Autofocus System Available; AF is dependent on interchangeable lenses TTL-Video Signal Sensing System
AF Modes One-Shot AF * The focusing operation is disabled at shutter speeds slower than 1/8 in 59.94 Hz mode and 1/6 in 50 Hz mode
Compression MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
Maximum Bit rate 24Mbps
Recording Options Recording Options
24 Mbps LPCM
Card capacity (SD Card)
Bit rate (VBR)
1 hour 10 minutes
1 hour 45 minutes
2 hours 20 minutes
1 hour 5 minutes
1 hour 30 minutes
3 hours 35 minutes
1 hour 25 minutes
2 hour 5 minutes
4 hours 45 minutes
2 hours 55 minutes
4 hours 10 minutes
9 hours 35 minutes
5 hours 55 minutes
8 hours 20 minutes
19 hours 10 minutes
*Same for 24 Mbps LPCM Recording Note: If recording is performed continuously for 12 hours the recording will stop. It will not restart automatically.
Recording Media SD Card x2 (Video, Still Images (JPEG), Custom Picture Data*, Clip Metadata, and menu settings); SD/SDHC/SDXC Supported; MMC Cards are not supported *Custom Picture Data and settings is not compatible with data from others Canon models
File Format AVCHD
File System FAT 32
Maximum Clip Number 999 (per media)
Recording Format 24 Mbps Mode: Linear PCM; 2-Channel; 16-Bit; 48 kHz All Other Modes: Dolby Digital AC3
Built-in Microphone Stereo Microphone built in to Handle Unit
External Audio Inputs 2 - XLR inputs (Auto and Manual level settings) External microphone terminal: (3.5 mm diameter)
Recording Channel Selection This is used to set the allocation of the audio channels: CH1/CH2: The CH1 signals are allocated to the L output channel, and the CH2 signals are allocated to the R output channel. CH1/CH1: The CH1 signals are allocated to the L output channel, and the CH1 signals are allocated to the R output channel. CH2/CH2: The CH2 signals are allocated to the L output channel, and the CH2 signals are allocated to the R output channel. ALL CH/ALL CH: Signals obtained by mixing the CH1 and CH2 signals are allocated to the L and R output channels.
XLR Mic Trimming Available; -12dB, -6 dB, 0dB, +6dB or +12 dB
Recording Level Adjustment Range - Infinity to +18dB, Automatic Separate controls for internal and externally connected microphones.
Phantom Power Available; +48V
Headphone Adjustment 16 Settings; Volume is muted at lowest setting
Built-in Speaker Yes; 16 level settings
1KHz Tone Available; -12, -18, or -20 dB
Features and Performance
Playback Index Displays: Index Display 3x4, Normal, "OK Mark" Index, "Check Mark" Index, "Shot Mark" Index, Expand Index, Photo Index HD Clip Playback: Normal, Forward Search (x5, x15, x60), Reverse Search (x5, x15, x60), Forward frame Advance, Reverse Frame Advance, Record Review, Forward Skip, Reverse Skip SD Clip Playback: Normal Playback Playback Functions: Inter-media Copy (Single Clip, All Clips); Clip Delete (Single Clip, All Clips, Last Clip) HD -> SD Conversion (SD Format: MPEG-2; 9 Mbps) Still Image Playback: index, single playback, erasure, protect
Slow and Fast Motion Recording Not Available
Special Recording Functions Relay Recording; Double-Slot Recording
Photo Recording Mode Available; Images captured to SD Card; Images can be captured during Record, Pause and Playback modes.
Waveform Monitor Available; 2 Modes (Standard and RGB Component)
Exposure/Focus Aids Peaking (2 types), Zebra Pattern*, Magnify, Edge Monitor Focus Assist, Black and White Mode
Interval Record N/A
Frame Record N/A
Pre-Record Yes, 3 seconds cache (Audio and Video)
Scan Reverse Available (Horizontal, vertical, or both can be selected)
Time code Drop Frame (DF)* or Non-Drop Frame (NDF) *NTSC-60i, PF30, and PF24 modes only
Time Code Modes Regen, Record Run, Free Run
Auto White Balance (AWB) Available
White Balance Presets AWB, Daylight (5,400K); Tungsten (3,200K); Kelvin; Set A; Set B White balance shift is available within Presets (-9 to +9)
Custom Picture Settings Available; A total of nine 9 Customized Pictures are available in the camera and up to 20 can be saved to an SD card Custom pictures can be adjusted using the following settings and saved for later recall: Gamma, Black, Black Gamma, Low Key Saturation, Knee, Sharpness, Noise Balance, Color Correction, Setup Level Custom Pictures CP7, CP8 and CP9 ship with the following preset: C7: EOS Standard - The image quality obtained when "Standard" is selected as the picture style on an EOS DSLR. C8: Wide DR - The video setting applies a gamma setting (Wide DR Gamma) which can achieve a wide dynamic range while maintaining color values suitable for video without the need for post production processing C9: Cinema - Applies Canon Log Gamma and Color Matrix. This setting is ideal when post-production image processing is planned.
Custom Functions Available, 9 total functions
Custom Display Available; LCD panel and EVF information display can be customized Total of 27 display and icons that can be turned on and off
Assign Buttons 15; Can be assigned functions as desired
Color Bars Available; Color bars compliant with SMPTE, EBU, or ARIB standards can be selected.
