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CanonEOS C100 Cinema EOS Camera (Body Only)
 
4.7

(based on 80 reviews)

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99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (33)
  • Professional quality (26)
  • Compact (23)
  • Lightweight (21)
  • Improves performance (17)

Cons

  • Pricey / poor value (5)
  • Frame rates (3)
  • Viewfinder (3)

Best Uses

  • Independent films (24)
  • Weddings (14)
  • In the studio (13)
  • Complex projects (12)
  • Documentaries (12)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Business owner (17), Professional artist (10), Pro videographer (7), Cinematographer (3), Videographer (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Don't Listen to the Armchair DPs

The C100 is a much derided camera on the internet but beloved among its users. I am among the latter.I shoot mostly corporate documentaries, event coverage, music videos, and the occasional commercial or...Read complete review

The C100 is a much derided camera on the internet but beloved among its users. I am among the latter.I shoot mostly corporate documentaries, event coverage, music videos, and the occasional commercial or film. I've owned an EX3 and several DSLRs, but for the past three years have been mostly a renter. I own a 550D and a bunch of great canon glass, in addition to a lot of accessories and support for my DSLR.In early 2013 I rented this camera and knew it was the one to put my cash down on. Usability is fantastic - very ergonomic, great audio control, effective modular design, and all of the features you need to shoot video with confidence. Waveform, peaking, and record magnify are all much welcome addition for DSLR shooters. Not to mention on board NDs and dual slot recording. All are much needed for professionals.The image is so much better than a DSLR it is crazy. Dynamic range is much improved (especially in the wide dynamic range profile - my personal favorite.) Sharpness is just astounding - here is a camera truly resolving 1080 lines of resolution and it's a beautiful thing. Also the low light capabilities are insane. The 5Diii can work at 6400+ ISO but loses all sharpness and detail, while introducing a lot of strange compression artifacts. The C100 is clean all the way up to 6400 and very usable all the way at 20,000. I love this for event shooting where I want a bit more depth of field and may run the ISO around 4000 or so in order to get an f8 or so.This camera has a very solid image. Don't listen to the detractors about the codec. I've used a C300 several times and the image is extremely close out of the camera, and holds up very well to basic grading. If you need a heavy grade, do a lot of chroma key, or plan to shoot everything in log mode, the C300 is noticeably a better codec. But you can always purchase a recorder such as the Ninja for those shoots, or even better rent it when you need it.There are some downsides. Codec creates a weird limitation where only 24p is a real usable option - at least for me because I edit in Premiere 6. 23.98 and 29.97 are only options in a PsF mode - a strange interlaced wrapper that I thought was rightfully discarded about 5 years ago. Why they went this route is very frustrating and I would kill for just regular 30p. Oh well. Clients won't really notice most of the time. 60i is also available and if you are even remotely decent in after effects this can get re-interpreted as 60p with little resolution loss. Actually I think it looks great, and this gives 40% slo-mo on a 1080 image.Also not a huge fan of the LCD or VF. Resolution is good on both but LCD can't be reversed for when you need to film yourself and watch the camera at the same time. Otherwise I like it. EVF is useable but not nearly as ergonomic as the rest of the camera, and not easy to use when handholding.For me, the price is right on this one. You can use great canon glass (make sure to use IS lenses, especially on your 70-200s.) Image is exactly what you need for most practical applications. And it is designed to work flexibly in a lot of different production environments. If I did exclusively commercial/film work the RED Scarlet would be a no brainer but for a Chicago corporate guy this thing is the bomb.If you are the kind of shooter getting a lot of work but still cutting it on DSLRs this is the camera to get. It will earn its keep in spades. Don't fool around with dual system audio or a bunch of peripherals - if one moving part goes down you are lost and that's a bad place to be. With this camera everything you need is at your fingertips, easy to reach, and very functional. Buy it.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Amazing IQ But Serious Omissions

Using this for short films, commercials and events. I gave it 3 stars. With future firmware updates, it has the potential to be 5 stars but as is and at its price point...Read complete review

Using this for short films, commercials and events. I gave it 3 stars. With future firmware updates, it has the potential to be 5 stars but as is and at its price point I have to give it 3 stars.

