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Cinema EOS

Canon EOS C100:
the ideal camera for independent videographers


The EOS C100 interchangeable-lens Digital Cinema Camera is the entry-level model in Canon’s Cinema EOS System and offers high resolution, Full HD capture in an ultra-compact body.

The C100 fuses Canon’s proven video technology and lens heritage with the creativity of the Cinema EOS System. As an EF mount camera the EOS C100 accepts Canon's EF and EF-S lenses for DSLRs, plus the EF mount Cinema Lenses to provide videographers with a wide choice of creative shooting options.

WHO IS IT FOR?

The EOS C100 Digital Cinema Camera is an ultra-compact, highly versatile camera that will appeal to a wide spectrum of independent videographers including corporate video makers, wedding and event video producers, small video production companies, film schools, and more.

Sophisticated Canon camera technologies – many of which are inherited from Canon’s high-spec EOS C300 camera – and an AVCHD MPEG-4 4:2:0 codec delivers superb imaging performance for videographers.

The C100 offers a potent combination of exceptional imaging performance, compatibility with Canon’s EF mount Cinema Lenses for optimal optical performance, and ultra-compact form factor, allied with extensive customisation options to suit individual users.

Key features*

  • Super 35mm-equivalent 8.3 Megapixel Canon CMOS sensor with Bayer pattern filter.
  • EF lens mount; over 60 EF lenses available for the EOS C100.
  • One-Shot AF/Push Auto Iris/Auto White Balance features; optimised for single operator use.
  • Compact, modular design; 15% smaller than EOS C300.
  • 24Mbps (Max) MPEG-4 AVCHD/H.264 recording, 4:2:0 colour sampling.
  • ISO range of 320-80,000 with wide dynamic range (800%; achievable when shooting Canon Log Gamma or Wide DR Gamma).
  • Stereo microphones built in to detachable handle, Pro XLR connectors included on the handle.
  • New Wide Dynamic Range (Wide DR) Gamma setting.
  • Two SD memory card slots with relay record or simultaneous record options. SDHC/SDXC supported.
  • Built-in, manually controlled glass ND filters; 2, 4 and 6 stops.
  • Low power consumption with supplied BP-955 battery.
  • DIGIC DV III image processor.
  • Comprehensive NLE support; Data Import Utility software included.

* Cinema EOS Support: Firmware upgrades may be required to enable all camera features. Visit the Canon Support website to check that you have the latest firmware and get access to online technical support resources and troubleshooting. Drivers, software and user manuals are also available to download.

8.3 Megapixel Super 35mm CMOS sensor for high-resolution

The C100 features the same, large 8.3 Megapixel Super 35mm-equivalent CMOS sensor as the EOS C300 and C300 PL cameras for video capture that provides three-channel RGB processing for Full HD. The sensor has a pixel size larger than that for conventional professional camcorders enabling greater light-gathering capabilities for superb high-resolution images with enhanced sensitivity, low noise, reduced shutter artefacts and low power consumption, along with typical large sensor benefits such as beautifully shallow depth-of-field.

New Auto features for ease of use

The EOS C100 inherits many of the features from Canon’s high-spec EOS C300 Digital Cinema Camera, but also incorporates a number of newly enhanced auto functions such as One-Shot AF, Push Auto Iris and Auto White Balance, which make it ideal for single operator use.

Pushing the One-Shot AF button before recording starts, ensures the camera focuses on the subject at the centre of the screen. Push Auto Iris is a recording assist function that automatically adjusts the aperture in accordance with the brightness during recording. The Auto White Balance feature automatically normalises the colour temperature by correcting warm or cool tones. Note that One-Shot AF and Push Auto Iris functions are not available when shooting with Canon Cinema Lenses.

Widespread lens compatibility

The creative possibilities of the EOS C100 Digital Cinema Camera are greatly enhanced by its compatibility to Canon’s wide range of EF mount lenses. Canon’s extensive EF lens range encompasses over 60 different lenses for a total focal length range that stretches from 8mm up to 800mm to open up an incredibly wide range of shooting possibilities. Filmmakers already shooting with EF mount lenses can now take advantage of the widespread compatibility of the Cinema EOS System.

The C100 is also compatible with the EF mount lenses in Canon’s Cinema Lens range – these lenses deliver exceptional optical performance and offer compatibility with Super 35mm-equivalent sensors.

Ultra-compact, modular, lightweight design

The EOS C100 Digital Cinema Camera has an ultra-compact body (approximately 15% smaller than the EOS C300) that has a modular design for superb mobility. The body weighs just 1020g (410g lighter than the EOS C300). Removable grip, handle and multi-angle control panel components ensure maximum manoeuvrability, whilst the robust body features magnesium alloy components for additional rigidity and toughness.

