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The heart of any Canon camera is its superb image-sensor technology. The EOS C300 Mark II Digital Cinema Camera integrates an 8.85 Megapixel Super 35mm 16:9 CMOS sensor that supports 4K (DCI) recording with a maximum resolution of 4096 x 2160 pixels. The camera fully utilizes the image data delivered by this 4K CMOS sensor to also enable Over Sampling HD Processing for 2K (DCI) and Full HD1080/60p recording.
Each pixel in this CMOS imaging sensor also maintains a wide pixel pitch that maximizes the amount of light that falls on to each photo site, thus enhancing the EOS C300 Mark II’s sensitivity while also minimizing noise and supporting ISO speeds of up to 102,400 for extreme low-light imaging. This sensor also reduces data-readout time to about half of what it was in the original EOS C300 Camera, which results in a significant reduction in rolling-shutter artifacts.
The information yielded from the 4K sensor is fully utilized to enable high-image-quality 2K (DCI)/Full HD recording (Over Sampling HD Processing) and to support multi-purpose production needs.
The EOS C300 Mark II Digital Cinema Camera's re-designed imaging system includes dual DiG!C DV 5 image processors, which work in concert with the camera's advanced Super 35 CMOS sensor and XF-AVC codec to enable a wide variety of image quality and feature improvements. These include 15 stops of dynamic range, Canon Log 2 recording, Dual Pixel CMOS AF, simultaneous 4K and HD proxy recording, and 2K/Full HD frame rates of up to 120 fps.
CFast (CompactFast) 2.0 cards are the next-generation mass-storage media employed by the EOS C300 Mark II for in-camera 4K video recording. The EOS C300 Mark II Digital Cinema Camera features two CFast card slots, each of which is protected by a convenient hinged cover. The camera also includes an SD card slot for HD and Proxy recording. For example, the camera can simultaneously record 4K on two CFast (2.0) cards along with 2K proxy images on its SD card for off-line editing.
The following chart illustrates the various record times based on the capacity of the CFast card being used:
As of June 2015, compatibility has been verified for the following CFast memory cards:
The EOS C300 Mark II Digital Cinema Camera features a new log gamma designated as Canon Log Gamma 2, which was designed explicitly for the camera's 10-bit recording capabilities. The files produced using Log format are ideal for color correction/grading in post-production, providing users with a high level of creative freedom while minimizing degradation of image quality. When using Canon Log 2, the Cinema EOS C300 Mark II can provide a dynamic range up to 1600%.
Users can now set the Canon Log 2 gamma profile which achieves a uniform output n a wide area of the log space making it easy to perform post-processing.
The EOS C300 Mark II Digital Cinema Camera incorporates the new Canon XF-AVC codec that allows 4K image data to be recorded internally onto CFast (2.0) cards. (The camera features two CFast card slots and an SD card slot.) This makes it easy for users to record high quality compressed 4K images in the camera body without the need for external recorders. If full uncompressed RAW recording is needed, the EOS C300 Mark II Digital Cinema Camera can output its signal through dual 3G-SDI outputs to an external recorder.
The EOS C300 Mark II Digital Cinema Camera features shooting speeds ranging from 1 fps (for time-lapse filming) to its highest speed of 120 fps (in 2K/Full HD). A wide range of expressive effects are made possible for creative digital filmmaking.
Multiple recording modes, resolutions and frame rates make the EOS C300 Mark II Digital Cinema Camera creatively flexible and able to work in any production environment.
Designed to integrate into existing production setups, the EOS C300 PL is fully compatible with a wide variety of industry-standard PL-mount lenses, ensuring the finest in today's technology and operability will work seamlessly with trusted optics already in the filmmakers possession. Compatibility with Canon's existing PL mount lenses means filmmakers can take advantage of the brilliant new optical designs Canon has developed for the Cinema market.
Canon's Cinema Zoom lenses offers outstanding optical performance for demanding high-end productions. With fluorite, aspherical lens elements and an advanced optical design, our Cinema Zoom lenses are capable of 4K-image reproduction. The wide-angle CN-E14.5-60mm T2.6 L S/SP provides industry-leading breadth of range; the telephoto CN-E30-300mm T2.95-3.7 L S/SP rivals best-in-class zoom magnification and telephoto focal length. Together these lenses cover the range most commonly used in cinema shooting.
The EOS C300 Mark II Digital Cinema Camera builds on the innovative and efficient ergonomic design of the original, while also providing new advantages. Redesigned from the ground up to maximize shooting comfort and usability improvements asked for by users, the EOS C300 Mark II Digital Cinema Camera's modular design allows different components to be added or removed as needed to not only meet the demands of a particular shooting environment, but to also maximize the comfort of the camera operator. In addition to the core body of the EOS C300 Mark II Digital Cinema Camera, the EOS C300 Mark II Digital Cinema Camera comes with a removable hand grip, improved low-angle camera handle extension with additional attachment points, and removable LCD monitor and control panel with XLR audio inputs.
