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CanonEOS C100 Cinema EOS Camera with Dual Pixel CMOS AF (Body Only)
 
4.6

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Pros

  • Easy to use (12)
  • Great picture quality (6)
  • Professional quality (6)
  • Good in low light (5)
  • Compact (4)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Documentaries (6)
    • Independent films (6)
    • HD shooting (4)
    • Low light (4)
    • Complex projects (3)
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    5.0

    Goodbye DSLR

    By Greg

    from Philadelphia, PA

    About Me Pro Videographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Poor Image Quality

    Best Uses

    • Documentaries
    • Travel
    • Weddings/Events

    Comments about Canon EOS C100 Cinema EOS Camera with Dual Pixel CMOS AF (Body Only):

    Great camera. I used to shoot video on DSLRs and never want to go back to it. The added cinema features of the C100 make all aspects of a shoot much easier. I've also seen a spike in work since purchasing the camera. The compression isn't as good as the C300 but for the low price tag it's not that bad.

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    4.0

    An easy choice over the Mark iii for vid

    By M

    from NYC

    About Me Pro Videographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Documentaries
        • Weddings/Events

        Comments about Canon EOS C100 Cinema EOS Camera with Dual Pixel CMOS AF (Body Only):

        Having come from a background of shooting video on DSLRs, I was originally going to get another 5D Mark iii for my kit. The c100 is only a little more expensive, but the benefits are substantial. The main advantages the c100 has are the ability to shoot for longer than 12 minutes at a time, and the ability to manage audio with more control, taking XLR stereo inputs etc. The ISO goes to 80,000 vs. 25,600 on a Mark iii.The one thing I really wish the c100 had the ability to do, that the c300 can do, is output HD-SDI for live switching. At double the price, I can't justify buying several c300s, so instead I use a fleet of Panasonics, but would have loved to get a set of c100s for the job had they been able to do SDI out.

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        5.0

        Still great cinema camera

        By jmartinez143

        from Troy, MI

        About Me Semi-pro Videographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy to Use
        • Good Image Stabilization
        • Good in Low Light
        • Great Picture Quality
        • Great Sound
        • Great Zoom
        • Large Clear LCD
        • Zoom range/performance

        Cons

        • Poor Still Image

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Canon EOS C100 Cinema EOS Camera with Dual Pixel CMOS AF (Body Only):

        couple this c100 with a atoms ninja blade for PRORES recording at 4:2:2 10 bit and its clean enough to grade with slog. its worth the money so don't hesitate.

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        4.0

        Great Quality + Good Value

        By Crossing Bridges

        from Glendale, CA

        Verified Buyer

        Comments about Canon EOS C100 Cinema EOS Camera with Dual Pixel CMOS AF (Body Only):

        We are non-fiction filmmakers using the camera for docs, BTS, corporate videos and event videography. Very versatile, easy to use as run and gun one man crew, and has all of the video functions that are lacking with the 5D line. The new auto-focus upgrade works great. Only wish it had high frame rate recording, and hope for that capability to come in future upgrades.

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        4.0

        Good step up from DSLR

        By Iowa shooter

        from Iowa

        About Me Pro Videographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy to Use
        • Great Picture Quality
        • Great Sound

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • HD Shooting
          • Indoors/Low Light

          Comments about Canon EOS C100 Cinema EOS Camera with Dual Pixel CMOS AF (Body Only):

          I purchased the c100 as a step up from the two 5D Mark iii's I've been shooting on. I like having the dual xlr audio inputs makes recording sound a lot easier compared to the dslr's. It doesn't shoot full frame like the Mark iii's which is a bit of an adjustment because I mostly use the 24-105 lens, so in a tight space the shot is a lot tighter so I'm probably going to have to get a little bit wider lens. Overall I like the camera just a few things to get adjusted to.

