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Canon C300 Mk II (PL Mount) 4K Camcorder

C300 Mk 2 4K Camcorder (PL)

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This is a very worthy successor to the incredibly popular Canon C300 in PL mount.

Please read VMI's article The Canon C300 Mk II vs C300 - What's the fuss about?

Please also read VMI's article on Capturing 12 bit RAW with ARRI, Panasonic, Sony, Canon and other cameras using Odyssey 7Q RAW Recorder

The Canon C300 Mk II is a Super-35, full 4K camcorder and this PL mount has a B4 option and offers fully automatic operation including an effective autofocus (subject to being used with suitable lenses).  It recordson board 4K/Full HD video with HDR and Canon Log2 of the new REC 2020 colour gamut.

It may look like the original C300 but it has been completely redesigned and is built around a brand new 8.85mp Super 35mm CMOS Sensor.  Canon are quoting 15 stops of dynamic range and the system is capable of recording incredible 10 bit 4K images on CFast 2 cards at up to 410Mbps/10-bit with the Canon XF-AVC H.264 codec for easy 4K integration into existing workflows.

It offers fully automatic operation including an effective autofocus (subject to being used with suitable lenses) and is capable of internal capture of stunning 4K / Full HD video with a wide dynamic range, external RAW output and Canon Log2 to shoot a high dynamic range (HDR) of the new REC 2020 colour gamut and DCI-P3 colour space.

For almost universal compatibility to existing post production system, the C300 Mk II records 4K images to the XF AVC Codec, which is an H.264 format wrapped in the widely-supported MXF wrapper.

You can even simultaneously record 4K to dual internal CFast 2 cards, 2K/FHD proxy files to SD card and output 4K RAW to external devices.

Read more from VMI paper, Canon C300 Mk II - what's the fuss all about? on what the fuss is all about with our comparison of the original C300 with the new Mark II.

Interchangeable Mount - Compatibility with all lenses

The original C300 was supplied in either EF or PL configurations but the new Canon C300 Mk II goes one better by making the lens mount interchangeable (VMI Workshop service only).  This means that you have a choice compatibility not only with Canon's existing broad range of DSLR lenses and EF-mount CN-E cinema prime and zoom lenses but also (with suitable lens adapters), also Nikon ZF and other DSLR lenses too.  The PL mount permits conventional film zoom and prime lenses to be used and B4 mount adapters available from VMI also permit the full choice of electronic HD zooms and Primes as well.

Colour performance improved with new sensor and DIGIC DV 5 Image Processor

Canon’s newly developed sensor captures in a Super 35 format (24.4 x 13.5mm) and features 4096 x 2160 resolution to deliver Cine 4K images, as well as supporting Ultra HD (3840 x 2160), and Full HD (1920 x 1080).  The DIGIC DV 5 image processor improves colour performance considerably, assisting the wide on a level that would otherwise require three separate chips. The camera records up to. For more flexibility to adjust your image during postproduction, the camera also offers Canon's Log gamma mode, which results in excellent tonal reproduction in the highlight and lowlight regions of an image, and an expanded dynamic range.

Modular Construction

The EOS C300 Mk II body is compact and easily handheld at just over 1.4kg (3 lb). The body has a modular design that can either be stripped down completely or be built up using the included handle, 4" rotating LCD unit with full controls, grip, and thumb rest – useful if being used in a lightweight Gimbal type configuration. 

The LCD is built into the removable audio module and the integral high resolution (0.46"), 1.17 Megapixel colour EVF has a 60 degree tilt adjustment too. It has a contrast ratio of 5000:1 vs 270:1 on the original C300. This should make it very usable when handholding the camera without a support rig.

There is a bright 1.55 Megapixel electronic viewfinder, and the camera comes bundled with a removable combination 4", 1.23 Megapixel monitor and control panel. The camera also has a removable handgrip with a control dial and function buttons for handheld shooting in DSLR style, or remove it and use the supplied thumb rest for completely stripped-down shooting.

The EOS C300 Mk II has a manually operated built-in neutral density (ND) glass filter offering 1/4, 1/16, and 1/64th steps of filtering. Handheld or using a tripod, on location or in the studio, even on 3-D rigs, the EOS C300 fits shooting situations that are challenging for larger cameras.

The camcorder features two 3G-SDI outputs, timecode I/O, and genlock input BNCs.

Autofocus that really works (AKA Dual Pixel CMOS AF Technology)

The C300 Mk II amazingly provides continuous AF (Autofocus) function for all autofocus lenses, using Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology. A new AF Lock setting also lets you change the image framing while holding the desired focus. This feature works well and is practical for location shooting, as it doesn’t hunt.   This may even work with Canon electronic HD zooms and Canon film zoom lenses which feature integral servo focus modules (To be tested).

