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Canon unveils Cinema EOS C300: full-frame SLR-grade video

updated 06:25 pm EDT, Thu November 3, 2011

Canon Cinema EOS C300 unveiled at event

Canon at its special Hollywood event unveiled the Cinema EOS C300, its first DSLR-grade pro video camera. The shooter uses a 35mm-equivalent full-frame sensor and focuses on image quality first. Canon claims to have better overall color reproduction, primarily for skin tones.

Its body and lens are both focused around video. A large eyepiece and full manual controls on the side emphasize its movie orientation. Its hotshoe also accommodates anything from grips to dedicated preview displays and microphones. Canon's lens mount system will get models with focal ranges and other traits best suited to typical movie shooting.

Among the examples in the Cinema series are three primes, the 24mm T1.5 L F, 50mm T1.3 L F, and 85mm T1.3 L F. Zooms come in closer 5-60mm T2.6 L S and L SP variants as well as longer-ranged 30-300mm T2.95-3.7 L S and L SP editions.

The camera records natively in 1080p and has two CF card slots to keep shooting for long periods. It takes either regular Canon EOS lenses or PL with little effort. Like most pro HD cameras, it can overlay a time code and output over HD-SDI for editing stations.

The camera will be comparatively affordable next to other HD movie-level cameras at $16,000 when it arrives in January.

By Electronista Staff


  1. Jeronimo2000

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    Hint to macnn

    When you copy 1:1 from, try to take out that suspicious little "Developing..." at the end. Or, maybe, write your own stuff.

  1. byRyan

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    really canon, this is what you come up with? 1080P?!?! ya know red offers the same thing at 4k resolution for the same price. In fact in a couple hours they may or may not unveil a 3k camera at half this price.

    and who is going to buy this? too expensive for even pro-sumers and not powerful enough for pros.

    well on the bright side, they do make good lenses. Best thing to do is get the Canon lens mount for a red camera, and forget about this C3-P.O.S.!


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    What's more impressive...

    Was the other announcement - that they're working on a 4k camera that looks an awful lot like a replacement to the 5d. Seriously guys, I've got people coming in with footage from the 5d markii that's killer 35mm film like material, it looks great and the camera was bought and paid for. These pros are NOT going to jump onto a 20k setup that isn't shooting 3k or 4k - they'll rent it maybe... WOW - what a Non-announcement...I'm totally unimpressed. Now to see if RED blows them out the door...if only their website could handle the traffic...

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