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CanonEOS C100 Cinema EOS Camera (Body Only)
 
4.7

(based on 112 reviews)

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    (28)

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    (3)

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98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (39)
  • Professional quality (26)
  • Compact (23)
  • Good in low light (21)
  • Lightweight (21)

Cons

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

Best Uses

  • Independent films (24)
  • Documentaries (18)
  • Weddings (18)
  • In the studio (13)
  • Complex projects (12)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (66)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Business owner (17), Pro videographer (11), Professional artist (10), Semi-pro (5), Cinematographer (3)

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.

Reviewed by 112 customers

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4.0

Great Step up from DSLR recording.

By Basil

from Undisclosed

Site Member

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

This is a very easy machine to learn to operate. The tools all make sense and adding LOG styled shooting to my productions have been exciting, especially at such a competitive price. 

The viewfinder has been a point of contention for a lot of users, however i am able to use it when needed and surprisingly, have gotten better results when using this, over the LCD, which is pretty mundane in its performance. 

If you are moving up from DSLR and are on a budget, this is the one to beat; longer battery life, audio tools, LOG styled shooting and maintaining all your EF mounted glass is an easy yes.

 
5.0

Always there for you

By Jeffrey

from Colorado Springs, CO

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

I have two of these and you can always rely on them to deliver either in the studio or run and gun. I have paired mine with the Sigma Art series lenses (18-35 f/1.8 is my favorite) and they are beautiful and sharp.

 
5.0

I bought two!

By Dyana

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Amazing, entry level long form camera. Great picture quality!

 
5.0

Yes, especially at this price

By Ciro

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Superb quality and super easy to use. Because of the super 35 sensor and the crop factor it is necessary to have a 24-85mm range lens to cover wide angle to long shots. I use prime Zeiss Distagon lenses (25, 35, 50 and 85mm) and I am totally satisfied with the end product.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Superb Camera Even In 2016

By J

from Undisclosed

Site Member

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

Canon. Known for many things, especially their out-of-date-behind-the-times specs. Seriously, an iPhone has better specifications, on paper. So its 2016... 4k is everywhere, why would anyone buy this camera? Because, words and numbers on a computer screen do not tell the whole story.

 Unlike many camera manufactures today (Im looking at you Sony) who care only about the greatest pixel count, the c100 is designed to make sense. Its made to work with YOU, not making you work with IT. Beautiful color, low rolling shutter, built in NDs, really solid ergonomics, etc. etc. (All the other reviewers sum it up nicely) Make it a great performer for weddings, documentaries, events, and those of us who just love running and gunning a film.

So, does that mean its not without its quirks? Is it the perfect camera? No. But it is fantastic, even without the latest and greatest features.

Now stop reading reviews and go film something!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

My first dedicated video camera, and I couldn't be happier

By Laura

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

I'm moving from working with DSLR and mirrorless cameras for videos to the C100, and I could not be more thrilled. The picture quality of the Canon codec is incredible. While there is definitely a time and place for 4k, I am much happier working with the beautiful color profile of the C100's 1080 than the GH4's 4k which quickly fell apart no matter what codec I recorded into. Looking forward to getting an external recorder to record 4:2:2 on this camera.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Not my 1st C100

By Rusty

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

I got in line to buy the first version of this terrific camera way back when.
Yes, full price back then hurt, but the tax write off was good.

Now it looks like the end of the line for this gem, but I couldn't pass an opportunity to get a second C100 at Black Friday pricing.

Clients love the image.
These are a great investment.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The jack of all trades for FILMMAKERS

By Jeffrey

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

This filmmaker camera has change my life(literally). Jumping from a dslr to another canon brand camera is why the c100 special to me. The c100 is my favorite tool of all time because of how ready and go it is to make a project right after you open the box. Now I have no problem spending money on other tools I need even though I don't have a lot of money, but what this camera has to offer and what built in makes everything so easy to start filming. The c100 and it family like the c300 are the jack of all trades of cinema cameras. The built in Nd filters, the noise reduction, the zebra, the dual sd cards, the quality, the look and etc etc make people I work with take me serious and makes myself feel like a real filmmaker in the making.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Tank-like work horse that's reasonably flexible.

By Daniel

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Does it shoot pure cinematic gold? Not quite. The C100 struggles with shadows (noisy), but overall, it's a very tough deal to beat. It's reasonably clean at high ISOs (usable to 10k-ish). The codec is solid with highlights and a lot of the footage grades very nicely, just be sure to overexpose. In the end, the main perks of this camera are that it's Canon and while I haven't dropped it, I feel that I could. Ergonomics are phenomenal. My only complaint is that you can't hit the menu button from the right grip-- this could be implemented as a firmware update. Just put a lil' menu button next to the shutter speed on the screen, for instance. In any case, this camera isn't that sexy compared to a lot of options in its price range (Omg it only shoots 1080p at 24!!), but let's be honest, you don't need 4k. You don't need 60fps 1080p. You don't need to shoot stills (it takes stills at 1920 x 1080 lol). Those are bells and whistles. Get it because you want a reliable, solid, easy, beast that will deliver professional class footage worry-free.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Product. Even Better than Advertised.

