Canon EOS C300 Whitepapers
Canon has released two whitepapers for the upcoming Canon EOS C300 video camera. The first one talks about the sensor and its design considerations.
New 35mm CMOS Image Sensor for Digital Cine Motion Imaging
A novel new CMOS large-format single-sensor imager has been developed. It is intended to originate very high quality HD video, and it embodies a number of important technologies that collectively should support the goal to allow image capture that comes closer to the superlative imaging qualities of 35mm motion picture film.
The second whitepaper talks mostly about the system processing of the digital signal.
Sensitometric Characteristics of the EOS C300 Digital Cinema Camera
An important new 35mm single image sensor has been developed. It offers video imaging attributes reflective of the most contemporary in CMOS imager technology, and has elevated HD digital motion imaging to a plane that offers a viable creative alternative to 35mm motion picture film.
A great breakdown can be read at Image Sensor World.
Bring on the noise
It was inevitable, but now we have a comparison of the Canon EOS C300 & Red Scarlet when it comes to high ISO noise performance.
In all, it’s clear that the C300’s new sensor excels in low light situations, which will allow for whole new ways of filmmaking in dark zones, were much less artificial light can be used to accentuate something.
Source: [C5D] via [NL]
From Sebastian Wiegartner
German filmaker Sebastian Wiegärtner has spent some time with the new Canon C300 and compares its noise performance against the Sony F3. At the end he also throws in the Canon 7D for good measure.
I like the form factor of the C300, wow, what a bummer. But I also like the superb image out of my Sony F3 with S-Log and the ability shooting 4:4:4 1080p with 60 frames per seconds. You can get a Sony F3 with S-Log for € 13,900 in Europe (without external recorder – full set incl. KiPro recorder costs you € 14,400), of course more expensive than the C300, but you can upgrade later if you need 4:4:4 or S-Log for a project. Personally I want to own both of these great cameras!
You can read the entire article here.
More C300 eye candy and praise
Jon Yi has provided a fantastic “test” video from the new Canon EOS C300. His conclusion, “C300 = awesome”.
There’s some great info about ISO performance and workflow. A worthwhile watch.
There’s a little bit of language and “skin” in the video, so if you’re easily offended, don’t press ‘play’.
From Jon Yi
In early Fall 2011, I shot some footage with a pre-production model of the Canon EOS C300 for one week in NYC. I created an article and a video for Canon based on my experiences with the camera. The video is meant to poke fun at most camera test videos I’ve seen over the years. Canon, not thrilled with my sense of humor, does not credit or condone this video, but I think it shows a lot of the camera’s strengths.
You can read my full article about the EOS C300 here:learn.usa.canon.com/resources/articles/2011/c300_for_cinematographers.shtml
I believe that Canon made a beautiful camera that is sensible, reliable and portable in a way that I’ve always dreamed a camera could be. It prioritizes great skin tone and has higher ISO sensitivity than any other camera out there.
I know there’s nothing I can say to change the minds of the RED fan club. For the rest of the skeptics, I think once you get your hands on it you’ll understand how great this camera really is. Please buy this camera in January and go film some good skin tones in the dark. You’ll love it.
Thanks go out to all my friends for helping me with this.
Visit Planet5D & Jon Yi for more on the video.
From Amateur Photographer
Amateur Photographer (via NL) sat down with Peter Yabsley, a business development manager from Canon Europe, to talk about Cinema EOS.
AP: Will the EOS and EOS cinema departments be working quite closely together now?
MB: Since the 5D there’s been a process of working together, interconnecting working and sharing technologies and it will be beneficial throughout the range. You may not see it now but broadcast is helping EOS, EOS is helping cinema and so forth. We’re seeing it now it the EOS 1DX, adding timecode to video for instance – the video guys helped show the stills guys how timecode operates and there’s more than just the one option on there.
Read the full interview
$20,000 too much scratch?
There’s a rumor on the DVXuser forums that Canon has indeed dropped the price of the upcoming EOS C300 to €12,000, that converts to about $16,000 USD.
