Canon EOS C300 Cinema Camera [Updated]

Canon EOS C300

The Canon Hollywood event is just now kicking off.  I’ll be updating this post live over the next several hours as new info comes in.  Big updates below about the new EOS Cinema line.

Canon EOS C300 Cinema Camera

Above is an image of the Canon EOS C300 cinema camera, along with the EF lens collection and new cinema lenses.  [via Engadget]

Note the DSLR on the left, which has the red “C” for the new EOS Cinema branding.  Could that be the 5D Mark III?  A “EOS Cinema” DSLR form-factor? [UPDATE: As it turns out, this is a 4K full frame DSLR/cinema camera that is under development…]

Canon EOS C300 Specs

  • 8.3MP 2160×3840 Super-35 CMOS sensor (4K resolution)
  • 1080p capture 24p & 30p
  • 720p capture at 60p
  • Digic DV III processor
  • Canon XF codec (50Mbps 4:2:2 1080p30 MPEG2 MXF)
  • Canon Log gamma
  • Manual focus & exposure control — No AE or AF
  • Includes LCD monitor, dual XLR audio inputs, side grip, top handle, battery and charger
  • EOS or PL mount versions
  • Dual CF card slots
  • HD-SDI output
  • GenLock Timecode
  • Built-in intervalometer (that’s an EOS first)

Feature-wise, the EOS C300 looks a lot like the Canon XF305 with a big sensor and interchangeable lenses, albeit without the 1080/60p capture option.

Projected availability is January 2012 at an estimated price of $20,000 USD.


Canon EOS Cinema Lenses

  • Canon CN-E14.5-60mm T2.6 L S
  • Canon CN-E14.5-60mm T2.6 L SP (PL Mount)
  • Canon CN-E30-300mm T2.95-3.7 L S
  • Canon CN-E30-300mm T2.95-3.7 L SP (PL Mount)
  • Canon CN-E24mm T1.5 L F
  • Canon CN-E50mm T1.3 L F
  • Canon CN-E85 T1.3 L F

It looks like the 14.5-60mm and 30-300mm PL lenses I mentioned a few days ago were part of this plan after all.  24mm, 50mm and 85mm primes are in the mix too.  I’m guessing the PL mount lenses are indicated by the green ring, while the EF lens mounts have a red ring…

While the EF compatibility is nice, it’s not clear whether the prime lenses over full frame coverage, or only Super 35 coverage.  If I recall my conversation with Chuck Westfall correctly, the zoom lenses are only Super 35 coverage image circles, so you can’t use them on the 5D Mark II or 1D X.  Given the focal lengths of the primes; however, I’m inclined to believe they may offer full frame coverage…