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CanonEOS C100 Cinema EOS Camera with Dual Pixel CMOS AF (Body Only)
 
4.7

(based on 39 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (24)
  • Great picture quality (20)
  • Good in low light (16)
  • Great sound (12)
  • Large clear LCD (8)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Documentaries (18)
  • HD shooting (16)
  • Movies/short films (14)
  • Weddings (14)
  • Low light (13)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Pro videographer (16), Business owner (6), Semi-pro (5)
    • Was this a gift?:
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4.0

Great 4 live & post! Beautiful image, but lacking some feats

By Jason

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

We use the camera for post production, as well as live video. The SDI works great with our live switching system. The low-light sensor is amazing and it's very convenient that the use the EF lenses we already own. The depth of field you get is very cinematic! Only things that it lacks are some of the overclocking features that come with much smaller, less expensive cameras, and more choices of recording codecs.

 
5.0

Not a "girl from high school," this is marriage material

By Brent

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Loving the ability to do more run-and-gun with it and not have to constantly be worrying about pulling focus. Focusing is smooth with the 24mm STM lens, would really recommend it.
Such a solid workhorse, the ability to plug in XLR microphones like the Rode NTG2, etc, is a huge plus! Cuts down the amount of gear I have to bring with on a shoot.

 
5.0

Great for events!

By Jaime

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Love it. Easy to use, and produces great looking HD footage. Perfect for event video and documentary usage, especially with the Dual Pixel Auto Focus. Much easier to use for video than DSLR cameras.

 
5.0

I wish I had 5 of them

By Christopher

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

This camera hands down produces the best image and is the easiest to use ergonomically compared to any other camera in it's price range. Every setting you need to access is right at your fingertips. It's still the best camera for concerts, events & weddings. No need to swing for the Mark II if 60P and a better viewfinder aren't essential.

 
5.0

Workhorse

By John

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

We own 2 of these and they have made us a lot of money. Great image , easy to use and build on. We have 2 atomos ninja 2 recorderswe use with them when we need broadcast quality.

 
5.0

Great Camera

By Miguel

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

the best camera and great upgrade

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Good but with shortcomings

By IceBear

from Montana

Verified Buyer

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

I purchased this camera primarily as a way to better utilize my investment in Canon lenses. As a tool for documentary production it works splendidly. The audio options of balanced and unbalanced is great, allowing me to carry a small lapel to plug in the "mic" input when traveling light.

The dedicated assignable buttons are a great addition. Not having to get into menus to toggle waveforms, ISO and other functions is appreciated. The high ISO capability is interesting, not certain how practical. I thought it might provide a way to record the aurora in real time. However with a T2.2 16mm lens, 80,000 ISO is very noisy. A faster lens may give an acceptable image at lower ISO but be a tradeoff in wide angle coverage and the 1.6 APS-C factor makes this a less than ideal solution. I didn't take the time to experiment with gain/ISO more because of the fleeting nature of the lights and opted for using the 7DMII invalometer function.

There are several shortcomings in my opinion. The lack of over/undercrank and time-lapse (interval) is noticeable. Although I have other cameras that do this, it would be a great addition in a future offering. For wildlife work, one needs high magnification expensive lenses. A dedicated small sensor camcorder with 40x or higher zoom may be a more viable option. A 500mm/f4 Canon is a heavy beast that gives one an equivalent 35mm format of 800mm or 20x is good but higher magnification is sometimes very useful.

AVCHD is not the greatest format to work with in heavy editing but it is quite conservative on bit rates. All I or IBP of the Canon 70D would have been a better option in my opinion. Even though the C100 uses dual pixel technology like the 70/80D, the lack of a touch screen is troublesome, especially for focus and clip playback functions

My overall rating is based on the different shooting challenges I have. I have to give it a 4 because of the features left out.

 
4.0

C100

By Marcus

from Undisclosed

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

Nice camera really like the dual pixel feature

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Long time Photog new to cinema

