Canon EOS C300 EF

The Canon EOS C300 brings us totally stunning picture quality, beautiful shallow depth of field, massive flexibility and all in a broadcast friendly recording rate of 50Mbps. Kit packages come complete with follow focus kits, shoulder mounts and a choice of lenses.

Quality upgrade for DSLR users

Canon opened up affordable large imaging shooting with the 5DMKII, but as with all stills cameras it came with issues of audio, colour, ability to deal with vertical lines whilst moving and timecode when in video mode. The C300 fixes all those issue and gives the user a much more ‘hassle free’ shooting experience.

Affordable media

Never before has a ‘movie style’ depth of field look at broadcast quality been so affordable. Canon continues the use of Compact Flash cards as the affordable record media. Great news for those who have a Canon 5D or XF305s with card stocks. in full HD mode a 32GB CF card will record for 82 minutes. Average 32GB card price is less than £50.

 

  • 50 Mbps recording
  • Large sensor for great depth of field
  • Affordable compact flash card media
  • Records to dual Compact Flash card slots
  • Canon Log gamma
  • SDI output
  • Compact body (similar size to Panasonic AF101)
  • Custom Presets and menus similar to Canon XF series
  • Exposure and focus control are completely manual — No AE or AF on either camera
  • Fully Compatible with New & Existing EF-mount Lenses
  • Full Manual Control and Focusing Aids
  • WFT Wireless Remote Control over Wi-Fi

