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

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

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

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  • Super 35mm 8.3MP CMOS Sensor
  • 1920x1080 60/50i, 24/25p, PF30, PF24
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF Hardware Upgrade
  • EF Lens Mount
  • ISO 320 to 80,000
  • Uncompressed HDMI Output with Timecode
  • Canon Log and Wide DR Gamma
  • Dual SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Card Slots
  • Two XLR Audio Connectors
  • Built-In ND Filters with Manual Controls
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Canon C100 Overview

  • 1Description

The Canon EOS C100 Cinema EOS Camera with Dual Pixel CMOS AF is an updated version of Canon's compact Cinema EOS camera designed for event videographers, documentarians, and independent filmmakers. This updated version provides a new continuous autofocus function for all Canon autofocus lenses, using Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology. This new feature provides faster and more accurate autofocusing to assist users when operating with small crews.

The EOS C100 uses the same Super 35mm Canon CMOS sensor and DIGIC DV III image processor as its big brother, the C300. With an EF lens mount, the camera is compatible with the full range of Canon EF, EF-S, and EF Cinema lenses. This is particularly useful for DSLR shooters who have already invested in Canon lenses. The camera uses the AVCHD codec to record 1080p video up to 24 Mbps. It supports dual SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards which, thanks to the efficient AVCHD codec, allows you to record nearly three hours of HD video on a single 32GB card. For professional applications, you can also record clean, uncompressed 4:2:2 video with embedded timecode via the HDMI output.

The ergonomic design of the EOS C100 is streamlined to support one-person shoots. Weighing only 2.2 pounds in its basic configuration, the camera's flexible modular design supports a variety of shooting styles. Additional features such as One-Shot AF and Push Auto Iris allow operators to spend less time checking camera settings and more time capturing cinematic footage.


Dual Pixel CMOS AF Technology
This hardware upgrade provides an autofocus mode to help ensure sharp focus and smooth focus transitions. It provides a new Continuous AF (Autofocus) function for all autofocus lenses, using Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology. A new AF Lock setting also lets you change the image framing while holding the desired focus. This feature is ideal for users who regularly shoot with smaller crews, who shoot moving subjects, or who want smoother, more natural-looking autofocus.

Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology features a CMOS sensor that consists of an array of pixels that each feature two separate photodiodes. By continuously comparing their outputs during AF mode, phase-difference autofocus helps ensure non-blurred images and smooth focus transitions even when the talent and/or camera are moving. The new feature places a high priority on maintaining sharp focus while providing a natural, smooth autofocus movement with select Canon EF lenses — including newer-generation STM lenses — which offer even smoother and quieter operation.


Continuous Recording
The continuous, nonstop recording function allows you to create In and Out points in the footage every time the START/STOP button is pressed. At this time, the continuous recording function is compatible with Grass Valley's EDIUS Pro 7 software.
320 to 80,000 ISO Range
With an extended ISO range from 320 to 80,000, the EOS C100 is even more sensitive to light than it was before. This lets you shoot usable footage during low-light and night shoots, even when using available or ambient lighting as your main light source. Being able to operate under lower light levels means you can work quickly with smaller crews and resources, ideal for low-budget and independent filmmakers.
Menu Navigation via Camera Buttons
Internal camera menus are now controllable from buttons on the camera body. While previously a removable joystick was the only way to control the internal menus, now buttons on the rear of the camera under the built-in monitor can be used. This lets you access the menus when the side grip is removed.
Viewfinder Magnification Location Shift
Manually move the center of the camera's magnification viewing area to one of 25 different locations throughout the image frame using the joystick. Now camera operators can easily check focus even on subjects that are located away from the center of the image frame.
Record Button Lock
The Key Lock setting now makes it possible to lock all operations, including the record button. This helps to prevent accidental operation during a critical shoot by the operator inadvertently pressing a wrong button.
Support for New Remote Controller
Scheduled to be available around June 2014, the new versatile RC-V100 Remote Controller will provide full access to all important user functions such as start-stop, shutter/gain adjustments, zoom/focus/iris control, custom picture values, while balance, black gamma, and more. The remote can also be used to adjust various menu settings. A SETUP mode lets you customize a number of key rotary controls, as well as user procedures and operating models. The RC-V100 is powered from the connected camcorder via a 15' (5m) cable. A USB port enables the unit's firmware to be updated to support future remote-control functions.
Enhanced Peripheral Lens Correction Support
The firmware update adds Peripheral Illumination Correction Data for several Canon EF and Canon Cinema lenses. By maintaining even illumination from corner to corner of each image frame, Peripheral Lens Correction helps eliminate vignetting and other unevenness of light across the sensor, using specific lens characteristics such as focal length, aperture, and distance settings. Visit Canon's website for a complete listing of supported lenses.


