DSLR
Black Balance Adjustment
In ambient conditions that cause the black in the video signal to shift out of alignment, the EOS C300's black balance can be easily adjusted to bring it back. A simple process with the lens cap on the camera, black balance adjustment is especially useful the first time you use the EOS C300, when your camera has been on the shelf for an extended period, when you'll be shooting in a wide range of temperatures, or when the ISO sensitivity or gain settings have been changed
Multiple Recording Formats & Advanced Recording
With the realities of production in mind, the EOS C300 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 Mb/s (CBR), 35 Mb/s (VBR), and 25 Mb/s (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 video files, the EOS C300 camera will perform flawlessly
High-Speed, Slow-Motion, Time-Lapse & Stop-Motion
Beyond the advantages of file-based recording, the EOS C300 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 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 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 & Focusing Aids
Providing cinematographers with everything they need in the palms of their hands, the EOS C300 comes ready to produce. The camera has 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 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 (sold separately) opens up a world of wireless options to the EOS filmmaker. The EOS C300 camera 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' away over an 802.11a/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, which is 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 employing the Android operating system
Image Sensor 1x CMOS sensor, equivalent to 3-perf Super 35mm
24.6 x 13.8mm effective size (6.4 x 6.4µm pixel pitch)
Effective Pixels Approx. 8.29 Mp (3840 x 2160)
Total Pixels Approx. 9.84 Mp (4206 x 2340)
Scanning System Progressive
Filter RGB primary color filter (Bayer array)
DSP DIGIC DV III
Lens Mount EF
LCD Screen 4" diagonal, 1.23 megapixel color 16:9 rotatable LCD
100% field of view
Adjust brightness, contrast, color, sharpness, and backlight (normal or bright)
A total of 27 display functions can be turned on and off
Viewfinder 0.52" diagonal, color 16:9 LCD, 1,555,000 dots
+2.0 to -5.5 diopter eye adjustment
100% field of view
Viewing angle can be adjusted up and down 60°
A total of 27 display functions can be turned on and off
Signal System NTSC/PAL
Compression 8-bit MPEG-2 Long GOP (Canon XF codec)
Color Space 4:2:2 at 50 Mb/s recording
File Format MXF (OP-1a)
Recording Formats 50 Mb/s (CBR) 4:2:2 422P@HL
1920 x 1080: 59.94i/29.97p/23.98p; 50i/25p; true 24p (24.00)
1280 x 720: 59.94p/29.97p/23.98p; 50p/25p; true 24p (24.00)

35 Mb/s (VBR) 4:2:0 MP@HL
1920 x 1080: 59.94i/29.97p/23.98p; 50i/25p
1280 x 720: 59.94p/29.97p/23.98p; 50p/25p

25 Mb/s (CBR) 4:2:0 MP@H14
1440 x 1080: 59.94i/29.97p/23.98p; 50i/25p

Recording Media CF Card (Type 1 Only): 2x slots (Movie files); UDMA supported
SD Card: 1x slot: still images, custom picture data, clip metadata, and menu settings 1
Please Note:

Custom picture data and settings are not compatible with data from other Canon models

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Recording Time With 64 GB CompactFlash (CF) card (greater capacity is possible when both card slots are used):

