New Canon EOS C300 Digital Cinema Camera Hands-On Review

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Canon sparked a revolution in digital cinematography when professionals started using its EOS 5D Mark II DSLR camera for filmmaking, using its surprisingly good 1080p video mode for projects like commercial and television production. Despite its superior imaging capabilities, Canon knew it had much more to offer the demanding world of digital cinematography. The new EOS C300 camcorder represents a giant leap forward for cinematic HD video production. To devise the EOS C300, Canon leveraged and developed cutting-edge technology from several of its areas of expertise: sensors, image processors, professional video cameras—and of course, optics. The experts at B&H hereby present a hands-on review of the EOS C300, including field and studio tests that put the camera through its paces.


For full specifications of both configurations of the EOS C300 cameras and the Cinema EOS zoom lenses, please see the spec tables

Camera Specs

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 or PL, depending on model
LCD Screen  4" diagonal, 1.23 megapixel color 16:9 rotatable LCD, 100% field of view
Viewfinder  0.52" diagonal, color 16:9 LCD, 1,555,000 dots, +2.0 to -5.5 diopter eye adjustment, 100% field of view
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 MBPS (CBR) 4:2:2 422P@HL - 1920 x 1080 59.94i / 29.97p / 23.98p 50i / 25p True 24 (24.00) - 1280 x 720 59.94p / 29.97p / 23.98p 50p / 25p True 24 (24.00)
Recording Formats - 35 MBPS (VBR) 4:2:0 MP@HL 1920 x 1080 59.94i / 29.97 p /23.98p
50i/25p - 1280 x 720 59.94p / 29.97p / 23.98p 50p / 25p)
Recording Formats - 25MBPS (CBR) 4:2:0 MP@H14 - 1440 x 1080 59.94i / 29.97p / 23.98p
50i / 25p
Recording Media  CF & SD
Recording Time  With (1) 64 GB CompactFlash (CF) card: 310 min @ 25 mbps; 225 min @ 35 mbps; 160 min @ 50 mbps
Audio Recording  Linear PCM; 2-channel; 16-bit; 48 kHz 
Built-In Microphone  None 
Audio Inputs  2x XLR inputs, switchable between mic/line, -12, -6, 0, or +12 dB XLR trimming 
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  Max 1/2000
ISO Range  320 to 20,000, 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) 
Frame Rates - 50 mbps 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); 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)
Frame Rates - 35 mbps 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); 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)
Frame Rates - 25 mbps 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
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 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 
Video Outputs  HD/SD-SDI: 1x BNC (output only) - Composite: 1x BNC - HDMI: 1x Type A 
Headphone Connector  3.5mm stereo mini-jack 
Genlock  BNC (input only)
Timecode BNC (input/output)
Sync  BNC connector (output)
Remote  LANC-compatible terminal 
Wi-Fi  WFT terminal for compatible Wi-Fi accessory 
Power Supply  7.4V DC (battery pack), 8.4V DC (DC input) 
Dimensions (WxHxD) EOS C300 + Thumb Rest: 5.2 x 7.0 x 6.7" (133 x 179 x 171mm)
EOS C300 PL + Thumb Rest: 5.2 x 7.0 x 7.0" (133 x 179 x 179mm)
Camera + Handle + Monitor: 7.3 x 11.2 x 11.9" (185 x 284 x 301mm) 
Weight (without Lens) EOS C300: 3.2 lb (1.43 kg)
EOS C300 PL: 3.6 lb (1.63 kg)
EOS C300 with Grip, Monitor, Handle, BP-955 & 2x CF Cards: 6.0 lb (2.70 kg) 
EOS C300 PL with Grip, Monitor, Handle, BP-955 & 2x CF Cards: 6.4 lb (2.90 kg)

