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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.
3840 x 2460 pixels; Approx. 8.29 megapixels
4216 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
Choice of PL or EF mounts for compatibility with a wide variety of lens systems.
Mechanical ND filter system with option of clear, 1/64. 1/16, and 1,4
Iris Dial located on camera body for use with EOS EF Lenses with electronic Iris control
Peripheral Illumination Correction
Available on EF Mount model only
Normal Setting -6dB to 30 dB
Fine Setting 0dB to 24 dB in 0.5 dB increments
320 to 80,000
Auto Gain Control (AGC)
Exposure Compensation/AE Shift
3 Modes: OFF; Speed; Angle; Slow Shutter; Clear Scan
Shutter Speed Range
59.94i/59.94p: 1/60 to 1/2000 in 1/4 or 1/3 stops; SLS: 1/4, 1/8, 1/15, 1/30; CS: 59.94 Hz -250.70 Hz
29.97p: 1/30 to 1/2000 in 1/4 or 1/3 stops; SLS: 1/4, 1/8, 1/15; CS: 29.97 Hz - 250.70 Hz
23.98p/24p: 1/24 to 1/2000 in 1/4or 1/3 stops; SLS: 1/3, 1/6, 1/12; CS: 23.97 Hz - 250.70 Hz
50i/50p: 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 - 250.70 Hz
25p: 1/25 to 1/2000 in 1/4 or 1/3 stops; SLS: 1/3, 1/6, 1/12; CS: 25.00 Hz - 250.70 Hz
Shutter Angle Settings
59.94i/59.94p: 360, 240, 216, 180, 120, 90, 60, 45, 30, 22.5, 15, 11.25
29.97p: 360, 240, 216, 180, 120, 108, 90, 60, 45, 30, 22.5, 15, 11.25
23.98p/24p: 360, 345.6, 288, 240, 180, 172.8, 144, 120, 90, 86.4, 72, 60, 45, 30, 22.5, 15, 11.25
50i/50p: 360, 300, 240, 180, 150, 120, 90, 60, 45, 30, 22.50, 15, 11.25
25p: 360, 300, 240, 180, 150, 120, 90, 75, 60, 45, 30, 22.50, 15, 11.25
Iris (Aperture) Range
EF Lens only and lens dependent
NTSC and PAL
8 Bit MPEG-2 Long GOP
Maximum Bit rate
CF Card (Type 1 Only); 2 Slots (Movie Files); UDMA supported
SD Card (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)
Linear PCM; 2-Channel; 16-Bit; 48 kHz
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 or +12 dB
Recording Level Adjustment Range
- Infinity to +18dB
16 Settings; Volume is muted at lowest setting
Available; -12, -18, or -20 dB
Index Displays: Index Display, Normal, “OK Mark” Index, Check Mark Index, “Shot Mark” Index, Expand Index, Photo Index
Clip Playback: Forward Search (x5, x15, x60), Reverse Search (x5, x15, x60), Forward frame Advance, Reverse Frame Advance, Record Review, Clip Jump (Forward and Backward), Skip Playback
Playback Functions: Inter-media Copy (Single Clip, All Clips, Last Clip); Clip Delete (Single Clip, All Clips, Last Clip)
Still Image Playback: index, single playback, erasure, protect
Special Recording Functions
Relay Recording*; Double-Slot Recording**; Copying between Media
* Not available during Slow Motion 50 Mbps recording
** Not available in combination with Slow and fast motion recording
Photo Recording Mode
Available; Images captured to SD Card
Available; 2 Modes (Standard and RGB Component)
Peaking (2 types), Zebra Pattern*, Magnify, Edge Monitor Focus Assist, Black and White Mode
*Can be output via the SDI or HDMI Jack (HD Only)
Available; ability to set time interval and number of frames to record
Interval can be set in 25 levels ranging from 1 second to 10 minutes.
NTSC 59.94i/29.97p/23.98p/24.00p: Selectable between 1, 3, 6, 9 frames
NTSC 59.94p: Selectable between 2, 6, 12 frames
PAL 50i/25p/50p: Selectable between 2, 6, 12 frames
Available; Records a set number of frames each time the record button is pressed
NTSC 59.94i/23.98p/24.00p: Selectable between 1, 3, 6, 9 frames
NTSC 59.94p: Selectable between 2, 6, 12 frames
PAL 50i/25p/50p: Selectable between 2, 6, 12 frames
Yes, 3 seconds cache (Audio and Video)
When using a Depth of Field Converter or other lens adapters it flips or reverses the image automatically so it is recorded correctly.