25 Mb/s: 310 min
35 Mb/s: 225 min
50 Mb/s: 160 min
Up to 999 clips can be recorded per card

Audio Recording Linear PCM; 2-channel; 16-bit; 48 kHz
Built-In Microphone None
Audio Inputs 2x XLR inputs (auto and manual level settings), switchable between mic/line
-12, -6, 0, or +12 dB XLR trimming
1x 3.5mm microphone jack
Channel Selection 2-channel recording
Recording Levels -∞ to +18dB
Phantom Power Available: +48V
Headphone Output Level 16 settings; volume is muted at lowest setting
Tone 1 KHz tone available; -12, -18, or -20 dB
Focusing System Manual; autofocus system not available
Iris Control Iris dial located on camera body for use with EOS EF lenses with electronic iris control
Exposure Modes Manual
Gain Manual: Normal setting -6 dB to 30 dB
Shutter Modes OFF, Speed, Angle, Slow Shutter, Clear Scan
Shutter Speed 59.94i/59.94p: 1/60 to 1/2000 in 1/4 or 1/3 stops; SLS: 1/4, 1/8, 1/15, 1/30; CS: 59.94-250.70 Hz
29.97p: 1/30 to 1/2000 in 1/4 or 1/3 stops; SLS: 1/4, 1/8, 1/15; CS: 29.97-250.70 Hz
23.98p/24p: 1/24 to 1/2000 in 1/4 or 1/3 stops; SLS: 1/3, 1/6, 1/12; CS: 23.97-250.70 Hz
50i/50p: 1/50 to 1/2000 in 1/4 or 1/3 stops; SLS: 1/3, 1/6, 1/12 1/25; CS: 50.00-250.70 Hz
25p: 1/25 to 1/2000 in 1/4 or 1/3 stops; SLS: 1/3, 1/6, 1/12; CS: 25.00-250.70 Hz
Shutter Angle 59.94i/59.94p: 360, 240, 216, 180, 120, 90, 60, 45, 30, 22.5, 15, 11.25
29.97p: 360, 240, 216, 180, 120, 108, 90, 60, 45, 30, 22.5, 15, 11.25
23.98p/24p: 360, 345.6, 288, 240, 180, 172.8, 144, 120, 90, 86.4, 72, 60, 45, 30, 22.5, 15, 11.25
50i/50p: 360, 300, 240, 180, 150, 120, 90, 60, 45, 30, 22.50, 15, 11.25
25p: 360, 300, 240, 180, 150, 120, 90, 75, 60, 45, 30, 22.50, 15, 11.25
ISO Range 320 to 80,000, 1-stop or 1/3-stop
Built-in ND Filter Mechanical ND filter system with option of clear or 2, 4, or 6 stops
White Balance Auto, manual, 2 custom (2000-15,000K in 100K increments), daylight (5400K), tungsten (3200K)
Exposure & Focus Aids Peaking (2 types), Zebra Pattern, Magnify, Edge Monitor Focus Assist, Black and White Mode 2
Please Note:

Zebra can be output via the SDI or HDMI jack (HD only)

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Playback Index Displays: Index Display, Normal, "OK Mark" Index, "Check Mark" Index, "Shot Mark" Index, Expand Index, Photo Index
Clip Playback: Forward Search (5x, 15x, 60x), Reverse Search (5x, 15x, 60x), Forward Frame Advance, Reverse Frame Advance, Record Review, Clip Jump (Forward and Backward), Skip Playback
Playback Functions: Inter-Media Copy (Single Clip, All Clips, Last Clip); Clip Delete (Single Clip, All Clips, Last Clip)
Still Image Playback: Index, Single Playback, Erasure, Protect
Frame Rates 50 Mb/s: 1920 x 1080
Record Rate: 1-30 fps (Playback Rate: 29.97p/23.98p/24.00p)
Record Rate: 1-25 fps (Playback Rate: 50i/25p)

50 Mb/s: 1280 x 720
Record Rate: 1-60 fps (Playback Rate: 59.94p/29.97p/23.98p/24.00p)
Record Rate: 1-50 fps (Playback Rate:50p/25p)

35 Mb/s: 1920 x 1080
Record Rate: 1-30 fps (Playback Rate: 29.97p/23.98p/24.00p)
Record Rate: 1-25 fps (Playback Rate: 50i/25p)

35 Mb/s: 1280 x 720
Record Rate: 1-60 fps (Playback Rate: 59.94p/29.97p/23.98p/24.00p)
Record Rate: 1-50 fps (Playback Rate:50p/25p)

25 Mb/s: 1440 x 1080
Record Rate: 1-30 fps (Playback Rate: 29.97p/23.98p)
Interval Recording Interval can be set in 25 levels ranging from 1 second to 10 minutes (1/2/3/4/5/6/7/8/9/10/15/20/30/40/50 sec; 1/2/3/4/5/6/7/8/9/10 min)
NTSC 59.94i/29.97p/23.98p/24.00p: Selectable between 1, 3, 6, 9 frames
NTSC 59.94p: Selectable between 2, 6, 12 frames
PAL 50i/25p/50p: Selectable between 2, 6, 12 frames
Frame Record NTSC 59.94i/23.98p/24.00p: Selectable between 1, 3, 6, 9 frames
NTSC 59.94p: Selectable between 2, 6, 12 frames
PAL 50i/25p/50p: Selectable between 2, 6, 12 frames
Pre-Record Buffer 3 sec cache (video & audio)
Still Capture 1920 x 1080 images captured to SD card
Custom Picture 23 custom picture settings
A total of nine 9 customized pictures are available in the camera and up to 20 can be saved to an SD card