Lenses Specs

  CN-E 14.5-60mm T2.6 L SP CN-E 14.5-60mm T2.6 L S CN-E 30-300mm T2.95-3.7 L SP CN-E 30-300mm T2.95-3.7 L S
Mount Type  PL  EF  PL  EF 
Focal Length  14.5-60mm  14.5-60mm  30-300mm  30-300mm 
Zoom Ratio  4.1x  4.1x  10x  10x 
Maximum Relative Aperture  T 1:2.6 at 14.5-60mm  T 1:2.6 at 14.5-60mm  T 1:2.95 at 30-240mm. T 1:3.7 at 300mm  T 1:2.95 at 30-240mm, T 1:3.7 at 300mm 
Number of Aperture Blades  11 11 11 11
Angle of View  For 24.0 x 13.5mm (3-perf Super 35mm film frame): 79.2 x 49.9° at 14.5mm - 22.6 x 12.8° at 60mm / For 24.6 x 13.8mm (Canon Super 35 sensor): 74.2 x 57.8° at 14.5mm - 20.7 x 15.2° at 60mm  For 24.0 x 13.5mm (3-perf Super 35mm film frame): 79.2 x 49.9° at 14.5mm - 22.6 x 12.8° at 60mm / For 24.6 x 13.8mm (Canon Super 35 sensor): 74.2 x 57.8° at 14.5mm - 20.7 x 15.2° at 60mm  For 24.0 x 13.5mm (3-perf Super 35mm film frame): 43.6 x 25.4° at 30mm - 4.6 x 2.6° at 300mm / For 24.6 x 13.8mm (Canon Super 35 sensor): 44.6 x 25.9° at 30mm 4.7 x 2.6° at 300mm For 24.0 x 13.5mm (3-perf Super 35mm film frame): 43.6 x 25.4° at 30mm - 4.6 x 2.6° at 300mm / For 24.6 x 13.8mm (Canon Super 35 sensor): 44.6 x 25.9° at 30mm - 4.7 x 2.6° at 300mm 
Minimum Object Distance (M.O.D.)  28" (70 cm)  28" (70 cm)  5' (1.5 m)  5' (1.5 m) 
Object Dimensions at M.O.D.  For 24.0 x 13.5mm (3-perf Super 35mm film frame): 25.7 x 14.4" (65.2 x 36.7 cm) at 14.5mm - 5.9 x 3.3" (15.0 x 8.4 cm) at 60mm / For 24.6 x 13.8mm (Canon Super 35 sensor): 26.3 x 14.8" (66.9 x 37.5 cm) at 14.5mm - 6.1 x 3.4" (15.4 x 8.6 cm) at 60mm  For 24.0 x 13.5mm (3-perf Super 35mm film frame): 25.7 x 14.4" (65.2 x 36.7 cm) at 14.5mm - 5.9 x 3.3" (15.0 x 8.4 cm) at 60mm / For 24.6 x 13.8mm (Canon Super 35 sensor): 26.3 x 14.8" (66.9 x 37.5 cm) at 14.5mm - 6.1 x 3.4" (15.4 x 8.6 cm) at 60mm  For 24.0 x 13.5mm (3-perf Super 35mm film frame): 38.9 x 21.9" (98.8 x 55.6 cm) at 30mm - 3.8 x 2.1" (9.6 x 5.4 cm) at 300mm / For 24.6 x 13.8mm (Canon Super 35 sensor): 39.9 x 22.4" (101.3 x 56.8 cm) at 30mm - 3.9 x 2.2" (9.9 x 5.6 cm) at 300mm  For 24.0 x 13.5mm (3-perf Super 35mm film frame): 38.9 x 21.9" (98.8 x 55.6 cm) at 30mm - 3.8 x 2.1" (9.6 x 5.4 cm) at 300mm / For 24.6 x 13.8mm (Canon Super 35 sensor): 39.9 x 22.4" (101.3 x 56.8 cm) at 30mm - 3.9 x 2.2" (9.9 x 5.6 cm) at 300mm 
Front Lens Diameter  136mm  136mm  136mm  136mm 
Dimensions (WxHxD)  5.35 x 6.42 x 12.52" (136.0 x 163.1 x 318.0mm)  5.35 x 6.42 x 12.83" (136.0 x 163.1 x 326.0mm)  5.67 x 6.58 x 13.47" (144.0 x 167.1 x 342.1mm)  5.67 x 6.58 x 13.78" (144.0 x 167.1 x 350.1mm) 
Weight (Approx.)  9.9 lb (4.5 kg)  9.9 lb (4.5 kg)  12.79 lb (5.8 kg)  12.79 lb (5.8 kg) 

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What is the price for body and lense?