A 3.5-inch (8.8cm), 920,000-dot LCD panel can be moved upwards by up to 100 degrees for easy composition at low angles. By rotating and stowing the LCD panel DSLR-style shooting is possible with viewing through the 0.24-inch (0.65cm), 1.56-million dot EVF.

The detachable handle has a built-in stereo microphone and two channels of XLR audio input connectors.

Creative ND filters

A manually controlled built-in ND filter allows for keeping the iris open for shallow depth-of-field and attractive bokeh. A four-layer filter system offers three densities – 2-stop, 4-stop and 6-stop – with ND0 being clear.

Recording codec and modes

The camera can record MPEG-4 AVCHD files at 24Mbps (4:2:0) to two SD memory cards with relay and double slot simultaneous HD recording options available. Using two SD cards allows for up to 12 hours of continuous recording by switching from one card to the other when the maximum file capacity has been reached.

A Pre REC function in the C100 starts recording video about three seconds ahead of time to ensure that you don’t miss the shot.

High sensitivity, low noise image capture

The C100 features enhanced sensitivity: low noise images can be captured at up to ISO 80,000, allowing for use in almost any shooting conditions.

Canon Log & Wide DR Gamma

Canon Log is a log format for realising a wide, 12-stop dynamic range close to negative film. Canon Log has adopted an 8-bit log that enables the user to easily perform post-production processes, even in a desktop environment. It enables detailed adjustment for highlight and shadow and broadens the range of colour grading.

The new Wide DR Gamma feature on the EOS C100 produces smooth changes in brightness, seamless gradations, and reproduces clear skin tones with uniform colours; thus eliminating the need for post-production processes.

Seamless workflow integration

Smooth editing workflow is key during video production and this is catered for thanks to an MPEG-4/AVCHD (H.264) system that enables the capture of extensive Full HD high resolution video recording, with less data volume, by means of highly efficient compression.

The new Data Import Utility software that comes with the EOS C100 automatically recognises divided files as a single long file and seamlessly joins together the divided video files when they exceed 2GB or when they are created during relay recording. This helps to reduce the work during editing.

An HDMI signal output function enables a timecode and 2:3 pulldown marker to be superimposed on the HDMI signal output. The non-compressed signals can be processed as SDI video signals (comparable to HD-SDI) depending on the external recorder and converter connected to the EOS C100. Footage is then compatible with NLE editing software from companies such as Apple, Adobe, AVID and Grass Valley.

AVCHD codec

The C100 utilises Canon’s MPEG-4, 4:2:0, 24Mbps codec, recording in the AVCHD format. The format uses 4:2:0 colour sampling, and Canon has implemented the top 24Mbits/sec data rate offered by the standard, as well as native Full HD resolution.

The AVCHD format has been widely adopted and is supported by most editing software. Canon's implementation of AVCHD maximises quality, whilst economising on storage requirements, and keeps the options entirely open for post-production.

CMOS sensors

Canon develops and manufactures its own sensors and has incorporated a Super 35mm-equivalent 8.3 Megapixel (effective) CMOS sensor in the EOS C100. This sensor has a pixel size that is larger than that for conventional professional camcorders, enabling greater light-gathering capabilities for enhanced sensitivity and reduced noise. The sensor reads Full HD (1920x1080 pixels) video signals for each of the three RGB primary colours, decreasing the incidence of moiré while realising high resolution with 1,000 horizontal TV lines.

Supported by a heightened signal read-out speed, the CMOS sensor reduces rolling shutter skews, a phenomenon prevalent with CMOS sensors in which fast-moving subjects may appear diagonally distorted.

DIGIC DV III processor

The DIGIC DV III processor is the latest iteration in the DIGIC DV family. Greater processing power provides enhanced colour gradation, wide dynamic range and beautiful reproduction of skin tones, in addition to supporting features such as extensive image customisation.

