In the wee hours of the night it seems that Canon has announced the latest in the Cinema EOS lineup – the C100. The EOS C100 is a tad smaller than it’s bigger brothers, the C300 and C500 and a lot smaller in price.This EF mount camera will be available in November at $7,999. It’s got what you would expect from Canon based on their C300/C500; built in ND, dual XLR, dual SD card slots, super 35mm sensor and uncompressed HD out to name a few. This makes the C100 Canon’s cheapest camera capable of outputting an uncompressed signal to capture at higher resolution than the internal AVCHD codec (1920 x 1080, 24 Mbps). (Check a complete breakdown of specs below).
So what do you think? My excitement for new cameras has diminished a bit by the constant flow of new camera announcements over the past year. The uncompressed signal is nice but Nikon’s D800 does that at a fraction of the cost. I guess if you’ve invested in EF lenses over the past few years this might be your best bet for HD external recording. Has Canon found a sweet price point or is it just another camera in their growing army?
Here is B&H’s listed overview from their listing;
- Super 35mm 8.3MP CMOS Sensor
- The C100’s Super 35mm-sized sensor provides an angle-of-view and depth of field that equivalent to that of traditional Super 35mm film. With a native resolution of 8.3MP and a wider pixel pitch than conventional professional camcorders, the C100’s sensor offers enhanced sensitivity and reduced noise in low light environments.
- EF Lens Mount with EF Contacts
- The C100 is fully compatible with Canon’s renowned EF mount lenses. Even specialty lenses, such as Canon’s 24mm f/3.5L II tilt shift lens or the 8-15mm f/4L Ultra-Wide Zoom fisheye lens, are available on the C100. Furthermore, when shooting with EF lenses, C100 features peripheral illumination correction, which automatically compensates for light fall-off in the corners of the image.
- HDMI Outputs a Non-Compression Signal
- The C100 outputs a non-compression signal via HDMI. This signal superimposes timecode and the 2:3 pulldown marker, which means an external recorder and converter can process the HDMI output as an SDI signal. External recorders provide an instant back-up and help to streamline post-production workflows.
- ISO 320 and up to ISO 20000
- A maximum ISO of 20000 allows the C100 to record in low light environments. This is ideal for working with available light. Although higher ISOs always translate into a noisier image, the C100 utilizes the same signal processing as 3-chip RGB systems, which produces a superior image quality.
- Dual SDHC/SDXC Card Slots
- Secure Digital memory cards offer professional grade read/write speeds and reliability at ever more affordable prices. Dual SDHC/SDXC memory card slots allow the C100 to record simultaneously to two memory cards, creating an instant back-up. What’s more, C100 can record HD footage to Slot A while simultaneously recording down-converted SD footage to Slot B.
- Wide DR and Canon Log Gamma
- Canon Log records an image with subdued contrast and sharpness, which preserves a high dynamic range and presupposes color grading in post production. Wide DR is a new gamma setting based on Rec. 709, which offers a wide dynamic range and smooth gradations in highlights and shadow, without requiring processing in post-production.
- Reduced Rolling Shutter Skews
- Traditional CMOS sensors scan one line at a time and sometimes produce a rolling shutter skew when shooting fast moving objects or executing a quick pan. The C100’s CMOS sensor features the same signal processing as 3-chip RGB systems, which reduces the angle of distortion compared to cameras with regular CMOS sensors of the same size.
- Built-in ND Filters with Manual Operation
- In excessively bright environments neutral density filters are often required to avoid over exposure, without compromising desirable shutter and aperture settings. The C100 features built-in ND filters in three densities, which make for four ND configurations (OFF, 2 stops, 4 stops, 6 stops). The built-in ND filters are deployed via a manual dial.
- Two XLR Audio Connectors
- The C100 includes a top mounted handle unit, which features two XLR connectors and a microphone shock mount. XLR connections offer a high quality audio input for professional grade microphones and facilitate 2 channel 48kHz linear PCM (24Mbps) audio recordings.