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EOS C100

With Canon’s Super 35mm 8.3 Megapixel Bayer-filtered CMOS sensor at its core, the EOS C100 combines exceptional image quality with a design approximately 15% smaller than the advanced EOS C300. The camera’s powerful imaging system enables the same processing as three-chip RGB systems, delivering exceptional colour, wide dynamic range and proven low light performance, while extensive NLE support makes it suitable for a wide range of users and production purposes. With Canon’s EF mount users have immediate access to over 60 class-leading EF lenses, as well as the freedom to experiment with the company’s expanding EF Cinema Lens line-up.


  • 8.3 Megapixel Super 35mm CMOS sensor; Full HD.
  • High sensitivity, low noise.
  • 24Mbps AVCHD to SD cards.
  • Automatic shooting functions.
  • Interchangeable EF lenses.
  • Canon Log Gamma.
  • Compact, modular, lightweight.
  • Professional audio.
  • Seamless workflow integration.
  • CPS video support.

Designed to offer leading quality and portability, the EOS C100 features a specification designed around the needs of single operators. Its advanced imaging system utilises the widely used AVCHD codec, with the CMOS sensor recording 1920×1080 (Full HD) resolution video to SD cards (*1) at 24Mbps with 4:2:0 colour sampling – delivering sharp, vivid, professional-quality video. Uncompressed video can also be output directly to external recorders via an integrated HDMI terminal, complete with embedded timecode data.

Equipped to provide exceptional performance, the EOS C100 allows users to capture high quality images for a range of creative outputs. Support for 24/25/30p and 50/60i frame rates offers flexibility, and an ISO range of 320-20,000 provides extensive exposure control and low noise in all lighting conditions. A new Wide Dynamic Range gamma setting makes it possible to shoot in demanding, high contrast situations – achieving a dynamic range of up to 800% without the need for extensive colour grading in post-production. Additionally, Canon Log Gamma enables the capture of high quality video that’s rich in exposure latitude and dynamic range, and ensures footage has a consistent look and feel when used alongside other Cinema EOS cameras in multi-camera shoots.

As well as full manual control, the EOS C100 integrates a range of new automatic features to support independent operators, such as documentary makers or news shooters. A new One Shot AF button enables users to instantly check focus, with the central image area automatically checked prior to recording. Push Auto Iris evaluates exposure and makes any required adjustments before shooting, while new Auto White Balance uses the power of Canon’s DIGIC DV III image processor to detect and balance colour information – allowing operators to focus on the story in front of them.

A new graphical user interface enables videographers to conveniently adjust standard camera settings using the LCD screen. Operators can fine-tune Gamma settings, with the camera displaying both ‘before’ and ‘after’ curves on-screen, while White Balance settings can be altered using the camera’s joystick lever, with a colour/plane graphic displaying the amount of compensation being applied in real time. Additionally, support for continuous, automatic focus and iris adjustment will be added by a firmware update in 2013, providing fast, smooth performance when used with specified models in Canon’s range of EF Stepper Motor (STM) lenses.

The EOS C100 also offers highly flexible storage, recording to two SD card slots. Users can record to both cards simultaneously with Double Slot Recording or use Relay Recording to automatically switch across memory cards when the one in use becomes full. In-camera down-conversion also allows operators to convert HD footage stored on one card to SD resolution on the other – ideal for operators who want to reduce the size or resolution of footage before transferring or web hosting.


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.

7 thoughts on “Canon launch the new C100 (Smaller than the C300)

  1. Looks like a great camera but I think that it does not have a HD-SDI connection – shame on Canon!

  2. Is it required that every DSLR heritage form factor looks like it was assembled from parts borrowed from other cameras or made on the local handyman’s machine shop?

    I’ve no doubt the optics and imager will be up to the usual Canon spec but it just looks.. odd. Like a third party converted a Canon SLR.

  3. True pros think nothing of dropping 500 on a matte box, another 500 on a rails system and 500 on a pair of 4 inch fader ND filters.

    For some of us spending as much as decent HD camcorder again to make up for an engineering oversight is… frustrating.

  4. Thanks for the great blog!

    IMHO: C100 = Zzzzzzzzzzzzzz …

    24 megabits/sec?
    4:2:0 (probably)?

    At $3K US (half the price or less than the C100?) I much prefer the Blackmagic Cinema Camera’s 1080p 10-bit ProRes 422 HQ “log” 220mbs industrial-strength recording mode! And, for projects that need it, the BMCC 2.K 12-bit RAW CinemaDNG mode. Both recording formats offer the same 13-stop dynamic range and excellent color & gradeability.

    With a crop factor of 1.6 compared to S35, the BMCC offers plenty wide and plenty narrow DOF when fitted with the right lens. If you need super-wide, the Tokina 11-16mm or Sigma 8-16mm are two examples.

    Plus the BMCC has a built-in 5″ LCD, cost-effective commodity SSD storage, balanced audio inputs, headphone jack, clean 10-bit 4:2:2 HD-SDI output, Thunderbolt connectivity, and incredible software bundle, the BMCC is a truly amazing value.

    But, as always: There’s no 1 perfect camera for every user & application. Equally true of the C100 and the BMCC. It’s all good.


  5. Is that an optical ND on it or electrical ND?

    It looks electrical ND from the picture … what’s the pros and cons?

  6. No 50P!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Oh Dear and here we go again…

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