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Wide Dynamic Range
The EOS C300 PL incorporates the first Canon CMOS sensor designed specifically for high frame rate motion pictures, offering not only high resolution and shallow depth-of-field but also high sensitivity with low noise. 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.
ISO range now up to 80,000 with firmware update now available.
Canon Log Gamma
Shooting in Canon Log mode, cinematographers can set the camera exposure value using their customary light meter practices. Canon Log is a special nonlinear transfer function embodied within the DIGIC DV III RGB video processing system. This transfer function is specifically designed to facilitate the post-production of digital images originating in Cinema EOS in a manner similar to the post-production of images digitally transferred from motion picture film (the contemporary DI process). By managing the disposition of quantization bits, Canon Log ensures excellent tonal reproduction within both highlight and low-light regions of a given digital image - maintaining a total dynamic range of 800%. These sophisticated video grading processes restructure a new digital representation achieving a sought-after creative look on a quality reference display.
Low Light/High ISO Ability
A dark and stormy night? With the EOS C300 PL, it's no problem. The combination of sensor and image processor render an extraordinary signal-to-noise ratio and as such make shooting at high ISO (up to ISO 16000) a breeze.
Reduced Rolling Shutter and Moiré Artifacting
The EOS C300 PL uses enhanced signal processing to minimize rolling shutter skews and to reduce moiré artifacts. A high-speed readout significantly reduces the subjective visibility of the vertical skewing on fast-moving horizontal subjects, a typical pitfall of the CMOS image sensor neutralized by Canon technology.
Designed and built by Canon for the highest HD RGB processing, the DIGIC DV III Image Processor uses proprietary circuits and architecture to deliver the highest image quality at the highest speeds, with low power consumption and minimal heat output. It processes the RGB representations originated in 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.
XF Codec Image Quality
To create digital files robust enough for major post-production, the EOS C300 PL delivers the highest image quality with its XF Codec - the same codec used by other Canon XF-series professional camcorders. With 4:2:2 color sampling, image files have double the vertical resolution of color components created with 4:2:0 color sampling, minimizing jagged edges between red and blue and ensuring ample quality for chroma key compositing with green screens. Thanks to the Canon XF Codec and the EOS C300 PL's superior resolution, original color quality and cinematic look will hold up through post-production - with results that meet or exceed the filmmakers expectations.
Canon EOS C300 PL with PL-Lens Mount
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 amazing CN-E PL mount zoom lenses deliver superlative performance for large-scale, big budget movie productions. The PL CN-E series is 4K ready and comes in two models: Wide Angle CN-E14.5-60mm T2.6 L S/SP and Telephoto CN-E30-300 T2.95-3.7 L S/SP.
Canon EF Cinema Zoom Lenses (PL-mount)
Canon's EF Cinema Zoom lenses offers unrivaled optical performance for demanding high-end productions, available in both EF and PL mount configurations. With fluorite, aspherical lens elements and advanced optical design, these unequalled EF 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.
Additional lenses are already under development, reflecting Canon's commitment to offer the broadest range of professional cinema lenses to meet filmmaker's needs, now and in the future.
Designed with Filmmakers in Mind
With everything a cinematographer needs, the EOS C300 PL comes ready to produce. A logical layout of buttons and dials make operation simple. A lock switch turns off all controls except the recording button and function buttons. Small ridges between the buttons help prevent activating functions by mistake. A backlit display panel is great for low-light viewing. A tally lamp is clearly visible from the side or behind the camera.
Compact and Modular Design
The EOS C300 PL body is surprisingly small (5.24" x 7.0" x 7.0") and easily hand-held at just over 3 lbs. There is a bright 1.55 megapixel electronic viewfinder that comes bundled with a removable combination 4-inch 1.23 megapixel monitor and control panel. The camera also has a removable hand grip with a control dial and function buttons for hand-held shooting in DSLR style - or remove it and use the supplied thumb rest for completely stripped down shooting. The EOS C300 PL has a manually-operated built-in Neutral Density glass filter offering 1/4, 1/16 and 1/64th steps of filtering. Hand-held or using a tripod, on location or in the studio, even on 3-D rigs, the EOS C300 PL fits shooting situations that are challenging for larger cameras.
