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Canon Super 35mm CMOS Sensor
The EOS C100 is equipped with the advanced 16:9 Super 35mm Canon CMOS Image Sensor. The large sensor format allows for cinematic image capture by providing depth of field control and dynamic range characteristics reminiscent of film for truly arresting images. The 8.3 megapixel sensor maximizes pixel pitch to permit greater sensitivity in low light while minimizing noise. The unique sensor design allows the EOS C100 to captures independent Red, Green, and Blue channels for Full HD 1920x1080 video. The resulting picture features the color and image quality similar to that of a three-chip camera with a single sensor.
Canon DIGIC DV III Image Processor
Designed and built by Canon for the highest quality HD RGB processing, the DIGIC DV III Image Processor uses proprietary circuits and architecture to deliver exceptional image quality at the highest speeds, with low power consumption and minimal heat output. It processes the RGB image data—originating from 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.
Exceptional Low Light Sensitivity and Wide Dynamic Range
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. Users will appreciate the new camera's 12 stops of dynamic range at all ISO speed settings from 320 to 20,000.
ISO range now up to 80,000 with firmware update now available.
Canon Log Gamma and Wide DR Gamma
Canon Log Gamma preserves shadow and highlight detail for maximum editing and grading in post-production without degrading image quality; contrast and sharpness are subdued with characteristics similar to negative film. Canon Log Gamma emphasizes rich gradients from mid-range to highlights and realizes 12-stops of Dynamic Range (DR). At ISO 850 and above, Canon Log Gamma enables 5.3 stops of latitude above optimal exposure (and 6.7 stops below), broadening the available dynamic range in color grading.
Wide DR Gamma exhibits high dynamic range, suppressing brightness while maintaining seamless gradations. A wide dynamic range of 800% preserves latitude for post-production work, but Wide DR Gamma is designed for perfect color "out-of-the-box."
The EOS C100 supports shooting AVCHD bit rates up to 24Mbps (LPCM) at a maximum resolution of 1920x1080. Frame rates of 60i, PF30, PF24, 24p, 50i, and 25p are all available for any number of production workflows. In addition, the 60i frame rate offers reduced rolling shutter artifacts for cleaner, more realistic images. The EOS C100 supports relay recording of long takes between dual SD cards or can write video to both cards for redundancy in the event of SD card failure. Pre REC mode buffers approximately 3 seconds before the tally light activates, instilling confidence that you have captured your take as you planned it.
The EOS C100 offers complete manual control of each aspect of the recording process. Create and recall custom picture settings, camera functions, and display options. Built-in ND filters expand control over exposure and depth-of-field. Manual control of video and audio capture gives you the power to fully control what you capture.
The EOS C100 is equipped with several powerful and intuitive focusing aids in both the EVF and LCD monitor that make it easy to confirm critical focus distance; Peaking Modes and Magnify Focus Modes are available while in standby or while recording. The EOS C100 also features the Edge Monitor Display on the LCD Monitor; green waveforms display the overall focus of the scene and red waveforms provide focus feedback of the three focus check boxes visible on the LCD monitor.
Compact and Ergonomic Design
The EOS C100 is designed with the single user in mind. It is 85% smaller than the Canon C300, 410 grams lighter, and it is based on a mobile core design that allows additional accessories to be attached depending on the situation. Strip the EOS C100 down for a "run-and-gun" style, or complement the camera with the full range of camera-mounted accessories. With a compact body, you can shoot dual-camera 3D without an outsized and cumbersome rig. Its light weight reduces user fatigue and allows even elaborate rigging systems to be mobile enough for a "crew of one." The removable accessory hand grip rotates 360 degrees for comfortable shooting positions, while customizable hardware buttons allow the EOS C100 to fit your own personal shooting preferences.
One-Shot AF assists in focusing adjustment with a dedicated button. Focus status is confirmed on the viewfinder and monitor.
Push Auto Iris automatically adjusts the aperture of the lens to quickly and easily maintain proper exposure, even in situations where lighting changes frequently. Run-and-Gun videographers and documentary filmmakers will appreciate the ability to start rolling without a protracted routine to establish optimum exposure values.
High Resolution EVF and Integrated LCD Display
Accurately assess focus, composition, and exposure with the 1.56 million dot-equivalent .24" Electronic Viewfinder with 100% coverage. The built-in 3.5-inch 920k dot LCD tilts 100 degrees for flexibility when composing tough perspective shots and rotates 180 degrees to protect the screen when not in use. Use the LCD display to review footage or to view the EOS C100's waveform monitor.
Removable Hand Grip with XLR Inputs and Built-in Stereo Microphone
The EOS C100 accepts a removable hand grip unit with built-in tally lights, stereo microphone, and dual XLR audio inputs for stereo recording. Audio is captured in 16-bit 48 kHz linear PCM format and each channel allows for independent gain adjustment. Attach a second microphone in the integrated mount, or power a wide range of audio capture devices with the dual XLR inputs with phantom power supply.
