Canon Cinema EOS C300 Mark II Camcorder Body with Dual Pixel CMOS AF (EF Lens Mount)

Canon Cinema EOS C300 Mark II Camcorder Body with Dual Pixel CMOS AF (EF Lens Mount)

Canon Cinema EOS C300 Mark II Camcorder Body with Dual Pixel CMOS AF (EF Lens Mount)

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Canon Cinema EOS C300 Mark II Camcorder Body with Dual Pixel CMOS AF (EF Lens Mount)

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  • Super 35mm CMOS Sensor
  • 4K,1920x1080 60/50i, 23.98/25p True 24p
  • Canon XF AVC H.264 Codec
  • EF Lens Mount
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF Technology
  • Rotating 4" LCD Monitor
  • 2 x 3G-SDI Output, 2x XLR Inputs
  • 2 x CFast Card Slots
  • Timecode I/O, Genlock In & Sync Out
  • Canon Log 3 Gamma
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Canon C300 Mark II Cinema overview

  • 1Description

The EF-mount Cinema EOS C300 Mark II Camcorder Body with Dual Pixel CMOS AF features a Super 35mm CMOS. This provides faster and more accurate autofocusing to assist users when operating with small crews. Canon's Log 3 Gamma supports 14 stops of dynamic range.

The EF lens mount on the EOS C300 offers compatibility not only with Canon's existing broad range of DSLR lenses but also with their line of EF-mount CN-E cinema prime and zoom lenses. The Super 35mm sensor is paired with the Canon DIGIC DV 5 image processor, which uses an innovative method of breaking out red, green, and blue data to enable color performance on a level that would otherwise require three separate chips. The camera records up to 4K DCI resolution video to CFast 2.0 cards. For more flexibility to adjust your image during postproduction, the camera also offers Canon's Log gamma mode, which results in excellent tonal reproduction in the highlight and lowlight regions of an image, and an expanded dynamic range.

In terms of connections, the camcorder features two 3G-SDI outputs, timecode I/O, and genlock input BNCs. The body has a modular design that can either be stripped down completely or be built up using the included handle, 4" rotating LCD unit with full controls, grip, and thumb rest.

Firmware v.1.0.4.1.00
Firmware v.1.0.4.1.00 adds the following features:
  • Canon Log 3 achieves a dynamic range of 1600% with 14 stops of dynamic range, and can be ideal for middle end users that have a limited budget for post-production, and need quick turnaround.
  • A reduction in the dark noise level when shooting in Canon Log 2 mode. Streaking and black sun spots have been reduced in all modes by changing the CMOS sensor control.
  • ACES 1.0 Output via SDI/HDMI
  • Magnify Function During REC
  • Additional lens functionality is now available with the Cine -Servo 50 to 1000mm, Cine-Servo 17 to 120mm, Compact-Servo 18 to 80mm, and Dual Pixel Focus Guide has been added to the EF mount Canon Cinema prime lenses. Please note that you may need to also upgrade the firmware in your lens to access this functionality.
Dual Pixel CMOS AF Technology
It provides 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.

