Canon Expands Their EOS Line with the New EOS C100 Video Production Camera


Canon has just announced the expansion of their EOS camera line with the release of the highly-versatile EOS C100 Video Production Camera. It is compact—about 85% the size of the EOS C300—and designed for one-man operation. The body weighs only 2.25 lb (1.02 kg), supports 24 Mbps AVCHD recording, and is compatible with EF, EF-S and non-PL EOS Cinema lens systems. The EOS C100 is equipped with a new Canon Super 35mm-equivalent 8.3-megapixel CMOS sensor, which was designed specifically for shooting high frame rate motion pictures. It's outfitted with a 3.5-inch multi-angle control LCD panel, a high-resolution electronic viewfinder and the ability to capture sound through dual XLR inputs, a mini-plug mic input, or a built-in stereo mic. The setting screens on the EOS C100 are refreshingly intuitive, and its modular design offers the flexibility to add a range of useful accessories.

The new Super 35mm-equivalent CMOS sensor on the EOS C100 is capable of a shallow, film-like, depth of field. It's highly sensitive, with an ISO range from 320 to 20000, which enables shooting in low-light situations with minimal noise. You’ll be able to achieve brighter recordings even in environments where lighting equipment cannot be used. The sensor features a fine pixel pitch, which further enhances sensitivity while reducing noise. Compared to the way a regular CMOS operates, the new sensor in the C100 greatly reduces rolling shutter. It reads signals at a higher speed, and the result is a noticeable lessening of diagonal motion blurs when recording moving subjects and panning.

Like the EOS C300, the C100 features an EF lens mount and supports a wide variety of Canon EF lenses, including tilt-shift and fish-eye lenses. The EOS C100 is also equipped with a DIGIC DV III image processor, which supports rich color output that’s equivalent to a three-chip sensor. The EOS C100 also supports in-camera Peripheral Illumination Correction, which improves image quality by maintaining evenness of illumination from edge to edge, even when shooting with wide-angle lenses.

The EOS C100 has an expanded video expression range for a wider dynamic range and gamma characteristics. Its natural color reproduction emphasizes smooth gradation while seamlessly suppressing overexposure. The Canon Log Gamma preserves shadow and highlight details that would otherwise be lost, which enables more grading options in post, without degrading the image quality. The C100 can realize a 12-stop dynamic range as well, which enables detailed adjustment, as well as broadening the range of color.

Similar to the C300, the EOS C100 is equipped with a dial switching type built-in neutral density filter. This mechanism combines four individual ND filters in a flag-like structure to ensure dust-proof performance while providing simplified exposure reduction. The ND filters enable 2-stop, 4-stop and 6-stop switching, as well as turning the ND filter off. This is achieved with the ND Selector, which can be set at each option with every 90° rotation of the ND Selector dial.

The EOS C100 features dual SD card slots. You can record to the SD cards either in sequence or simultaneously. If you record in sequence, you will be able to seamlessly record from one card to another without losing any of your recordings. The divided files can be joined together later as a single video file. If you record to two SD cards simultaneously, you will be able to create backup files as you are shooting. This is a valuable tool while filming in situations where mistakes and lost recordings are costly. The camera also supports HD to SD down-converting for creating files that are the optimal size for DVD and Web uploads.

Although the EOS C100 is compact enough for one-man operation, its Auto assist functions make it truly suitable for a single person to operate. The camera provides focusing and aperture adjustment assistance. You can press the One-Shot AF to focus on a subject in the center of the frame before you start recording. Plus, the Push Auto Iris function lets you automatically adjust the aperture to the appropriate exposure. Just let the button go and the F-number is set. The C100 also features full manual control of both video and audio parameters.

The 8.3 megapixel sensor offers a decidedly optimized pixel count to avoid extra processing, thus preventing aliasing and other image degradation. Comprehensive focusing aids such as Peaking and Magnify Focus modes are provided in both the EVF and LCD monitor, in standby and when recording. A LANC-compatible remote terminal is also present for utilizing external accessories. A side-mounting grip accessory is available separately, which transforms the form factor of the C100 into a DSLR-style body.

The EOS C100 also handles a variety of workflows. It records using the AVCHD 4:2:0 format and supports down-conversion to MPEG2. The internal microphone records using Dolby Digital 2-channel, 48 kHz LPCM format. There is also a mic input, headphone output and dual XLR inputs for external mic and line connection and monitoring. Another new function of the camera is its ability to output non-compressed digital signals via HDMI with the time-code and 2:3 pulldown markers superimposed on the HDMI signal output.

Other useful features include a highly efficient cooling system with a two way heat dissipation system, and an HDMI lock function that prevents cable wobble and contact loss. The EOS C100 camera body comes with several accessories as well, including a new handle unit, thumb rest, shoulder strap, tripod base, BP-955 battery pack and more. It is designed for a variety of industries from TV production to weddings to independent movie production. Plus, with its modular design and shooting assist features, it supports true one-man operation, as well as a wide range of lenses and accessories.