Image Quality.
The image quality and dynamic range are fantastic - in my opinion, straight out of the camera, they're better than anything else out there in this price range and below. I'm getting 11-12 stops in Wide DR range and I can cut footage together without grading. It lives up to the hype and then some.

Many were taken with BMCC vs 5D mark III comparisons that showed how the the BMCC out-resolved the 5D and retained highlights that are blown by the 5D. Well, what I'd like to see is that same comparison with the C100, because as I compare the C100 to the 5D, it's a similar difference.

The high iso is impressive, but I'm getting noticeable noise at ISO 3200 and above.

Audio.
Using a RODE NTG-3 on camera, connected to the XLR port with phantom power, the audio is amazing - clean with lots of gain. The auto feature is also very organic and natural. Handle built-in stereo mics are OK but not as good as built-in mics on the XA10.

Limited Auto.
Purists don't like auto-ISO, but for event shooters, having auto ISO smoothly adjust exposure automatically as the light changes suddenly (for example a stage play where a dark scene changes to a fully lit scene) is VERY valuable and I use it on all my other cameras all the time. Auto ISO is ABSENT from this camera. Why??? Not auto exposure, either. For filmmaking, people turn those features off but for event and run and gun, sometimes you NEED these features. Canon, please add auto iso and auto exposure in future firmware updates! Please, please!

White balance.
Leaves much to be desired. The AWB doesn't perform well and there are not the great WB presets present on all other DSLRs. DSLRs have Daylight, Cloudy, Shade, Tungsten, Fluorescent, etc. This camera only has AWB, Daylight, Tungsten and two custom. The custom requires the entire frame to be filled. This is not practical for event shooters and very disappointing.

Customizability.
Canon really listened in this regard. You can have many, many different viewfinder options that show various industry-standard crops, peaking, zebra, wave-form monitor, and even independently adjust contrast so that when shooting log you can get a better idea of what your final shot may look like. All the buttons can be reassigned but you'll need to get tape and re-label them all.

Modular? Not really.
The grip is fantastic and they've designed it to be able to use it without the grip and the handle but you can't really shoot that way. Without the handle, you have no audio - unless you attach another mic. Without the grip, you can't adjust basic settings. It's unforgivable that there's no built-in mic in the body. Obviously you don't want to use built-in audio from a DSLR for anything professional but there are plenty of times you need a small package and use only the built-in mic as a reference audio for syncing up with your boom or console audio later. Not even an option here as they didn't include.

Eye Viewfinder.
This is an example of Canon deliberately crippling this camera. The viewfinder is borderline unusable. It's too small for most people. While not too small for me, there's no eye cup to speak of and so it can't be used a stabilization point and light leaks into the VF in bright sun making it hard to use. They could have fixed this with $5 in parts.

One Shot Push Auto AF.
This is useless to me for all of my L lenses as it takes to the count of 3 to achieve focus and even if it does, it's a large square right in the middle, lacking any kind of precision.

Conclusion.
This is a camera with amazing potential. Canon has positioned it as an event, single camera operator camera but it really isn't. There are many options out there that are far better for R&G shooting.

That being said, the ergonomics are beautiful. The grip is amazing and the foot of the camera puts your hand in the perfect position to stabilize, zoom and focus. I find the buttons on the side difficult to access in handheld mode, and wish there were more assignable buttons near the trigger finger, like on the GH3.

The camera is, in my opinion, peerless. There aren't any other cameras at or below this price-point offering the combination of image-quality and ergonomics. If Canon would add some of the features I found missing and even a modest bump in codec bitrate to bring up to broadcast standards, this would be a 5-star cam.

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5.0

Frame Grab

By Nate

from San Diego

About Me Semi-pro Videographer

Verified Reviewer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Canon EOS C100 Cinema EOS Camera (Body Only):

      So easy to use handheld!

