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
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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