AVCHD File Based Recording to SD Cards
EOS C100 records video to SD cards using AVCHD, a high-efficiency codec that has quickly become the standard in both the professional and consumer video markets. Maximum bit-rate is 24Mbps. Video files greater than 2GB are split into multiple files while recording, which are automatically joined together upon import using Canon Data Import. AVCHD video is widely supported across NLE systems and is the standard codec for Blu-Ray. The EOS C100 supports a variety of output media.
HDMI Out With Time Code
In addition to recording to SD cards, the EOS C100 can output video via HDMI to an external display for monitoring purposes or to a separate, dedicated recorder. Time Code is superimposed on data output via HDMI, making it easy to sync additional video or audio to your footage in post-production.
Remotely control the EOS C100 via its LANC-compatible remote terminal. Remote operation allows for single-person operation even in creative rigging situations.
3840 x 2160 pixels; Approx. 8.29 megapixels
4206 x 2340 pixels; Approx. 9.86 megapixels
Super 35; 24.6 x 13.8 (28.2 mm diagonal); 6.4 µm cell pitch
Number of Sensors
RGB Primary Color Filter (Bayer Array)
Digic DV III
Interchangeable Lens System
EF-mount for compatibility with EF, EF-S and EOS EF Cinema lens systems.
Mechanical ND filter system with option of clear, 2, 4, and 6 stops
Manual setting in 1/2-step increments, 1/3-step increments or fine
Push auto iris control
Peripheral Illumination Correction
Manual; Push Auto Iris Control (metering system selection/AE shift possible)
Available (Standard Center Weighted, Spotlight, Backlight)
Normal Setting -6dB to 30 dB TBD
Fine Setting 0dB to 24 dB in 0.5 dB increments
320 to 80,000 in 1/3 stop increments
Exposure Compensation/AE Shift
3 Modes: OFF; Speed; Angle; Slow Shutter; Clear Scan
Speed setting can be set in 1/2 or 1/3 stop increments
Shutter Speed Range
59.94i/: 1/60 to 1/2000 in 1/4 or 1/3 stops; SLS: ¼, 1/8, 1/15, 1/30; CS: 59.94 Hz - 250.27 Hz
PF30: 1/30 to 1/2000 in 1/4 or 1/3 stops; SLS: ¼, 1/8; CS: 29.97 Hz - 250.27 Hz
23.98p/PF24: 1/24 to 1/2000 in 1/4or 1/3 stops; SLS: 1/3, 1/6, 1/12; CS: 23.97 Hz - 250.27 Hz
50i: 1/50 to 1/2000 in 1/4 or 1/3 stops; SLS: 1/3, 1/6, 1/12 1/25; CS: 50.00 Hz - 250.78 Hz
PF25: 1/25 to 1/2000 in 1/4 or 1/3 stops; SLS: 1/3, 1/6, 1/12; CS: 25.00 Hz - 250.78 Hz
Shutter Angle Settings
59.94i: 360, 240, 216, 180, 120, 90, 60, 45, 30, 22.5, 15, 11.25
PF30: 360, 240, 216, 180, 120, 90, 60, 45, 30, 22.5, 15, 11.25
23.98p/PF24: 360, 345.6, 288, 240, 180, 172.8, 144, 120, 90, 86.4, 72, 60, 45, 30, 22.5, 15, 11.25
50i: 360, 300, 240, 180, 150, 120, 90, 60, 45, 30, 22.50, 15, 11.25
PF25: 360, 300, 240, 180, 150, 120, 90, 60, 45, 30, 22.50, 15, 11.25
Iris (Aperture) Range
Manual; One-Shot AF
Available; AF is dependent on interchangeable lenses
TTL-Video Signal Sensing System
* The focusing operation is disabled at shutter speeds slower than 1/8 in 59.94 Hz mode and 1/6 in 50 Hz mode
Maximum Bit rate
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
Maximum Clip Number
999 (per media)
24 Mbps Mode: Linear PCM; 2-Channel; 16-Bit; 48 kHz
All Other Modes: Dolby Digital AC3
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.
16 Settings; Volume is muted at lowest setting
Yes; 16 level settings
Available; -12, -18, or -20 dB
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
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.
Available; 2 Modes (Standard and RGB Component)
Peaking (2 types), Zebra Pattern*, Magnify, Edge Monitor Focus Assist, Black and White Mode
Yes, 3 seconds cache (Audio and Video)
Available (Horizontal, vertical, or both can be selected)
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)
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
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.
Available, 9 total functions
Available; LCD panel and EVF information display can be customized
Total of 27 display and icons that can be turned on and off
15; Can be assigned functions as desired
Available; Color bars compliant with SMPTE, EBU, or ARIB standards can be selected.