Super 35mm 8.3MP CMOS Sensor
The C100's Super 35mm-sized sensor provides an angle-of-view and depth of field that equivalent to that of traditional Super 35mm film. With a native resolution of 8.3MP and a wider pixel pitch than conventional professional camcorders, the C100's sensor offers enhanced sensitivity and reduced noise in low light environments.
DIGIC DV III Image Processor
Designed and built by Canon for the highest HD RGB processing, the DIGIC DV III Image Processor uses proprietary circuits and architecture to deliver the highest image quality at the highest speeds, with low power consumption and minimal heat output. It processes the RGB representations that originate in the single CMOS sensor of the camera into three channels (Red, Blue, and Green) to maintain the rich resolution and clean color fidelity formerly possible only in three-chip sensor designs.
Low Light Sensitivity
Working together, the Super 35mm sensor and DIGIC DV III Image Processor achieve a high signal-to-noise ratio that enables recordings with great detail and dynamic range even in minimal light.
Canon Log Gamma and Wide DR Gamma
Canon Log records an image with subdued contrast and sharpness, which preserves a high dynamic range and presupposes color grading in post production. Canon Log Gamma emphasizes rich gradients from mid-range to highlights, resulting in 12-stops of dynamic range. At ISO 850 and above, Canon Log Gamma enables 5.3 stops of latitude above optimal exposure (and 6.7 stops below), broadening the available dynamic range in color grading.

Wide DR Gamma yields wide dynamic range by suppressing brightness while maintaining gradations, but is designed to produce finished-looking images without requiring any color grading in post-production.
EF Lens Mount with EF Contacts
The C100 is fully compatible with Canon's renowned EF mount lenses. Even specialty lenses, such as Canon's 24mm f/3.5L II tilt shift lens or the 8-15mm f/4L Ultra-Wide Zoom fisheye lens, are available on the C100. When shooting with EF lenses, C100 features peripheral illumination correction, which automatically compensates for light fall-off in the corners of the image.
Multiple Recording Modes and Frame Rates
The EOS C100 supports AVCHD bit rates up to 24Mbps (LPCM) at a maximum resolution of 1920x1080. Frame rates of 60i, 50i, 24p, 25p, PF30, and PF24 are all available to meet the needs of your production workflow. In addition, the 60i frame rate offers reduced rolling shutter artifacts. The EOS C100 supports relay recording of long takes between dual SD cards or can write video to both cards for redundancy in the event of SD card failure. Pre REC mode buffers approximately three seconds before the tally light activates.
Uncompress HDMI Out with Timecode
The C100 outputs an uncompressed signal via HDMI. This signal superimposes timecode and the 2:3 pulldown marker, which means an external recorder and converter can process the HDMI output as an SDI signal. External recorders provide an instant back-up and help to streamline post-production workflows.
Compact and Ergonomic Design
The EOS C100 is designed with the solo shooter in mind. It is 85% smaller than the Canon C300, 14.5 ounces (410 grams) lighter, and it is based on a mobile core design that allows additional accessories to be attached depending on the situation. Strip the EOS C100 down for a "run-and-gun" style, or complement the camera with the full range of camera-mounted accessories. With a compact body, you can even shoot dual-camera 3D without an over-sized and cumbersome rig. Its light weight reduces user fatigue and allows even elaborate rigging systems to remain mobile enough for a single operator. The removable accessory hand grip rotates 360 degrees for comfortable shooting positions, while customizable hardware buttons allow the EOS C100 to fit your own personal shooting preferences.
Removable Top Handle with XLR Inputs and Stereo Microphone
The C100 includes a top mounted handle unit, which features two XLR connectors and a microphone shock mount. XLR connections offer a high quality audio input for professional grade microphones and facilitate 2 channel 48kHz linear PCM (24Mbps) audio recordings.
High Resolution EVF and Integrated LCD Display
Accurately check focus, composition, and exposure with the 1.56 million dot-equivalent 0.24" electronic viewfinder with 100% coverage. The built-in 3.5" 920k dot LCD tilts 100 degrees for flexibility when composing tough perspective shots and rotates 180 degrees to protect the screen when not in use. Use the LCD display to review footage or to view the EOS C100's waveform monitor.
AVCHD File Based Recording to SD Cards
The EOS C100 records video to SDHC/SDXC cards using AVCHD, a high-efficiency codec that has quickly become a standard in both the professional and consumer video markets. Maximum bit-rate is 24Mbps. Video files greater than 2GB are split into multiple files while recording, which are automatically joined together upon import using Canon Data Import. AVCHD video is widely supported across NLE systems and is the standard codec for Blu-Ray.
Full Manual Control and Focusing Aids
The EOS C100 offers complete manual control of each aspect of the recording process. Create and recall custom picture settings, camera functions, and display options. The camera also features several powerful and intuitive focusing aids in both the EVF and LCD monitor that make it easy to confirm critical focus distance; Peaking Modes and Magnify Focus Modes are available while in standby or while recording. Additionally, the LCD features Edge Monitor Display; green waveforms display the overall focus of the scene and red waveforms provide focus feedback of the three focus check boxes visible on the LCD monitor.
One Shot AF and Push Auto Iris
One-Shot AF executes focus adjustments with a dedicated button, and the Push Auto Iris button automatically adjusts the aperture of the lens to quickly and easily maintain proper exposure. Both of these functions can be accessed even when operating in manual mode.
Built-in ND Filters
In excessively bright environments neutral density filters are often required to avoid over exposure, without compromising desirable shutter and aperture settings. The C100 features built-in ND filters in three densities, which make for four ND configurations (OFF, 2 stops, 4 stops, 6 stops). The built-in ND filters are deployed via a manual dial.
Remote Terminal
Remotely control the EOS C100 via its LANC-compatible remote terminal. Remote operation allows for single-person operation even in creative rigging situations.
Additional Features
  • Waveform monitor; standard and RGB modes
  • Exposure/Focus aids: Peaking, Zebra, Magnify, Edge Monitor Focus Assist, Black and White Mode
  • Drop Frame (DF) or Non-Drop Frame (NDF) Timecode
  • Timecode modes: Regen, Record Run, Free Run
  • Nice Customized Picture Profiles available in camera and up to 20 can be saved to an SD card
  • Custom picture profiles can be adjusted using the following settings: Gamma, Black, Black Gamma, Low Key Saturation, Knee, Sharpness, Noise Balance, Color Correction, Setup Level
  • 15 assignable function buttons
  • SMPTE, EBU, or ARIB standard color bars can be selected
UPC: 013803244465
In the Box
Canon EOS C100 Cinema EOS Camera with Dual Pixel CMOS AF (Body Only)
  • Handle Unit
  • BP-955 Intelligent Lithium-Ion Battery Pack (5200 mAh)
  • CA-930 Compact Power Adapter
  • Thumb Rest
  • Tripod Base
  • AC Cable
  • DC Cable (for CA-930)
  • Shoulder Strap SS-1200
  • CD-ROM with Data Import Utility Ver. 1.0
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    • 1Description

