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Canon EOS C300 Digital Cinema Camera - PL Mount

Abel Code: CN-C300PL
Mfr. Code: 5819B002
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Compact digital cinema camera with a Super 35mm CMOS sensor, DIGIC DV III Image Processor, 50 Mbps 4:2:2 codec, and PL Mount for use with a wide range of cinema lenses.
Key Highlights
  • Super 35mm CMOS sensor
  • 50 Mbps 4:2:2 codec
  • EVF and 4" LCD Monitor


The Canon EOS C300 Digital Cinema Camera has been designed to meet the demanding needs of cinema industry professionals, providing a modular, portable and eminently adaptable system of cameras, lenses and accessories built for moviemaking in the 21st century. 

Featuring a Super 35mm Canon CMOS sensor, revolutionary Canon DIGIC DV III Image Processor and 50 Mbps 4:2:2 codec, the EOS C300 PL provides outstanding cinema quality movie capture. Compact, modular and compatible with Canon's PL-mount cinema lenses as well as accessories from third parties the stunningly simple to operate EOS C300 PL is designed to please cinematographers for any production large and small, on location or in the studio, from shoestring to Hollywood budgets. 

The EOS C300 PL offers compatibility with virtually every cinema lens in production today, while its compact and modular design and compatibility with third-party accessories enable it to meet virtually any production need while keeping costs down. Designed with SMPTE HD production standards, its MPEG-2 codec is an internationally recognized standard compatible with major NLE applications while additional features such as Canon Log ensure seamless integration with existing production workflows, making post-production easy. And with an entire support infrastructure designed to help you get the most from your equipment before, during and after production, the EOS C300 PL is ready to go to work.


Canon Super 35mm CMOS Sensor

Modeled on the Super 35mm 3-perf motion picture film standard, the Canon CMOS sensor has an active image size of 24.4 x 13.5mm. It uses 3840 (H) x 2160 (V) photosites to perform the crucial optoelectronic transformation of digital imaging. Each photosite is a generous 6.4 x 6.4 micrometers in area and each has a microlens that ensures the highest efficiency in light transfer to the individual photodiode. Proprietary technologies within the photosite simultaneously lower the image sensor noise floor while enhancing the photon capacity of the photodiode - a combination that assures superb dynamic range. The image sensor employs an innovative readout technique that delivers full bandwidth individual RGB video components without the need for any debayering algorithms. Each of these components has a 1920 (H) x 1080 (V) sampling structure at up to 60 frames. From these original video components, a 1080-line 60i format or a 1280 (H) x 720 (V) at 60P HD format are selectively derived.

Wide Dynamic Range

The EOS C300 PL incorporates the first Canon CMOS sensor designed specifically for high frame rate motion pictures, offering not only high resolution and shallow depth-of-field but also high sensitivity with low noise. Working together, Canon's Super 35mm sensor and DIGIC DV III Image Processor achieve a remarkably high signal-to-noise ratio that enables recordings with great detail and dynamic range even in minimal light.

ISO range now up to 80,000 with firmware update now available.

Canon Log Gamma

Shooting in Canon Log mode, cinematographers can set the camera exposure value using their customary light meter practices. Canon Log is a special nonlinear transfer function embodied within the DIGIC DV III RGB video processing system. This transfer function is specifically designed to facilitate the post-production of digital images originating in Cinema EOS in a manner similar to the post-production of images digitally transferred from motion picture film (the contemporary DI process). By managing the disposition of quantization bits, Canon Log ensures excellent tonal reproduction within both highlight and low-light regions of a given digital image - maintaining a total dynamic range of 800%. These sophisticated video grading processes restructure a new digital representation achieving a sought-after creative look on a quality reference display.

Low Light/High ISO Ability

A dark and stormy night? With the EOS C300 PL, it's no problem. The combination of sensor and image processor render an extraordinary signal-to-noise ratio and as such make shooting at high ISO (up to ISO 16000) a breeze.

Reduced Rolling Shutter and Moiré Artifacting

The EOS C300 PL uses enhanced signal processing to minimize rolling shutter skews and to reduce moiré artifacts. A high-speed readout significantly reduces the subjective visibility of the vertical skewing on fast-moving horizontal subjects, a typical pitfall of the CMOS image sensor neutralized by Canon technology.

Canon DIGIC DV III Image Processor

Designed and built by Canon for the highest HD RGB processing, the DIGIC DV III Image Processor uses proprietary circuits and architecture to deliver the highest image quality at the highest speeds, with low power consumption and minimal heat output. It processes the RGB representations originated in the single CMOS sensor of the camera into three channels (Red, Blue and Green) to maintain the rich resolution and clean color fidelity formerly possible only in three-chip sensor designs.

XF Codec Image Quality

To create digital files robust enough for major post-production, the EOS C300 PL delivers the highest image quality with its XF Codec - the same codec used by other Canon XF-series professional camcorders. With 4:2:2 color sampling, image files have double the vertical resolution of color components created with 4:2:0 color sampling, minimizing jagged edges between red and blue and ensuring ample quality for chroma key compositing with green screens. Thanks to the Canon XF Codec and the EOS C300 PL's superior resolution, original color quality and cinematic look will hold up through post-production - with results that meet or exceed the filmmakers expectations.