Main Features

Canon Super 35mm CMOS Sensor
Modeled on the Super 35mm 3-perf motion picture film standard, the Canon CMOS sensor has an active image size of 24.4 x 13.5mm. It features 4096 x 2160 resolution to deliver Cine 4K images, as well as supporting Ultra HD (3840 x 2160), and Full HD (1920 x 1080)
Canon Log Gamma
Canon Log Gamma 2/ACES/REC.2020 support
Dual Canon DIGIC DV 5 Image Processor
The camera features Dual DIGIC DV 5 processors to handle the internal data processing.
XF AVC Codec
To create digital files robust enough for major postproduction, the EOS C300 delivers the highest image quality with its XF AVC Codec - an H.264 format wrapped in the widely-supported MXF wrapper
Designed with Filmmakers in Mind
A logical layout of buttons and dials make operation simple. A lock switch turns off all controls except the recording button and function buttons. Small ridges between the buttons help prevent activating functions by mistake. A backlit display panel is great for low-light viewing. A tally lamp is clearly visible from the side or behind the camera.
Compact & Modular Design
The EOS C300 body is compact and easily handheld at just over 3 lb. There is a bright 1.55 Megapixel electronic viewfinder, and the camera comes bundled with a removable combination 4", 1.23 Megapixel monitor and control panel. The camera also has a removable handgrip with a control dial and function buttons for handheld shooting in DSLR style, or remove it and use the supplied thumb rest for completely stripped-down shooting. The EOS C300 has a manually operated built-in neutral density (ND) glass filter offering 1/4, 1/16, and 1/64th steps of filtering. Handheld or using a tripod, on location or in the studio, even on 3-D rigs, the EOS C300 fits shooting situations that are challenging for larger cameras.
Rugged, Durable & Quiet
The EOS C300's dust-proof and splash-proof design includes sealing gaskets around the edges of all access covers, dials fitted with o-rings on the axis of rotation, and button key-tops sealed with rubber. The EOS C300 also features a built-in silent cooling system with a heat-dissipating duct in the center of the body, a graphite sheet that conducts sensor heat towards the heat sink, three ventilation holes, and a cooling fan that pulls hot air out through an exhaust opening. All air is directed through a discrete pathway that keeps dust particles away from sensitive components. Your camera runs cool, quiet, and clean.
Ultra-High-Resolution EVF
The EOS C300 features a 0.46", 1.17 Megapixel color EVF and 100% field of view coverage for comfortable viewing and accurate judgment of composition, focus, and color. The angle of the viewfinder is adjustable for additional user comfort. EVF adjustments include brightness, contrast, color, and backlight (Normal or Bright).
Rich Audio Controls
When mounted to the EOS C300 Mark II camera, the included control unit provides two XLR audio inputs with +48V phantom power. A 3.5mm microphone terminal is also built in to the camera. Audio is recorded uncompressed in 16-bit PCM format at 48 kHz for high fidelity sound. Both XLR inputs, as well as the mic terminal have the option for automatic, as well as full manual gain control (-Infinity to +18dB). Additionally, a 3.5mm headphone terminal with 16 volume settings offers accurate audio monitoring.
CFast Memory Card Recording
The camera records to CFast 1 cards through two slots.
High-Speed, Slow-Motion, Time-Lapse & Stop-Motion
Beyond the advantages of file-based recording, the camera offers a number of creative possibilities in post-production including Slow & Fast motion.
Connectivity
To connect to external monitors, switchers, VTRs, and NLE systems with SDI inputs, the EOS C300 features industry-standard HD-SDI output, genlock, and timecode terminals, plus audio terminals with linear PCM recording. Timecode and genlock enable synchronized multiple camera capture, perfect for multiple-camera shots, 3D acquisition, and more. The HD-SDI sync terminal can be switched to output to HD Sync, HD Y, Black Burst, and Composite.
Full Manual Control & Focusing Aids
The camera has a Waveform Monitor (WFM) function that shows the overall brightness of a scene, with RGB Parade Display to view red, green, and blue brightness or Spot Display to isolate the luminance distribution of a chosen area. The Vectorscope (VS) display shows real-time hue and saturation levels. For sharp focus, the EOS C300 camera has two peaking modes and a magnified focus assist function. An Edge Monitor Focus Assist provides both a waveform representing the overall degree of focus and a red waveform that represents focus in three specific areas displayed on the camera's 4" LCD monitor. To maintain proper highlight exposure, it offers a zebra bar feature as well.
UPC: 013803262681
In the Box
Canon Cinema EOS C300 Mark II Camcorder Body with Dual Pixel CMOS AF (EF Lens Mount)
  • Monitor Unit
  • Handle Unit
  • Handle Bracket
  • Expansion Unit Attachment
  • BP-A30 Battery Pack For EOS C300 Mark II, C200, and C200B
  • Battery Charger for EOS C300 Mark II, C200, and C200B Batteries
  • CA-A10 Compact Power Adapter for EOS C300 Mark II, C200, and C200B Camcorders
  • Shoulder Strap
  • Eye Cup
  • Viewfinder Cap
  • Thumb Rest
  • TB-1 Tripod Adapter Base
  • Measure Hook
  • 2 x Cables for Monitor Unit
  • 10 x Cap Head Socket Screws
  • Allen Key
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    • 1Description