Custom pictures CP7, CP8 and CP9 ship with the following preset:
C7: Video.C - Intended for recording media for playback on consumer TVs. The setting minimizes noise in the dark areas and improves contrast by tightening up on black
C8: Cine.V - Suited for giving recorded media a film tone
C9: Cine.F - Used for when recorded media will be transferred to film
Custom Function 9 total functions available
Assignable Buttons 15; can be assigned from among 30 functions
Color Bars Color bars compliant with SMPTE, EBU, or ARIB standards can be selected
Dynamic Range Up to 800% with Canon Log gamma and ISO 850 (+2.5 dB) and above
Minimum Illumination Full Auto Mode: Not specified by manufacturer Manual Mode: Not specified by manufacturer
Illumination Correction Compensates for each light fall-off of each lens. Lens-specific data stored in firmware
Video Outputs HD/SD-SDI: 1x BNC (output only), with embedded audio
HD 4:2:2 (YCbCr) 1920 x 1080: 60i/50i, 1280 x 720: 60p/50p
SD 4:2:2 (YCbCr) 640 x 480: 60i/50i
NTSC 480i/PAL 576i: Compliant with SMTPE 259M
Embedded Audio: Compliant with SMTPE 272M
Time Code Standard: (VITC/LTC) SMTPE 12M
HD-SDI: (Compliant with SMTPE 292M)
1080i/720p: Compliant with SMTPE 292M
Embedded Audio: Compliant with SMTPE 299M
Time Code Standard: (VITC/LTC) SMTPE 12M

Composite: 1x BNC (same as above)

HDMI: 1x Type A

Headphone Connector 3.5mm stereo mini-jack
Genlock BNC (input only)
Adjustment Range: -1023 to +1023
Timecode BNC (input/output)
Drop Frame (DF) and Non-Drop Frame (NDF)
Time Code Modes: Regen, Record Run, Free Run, and External Source 3
Please Note:

Drop Frame works with NTSC modes only and is not available in 24p

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Sync BNC connector (output)
HD tri-level signal (HD Sync)
HD-Y signals (HD-Y)
Black Burst signal
Composite
Remote 2.5mm LANC-compatible terminal
Wi-Fi WFT terminal for compatible Wi-Fi accessory
Power Supply 7.4V DC (battery pack), 8.4V DC (DC input)
Operating Temperature Performance: 32 to 104°F (0 to 40°C), 85% relative humidity
Operation: 23 to 113°F (-5 to 45°C), 60% relative humidity
Dimensions (WxHxD) EOS C300 + Thumb Rest: 5.2 x 7.0 x 6.7" (133 x 179 x 171mm)
EOS C300 + Grip: 6.9 x 7.0 x 6.7" (174 x 179 x 171mm)
Camera + Monitor: 7.3 x 9.8 x 7.4" (185 x 249 x 187mm)
Camera + Handle + Monitor: 7.3 x 11.2 x 11.9" (185 x 284 x 301mm) 4
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Not including lens hood, eyecup, or grip belt

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Weight (without Lens) EOS C300: 3.2 lb (1.43 kg)
Grip: 8.1 oz (230 g)
Monitor Unit: 1.4 lb (620 g)
Handle Unit: 6.3 oz (180 g)
Thumb Rest: 0.35 oz (10 g)
BP-955 Battery: 7.8 oz (220 g)
Attachment Fitting: 0.32 oz (9 g)
2x CF Cards (not included): 0.63 oz (18 g)
Measure Hook: 0.11 oz (3 g)
Body Cap, Camera Cover (either type): 0.63 oz (18 g)
EOS C300 with Grip, Monitor, BP-955 & 2x CF Cards: 5.6 lb (2.52 kg)
EOS C300 with Grip, Monitor, Handle, BP-955 & 2x CF Cards: 6.0 lb (2.70 kg)
Canon EOS C300 Cinema EOS Camcorder Body (EF Lens Mount)
  • Monitor Unit
  • Handle Unit
  • BP-955 7.4V Lithium-Ion Battery Pack (5200mAh)
  • CA-940 Compact Power Adapter for EOS C300 & C300 PL Camcorders
  • CG-940 Battery Charger
  • Eye Cup
  • Viewfinder Cap
  • Thumb Rest
  • TB-1 Tripod Adaptor Base
  • WFT Attachment
  • Measuring Hook
  • 2 x AC Cable
  • DC Cable (for CA-940)
  • Shoulder Strap SS-1200
  • XF Utilities Disc Version 3.0
  • 1 Year Limited Warranty
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    CanonEOS C300 Cinema EOS Camcorder Body (EF Lens Mount)
     
