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CanonEOS C300 Cinema EOS Camcorder Body (EF Lens Mount)
 
4.6

(based on 29 reviews)

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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

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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

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                  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

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                          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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