*Drop Frame (DF) and Non-Drop Frame (NDF)
*Dropframe works with NTSC models only and is not available in 24P
Time Code Modes
Regeneration, Record Run, Free Run and External Source
Drop Frame and Non Drop Frame available
Auto White Balance (AWB)
Kelvin Setting 2,000K to 15,000K in 100K increments
White Balance Presets
Daylight (5,400K); Tungsten (3,200K); Kelvin
White balance shift is available within Presets (-9 to +9)
Custom Picture Settings
23 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 Reduction, Skin Detail, Selective Noise Reduction, Color Matrix, White Balance, Color Correction, Setup Level
Custom Pictures CP8 and CP9 ship with the following presets:
C8: Cinema - Suited for giving recorded media a film tone.
C9: EOS Standard - Used to match the quality of DSLR video shot in EOS standard mode
Available, 9 total functions
Yes; 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 (30 functions 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, 24 dB, 29.97p, 1/30 sec.)
50.00 Hz Mode: 0.25 Lux
(f/1.2, 24 dB, 25p, 1/25 sec.)
F9 (ISO 640 (0db) 2000 lux, 89.9% Reflection, in 1080/59.94i mode)
F10 (ISO 640 (0db) 2000 lux, 89.9% Reflection, in 1080/50.00i mode)
ISO 850, Using Canon Log Gamma)
54B (Typical, 1920x1080
During Normal Shooting: 300%
*With Canon Log Gamma: 800%
*ISO 850 or above - gain 2.5dB or above
0.52-inch Color (1,555,000 dots)
Viewing Angle Adjustment
Available; Viewing Angle can be adjusted up and down 60°
Diopter Adjustment Range
+2.0 to -5.5
Brightness, Contrast, Color, and Backlight (Normal or Bright)
Rotating 4 inch Wide Screen Color LCD Display (1,230,000 dots) on detachable controller
Brightness, Contrast, Color, Sharpness, and Backlight (Normal or Bright)
Yes (with embedded audio);
HD 4:2:2(YCbCr) 1920x1080: 60i/50i, 1280x720: 60p/50p; SD 4:2:2 (YCbCr) 640x480: 60i/50i
BNC Connector, output only
NTSC 480i/PAL 576i: Compliant with SMTPE 259M
Embedded Audio: Compliant with SMTPE 272M
Time Code Standard: (VITC/LTC) SMTPE 12M
HD-SDI: (Compliant with SMTPE 292M)
1080i/720p: Compliant with SMTPE 292M
Embedded Audio: Compliant with SMTPE 299M
Time Code Standard: (VITC/LTC) SMTPE 12M
Time code In/Out
Yes; BNC Connector (Input and Output)
Yes; BNC Connector (Input Only)
Adjustment range: -1023 to +1023
Yes, BNC Connector
(1) HD tri-level signal (HD Sync) The HD standard analog component Y signal with the black muted is output.
(2) HD-Y signals (HD-Y) Only the HD standard analog component Y signal is output.
(3) Black burst signal The SD standard analog composite signal with the black muted is output.
(4) Composite; The SD standard analog composite signals are output.
Yes (Type A)
Audio Input Terminal
2 - Balanced 3-pin XLR (Mic Level, Mic Level with phantom power and Line Level)
Available; 3.5mm stereo mini-jack
Available (Fully LANC Compatible)
DC in on camera (no need for Dummy Battery)
Compact Power Adapter
Tripod Adapter Base
Zoom Remote Controller
Canon ZR 2000
C300 PL (Body plus Thumb Rest):
Approx. 5.2 x 7.0 x 7.0 in (133 x 179 x 177 mm)
C300 PL (Body plus Grip):
Approx. 6.9 x 7.0 x 7.0 in (174 x 179 x 177 mm)
The following is the same for both models:
C300 + Monitor Unit: Approx. 7.3 x 9.8 x 7.4 in (185 x 249 x187 mm)
C300 + Handle Unit + Monitor Unit: Approx. 7.3 x 11.2 x 11.9 in ( 185 x 284 x 301 mm)
Main Unit Weight
C300 PL Body: Approx. 3.6 lb. (1630 g)
Grip: Approx. 8.1 oz. (230 g)
Handle Unit: Approx. 6.3 oz. (180 g)
Total Equipped Weight
C300 PL: Approx 6.0 lb. (2720 g)*
C300 PL: Approx 6.4 lb. (2900 g)**
* Weights for both models include the grip, monitor unit, BP-955, 2x CF cards.
** Weights for both models include the grip, monitor unit, Handel Unit, BP-955, 2x CF 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, Chinese, German, Spanish, French, Italian, Polish, Russian
Time and Date
Automatic Calendar range January 1st, 2010 through December 31, 2031 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
CA-940 Compact Power Adapter
Power supply: 100-240 V AC, 50/60 Hz, Rated Output/Consumption 8.4 V DC, 4.8 A / 83 VA (100V) - 107 VA (240 V),Operation Temperature: 0 - 40 ?C (32 - 104 ?F),Dimensions (W x D x H): Approx. 103 x 51 x 139 mm (4.1 x 2.0 x 5.5 in.),Weight: 395 g (13.9 oz.)
Remote Controller RC-V100
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
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