Pro video blog…Produced by Philip Johnston DoP/Editor

Love the camera so far, my CB-200 Kata bag takes the camera with Matte box less the handle and the monitor section. There is a space at the front of the Matte box to take the monitor section and the handle will slip into one of two pockets on the bag itself. I will have a look at BVE for a bag that may take the camera without taking off the handle.

For the life of me I could not find out how to adjust the ISO unlike a conventional camcorder the C300 does not have a gain switch so in order for you to add gain to your picture you need to press the function button and by using the wee rubber joystick which is just above the words CANCEL you navigate to the ISO in the LCD then simply move the joystick up and down to select your ISO. You do have the option to assign the ISO to the select knob but that disables the IRIS which is a tad stupid.

Out of curiosity I sat the C300 next to my Sony FS100 and switched both cameras to 18dBs and to my utter surprise the FS100 was no worse than the C300 finally proving that Sony are using the same Super 35mm sensor as the F3.

Appart from the sensor the two cameras are poles apart which is why I am happy to buy into the Canon rather than stay with the Sony.

Initial recordings on the C300 are stunning to say the least, the one small feature I would have liked on the C300 would be some kind of built in mic but then thats a small niggle.


Having been working in the video business since 1988 I have amassed a great amount of knowledge of both the kit and production values over the last 30 years.

5 thoughts on “Canon C300 Initial Findings

  1. Good point about the built in mic, especially with FCP X using audio to auto sync clips for multi-cam, having some reference audio built in even if it’s low quality would be a big help!

  2. Like the way you have the c300 set up. I would be interested in knowing who makes the matte box and rails and where to purchase them I am in North America. Thanks.


  3. Sorry Peter I am a bit late getting back on this one, its a Genus Matte box and rig, works a treat, especially the French flag.

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