    4.6

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    Pros

    • Good in low light (24)
    • Easy to use (23)
    • Great picture quality (22)
    • Large clear LCD (13)
    • Great sound (8)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Documentaries (24)
      • HD shooting (21)
      • Low light (19)
      • Movies/short films (19)
      • Weddings (7)
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      4.0

      Awesome 1080 picture if you don't need..

      By Noah Clark

      from Culver City

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      Pros

      • Easy to Use
      • Good in Low Light
      • Great Picture Quality

      Cons

      • No 709 Output Over Sdi
      • No Slow Motion
      • No Waveform Over Sdi

      Best Uses

      • Documentaries
      • HD Shooting
      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Movies/Short Films

      Comments about Canon EOS C300 Cinema EOS Camcorder Body (EF Lens Mount):

      Just bought this camera 3 days ago and shot a commercial with it today. First things first… Picture quality is great! No moire pattern on ties, flexible ISO with greatly reduced noise and proper XLR inputs. I was a little worried as I normally shoot bigger commercials on Epic or Arri but I was really after a camera I could use on smaller budget commercials. A couple of problems right out of the gate though. #1 - It doesn't output a 709 LUT over SDI or HDMI so the client is stuck watching the LOG flat look. I heard the C500 does do this, but that doesn't matter as I'm reviewing the c300. Hey Canon, what gives, firmware update please?! Also another weird anomaly (unless I'm missing something) is it won't output the waveform monitor over SDI either. You can see it over the little monitor that comes with the C300, but not the client monitor. That kinda sucks. Also no slow motion. Hmmm… I knew this going in, but the new iPhone 6 does it, but not a camera over 10k? Strange, but I digress. Ok, back to the cameras strengths. It's lightweight, it's sharp, it's low light is pretty darn good, and it comes with none of the headaches of DSLR problems we're used to. Overall, it's a great stopgap between DSLR and more capable full featured cameras.

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      5.0

      Works great

      By Jesse

      from Dallas, TX

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      Pros

      • Good in Low Light
      • Great Picture Quality
      • Great Sound

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Documentaries
        • HD Shooting
        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Movies/Short Films

        Comments about Canon EOS C300 Cinema EOS Camcorder Body (EF Lens Mount):

        This has been our go-to camera for our documentary work. We have DSLR's as our second camera's but having a central all in one camera is the best case scenario.

        Having on board audio and scopes have brought back the industry standard to small camera bodies.

        Having interchangeable lenses has helped quite a bit with various locations and scenes, depth of field and low light situations.

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        5.0

        Great documentary camera

        By Jesse

        from Dallas, TX

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        Pros

        • Easy to Use
        • Good in Low Light
        • Great Picture Quality
        • Great Sound
        • Large Clear LCD

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Documentaries
          • HD Shooting
          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Movies/Short Films
          • Travel
          • Weddings/Events

          Comments about Canon EOS C300 Cinema EOS Camcorder Body (EF Lens Mount):

          I use this for documentary storytelling. We primarily use 5D Mark III's but they are first and foremost still cameras. This camera is now the center of all my shoots with built-in audio and proper scopes. My HDSLR's are now my 2nd angles.We got the EOS mount so we can use our library of EOS lenses. The button layout is nearly the same as our DSLR's as well and made for an easy adjustment for some of our crew. It took no time for our people to know exactly how to use it.