CAMERA
Image Sensor
Sensor Super35mm type CMOS
System RGB primary colour filter (Bayer array)
Total pixels per sensor 9.84 megapixels
Effective pixels per sensor 8.29 megapixels
Minimum illumination NTSC Mode 0.3 Lux[F1.2 lens , 24 dB, 29.97P mode, shutter speed 1/30]PAL Mode 0.25 Lux[F1.2 lens, 24 dB, 25.00P mode, shutter speed 1/25]
Sensitivity NTSC: F9[1920×1080/59.94i , ISO640 (0dB), 2000 Lux, 89.9% reflection]PAL: F10[1920×1080/50.00i , ISO640 (0dB) , 2000 Lux, 89.9% reflection]
S/N Ratio NTSC: 54dB (Typical)[1920×1080/29.97P, Canon Log base sensitivity ISO850 (Dynamic range 800%)]PAL: 54dB (Typical)[1920×1080/25.00P, Canon Log base sensitivity ISO850 (Dynamic range 800%)]
Dynamic Range During normal shooting: 300%With Canon Log gamma: 800%(ISO 850 or above/gain 2.5 dB or more)
Horizontal Resolution Up to 1000 TV lines or more (1920 x 1080i mode), depends on lens used
Lens
Lens Mount Canon EF Mount
Focal length Equivalent to 1.53x the focal length of EF lenses;As indicated for EF-S lenses and Canon cine lenses
Peripheral illumination correction YES (dependent on lens used)
ND filter 3 glass filters in camera body: 2 stops; 4 stops; 6 stops. Operate via body or wireless control
Focus control Via lens, wireless control or wired remote (dependent on lens used)
Iris control Via body, grip, wireless control or wired remote1/2-stop, 1/3-stop or FINE controlPossible to maintain constant F-number during zoom
Image stabilization system Depends on lens used
Image Processor
Type DIGIC DV III
RECORDING
Video storage media Type 1 Compact Flash memory cards (2 card slots)
Type UDMA4, 30MB/s or faster (40MB/s or faster for Fast/Slow recording)
Recording time 64GB CF card: Up to 160mins (1080/50i @ 50 Mbps)
Recording file format Material eXchange Format (MXF); OP-1a pattern
Recording format MPEG-2 Long GOP50Mbps CBR (4:2:2) MPEG-2 422@PHL;35Mbps VBR (4:2:0) MPEG-2 MP@HL;25Mbps CBR (4:2:0) MPEG-2 MP@H14
Recording frame rate 50Mbps: 1920 x 1080/59.94i, 50i, 29.97p, 25p, 24.00p, 23.98p;1280 x 720/59.94p, 50p, 29.97p, 25p, 24.00p, 23.98p.35Mbps: 1920 x 1080/59.94i, 50i, 29.97p, 25p, 23.98p;1280 x 720/59.94p, 50p, 29.97p, 25p, 23.98p.25Mbps: 1440 x 1080/59.94i, 50i, 29.97p, 25p, 23.98p.
Slow/Fast motion YES720p: 1-60fps in 1fps steps1080p: 1-30fps in 1fps steps(available options may differ according to recording mode selected)
Interval Record YES. 1, 2, 3, 6, 9 or 12 frames, 25 time intervals(available options may differ according to recording mode selected)
Frame Record YES. 1, 2, 3, 6, 9 or 12 frames(available options may differ according to recording mode selected)
Pre Record (cache record) YES (3 seconds)
Relay Recording YES
Double Slot (simultaneous) Recording YES
Scan Reverse YES. Up/down, left/right, up/down/left/right image inversion
HD->SD conversion NO
Internal Data Transfer MOVIE: Yes (CF card to CF card)
Photo storage media SD/SDHC memory card
Still quality During video recording: 1920 x 1080;During playback: 1920×1080, 1280 x 720
SYSTEM
LCD
Size 10.1 cm (4″), 100% view
Dots 1.23 million
Image quality adjustments Brightness, contrast, colour, sharpness, backlight, black & white
Adjustable Up/down/left/right according to camera configuration
Waveform Monitor Waveform Monitor and Vectorscope
Focus Assist Peaking; Magnifying; Edge Monitor (using waveform display)
Peaking Peaking 1, Peaking 2 (Colour, Gain, Frequency customisable for each)
Zebra Level 1; Level 2; BothOutput via HD-SDI or HDMI
Markers On/Off (Aspect ratio, Aspect marker, Safety Zone Area, Safety Zone, Grid, Horizontal, Centre)
EVF
Size 1.3cm (0.52″)
Dots 1.55 million
Image quality adjustments Brightness, contrast, colour, sharpness, backlight, black & white
Adjustable Vertical tilt
Correction lens + 2.0 to -5.5 diopters
Inputs/Outputs
Audio in XLR inputs with 48V phantom power (x2), 3.5mm microphone input jack
Headphone output 3.5mm stereo jack
Video monitor output YES (BNC, SD output only via Synch terminal)
HDMI YES (Type A, output only)
IEEE 1394 (Firewire) NO
USB NO
HD/SD-SDI output YES (BNC, output only, embedded audio and time code)
Time code YES (BNC, switchable input/output)
Genlock YES (BNC, input only)