    Canon C300 Mark II Cinema specs

    Image Sensor
    Image Sensor Size 24.6 x 13.8 mm (Super35)
    Sensor Type CMOS
    Sensor Resolution 4206 x 2340 (9.84 MP)
    Effective Sensor Resolution 4096 x 2160 (8.85 MP)
    Pixel Pitch 6.4 µm
    Color Filter Bayer
    Shutter Type Not Specified by Manufacturer
    ISO 160 to 25,600 (Native)
    100 to 102,400 (Expanded)
    Gain -2 to 44 dB (Native)
    -6 to 54 dB (Expanded)
    Advertised Dynamic Range Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Camera
    Lens Mount Canon EF
    Lens Communication Yes, with Autofocus Support
    Shutter Speed 1/24 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), 6 Stop (1/64) ND Filters
    Built-In Microphone Type None
    Recording Media 2 x CFast 2.0 Card Slots
    1 x SDXC Card Slot
    Internal Recording
    Recording Modes MXF:
    4096 x 2160p (225 to 410 MB/s) 
    3840 x 2160p (225 to 410 MB/s) 
    Audio Recording 2-Channel 24-Bit 48 kHz
    Interfaces
    Video Connectors 2 x BNC (3G-SDI) Output
    1 x HDMI Output
    Audio Connectors 2 x 3-Pin XLR Mic Level (+48 V Phantom Power) Input
    1 x 1/8" (3.5 mm) Stereo Mic Level Input
    1 x 1/8" (3.5 mm) Stereo Headphone Output
    Other I/O 1 x BNC Timecode Input
    1 x BNC Timecode Input/Output
    1 x 2.5 mm LANC Control Input
    Display
    Display Type LCD
    Screen Size 4"
    Screen Resolution 1,230,000 Dots
    EVF
    Screen Size .46"
    EVF Resolution 1,170,000 Dots
    Power
    Battery Type Canon BP-A Series
    Power Connectors 1 x 4-Pin LEMO Input
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    Accessory Mount 1 x 1/4"-20 Female Thread
    1 x Cold Shoe Mount
    Tripod Mounting Thread Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Dimensions 5.9 x 7.2 x 7.2" / 149 x 183 x 183 mm (Without Grip)
    7.5 x 7.2 x 7.4" / 19.1 x 18.3 x 18.8 cm (With Grip)
    Weight Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 18.6 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 18.3 x 14.0 x 13.9"