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          5.0

          Stunning Images with the Canon C100

          By The Rainman

          from Dayton, OH

          About Me Pro Videographer

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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 C100 Cinema EOS Camera with Dual Pixel CMOS AF (Body Only):

            6/27/2014 - I've been shooting film and video for more than 35 years (yes I know, that makes me very old), first with an Arriflex 16BL and then with a wide variety of video cameras (my latest main cam is a high-end Sony), but I've never been as impressed with the images I've captured (and I'd like to think at times I've shot some pretty good stuff) as those the MCOMM crew and I captured this week with our new Canon EOS C100... they are simply stunning.

            Let me fill you in.

            This week's assignment was to shoot a variety of people, from all different walks of life, in various "scenic" city locations for a series of television commercials. We've been researching new cameras for quite a while, with the idea of taking a more cinematic approach to productions, and this project would be our first step down that path. "A more cinematic approach" entails a whole "mess" of things; lighting, camera movement, shot composition, and perhaps most importantly, total control over depth of field. Now, don't get me wrong, we've always had these tools in our workshop, and we've put them to good use, we just wanted to up the ante a bit and knew to do so we would need some new gear. After lots of research and "window shopping", we finally decided on the C100.

            If you don't already know, the C100 is one of three cameras in Canon's Cinema line. It's considered to be the entry-level model, but has the same image sensor as it's more expensive siblings. Its main drawbacks are an anemic viewfinder (yes it's very poor), and the fact that it captures video with the highly compressed AVCHD codec. As it turns out, these are not unsurmountable issues, and since budgets are always a concern at MCOMM, that's great news. We already rely heavily on Zacuto's EVF for DSLR shoots, and the Zacuto just happens to work equally as well with the C100, that's cool, and with the help of an Atomos Ninja Blade, it's possible to record footage as Pro Res 422HQ files... so those problems were easily solved. (I'll post more on the Atomos in the upcoming weeks, it's fantastic in its own right). It's important to mention that the controls on the C100 are very intuitive, and it's relatively easy to tweak the images so that you get precisely the look you're after. That's huge in my book.

            Our shoot also included a Canon 24-70 2.8 L lens, Arri HMI lights, a doorway dolly, EZ FX jib arm, a variety of filters, several talented actors, and an awesome crew. Eric, MCOMM's Production Assistant, and I took extra care to scout just the right locations, and during production, the entire crew made sure every shot was perfect. And again, I think the end results are amazing.

            There are a few things about our new Canon that will take getting used to, I've become quite accustomed to a servo zoom for instance, but I feel comfortable saying the C100 will now be our go-to cam. And that's a pretty dramatic statement, especially when you consider the fact that the camera it will be replacing was purchased at 6 times the cost of the C100.

            I'll be posting the final commercial spots on our Portfolio Page within the next few days, so please take a look and you can let me know what you think about our work.

            Until next time.

            Ray Monell

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            5.0

            Outstanding Camera

            By Tom

            from Fort Wayne, IN

            About Me Semi-pro Videographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Battery Life
            • Built-in Nd
            • Dual Pixel Af
            • Easy to Use
            • Good in Low Light
            • Great Ergonomics
            • Great Picture Quality
            • Peaking
            • Zebras

            Cons

            • Poor Sound

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Canon EOS C100 Cinema EOS Camera with Dual Pixel CMOS AF (Body Only):

            Just received my C100 a week ago and have only been shooting test videos at this point, but WOW what amazing image quality, especially for me, coming from a Canon 5D mk II. The low light quality of this camera is unbelievable. I shot some footage at 20,000 ISO about 30 min after sunset and the camera "saw" things I absolutely could not with my naked eye. Now, as you might imagine, the noise was crazy, but with a quick pass from the Neat Noise Reduction plugin in Premiere Pro CC, it cleaned up amazingly well.