$16k for the body only.

That would buy a "huge" amount of 16mm motion picture film.  It's nice, but not impressive enough to invest that kind of money.

The body is $16k, the big zoom is $44k. I'llbe you can't tweet videos with it. We need a comparison review with the iPhone 4s

What a joke! -- This is a camcorder for people who have way more money than sense.
I guarantee: if the company doesn't brag about it's low-light capabilities - that means those specs are awful. Any camcorder can do quite well in daylight and well-lit indoors. What separates the average from the superior in photography and videography is how low can the equipment can go in the lux category and still produce a usable image. -- I don't know why manufacturers don't understand this, but they just don't get it.  
For the money they're asking for this mantle piece and one lens, it should create light for you.  - It's a joke!

Yeah, it's not you that doesn't get it, it must be a multi-billion dollar company and industry that have it all wrong.  Jeez your ignorance is beyond belief.  Compared to a $60,000 Arri Alexa, or a $55,000 Red Epic, it's dirt cheap.     This is for professional productions, not budget filmmakers (although it is a budget camera in the industry).   If you did the slightest bit of research you'd hear everyone that shot with it before the announcement raving about how AMAZING the C300's low light performance is.  The Cinema DSLR that is in production is what all the 5D/7D users are going to be clammoring over. 

I don't think this is a real cinema camera, MAYBE a camera for broadcasters with a lot of budget but for 16K I would buy a Red Scarlet fully functional  - It shoots up to 5K / up to 120 fps / 13 - 18 Stops Dynamic Range video and has a non destructive flow that lets you even decide the Color Temperature in post.

And talking about Lame Releases the Canon D1X doesn't stand a chance against the Nikon D4. I was expecting the Canon D1X to have great video breakthroughs but It won't even have a clean Full HD Hdmi or  Audio outputs. As for the Nikon guy realised that the market was changing and are releasing that beautiful camera Full of amazing features.

Since I bought my 500D (now I have a 60D) I've defended and sold the Canon brand to everyone that asked me witch camera to buy. I'm hoping they do better with the replacement of the 5D. If not I'm switching to Nikon! (good thing i didn't start buying Canon lenses).

Sounds like you work for Canon - or are a Canon evangelist - which amounts to the same thing - a highly biased blogger.  -- I don't care who makes what - I just tell it like it is.

I stand by my statement - there are way toooooooo many examples of big company engineers being cloistered in their windowless labs and falling totally out of touch with what their market really wants and *****.  ---  And there are countless bloggers in numerous photography blogs who are stating the exact same thing about companies "not getting it" - the "it" being what the market really wants and ***** in their products.  --- 

And I stand by my statement that this Canon product is a ridculous joke, because for the same money there's true cinema professional equipment available which will produce impeccable results; what you see on the little screen and big screen everyday.  This Canon product is NOT  - by a wide margin - in the same league as that equipment, yet it is put on the market in the same price range. That = a joke! -- meaning: something laughably ridiculous...

"because for the same money there's true cinema professional equipment available which will produce impeccable results;" 

Oh, really?  Please enlighten us as to what this equipment is, and by whom it is manufatured.