    Canon C300 Mark II Cinema reviews

    Cinema EOS C300 Mark II Camcorder Body with Dual Pixel CMOS AF (EF Lens Mount) is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 24.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Cinema A Cam Canon's latest and greatest. Shoots 4K, has detachable lens mount that uses my current pro L, photographic lenses for amazing sharpness, 4:2:2 AND 4:4:4 in both 10 and 12 bit color (!). Ultra-wide dynamic range. The list goes on. Has all the bells a whistles. Of course, all those features do come at an expensive price. I had to sell my first born to get it, but we all have to make sacrifices somewhere. The wide dynamic range and 4:4:4 color alone are well worth it. Thinking of selling my second kid for a set of Zeiss prime lenses. The wife, of course, is not happy; she thinks Fujinon zooms are more worth it.
    Date published: 2015-11-04
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love the image I use this camera for a travels show. Love the size and reliability of this camera. Have used it in extreme cold as well as hot dusty desert. I have run camera all day long out in the sun no problems as all. I thought I would never use the auto focus feature but have been using it with 16-35mm canon lens. Walking backwards handheld with two people on camera it keeps perfect focus allowing you to switch between faces with the simple toggle of the joystick by your thumb. Dynamic range of this camera is unbelievable, very happy with this purchase .
    Date published: 2016-02-20
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beast There has been much negativity surrounding this camera over the past few months. After ordering in July I was beginning to become somewhat nervous especially after seeing some of the early footage. I have just had my first shoot and honestly this beast truly took my breath away. The lack of noise in low light/shadows is ridiculous. The colour is wonderful, beyond any expectations I had. The final image is really special. Clean beyond belief.
    Date published: 2015-10-13
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great pro-level camcorder Moved to the c300ii after using a c100ii for a year. I as on the fence to either rent or buy. After shooting with it for over a week now, about 30 hours, I can say it was worth the purchase. Note worthy items: Color is beautiful, lot's of room for grading. Lightweight, but heavy enough for handheld use, steady. Autofocus - WOW what an improvement. tracks moving subject very well Low noise ONLY bummer is not batteries available yet, other than what is supplied with body. i stay plugged in, until we go to moving shots.
    Date published: 2015-11-23
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best option in the price range! I purchased two of these cameras to shoot a combination of documentary, music video, and short film applications, and have been using them for the past six months. It's an absolutely phenomenal piece of gear. All the controls are exactly where you want them, and easily adjustable. The image quality is excellent. I'd like a 4444 sampling option, but the 10 bit 422 is still great. Color rendering is AMAZING! As for build quality and performance in rugged applications and adverse weather conditions, this thing is absolutely incredible. I just finished a multi day shoot in snow storms and sub-freezing (20 degrees F) temperatures. Snow and ice got all over the cameras, but these champs came through fine. There wasn't even a loss in battery life in the cold. I can't really say anything bad about these guys. The only downside is the cost, but for what you get, it's well worth it. I highly recommend this camera!
    Date published: 2016-12-14
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect Camera I bought this camera a month ago and I'm glad I did. Spec list won't blow your mind, but as soon as you start using this camera you'll change your mind. Great images straight out of the camera. People who complain about the price tag or lack of specs, are people who never used this camera.
    Date published: 2016-09-12
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome piece of gear for the right person I have used this camera on 3 shoots since it's been released. One was a 6 day road trip for a tourism campaign next to my original C300. The feel of the shoot was handheld, loose and spontaneous, this did not however mean poor quality. This type of situation is where this camera is meant to live. I handheld it for 6 days, running through desert, up rocks, on the back of quads, in dark restaurants, down bright neon lit streets with no attachments except a wireless setup for picture and I had no problems. The monitor when turned to bright is amazingly bright (almost daylight viewable), the evf is completely useable and the 10 stops of built in ND are really what makes this camera what it is. If you liked the form factor of original of course you'll like this. If you didn't, you'll hate it. The one thing that is completely unexpected to be actually useable is the autofocus. I own the whole range from 16-200 of Canon lenses. most L some not, and tried each one with the auto focus. When shooting with the 16-35 and the 24L the autofocus was a lifesaver. While handholding at knee level running up rocks and mountains the autofocus was spot on. In situations like this it really can make a huge difference. I'm not saying it's flawless as sometimes in flat light, some backlight and a few other circumstances it searches and misses but once you learn where and when you can use it the autofocus becomes a real tool. I did use the face detection on an interview and it did exactly as it should even with back and forth movement. Everyone complains about the lack of 60fps at 4K (I was one of them and still kind of am) but so far this has had no baring on any of my work. The 2K that comes out of 60fps is amazing. Plus the amount of memory the 4k and even the 2k takes up is a lot more then the original C300 so too much 4k can mean a real adjustment to your workflow. I really love 99% of this camera. Once thing I do not like is you can only have 2 video outputs at the same time. So while I was using the monitor and evf I had no picture from the HDMI. If I wanted picture from HDMI I had to go into menu and choose between evf and monitor separately which can be a real pain. And new to me is separate recording of low res files onto SD card. Incredibly useful HOWEVER if you fill an entire card of footage to your CFast then download the footage and reformat the CFast card in-camera, the low res copies of those files on the SD card will be deleted as well. So keep that in mind - whenever you offload CFast you should offload the SD card as well or risk losing that footage. I could go on but if you need 120fps at 4k or want 8k resolution then this is not the camera for you. If you're worried about the reviews that talk about whether it is or isn't 15 stops of latitude I would ignore them. Even if this thing is 14 stops, they are really beautiful stops. The 2k/60fps is gorgeous. And most importantly when you turn it on it works, every time, in dust or rain or whatever it works. And for me that is what matters the most.
    Date published: 2015-11-18
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome I've been using the C300 mark ii for about two weeks now. The Japan release was a bit earlier than in the states. I have so far used the camera for a commercial shoot, concert, and corporate. Upgrading from a C100 has been a world of difference. My shooting has mostly only required 1080p so far, so I can't vouch much for 4k (not crazy about it anyway) but I can say that the 12 bit 4:4:4 and 10 bit 4:4:4 has been such a pleasure to work with in terms of flexibility. I love shooting in BT.2020 and 709. The colors remind me of Arri. The camera is small enough to still be able to sling around my neck and pick up some fun b-roll shots. I live in Tokyo so it's super convenient to own a kit you can bring out without a bag on weekends. The handle and LCD component are separate, so you can control the camera size depending on the shoot. When I only use the LCD I can fit it on my Ronin and easily monitor. Handle comes off the same way as the C100. In terms of media, I definitely recommend Cfast 2.0 for the higher bitrates, but to be honest I've been using Atomos Cfast 1.0 64GB cards for two weeks now and they work fine for a majority of what I use the camera for: 1080p all the way up to 12 bit. I also haven't had any buffer issues with 4K but I also have only used it for relatively short bursts. Definitely pick up 2.0 for high bitrates and play it safe. However I have shot full interviews in 1080p 10 bit 4:4:4 and have had no buffer issues. Also, Canon finally got the shotgun mic mount right. My NTG3 fits snug. There's such an extensive amount of features that it's hard to touch upon them all. The instruction manual was only in Japanese for me, but I was able to figure everything out in time to shoot the next day. That says a lot for me about usability. As for downsides: the grip attachment often becomes loose and requires tightening. The cropped slowmo looks super aliased and digital. The LCD module doesn't fit totally snug on the cold shoe (doesn't come loose, but isn't totally tight). The XF AVC codec can be weird in Premiere and FCPX, but I'm sure this will be fixed within those programs soon. The Canon Log 2 had a green cast in the blacks when I first used it (haven't had a green cast in any other profiles though). That's it for downsides. The pros outweigh the cons for me, and I'm very happy with this camera. It's kinda pricy but not really when you consider all that you can get out of it.
    Date published: 2015-09-30
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