Highlights of the EOS C300/C300 PL

Article ID: ART133596 | Date published: 05/13/2015 | Date last updated: 10/22/2015


Hightlights of the EOS C300 / C300 PL



The Canon HD Camcorder EOS C300/C300 PL has been designed to meet the demanding needs and highest expectations of industry professionals. The following are just some of the many features that will help turn your creative vision into reality.

HD Recording

Large Super 35mm CMOS sensor and DIGIC DV III image processor

The camcorder is equipped with a large Super 35mm CMOS sensor that captures video at an effective pixel count of 8.29 megapixels (3840x2160). Combined with the DIGIC DV III image processor, the camcorder offers a center resolution of 1,000 TV lines*. Furthermore, thanks to its fast scanning speed, the camcorder produces spectacular video with true-to-life color reproduction while reducing noise and “rolling shutter” artifacts.

* Varies depending on the lens used.

Interchangeable Lenses

Enjoy the freedom and creative versatility of using interchangeable lenses to achieve exactly the look you want. The EOS C300 features an EF lens mount allowing you to use a huge variety of high-quality Canon EF lenses, including the new high-end Cine Lens series, as well as other lenses. The EOS C300 PL features a PL lens mount, allowing you to use a vast array of Super 35mm cinematography lenses commonly used in motion picture production.

Superb HD video

The camcorder uses the MPEG-2 Long GOP codec. Your recordings are saved as Material eXchange Format (MXF) files, which are compatible with major non-linear editing (NLE) software.

Moreover, the camcorder offers you a whole array of options when it comes to the video configuration of your recordings. By controlling the type of recording (NTSC-compatible, PAL-compatible or true 24.00P), bit rate, resolution and frame rate of your recordings you can select a video configuration to suit your needs from a total of 27 different combinations.

Operability and Adaptability

Freely customizable compact design At its most compact configuration, the camcorder offers convenient and hassle-free hand-held operation. Modular components, including the supplied handle unit, monitor unit and grip unit will let you expand and adapt the configuration to match your shooting conditions

Improved displays

The articulated monitor unit can be rotated 270º, allowing for easy monitoring and operation from the side of the camcorder. When using the viewfinder, its improved ergonomic design will ensure a tight and comfortable fit. the 10.1 cm (4 in.) LCD screen and the viewfinder have 100% coverage so you can always perfectly frame your shots. Additionally, the rear panel will provide a quick and convenient overview of the main shooting functions currently in use.

Recording media

The camcorder records video and audio to CompactFlash (CF) cards. You can even make lengthy recordings without worry because the camcorder features two CF card slots. When one CF card becomes full, the recording will automatically continue on the other one without interruption when you use relay recording (A44). In addition, using double slot recording lets you record the same clip simultaneously to CF cards.

Supplied Canon XF Utility software

Managing your recordings is as simple as using the supplied Canon XF Utility software. You can transfer your recordings to your computer, where you can view and manage them. Using the supplied plugins, you can then use the recordings with major NLE software*.

* Refer to Saving Clips to a Computer for details on compatible software.

Versatile Artistic Expression

Special recording modes

The special recording modes give you more creative control over your recordings. You can create a slow motion or fast motion effect in your recordings, record a certain number of frames at a set interval (ideal for nature shots and other subjects with little movement) or record a certain number of frames every time you press a button (ideal for stop motion animation).

Custom picture settings

With custom picture settings (A101), you can enjoy unparalleled image control to deliver the “look” you want by adjusting parameters, such as gamma and sharpness. The custom picture settings can be recorded onto an SD card, which allows multiple C300 / C300 PL camcorders to use the same settings, or embedded in the recording itself. Canon Log gamma for spectacular dynamic range Using the Canon Log gamma you can get recordings with amazing dynamic range, allowing you to realize in post-production the artistic vision you desire.

Advanced Professional Features

Pro-level connectivity

An industry-standard HD/SD SDI terminal for uncompressed HD signal output, embedded audio and SMPTE time code (LTC) give the camcorder the functionality of professional broadcast cameras. Genlock synchronization, the TIME CODE terminal (A78, 79) and SYNC OUT terminal allow the camcorder to be part of any multi-camera shooting setup.


The camcorder features several customization options. You can assign often-used functions to assignable buttons so that you can call up those functions with the ress of a single button. You can also register frequently-used menu settings in an easy-to-access personal menu.

Custom functions and custom onscreen displays give you even more freedom to control many aspects of the camcorder’s operation.

Save custom picture and menu settings to an SD card so that you can transfer your setting preferences to other C300 / C300 PL camcorders in order to use them in the same way.

Other Functions

Remote operation via Wi-Fi

You can attach the optional WFT-E6 Wireless File Transmitter to the camcorder and operate it remotely via Wi-Fi using the Wi-Fi Remote application. The Wi-Fi Remote application lets you monitor the image through live view and remotely control the focus, shutter speed, ISO speed/gain and other settings.


Sound is recorded as 2-channel linear PCM audio (16-bit/48 kHz). You can use the built-in microphone or the two XLR audio input terminals (with phantom power supply) when recording.

Video scopes

Check the brightness of the image using the waveform monitor, the color of the image using the vectorscope, or the focus using the edge monitor (A89).

Added and improved functionality

Other functions include the option to add metadata to recordings, and the Intelligent Systemcompatible battery pack.

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