The C300 looks like a nice camera for documentary work, broadcast and maybe even a bit of narrative stuff as well, but at this price point 8-bit is extremely disappointing. Don't get me wrong, I can understand why someone might go for this, but personally a shootable Scarlet-X or a Sony F3 at a pretty similar price seems much more appealing to me. It's got some nice features, but its shortcomings really kill the appeal. It should either be half the price or it should be 10-bit and offer Full HD slow motion. If it offered both of those features then it would have a much broader set of strengths and, as a result, a wider range of uses for which it is competitive with the other cameras in its price class.

 Looks like the iso range is fairly broad.

ISO Range320 to 20,000, 1-stop or 1/3-stop

The listed ISO specs of camera don't mean much.

There are cameras selling below $2000 which have the ability to be pushed to ISO 128,000, but the image produced at that ISO point is totally useless.  So, even though the cameras has that ISO capability in its specs, it's a totally useless function on the camera, which equals it being a totally meaningless spec for that camera.  -- Specs don't make good photography - execution of those specs is what ****** - and it's the only thing that ****** in photography and videography.

I've owned several Canon products and several other brands as well. I've never owned a Nikon product, but when I saw the results of what a Nikon D3X could produce, put up against the competing Canon in the same price range - up close in real time by two photographer friends, there was no denying - no fudging - no excuses - no product evangelism - the Nikon D3X put the Canon to shame in every category of performance.  -- If that top of the line Canon belonged to me, I would have sold it as soon as possible and gone out and purchased the D3X and never looked back.  And the Nikon D4 is even more impressive - it's hard to fathom how they could make a camera in the less that $10,000 price range do better than the D3X, but Nikon managed to do it - and hats off to them - even though I still don't own any Nikon products.

I just tell it like it is....  

Yippee, I think I will pre order 2 +2...not. What were they thinking and who is their target market?

Buy an EOS what ever... with the $$$ you save go on safari, get some good footage, sell it for stock... I mean come on who has that kind of cash in this economy. The ROI will be for - - - p and this camera will be upstaged in a couple of months by something new. I agree that RED is a better option.

A 550D with Magic Lantern is similar. Thanks Canon.

Hello  -

 The current price of the camera body can be seen by clicking here: 

There are many compatible Canon EF lenses available, but this lens is designed expressly for digital cinematography with cameras that have an APS-C or Super 35-equivalent sensor and an EF mount, including Canon's new EOS C300

Hi and thanks for the review. Unfortunately it does very little to speak about picture quality and (my main concern) low light noise levels. A comparison with noise from a DSLR would've been great.

In any case, please remove the reference to 'checking out low light performance' in this, and it's clearly not referenced at all.

Otherwise, price would be interesting, too!

There is this thing on the internet, it's called "google."  Type in C300 and youll find everything you need to know.  Watch some sample footage.  It does amazingly well in low light and it's $16k but it's NOT supposed to be geared towards prosumers, they announced this camera in Hollywood for a reason.

Did just that and saw footage that didn't even come up to the quality of the 5D and professional post processing they used to do an episode of "House" a couple seasons ago.  --- I think most people who seem to love this Canon entry are seeing what they want to see in this equipment for reasons only their evangelical Canon-love can explain....

Could someone please buy/donate this item to me? Thanks!

In your wildest dreams.

As soon as someone donates 2 to me, I'll send you the other. Looks amazing.

I must say that $44K for a lens is impressive. In this economy it's sheer Siegfried & Roy corporate magic.

Yes, the lenses seem reasonably priced for real cine lenses... Supposedly the Angenieux Optimo 24-290 comes in around $70K...

I would like to hear how this, at $15k+ at 2k is a better option than a RED Scarlett, which shoots 4k and will be under $10k?

It doesn't even shoot 2K only 1080p, the RED products at 2K-5K are cheaper and are REAL Cinema cams.

This is going to be among the all-time greatest product flops in cinema history.  Way to go Canon!  *facepalm*

I agree 100%.

I agree 200% It will be the all-time greatest production flop in cinema history. Canon you have no clue, and have completely lost touch with the market you sell to. And in this economy, wow! in any economy for that matter. Your marketing team and production advisors should all be fired!