Is a rumoured new pricepoint to shift your desire for a Red Scarlett over to the C300?
More EF Cine Lenses Coming
According to Erik Allen at Canon there are two more EF Cine prime lenses in the pipeline. An ultra wide solution, as well as a telephoto prime.
There’s also two more of the Cinema Primes, one would be an ultra-wide and one would be a telephoto over and above what we have already announced so we have two more in the pipeline and from there we will see where the market tells us we need to go.
10 Things You May Not Know About the EOS C300 & Future of Cinema EOS
Photographer Dan Carr posted a great article on his site about the C300 and Cinema EOS announcements.
Read it here
Redrock Micro Announces New ultraCage | blue for Digital Cinema Cameras
In lock-step with Canon Cinema EOS Camera announcement, ultraCage is a New Generation of Support for a New Generation of Cameras
Hollywood, CA and Dallas, TX – Redrock Micro, the recognized leader in affordable professional-level cinema accessories, announced today the ultraCage | blue line of cinema accessories and support gear for the new generation of digital cinema cameras. The ultraCage is the first cage designed specifically the just-announced Canon EOS C300, and has been called the essential accessory for transforming these phenomenal cameras into phenomenal camera systems. The ultraCage delivers all the needed pieces for mounting, accessory support, safety, and modularity to fulfill the promise of these cameras. As with all Redrock products, the ultraCage delivers professional systems at revolutionary prices.
Redrock ultraCage the Foundation of Canon’s Product Launch Films
The ultraCage and Redrock rigs were used exclusively by all productions of Canon’s launch movies shot with the EOS C300. These projects were all helmed by prestigious directors and directors of photography including Richard Crudo, ASC, Félix Enríquez Alcalá, Sam Nicholson, ASC, Vincent Laforet, DGA, and Ron Howard, DGA.
During camera prep for these films, each production’s crew created their own custom configurations and rigs using the ultraCage as the foundation, and then built up with Redrock’s huge library of cinema accessories. The result was a wide range of finely tuned solutions to each operator’s individual taste and needs.
“The RedRock Micro ultraCage is an invaluable addition to the new Canon C300,” said Dana Christiaansen, Director of Photography for Sam Nicholson’s film ‘XXIT’. “The engineering and mechanical quality is excellent. Their [system] allows fast adjustments and holds the setting under tough shooting conditions. “I really appreciate a trouble-free camera support system… Redrock Micro has done a great job.”
“We couldn’t have asked for a better camera for this [project]” said Eric Wolfinger, first AC B camera for Richard Crudo’s film ‘Max is Back’. “The [standalone camera] design is great, but wouldn’t really work in a production environment without the support from Redrock. Everything is nice and light and easy to use.”
Leading in Innovation, ultraCage | blue is the First and Only Support Cage Designed Specifically for the Canon EOS C300 Body
Like no other system anywhere, ultraCage mirrors the sleek, compact design of the Canon C300 series camera to add critical features and support without expanding the footprint. The ultraCage closely wraps the camera to maintain its beautiful natural form factor while adding rails support, mounting points, and a rugged 360 degree camera casing. The C300′s removable handgrip can be attached and used, or detached all without removing the ultraCage. The ultraCage is designed in partnership with Canon to ensure all buttons, functions, and doors are completely accessible. You get the most out of your camera without anything getting in the way. The ultraCage is a significant evolution from today’s clunky and inelegant square cages.
“When Canon approached us to create a cage that would ‘finish’ the C300 into a supremely functional production camera, we wanted to do something more than just create a square cage,” said James Hurd, Chief Revolutionary of Redrock Micro. “We felt it was important to mirror C300′s compactness and beautiful lines without increasing the camera’s footprint. Customers want to retain the camera’s feel and ergonomics, and add the support, security, and features of the ultraCage.”
The Redrock ultraCage and Redrock rigs showed prominently in the behind-the-scenes footage of the Canon unveiling event. Martin Scorcese, a keynote speaker at the event, reflected on the significance of smaller, more agile equipment, and underscores the important design theme that both Canon and Redrock espouse: “bulky, expensive equipment [has been an] impediment to filmmaking in the past… Now anyone can make a movie, and storytelling through video is easier than ever.”