Camera
Sensor Super35mm type CMOS
System RGB primary colour filter (Bayer array)
Total pixels per sensor 9.84 megapixels
Effective pixels per sensor 8.29 megapixels
Minimum illumination NTSC Mode 0.3 Lux
[F1.2 lens , 24 dB, 29.97P mode, shutter speed 1/30]
PAL Mode 0.25 Lux
[F1.2 lens, 24 dB, 25.00P mode, shutter speed 1/25]
Sensitivity NTSC: F9
[1920x1080/59.94i , ISO640 (0dB), 2000 Lux, 89.9% reflection]
PAL: F10
[1920x1080/50.00i , ISO640 (0dB) , 2000 Lux, 89.9% reflection]
S/N Ratio NTSC: 54dB (Typical)
[1920x1080/PF30, Canon Log base sensitivity ISO850 (Dynamic range 800%)]
PAL: 54dB (Typical)
[1920x1080/PF25, Canon Log base sensitivity ISO850 (Dynamic range 800%)]
Dynamic Range During normal shooting: 300%
With Canon Log gamma: 800%
(ISO 850 or above/gain 2.5 dB or more)
Horizontal Resolution Up to 1000 TV lines (1920 x 1080i mode), depends on lens used.
Lens Mount Canon EF Mount, including EF-S and EF Cinema lens
Focal length Equivalent to 1.53x the focal length of EF lenses
Peripheral illumination correction YES (dependent on lens used)
ND filter 4 glass filters in camera body: Clear; 2 stops; 4 stops; 6 stops. Operate via dial on body.
Focus control Via lens or by using ONE-SHOT AF mode.
Iris control Via body, grip, remote control or Push Auto Iris control.
1/2-stop, 1/3-stop or FINE control.
Possible to maintain constant F-number during zoom.
Image stabilization system Depends on lens used
Type DIGIC DV III
Recording
Video storage media SD/SDHC/SDXC card (2 card slots)
Recording time 64GB SD card: up to 5 hours, 55 minutes. ( 1920 x 1080 @24Mbps VBR)AVCHD
Recording file format AVCHD
Recording format MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
24 Mbps LPCM VBR (4:2:0);
24 Mbps VBR (4:2:0);
17 Mbps VBR (4:2:0);
7 Mbps VBR (4:2:0, 1440 x 1080).
Recording frame rate 59.94 Hz mode (NTSC): 60i/PF30/PF24/24p;¹
50.00 Hz mode (PAL): 50i/PF25.¹
Slow/Fast motion NO
Interval Record NO
Frame Record NO
Pre Record (cache record) YES (3 seconds)
Relay Recording YES
Double Slot (simultaneous) Recording YES
Scan Reverse YES. Vertical or horizontal image inversion, or both.
HD->SD conversion Yes (AVCHD to 9Mbps MPEG-2)¹
Internal Data Transfer MOVIE: Yes (SD card to SD card)
Photo storage media SD/SDHC memory card
Still quality During video recording: 1920 x 1080;
During playback: 1920x1080
System
Size 8.8 cm (3.5"), 100% view
Dots 922,000
Image quality adjustments Brightness, contrast, colour, sharpness, backlight, black white
Adjustable Up/down/left/right according to camera configuration
Waveform Monitor Waveform Monitor
Focus Assist Peaking; Magnifying; Edge Monitor (using waveform display)
Peaking Peaking 1, Peaking 2 (Colour, Gain, Frequency customisable for each)
Zebra Level 1; Level 2; Both
Output via HD-SDI or HDMI
Markers On/Off (Aspect ratio, Aspect marker, Safety Zone Area, Safety Zone, Grid, Horizontal, Centre)
Size 0.61cm (0.24")
Dots 1.555 million
Image quality adjustments Brightness, contrast, colour, sharpness, backlight, black white
Adjustable NO
Correction lens + 2.0 to -5.5 diopters
Audio in XLR inputs with 48V phantom power (x2), 3.5mm microphone input jack
Headphone output 3.5mm stereo jack
Video monitor output NO
HDMI YES (Type A, output only)
IEEE 1394 (Firewire) NO
USB YES (Mini-B, USB 2.0 Hi-Speed OUTPUT Only)
HD/SD-SDI output NO
Time code YES (Superimposed on HDMI Output signal)
Genlock NO
Synch NO
Component out NO
AV terminal YES (output only)
DC input YES
Remote Control Terminal 2.5mm mini jack
Wireless Control Terminal NO
Colour Bars EBU, SMPTE, ARIB
Tally lamp YES
Accessory shoe YES (cold shoe, 2 locations: top of body, front of handle)
Custom key YES (15 assignable buttons; select from 35 functions)
Shooting functions
Exposure metering Manual:
Exposure determined by shutter setting, iris setting, ISO/gain setting and ND filter setting;
Push Auto Iris options:
(i) Standard (Centre-weighted metering)
(ii) Spotlight
(iii) Backlight (compensation)
Exposure compensation YES. AE Shift function. +/-2, +/-1.5, +/-1.25, +/-1.0, +/-0.75, +/-0.5, +/-0.25, +/-0
