By: Brent Ramsey
December 16, 2016
*This article has been revised from when it was posted December 13, 2016. The revised article removes Shutter Angle Priority from the updates to the original EOS C300.
In July 2016, Canon released an important firmware update for the C300 Mark II. This December 2016 Firmware offers additional camera functions for the EOS C300 Mark II and, just in case you thought they had forgotten about it, the original EOS C300 as well. This firmware represents a direct response to requests from users for new or improved camera functionality, and Canon’s overall continued support for Cinema EOS products.
So, let’s take a look at these new updates and how they just might help you on your next job.
Updates for Both the C300 and C300 Mark II:
This adds support for Canon’s newest Wi-Fi® adaptor, the WFT-E8A, which offers improved connectivity options like IEEE 802.11ac, includes FTP support, and employs an updated user interface over its predecessor, the WFT-E6A. You’ll still be able to use the WFT-E6A with both cameras.
These Wi-Fi units are especially helpful if and when you need to change camera settings while the camera is mounted out of reach, or to enter script notes directly into the metadata of the clip file while shooting. The Wi-Fi units act like a tiny server, transmitting an easily identifiable network location allowing for connection with laptops, workstations, smartphones and tablets using just a simple web browser, and require no special download or other application. They give you control over just about all of the camera’s important operational functions -- including Dual Pixel Auto Focus.
Support for a new standard zoom EF lens: EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM
This one is for only the EF models of both cameras, adding Peripheral Illumination Correction data for a great new lens, the EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM. It helps maintain a consistent brightness across the image area by reducing vignetting (corner darkness).
Updates for Only the C300 Mark II:
Shutter Angle Priority
This update was in direct response to requests from many operators for the camera to maintain a constant shutter angle -- regardless of changes to shooting frame rate. Called Shutter Angle Priority, this feature prevents the camera from automatically adjusting the shutter angle to compensate for the camera’s change in frame rate. This only applies to the shutter angle setting and does not affect the other shutter modes. Overall, it’s simply one less potential headache the DP or operator has to be concerned with while cranking through shots.
Support for the EVF-V70 OLED Electronic Viewfinder
This firmware adds support for the newly developed EVF-V70 electronic viewfinder that was announced along with the EOS C700. This OLED viewfinder features 1920x1080 resolution, and offers industry standard operability worthy of a top-end cinema camera.
Support for Zebras at 65% or Less
With previous firmware versions, Zebra 1 ranged in plus or minus 5% (±5%) increments between 70% and 95%, and Zebra 2 could be adjusted in 5% increments between 70% and 100%. With this firmware update you can now adjust both Zebra settings beginning at just ±5% for Zebra 1 and 0% for Zebra 2. This should help you dial in exposure readings in shadowy areas, especially with darker skin tones, and should come in real handy when working in Log gammas where Canon Log middle gray falls in around plus or minus 35% (±35%), for instance – a setting that was previously unavailable.
And remember, you can use Zebra 1 and 2 together -- allowing for the possibility of using one Zebra to help you protect highlights and the other for gauging exposure on skin tones. Zebras can be output over the HDMI, Monitor, or EVF-V70 terminals as well, giving the option of remotely monitoring exposure on some devices and not others.
Built-in Microphone OFF
An added menu item allows you to now turn off the camera’s built-in monaural microphone on the camera body, which previously was always ON and without an option to turn it off. No need to go into detail on this one, as most everyone in the camera department can easily appreciate the importance of this update.
2K Crop Audio Recording
And then this – a very unique change for the C300 Mark II – an added feature called 2K Crop Audio Recording. Before this update, 2K Crop was a Slow & Fast motion special recording mode in which no audio could be recorded. Well, it’s still a Slow & Fast motion setting – with frame rates up to 120fps, but now when you select any of these combinations of settings, between frame rate and Slow & Fast motion frame rate, you can record sound in the 2K Crop mode. This is a significant change for those of you shooting documentaries or events with B4 mount broadcast lenses, and should work with many super 16mm lenses, as it offers the advantages of shooting in the more lens-compatible 2K Crop mode.
• When using the Browser Remote, the Focus Guide frame can now be displayed.
• Metadata related to the XF-AVC range has been corrected; the range of Canon Log, Canon Log2, and Canon Log3 has been corrected to full range.
• The quality of autofocus has been enhanced.
• The operation reliability after changing the recording mode has been enhanced.
Updates for Only the EOS C300:
Grip Zoom Function:
This feature brings the EOS C300 up to date with the recent firmware improvements the C300 Mark II and C100 Mark II received in the July 2016 firmware. It enables zoom functions to be controlled from the Grip Unit’s joystick (EF models only) for the CINE-SERVO 17-120mm T2.95-3.9 EF, COMPACT-SERVO 18-80mm T4.4 EF, and the CINE-SERVO 50-1000mm T5.0-8.9 EF lenses. You simply push up for telephoto, and press down for wide, and speed is controllable in 16 steps.
Additional Dual Pixel Auto Focus support for C300 EF with DAF Upgrade
Also, staying with EF lens mount model, you’ll now be able to get full Dual Pixel Auto Focus support for both the Cine-Servo 17-120mm T2.95-3.9 EF, and the Compact-Servo 18-80mm T4.4 EF lenses on EOS C300’s outfitted with the Dual Pixel AF Upgrade.
