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EOS C300 PL

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Features

Modeled on the Super 35mm 3-perf motion picture film standard, the Canon CMOS sensor has an active image size of 24.4 x 13.5mm. It uses 3840 (H) x 2160 (V) photosites to perform the crucial optoelectronic transformation of digital imaging. Each photosite is a generous 6.4 x 6.4 micrometers in area and each has a microlens that ensures the highest efficiency in light transfer to the individual photodiode. Proprietary technologies within the photosite simultaneously lower the image sensor noise floor while enhancing the photon capacity of the photodiode - a combination that assures superb dynamic range. The image sensor employs an innovative readout technique that delivers full bandwidth individual RGB video components without the need for any debayering algorithms. Each of these components has a 1920 (H) x 1080 (V) sampling structure at up to 60 frames. From these original video components, a 1080-line 60i format or a 1280 (H) x 720 (V) at 60P HD format are selectively derived.


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.

For versatility and reliability, the EOS C300 PL's recording and terminal specifications are completely compatible with the prevailing industry standards. It records to CF cards through dual slots. From a cost and reliability standpoint, CF cards have no equal. Solid state, and easy to find, 2 hours of 4:2:2 50Mbps footage can be recorded on two reusable and hot swappable 32 GB CF cards with ease. It's even possible to record to two CF cards simultaneously and relay-record for uninterrupted shots and copy from one card to another.
With the realities of production in mind, the EOS C300 PL can record in a number of different modes, resolutions and frame rates, delivering quality recordings perfect for any application. 24.00p mode matches the exact frame rates of film cameras, so there's no need for time-consuming frame-rate conversion. And the camera can shoot in both PAL and NTSC modes at 50 Mbps (CBR), 35 Mbps (VBR) and 25 Mbps (CBR) with a range of settings for resolution, color, frame rate and recording time. Whether shooting with the expectation of significant editing and post-production, recording for compatibility with HDV editing, or simply creating the longest possible HD image files, the EOS C300 PL will perform flawlessly.

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.


To connect to external monitors, switchers, VTRs and NLE systems with SDI inputs, the EOS C300 PL features industry-standard HD-SDI Output, Genlock, and Timecode terminals plus audio terminals with Linear PCM recording. Timecode and Genlock enable synchronized multiple camera capture, perfect for multiple camera shots, 3D acquisition and more. The HD-SDI Sync terminal can be switched to output to HD Sync, HD Y, Black Burst, and Composite.
Providing the cinematographer with everything they need in the palm of their hands, the EOS C300 PL comes ready to produce. The cameras have a Waveform Monitor (WFM) function that shows the overall brightness of a scene, with RGB Parade Display to view red, green and blue brightness or Spot Display to isolate the luminance distribution of a chosen area. The Vectorscope (VS) display shows real-time hue and saturation levels. For sharp focus, the EOS C300 PL camera has two peaking modes and a magnified focus assist function. An Edge Monitor Focus Assist provides both a waveform representing the overall degree of focus and a red waveform that represents focus in three specific areas displayed on the camera's 4" LCD monitor. To maintain proper highlight exposure, it offers a zebra bar feature as well. It's all in the camera.
Offering a new level of mobility, the Canon Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E6A opens up a world of wireless options to the EOS filmmaker. The EOS C300 PL comes preconfigured so that camera settings can be viewed and controlled on third party devices with web browsers, including computers, smartphones and tablets without the need for additional in-camera software. With the WFT-E6A module the camera can be controlled from up to 150 feet away over an 802.11 a/b/g/n wireless network. The WFT-E6A enables superior camera control: users can start and stop recording; adjust focus, white balance, gain and other parameters; and adjust the aperture of Canon EF lenses. This offers huge potential for specialty applications where cameras must be controlled remotely such as nature documentaries or reality TV. It also enables input marking for metadata; and offers a live view of the composition. It supports incorporating GPS information into the file metadata - useful for general cinematic applications, and essential for expedition filmmakers. A basic window mode even enables use with the Apple iPhone®, iPod touch® and iPad®, as well as with handheld devices operating the Android™ operating system.

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Specifications

Effective Pixels


3840 x 2460 pixels; Approx. 8.29 megapixels

Total Pixels


4216 x 2340 pixels; Approx. 9.86 megapixels

Sensor Type


CMOS

Sensor Size


Super 35; 24.6 x 13.8 (28.2 mm diagonal); 6.4 µm cell pitch

Scanning System


Progressive

Number of Sensors


1

Filter


RGB Primary Color Filter (Bayer Array)

Imaging Processor


Digic DV III

Interchangeable Lens System


Choice of PL or EF mounts for compatibility with a wide variety of lens systems.