    Canon C100 Specs

    Image Sensor
    Image Sensor Size 24.6 x 13.8 mm (Super35)
    Sensor Resolution 4206 x 2340 (9.84 MP)
    Effective Sensor Resolution 3840 x 2160 (8.29 MP)
    Color Filter Bayer
    ISO 320 to 80,000
    Gain -6 to 30 dB (Expanded)
    0 to 24 dB (Native)
    Lens Mount Canon EF
    Lens Communication Yes, with Autofocus Support
    Shutter Speed 1/3 to 1/2000 sec
    Shutter Angle 11.25 to 360
    Built-In ND Filter Mechanical Filter Wheel with 2 Stop (1/4), 4 Stop (1/16), and 6 Stop (1/64) ND Filters
    Built-In Microphone Type Stereo
    Recording Media 2 x SDXC Card Slots
    Internal Recording
    Recording Modes AVCHD 4:2:0 8-Bit:
    1920 x 1080p at 24/25/30 fps (24 MB/s) 
    Gamma Curve Canon Log, Wide DR
    Audio Recording 2-Channel 16-Bit 48 kHz
    Video Connectors 1 x HDMI Output
    Audio Connectors 2 x 3-Pin XLR (+48 V Phantom Power) Input
    1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm Stereo Input
    1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm Stereo Headphone Output
    Other I/O 1 x 2.5 mm LANC Control Input
    1 x USB Mini-B 
    Display Type LCD
    Screen Size 3.5"
    Screen Resolution 640 x 480 (922,000 Dots)
    Screen Size .24"
    EVF Resolution 960 x 540 (1,560,000 Dots)
    Battery Type Canon BP-9 Series
    Power Connectors 1 x Barrel Input
    Operating Temperature 32 to 104°F / 0 to 40°C
    Accessory Mount 1 x 1/4"-20 Female
    1 x Cold Shoe Mount
    Dimensions 7.2 x 11.1 x 9.3" / 18.2 x 28.1 x 23.6 cm
    Weight 3.2 lb / 1.5 kg
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 9.85 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 15.1 x 10.8 x 10.6"