By Aaz

from Baltimore

Verified Buyer

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

The C100 comes well packaged, and is presented as the excellently designed product that it is. It shoots well, works with EF lenses, and is great for the solo director of photography. B & H offers a great price too.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Very Good Camera

By Zach

from Atlanta, GA

Verified Buyer

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

For a while, I've been using DSLRs. Although many DSLRs offer decent image quality, something was lacking. This camera holds many of those things. Great Audio, Built in NDs, Dual SD card slots. The list of video related features are endless. The camera is a great step up. It's also very versatile. You can use it on anything from Corporate, Commercials, Documentaries or even Features.

That said, I think that reviewers have overstated it's ISO performance. It may have been impressive when it came out, but today it's noise performance is kind of average.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Recommended

By Jane

from New York

Verified Buyer

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

I have used C100 in my school projects and I am planning to use it for freelance work. It is a great intermediary product between an amateur and professional broadcast equipment. It is relatively light, user-friendly, modular. No fancy functions, like slow motion or 4K, but it's everything you need to make high quality video for news or short docs.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I have two now.

By Dickfilm

from CA

Verified Buyer

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

This is my second C100 body which says it all. The first C100 has travelled around the world with me and provided stirling service and I wanted a second body to provide me with a second angle during interview segments etc. I only have two issues with the C100. The Mark 1 doesn't have the autofocus function (though I upgraded the software on my first Mk1 to get around that). Also it doesn't shoot slow-mo. However, for the cost, I feel I get excellent pictures and can easily swap lenses with my 5D.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

This is a great camera!

By Nick

from California

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

For what you get its amazing even the compressed codec is usable and crisp.
I use it with a external recorder Ninja Blade recording in True HD - Pro-Res 422 HQ.
Nothing in my opinion matches this camera at this price point for what you get in the market.
Actually going to buy another one!
I have shot on dslr's - 5D's and other cameras, once you use the C100 your hooked.
I will add a C300 Mkii for 4K and slow-mo eventually!
Also glass is important people, use cinematic glass designed for cinema and your story telling will indeed take that next step to finding a amazing sharp look.
Love this camera!

(3 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Dead in less than a month...

By Eric

from Providence, RI

Verified Reviewer

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

Before the DSLR revolution, I was a dedicated camcorder user. I've still got my Panasonic AG-HVX which (at over 10 years of age) still functions like a champ and has never had a problem. Then I switched to Canon DSLRs, mainly to take advantage of their lenses. I've had my eye on the EOS C100 ever since the cinema line was introduced and finally pulled the trigger in June 2016.

Less than a month after receiving the camera (after only turning it on for a few brief training sessions), the EOS C100 is dead-in-the-water. It won't turn on. I've tried resetting, switching batteries, etc. No mishandling; I clearly got a bad camera. Now - after over $3K in cost and accessories - I'm shipping it out to Canon Maintenance at my expense after just a few weeks of ownership. Even if it's returned fixed, I don't think I'd ever trust this thing on a job. I think I just bought myself a fairly expensive and disappointing B-camera.

I heard kinks were worked out in the Mark II, but I think this model has some major flaws both inside and out. I regret my purchase and I'd caution anyone interested in the Canon cinema line.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Finally Pulled the Trigger

By BSim

from Los Angeles

Verified Buyer

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

Been using the Canon 7d and 6d for video for years, always wanted to try the Canon C series video cameras, too high priced. Couldn't resist this current low price. It's every positive thing I've read/heard about it.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Amazing camera overall

By E

from Kansas City, Missouri

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

Fantiastic camera. I've shot a few events and a documentary with this so far and the picture it puts out just looks cinematic out the gate. The built in ND filters are a great feature to have and the built in microphone surprisingly sounds great especially for ambient noise since its a stereo mic. The battery life lasts around 4 1/2 hours on a full charge. Overall fantastic camera I would definetly recommend this to a friend!

 
5.0

Great camera for the price

By Alan

from Olympia, WA

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

The discount on B&H was amazing. I snapped this up and am loving it so far. Great quality and feels solid.

 
5.0

great product

By ivaner88

from Guanajuato Mexico

About Me Casual User

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

  • Poor Still Image

Best Uses

  • Documentaries
  • Travel
  • Weddings/Events

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

This is a very easy camera to use. I work in documentary in Mexico and it really works good. the weight, size and quality is one of the most things that I lie from it.
The price in B&H is also so competitive, cheaper than others retailers.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Purchase

By The Good Theory

from ATLANTA

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

This was my first purchase from B&H. I admit that I was a little timid with making a big purchase while the disclaimer reads no returns after a co-worker of mine bought an Ursa mini and it would not cut on. But I decided to take a chance since B&H is highly respectable. I have utterly enjoyed my C100. It came in 3 days of purchase and all of my pieces were in the box and all of the functions work properly. That was a huge relief. I trust B&H and I will be buying more gear from here. Enjoy, creative friends

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