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Canon EOS C300 PL Cinema EOS Camcorder Body - PL Lens Mount

SKU: CAC300PL MFR: 5819B002
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About the Canon C300 PL

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 PL-mount 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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Canon C300 PL Includes

  • EOS C300 PL Body (with Grip/Camera cover R-F-3)
  • Monitor Unit
  • Handle Unit
  • Battery Pack BP-955
  • Battery Charger CG-940
  • Compact Power Adapter CA-940
  • Eye Cup
  • Viewfinder Cap
  • Thumb Rest
  • Tripod base TB-1
  • WFT Attachment
  • Measuring Hook
  • AC Cable (2)
  • DC Cable (for CA-940)
  • Shoulder Strap SS-1200
  • XF Utilities Disc Ver. 3.0
  • Canon 1 Year Warranty

Canon C300 PL Features

  • 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.
  • Photosite Sensor with Microlens: Each photosite is a generous 6.4x6.4 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.
  • Sensor Readout: 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 components, a 1080-60i or 1280x720-60P is derived.
  • Wide Dynamic Range: 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 facilitates editing Cinema EOS images similar to the DI process.
  • Accurate Tonal Reproduction: 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%.
  • 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 makes shooting at high ISO (up to ISO 16000) a breeze.
  • Reduced Rolling Shutter and Moiré Artifacting: The camera uses enhanced signal processing to minimize rolling shutter skews and moiré artifacts. A high-speed readout 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.
  • Accurate RGB Rendering: The camera 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 - professional camcorders.
  • 4:2:2 Color Sampling: 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.
  • PL Lens Mount: The EOS C300 PL is fully compatible with a wide variety of industry-standard PL-mount lenses, ensuring interoperability with trusted optics already in the filmmakers possession. It also means filmmakers can take advantage of the brilliant new optical designs Canon has developed for the Cinema market.
  • Ergonomics & Design: 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: 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.
  • Removable Hand Grip: 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.
  • Neutral Density Glass Filter: 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.
  • CF Memory Card Recording: The camera records to CF cards through dual slots. Solid state and easy to find, 2 hrs of 4:2:2 50 Mbps 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.
  • Multiple Recording Formats: With the realities of production in mind, the EOS C300 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.
  • NTSC & PAL Compatible: 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.
  • Time Lapse & Motion Control: By capturing fewer fps, the camera can transform normal action into intense high-speed motion up to 60x. By capturing more fps, 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.
  • Connectivity: 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: 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.
  • Full Manual Control: The camera has 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.
  • Focusing Aids: For sharp focus, the 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. A zebra bar maintains highlight exposure.
  • WFT Wireless Remote Control over Wi-Fi: 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 EOS C300 camera comes preconfigured so that camera settings can be viewed and controlled on third party devices with web browsers including computers, smartphones and tablets.
  • GPS Metadata: The camera 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.

Canon C300 PL Specifications

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 PL + Thumb Rest: 5.2 x 7.0 x 7.0 in / 133 x 179 x 177mm
EOS C300 PL + Grip: 6.9 x 7.0 x 7.0 in / 174 x 179 x 177mm
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) 3.6 lb / 1630g
Components Weight 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
Total Camera Weight With Grip, Monitor, BP-955, 2@CF: 6.0 lb / 2720g
With Grip, Monitor, Handle, BP-955, 2@CF: 6.4 lb / 2900g
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