1920x1080 = 2,073,600 or 2K, isn't that correct? What I am trying to figure is precisely what my gains are over a DSLR. We all know that many of the "cinema" things that have been crucial for years are being rendered obsolete with digital tech. Timecode is one of those things. There are LOTS of ways to precisely sync now, so embedded time code is not all that crucial. Saying an SDI connector was a surprise seemed strange, since many believe that to be the most forward compatible option out there. 4k is not that big a deal to me yet. 95% of the media in the world is viewed on a screen 30" or smaller and the pad and smart phone movement is only making that number go higher. 4k on a 9 inch field is a COMPLETE waste of time. If you are doing feature work that might actually be seen on a 4k projector in ten years or so, sure, bet on the future. But most of us just want optimal 1080p.... So, again, what am I getting over a 7D that makes this worth 8 of those cams? And that without a lens, auto exposure (I think) or auto focus still as well. The tech should be moving us forward, not trying to emulate tech from the past. I am surprised by this move from Canon. They have made their bread and butter doing prosumer gear to great effect. Expending this much effort for so little gain in such a NARROW market segment just does not seem wise. Bummer.

2K is 2048 X 1556 (does not refer to the megapixels. Refers to the horizontal resolution)

RED Scarlet for $10K? That's an expensive door stop. A fully fucntional Scarlet comes to about $20,000. Even then you better have a crew and IT to back it up or pray it will work in the field. Why even compare the two cameras? The C300 doesn't compete against the Scarlet. Its competittion is the F3.

We just ordered a scarlet from Red, its got all the low light performance on a big sensor with big pixells.

It will take all of our existing Canon L series lenses & it cost us $14K Aud. with all bits that we need to start rolling.

Sorry Canon, I guess my next peice of gear from you will be the 1Dx.

 M. 

No auto focus option. Too bad. 

A 550D with Magic Lantern is a similar Quality. What are you thinking Mr Canon???

Makes no sense why the image take in via the large sensor sees 4K, but only records out in 1080p. Why pay all that money for 1080p with 8bit out when a Sony PMW-EX1 can go 10bit out and 1080p at half the cost. It is a bit misleading to see 4K in the specifications while it only records at 1080p.

And it's not just a difference of 2bit recording in comparing the EX1 to the C300...it's four times the color space about 8bit. Compare and this camera makes no sense to purchase.

Go EX1 or RED and get more camera for less money.

Agreed with the comments others are making.  The price point for this camera is simply rediculous.  Perhaps the radation has found its way into the Canon product marketing team?

This camera is a major fail for canon. Im buying a Red! 

Please do buy a RED.  The lack of demand will drive this ludicrous price down to about 8K (which is it's true new value).

Pros only for this one. If you're in the wedding video business, maybe. I'll bet you will be able to rent these for your next production...

The camera looks good and seems to be the next iteration of the EOS line. However, it has some shortcomings that are immediately evident, which would prevent me from jumping in to place an order.

~ PRICE doesn't seem competitive compared with the value demonstrated/promised in the sales video.

~ If I understand correctly, you can't easily add a 3rd party external monitor. I get that such a monitor wouldn't provide all the graphs and grams that come with Canon's monitor, but still, what if I just want to see my shot in a bigger format, say 7" instead of Canon's 4" monitor size? Am I just out of luck? It wasn't clear to me if other external monitors are even connectible to the C300.

~ Since many Canon or 3rd party lenses are designed for auto-focus and auto-exposure, is it truly a function of the C300 to disable these functions? I've found that it is simpler to buy Zeiss glass or other lenses that are completely manual from the get-go (when using my 7D). To be able to have 100% control of all exposure settings would be wonderful (!) but I have some doubts about the existing line  of EOS glass being able to do that. I know, it's in the camera not the lens...but that's not entirely true.

~ The sales guy said the output was compatible with Adobe and other editing systems, but what about FC Pro X, or older versions of Final Cut? Would I be expected to invest in new editing software?