Minimum Subject Illumination
59.94 Hz Mode: 0.3 Lux
(f/1.2 lens, 24 dB, 29.97p, 1/30s)
50.00 Hz Mode: 0.25 Lux
(f/1.2 lens, 24 dB, 25.00p, 1/25s)
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)
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)
During Normal Shooting: 300%
*With Canon Log Gamma or Wide DR Gamma: 800%
*ISO 850 or above - gain 2.5dB or above
0.24-inch Color (1,555,000 pixels - 960x540)
Diopter Adjustment Range
+2.0 to -5.5
Brightness, Contrast, Color, and Backlight
Rotating 3.5 inch Wide Screen Color LCD Display (922,000 pixels - 640x480) on camera body
Brightness, Contrast, Color, Sharpness, and Backlight (Normal or Bright)
Time code In/Out
Output through 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
Available; 3.5mm stereo mini-jack
Available (Fully LANC Compatible)
Battery Pack: 7.4V
DC in: 8.4V
Compact Power Adapter
Tripod Adapter Base
Zoom Remote Controller
Camera 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)
Camera 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)
Camera 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)
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)
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 support - UTC time setting: Setting range from +14:00 to - 12:00
Compatible Supplies & Accessories
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Battery Pack 955
Battery Pack 975
CA-930 Power Adapter
Remote Controller RC-V100
The RC-V100 Remote Controller provides full access to all important user functions, in addition to basic controls. Learn More
The RC-V100 Remote Controller provides full access to all important user functions, in addition to basic controls. Learn More
Tripod Adapter Base
Tripod Adapter TA-100
TA-100 Tripod Adapter allows you to quickly mount/dismount the XL2 on or from a tripod.
Video Light VL-10Li II
A small, light and powerful video light for indoor and outdoor use. Rated at 10 watts, it accepts a Lithium-Ion battery pack for power and attaches to the XH G1 / XH A1's accessory shoe.
Item Code: 7428B002
This package includes the EOS C100 with the Dual Pixel CMOS AF Feature Upgrade.
Go behind the scenes with directors Patrick Moreau and Grant Peelle, who used the Canon Cinema EOS C100 for their feature documentary #standwithme. #standwithme captures the heartwarming story of Vivienne Harr, a precocious 9-year-old who raises money through her own lemonade stand to end childhood slavery.
The versatile RC-V100 Remote Controller for EOS C-Series Digital Cinema cameras and the XF305/300/205/200 Professional Camcorders provide full access to all important user functions.
The classic story of “Boy-Meets-Girl,” excepting that the “Boy”, in this case the titular Protagonist, Bart, walks around with an arrow in his chest.
Director Rich Landes and Cinematographer Peter Simonite discuss the Process of shooting their new short film, Bart, entirely on the Canon EOS C100, and how they were able to run and gun 90 set-ups in two days.
Can a camera detect a user’s heart rate and generate custom music? BioBeats created a world where our apps and devices understand and adapt to the way we feel.
How do you shoot documentary in 3 countries in just over a week? With the C100, which allowed stillmotion to work in a run and gun situation while maximizing the story they were telling.
March 2017 Firmware Update
This firmware update will support the following cinema lenses for both the EOS C100 and the EOS C100 DAF (the EOS C100 with the Dual Pixel Autofocus upgrade):
- CINE-SERVO 50-1000mm T5.0-8.9 EF (CN20x50 IAS H/E1)
- CINE-SERVO 17-120mm T2.95-3.9 EF (CN7x17 KAS S/E1)
- CINE-SERVO 18-80mm T4.4 EF (CNE-18-80mm T4.4 L IS KAS S)
This update will provide camera support for these lenses, and will add enhanced in-camera functionality when one of these lenses is attached. For instance, a menu addition will enable control of the zoom from the joystick on the grip unit. And the zoom speed will be adjustable in 16 variations – from super slow to super quick.
The firmware enables zoom and zoom speed controls from the EOS C100 joystick.
Additionally, this firmware will add support for Push Auto Iris and Auto Iris for all three lenses, along with enabling support to adjust the iris from the Control Dial on the camera body. Also, the Start/Stop button on the lens will be able to start and stop camera recording, in while also recording important lens metadata to the file – items like focal length and f/stop. Imaging corrections like Peripheral Illumination Correction is supported for all three lenses, as well.
If you need a remote control solution when using any of these lenses mounted on the EOS C100, items like focus, zoom and iris will be controllable when using them in conjunction with the Canon RC-V100.
Very significantly, if you’re using the EOS C100 DAF with either the 17-120mm or the 18-80mm, you’ll get responsive One-Shot AF, or continuous autofocus with both.
Additionally, this firmware adds Peripheral Illumination correction data to the EOS C100/EOS C100 DAF models for some new additions to the EF lens family:
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