Lens Mount EF mount (with EF contacts), compatible with EF, EF-S and EOS Cinema lens systems (non-PL)
Sensor Type CMOS (single panel, one sensor)
Sensor Size 24.6 x 13.8 mm (28.2 mm diagonally)
Equivalent to Super 35 mm CMOS sensor
Effective Pixels 8.29MP (3840 x 2160)
Total Pixels Approx. 9.84MP (4206 x 2340
Scanning System Progressive
Filter RGB Primary Color Filter (Bayer Array)
Imaging Processor DIGIC DV III
Horizontal Resolution 1000 TV lines
Minimum Illumination 59.94 Hz: 0.3 lux
50 Hz: 0.25 lux
Illumination Correction Yes
Built-In ND Filter Mechanical ND filter system with three densities (Clear, 2, 4, and 6-stops), manual operation type
Focusing System Manual, One-Shot AF
Autofocus system is available, AF is dependant on interchangeable lenses
Max. Shutter Speed 1/2000 sec.
ISO Range 3200 to 20000 in 1-step and 1/3-step increments
White Balance AWB, Kelvin setting (setting range: 2000 - 15000K), daylight, tungsten, set A, set B
Auto Function Support One-Shot AF / Push Auto Iris (provided for all EF mount lenses)
Correction of Peripheral Light Amount Yes (when EF lenses are used)
Recording/Codec Signal System: NTSC and PAL
Compression: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
Color Space: 4:2:2
Maximum Bit Rate: 24Mbps
Canon Log Gamma: Available
File Format: AVCHD
Down Conversion Yes (MPEG2)
Bit Rate 24/17/7 Mbps
Frame Rate NTSC: 60i, 30p, 24p
PAL: 50i, 25p
Recording Media 2 x SD/SDHC/SDXC card slots (video, still JPEG images, clip meta data, menu settings, Custom Picture Data)
Simultaneous/Relay Recording Yes
Internal Stereo Microphone Yes (handle unit)
Audio Recording 24 Mbps Mode: Linear PCM, 2-channel, 16-bit 48kHz
All other Modes: Dolby Digital AC3 
LCD Screen (Monitor Unit) 3.5" (8.8 cm diagonal) color wide-screen LCD with 16:9 aspect ratio
vari-angle LCD that can move upward of 100°
Equivalent to approx. 922,000 dots (640 x 480)
100% field of view ratio
Viewfinder 0.24" (0.6 cm diagonal) color wide-screen EVF LCD
with 16:9 aspect ratio
Equivalent to approx. 1.555 million dots (960 x 540)
100% field of view ratio
Genlock Terminal No
SDI Terminal No
Timecode Terminals No (timecode provided through HDMI)
HDMI Output Yes, Type A (timecode can be superimposed on HDMI signal output)
Video Terminal 3.5mm 4-pole mini jack out only
Headphone Output Yes (3.5 mm mini jack), variable level settings available
Microphone Input Yes (3.5 mm mini jack)
XLR Input 2 x XLR inputs, Auto and Manual level settings (handle unit)
Mic Trimming: -12, -6, 0, +6, +12 dB
+48V Phantom Power available
1 KHz Tone Yes, -12, -18 or -20 dB
Connectivity USB Port, mini-B, Hi-Speed USB
Power Supply (Rated) 7.4 V DC (battery pack: BP-955), 8.4 V DC (DC in)
Dimensions (Body & Thumb Rest, WxHxD) 5.3 x 6.7 x 5.1" (135 x 170 x 129 mm)
Weight (Body Only) 2.25 lb (1.02 kg)


I would love to have this camera, but it's missing a couple features that take it out of the category of "professional" video. ALL video cameras, even the cheapest thing you can buy at best buy has a rocker zoom control. This camera apparently still has some DSLR features since it has no rocker control. It also has no SDI out. Any serious "professional" camera in this price range should have an SDI out. It captures great video and has serious potential but the missing features make it impossible for me to take seriously. Add SDI and a rocker zoom and I'll but 6 of them tomorrow. Until then this is just another upgrade DSLR/hybride and I could never consider DSLR shooting professional by any stretch of the imagination. Again, it has lot's of potential, but until it actually becomes a PROFESSIONAL video camera, it's just a modified DSLR which should NEVER be used on a professional video shoot.

I'm kind of new to the digital video world but I see that in addition to the internal stereo microphones, you can opt for external mice via the two XLR jacks. Can you use one internal mic for ambient recording while using the other one with a boom mic for someone speaking? Let's say you are shooting a scene from 20 feet away and you want to pick up that person's dialog? Since the ambient mic will pick up the conversation as well, would you just synch one over the other?

Thank you.


apologies for the silly question, but is it possible to take stills with this camera just as you would do with a Canon 5D and have the same quality?




I can't seem to find an HDMI cable that will lock into the C100, could you point me in the right direction for this?

Thank you,

Any word on whether the HDMI out is 4:2:2 or 4:2:0 color sampling?

Is the camera also compatible with the WFT-E6A Wireless Transmitter like the canon eos C300?