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Canon EOS C300 PL Cinema Camera Body

Canon EOS C300 PL Cinema Camera Body
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Bringing Canon's expertise and decades of experience designing sensors, lenses, image processing and design to the world of motion picture capture, the EOS C300 PL camera has been designed to meet the demanding needs of cinema industry professionals, providing a modular, portable and eminently adaptable system of cameras, lenses and accessories built for moviemaking in the 21st century.

Featuring a unique Super 35mm Canon CMOS sensor, revolutionary Canon DIGIC DV III Image Processor and 50 Mbps 4:2:2 codec, the EOS C300 PL provides outstanding cinema quality movie capture. Compact, modular and compatible with Canon's PL-mount cinema lenses as well as accessories from third parties the stunningly simple to operate EOS C300 PL is designed to please cinematographers for any production large and small, on location or in the studio, from shoestring to Hollywood budgets.

The EOS C300 PL offers compatibility with virtually every cinema lens in production today, while its compact and modular design and compatibility with third-party accessories enable it to meet virtually any production need while keeping costs down. Designed with SMPTE HD production standards, its MPEG-2 codec is an internationally recognized standard compatible with major NLE applications while additional features such as Canon Log ensure seamless integration with existing production workflows, making post-production easy. And with an entire support infrastructure designed to help you get the most from your equipment before, during and after production, the EOS C300 PL is ready to go to work.

New 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 uses 3840 (H) x 2160 (V) photosites to perform the crucial optoelectronic transformation of digital imaging. Each photosite is a generous 6.4 x 6.4 micrometers in area and each has a microlens that ensures the highest efficiency in light transfer to the individual photodiode. Proprietary technologies within the photosite simultaneously lower the image sensor noise floor while enhancing the photon capacity of the photodiode - a combination that assures superb dynamic range. The image sensor employs an innovative readout technique that delivers full bandwidth individual RGB video components without the need for any debayering algorithms. Each of these components has a 1920 (H) x 1080 (V) sampling structure at up to 60 frames. From these original video components, a 1080-line 60i format or a 1280 (H) x 720 (V) at 60P HD format are selectively derived. 

Wide Dynamic Range 
The EOS C300 PL incorporates the first Canon CMOS sensor designed specifically for high frame rate motion pictures, offering not only high resolution and shallow depth-of-field but also high sensitivity with low noise. Working together, Canon's Super 35mm sensor and DIGIC DV III Image Processor achieve a remarkably high signal-to-noise ratio that enables recordings with great detail and dynamic range even in minimal light.

ISO range now up to 80,000 with firmware update now available.

Canon Log Gamma 
Shooting in Canon Log mode, cinematographers can set the camera exposure value using their customary light meter practices. Canon Log is a special nonlinear transfer function embodied within the DIGIC DV III RGB video processing system. This transfer function is specifically designed to facilitate the post-production of digital images originating in Cinema EOS in a manner similar to the post-production of images digitally transferred from motion picture film (the contemporary DI process). By managing the disposition of quantization bits, Canon Log ensures excellent tonal reproduction within both highlight and low-light regions of a given digital image - maintaining a total dynamic range of 800%. These sophisticated video grading processes restructure a new digital representation achieving a sought-after creative look on a quality reference display.

Low Light/High ISO Ability 
A dark and stormy night? With the EOS C300 PL, it's no problem. The combination of sensor and image processor render an extraordinary signal-to-noise ratio and as such make shooting at high ISO (up to ISO 16000) a breeze.

Reduced Rolling Shutter and Moiré Artifacting 
The EOS C300 PL uses enhanced signal processing to minimize rolling shutter skews and to reduce moiré artifacts. A high-speed readout significantly reduces the subjective visibility of the vertical skewing on fast-moving horizontal subjects, a typical pitfall of the CMOS image sensor neutralized by Canon technology.

Canon DIGIC DV III Image Processor
Designed and built by Canon for the highest HD RGB processing, the DIGIC DV III Image Processor uses proprietary circuits and architecture to deliver the highest image quality at the highest speeds, with low power consumption and minimal heat output. It processes the RGB representations originated in the single CMOS sensor of the camera into three channels (Red, Blue and Green) to maintain the rich resolution and clean color fidelity formerly possible only in three-chip sensor designs.