            I have recorded both with the native AVCHD format at 24 bps and ProResHQ using an Atomos Ninja 2. I have found the AVCHD to be better than expected, especially once I tweaked the WideDR profile to add some noise reduction (I highly suggest doing this). The AVCHD with WideDR actually allowed me to pull and push the image more in post than I expected. The ProResHQ is fantastic to work with in post.

            The camera ergonomics are like a breath of fresh air after using a DSLR. It operates like a real video camera with peaking, zebras and built-in ND. I know the viewfinder on the C100 gets blasted in reviews and I admit it's not the best, but I added a C-cup that I bought from KickStarter and it actually makes the viewfinder much more useable. That coupled with the dual pixel CMOS AF makes focusing much easier. I have a shoulder rig I can use with this camera (which was a necessity with the 5D), but honestly I am not sure that I will use it much. You can run and gun with this camera just the way it comes out of the box or with a good monopod and get very good results.

            Battery life is absolutely unbelievable. I have run it with dual SD use, and a lens in IS mode and constantly focusing along with both viewfinder and rear screen enabled and I get over 4 hours of battery life from the factory battery. I would not recommend buying more that one spare unless you really have the need.

            The internal microphones on the handle are less than stellar. The give decent scratch track sound and could be used in a pinch, but I will stick to a shotgun mic attached to the handle (Rode NTG-3 delivers great results).

            In all, if you are a DSLR shooter looking to move up or even a filmmaker looking for a good B camera. I highly recommend the C100.

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            4.0

            Form over function

            By db

            from LA, CA

            About Me Pro Videographer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Canon EOS C100 Cinema EOS Camera with Dual Pixel CMOS AF (Body Only):

                For what the camera costs, its an excellent buy. Would I have purchased the FS-700 if I had an extra 2-4k in the budet? 100%...But for the price, the Canon C100 is a great camera for run and gun/docustyle cinematoraphers in both the broadcast and digital/online worlds. The new autofocus feature is very nice, although not safe to rely on with moving subjects...for interviews its $$$$!!! I paired my C100 with the Atomos Ninja Blade. Its been a great marriage thus far...Only reason why this camera gets 4 out of 5 stars is that some of the specs on the Canon 5D MKIII are better than the C100 (60p function, full-frame sensor to name a couple)...all in all, I am a very happy cinematographer, and so are my clients. The second Canon comes out with a 60p firmware upgrade, I'll be back on B&H to add the 5th star on this review! The only other huge negative I have about the camera is the viewfiner...its is 100% uselesss.

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                5.0

                Excellent Camera

                By George

                from Coolidge, AZ

                About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist, Videographer

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Canon Lens Family
                • Easy To Use
                • Highly Compatible
                • Improves Performance
                • Large Sensor
                • Output Clean Hdmi
                • Professional Quality
                • Smooth Autofocus And Lock

                Cons

                • Viewfinder
                • View Finder Is Poor
                • View Finder Is Suspect

                Best Uses

                • Complex Projects
                • Documentaries
                • Independent Films
                • In The Studio
                • Narrow Dof Closeups

                Comments about Canon EOS C100 Cinema EOS Camera with Dual Pixel CMOS AF (Body Only):

                I bought this camera because it has an excellent, large sensor, and it is compatible with the complete Canon lens family. It can output to a HDMI field recorder as well as record internally. If video is recorded in C Log, it can be beautifully graded. The new auto focus capability is a huge factor in shooting video in highly dynamic situations, which I encounter often.

                I looked at possibly buying a 4K camera, but I decided to stick with the Canon lineup at this price point. (I didn't want to go to the C500 or 1DC.) 4K is great, no doubt, but it is not a must yet. With this camera I can create perfectly suitable broadcast quality video in a whole range of situations using the large sensor and wide array of lens available.

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                5.0

                Awesome!

                By Godzspeed

                from Ottawa Canada

                About Me Business Owner

                Pros

                • Compact Design
                • Easy To Use
                • Highly Compatible
                • Lightweight
                • Professional Quality

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Complex Projects
                  • Independent Films
                  • In The Studio

                  Comments about Canon EOS C100 Cinema EOS Camera with Dual Pixel CMOS AF (Body Only):

                  Such an easy camera to use. It produces a dynamite image for the cost. Great value.

