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Canon EOS C300 PL

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    Canon EOS C300 PL

    Leave no story untold

    A ground-breaking professional cine camera, EOS C300 PL fuses Canon’s proven video technology and lens heritage with EOS creativity. Interchangeable lenses give unprecedented freedom to tell every story.

    • 8.3MP Super 35mm CMOS sensor; Full HD
    • Industry-standard PL lens mount
    • Compact, modular, lightweight
    • 50Mbps MPEG-2 MXF to CF card
    • High sensitivity, low noise
    • Canon Log Gamma
    • 24.00p for movie production
    • Wi-Fi remote control
    • Seamless workflow integration

    Important update

    8.3MP Super 35mm CMOS sensor; Full HD

    An 8.3MP Super 35mm CMOS sensor, designed and manufactured by Canon specifically for video capture, provides 3ch RGB processing for Full HD recording. Canon’s sensor technology delivers superb high-resolution images with high sensitivity, low noise, reduced rolling shutter artefacts and low power consumption, along with typical large sensor benefits such as beautifully shallow depth of field.

    Industry-standard PL lens mount

    The EOS C300 PL’s industry standard mount is compatible with a wide variety of interchangeable lenses already used by film production professionals, as well as Canon’s own Cinema lenses. 3 electronic built-in ND filters increase shooting versatility.

    Compact, modular, lightweight

    The EOS C300 PL is ultra-compact, with a basic recording set up that weighs just 1869g (without lens). Removable grip, handle and multi-angle control panel components ensure maximum manoeuvrability, whilst the robust, splash resistant body features magnesium alloy components for additional rigidity and toughness.

    50Mbps MPEG-2 MXF to CF card

    Record broadcast-ready MPEG-2 MXF files at 50Mbps (4:2:2) to two CF memory cards – relay and simultaneous recording options are available. Industry-standard outputs include HD-SDI, along with Timecode, Genlock and Synch terminals for multi-camera shoots.

    High sensitivity, low noise

    The EOS C300 PL features enhanced sensitivity: low noise images can be captured at up to ISO 80000, allowing use in almost any shooting conditions.

    Canon Log Gamma

    Extensive image customisation includes built-in Canon Log Gamma, which delivers neutral image quality with wide dynamic range (800%) for maximum freedom in post-production. Adjust more than 90 image variables and store as Custom Picture profiles in-camera or on SD card.

    24.00p for movie production

    PAL, NTSC, and 24.00p modes are included as standard, offering frame rates from 23.98p to 59.94i. Adjust slow and fast motion in 1fps steps for creative flexibility.

    Wi-Fi remote control

    Wirelessly monitor camera settings via a notebook, tablet or Smartphone using a simple browser-based user interface. Control ND filters, add shot marks and upload metadata from a distance. (Optional wireless adaptor required.)

    Seamless workflow integration

    Integrating seamlessly with existing workflows, EOS C300 PL movies are compatible with most widely-used professional NLE software packages.

    Product Specification

    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 Manual via lens
    Iris control Manual via lens
    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, 80000
    1/3rd stop display: 320, 400, 500, 640, 800, [850]², 1000, 1250, 1600, 2000, 2500, 3200, 4000, 5000, 6400, 8000, 10000, 12800, 16000, 80000¹
    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 10.2W¹ (NTSC mode)
    9.9W¹ (PAL mode)
    Continuous Recording Time Supplied BP-955: Approx. 210 minutes¹
    Optional BP-975: Approx. 315 minutes¹

    MISCELLANEOUS

    Dimensions Approx 133 x 179 x 177mm (thumbrest attached);
    Approx 174 x 179 x 177mm (grip attached);
    Approx 185 x 284 x 301mm (grip, monitor unit and handle attached)
    Detachable handle YES
    Weight (camera only) 1630g
    Weight (fully equipped) Approx 2900g (grip, monitor unit, handle, BP-955, 2x CF card)
    Operating Temperature range -5ºC to +45ºC, 60% relative humidity
    ISO Sensitivity ¹ 320 and 80000 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.

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