Canon XF Codec

XF Codec Image Quality 

To create digital files robust enough for major post-production, the EOS C300 PL delivers the highest image quality with its XF Codec - the same codec used by other Canon XF-series professional camcorders. With 4:2:2 color sampling, image files have double the vertical resolution of color components created with 4:2:0 color sampling, minimizing jagged edges between red and blue and ensuring ample quality for chroma key compositing with green screens. Thanks to the Canon XF Codec and the EOS C300 PL's superior resolution, original color quality and cinematic look will hold up through post-production - with results that meet or exceed the filmmakers expectations.

Fully Compatible with a Wide Variety of PL-mount Lenses

Canon EOS C300 PL with PL-Lens Mount 

Designed to integrate into existing production setups, the EOS C300 PL is fully compatible with a wide variety of industry-standard PL-mount lenses, ensuring the finest in today's technology and operability will work seamlessly with trusted optics already in the filmmakers possession. Compatibility with Canon's existing PL mount lenses means filmmakers can take advantage of the brilliant new optical designs Canon has developed for the Cinema market. 

Canon's amazing CN-E PL mount zoom lenses deliver superlative performance for large-scale, big budget movie productions. The PL CN-E series is 4K ready and comes in two models: Wide Angle CN-E14.5-60mm T2.6 L S/SP and Telephoto CN-E30-300 T2.95-3.7 L S/SP. 

Canon EF Cinema Zoom Lenses (PL-mount) 
Canon's EF Cinema Zoom lenses offers unrivaled optical performance for demanding high-end productions, available in both EF and PL mount configurations. With fluorite, aspherical lens elements and advanced optical design, these unequalled EF Cinema Zoom lenses are capable of 4K-image reproduction. The wide-angle CN-E14.5-60mm T2.6 L S/SP provides industry-leading breadth of range; the telephoto CN-E30-300mm T2.95-3.7 L S/SP rivals best-in-class zoom magnification and telephoto focal length. Together these lenses cover the range most commonly used in cinema shooting. 

Additional lenses are already under development, reflecting Canon's commitment to offer the broadest range of professional cinema lenses to meet filmmaker's needs, now and in the future.

Ergonomics & Design

Designed with Filmmakers in Mind 

With everything a cinematographer needs, the EOS C300 PL comes ready to produce. 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 and Modular Design 
The EOS C300 PL body is surprisingly small (5.24" x 7.0" x 7.0") and easily hand-held at just over 3 lbs. There is a bright 1.55 megapixel electronic viewfinder that comes bundled with a removable combination 4-inch 1.23 megapixel monitor and control panel. The camera also has a removable hand grip with a control dial and function buttons for hand-held shooting in DSLR style - or remove it and use the supplied thumb rest for completely stripped down shooting. The EOS C300 PL has a manually-operated built-in Neutral Density glass filter offering 1/4, 1/16 and 1/64th steps of filtering. Hand-held or using a tripod, on location or in the studio, even on 3-D rigs, the EOS C300 PL fits shooting situations that are challenging for larger cameras.

Ultra High Resolution EVF 
The EOS C300 PL features a 0.52-inch, 1.55 Megapixel Color EVF and approximately 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.

CF Memory Card Recording
For versatility and reliability, the EOS C300 PL's recording and terminal specifications are completely compatible with the prevailing industry standards. It records to CF cards through dual slots. From a cost and reliability standpoint, CF cards have no equal. Solid state, and easy to find, 2 hours of 4:2:2 50Mbps footage can be recorded on two reusable and hot swappable 32 GB CF cards with ease. It's even possible to record to two CF cards simultaneously and relay-record for uninterrupted shots and copy from one card to another. 