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          5.0

          Wowwy Wow Wow with Wow Sauce

          By Wynne Motion Imaging

          from Denver, CO

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          Pros

          • Easy to Use
          • Good in Low Light
          • Great Picture Quality
          • Great Sound
          • Large Clear LCD

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Commercials
            • Documentaries
            • HD Shooting
            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Movies/Short Films

            Comments about Canon EOS C300 Cinema EOS Camcorder Body (EF Lens Mount):

            After renting this camera several times for projects, I never really had a chance to explore all of the features and customize it to be the functioning field camera I wanted. Now that I own one and have had that time (albeit, not much time), I couldn't be happier. Used the C300 on a Coke commercial and I was shocked every night when I graded the footage.

            I do think the camera is a bit overpriced (maybe by $3000), but not much. On the downside, I think the camera is a bit noisy. Not "this is ruining the sound" noisy, but enough to give me pause. A simple fix would be to disable the internal fan like you can with the C100.

            I'm hoping a few major firmware releases will be able to bring this camera along into the future, namely shooting 2K (not a huge difference from full HD) and 1080 60p. I know this camera isn't going to become something more that it already is, and I'm perfectly fine with that.

            Couldn't be more pleased with my purchase.

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            5.0

            I love this camera

            By Pat

            from Knoxville, TN

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            Pros

            • Easy to Use
            • Good in Low Light
            • Great Picture Quality
            • Great Sound

            Cons

            • Needs An Internal Mic

            Best Uses

            • Documentaries
            • HD Shooting
            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Movies/Short Films

            Comments about Canon EOS C300 Cinema EOS Camcorder Body (EF Lens Mount):

            This is a great camera. Easy to use and in very high demand on my productions. Cuts together great with other cameras. Called Canon for some help on loading scene files and the service was excellent. Went straight to a person who knew what they were talking about. Very happy! Only complaint is no internal mic for nat sound.

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            4.0

            We keep buying more

            By Sharkey

            from Los Angeles, cA

            About Me Semi-pro Videographer

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            Pros

            • Good in Low Light
            • Great Picture Quality

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • HD Shooting

              Comments about Canon EOS C300 Cinema EOS Camcorder Body (EF Lens Mount):

              We have been using the C-300 on a few of our projects here for television broadcast. Sometimes it is used as the only camera and some projects we have 5 of them shooting multicam.
              The lenses are swappable with our other Canon cameras (5D), which meant we didn't have to buy a new complement of lenses. It's small and compact, has audio inputs and on board LCD.

              We don't use the Clog files, as our online and color system doesn't have the functionality to take advantage of that.

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              4.0

              Great all-around camera

              By Cole Slaw

              from Atlanta, GA

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              Pros

              • Easy to Use
              • Good in Low Light
              • Great Picture Quality

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Documentaries
                • HD Shooting
                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Movies/Short Films

                Comments about Canon EOS C300 Cinema EOS Camcorder Body (EF Lens Mount):

                Though the specs are lacking, this camera can shoot anything, as long as you don't need 1080p slow motion......

                Other than that, the latitude this camera's image displays is amazing. ISO up to 80,000 too if you have to get the shot no matter what. C-Log is great for professional color grading, but is no match for an amateur color grader in my opinion w/ it's blues.

                I also love that the viewfinder is back and is great for daytime shooting when dealing with harsh sunlight.

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                5.0

                I love the image

                By JLScott

                from Portland, OR

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                Pros

                • Easy to Use
                • Good in Low Light
                • Great Picture Quality

                Cons

                • High price

                Best Uses

                • Commercial work
                • Documentaries
                • HD Shooting
                • Movies/Short Films

                Comments about Canon EOS C300 Cinema EOS Camcorder Body (EF Lens Mount):

                Moving from the Canon 5D Mark III to this camera. I love this image and the dynamic range. No complaints so far. Wish it was cheaper in price but I love the camera.

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                4.0

                A (big) step up from DSLR Land

                By Mike

                from Chicago, IL

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                Pros

                • Easy to Use
                • Good Image Stabilization
                • Good in Low Light
                • Large Clear LCD

                Cons

                • Poor Sound

                Best Uses

                • Documentaries
                • HD Shooting

                Comments about Canon EOS C300 Cinema EOS Camcorder Body (EF Lens Mount):

                The image quality is wonderful and right out of the box I was able to figure out how to use the camera. Hand held I don't really see anything touch it in this camera range, it looks beautiful and coming from a DSLR it feels like a professional piece of equipment.

                The LCD, with waveforms is fantastic and moveable.

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                5.0

                GAMECHANGER.

