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Canon EOS C300 PL
Product Code: C300PL
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Canon C300 PL: Overview

Bringing Canon's expertise and decades of experience designing sensors, lenses, image processing and design to the world of motion picture capture, the EOS C300 PL camera has been designed to meet the demanding needs of cinema industry professionals, providing a modular, portable and eminently adaptable system of cameras, lenses and accessories built for moviemaking in the 21st century.

Featuring a unique Super 35mm Canon CMOS sensor, revolutionary Canon DIGIC DV III Image Processor and 50 Mbps 4:2:2 codec, the EOS C300 PL provides outstanding cinema quality movie capture. Compact, modular and compatible with Canon's existing line-up of EF and new EF Cinema lenses as well as accessories from third parties, the stunningly simple to operate EOS C300 PL is designed to please cinematographers for any production large and small, on location or in the studio, from shoestring to Hollywood budgets.

The EOS C300 PL offers compatibility with virtually every cinema lens in production today, while its compact and modular design and compatibility with third-party accessories enable it to meet virtually any production need while keeping costs down. Designed with SMPTE HD production standards, its MPEG-2 codec is an internationally recognized standard compatible with major NLE applications while additional features such as Canon Log ensure seamless integration with existing production workflows, making post-production easy. And with an entire support infrastructure designed to help you get the most from your equipment before, during and after production, the EOS C300 PL is ready to go to work.

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New Canon Super 35mm CMOS Sensor
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.

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.

Canon DIGIC DV III Image Processor
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.


Canon XF Codec
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 - 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.
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Fully Compatible with a Wide Variety of PL-mount Lenses
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.

Ergonomics & Design
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.
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What's in the Box
-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 (also available as optional accessory)
-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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Specifications
Standard Definition or High Definition

High Definition

Power Supply (rated)
7.4V DC (battery pack), 8.4V DC (DC-IN)

Recording/Codec
Signal System: NTSC and PAL
Compression: 8 Bit MPEG-2 Long GOP
Color Space: 4:2:2 at 50Mbps recording
Maximum Bit Rate: 50Mbps (CBR)
Canon Log Gamma: Available
File Format: MXF (OP-1a)

Recording Options:
50Mbps (CBR) 4:2:2 422P@HL
1920x1080: 59.94i/29.97p/23.98p; 50i/25p; True 24 (24.00)
1280x720: 59.94i/29.97p/23.98p; 50p/25p; True 24 (24.00)
35Mbps (VBR) 4:2:0 MP@HL
1920x1080: 59.94i/29.97p/23.98p; 50i/25p
1280x720: 59.94p/29.97p/23.98p; 50p/25p
25Mbps (CBR) 4:2:0 MP@H14
1440x1080: 59.94i/29.97p/23.98p; 50i/25p

Audio
Linear PCM; 2-Channel; 16-Bit; 48kHz
Built-in Microphone: None
External Audio Inputs: 2 - XLR inputs (Auto and Manual level settings)
Recording Channel Selection: Two channel recording
XLR Mic Trimming: Available; -12dB, -6 dB, 0dB or +12dB
Recording Level Adjustment Range: - Infinity to +18dB
Phantom Power: Available: +48V
Headphone Adjustment: 16 Settings; Volume is muted at lowest setting
1KHz Tone: Available: -12, -18 or -20 dB

Image Sensor
Sensor Type: CMOS sensor (single-panel), equivalent to Super 35mm
Sensor Size: 24.6 x 13.8mm effective screen size (6.4 x 6.4 micrometer pixel pitch)
Scanning System: Progressive
Number of Sensors: 1
Filter: RGB Primary Color Filter (Bayer Array)
Imaging Processor: DIGIC DV III

Effective Pixels
Approx. 8.29 megapixels (3840 x 2160)

Total Pixels
Approx. 9.84 megapixels (4206 x 2340)

Max. Movie Recording Time
64GB Compact Flash (CF) card
Greater capacity is possible when both are used.
25Mbps: 310 minutes
35Mbps: 225 minutes
50Mbps: 160 minutes

Lens
Interchangeable: PL mount

Focusing System
Manual; Autofocus system not available

Max. Shutter Speed
1/2000 sec

ISO Range
320 to 20,000, 1-stop or 1/3-stop

ND Filter Settings
Mechanical ND filter system with option of clear, 2 stops, 4 stops, and 6 stops

White Balance
Auto, Manual, 2 Custom (2000K - 150,00K in 100K increments), Daylight, Tungsten

Frame Rate
NTSC: 59.94P, 59.94i, 29.97P, 23.98P
PAL: 50P, 50i, 25P
Film: 24P

Minimum Illumination
Full AUTO mode: TBA lux
Manual mode: TBA lux

Illumination Correction
Compensates for each lens' light fall-off. Lens specific data stored in firmware

Genlock Terminal
BNC (input only)

HD/SD-SDI Terminal
BNC (output only), with embedded audio

Timecode Terminals
BNC (input/output), Sync Out (BNC)

Viewfinder
0.52-inch diagonal, color 16:9 rotatable LCD
+2.0 to -5.5 diopter eye adjustment
LCD Screen (Monitor Unit)
4-inch diagonal, 1.23 megapixel color 16:9 rotatable LCD
100% field of view
adj. brightness, contrast, color, sharpness and backlight

Microphone
None built-in

Recording Media
CF Card (Type 1 Only): 2 slots (Movie files); UDMA supported
SD Card: 1 slot: Still images, Custom Picture Data*, Clip Metadata and menu settings
*Custom Picture Data and settings are not compatible with data from other Canon models

USB Terminal
N/A

Video Terminal
Same as HD/SD-SDI Terminal

Audio Terminal
XLR 3-pin jack (2), Switchable between MIC/LINE

HDMI Terminal
Yes (Type A), output only

AV Mini-terminal/Headphone Terminal
3.5mm stereo mini-jack

WFT Terminal
For compatible Wi-Fi Accessory

Operating Temperature Range
Performance: 32°-104°F / 0°-40°C, 85% (relative humidity)
Operation: 23°-113°F / -5°-45°C, 60% (relative humidity)

Dimensions (W x H x D)
EOS C300 + Thumb Rest: 5.2 x 7.0 x 6.7 in / 133 x 179 x 171mm
EOS C300 + Grip: 6.9 x 7.0 x 6.7 in / 174 x 179 x 171mm
Camera + Monitor: 7.3 x 9.8 x 7.4 in / 185 x 249 x 187mm
Camera + Handle + Monitor: 7.3 x 11.2 x 11.9 in / 185 x 284 x 301mm
(not including lens hood, eyecup, grip belt)

Weight (not including lens)
Main Unit:

EOS C300 PL: 3.6 lb / 1630g
Grip: 8.1 oz / 230g
Monitor Unit: 1.4 lb / 620g
Handle Unit: 6.3 oz / 180g
Thumb Rest: 0.35 oz / 10g
BP-955 Battery: 7.8 oz / 220g
Attachment fitting: 0.32 oz / 9g
CF Cards x 2: 0.63 oz / 18g
Measure hook: 0.11 oz / 3g
Body Cap, Camera Cover (either type): 0.63 oz / 18g
EOS C300 PL w/:
Grip, Monitor, BP-955, 2@CF 6.0 lb / 2720g
Grip, Monitor, Handle, BP-955, 2@CF 6.4 lb / 2900g
 
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