Synch YES (BNC, output only, 5 modes: HD Sync, HD-Y, SD blackburst, SD composite, Off)
Component out NO
AV terminal NO
DC input YES
Remote Control Terminal 2.5mm mini jack
Wireless Control Terminal YES (optional accessory required for wireless control)
Colour Bars EBU, SMPTE, ARIB
Misc
Tally lamp YES
Accessory shoe YES (cold shoe, 3 locations: top of body, top of handle, front of handle)
Custom key YES (15 assignable buttons; select from 30 functions)
SHOOTING FUNCTIONS
Exposure
Exposure metering Manual exposure determined by shutter setting, iris setting, ISO/gain setting and ND filter setting
Exposure compensation NO
Auto Exposure mode NO
Push Auto Iris NO
Exposure Lock NO
Auto Gain Control setting NO
ISO Sensitivity 1-stop display: 320¹, 400, 800, [850]², 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800, 200001/3rd stop display: 320, 400, 500, 640, 800, [850]², 1000, 1250, 1600, 2000, 2500, 3200, 4000, 5000, 6400, 8000, 10000, 12800, 16000, 20000¹
Gain setting NORMAL: -6dB, -3dB, 0dB, 3dB, 6dB, 9dB, 12dB, 15dB, 18dB, 21dB, 24dB, 30dB;FINE: 0 dB to 24 dB (0.5 dB increments)
Shutter speed
Control Modes Off; Speed; Angle; Clear Scan (CS); Slow Shutter (SLS)
Shutter speed 1/3 to 1/2000 depending on frame rate and Shutter Control Mode
Shutter Angle 11.25º to 360º depending on frame rate
Slow Shutter (SLS) 1/3, 1/4, 1/6, 1/8, 1/12, 1/15, 1/25, 1/30 depending on frame rate
Clear Scan 59.94i/p: 59.94 – 250.27Hz;50i/p: 50 to 250.78Hz;29.97p: 29.97 – 250.27Hz;25p: 25 to 250.78Hz;23.98/24p: 23.98 – 250.27Hz
Custom Picture
Stored Configurations 9, including 2 presets (CINEMA and EOS Std)
Storage Medium SD/SDHC memory card (all customisation data and metadata), up to 20 Custom Pictures per card
Gamma 8 profiles
Canon Log Gamma YES
Master Pedestal -50 to +50
Master Black -50 to +50 for each of R,G,B
Black Gamma Adjustable Level, Range and Point
Low Key Saturation -50 to +50 adjusts colour saturation in low brightness area
Knee Adjusts over exposure characteristic, start, slope, saturation
Sharpness Adjustment for Level, H Detail Freq., Coring, HV Detail Balance, Limit, Select, Knee Aperture and Level dependent sharpness
Noise reduction Off, On (1 to 12)
Skin detail Off, Low, Middle, High / Hue, Chroma, Brightness, Area, Y Level
Selective Noise Reduction Off, Low, Middle, High / Hue, Chroma, Brightness, Area, Y Level
Colour matrix Phase, Gain and RGB adjustment, in tandem with Gamma selection
White balance -50 to +50 white balance offset for R,G,B
Colour correction Area selection / area revision of two areas
Setup level -50 to +50 On/Off
Clip 100% IRE Limits output to 100% after setup adjustment
White balance
Auto NO
Preset Daylight (5400K), Tungsten (3200K), Kelvin (2000K-15000K, 100K intervals), Set A, Set B
White Balance Shift YES. -9 to +9 (Daylight and Tungsten only)
Black balance adjustment YES
Time code
Countup system Regen, RecRun, FreeRun, External, Hold (Drop frame available for some frame rates)
Start value setting “00:00:00:00”, Set/Reset selectable
Audio
Recording 16-bit 2ch (48 kHz) linear PCM
Control Independent limiters and auto/manual settings
Microphone attenuation YES
Microphone level meter YES
ACCESSORIES
Supplied XF Utility and NLE Plug-ins, Monitor Unit (LCD and XLR), Handle Unit, Thumbrest, Tripod base adaptor plate, Shoulder strap, Eyecup, EVF cap, Battery Charger CG-940, Compact power adapter CA-940, Battery pack BP-955
Optional Batteries BP-955, BP-975, Compact Power Adaptor CA-930 (battery charger only), Tripod Adapter TA-100, Wireless Controller WFT-E6
Battery
Power Consumption 10.3W¹ (NTSC mode)10.0W¹ (PAL mode)
Continuous Recording Time Supplied BP-955: Approx. 205 minutes¹Optional BP-975: Approx. 310 minutes¹
MISCELLANEOUS
Dimensions Approx 133 x 179 x 171mm (thumbrest attached);Approx 174 x 179 x 171mm (grip attached);Approx 185 x 284 x 301mm (grip, monitor unit and handle attached)
Detachable handle YES
Weight (camera only) 1430g
Weight (fully equipped) Approx 2700g (grip, monitor unit, handle, BP-955, 2x CF card)
Operating Temperature range -5ºC to +45ºC, 60% relative humidity

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