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      4.0

      Workhorse

      By Jeff

      from Los Angeles

      About Me Pro Videographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Good in Low Light
      • Great Picture Quality

      Cons

      • Audio Attachment Bad Desi
      • Lcd Quality Low
      • No Sdi Port
      • Viewfinder Poor Quality

      Best Uses

      • Documentaries
      • Interviews

      Comments about Canon EOS C100 Cinema EOS Camera (Body Only):

      I like this camera so much I bought a second one, but Canon is really missing the ball on a couple things. I can go on about all the positive things but the review will be more useful if you know some downfalls.The eyepiece is worthless, I have never used it. Its too small and cant even get my face up to it.The audio attachment makes the camera very vertical instead of horizontal, so it appears bigger to the subject, and more intimidating. Also makes its balance a little harder for handheld. XLR cables often fall in front of the lens because the ports are all the way at the front instead of the back of the camera.NO SDI. Ive owned other cameras for less money that have SDI. I find myself not able to use certain monitors, or have to have adapters a lot.Grip, the cable inside the grip has to be attached very hard to insure it works. If you remove the grip, you have no control of the camera settings to adjust the fstop, color temperature, etc. I saw a firmware upgrade for this to use the back congtrols but not for the non AF model.Camera Mic. You can only get camera mic audio with the large attachment. So if you want a slimmed down camera which is required to put this camera on the Ronin gimbal, you have to remove the audio attachement and grip, which limit its functions.LCD, my footage looks soft on it, not very sharp, and doesnt represent the colors very well.

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      5.0

      Much better for video production than DSLRs

      By SteveB

      from Oklahoma

      About Me Semi-pro Videographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Documentaries
        • Weddings/Events

        Comments about Canon EOS C100 Cinema EOS Camera (Body Only):

        We moved to the C100 after shooting video with a 60D, then a 5D3 for some time. The quality of the video footage from the internal AVCHD codec, while quite compressed, is acceptable for our event video. We use a Blackmagic Hyperdeck Shuttle for our studio work and it matches the quality of the 5D video. So... I don't see much difference in the footage quality.That said, video production is FAR easier with the C100 than the 5D3. The difference is the video DNA of the C100 versus the still shot DNA of the 5D3. It's much faster to set up and work with the C100. I can't say enough about the controls and feedback on the C100 while shooting. We have more confidence while working with it than the DSLRs. Battery life is excellent. I still love the 5D3, but the C100 is simply a much better solution for video production. If video is your primary output and you're considering a 5D3 class DSLR, I'd save up the extra money and wait (if you can) until I could afford the C100.

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        4.0

        Crazy low light!

        By Michael

        from Escondido

        About Me Pro Videographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Canon EOS C100 Cinema EOS Camera (Body Only):

          This is very useful camera and versatile.

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          4.0

          Logical Next Step from DSLRs

          By Charlie Doom

          from Saint Petersburg, FL

          About Me Pro Videographer

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • 10bit 422 Out Via Hdmi
          • Easy to Use
          • Good Image Stabilization
          • Good in Low Light
          • Great Battery Life
          • Great Picture Quality
          • Great Sound
          • Step Up From Dslr

          Cons

          • Expensive
          • No 60p
          • Pooh Pooh Evf

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Canon EOS C100 Cinema EOS Camera (Body Only):

          I am a filmmaker, video journalist and commercial shooter. This camera solved most of the issues I had with DSLRs. GOOD STUFF+ Built-in XLRs, top/side handle, ND filters, focus peaking, zebras, C-Log+ 10bit 4:2:2 HDMI Out, paired with an Atomos Ninja 2, this is great+ Crazy good battery life, and internal 24mbps recording means you could fit gobs of hours onto a 64GB SD Card+It also has several features to accommodate lens distortions, even one that compensates for variable aperture zoom lenses (though I haven't tried that)+This was probably the easiest, most intuitive camera interface I've ever dealt with. Learned the ins and outs within 30mins. +Low light ability, I think this was the best low-light camera line until the Sony A7s. BAD STUFF- It has a video look, rather than a cinema look. Which isn't necessarily bad. But this is where I think a lot of people are turned off by this camera. It's no Blackmagic digi-film look by any means. I feel like you could shoot a sci-fi film with this camera. For documentaries, commercial/corporate it's great. -No 60p slow-mo, but you can sort of hack it in post which works pretty well, google it. -The Price: I think this camera should be $4k out the door for Body Only. It's overpriced at $5k, but that's subjective. -EVF a lot of people complain about it, I think they're right, but coming from DSLRs and never having used an EVF, this one does the job decently enough. I can pull focus with it. I'm using this as my A-Cam for my commercial work right now, with my 5Dmk3 as the B-Cam. With Magic Lantern raw installed on my 5Dmk3, and the C100 with the Ninja Atomos recording 10bit Prores, I feel like I have very few limitations at the moment. Which is a great feeling :-)