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                  5.0

                  A huge upgrade over my Canon 5D II

                  By Than the Entrepreneur

                  from Copley, OH

                  About Me Business Owner

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Compact Design
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Professional Quality

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Home Movies
                    • Independent Films

                    Comments about Canon EOS C100 Cinema EOS Camera with Dual Pixel CMOS AF (Body Only):

                    I selected the C100 mainly for:
                    1. Form factor. I like that I am able to walk around with it comfortably.
                    2. Use with Canon lenses I already own.
                    3. Continuous AF. I find this feature very helpful with the type of shooting I do.
                    4. ProRes 422 1080p work flow with an Atomos Ninja Blade. As much talk as there is about 4k, 1080p works better for me. All of my finished product goes up on the web and I do not have the processing power and drive space to work with 4k RAW files. 1080p 422 is just great.
                    5. Professional Audio. Poor audio was a deal killer for many of the other cameras I was considering.

                    There was a bit of a learning curve going from a 5D II to the C100, but after a week I feel very comfortable with the new camera. In particular, the there is quite a lot of noise even at ISO 1600, but by playing with the sharpness and noise reduction settings I was able to dial in an output that was clean without giving up too much detail.

                    All the criticism of the EVF are pretty much true and on point. Pretend it doesn't exist. It is embarrassingly bad. Mine even rattles when you shake the camera lightly.

                    Overall I love the C100. It would be nice to get slow motion in a firmware update, but honestly 99.9% of my shots are non-slow motion.

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                    4.0

                    great all around camera

                    By JD in DC

                    from Washington, DC

                    About Me Business Owner

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Compact Design
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Lightweight
                    • Professional Quality

                    Cons

                    • Lacks Functionality

                    Best Uses

                    • Independent Films
                    • In The Studio

                    Comments about Canon EOS C100 Cinema EOS Camera with Dual Pixel CMOS AF (Body Only):

                    I love this camera for interviews, b roll, and generally beautiful sharp footage! The form function is great, it is lightweight and other than not shooting 60P, it is a fantastic value. The AF upgrade is totally worth it.

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                    5.0

                    Great Investment!

                    By Jeremy

                    from Sacramento, CA

                    About Me Business Owner

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Improves Performance
                    • Lightweight
                    • Professional Quality

                    Cons

                    • Poor viewfinder

                    Best Uses

                    • Independent Films
                    • Wedding Films

                    Comments about Canon EOS C100 Cinema EOS Camera with Dual Pixel CMOS AF (Body Only):

                    Before purchasing this camera, I shot with a Canon 7D. Without a doubt, the C100 blows the 7D out of the water. Built in ND filters, waveform, XLR inputs... all of them have made my life easier! The Dual Pixel CMOS AF is incredible. After watching Phillip Bloom's review of the camera, I assigned the "Magnify" button on the grip as an "AF Lock." Very useful! The eye piece is not very helpful, but the LCD works great. Overall, I am elated with this camera!

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                    5.0

                    Love this camera

                    By JustNIc

                    from Philadelphia,PA

                    About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Audio
                    • Compact Design
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Full Hdmi Out
                    • Highly Compatible
                    • Improves Performance
                    • Lightweight
                    • Professional Quality

                    Cons

                    • Codec

                    Best Uses

                    • Complex Projects
                    • Documentary
                    • Independent Films

                    Comments about Canon EOS C100 Cinema EOS Camera with Dual Pixel CMOS AF (Body Only):

                    I don't know how much I will but using the autofocus but it does work well in the tests I have done. I really love the way this camera handles. feels good in my hands and it nearly as small as a DSLR but has none of the problems. The image is creates is great. Low light ability is incredible. I love this camera

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