Auto Exposure mode YES (Push Auto Iris)
Push Auto Iris YES
Exposure Lock NO
Auto Gain Control setting NO
ISO Sensitivity 1-stop display: 320¹, 400, 800, [850]², 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800, 20000
1/3rd stop display: 320, 400, 500, 640, 800, [850]², 1000, 1250, 1600, 2000, 2500, 3200, 4000, 5000, 6400, 8000, 10000, 12800, 16000, 20000¹
Gain setting NORMAL: -6dB, -3dB, 0dB, 3dB, 6dB, 9dB, 12dB, 15dB, 18dB, 21dB, 24dB, 30dB;
FINE: 0 dB to 24 dB (0.5 dB increments).
Control Modes Off; Speed; Angle; Clear Scan (CS); Slow Shutter (SLS)
Shutter speed 1/3 to 1/2000 depending on frame rate and Shutter Control Mode
Shutter Angle 11.25º to 360º depending on frame rate
Slow Shutter (SLS) 1/3, 1/4, 1/6, 1/8, 1/12, 1/15, 1/25, 1/30 depending on frame rate
Clear Scan 60i: 59.94 Hz - 250.27 Hz
PF30: 29.97 Hz - 250.27 Hz
24p/PF24: 23.98 Hz - 250.27 Hz
50i: 50.00 Hz - 250.78 Hz
PF25: 25.00 Hz - 250.78 Hz
Stored Configurations 9, including 3 presets (CINEMA, Wide Dynamic Range (Wide DR) and EOS Std)
Storage Medium SD/SDHC memory card (all customisation data and metadata), up to 20 Custom Pictures per card
Gamma 9 profiles
Canon Log Gamma YES
Master Pedestal -50 to +50
Master Black -50 to +50 for each of R,G,B
Black Gamma Adjustable Level, Range and Point
Low Key Saturation -50 to +50 adjusts colour saturation in low brightness area
Knee Adjusts over exposure characteristic, start, slope, saturation
Sharpness Adjustment for Level, H Detail Freq., Coring, HV Detail Balance, Limit, Select, Knee Aperture and Level dependent sharpness
Noise reduction Off, On (1 to 12)
Skin detail Off, Low, Middle, High / Hue, Chroma, Brightness, Area, Y Level
Selective Noise Reduction Off, Low, Middle, High / Hue, Chroma, Brightness, Area, Y Level
Colour matrix Phase, Gain and RGB adjustment, in tandem with Gamma selection
White balance -50 to +50 R Gain, B Gain
Colour correction Area selection / area revision of two areas
Setup level -50 to +50 On/Off
Clip 100% IRE Limits output to 100% after setup adjustment
Auto YES
Preset Daylight (5400K), Tungsten (3200K), Kelvin (2000K-15000K, 100K intervals), Set A, Set B
White Balance Shift YES. -9 to +9 (Daylight and Tungsten only)
Black balance adjustment YES
Countup system Regen, RecRun, FreeRun, Hold (Drop frame available for some frame rates), NDF only in 24P
Start value setting “00:00:00:00”, Set/Reset selectable
Recording 16-bit 2ch (48 kHz) linear PCM when 24 Mbps LPCM selected
Dolby Digital AC3 when 24/17/7 Mbps selected
Control Independent limiters and auto/manual settings
Microphone attenuation YES, for built in microphone (in handle unit) and 3.5mm MIC jack
Microphone level meter YES
Accessories
Supplied Data Transfer Application, Handle Unit with microphone, Thumbrest, Grip, Tripod base adaptor plate, Shoulder strap, EVF cap, Battery Charger CG-930, Battery pack BP-955.
Optional Batteries BP-955, BP-975, Compact Power Adaptor CA-930, Tripod Adapter TA-100, Shooting Brace SBR-1000
Power Consumption 8.1w; VF + LCD, 24Mbps (NTSC mode)
7.3w; VF + LCD, 24Mbps (PAL mode)
Continuous Recording Time Supplied BP-955: Approx. 285 minutes, 24Mbps, LCD + VF (50Hz mode)
Optional BP-975: Approx. 430 minutes, 24Mbps, LCD + VF (50Hz mode)
Miscellaneous
Dimensions Approx 135 x 170 x 129mm (thumbrest attached);
Approx 182 x 170 x 129mm (grip attached);
Approx 182 x 281 x 236mm (grip, monitor unit and handle attached)
Approx 142 x 281 x 236mm (thumbrest and handle unit)
Detachable handle YES
Weight (camera only) 1020g
Weight (fully equipped) Approx 1835g (grip, monitor unit, handle, hook, BP-955, 2x SD card)-5ºC to +45ºC, 60% relative humidity
Operating Temperature range -5ºC to +45ºC, 60% relative humidity
Recording frame rate ¹ PF modes recorded as interlaced video
HD->SD conversion ¹ HD->SD conversion not possible for 24P recordings
ISO Sensitivity ¹ 320 and 20000 are not 1-stop increments but represent highest and lowest supported ISO values
² [850] = Lowest ISO sensitivty achieving 800% dynamic range with Canon Log function.