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          5.0

          REALLY THE BEST BANG FOR YOU BUCK

          By Matt

          from Charlotte, NC

          About Me Pro Videographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy to Use
          • Good in Low Light

          Cons

          • No 60p

          Best Uses

          • Documentaries
          • HD Shooting
          • Movies/Short Films
          • Travel
          • Weddings/Events

          Comments about Canon EOS C100 Cinema EOS Camera (Body Only):

          We debated heavily between this and the Black Magic Cinema camera. But when it comes down to it this camera is solid, reliable, and an all it one work horse.

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          5.0

          I love this thing.

          By voxelbomb

          from Raleigh, NC

          About Me Pro Videographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Canon EOS C100 Cinema EOS Camera (Body Only):

            Our 3rd C100 added to the mix and I can't say enough good things about this camera. It's native abilities are great, and coupled with external recorders, this thing can do anything. If you're a one man crew, or 40, you're making the right choice.

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            4.0

            Best Doc Camera

            By Travis Tindell

            from Oklahoma City, OK

            About Me Pro Videographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • Frame Rates
            • Poor Still Image

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Canon EOS C100 Cinema EOS Camera (Body Only):

            Not much not to like. This camera is the best documentary camera out there.The image is excellent. You can push the ISO for miles. Once you get used to it and use it for a while, the ergonomics make total sense.I was hesitant to switch from a 5d Mark III, because I had gotten so used to shooting very quickly with it. After shooting with the C100 for a month, I'm just as quick, if not quicker.Built in ND filters and XLR! That's the best.Only con is no variable frame rates. Would it have killed them to throw in 60p?

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            4.0

            Awesome Camera, very few flaws!

            By Jdwhited

            from Chicago, IL

            About Me Pro Videographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Canon EOS C100 Cinema EOS Camera (Body Only):

              I am a wedding filmmaker, and personally shoot 20-30 weddings per year. I came in as a DSLR shooter but was ready to upgrade my main camera from a Mk3. This Camera was a great choice for that. Much more video oriented. Having the XLR audio ports on the handle is amazing, as well as peaking and zebras (though I use the Wave Forms more often). The ND filters are another great feature.

              There are a few flaws that are kind of annoying (Disclaimer: Some of these maybe be just because I am so used to DSLR) The menus are not as logical. I get annoyed that I have to control Shutter speed, ISO, and White balance all with the joystick. (that might be changable but haven't gotten that far yet)

              The biggest issue with this camera though is the terrible screen that they put on the back! It is extremely difficult to see if you are in focus (Thank god this camera does have peaking) and the color is awful. I most of the time think that I am shoot a very green room. I am highly considering getting a seperate monitor to use.

              As a suggestions, if you are even considering getting this camera with the dual pixel autofocus, just go ahead and get it. I got to play with it this weekend and it was amazing. I didn't get it on my c100 and have already set up to send it to canon to get the upgrade. (This will take 5-7 business days according to canon)

              Overall, I am extremely happy with this camera!

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              5.0

              AWESOME

              By HERNDON PRODUCTS

              from OFALLON, MO

              About Me Casual User

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • HD Shooting

                Comments about Canon EOS C100 Cinema EOS Camera (Body Only):

                EXACTLY WHAT I WAS LOOKING FOR. PRICING WAS GOOD. SHIPPING WAS FAST.

