Canon Announces the EOS C300 Mark III
Despite not being able to physically reveal the new release at one of the big 2020 Trade Shows, Canon was still able to grab industry attention with their announcement of EOS C300 Mark III. This latest iteration of an already well received cinema line promises to deliver high performance with features like a Dual Grain Output (DGO) imaging system and a modular and interchangeable-mount design -- perfect for independent filmmakers and video pros looking to produce everything from documentaries and commercials to corporate videos and dramas.
Creativity should never be hampered by a lack of choice. Canon understands that, which is why we continue to expand and build upon our award-winning lineup of Cinema EOS cameras. The EOS C300 Mark III is the latest finely engineered cinema camera from Canon that will seamlessly integrate into a creator’s toolbox, providing users with an imaging solution that delivers a myriad of possibilities and potential. We look forward to seeing the visionary content created with the EOS C300 Mark III camera. —Tatsuro Kano, executive vice president of the Canon U.S.A., Inc.
The EOS C300 Mark III is the first of Canon’s cameras to boast new Dual Gain Output 4K sensor for stunning dynamic range, offering clean low light picture quality as well as stunning HDR like never before.
From Canon: ‘Each pixel on the sensor is read out with two different amplification levels – one high and one low – which is then be combined to make a single image. The higher amplification read out is optimised to capture clean details in darker areas, while the lower amplification read out is optimised to capture details in brighter areas. When combined, at pixel-level accuracy, the details and the qualities on the highlight and low light areas of the image are maintained and enhanced – enabling professionals to achieve impressive higher dynamic range of up to 16+ stops. What’s more, the DGO sensor is also compatible with Dual Pixel CMOS AF giving professionals greater creative freedom.’
Canon really worked hard to make the camera as modular and flexible as possible for a wide range of accessories and uses. Like the EOS C500 Mark II, The Canon EOS C300 Mark III excitingly sports a modular design. This means that you can configure your camera setup according to the shooting and equipment requirements, right down to the lens mount. Canon states in their press release ‘Professionals can configure the camera using two different optional Expansion Units (EU-V1 and EU-V2) – both which add extra connection terminals to the camera body and expand the camera’s compatibility with various styles of shooting. Additionally, the lens mount can be changed between EF, PL and EF Cinema Lock mounts without the need to send the camera to an Authorised Service Centre – a huge benefit for professionals looking to create productions with various looks.’ The C300 Mark III is set to come with 13 accessories, including a 4.3-inch LCD monitor and a GR-V1 grip — along with a range of additional accessory options like a EVF-V70 electronic viewfinder, SU-15 shoulder support unit, and expansion units mentioned above.
The camera also incorporates5-axis in-body Electronic Image Stabilisation. This along with Canon's latest Digic DV 7 processor, 4K and HDR can be recorded with more fluidity. The EOS C300 Mark III process high-speed recording, including 4K video at up to 120fps in Super 35mm and 2K video (1080p) at up to 180fps at Super 16mm.
The versatile multi-recording format ability of the EOS C300 Mark III provides workflow efficiency. The camera’s ability to internally record 4K Cinema RAW Light provides all the benefits of a RAW file in terms of flexibility in post-production, but in a smaller file size – easing the burden and cost that can come with large file sizes. In addition to this, the EOS C300 Mark III can record internally in Canon XF-AVC at 4K DCI and UHD at 4:2:2 10-bit, as well as 2K and Full HD. For non-RAW recording in XF-AVC, professionals can select ALL-I or Long GOP to film with high compression for efficient workflow and longer recording times. When recording 2K or Full HD in Super 35mm, footage boasts the 4K sensor’s full capabilities. This recording is downsampled internally to record the footage at the resolution selected by the user – providing higher image quality and uncompromised field of view of the selected lens thanks to no cropping of the sensor.
Canon also announced the CN10X25 IAS S CINE-SERVO lens that pairs well with the EOS C300 Mark III. With outstanding optics and compact and lightweight design, this versatile 4K and 8K-capable lens meets multiple production needs. With its wide focal length range, ability to be configured for both broadcast and cinema productions, and compatibility with Super 35mm and Full Frameii sensor cameras, it is ideal for professionals looking to filming high-quality productions across a wide range of genres like commercials, sports and documentary.
Its 11-blade aperture creates a soft and subject popping bokeh with warm colour tones. When used with Canon’s Cinema EOS System cameras, it offers top image quality, operability and reliability.
EOS C300 Mark III Key Features:
* New Super 35mm 4K CMOS DGO (Dual Gain Output) sensor
* 16+ stops of dynamic range
* 4K 120P high-speed supported
* Multiple internal recording options:
* 4K Cinema RAW Light 10-bit or 12-bit
* 2K RAW recording in Super 16mm Crop, 10-bit or 12-bit
* XF-AVC (MXF) recording, 4:2:2 10-bit ALL-I or LongGOP
* Up to 120P 4K RAW or XF-AVC recording, up to 180P in Super 16mm crop 2K/FHD.
* User changeable lens mount (EF, PL or EF Cinema Lock)
* Flexible, modular design with optional expansion modules and EVF
CN10X25 IAS S Key Features:
* 4K and 8K camera-compatible image quality
* 25mm wide angle and 10x high-power zoom
* Internal 1.5x extender
* Detachable drive unit
* Interchangeable EF and PL mount
* Compliant with wide-ranging communication standards with a lens-to-camera communication function for added experience