The ultraCage | blue Delivers it All
- Form-fitting - The ultraCage design mirrors the C300 and enhances the camera’s form and functionality without increasing the footprint.
- Full-featured - ultraCage delivers a landslide of features across support, stabilization, power, and cinema accessories.
- Modular sizes - choose the style that works for you: from ultra-compact cages to full cinema-style extended cages with added support and mounting points. Tool-less setup allows you to switch between setups quickly and easily.
- High-end cinema ready: built- in 15mm lightweight, built-in ready for 15mm studio and 19mm rails for big lens support such as Canon’s cine zooms. Powered option includes power for camera and up to 2 additional 12v accessories such as camera-top monitors.
- Affordable - Redrock continues to buck the trend by offering professional level cinema accessories at revolutionary prices so that anyone can afford to own great gear and get more value for your money.
ultraCage | blue Universal: ultraCage for Everyone
In addition to the ultraCage for the Canon C300, Redrock also announced ultraCage Universal, a version designed to extend the great features of ultraCage to other cameras including HDSLRs and digital cinema cameras such as the Sony NEX-FS100 and Panasonic AG-AF100 among others.
For More Information
Additional details can be found on the ultraCage page at redrockmicro.com/ultraCage
Pricing and Availability
Official pricing has not yet been announced for the ultraCage, but cages are expected to start under US $750. Like all other Redrock cinema accessories the full line is expected to be profoundly affordable. Redrock revolutionary prices are typically ½ to 1/5th the cost of comparable professional level equipment. Expected availability is December 2011.
About Redrock Micro
Redrock Micro revolutionized independent film production in the early 2000s with the M2 cinema lens adapter, and reinvented digital filmmaking in 2008 with HDSLR cinema rigs and accessories. Today, Redrock Micro continues to lead the industry in innovation with its award-winning digital cinema rigs and accessories, DSLR rigs, depth-of-field adapters, stabilization and support gear, sophisticated focus controllers, and advanced cinema accessories. More information is available at redrockmicro.com.
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Redrock Micro ultraCage | blue
Redrock Micro ultraCage | blue was the exclusive suport system used in all Canon’s product launch films. Behind-the-scenes videos from these launch videos can be found below:
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Vincent Laforet took some time out to speak with Engadget about a few of the features of the C300. The word “love” was used.
Well a development DSLR did get announced. Not sure it’ll be the “5D Mark III”, but it will probably fit in between the 5D3 and 1D X as far as price goes. No timeframe was given by Canon on this one.
I think this may be the first time Canon has announced an “in development” DSLR.
*UPDATE* May be something, may be nothing *BUSTED* [CR1]
I was told a while ago about the C300, and a Super35 camera coming down the pipe. It was reported here a few times.
What I was also told, and never posted, was that a Super35 DSLR was also coming. The source initially thought that was what the 1D X was going to be.
I’ll see if I can find out more tomorrow.
A lot of chatter about a red “C”
The Twitter, Facebook and blogging world has become more interested in that EOS DSLR camera with the red “C” branding on it, than the C300 itself.
What is it?!
There are a few theories about it.
- It’s a new DSLR and it will be announced soon. Canon leaked it.
- It’s a 1D X and the logo will appear on the final production camera.
- It was added to the slide to show the cohesiveness of the new camera with the existing EOS family.
- They want to be more like Leica.
My opinion is it’s either #2 or #3. I can’t imagine no one at Canon picked up on the red “C” and leaked a new camera. I’m also of the belief a full EOS-1 sized body would not be where the 5D series heads.
If you look closely at the EOS-1 body and above the red “c”, you’ll notice there is no branding or model number of any kind. Normally that’s where “EOS-1D” would appear. If it was a new camera, there would probably be something else visible besides the “C”.
There will be more to come on this topic I’m sure. I’ll let the rest of the world dissect what it means!