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Canon EOS C300 camcorders
Ilse Jurriën : November 4th 2011 - 12:10 CET
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CanonCanon EOS C300 video camcorders : Canon introduces all-new interchangeable-lens digital video camcorders; the Canon EOS C300 and EOS C300 PL. The Canon EOS C300 video camcorder is equipped with an EF lens mount while the EOS C300 PL camcorder offers a PL lens mount. The new Canon camcorders offer impressive imaging performance with outstanding mobility to meet the demand of the motion picture industry. The Canon EOS C300 camcorders incorporate an 8.29-megapixel CMOS sensor. Beside the new Canon EOS camcorder, Canon also announce the launch of the Cinema EOS System, the new professional digital cinematography system spans the lens, video camcorder and digital SLR camera product categories.

Canon EOS C300 camcorder

Canon EOS C300 camcorders
The newly developed Super 35 mm-equivalent CMOS sensor incorporated in both the Canon EOS C300 and EOS C300 PL video camcorder offers 8.29 million effective pixels and has a pixel size that is larger than that for conventional professional camcorders. The new CMOS sensor enables greater light-gathering capabilities for enhanced sensitivity and reduced noise. The Canon EOS camcorder sensor reads Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels) video signals for each of the three RGB primary colors, decreasing the incidence of moiré while realizing high resolution with 1,000 horizontal TV lines. Additionally, the powerful combination of the sensor with Canon's high-performance DIGIC DV III image processor facilitates high-precision gamma processing and smooth gradation expression.

Canon EOS C300

Canon EOS C300 video camcorders
In addition to MPEG-2 Full HD compression, the Canon EOS C300 and EOS C300 PL video camcorders employ 4:2:2 color sampling for high-resolution video recording that minimizes the appearance of "jaggies" at chroma edges. The Canon EOS C300 and EOS 300 PL can record high quality video at a maximum recording rate of 50 Mbps. The industry-standard MXF (Material eXchange Format) video and audio file format is an open source file format, ideally suited for non-linear editing systems. The Canon EOS C300 camcorders realize high cost-performance and are able to record video simultaneously to two CF cards.

EOS C300 camcorder

Canon EOS C300 camcorder features
Other features of the Canon EOS C300 camcorders include fast-motion shooting, achieved by capturing fewer frames per second to create action up to 60x normal speed, and slow-motion down to 1/2.5x made possible by capturing more frames per second. Frame rates between 1 and 60 frames per second (fps) can be adjusted in increments of 1 fps. Additionally, a selection of Custom Pictures lets users freely adjust image quality for greater control over how content looks.

Canon EOS camcorder

Canon EOS camcorder design
Delivering exceptional maneuverability, the Canon EOS C300 camcorders feature a compact body design measuring only 133 (w) x 179 (h) x 171 mm (d), enabling shooting from vantage points all but inaccessible to large cinema cameras, such as close to the ground or alongside walls. In accordance with on-location shooting needs, the Canon EOS C300 camcorders can be outfitted with a handle, grip, thumb rest and monitor unit, and offers HD/SD-SDI video output for the external recording of video content. When using a WFT-E6B wireless file transmitter for Canon EOS digital SLR cameras (sold separately), the Canon EOS C300 and EOS C300 PL can be controlled remotely by means of such common devices as smartphones or tablet PCs.

EOS C300

Canon EOS C300 camcorder
The Canon EOS C300 camcorder supports a wide range of high-performance EF lenses. Beside the wide array of interchangeable EF lenses for Canon EOS SLR cameras, the new Canon C300 also supports the EF cinema lenses in the newly announced Cinema EOS System. When outfitted with a Canon EF lens, the Canon EOS C300's peripheral illumination correction automatically corrects for vignetting in accordance with each lens's optical characteristics, and enables iris control from the camcorder. Canon EF lenses also enable the recording of such metadata as the name of the lens used, aperture setting and shutter speed.

Canon C300

Canon EOS camcorder accessories
The Canon EOS C300 camcorders are equipped with 4 start/stop buttons positioned at various locations to satisfy any preferred camera-holding style. The Canon EOS camcorder achieves seamless integration with a variety of third-party accessories, including matte boxes, follow focuses and external video and audio recorders. The Canon video camcorder supports third-party editing systems and provides added peace of mind through its dust-proof, drip-proof construction and built-in cooling system.

EOS camcorder

Canon EOS video editing
The new Canon EOS C300 camcorders allow users to adjust image quality to match that of professional camcorders and Canon EOS digital SLR cameras, and offers Canon Log Gamma, enabling flat image quality with subdued contrast and sharpness for maximum freedom in post-production editing and processing. In addition to frame rates of 59.41i, 50.00i, 29.97P, 25.00P and 23.98P, the Canon EOS C300 and EOS C300 PL video camcorders feature a 24.00p mode, matching the 24 frame-per-second frame rate of film cameras for high compatibility with common film-production workflows.

Canon EOS video camcorder

Canon EOS C300 Price & Availability
Both the Canon EOS C300 (EF mount) digital video camcorder and the digital Canon EOS C300 PL (PL mount) digital video camcorder are scheduled to be available in late January 2012 in select regions. Please contact an authorized dealer for detailed pricing and availability information in your region.

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