The EOS C300 Mark II Digital Cinema Camera comes equipped with two 3G-SDI, a genlock input, a time code input/output, and an HDMI output. (The camera's various "assist-displays" - waveform monitor, edge monitor, peaking, zebra and magnify - can be output to the SDI and HDMI outputs.)
The EOS C300 Mark II Digital Cinema Camera supports the Canon RC-V100 multi-functional remote controller for enabling image quality adjustments and camera operations to be set from a distance. The EOS C300 Mark II Digital Cinema Camera is also LANC compatible and supports a variety of LANC accessories from third-party manufacturers.
Users can take dynamic control of the functionality of the EOS C300 Mark II Digital Cinema Camera using a standard web browser with the optional WFT-E6A or WFT-E8A wireless file transmitter. Almost all shooting operations and settings can be controlled from a laptop, tablet or smart phone. Focusing functions have been added, and the focusing area can even be moved by touch, allowing accurate focusing operations even when direct access to the camera is not available.
The EOS C300 Mark II Digital Cinema Camera is also a fully manual digital camera. Users of the EOS C300 Mark II Digital Cinema Camera have full manual control of all camera functions including iris, shutter speed, gain, zoom, focus, and audio, giving them the ability to adapt to both technical and artistic challenges when shooting. For maximum customization, users have access to Custom Picture Settings, Custom Functions, and Custom Display Options to tailor the camera precisely to their needs.
CMOS sensor (single-panel) equivalent to Super 35 mm
Approx. 9.84 megapixels (4206 x2340)
Number of effective pixels
Approx. 8.85 megapixels (4096 x 2160): When 4096 x 2160 or 2048 x 1080 is selected as the resolution
Approx. 8.29 megapixels (3840 x 2160): When 3840 x 2160 or 1920 x 1080 is selected as the resolution
(1) Manual exposure based on shutter setting, iris setting, ISO/gain setting, and ND filter setting
(2) Push auto iris control, auto iris control (Light metering system selection, shift possible)
Speed, Angle, Clear Scan, Slow, or Off mode selected
Either 1/3 or 1/4 steps selected as speed increment
1/2-stop, 1/3-stop or fine setting selected
(1) Push auto iris control
(2) Auto iris control *
* Available only with some EF lenses
1 step, 1/3 step settings
[*100 - 160 - 25600 -*102400
*When the sensitivity is expanded
Normal [*-6dB - -2dB - 42dB - *54d8]
Fine: Setting in 0.5d8 step increments possible
* When the sensitivity is expanded
5 density settings (2,4,6,8(*), 10(*) stops) [(*) when expansion is selected]
Manual focus, one-shot AF, continuous AF, AF-Boosted MF (*), face detection AF (Only lenses that support AF functions can be used in any of these modes.)
4in. (10.1 cm diagonal) color wide-screen LCD with 16:9 aspect ratio
Approx. 1.23 million dots (854 x RGB x 480), 100% field of view coverage
0.46in. (1.18 cm on the diagonal), color organic EL display with a widescreen 16:9 aspect ratio
Approx. 1.17 million dots (1024 x RGB x 576), 100% field of view ratio
AWB, Kelvin setting (setting range: 2000K to 15000K), daylight, tungsten, settings (A/B)
59.94 Hz, 50.00 Hz, 24.00 Hz
59.94 Hz mode 59.94i / 59.94P / 29.97P / 23.98P
50.00 Hz mode 50.00i / 50.00P / 25.00P
24.00 Hz mode 24.00P
Movie recording, custom picture settings, metadata 2-slot
Recording of movies and photos (JPEG), custom pictures, metadata, menus and other data possible
Video Compression Formats
Audio Recording System
Linear PCM (16bit/24bit- 48 kHz - 4ch)
410/310/225/ 210/160Mbps Intra-frame
35 or 24Mbps Long GOP 01 (for proxy recording on SD cards)
Color sampling01: YCC422 10 bit/(*)RGB444 (12 bit/10 bit)
(*) Only with 2048x1080 or 1920x1080; 29.97P, 23.98P, 25.00P and 24.00P
Long GOP recording
Color sampling01: YCC422 10 bit
Movies: Long GOP recording only (*)
Resolution : 2048x1080 / 1920x1080
Signal configuration: YCC420 8bit
Resolution : 2048x1080 / 1920x1080
(*) Proxy recording using low bit rate
Drop frame(*) or non-drop frame
(*) Only in the 59.94 Hz mode
Rec run, free run, regeneration
Zoom Remote Controller
Slow & Fast motion recording (max. 120 fps supported), frame recording, pre-recording, interval recording
Relay recording, double slot recording, 4K RAW output, custom picture settings, color bar, peaking display, zebra display, My Menu settings, waveform monitor display, customized functions, assignable buttons (1 to 11), key lock, marker displays, Enlarged display, custom display Browser remote control using WFT unit, peripheral illumination correction, monaural microphone, fan control, magnification chromatic aberration compensation, GPS information recording, etc.
