If you are a film-maker or the camera person behind one of those long-running TV shows, you could be forgiven for not including Canon on your list of great movie cameras. But now that Canon has launched its digital cinema camera, the EOS C300, you’d better pay attention.
That Canon is serious about its entry into cinema cameras may be gauged by the fact that it launched the EOS C300 last week in Hollywood’s Paramount Studios.
Initial reviews suggest that this offering from Canon will be a worthy competitor to Red Scarlet, Arri Alexa, and Sony’s CineAlta F3. The C300 is available in either cinema standard PL lens mount or Canon EF lens mount.
The super 35mm CMOS sensor is capable of delivering 3840×2160 pixels, which technically makes it Quad HD, although people are commonly referring to it as “4K resolution”.
Canon has announced a range of 4K resolution capable cinema specific lenses. In the works from Canon, according to the grapevine, is a true 4k resolution camera in the not-too-distant future.
The C300 can record 1080p only at 24-30 fps. It is believed to deliver superior colour and low-light performance, which are important to capture skin tones. There are no “automatic” adjustments for focus, white balance and microphone level control.
This means that the professional behind this camera will be able to control many factors that go into how the picture eventually looks on screen.