                By Travis

                from Boston

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                Pros

                • Easy to Use
                • Good in Low Light
                • Great Picture Quality
                • Large Clear LCD

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Documentaries
                  • HD Shooting
                  • Home Movies
                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Movies/Short Films
                  • Travel
                  • Weddings/Events

                  Comments about Canon EOS C300 Cinema EOS Camcorder Body (EF Lens Mount):

                  I can't say enough. This has changed my world. This thing is ergonomical and has fantastic features that have amazing results. The ONLY thing lacking is extreme slow motion.

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                  5.0

                  Love this camera

                  By baggabrown

                  from Los Angeles, CA

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                  Pros

                  • Easy to Use
                  • Good in Low Light
                  • Great Picture Quality

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Documentaries
                    • HD Shooting
                    • Home Movies
                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Movies/Short Films

                    Comments about Canon EOS C300 Cinema EOS Camcorder Body (EF Lens Mount):

                    I was directing a commercial recently and we had 2 x Alexas and 1 x C300. It was the fist time I'd used a C300, we were using it as a small hand held camera. I originally wanted to use an LAexa M (i.e. the small hand held one) but it was unavailable, so we went for the C300 instead. Wow! Good call!

                    Although it looks a little different, sees Blues a bit different to the Alexa, it still cut really well in the final grade. I found myself looking at the footage and honestly a few times I thought the Alexa was the c300 and visa versa.

                    When the job was over I bought a C300, as I was that impressed.

                    I did notice a tiny bit of moire on one shot but only for a split second. On jobs where an Lexa cant be justified the c300 is going to be perfect. For my own short films it will be great. And for pick up shots (like the one I have to shoot next week) again tick, perfect.

                    I cant recommend this camera enough. hd-sdi output as well as hmdi. And that nice thick codec, yet recorded onboard! What's not to like?!!!!!

                    I thought of getting a c100 briefly, but all the things I like about the c300 are not on the c100, like the thick codec and the useable eyepiece.

                    I've been in this game a while, shooting for years on film etc. But for me the c300 is the best bang for buck out there.

                    Reliable workhorse and stunning IQ. Great ergonomics. Its so nice to hand hold after using 5d mk111s etc.

                    Also the degree of rolling shutter is completely acceptable. We were shooting car stunts etc and it was just fine. I was working with a DP who shot movies like Skyfall etc and we were both blown away by this camera.

                    Felt a bit guilty forking out this much for my own personal camera, but all that went away the day it turned up :)

                    One downer is there's a long wait on back ups batteries out of Canon at the mo, which took them 3 weeks to even own up to. But I bought some patent batteries and they are doing fine as a stop gap.

                    You gotta love Canon ;)

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                    5.0

                    Amazing Results

                    By Paul

                    from Kalamazoo, MI

                    About Me Pro Videographer

                    Pros

                    • Easy to Use
                    • Good in Low Light
                    • Great Picture Quality

                    Cons

                    • Kind Of Pricey

                    Best Uses

                    • Documentaries
                    • HD Shooting
                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Movies/Short Films

                    Comments about Canon EOS C300 Cinema EOS Camcorder Body (EF Lens Mount):

                    I have been very happy with the quality that this camera has produced. Combined with good glass, it's the best I've used. It's not a point-and-shoot, that's for sure. But the creative possibilities are endless. Get good lenses for it, though.

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                    4.0

                    Great documentary tool

                    By Luke

                    from LA, CA

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                    Pros

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Canon EOS C300 Cinema EOS Camcorder Body (EF Lens Mount):

                          Pros:-light weight-works with all my various canon lenses-images are very strong-good dynamic range-xlr inputs-peaking, focus assist-evf is good-c-log dynamic range is niceCons:-Monitor color and exposure representations are way off-Out of the box, the footage has a green tint to it. I suggest downloading and installing the TruCine, TruLog, TruVid and AbelCine picture profiles. -monitor and xlr's are married to each other. Huge inconvenience. -shotgun mic holder feels/looks super flimsy, allows shotgun mic to bounce around creating unwanted noise. -to switch from regular motion to fast/slow motion requires 3 separate menu adjustments. So dumb. -the white balance is way off, 5600k will leave your footage blue at any time of day, you need to be up around 6300-7500k. - slow mo is 720p-no removable lens mount. EF is stuck at EF, PL is stuck at PL-for this cost:, most of these Cons should not exist. Overall:Great camera for many applications, but if you don't need to work with canon lenses with auto iris + image stabilization like I do, then save your money, get a used Sony F3 for 5-6k less.