Normal playback, fast forward (at speeds of 5x, 15x, 60x), fast reverse (at speeds of 5x, 15x, 60x), frame forward, frame reverse, forward skip, reverse skip, rec review
3x4 (clip) index screen
[Original, OK mark, check mark, shot mark, expand, proxy, photo (SD card) index displays available]
Clip Information Displays
Clip metadata display, custom picture data display
Clip deletion, clip copying
GENLOCK terminal (also serves as SYNC OUT terminal), TIME CODE terminal (input output switching), REMOTE terminal, MIC terminal, AUDIO terminal
MON terminal, REC OUT terminal, HDMI OUT terminal, headphones terminal, SYNC OUT terminal (also serves as GENLOCK terminal), TIME CODE terminal (input output switching), VIDEO terminal
System extension terminal (WFT/other unit)
Clip deletion, clip copying
INPUT terminal (XLR) x 2, VIDEO terminal
14.4V DC (battery pack), 16.7 V DC (DC-IN)
Image Processing Platform
Dual Digic DV 5
Main Unit Weight
Approx. 4.4 lb (2000 g)
without thumb rest and grip
Dimensions (W x H x D)
Approx. 5.9 x 7.2 x 7.2 in (149 x 183 x 183 mm) with thumb rest
Approx. 7.5 x 7.2 x 7.4 in (190 x 183 x 187 mm) with grip
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The July 28, 2016 worldwide release of Cinema EOS firmware updates include C300 Mark II image quality improvements for Canon Log 2, and the addition of Canon Log 3, along with added functionality for Cine Primes, Cine-Servo, and Compact-Servo and EF lenses, as well as other feature enhancements.
The Dual Pixel CMOS AF system is so incredibly impressive that filmmakers from all backgrounds are quickly dropping their preconceived notions about autofocus for video capture.
EVF-V70 OLED Electronic Viewfinder Support
This optional EVF-V70 OLED Electronic Viewfinder is now supported by the camera, offering industry-standard operability and quality. The 1920x1080 resolution currently outclasses many competitors, helping to make 4K video production easier.
Shutter Angle Priority
A constant shutter angle can now be maintained, regardless of any other camera settings being changed.
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%. Previously, the Zebra 1 setting range was between 70% (±5%) and 95% (±5%).
The range of the Zebra 2 setting has been expanded to between 5% and 100% in steps of 5%. Previously, the Zebra 1 setting range was between 70% and 100%.
While higher numbers can help facilitate correct overall scene exposure, helping to prevent over-exposure, the expanded range in the lower end can help correctly expose a variety of skin tones.
2K Crop Audio Recording
Audio can now be recorded when the camera is set in 2K crop mode. Audio must be recorded in the following combinations with a resolution of 2048x1080/1920x1080:
|System Frequency||Frame Rate||S&F Frame Rate|
Built-in Mic Audio Off
The internal microphone on the camera body can now be turned off.
WFT-E8 Wireless File Transmitter Support
The optional WFT-E8 Wireless File Transmitter is now supported, adding wireless operation, metadata input and speedy image transfer from the camera, while offering expanded versatility with an enhanced user interface.
Peripheral Illumination Correction
The camera can now collect Peripheral Illumination Correction data when used with the EF24-105mm f/4L IS II USM lens. This allows the camera to automatically adjust the picture to correct for corner shading, helping to maintain consistent brightness across the image area and reduce vignetting.
Canon Log 3
Canon Log 3 achieves a dynamic range of 1600% with 14 stops of dynamic range, and can be ideal for middle end users that have a limited budget for post-production, and need quick turnaround.
Improved Image Quality
A reduction in the dark noise level is realized in Canon Log 2 mode. Streaking and black sun spots have been reduced in all modes by changing the CMOS sensor control.
ACES 1.0 Output via SDI/HDMI
The Academy qualified the EOS C300 Mark II cinema camera for ACES 1.0. This new format allows the camera to output ACES 1.0 from the camera’s HD-SDI and HDMI terminals.
Magnify Function During REC
The Magnify function can be used during recording when the function is selected in the menu.
Additional Lens Functionality
The highlighted lens functions are now possible with this update.
A classic con movie with a twist, Trick Shot is a a film about a family of con artists who travel across the country to pay off their son’s gambling debt and get more than they bargain for.
A behind the scenes look at the making of Trick Shot, the first film to be shot on the EOS C300 Mark II Digital Cinema Camera. Director Evan Kaufmann, Director of Photography Gale Tattersall and others share their impressions of working with Canon's new EOS C300 Mark II Digital Cinema Camera.
Join Canon U.S.A.’s Technical Advisor Brent Ramsey as he discusses the new features and benefits of the EOS C300 Mark II Cinema camera.
In this video tutorial series, hosted by Canon Digital Learning Center contributor, Jem Schofield, take a look at the new internal and external features of this camera and how it compares and differs from its predecessor.
Join Canon Digital Learning Center contributor Jem Schofield, as he discusses how to use assignable buttons to make applying LUTs quicker and more convenient during your productions.
Join Canon Digital Learning Center contributor Jem Schofield, as he gives a quick overview of the Canon MA-400 microphone adapter used on the EOS C300 Mark II.
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