Multiple Recording Formats and Advanced Recording
With the realities of production in mind, the EOS C300 PL can record in a number of different modes, resolutions and frame rates, delivering quality recordings perfect for any application. 24.00p mode matches the exact frame rates of film cameras, so there's no need for time-consuming frame-rate conversion. And the camera can shoot in both PAL and NTSC modes at 50 Mbps (CBR), 35 Mbps (VBR) and 25 Mbps (CBR) with a range of settings for resolution, color, frame rate and recording time. Whether shooting with the expectation of significant editing and post-production, recording for compatibility with HDV editing, or simply creating the longest possible HD image files, the EOS C300 PL will perform flawlessly. 

High-Speed, Slow-Motion, Time-Lapse and Stop-Motion
Beyond the advantages of file-based recording, the EOS C300 PL offers a number of creative possibilities in post-production. By capturing fewer frames per second, the camera can transform normal action into intense high-speed motion up to 60x. By capturing more frames per second, the camera can slow down motion to 1/2.5x at 720p. The EOS C300 PL can also be programmed to record a set number of frames at defined intervals for amazing time-lapse photography - and a frame-recording feature is perfect for stop-frame animation.

Connectivity
To connect to external monitors, switchers, VTRs and NLE systems with SDI inputs, the EOS C300 PL 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 and Focusing Aids
Providing the cinematographer with everything they need in the palm of their hands, the EOS C300 PL comes ready to produce. The cameras have 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 PL 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. It's all in the camera. 

WFT Wireless Remote Control over Wi-Fi
Offering a new level of mobility, the Canon Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E6A opens up a world of wireless options to the EOS filmmaker. The EOS C300 PL comes preconfigured so that camera settings can be viewed and controlled on third party devices with web browsers, including computers, smartphones and tablets without the need for additional in-camera software. With the WFT-E6A module the camera can be controlled from up to 150 feet away over an 802.11 a/b/g/n wireless network. The WFT-E6A enables superior camera control: users can start and stop recording; adjust focus, white balance, gain and other parameters; and adjust the aperture of Canon EF lenses. This offers huge potential for specialty applications where cameras must be controlled remotely such as nature documentaries or reality TV. It also enables input marking for metadata; and offers a live view of the composition. It supports incorporating GPS information into the file metadata - useful for general cinematic applications, and essential for expedition filmmakers. A basic window mode even enables use with the Apple iPhone®, iPod touch® and iPad®, as well as with handheld devices operating the Android™ operating system.
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
[1920x1080/59.94i , ISO640 (0dB), 2000 Lux, 89.9% reflection]
PAL: F10
[1920x1080/50.00i , ISO640 (0dB) , 2000 Lux, 89.9% reflection]
S/N Ratio NTSC: 54dB (Typical)
[1920x1080/29.97P, Canon Log base sensitivity ISO850 (Dynamic range 800%)]
PAL: 54dB (Typical)
[1920x1080/25.00P, 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 PL Mount
Focal length As indicated for Canon Cinema Lenses and other PL mount lenses
Peripheral illumination correction NO
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 remote
1/2-stop, 1/3-stop or FINE control
Possible to maintain constant F-number during zoom
Image stabilization system NO
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 GOP
50Mbps 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 YES
720p: 1-60fps in 1fps steps
1080p: 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: 1920x1080, 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; Both
Output 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, 20000
1/3rd 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 minutes¹
Optional 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
NOTES
ISO Sensitivity ¹ 320 and 20000 are not 1-stop increments but represent highest and lowest supported ISO values.
² [850] = Lowest ISO sensitivty achieving 800% dynamic range with Canon Log function.
Power Consumption ¹ 50Mbps CBR mode, HD-SDI off, using EVF.
Continuous Recording Time ¹ 50Mbps CBR mode, HD-SDI off, using EVF.
  • All specifications are subject to change without notice.
  • EOS C300 PL Body (with Grip/Camera cover R-F-3)
  • Monitor unit
  • Handle unit
  • Battery Pack BP-955 (also available as optional accessory)
  • Battery Charger CG-940
  • Compact Power Adapter CA-940 (also available as optional accessory)
  • Eye Cup
  • Viewfinder Cap
  • Thumb rest
  • Tripod base TB-1WFT Attachment
  • Measuring Hook
  • AC Cable x2
  • DC Cable (for CA-940)
  • Shoulder Strap SS-1200
  • XF Utilities Disc Ver. 3.0
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