    Canon C100 Reviews

    EOS C100 Cinema EOS Camera with Dual Pixel CMOS AF (Body Only) is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 47.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from A great entry into cinema cameras I've worked with it on one project so far, and I'm quite happy with its performance. It has pretty much all the features I was looking for, and the controls are located in easily accessible locations on the camera body. I've used a Canon 24-105 L series F4 lens on it, and I love the image that it provides. I like that it has built in xlr inputs, and dual sd card slots. I used an Audio Technica AT897 shotgun mic on my project and it gave fairly decent audio, but only on the left channel. I need to read more and see if you can get stereo signal from just one external input. But other than that, I'm very happy with this camera's performance, and would definitely recommend it for the price.
    Date published: 2017-08-23
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Video Camera Here's my two cents. Their are many people who write negative reviews on canon C-series cameras; they say, it uses a bad codec , no 4k output so on and so forth... The reality is that this camera was built with likes of wedding videographers and documentary producers in mind. If you are mad about this camera or the mark ii version (coming out soon) not having 4k capabilities... you are not looking in to the correct camera based upon your needs. If you are shooting 4k, you are more likely filming a music video or a commercial. Any wedding videographer or professional who shoots weekly and has to ingest hundreds upon hundreds of GB's worth of footage per week will tell you that this camera is a must have... can you imagine how much storage you would need if you were shooting 4k for events ; weekly. This is an excellent camera but it is not meant for every type of filmmaker. Do your homework and choose the correct camera for you; period.
    Date published: 2014-12-22
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from It just keeps going and going! Simply put - This is a camera that will not let you down. It was made to be beat-up all day long and still produce an incredible image. It doesn't have all the bells and whistles, but gives superior results on everything it promises. This is my 2nd C100. The first has 4000 hours on it and is still going strong. No issues, no problems, never lost a single frame of video on it. Every time I press record, I know the image will be there. This camera is an absolute bargain at this price!
    Date published: 2017-09-27
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from After two weeks of use. Admittedly having owned this camera for two weeks does not make me an authority. ?I still use the manual to figure out the many assets of this camera. ?It is intricate, but deservedly so. ?For anyone that has used traditional pro camera recorders, there has always been an automatic adjustment when it was necessary to shoot quickly. ?And, the majority of those cameras allowed complete manual operation. ?The C100 is virtually all manual, but that is the beauty. ?Using the incredible variety of EF lenses, about anything is possible. ?Finding the right lens for the shoot (s) can be an experiment. ?With variable frame rates and temperatures it provides excellent imaging. ?Perhaps one of the biggest pluses of this camera is audio. ?Dual XLR connectors are provided with the attachable handle, which also doubles for recording operation as well as other functions, make this type of camera a substantial upgrade to traditional DSLR cameras with no audio. ?I am shooting daily and it's a great camera for the price.
    Date published: 2018-04-10
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from An easy choice over the Mark iii for vid 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.
    Date published: 2014-10-20
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Price is right!! SOLID Love this camera!! All the controls are designed to be in the perfect location for ease of use in production. I shoot weddings, real estate and short films and als do both video and photo and was skeptical for 6 months deciding what to buy. I had a 5d mkiv and 80d and needed a third camera- this is the perfect camera for my work. I shoot 1080HD, and no need for 4k, as i believe story is more important that producers lack and 4k while i alot of places isnt standard yet. The dual focus system could better and works much better on the 5dmk iv but i love the quality of the C100 more and the true cinematic look. HIGHLY recommend- one day ill upgrafe to the C300 II:D
    Date published: 2019-03-13
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good step up from DSLR 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.
    Date published: 2014-07-08
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love this Camera I love nearly everything about this camera - interchangeable lenses, flexibility, a well thought out design, exposure latitude (especially low light), well marked buttons for everything, follow focus and options like crazy. Unlike a few reviewers I don't have an issue with the monitor/screen. I don't like the eye piece but I purchased a Zacuto eye cup and it makes it usable. I also purchased an Atomos Ninja 2 and now I'm recording at 4:2:2. Atromos has come out with a 4K recorder - so down the road that will be come part of my arsenal. I've been a professional filmmaker for over 40 years and for the first time since I switched from film to video I feel like I have a camera that I won't have to replace every couple of years. It's a great piece of equipment. One other thing - this is a tip of the hat to B&H Photo - shortly after I purchased the camera the price dropped significantly and B&H managed to get a refund of the price difference. That is a sign of great customer care. Thank you for that.
    Date published: 2016-02-03
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