Canon Announces EOS C100

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).

Canon EOS C100 front

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?

Canon EOS C100 rear LCD

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.

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6 Responses to Canon Announces EOS C100

  1. ryan says:

    I think it’s good that Canon made a less expensive offering. However, if I’m going to spend that much money, it seems as though I would be better off paying a little more for something like the Sony FS700, which for a price TBD will soon be upgradeable to 4k plus it can currently shoot 240fps at 1080 vs. the Canon 100 with no plans of being able to shoot 4k and can only shoot 60i at 1080. I am a Canon fan and am currently using a 60D, but it just seems that a camera like the FS700 just offers a lot more bang for the buck.

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  3. I concur with Ryan , as a Canon fan also, but the Sony does seem to offer that just bit more especially if one will need 240 fps for effect

  4. Luke says:

    Agreed. In my mind it’s a bit of a toss up between the FS700 and a Blackmagic. The Blackmagic has a few drawbacks too (big ones in my opinion) but at a third of the price it’s appealing. Then again, for the interview/doc style work I do a Blackmagic has more challenges to deal with than an FS700. Sony for the win :p

    • Steve says:

      From what we’ve seen (and keep in mind, we’re still getting incredible images out of our 5D3s), to us it’s a tie between the C300 and FS700. Where as the Sony FS700 has a lot more desirable features and potential upgrades later on, the C300 packs a crisp, clean image. Blackmagic’s camera looks super intriguing. I think it would be a fun camera to play around with but as you mention Luke – it could get tricky in a doc setting with workflow workarounds.

      Having said all of that… I love seeing what everyone’s coming out with. It makes it confusing, but in a good way. We’re given a lot more healthy options in that price-range than we were years ago.

  5. im pumped for this, the fs700 for me is more a hire item as it is hardly ergonimic and 240fps is rare for me to need (but i want it so bad). The C100 should destroy it in low light, i mainly shoot at night so i think i will pre order the C100. i have 2x 7d’s, a 60d, 5d mkiii, and hopefully soon a c100, to go with all my glass =)

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