Canon explain why this autofocus is so good with the paragraph below.  We just know that it seems to work well!

Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology features a CMOS sensor that consists of an array of pixels that each feature two separate photodiodes. By continuously comparing their outputs during AF mode, phase-difference autofocus helps ensure non-blurred images and smooth focus transitions even when the talent and/or camera are moving. The new feature places a high priority on maintaining sharp focus while providing a natural, smooth autofocus movement with select Canon EF lenses - including newer-generation STM lenses - which offer even smoother and quieter operation

Ergonomonic control layout

A logical layout of buttons and dials make operation simple. A lock switch turns off all controls except the recording button and function buttons. Small ridges between the buttons help prevent activating functions by mistake. A backlit display panel is great for low-light viewing. A tally lamp is clearly visible from the side or behind the camera.

Rugged, Durable & Quiet

The EOS C300 Mk II's dust-proof and splash-proof design includes sealing gaskets around the edges of all access covers, dials fitted with O-rings on the axis of rotation, and button key-tops sealed with rubber. The EOS C300 also features a built-in silent cooling system with a heat-dissipating duct in the centre of the body, a graphite sheet that conducts sensor heat towards the heat sink, three ventilation holes, and a cooling fan that pulls hot air out through an exhaust opening. All air is directed through a discrete pathway that keeps dust particles away from sensitive components. Your camera runs cool, quiet, and clean.

Good Audio Controls

The removable audio module provides two XLR audio inputs with +48V phantom power. A 3.5mm microphone terminal is also built in to the camera. Audio is recorded uncompressed in 16-bit PCM format at 48 kHz for high fidelity sound. Both XLR inputs, as well as the mic terminal have the option for automatic, as well as full manual gain control (-Infinity to +18dB). Additionally, a 3.5mm headphone terminal with 16 volume settings offers accurate audio monitoring.   The audio module also holds the LCD monitor, which can be repositioned in a variety of places to suit the operator.

CF Memory Card Recording

The camera records to CFast 2 cards through two slots.

High-Speed, Slow-Motion, Time-Lapse & Stop-Motion

Beyond the advantages of file-based recording, the camera offers a number of creative possibilities in post-production including Slow & Fast motion.  (max. 120 fps supported), frame recording, pre-recording, interval recording

Full Manual Control & Focusing Aids

The camera has a Waveform Monitor (WFM) function that shows the overall brightness of a scene, with RGB Parade Display to view red, green, and blue brightness or Spot Display to isolate the luminance distribution of a chosen area. The Vectorscope (VS) display shows real-time hue and saturation levels. For sharp focus, EOS C300 Mk II camera has two peaking modes and a magnified focus assist function. An Edge Monitor Focus Assist provides both a waveform representing the overall degree of focus and a red waveform that represents focus in three specific areas displayed on the camera's 4" LCD monitor. To maintain proper highlight exposure, it offers a zebra bar feature as well.

Compatible Memory Cards

VMI Package (provisional)

  • Canon C300 Mk II Camera
  • Choice of EF or PL Mount
  • 3 x Canon BPA60 batteries
  • ARRI Pro Broadcast set with 15mm bars system and top handle
  • 2 x 120GB CFast 2 cards
  • D-Tap to C300 Mk II cable
  • Headphones

This is a very worthy successor to the incredibly popular Canon C300 in PL mount.

The Canon C300 Mk II is a Super-35, full 4K camcorder and this PL mount has a B4 option and offers fully automatic operation including an effective autofocus (subject to being used with suitable lenses).  It recordson board 4K/Full HD video with HDR and Canon Log2 of the new REC 2020 colour gamut.

Please read VMI's article The Canon C300 Mk II vs C300 - What's the fuss about?

Please also read VMI's article on Capturing 12 bit RAW with ARRI, Panasonic, Sony, Canon and other cameras using Odyssey 7Q RAW Recorder

