Canon C300 (EOS Mount)

HD capture with S-35 sensor

£110.00 / day
£440.00 / week

The very versatile Canon EOS C300 Digital Cinema Camera is now a universal large sensor camcorder suitable for all genres, as it qualifies for unconditional Broadcast quality, recording in 50Mb per second onto CF cards in a 4:2:2 colour space.


Sensor Size/Coverage

The Canon C300 comes in 2 flavours.  The EOS version and PL only version, featuring an 8.3MP Super 35mm-equivalent CMOS sensor developed specially for the system.  A variety of  non manufacturer-specific lens adapters permit various types of prime and zoom lenses to be fitted.

Whilst this full HD camcorder has the form factor of a supersized DSLR, it is designed and dedicated for digital cinematography, so use this camera if you want to take moving images or the 5D range of DSLR cameras if you want to take stills images.  Also presently there is a total absence of AF and AE functionality. This means that even when using a Canon EF lens on the C300 EF you won’t get the benefit of the lens’ auto focus capabilities!

Contrary to expectation the C300 is a Full HD 1080p camcorder rather than being a 4K device even though its CMOS sensor is actually natively 4K resolution (This pitches it head to head with the Sony PMW-F3)

Rather than the moire-pattern inducing line skipping method employed in the EOS 5D Mark II, the C300 uses a far more video-friendly down-sampling method whereby a group of 4 pixels are sampled and then mapped to each final output pixel.

Interestingly, where the Sony F3L’s S-Log option offers the ability to obtain dual-link 4:4:4 output for the ultimate in recording quality, the C300 has built in log capability but only provides a single 8-bit 4:2:2 output via a single HD-SDI connector.

Whilst the C300 is the first Canon EOS badged camcorder, it shares many features with the XF305 camcorder:

  • 50Mb/s 4:2:2 recording
  • The use the same BP-975 batteries & chargers
  • Compact flash media cards

This is designed to be a low cost digital film capture device offering universal compatibility of film and DSLR lenses across both camera models and operation is deceptively simple as well – so much so, that you will feel comfortable after just a few minutes of operation.  It is also reliable with a tried and tested menu and operational structure of the well established Canon XF-305, just with a Super-35 sensor.

Don’t be deceived that quality is compromised too much though – several Dramas have successfully intercut C300s with Alexas as a 3rd unit device and many budget features have shot using exclusively C300s on their own as well!

Post is very easy too – the MPEG-2 codec is an internationally recognized standard compatible with major NLE applications including FCP, AVID etc while additional features such as Canon Log ensure seamless integration with existing production workflows, making post-production easy. If you want to increase quality capture still further, consider using in conjunction with external recorders such as PIX240  etc.

Essential Accessory

Why not upgrade to include a full ARRI Cage kit with additional mounting points, secure handle and large ‘coffin case’ to allow a fully assembled camera to be transported.

If you work handheld, then consider the ARRI HGA-1 Handgrip adapter which allows the side camera handle to be attached at the end of Blue Mod bars, ARRI cage or suitable moose bars by means of the rosette mount.

Compatible Memory Cards

VMI C300 Packages

VMI supply the EOS C300 camera in either EOS mount or with a high quality EOS to PL mount.

The camera is supplied with 2 x 32GB CF cards with the following storage capability:

25Mbps: 310 minutes
35Mbps: 225 minutes
50Mbps: 160 minutes

Power Supply (rated) 7.4V DC (battery pack), 8.4V DC (DC-IN)
Signal System: NTSC and PAL
Compression: 8 Bit MPEG-2 Long GOP
Color Space: 4:2:2 at 50Mbps recording
Maximum Bit Rate: 50Mbps (CBR)
Canon Log Gamma: Available
File Format: MXF (OP-1a)
Recording Options 50Mbps (CBR) 4:2:2 422P@HL
1920×1080: 59.94i/29.97p/23.98p; 50i/25p; True 24 (24.00)
1280×720: 59.94i/29.97p/23.98p; 50p/25p; True 24 (24.00)
35Mbps (VBR) 4:2:0 MP@HL
1920×1080: 59.94i/29.97p/23.98p; 50i/25p
1280×720: 59.94p/29.97p/23.98p; 50p/25p
25Mbps (CBR) 4:2:0 MP@H14
1440×1080: 59.94i/29.97p/23.98p; 50i/25p
Audio Linear PCM; 2-Channel; 16-Bit; 48kHz
Built-in Microphone: None
External Audio Inputs: 2 – XLR inputs (Auto and Manual level settings)
Recording Channel Selection: Two channel recording
XLR Mic Trimming: Available; -12dB, -6 dB, 0dB or +12dB
Recording Level Adjustment Range: – Infinity to +18dB
Phantom Power: Available: +48V
Headphone Adjustment: 16 Settings; Volume is muted at lowest setting
1KHz Tone: Available: -12, -18 or -20 dB
Image Sensor
Sensor Type: CMOS sensor (single-panel), equivalent to Super 35mm
Sensor Size: 24.6 x 13.8mm effective screen size (6.4 x 6.4 micrometer pixel pitch)
Scanning System: Progressive
Number of Sensors: 1
Filter: RGB Primary Color Filter (Bayer Array)
Imaging Processor: DIGIC DV III
Effective Pixels Approx. 8.29 megapixels (3840 x 2160)
Total Pixels Approx. 9.84 megapixels (4206 x 2340)
Max. Movie Recording Time 64GB Compact Flash (CF) card
Greater capacity is possible when both are used.
25Mbps: 310 minutes
35Mbps: 225 minutes
50Mbps: 160 minutes
Interchangeable: EF mount
Focusing System Manual; Autofocus system not available
Max. Shutter Speed 1/2000 sec
ISO Range 320 to 20,000, 1-stop or 1/3-stop
ND Filter Settings Mechanical ND filter system with option of clear, 2 stops, 4 stops, and 6 stops
White Balance Auto, Manual, 2 Custom (2000K – 150,00K in 100K increments), Daylight, Tungsten
Frame Rate NTSC: 59.94P, 59.94i, 29.97P, 23.98P
PAL: 50P, 50i, 25P
Film: 24P
Minimum Illumination
Full AUTO mode: TBA lux
Manual mode: TBA lux
Illumination Correction Compensates for each lens’ light fall-off. Lens specific data stored in firmware
Genlock Terminal BNC (input only)
HD/SD-SDI Terminal BNC (output only), with embedded audio
Timecode Terminals BNC (input/output), Sync Out (BNC)
Viewfinder 0.52-inch diagonal, color 16:9 rotatable LCD
+2.0 to -5.5 diopter eye adjustment
LCD Screen (Monitor Unit) 4-inch diagonal, 1.23 megapixel color 16:9 rotatable LCD 100% field of view adj. brightness, contrast, color, sharpness and backlight
Microphone None built-in
Recording Media CF Card (Type 1 Only): 2 slots (Movie files); UDMA supported
SD Card: 1 slot: Still images, Custom Picture Data*, Clip Metadata and menu settings
*Custom Picture Data and settings are not compatible with data from other Canon models
USB Terminal N/A
Video Terminal Same as HD/SD-SDI Terminal
Audio Terminal XLR 3-pin jack (2), Switchable between MIC/LINE
HDMI Terminal Yes (Type A), output only
AV Mini-terminal/Headphone Terminal 3.5mm stereo mini-jack
WFT Terminal For compatible Wi-Fi Accessory
Operating Temperature Range Performance: 32°-104°F / 0°-40°C, 85% (relative humidity)
Operation: 23°-113°F / -5°-45°C, 60% (relative humidity)
Dimensions (W x H x D) EOS C300 + Thumb Rest: 5.2 x 7.0 x 6.7 in / 133 x 179 x 171mm
EOS C300 + Grip: 6.9 x 7.0 x 6.7 in / 174 x 179 x 171mm
Camera + Monitor: 7.3 x 9.8 x 7.4 in / 185 x 249 x 187mm
Camera + Handle + Monitor: 7.3 x 11.2 x 11.9 in / 185 x 284 x 301mm
(not including lens hood, eyecup, grip belt)
Weight (not including lens)
Main Unit: EOS C300: 3.2 lb / 1430g
Grip: 8.1 oz / 230g
Monitor Unit: 1.4 lb / 620g
Handle Unit: 6.3 oz / 180g
Thumb Rest: 0.35 oz / 10g
BP-955 Battery: 7.8 oz / 220g
Attachment fitting: 0.32 oz / 9g
CF Cards x 2: 0.63 oz / 18g
Measure hook: 0.11 oz / 3g
Body Cap, Camera Cover (either type): 0.63 oz / 18g
EOS C300 w/:
Grip, Monitor, BP-955, 2@CF 5.6 lb / 2520g
Grip, Monitor, Handle, BP-955, 2@CF 6.0 lb / 2700g
1 x ARRI Quick Release Base Plate QRP-1 K2.0000399
1 x ARRI BPA-2 Bridge Plate Adapter C300 15mm supp K2.66172.0
1 x ARRI C300 Support Plate K2.66173.0
1 x Canon C300 II LCD Monitor
2 x Canon C300 II LCD Monitor Cable
2 x 15mm, Support Rod 540mm
2 x 15mm, Support Rod 300mm
1 x Rain Cover C300 / C200 Camrade
1 x Power Cable D-Tap - 4F Lemo for Canon C300 II PC-24B
1 x Camera Port Cap EOS
1 x Canon C300 II 4K Camcorder
1 x Canon C300 II EF mount
1 x Canon C300 Arri Top Handle/Plate K2.00006859/ K2.73002.0
1 x Canon C300 II Side Hand Grip Unit
1 x ARRI C300 II Broadcast Support Plate K2.0006797
1 x ARRI C300 II Broadcast Support WA2 Incl Shoulder Pad
1 x Canon CA-A10 AC Adapter C200 / C300 II 4F Pin Lemo
1 x Carry Strap
2 x Sandisk CFast2 120/128GB Memory Card 450/515MB/s
1 x CFast 2.0 Card Reader (USB 3.0)
1 x Data Cable USB 3.0 Flat End (Micro B)
2 x Battery for Canon C200 / C300 II/ XF705 BP-A60 (Large)
1 x Battery for Canon C200 / C300 II/ XF705 BP-A30 (Small)
1 x Canon AC CG-A10 XF-705/C300 II/C500 II
2 x Power Cable Figure 8
1 x Shotgun Mic Senn K6/Senn MKE600
1 x Sennheiser HD205 Headphones

C300 Flight Case 42 x 71 x 26 19.6kg

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