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                          5.0

                          THE 1080p camera.

                          By Josh Hensley

                          from Arcadia, CA

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                          Pros

                          • Easy to Use
                          • Good in Low Light
                          • Great Picture Quality

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Documentaries
                            • HD Shooting
                            • Indoors/Low Light
                            • Movies/Short Films
                            • Travel
                            • Weddings/Events

                            Comments about Canon EOS C300 Cinema EOS Camcorder Body (EF Lens Mount):

                            I purchased this camera to launch my production company into gear. I currently co-own a lighting rental company in Los Angeles, Arclite Rentals LLC. This camera is THE camera to cover the 1080p standard. No more will I ever think about going the RED route. This camera is ideal for independent films from low budget to the big screen. The low light capabilities are what you need in a camera without looking like a DSLR. Shooting at 20,000 ISO looks like a super 16mm film grain. All the operator controls you need are setup perfectly on the smart side of camera, I've only had it for a week and i'm already getting comfortable with the layout. Having the ability to scroll between ND's on the fly makes this a documentary dream. The color you get out of this camera and the color you can pull in color correction from canon log is unbelievable. The only thing we all are hoping for is a firmware update from canon to shoot 60fps, 120fps, and 240fps in 1080p. This update would literally kill all other competition and solidify sales for Canon! There is a small timecode issue when shooting in 60fps that I know can be fixed with an update. I purchased the EF version because I wanted the ability to use tilt shift lenses and super wides that I can't get in PL land. I am super excited to use the Cine zooms and primes and know that glass will continue to blow my mind on what this camera can do.

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                            4.0

                            Best doc cam around

                            By Tylor

                            from Marin, Ca

                            About Me Pro Videographer

                            Pros

                            • Good in Low Light
                            • Great Picture Quality

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Documentaries

                              Comments about Canon EOS C300 Cinema EOS Camcorder Body (EF Lens Mount):

                              This cameras low light abilities and cine log feature are an amazing combination that allows you to get amazing results in any situation. I've been using the c300 for about 3 months now and am confident in its abilities. Only drawback so far is that the button layout is not great for quick operation, and viewfinder could be much better. All of these this fall away though when you're in a naturally lit room following action and you're able to crank the iso up and get a great exposure with great latitude.

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                              5.0

                              Perfect 1080p low light pro camcorder

                              By RT

                              from Lake Mary, Florida

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                              Pros

                              • Easy to Use
                              • Good in Low Light
                              • Great Picture Quality
                              • Great Sound
                              • Large Clear LCD

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Documentaries
                                • HD Shooting
                                • Indoors/Low Light
                                • Movies/Short Films

                                Comments about Canon EOS C300 Cinema EOS Camcorder Body (EF Lens Mount):

                                I heard how great this camera was in low light but it is even better than what I thought it would be. The C300 is not just a little better than the competition in low light, it is several steps past everyone. Great form factor, the viewfinder and monitor are very bright and clear. Recording to $89.00 CF cards is nice!We do not want 2k, 4k, we spend enough money on storage as it is since we keep everything we shoot in our archives, and usually get one day to edit. 1080p is already way more resolution than what my clients require (web, DVD)The image is fantastic, love using my Canon glass.I shoot corporate videos, one man band. Perfect tool for this type of work.

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                                4.0

                                Wow!

                                By Spirit Juice Studios

                                from Chicago, IL

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                                Pros

                                • Easy to Use
                                • Good in Low Light
                                • Great Picture Quality
                                • Large Clear LCD

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Documentaries
                                  • HD Shooting
                                  • Indoors/Low Light
                                  • Movies/Short Films
                                  • Travel
                                  • Weddings/Events

                                  Comments about Canon EOS C300 Cinema EOS Camcorder Body (EF Lens Mount):

                                  We have 7 HDSLRs and 15 EF lenses all used for film. This is the BEST investment for our company hands down. All the cards and lenses work with this body and the footage is easy to match in post production.