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Specifications

Product name DigitalCinema Camera: EOS C300 Mark ll
Image sensing device Sensor CMOS sensor (single-panel) equivalent to Super 35 mm
Total pixels Approx. 9.84 megapixels (4206 x2340)
Number of effective pixels Approx. 8.85 megapixels (4096 x 2160): When 4096 x 2160 or 2048 x 1080 is selected as the resolution 
Approx. 8.29 megapixels (3840 x 2160): When 3840 x 2160 or 1920 x 1080 is selected as the resolution
Lens mount Canon EF mount 
[EF lens group supported (including EF-S lenses), EF cinema lens group supported]
Exposure Exposure mode (1) Manual exposure based on shutter setting, iris setting, ISO/gain setting, and ND filter setting 
(2) Push auto iris control, auto iris control (Light metering system selection, shift possible)
Shutter setting Speed, Angle, Clear Scan, Slow, or Off mode selected 
Either 1/3 or 1/4 steps selected as speed increment
lris setting 1/2-stop, 1/3-stop or fine setting selected 
(1) Push auto iris control 
(2) Auto iris control * 
* Available only with some EF lenses
ISO/gain  
ISO 1 step, 1/3 step settings 
[*100 - 160 - 25600 -*102400 
*When the sensitivity is expanded
Gain Normal [*-6dB - -2dB - 42dB - *54d8] 
Fine: Setting in 0.5d8 step increments possible 
* When the sensitivity is expanded
ND filter 5 density settings (2,4,6,8(*), 10(*) stops) [(*) when expansion is selected] 
Motorized drive
Focus control DAF (Dual Pixel CMOS AF) supported 
Manual focus, one-shot AF, continuous AF, AF-Boosted MF (*), 
face detection AF (Only lenses that support AF functions can be used 
in any of these modes.) 
*See Technical Description.
LCD monitor 4" (10.1 cm diagonal) color wide-screen LCD with 16:9 aspect ratio 
Approx. 1.23 million dots (854 x RGB x 480), 100% field of view coverage
Viewfinder 0.46" (1.18 cm on the diagonal), color organic EL display with a widescreen 16:9 aspect ratio 
Approx. 1.17 million dots (1024 x RGB x 576), 100% field of view ratio
White balance Kelvin setting (setting range: 2000K to 15000K), daylight, tungsten, settings (A/B)
System frequency selection 59.94 Hz, 50.00 Hz, 24.00 Hz
Frame rate 59.94 Hz mode 59.94i / 59.94P / 29.97P / 23.98P
  50.00 Hz mode 50.00i / 50.00P / 25.00P
  24.00 Hz mode 24.00P
Recording media CFast card Movie recording, custom picture settings, metadata 2-slot
SD Card Recording of movies and photos (JPEG), custom pictures, metadata, menus and other data possible
Video format (XF-AVC) Video compression formats MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
Audio recording system Linear PCM (16bit/24bit- 48 kHz - 4ch)
File format MXF
Bit rate Intra 410 / 225 / 210 / 110Mbps,
LongGOP 50Mbps
LongGOP 35 or 24Mbps (for proxy recording on SD cards)
CFast card Intraframe recording
Resolution : 4096x2160 / 3840x2160 / 2048x1080 / 1920x1080
Signal configuration : YCC422 10bit/(*)RG8444 (12bit/10bit)
(*) Only with 2048x1080 or 1920x1080; 29.97P, 23.98P, 25.00P and 24.00P
LongGOP recording
Resolution : 2048x1080 / 1920x1080
Signal configuration : YCC422 10bit
SD Card Movies: LongGOP recording only (*)
Resolution : 2048x1080 / 1920x1080
Signal configuration: YCC420 8bit
Photo: JPEG
Resolution : 2048x1080 / 1920x1080
(*) Proxy recording using low bit rate
Time code Count-up Drop frame(*) or non-drop frame
Operation mode Rec run, free run, regeneration
(*) Only in the 59.94 Hz mode
Special Rec Slow & Fast motion recording (max. 120 fps supported), frame recording, pre-recording, interval recording
Other Relay recording, double slot recording, 4K RAW output, custom picture settings, color bar, peaking display, zebra display, My Menu settings, waveform monitor display, edge monitor display, customized functions, function assignment buttons (1 to 11), key lock, marker displays, Enlarged display, custom display Browser remote control using WFT unit, peripheral illumination correction, monaural microphone, fan control, magnification chromatic aberration compensation, GPS information recording, etc.
Playback Playback operations Normal playback, fast forward (at speeds of 5x, 15x, 60x), fast reverse 
(at speeds of 5x, 15x, 60x), frame fonruard, frame reverse, fonrvard skip, 
reverse skip, rec review
Clip display 3x4 (clip) index screen
[Original, OK mark, check mark, shot mark, expand, proxy, photo (SD card) index displays available]
Clip information displays Clip metadata display, custom picture data display
Edit Clip deletion, clip copying
Terminal Body  
lnput GENLOCK terminal (also serves as SYNC OUT terminal), TIME CODE terminal (inpuUoutput switching), REMOTE terminal, MIC terminal, AUDIO terminal
Output MON.terminal, REC OUT terminal, HDMI OUT terminal, headphones terminal, SYNC OUT terminal (also serves as GENLOCK terminal), TIME CODE terminal (inpuUoutput switching), VIDEO terminal
Input/output control Expansion system terminal (WFT/other unit)
Monitor unit  
Input INPUT terminal (XLR) x 2, VIDEO terminal
Output AUDIO terminal
Power supply 14.4V DC (battery pack), 16.7 V DC (DC-IN)
Image processing platform Dual Digic DV 5

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