By Bruce

from Albuquerque, NM

Verified Buyer

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

OK, I am an "old coot" now, having started into photography 50+ years ago. Grew up in my father's studio and lab. I cannot enumerate the countless hours of info and instruction he gave me.
Have had many consumer video cameras and just made the entry into what is called "Cinema." Bought the Canon C100 dual CMOS for EF mount lenses. Have four L Series lenses and have used Canon EOS DSLR cameras for 10+ years. It took a couple of weeks and 10 or 12 hours of shooting to get my head wrapped around this "cinema" camera. The native ISO of 850 was puzzling at first, after so many years of still photography, but after trying it across the range from low to very high ISO settings, I am convinced and now understand it a bit more. I now have no problem with using the ISO setting along with the aperture adjustment to get the exposure.
Speaking of exposure, The various modes that are available provide the ability to adapt to an enormous variety of dynamic range challenges, from indoor, low contrast lighting to full sunlight. The built-in ND filters are a Godsend.
After some fooling around with the WFM (waveform monitor) for exposure control, it finally registered in my aging brain. Wow. Wish I had one of these on the still cameras.Overall image displays the shadow to highlight range and the smaller red square in the center allows "range reading" of the scene. Wonderful.
The AVCHD codec that comes with the camera is OK, but does not take full advantage of the L Series lenses and the image quality of the C100. Bought a Ninja2, which even does real time transcoding to several Apple Pro Res formats, and find that the image quality of this camera make me doubt that the conversion to 4K is worth the money at this time.
The Canon C100 is a wonderful entry into the incredible world of cinema. Buy one, Then study and learn. And, yes, you will have to spend a bit more on lenses, But wait til you see what you produce.
Best regards.
Bruce

 
5.0

Amazing camera!

By Elias

from Texas

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

Great camera and very versital.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

C100 Dual Pixel Upgrade

By RJ

from Orlando, FL

Verified Buyer

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

I've been very impressed with the Dual Pixel upgrade of the C100. I've worked extensively with the original C100, pre-upgrade, happily so. It's one of the most reliable and solid cameras on the market. But I have to admit, having the DPAF is just amazing. You can definitely get yourself tuned in using the One Shot AF function, or keep it in Continuous AF for incredible results. Though you are limited to center frame for the AF function, it's very handy when going hand-held as you're not so worried about composition. Tracking moving targets has been no problem for my C100 DP, and I've tested it extensively. Once it has it's subject, it won't let go unless your subject leaves center frame. I primarily use it in One Shot mode, and customized the camera to toggle between One Shot and Continuous using button 7(the standard magnify button). This makes it incredible easy to switch between the two on the fly. (For ease of understanding, One Shot...you push a button and the camera will focus on your centered subject automatically...it's a one shot deal, and you have to do it again if you want to refocus, or just focus manually)

The Dual Pixel AF can have some problems in low light, as with any camera using CAF...if you don't have the contrast, it's not going to focus very fast. It will hunt until it finds a suitable contrast. Stay realistic with your expectations there.

If you're like me, you continually have peaking on, and using the One Shot AF can definitely help you ensure you're in focus when the peaking is covering a large area. Just center your subject, press OSAF, and once focused recompose. I use this when I'm not sure the peaking is completely accurate....super simple and has been accurate every time.

Is it worth the $500 upgrade...imho, most definitely. It has worked flawlessly for me. Just keep your expectations realistic, adjust accordingly and you'll love it too.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

C100

By Jason Todd Roberts

from Neah Bay,WA

About Me Semi-pro Videographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

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

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

    I love the C100 that i bought from BHPhoto and Video. It was an upgrade for me since I've been shooting with DSLRs fro the last few years. I like that you can use EF-S lenses with it so i didn't have to but a whole bunch of expensive glass right away.I was surprised that i could turn the ISO al the way up to 10,000! and i still didn't see any noise. Its also nice having audio and video all in one. After i strip in down i can still put the C100 in the camera bag that i used for my DSLRs so its nice having a cinema camera that is compact.All of the buttons are easily accessible. You can focus,change iso and volume while recording. I don't think I'm ever going back to DSLR shooting again. Thanks BH for the the wonderfull camera and great deal. I look forward to upgrading eventually but I'm happy with the C100 fro now. P.S. There is a a slow mo hack for the camera too, Record video in 60i and drop it on a 24p timeline in premier and "walla" SloMo, Its a slightly reduced bitrate but still looks good.

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    (15 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Little Brother to the C300 and Perfect for Indie Filmmaking

    By James

    from Atlanta, GA

    About Me Pro Videographer

    Pros

    • Easy to Use
    • Good in Low Light
    • Great Ergonomics
    • Great Picture Quality
    • Great Sound
    • Large Clear LCD

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

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

      I use the C100 complementary to my C300. Bought them both from B&H Photo Video.com. After spending countless hours comparing all of the other cameras (advantages / disadvantages / pricing / performance / output / Vimeo samples / etc.), I decided that for the price and value, the C100 packs a strong punch that even DSLR's (like the 7D Mark II - regardless of its Dual Pixel AF and full screen changeable AF points) cannot deliver on video image quality and modularity.