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                5.0

                Versatile Camera with Exceptional Image

                By Jack L

                from chicago, IL

                About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                • No High Frame Rate
                • Poor Lcdeyecup

                Best Uses

                • Complex Projects
                • Independent Films
                • In The Studio

                Comments about Canon EOS C100 Cinema EOS Camera (Body Only):

                I have had the camera for about two weeks now and just finished my 3rd job with it... I film corporate promotional work and it's a great addition for me and coming from the DSLR world this camera is a near seamless transition. The image quality is superb and the built-in ND filters are great. Batteries last over 4 hours and dual slot SD cards are easy. Very happy so far, but I do agree with everyone else that it's a shame there is not the following: better LCD screen placement, better eye cup, higher frame rate capabilities.

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                5.0

                The Best Cinema Camera at this Price

                By Byron Flagg

                from Millbury, MA

                About Me Technical Director

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Professional Quality

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Home Movies
                  • Independent Films

                  Comments about Canon EOS C100 Cinema EOS Camera (Body Only):

                  Great build versatility, quality, features, and image quality. There is no better cinema camera at this price.

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                  5.0

                  Awesome Camera!

                  By point in time studios

                  from Arizona

                  Comments about Canon EOS C100 Cinema EOS Camera (Body Only):

                  We have already used the C100 on a few shoots and it is awesome! Easy workflow, amazing footage and we can use all of our EF lenses. This camera is a great combination of our Canon 5D and a traditional video camera. Well worth the price!

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                  3.0

                  Good but not great.

                  By Gregory

                  from Los Angeles, CA.

                  About Me Business Owner

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Compact Design
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                  • Lacks Functionality
                  • Pricey / Poor Value

                  Best Uses

                  • Home Movies

                  Comments about Canon EOS C100 Cinema EOS Camera (Body Only):

                  OK camera, easy to use and good in lowlight but not great for 3 reasons. #1- No 1080 or 720/60p. #2- No slow motion. #3- No SDI out. For the price at list 2 of those negatives should of been there to be used by pros. Many say if you add those then it would be a C300 NO IT WON'T because C300 has much better recording format MPEG-2..., better monitor… and more.
                  I did get this over Sony fs100 because of ND filters. The ND filters are great. If I didn't have to get this in hurry for a project I would of save some more $$$ and definitely would of get Sony fs700 which has everything and much more then C100.
                  For 5k all you get is a camera that you need to spend another $500 to update the AF and then spend much more to get lenses for it. No 1080/60p, no SDi out, no slow-motion. Clearly Canon doesn't have a winner here.

                  So if you have $$$$ definitely go for Sony fs700.

                  Hopefully Canon will add at least 720/60p then I would be happy but for now its 3 stare camera for me and I wouldn't recommend this to someone else.

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                  5.0

                  Canon C100 for Motorsports

                  By MotorShooter

                  from Atwater, California

                  About Me Business Owner, Motorsports Videographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Film look
                  • Improves Performance
                  • Low light performance
                  • Professional Quality

                  Cons

                  • Pricey / Poor Value

                  Best Uses

                  • Fast Paced Interviews
                  • Independent Films
                  • Shooting In Low Light

                  Comments about Canon EOS C100 Cinema EOS Camera (Body Only):

                  I use the C100 for shooting fast paced interviews and behind the scenes footage at car race tracks (many of these areas are dark). We also use it for shooting motorsports TV commercials. The low light performance and the fact I can use my canon glass sold me on this camera! We love the format for shooting youtube videos, and we use a Ninja 2 to record for our broadcast spots. For us we wish it had the new auto focus built in, and wish it had a better price point. But WE LOVE THIS CAMAERA and plan to order another. We also shoot with a canon XF100 and XF300.

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                  5.0

                  Love this Camera

                  By Michael

                  from Los Angeles, CA

                  About Me Business Owner

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Corporate Videos
                    • Documentary
                    • Independent Films

                    Comments about Canon EOS C100 Cinema EOS Camera (Body Only):

                    This camera get's lost in the shuffle a bit with the C300 on the scene, but it's excellent. If you have been working with DLSRs this solves and improves all the problems, without adding size or weight. I highly recommend this over the 5D and the Canon C-Log allows you to get some amazing footage over the 5D.