Zoom/Focus Preset


N/A

Shockless Zoom


N/A

Digital Teleconverter


N/A

ND Filter


Mechanical ND filter system with option of clear, 1/64. 1/16, and 1,4

Iris Dial


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

Exposure Modes


Manual

Metering Modes


N/A

Gain


Normal Setting -6dB to 30 dB
Fine Setting 0dB to 24 dB in 0.5 dB increments

ISO


320 to 80,000

Auto Gain Control (AGC)


N/A

Shockless Gain


N/A

Exposure Compensation/AE Shift


N/A

Shutter Modes


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

Focus Settings


Manual

Autofocus System


N/A

AF Modes


None

Signal System


NTSC and PAL

Compression


8 Bit MPEG-2 Long GOP

Maximum Bit rate


50Mbps (CBR)

Recording Options


Recording Options

Recording Media


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

File Format


MXF (OP-1a)

File System


FAT 32

Maximum Clip Number


999 (per media)

Recording Format


Linear PCM; 2-Channel; 16-Bit; 48 kHz

Built-in Microphone


None

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

Limiter


Available

Recording Level Adjustment Range


- Infinity to +18dB

Phantom Power


Available; +48V

Headphone Adjustment


16 Settings; Volume is muted at lowest setting

Built-in Speaker


None

1KHz Tone


Available; -12, -18, or -20 dB

Playback


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

Waveform Monitor


Available; 2 Modes (Standard and RGB Component)

Vectorscope


Available

Exposure/Focus Aids


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)

Interval Record


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.
(1s/2s/3s/4s/5s/6s/7s/8s/9s/10s/15s/20s/30s/40s/50s/1m/2m/3m/4m/5m/6 m/7m/8m/9m/10m)
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

Frame Record


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

Pre-Record


Yes, 3 seconds cache (Audio and Video)

Scan Reverse


When using a Depth of Field Converter or other lens adapters it flips or reverses the image automatically so it is recorded correctly.

Time code


*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)


Not Available

White Balance


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

Custom Functions


Available, 9 total functions

Custom Display


Yes; LCD panel and EVF information display can be customized
Total of 27 display and icons that can be turned on and off

Assign Buttons


15; Can be assigned functions as desired (30 functions Available)

Color Bars


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.)

Sensitivity


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)

S/N Ratio


ISO 850, Using Canon Log Gamma)
54B (Typical, 1920x1080

Dynamic Range


During Normal Shooting: 300%
*With Canon Log Gamma: 800%
*ISO 850 or above - gain 2.5dB or above

Type


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

EVF Adjustments


Brightness, Contrast, Color, and Backlight (Normal or Bright)

Type


Rotating 4 inch Wide Screen Color LCD Display (1,230,000 dots) on detachable controller

Display Adjustments


Brightness, Contrast, Color, Sharpness, and Backlight (Normal or Bright)

HD/SD SDI


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
SD-SDI:
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)

Genlock


Yes; BNC Connector (Input Only)
Adjustment range: -1023 to +1023

Synch Out


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.

HDMI


Yes (Type A)

Audio Input Terminal


2 - Balanced 3-pin XLR (Mic Level, Mic Level with phantom power and Line Level)

Headphone Jack


Available; 3.5mm stereo mini-jack

Remote Terminals


Available (Fully LANC Compatible)

USB Connector


N/A

CCU


N/A

Power Terminal


DC in on camera (no need for Dummy Battery)

Battery


BP-9 Series

Compact Power Adapter


CA-940

Tripod Adapter


Canon TA-100

Tripod Adapter Base


Canon TB-1

Zoom Remote Controller


Canon ZR 2000

Wi-Fi Adapter


WFT-E6A

Dimensions


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)

Language Support


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


World Clock support - UTC time setting: Setting range from +14:00 to - 12:00

EOS C300 PL Box Contents

EOS C300 PL Box Contents EOS C300 PL Body (with Grip/Camera cover R-F-3) Monitor unit Handle unit Battery Pack BP-955 (also available as optional accessory) Battery Charger CG-940 Compact Power Adapter CA-940 (also available as optional accessory) Eye Cup Viewfinder Cap Thumb rest Tripod base TB-1 WFT Attachment Measuring Hook AC Cable x2 DC Cable (for CA-940) Shoulder Strap SS-1200 XF Utilities Disc Ver. 3.0

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