EOS C300 – The Announcement the world has been waiting for?

Well November 3rd 2011 has come, gone and Canon have released upon the world their brand new “movie” camera the EOS C300. Some people are disappointed that it is not a 5DmkIII (photographers mainly), some people are overjoyed that Canon have finally jumped into the video market with their technology (Marton Scorcese, Vincent Laforet and the movie making community), and some people are thinking that it will be much more expensive than they were hoping for (corporate film makers and myself!).

The big question remains, is this camera really what top end film makers are looking for? Canon have decided just to make this model 1080p and not go with 4K yet as they don’t think the world is ready for it. Maybe they should have gone all the way and then scaled it back after for lower markets, who knows.

To be honest everyone is pretty excited about it, and I can’t wait to get my hands on one.

Vincent Laforet has been heavily involved with Canon on this since conception and this guy knows what he is doing, plus he knows the marketplace. You can read some of his thoughts here. The video above this post is Vincent’s new film Mobius, all shot on the new Canon C300.

Here are the specs (taken from CVP’s website)

Single 8.3 megapixel 2160×3840 Super-35 CMOS sensor (4K resolution) with Digic DV III processor
Canon XF codec (50Mbps 4:2:2 1080p30 MPEG2 MXF)
23.98p, 24p, 25p, 30p PLUS variable frame rate recording 1-60 fps
Records to dual Compact Flash card slots
Canon Log gamma
SDI output
Compact body (similar size to Panasonic AF101)
Custom Presets and menus similar to Canon XF series
Exposure and focus control are completely manual — No AE or AF on either camera
Sold as a system c/w LCD monitor, XLR audio unit, side grip, top handle, battery & charger
Availability: Jan. 2012
Price: Approximately £10,000+VAT (for EF model C300)

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