Ultra High Resolution EVF
The EOS C300 PL features a 0.52-inch, 1.55 Megapixel Color EVF and approximately 100% field of view coverage for comfortable viewing and accurate judgment of composition, focus and color. The angle of the viewfinder is adjustable for additional user comfort.
High-Speed, Slow-Motion, Time-Lapse and Stop-Motion
Beyond the advantages of file-based recording, the EOS C300 PL offers a number of creative possibilities in post-production. By capturing fewer frames per second, the camera can transform normal action into intense high-speed motion up to 60x. By capturing more frames per second, the camera can slow down motion to 1/2.5x at 720p. The EOS C300 PL can also be programmed to record a set number of frames at defined intervals for amazing time-lapse photography - and a frame-recording feature is perfect for stop-frame animation.
Compatible Supplies & Accessories
Canon offers a wide range of compatible supplies and accessories that can enhance your user experience with you EOS C300 PL that you can purchase direct. Scroll down to easily select items to add to your shopping cart for a faster, easier checkout. Visit the Canon Online Store
Battery Pack 955
Battery Pack 975
CA-930 Power Adapter
CA-940 Compact 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.
Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E6A
New Wireless LAN support for IEEE 802.11n communication in addition to existing IEEE 802.11a/b/g for the EOS-1D X Internal Bluetooth Function for secure communication with Bluetooth compatible equipment Stable design ensures sending errors can be sent automatically Enhanced camera clock synchronization across multiple cameras
This guide was originally published on June 20, 2012 and has been updated to include current product information.
Canon-Log is designed to reproduce the entire tonal reproduction range of which the new CMOS image sensor used in the EOS C300 (and future EOS C500 cameras) is capable. This paper will discuss an optoelectronic transfer characteristic developed by Canon that ensures effective management of wide dynamic range HD imagery.
This guide was originally published on June 19, 2012 and has been updated to include current product information.
A technical analysis of the EOS C300 and C500's sensor and processing system, and how they combine to produce the camera's tonal reproduction and contrast range.
This guide was originally published on April 2, 2012 and has been updated to include current product information.
Canon's Cinema EOS has a totally new CMOS imaging sensor, dedicated to outstanding video image quality. This White Paper takes an extremely detailed look at the technologies that make this happen.
The EOS C300 captures HD files and EOS C500 captures 4K, 2K or HD files. Learn more about the important differences between these Cinema EOS cameras, in the context of HD or 2K digital orientation, and how these components contribute to the clean imagery and sharpness in the video files.
A highly technical White Paper, examining the RGB video characteristics of the EOS C300 camera, for both progressive and interlaced video formats.
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Shutter Angle Priority
A constant shutter angle can now be maintained, regardless of any other camera settings being changed.
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.
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.
Maker Studios is a next-generation media and technology company, home to online video's top digital stars, channels, and content. Partnered with over 50,000 content creators, Maker produces and distributes a wide range of programming across genres, which means quick turnarounds and real-time shooting schedules for the Maker crew.
Director of Photography Eric Robbins and acclaimed writer/director Ti West pull back the curtain on horror film The Sacrament, explaining why the Canon EOS C300 was the right tool for their creepy found-footage thriller.
VICE on HBO takes you deep into the world’s biggest political and cultural clashes. To capture the hair-raising stories you see on screen, VICE Media’s Director of Photography Jake Burghart and Segment DP Jerry Ricciotti are no strangers to shooting in extreme conditions.
Canon Professional Services (CPS)
Canon Professional Services (CPS) at The Big Game 2017
Canon Professional Services (CPS) provides exceptional support for imaging professionals. Learn More
CPS Membership Benefits Include:
Significant discounts* are available for Gold, Platinum, or Cinema Members.
Members receive priority service to substantially reduce downtime to 2-3 days for most repairs, depending on membership level.
This unique evaluation loan program offers Gold, Platinum and Cinema members the opportunity to 'try before you buy' to make the decision process easier for essential purchases.*
Canon maintenance servicing is provided for your DSLR and EF Lenses as a Gold, Platinum or Cinema CPS member.*
Canon's highly skilled and US-based support agents are available around the clock, seven days a week, to help you with any technical questions that may arise.
Services include complimentary equipment cleanings, checks and loans (services vary by event).
*Discounts and quantities vary by membership level and are outlined in the Canon Professional Services terms and conditions.
† Prices and specifications subject to change without notice. Actual prices are determined by individual dealers and may vary.