      Positives:
      4K sensor that automatically downscales video to 1080p = beautiful and sharp images ready for professional viewing and post-editing. Cine look - no cheap "camcorder" or DSLR look. Colors are outstanding compared to Sony's flat S-Log look. Amazing ergonomics, and adding a Zacuto loupe is great for handheld purposes. Adjustable / rotatable handle grip that is even detachable to go on a shoulder rig. 4:2:2 and 220Mbps with an Atomos Ninja 2 really helps to combine workflow fast and easy when editing to work with the internal 4:2:2 50Mbps of the C300. Same sensor with the C300, so this easily becomes a B-roll camera with dual pixel AF in the center. AbleCine profiles are easily uploadable via auxillary SD card port to add custom proxy looks on the gamut range, in addition to the inherent C-Log and Wide DR profiles. 8-bit has not caused any issues worth mentioning. If you NEED 10-12bit internal, RAW recording, and 4:4:4 color, then by all means, invest several thousands of dollars more on a camera meant for such a required project. However, the simplicity of Canon's pro Cine series (specifically C100/C300 as the C500 is another beast that requires external recorders to take advantage of all the full resolution features in 4K and slow motion) gives you less hassle in having everything at your finger-tips as opposed to making a large investment on a system (i.e. Sony F5, FS7, RED cameras, Arriflex Alexa, etc.) that automatically requires more components (external EVF, XQD or CFast cards, LUT monitor, RAW recorder, additional battery power, large rig, etc.) and additional computing power with dual Quadro cards for rendering...and lots of processing time. XLR audio with great pre-amps: no complaints there. ND filters (3 of them) - great for highlight control. Rolling shutter: The hype surrounding the marketing sales of the Mark II with "reduced skewing" already exists on the Mark I and beats many cameras out there (Sony A7s I/II - no technological fix on rolling shutter; GH4 still has RS problems). So, the output with proper shutter angles and filming techniques creates a very stable image indeed (even if you don't try, the output is great!). Sure Blackmagic has a global shutter, but only has up to 800 ISO, poor ergonomics, bad battery, no AF, no XLR, no ND filters, low resolution fixed LCD on the 2.5K and previous gen 4K models, hardware glitches on the new Ursa mini series, etc., etc...I think the point gets across here.
      Dual Pixel AF - Canon did it right! Very advanced technology by having 2 photo-diodes for every pixel w/ phase detection to give a larger array of speed / precision. Even the GH4 is very much behind in that regard and Sony's are not as fast either.

      Low light: 0.30 / 0.25 lux @ cinematic 24p and great ISO range that other cameras cannot provide. The change between the MI and MII for low light noise is minimal to justify the price increase. I use the C300 / C100 all the time in low light conditions to film documentary projects and indoor scenes, and this camera has delivered miracles.

      Auto color temperature button for quick adjustments and one-shot AF for convenience.

      You can reset hot-pixels when shooting in higher ISO's for long periods of time!! It's a great feature provided in the menu that re-sets the sensor and actually works.

      Negatives for some individuals (with easy work-arounds):
      Canon created the Mark II that addressed these issues; however, I am sure that a firmware fix could have addressed several of the limitations on the Mark I for a $500 upgrade, as opposed to requiring a new unit that costs $1.5K more (at the time of this review), or relying on 3rd party external recorders. Magic Lantern refuses to touch the Cine-series as they could risk serious lawsuits from Canon (as they pointed out on their website).

      1. Internal 4:2:0 (but quickly fixed with an inexpensive Atomos unit).
      2. Low Mbps internal recording rate (however, still sharper than Sony's AVCHD on the FS700!) - again, quickly fixed with an Atomos unit.
      3. No 60p (only 60i). The C300 also suffers from this restriction. Even though I only need 24p and 30p for cinematic purposes (as 60p gives a "too real" and "camcorder" look) it is still crippling for people who need basic independent frame overcranking / faster smoother look, when so many other companies have this basic frame rate on DSLR's!
      4. Small viewfinder (fixed on the Mark II to match the C300). Honestly, it is not worth upgrading or frustrating over this issue. When shooting with the C300, I do not bother with the "bigger viewfinder" (they will never be as crisp as a pentaprism DLSR viewfinder) as the external EVF and Zacuto loupe is much larger and sharper for the eye to use for critical focus peaking! Same concept for the C100 - given that the LCDs are HD, the loupes take care of any problem that the viewfinder would give.