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                                  5.0

                                  Brilliant for documentary work

                                  By J Gooden

                                  from Harrisonburg, VA

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                                  Pros

                                  • Canon Log
                                  • Easy to Use
                                  • Good in Low Light
                                  • Great Picture Quality
                                  • Great Sound
                                  • Large Clear LCD

                                  Cons

                                  • Connectors From Monitor

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Documentaries
                                  • HD Shooting
                                  • Indoors/Low Light
                                  • Movies/Short Films
                                  • Travel
                                  • Weddings/Events

                                  Comments about Canon EOS C300 Cinema EOS Camcorder Body (EF Lens Mount):

                                  As an early adopter of Canon HD-DSLRS, I was always impressed with the amazing images and color reproduction that came out of those cameras, but they also had major flaws. Moire and audio issues always plagued us for documentary work, and while we worked around those issues, it was never ideal. We also jumped over to Sony's FS offerings at one point, but the color would never match up with the Canon DSLRS. Eventually Canon released the C300, and I finally had a camera to move up to. Within 30 minutes of taking it out of the box, I had it up and running. Its honestly a very simple camera to use and the ergonomics are great! I was even shooting a bit of handheld with it, which is nearly impossible for DSLRS. Beyond the ergonomics is the incredibly lovely image. Its sharp, detailed, and the shadow/highlight detail in Canon Log is exactly what I wanted. You can set it up to have a view assist on log whilst recording so you can see a nearly graded image for exposure/focus. Its basically everything that Cinestyle should have been on DSLRs. Coupled with the insane lowlight abilities, your getting a camera this very scalable depending on the situation (a must for doc work). I also have to mention that the battery life is incredible on the larger battery. 300 minutes is amazing and you can easily see remaining battery levels on top of the battery without having to plug it in. Audio feeds directly into the camera via two XLRS on the monitor unit. Its great to finally have a professional solution on camera and not separately. It makes things much easier in post as you can avoid syncing. Overall I feel this camera is well worth the expense. The only con I have really experienced so far are the connectors that lead from the monitor/XLR to the camera body itself. They seem very prone to being damaged and are quite a pain to take off. For storage, this is an issue. Only time will tell on how they hold up, but for now I am very pleased.

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                                  5.0

                                  Amazing image

                                  By Dan

                                  from NJ

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                                  Pros

                                  • Easy to Use
                                  • Good in Low Light
                                  • Great Picture Quality
                                  • Large Clear LCD

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Documentaries
                                    • HD Shooting
                                    • Indoors/Low Light
                                    • Movies/Short Films

                                    Comments about Canon EOS C300 Cinema EOS Camcorder Body (EF Lens Mount):

                                    Just used it on a green screen shoot. The green keyed out beautifully.

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                                    5.0

                                    I love this camera1

                                    By SC

                                    from Hawaii

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                                    Pros

                                    • Easy to Use
                                    • Good in Low Light
                                    • Great Picture Quality
                                    • Great Sound
                                    • Large Clear LCD

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Documentaries
                                      • HD Shooting
                                      • Indoors/Low Light
                                      • Movies/Short Films

                                      Comments about Canon EOS C300 Cinema EOS Camcorder Body (EF Lens Mount):

                                      The C300 has replaced my 5D. The picture is Amazing, WorkFlow is so easy, I don't have to worry in having to convert and syncing, No more Dual Recording, this has save hours/days of computer crunching. Yes, it's expensive, however, It'll earn many times the price you paid, in time and money. I've had different shoots for 9 days straight right out of the box! There are so many cameras out there, you just have to go with what you can afford.
                                      Works great with my Nikon (only no camera aperture control with the Nikon) and Canon lenses and the images are clean and crisp, LESS color correction- More control in POST for my work flow.
                                      With 2 32 Gb Cards you can record 162 min! And the Batteries goes for hours.
                                      My only con. . . would be the little eye piece viewfinder, wish there was something the size of the 5D. And in the large Viewfinder, it's difficult to see in bright light/sunshine.
                                      I can shoot with confidence that the picture will be beautiful and I have the latitude in post. Awesome.

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                                      Porta Brace - Rain Slicker For Canon C300/C500
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                                      Capture great-looking footage underwater or in the dark.

                                      Ewa-Marine - V300 Underwater Housing for Canon EOS C300 / C300PL / C500 Camera
                                      • You Pay: $559.00
                                       
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