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Canon C300 PL

Canon C300 PL

Manufacturer Canon

Summary Of Canon C300 PL

The Canon C300 PL is a super35 CMOS sensor camera with a PL mount for cine lenses which shoots 422 50Mb/s HD to affordable CF cards.

Overview Of Canon C300 PL

  • Super35 CMOS sensor
  • PL mount
  • 1080 HD 422 50Mb/s 8 bit (minimum HD broadcast)
  • Shoots to CF cards (32GB = 82mins)
  • C-Log gamma option for 12 stops of latitude
  • Interlaced and progressive
  • 50 frames per second for slow motion (720 HD 442 50Mb/s)
  • Interval record

Useful Information

The Canon EOS C300 PL Digital Cinema Camera is a large sensor camcorder suitable for many genres as it qualifies for unconditional broadcast quality, recording 50Mb/s onto CF cards 4:2:2.

The EOS C300 comes with an PL mount. Lens adapters from other manufacturers permit various types of prime and zoom lenses to be fitted.

The EOS C300 PL is Canon’s first digital cinema camcorder and was developed from the 5D Mark II following the success of its surprisingly good 1080p video mode. Whilst this full HD camcorder has the form factor of a supersized DSLR, the Canon EOS C300 PL is designed for digital cinematography.

The Canon EOS C300 PL’s Super35 CMOS sensor has an active image size of 24.6 x 13.8mm and uses a readout technique that delivers full bandwidth RGB video components without the need for any debayering algorithms. The camera offers shallow depth of field, high sensitivity/low noise and high signal to noise ratio. The C300 PL is also particularly good in high ISO/low light situation.

Rather than the moire-pattern inducing line skipping method employed in the 5D Mark II, the Canon EOS C300 PL uses a far more video-friendly down-sampling method whereby a group of 4 pixels are sampled and then mapped to each final output pixel.

The C300 PL has been designed to be as versatile as possible with comfort and usability in mind. Different components can be added or removed as needed. The EOS C300 PL is compatible with industry standard, third party accessories so it can be easily rigged for studio, Steadicam, jib or just about any other configuration.

The Canon EOS C300 PL’s compact and light body weighs approximately 1430g. It’s rugged and durable design withstands rough, professional use and is dust and splash proof. Start/stop buttons are positioned in four different locations to suit different shooting styles. Large dials can be found in two places allowing operation from the side. The EOS C300 PL viewfinder tilts up to 60 degrees and the removable, rotating handgrip turns 360 degrees in 15 degree increments. The multiple angle control panel rotates 270 degrees to accommodate shoulder, side and low angle camera positions.

Whilst the Canon EOS C300 PL is based on a 5D, it’s designed to be cinematographer friendly. The button layout is based on commonly used features and some control buttons are assignable. The lock switch prevents accidental control changes while recording. There is a tally lamp which is visible from side or behind camera. The C300 PL offers wireless remote control of key camera functions including focus, shutter speed, white balance and iris (when using supported Canon PL lenses) via laptops and tablets.

The Canon EOS C300 PL records to CF cards and offers simultaneous recording to dual CF card and HD-SDI out to external recorders or monitoring systems.

The Canon EOS C300 PL has GenLock, HD/SD-SDI/ Timecode and XLR terminals.


  • 7.4V DC (battery pack), 8.4V DC (DC-IN)


  • Signal System: NTSC and PAL
  • Compression: 8 Bit MPEG-2 Long GOP
  • Colour Space: 4:2:2 at 50Mb/s recording
  • Maximum Bit Rate: 50Mbp/ (CBR)
  • Canon Log Gamma: available
  • File Format: MXF (OP-1a)


  • 50Mb/s (CBR) 4:2:2 [email protected]
  • 1920x1080: 59.94i/29.97p/23.98p; 50i/25p; True 24 (24.00)
  • 1280x720: 59.94i/29.97p/23.98p; 50p/25p; True 24 (24.00)
  • 35Mb/s (VBR) 4:2:0 [email protected]
  • 1920x1080: 59.94i/29.97p/23.98p; 50i/25p
  • 1280x720: 59.94p/29.97p/23.98p; 50p/25p
  • 25Mb/s (CBR) 4:2:0 [email protected]
  • 1440x1080: 59.94i/29.97p/23.98p; 50i/25p