And when you use the EOS C300 EF with either of those two lenses, or the Cine-Servo 50-1000mm T5.0-8.9 EF, you can also get additional features and functions that those lenses offer -- like servo zoom, continuous Auto-Iris, Push Auto Iris functions, and Record Start/Stop from the lens. Additionally, aperture can be adjusted manually by operating the control dial on the camera. The zoom, focus, and iris can be adjusted using the optional Canon RC-V100 Remote Controller (sold separately). This firmware will also install Peripheral Illumination Correction data for the lenses, and from now on their important lens metadata will be displayed on the camera, recorded, and stored in the file.
Left to right: CINE-SERVO 17-120mm T2.95-3.9 EF, COMPACT-SERVO 18-80mm T4.4 EF, CINE-SERVO 50-1000mm T5.0-8.9 EF
Download firmware version 184.108.40.206.00 for the EOS C300 Mark II, firmware version 220.127.116.11.00 for the EOS C300 with the Dual Pixel CMOS AF Feature Upgrade, and firmware version 18.104.22.168.00 for the stock EOS C300 without the DPAF upgrade. Be sure to visit the Canon USA web site to download this important firmware starting December 13, 2016.
Complete List of Updates for Each Camera Model:
For the EOS C300 Mark II Firmware Version 22.214.171.124.00 incorporates the following fixes and enhancements:
- Support for the separately sold EVF-V701 OLED Electronic Viewfinder has been added.
- Shutter Angle Priority has been added. A constant shutter angle can now be maintained, regardless of any other camera settings being changed.
- Support for separately sold the WFT-E8A Wireless File Transmitter has been added.
- Zebra range expanded below 65%.• The range of the Zebra 1 setting has been expanded to between 5% (±5%) and 95% (±5%) in steps of 5%.• The range of the Zebra 2 setting has been expanded to between 5% and 100% in steps of 5%.
- Audio off option added for the built-in microphone.• The internal microphone on the camera body can now be turned off.
- In Browser Remote, the focus guide frame can now be displayed.
- Audio recording available during 2K Crop.• Audio can now be recorded when the camera is set in 2K crop mode.
- Support for CFast cards (VPG130) has been added.2
- Support for peripheral illumination & chromatic aberration when the EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM lens is attached, has been added.
- Metadata related to the XF-AVC range has been corrected.• The range of Canon Log/Log2/Log3 has been corrected to full range.
- The quality of autofocus has been enhanced.
- The operation reliability after changing the recording mode has been enhanced.
For the EOS C300 (with Dual Pixel AF feature upgrade) Firmware Version 126.96.36.199.00 incorporates the following enhancements:
- With the CN7x17 KAS S/E13, CN-E18-80mm T4.4 L IS KAS, or CN20x50 IAS H/E13 attached, the following functions are available:• Autofocus using Dual Pixel CMOS AF is possible (with the exception of CN20x50 IAS H/E1).• Metadata, such as the model name and focal distance of the lens attached, can be acquired and displayed on the camera.4 • Peripheral illumination correction is supported.4 • Aperture can be adjusted manually by operating the camera’s control dial.4 • Settings can be changed so that the zoom can be operated using the joystick on the grip unit of the camera.• The zoom/focus4/iris4 can be operated using the separately sold RC-V100 Remote Controller.• The focus and iris can be operated via Wi-Fi Remote.4 • The automatic aperture and Push Auto Iris functions can be used.
- Support for the separately sold WFT-E8A Wireless File Transmitter has been added.
- Support for peripheral illumination correction when the EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM is attached has been added.
For the EOS C300 EF only: Firmware Version 188.8.131.52.00 incorporates the following enhancements:
- With the CN7x17 KAS S/E13, CN-E18-80mm T4.4 L IS KAS, or CN20x50 IAS H/E13 attached, the following functions are available:• Metadata, such as the model name and focal distance of the lens attached, can be acquired and displayed on the camera.4 • Peripheral illumination correction is supported.4 • Peripheral illumination correction is supported.4 • Settings can be changed so that the zoom can be operated using the joystick on the grip unit of the camera.• The zoom/focus4/iris4 can be operated using the separately sold RC-V100 Remote Controller.• The focus and iris can be operated via Wi-Fi Remote.4 • The automatic aperture and Push Auto Iris functions can be used.
- Support for peripheral illumination correction when the EF24-105mm f/4L IS II USM is attached has been added.
For the EOS C300 EF/PL
- Support for the separately sold WFT-E8A Wireless File Transmitter has been added.
- When using the EVF-V70, magnification while recording and the function to display the camera’s live view image on the Browser Remote screen cannot be used.
- For detailed information about CFast cards that have been verified to work with this camera, please visit Canon’s Web site.
- The firmware of the lenses also needs to be updated.
- For the CN7x17 KAS S/E1, support has already been provided in Firmware Version 184.108.40.206.00 or later.
Firmware Update Details for the EOS C300 Mark II, EOS C300 Mark II PL, EOS C200/C200B, EOS C700/C700 PL/C700 GS PL, and XF400/405 Camera Models