      In the end, the unit pays for itself. Great for tight spots, very low profile, light and easy to carry for run-and-gun documentaries, weddings, commercials, (car, helicopter, plane shots), independent films, perfect for sliders, steadicams, 3-axis gimbals, etc. You can make this camera do what you need it to do to obtain professional cine outputs - don't let the marketing hype of other cameras get to you when professionals know how to "shoot movies" regardless of large budget cameras. Overall, I cannot complain when the final output is what I professionally need to get the job done with a constrained budget, but at the same time, comes with the relief that I do not need a large team of individuals just to operate the camera system. Sorry Panavision! ;-)

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      (10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      I love this Camera

      By Jim

      from Kittery Point, ME

      About Me Pro Videographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Good Image Stabilization
      • Good in Low Light
      • Great Picture Quality
      • Great Sound

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

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

        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.

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        5.0

        EOS C100 Amazing

        By Andy Video Pro

        from Mia

        About Me Pro Videographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

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

          This Camera is amazing. 5 stars all the way. The only thing I can say bad about this camera is the switch that turns on the unit. It's kinda awkward. I feel like it could break and its in a weird place. I still think the camera deserves 5 stars.

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          • No
           
          5.0

          Great picture, great package

          By Grassland

          from Madison, Wisconsin

          About Me Pro Videographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy to Use
          • Great Picture Quality
          • Great Sound

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Documentaries
            • HD Shooting

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

            I've been shooting video with traditional broadcast cameras for years and added DSLRs to the mix in the last few years. The Canon C100 with Dual Pixel CMOS auto focus combines the best of both-- video form factor and easy to manage audio of the traditional video camera along with large sensor and vast lens choices from the DSLR world. Yes, the view finder on the C100 is barely workable but work-arounds exist. And yes, the codec is not the best--again, work-arounds exist.

            But taken together and balancing image quality, ease of use, versatility, size and price, the Canon C100 is a winner.

             
            5.0

            Excelente Decision

            By Francisco Laínez

            from Antiguo Cuscatlan, El Salvador

            About Me Pro Videographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

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

              Decidí actualizar mi equipo de producción y tomé la mejor decision. Estaba filmando con la Canon 70D la cual tiene una calidad de imagen buena, sin embargo la C100 es superior y tuve la ventaja de usar los mismos lentes que he invertido, no tengo problemas de ruido en la imagen, no tengo problemas de limites de tiempo. Es una cámara compacta, no pesa, la bateria dura mucho tiempo y actualmente se logra a muy buen precio. En definitiva una sabia decision.

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              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Best purchase ever!

              By Greyson the Student Filmmaker

              from Washington, DC

              About Me Semi-pro Videographer

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Documentaries
                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Movies/Short Films

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

                I'm 16 years old and I bought this camera for making documentary shorts. So far, I really love the quality of the footage coming out of this camera. It is amazing how professional the video looks. This camera is great for shooting handheld / run-and-gun. I'd highly recommend using this. I'm hoping to take this camera to film school/college. I'm a loyal Canon user for life! :)

                Also, I have to say the way the white balance and auto-focus works is really helpful. I'm still learning how to use my camera, so I'm using auto-iris and AF a lot. The image quality is stunning!

                I really like doing business with B&H because they have great customer service, they have a large selection of professional tools for filmmakers and photographers, and the shipping was lightning fast! All in all, this was a great purchase and I would recommend it to anyone searching for a professional camera that won't break the bank.

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                • No

                (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                How many ways can I say how much I love this camera?

                By MHeisler777

                from Simpsonville SC

                About Me Pro Videographer

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

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

                  If you are reading this, you probably have already done your research on this camera. I will add that the auto focus upgrade is well worth the money. I film weddings and the low light is out of this world.

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                  • No

                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  More than expected - IN LOVE !

                  By BLJoe

                  from Chicago

                  About Me Pro Videographer

                  Verified Reviewer

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

                    I would give the Camera a 4.5 honestly - but I checked 5 stars anyways. The drawbacks that most people mention are very accurate, the viewfinder is unusable, it could use the Canon XF codec, and it would have been appropriate for it to come with 60p for sure.

                    I moved to this from a Canon 5D mark ii and mark iii, which I used a lot prior to this purchase (Factory and Magic Lantern). I studied and watched as many reviews as possible before deciding on this camera. My biggest concern was the image quality benefits of the Super 35mm Sensor vs my Full Frame. The 8mp 4K sensor in the C100 is amazing though, although it only saves the image as a 1920x1080 AVCHD 25Mbps image, the 4K sensor definitely shows it's value in this camera when you view the final product this combination creates.

                    I typically shoot at ISO 850-6400 and the noise is amazingly controlled, still holding very strong details in the smallest areas of the scene - just beautiful detail and color.

                    You will not want to go back to a DSLR again after using one of these.

                    If it had the Canon 50Mbps Codec, I'd buy a couple more right now. But I still love it !

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