Canon C100 “First impressions”

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First-impressions-C100

Having been a tad negative about the Canon C100 I gave it a spin today on a paying job and discovered it was far better than I was expecting.

Loosing a lot of the features I have come to expect from the C300 I was some what surprised to find a few new surprises, on the switch side of the camera Canon now include an ISO/gain button, very useful, the ND buttons have been changed for a rotating filter switch, far more positive.

C100-side

Before shooting I set up the “Custom Picture” to AC Neutral which was concocted by Alister Chapman before he sold his C300. I didn’t have time to check it against the C300 so off I went to film a 2 month old baby near Edinburgh. My first small disappointment was the lack of HD SDI socket but the full size HDMI was fine for my Sony 740 monitor.

I did the main work with the trusty C300 then decided to take the C100 out for a test drive, to my surprise it matched the C300 perfectly. A great feature is the carry handle with its onboard XLR connectors and adjustments on the other side not to mention an inbuilt microphone, so much better that the C300.

Baby-bottle-web

Here is a frame from todays shoot and the shots were indistinguishable from my C300 even shot at 1080 50i. I brought the 24Mbps footage into FCPX to allow me to get a few frames, I must take my hat off to Canon the C100 is a great wee camera.

baby-in-bedweb

These are not C300 4:2:2 50Mbps pictures but C100 4:2:0 24Mbps pictures but were equally stunning.

The only side of the C100 that I didn’t take to was the LCD for focusing but I used peeking which helped and I will use my extended Hoodman on Sunday when I will be taking it out for a further spin.

At just over £4,400 the C100 is a delight to use especially the lighter body, you can get better handheld shots far more easier with this camera and is a must for anyone using a C300 who needs a “B” camera.

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2 comments on this post

  1. JR Dziengel says:

    Thumbs Up! I really like my C100 so far. Thanks for all your informative posts. Happy Holidays!!

  2. Greg says:

    Hi Philip,

    Great post. Can you post your (A.. Chapman’s) “natural” setting details. I work in Broadcast Education and we are looking for a great ready-to-air picture profile. These stills look just right.

    Thanks

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