  • Linear PCM; 2-Channel; 16-Bit; 48kHz
  • Built-in Microphone: none
  • External Audio Inputs: 2 - XLR inputs (auto and manual level settings)
  • Recording Channel Selection: two channel recording
  • XLR Mic Trimming: -12dB, -6 dB, 0dB or +12dB available
  • Recording Level Adjustment Range: - Infinity to +18dB
  • Phantom Power: +48V available
  • Headphone Adjustment: 16 settings. Volume is muted at lowest setting
  • 1KHz Tone: -12, -18 or -20 dB available


  • Sensor Type: CMOS sensor (single-panel), equivalent to Super35mm
  • Sensor Size: 24.6 x 13.8mm effective screen size (6.4 x 6.4 micrometer pixel pitch)
  • Scanning System: progressive
  • Number of Sensors: 1
  • Filter: RGB Primary Colour Filter (Bayer Array)
  • Imaging Processor: DIGIC DV III
  • Effective Pixels: approx. 8.29 megapixels (3840 x 2160)
  • Total Pixels: approx. 9.84 megapixels (4206 x 2340)


  • CF Card (Type 1 Only): 2 slots (movie files), UDMA supported
  • SD Card: 1 slot, still images, Custom Picture Data*, clip metadata and menu settings
  • *Custom Picture Data and settings are not compatible with data from other Canon models
  • Max. Movie Recording Time: 64GB Compact Flash (CF) card
  • Greater capacity is possible when both are used.
  • 25Mb/s: 310 minutes
  • 35Mb/s: 225 minutes
  • 50Mb/s: 160 minutes


  • PL mount
  • Manual (autofocus system not available)


  • 1/2000 sec


  • 320 to 20,000, 1-stop or 1/3-stop


  • Mechanical ND filter system with option of clear, 2 stops, 4 stops and 6 stops


  • Auto, Manual, 2 Custom (2000K - 150,00K in 100K increments), Daylight, Tungsten


  • NTSC: 59.94P, 59.94i, 29.97P, 23.98P
  • PAL: 50P, 50i, 25P
  • Film: 24P


  • Full AUTO mode: TBA lux
  • Manual mode: TBA lux
  • Illumination Correction: compensates for each lens' light fall-off. Lens specific data stored in firmware


  • BNC (input only)


  • BNC (output only) with embedded audio


  • Same as HD/SD-SDI terminal


  • XLR 3-pin jack (2), switchable between MIC/LINE


  • BNC (input/output), Sync Out (BNC)


  • 3.5mm stereo mini-jack


  • For compatible Wi-Fi Accessory


  • 0.52-inch diagonal, colour 16:9 rotatable LCD
  • +2.0 to -5.5 diopter eye adjustment


  • 4-inch diagonal, 1.23 megapixel colour 16:9 rotatable LCD 100% field of view adj. brightness, contrast


  • Performance: 32°-104°F / 0°-40°C, 85% (relative humidity)
  • Operation: 23°-113°F / -5°-45°C, 60% (relative humidity)


  • EOS C300 + thumb rest: 5.2 x 7.0 x 6.7 in / 133 x 179 x 171mm
  • EOS C300 + grip: 6.9 x 7.0 x 6.7 in / 174 x 179 x 171mm
  • Camera + monitor: 7.3 x 9.8 x 7.4 in / 185 x 249 x 187mm
  • Camera + handle + monitor: 7.3 x 11.2 x 11.9 in / 185 x 284 x 301mm
  • (not including lens hood, eyecup, grip belt)


  • Main Unit: EOS C300 EF: 3.2 lb / 1430g
  • Grip: 8.1 oz / 230g
  • Monitor Unit: 1.4 lb / 620g
  • Handle Unit: 6.3 oz / 180g
  • Thumb Rest: 0.35 oz / 10g
  • BP-955 Battery: 7.8 oz / 220g
  • Attachment fitting: 0.32 oz / 9g
  • CF Cards x 2: 0.63 oz / 18g
  • Measure hook: 0.11 oz / 3g
  • Body Cap, camera cover: 0.63 oz / 18g
  • EOS C300 w/: grip, monitor, BP-955, [email protected] 5.6 lb / 2520g
  • EOS C300 w/: grip, monitor, handle, BP-955, [email protected] 6.0 lb / 2700g

Hire a Canon C300 PL from us and you’ll find the following included:

  • Canon C300 PL camera
  • Monitor unit
  • Top handle
  • Top mic
  • ARRI/Vocas plate
  • Vocas shoulder pad
  • Ronford-Baker moose bars
  • 15mm rails
  • 2 x 32GB CF cards
  • USB card reader
  • 3 x batteries
  • Mains unit
  • Software disc
  • Equipment User Manual
  • Wet weather cover
  • Selvyte

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