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                    5.0

                    Best Camera Under 10K

                    By DScott

                    from Indianapolis, Indiana

                    About Me Business Owner

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                    • Viewfinder

                    Best Uses

                    • Complex Projects
                    • Corporate Videos
                    • Independent Films
                    • In The Studio

                    Comments about Canon EOS C100 Cinema EOS Camera (Body Only):

                    Simply put, this is a great camera. Coming from the DSLR world, this was the most natural step up for me and what a step up it is. I can't say enough about the camera. All the positive things you read in these other reviews I second. It is just a great camera and a lot of fun to shoot on. Yes the viewfinder sucks. It really does, but there are workarounds that work very well.

                    If you love filming on DSLR's this is your dream camera.

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                    5.0

                    EPIC

                    By johnnybfilms

                    from Lake Tahoe

                    About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Compact Design
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Highly Compatible
                    • Improves Performance
                    • Professional Quality

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Documentaries
                      • Independent Films
                      • In The Studio
                      • Weddings

                      Comments about Canon EOS C100 Cinema EOS Camera (Body Only):

                      Love this camera. Have a Sony FS-100, and now that I have the C100 - I might give up the FS and get another C. Well Done Canon!

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                      5.0

                      Great camera

                      By LenchFilms

                      from Greenville, SC

                      Comments about Canon EOS C100 Cinema EOS Camera (Body Only):

                      This camera has the capabilities of producing stunning images. Pros: form factor, dynamic range and low light capabilities, nice skin tones. Cons: lack of 60p over cranking, I just got over it. Have used for 4 months now, very happy with it.

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                      5.0

                      The iMac of Large Sensor Cameras

                      By ASChin

                      from Washington, D.C.

                      About Me Graphic Designer, Videographer

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Corporate
                        • Documentary
                        • Events
                        • Independent Films
                        • Interviews

                        Comments about Canon EOS C100 Cinema EOS Camera (Body Only):

                        It won't win any spec wars but the C100 is much greater than the sum of its parts. Unlike DSLRs or Blackmagic cameras, you can literally pull it out of its cardboard box and shoot all day with it (after you've charged the battery, of course).
                        Built in XLRs or a 1/8 input for on-board sound. Headphone jack, three stages of ND, waveform monitor, clean HDMI out, etc. There's a quarter inch female mounting point on the handle extension and top cold shoe if you want to add an accessory, so no need for a rig in many situations. The top handle is a nice feature for low angle shots and you will love the hand grip + joystick button combo for handheld work.
                        The battery it ships with lasts three or four hours and the optional bigger one can go around five or six. I bought four high speed 16GB cards for $80 and they hold around 90 minutes per card at 25MB/s. People rip on the codec but it looks fine to my eyes in most situations. I've dropped LUTs on internally recorded C-LOG files and it looks clean. For anything requiring major grading or for strict broadcast standards, you can record to an external recorder.
                        Speaking of the camera's images, don't be fooled by a lot of what you see on vimeo or youtube. Yes, the footage can look "video-y" out of the box (mainly because the camera resolves so much detail IMHO) but once you throw some optical diffusion on the lens and apply a LUT (Vision-Color sells some great Canon Cinema Cam LUTs), the stuff can look like 5D3 Raw* in the right hands - but with 1/100th the workflow/storage requirements (*this statement might be controversial to some, I apologize if I've offended anyone).
                        Definitely recommend the Zacuto Z-finder eye cup replacement for the EVF to cut light leak. The $15 eye cup upgrades the EVF from "unusable" to "ok in a pinch." Be aware that the Zacuto eye cup does not fit around the EVF when the top handle is attached.
                        My only gripes are that the grip handle feels a little hollow and can be noisy if you hold it in a certain way and switching from camera to media mode takes around 3-5 seconds longer than I'd like. Also the connector cable from the top handle has a couple dozen tiny pins inside and I cringe a little every time I snap it into place. Logically, the connector is designed in a way that only a barbaric shove could damage it but it still seems a bit precarious to me.
                        Like I said in the title, this camera is the iMac of large sensor cameras. The hardcore will scoff at its limitations but for people who want a camera to just get out of their way so that they can shoot, it is perfect.

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