~ Saying the body is "hefty" is too vague for me. Is it made as well as the DSLR bodies? At that price, the C300 ought to be made of hand-fitted aluminum or a strong alloy, at the very least.

~ The comments in the sales video about chip size were a litle confusing. Is the chip truly the size as regular 35mm cinema film, or merely "about" the same size? Does the chip record 100% of its surface? I assume that video is handled directly to the memory card, otherwise, as in the 7D, you've got a chip that nearly approaches standard cinema film, but not quite. At this price, "not quite" cannot be part of the conversation.

~ I've been waiting, hoping, and reading a lot of dribble about a next generation EOS 5. I've heard it will have auto-focus even in video mode, and many other good or dubious specs (depending on your preferences). The introduction of the C300 does not answer the question, "Will there be an EOS 5D III?" If there is such a camera on the way, I might wait 6 months or more to buy it. But if the C300 is all we're getting from Canon this year, I might -- might -- groan and stretch to see if I could afford it. On the other hand, as some reviewers said, there are perhaps better or slightly less expensive alternatives right now. I wish there was a true authorative comparison and true availability / price information. Keeping buyers in the dark really is a dumb idea. My money ought to bring all this stuff into the light - let me see what I'm investing in. No hype please, just hard facts.

Thanks!

The Cinema DSLR is going to be Canon's answer for 5DII/7D video shooters, this is clearly geared towards professionals.  Canon created the Cinema EOS division and wanted to create a splash and get credibility with the tv/film industry.  No one in Hollywood would have taken them seriously if they had announced a brand new division and debuted a prosumer camera.  They previewd the Cinema DSLR to give the 7D/5DII video world something to look forward to, as I'm sure they knew there would be plenty of disappointed people when they saw the $16k pricetag of the C300. 

I think you'll see a 5DIII this year, but the 5D series is a still camera at it's core, Canon never anticipated it exploding in the video world like it did.   Not saying the 5DIII won't have improved video, but it's clear that Canon is trying to keep the two separate.  

For the people complaining about the downsampling to 1080p, do you have a 4k tv to watch footage on?  No.  1080p is just the standard, Canon isn't stupid and they wouldn't put all this work into a junk camera.

It's funny how people like Vincent Laforet and Philip Bloom absolutely LOVE this camera but it's somehow not good enough for all the hobbyists out there...It just seems like they are more angry about Canon not releasing something FOR THEM than the camera itself.  

As ususal the people complaining the most are the ones that would never buy a professional Video camera anyway.

You people are a real hoot. I see you on every board making the same comments and arm chair quaterbacking every camera announced.

You were the people back in the day that we refered to as "bench racers" you knew all the supposed specs to build a hot car but drove a bicycle.

Nice to see you all have found your way to the camera world, with a short stop in the computer world of the 90's.

you cant polish a ****

Your a funny guy! so what sort of car do you race?

I don't think so my friend. My company owns two Epic's and three Red One's. For the price of one C300 with lens I could buy a used Red One that would produce an image far superior to this over priced failure from Canon. Go ahead, put up the money and buy a C300 for yourself and let me know if you think it's worth it!

Hah, good comment mate, too true!

 I am just as happy with my Canon Xa10...at such a much lower price...I get really good results...the only real advantage I see to the new Canon EOS C300 are the Lenses.

One word would sum up this camera....Lame. The whole reason the 5d ii was appealing was its price to performance ratio. This camera makes me sad, a lot of the limitations for the 5d ii is firmware. This camera will kill any hope of descent firmware for any DSLR from Canon..... (looks at Nikon to not make the same mistake)

Will be interesting to do a comparrison with the new Nikon D4. Not cheap either but about a third of the price and to me more functional as video or still camera.

The Canon is good attempt at a hybrid design between still and video but was surprised when the review said its manufactured purely for video. I think there are better spec video cameras out here in this price bracket.

Pretty sweet set-up.  Where can I get 16K for it is the question....hmmmmmmm

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