Sensitivity F9 (2000 lux, ISO 640/0 dB, 89.9% Reflection, in 1080/59.94i mode) F10 (2000 lux, ISO 640/0 dB, 89.9% Reflection, in 1080/50i mode)
S/N Ratio 59.94 Hz Mode: 54db (Typical) (1920x1080/27.97P, Canon Log, ISO 850) 50.00 Hz Mode: 54dB (Typical) (1920x1080/25.00p, Canon Log, ISO 850)
Dynamic Range During Normal Shooting: 300% *With Canon Log Gamma or Wide DR Gamma: 800% *ISO 850 or above - gain 2.5dB or above
Type 0.24-inch Color (1,555,000 pixels - 960x540)
Viewing Angle Adjustment N/A
Diopter Adjustment Range +2.0 to -5.5
EVF Adjustments Brightness, Contrast, Color, and Backlight
Type Rotating 3.5 inch Wide Screen Color LCD Display (922,000 pixels - 640x480) on camera body
Display Adjustments Brightness, Contrast, Color, Sharpness, and Backlight (Normal or Bright)
Time code In/Out Output through HDMI
HDMI Yes (Type A)
Audio Input Terminal 2 - Balanced 3-pin XLR (Mic Level, Mic Level with phantom power and Line Level) on handle unit 3.5mm Microphone terminal on main body
Headphone Jack Available; 3.5mm stereo mini-jack
Remote Terminals Available (Fully LANC Compatible)
Power Terminal Battery Pack: 7.4V DC in: 8.4V
Battery BP-9 Series
Compact Power Adapter CA-930 (Supplied)
Tripod Adapter Canon TA-100
Tripod Adapter Base Canon TB-1
Zoom Remote Controller Canon ZR2000
Wi-Fi Adapter N/A
Dimensions C100 (Body plus Thumb Rest): Approx. 5.3(w) x 6.7(h) x 5.1d(d) in. (135(w) x 170(h)h x 129(d)d mm) C100 (Body plus Grip): Approx. 7.2(w) x 6.7(h) x 5.1(d) in. (182(w) x 170(h) x 129(d) mm) C100 (Body plus Thumb Rest and Handle Unit): Approx. 5.6(w) x 11.1(h) x 9.3(d) in. (142(w) x 281(h) x 236(d) mm) D160 PL (Body plus Grip and Handle Unit): Approx. 7.2(w) x 11.1(h) x 9.3(d) in. (182(w) x 281(h) x 236(d) mm)
Main Unit Weight C100 Body: Approx. 2.2 lb. / 1020 g (excluding thumbrest)
Grip: Approx. 8.1 oz. / 230 g Handle Unit: Approx. 12.7 oz. / 360 g BP-955 Battery: 7.8 oz / 220 g SD Cards x 2: 0.14 oz / 4 g Body Cap : Approx. 0.6 oz / 17 g Thumbrest : Approx. 0.35 oz / 10 g
Total Equipped Weight C100: Approx. 4.0 lb. (1835 g) (Weight includes the Grip, hook, Handle Unit, BP-955, 2x SD cards.) C100: Approx. 3.3 lb. (1475 g) (Weight includes the Grip, hook, BP-955, 2x SD cards.)
Temperature and Humidity Performance requirements: 0°C to 40°C, 85% (relative humidity) Operating requirements: -5°C to 45°C, 60% (relative humidity)
Language Support English, Japanese, Simplified Chinese, German, Spanish, French, Italian, Polish, Russian, Korean
Time and Date Automatic Calendar range January 1st, 2010 through December 31, 2035 selectable in American, Japanese and European Date formats.
World Clock World Clock support - UTC time setting: Setting range from +14:00 to - 12:00
The negatives are easily overcome
You can read all about the features in the other reviews. This is just a comment on the solutions for the three gripes that everyone complains about.
1. Slow motion. Switch the camera to 60i or 50i and then with two clicks in your edit suite you have slow motion! This method looks better IMO than the 720 60p slowmo.
2. The EVF. Instead of using the EVF you can get a loupe made for the LCD screen from LCDVF (the BM model fits) or Zacuto. Works great.
3. Codec. I haven't had any issues with the AVCHD codec, but if you really want to abuse the image in grading then you can use a Ninja or Blade external recorder and get ProRes 422 out of camera.
Like everyone who wants it all without having to pay for it, I wish we didn't need to go to other steps or workarounds, but for the price of this camera these are hardly deal breakers. The image and ergonomics make up for them easily.
March 10, 2014
great upgrade choice from dslr
4k isn't here yet. 99% of the jobs I do don't require it. This camera has a great image (upgradable to 4:2:2 with atomos ninja 2), built in ND filters, focus peaking, waveforms, wonderful sharpness, canon log, etc. In short - it is a camcorder. Filmmakers coming from DSLR's, it is so worth the upgrade.
Except..... where the heck is the slow motion?!? We all know that you can do it with firmware, Canon. Step up your game. That is my only low rating.... oh, and the viewfinder is complete rubbish.
March 4, 2014
I like this camera. Very easy to handle. Finally can exchange lenses.
January 31, 2014
Solid Performer - Good Ergonomics
This is our main camera for doing commercial projects for web. The ergonomics compared to a DSLR's really make it stand out. I've used everything from the older Canon XL1s line upward, and this camera truly has a great layout.
The audio capabilities of this camera are great as well. You soon realize how nice it is to be able to plug an XLR straight into a camera from a LAV and set levels without having to worry about syncing later. (Something we never had the luxury of on our 5D III.)
We also use it with an Atmos Ninja 2 to get higher bit rates when needed. They pair well and we've not any issue with the or any other external monitor/recorder.
Initially we had some concern on recording to SD vs. our normal CF, but we've not had any issues with this.
Yes, there are some features we hope Canon sees sense in adding in the future (everyone knows it should have 60P on it) but Canon's been good as of late to get the updates out there.
The build is very solid as well. No issues with the handle either on the side or the one on top.
November 15, 2013