PL Lens Mount

Designed to integrate into existing production setups, the EOS C300 PL is fully compatible with a wide variety of industry-standard PL-mount lenses, ensuring the finest in today's technology and operability will work seamlessly with trusted optics already in the filmmakers possession. Compatibility with Canon's existing PL mount lenses means filmmakers can take advantage of the brilliant new optical designs Canon has developed for the Cinema market.

Designed with Filmmakers in Mind

With everything a cinematographer needs, the EOS C300 PL comes ready to produce. 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.

Compact and Modular Design  

The EOS C300 PL body is surprisingly small (5.24" x 7.0" x 7.0") and easily hand-held at just over 3 lbs. There is a bright 1.55 megapixel electronic viewfinder that comes bundled with a removable combination 4-inch 1.23 megapixel monitor and control panel. The camera also has a removable hand grip with a control dial and function buttons for hand-held shooting in DSLR style - or remove it and use the supplied thumb rest for completely stripped down shooting. The EOS C300 PL has a manually-operated built-in Neutral Density glass filter offering 1/4, 1/16 and 1/64th steps of filtering. Hand-held or using a tripod, on location or in the studio, even on 3-D rigs, the EOS C300 PL fits shooting situations that are challenging for larger cameras.

Ultra High Resolution EVF

The EOS C300 PL features a 0.52-inch, 1.55 Megapixel Color EVF and approximately 100% field of view coverage for comfortable viewing and accurate judgment of composition, focus and color. The angle of the viewfinder is adjustable for additional user comfort.

CF Memory Card Recording

For versatility and reliability, the EOS C300 PL's recording and terminal specifications are completely compatible with the prevailing industry standards. It records to CF cards through dual slots. From a cost and reliability standpoint, CF cards have no equal. Solid state, and easy to find, 2 hours of 4:2:2 50Mbps footage can be recorded on two reusable and hot swappable 32 GB CF cards with ease. It's even possible to record to two CF cards simultaneously and relay-record for uninterrupted shots and copy from one card to another.

Multiple Recording Formats and Advanced Recording 

With the realities of production in mind, the EOS C300 PL can record in a number of different modes, resolutions and frame rates, delivering quality recordings perfect for any application. 24.00p mode matches the exact frame rates of film cameras, so there's no need for time-consuming frame-rate conversion. And the camera can shoot in both PAL and NTSC modes at 50 Mbps (CBR), 35 Mbps (VBR) and 25 Mbps (CBR) with a range of settings for resolution, color, frame rate and recording time. Whether shooting with the expectation of significant editing and post-production, recording for compatibility with HDV editing, or simply creating the longest possible HD image files, the EOS C300 PL will perform flawlessly.

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

Beyond the advantages of file-based recording, the EOS C300 PL offers a number of creative possibilities in post-production. By capturing fewer frames per second, the camera can transform normal action into intense high-speed motion up to 60x. By capturing more frames per second, the camera can slow down motion to 1/2.5x at 720p. The EOS C300 PL can also be programmed to record a set number of frames at defined intervals for amazing time-lapse photography - and a frame-recording feature is perfect for stop-frame animation.


To connect to external monitors, switchers, VTRs and NLE systems with SDI inputs, the EOS C300 PL features industry-standard HD-SDI Output, Genlock, and Timecode terminals plus audio terminals with Linear PCM recording. Timecode and Genlock enable synchronized multiple camera capture, perfect for multiple camera shots, 3D acquisition and more. The HD-SDI Sync terminal can be switched to output to HD Sync, HD Y, Black Burst, and Composite.

Full Manual Control and Focusing Aids

Providing the cinematographer with everything they need in the palm of their hands, the EOS C300 PL comes ready to produce. The cameras have 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, the EOS C300 PL 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. It's all in the camera.

WFT Wireless Remote Control Over WiFi

Offering a new level of mobility, the Canon Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E6A opens up a world of wireless options to the EOS filmmaker. The EOS C300 PL comes preconfigured so that camera settings can be viewed and controlled on third party devices with web browsers, including computers, smartphones and tablets without the need for additional in-camera software. With the WFT-E6A module the camera can be controlled from up to 150 feet away over an 802.11 a/b/g/n wireless network. The WFT-E6A enables superior camera control: users can start and stop recording; adjust focus, white balance, gain and other parameters; and adjust the aperture of Canon EF lenses. This offers huge potential for specialty applications where cameras must be controlled remotely such as nature documentaries or reality TV. It also enables input marking for metadata; and offers a live view of the composition. It supports incorporating GPS information into the file metadata - useful for general cinematic applications, and essential for expedition filmmakers. A basic window mode even enables use with the Apple iPhone®, iPod touch® and iPad®, as well as with handheld devices operating the Android™ operating system. 

What's in the Box

  • 2 x AC Power Cable
  • Measuring Hook
  • WFT Attachment
  • TB-1 Tripod Base
  • Thumb Rest
  • Viewfinder Cap
  • Eye Cup
  • Compact Power Adapter CA-940
  • Battery Charger CG-940
  • Battery Pack BP-955
  • Handle Unit
  • Monitor Unit
  • Canon EOS C300 Digital Cinema Camera - PL Mount (with Grip/Camera cover R-F-3)
  • XF Utilities Disc Ver. 3.0
  • SS-1200 Shoulder Strap
  • DC Cable (for CA-940)


Key Highlights

  • Super 35mm CMOS sensor
  • 50 Mbps 4:2:2 codec
  • EVF and 4" LCD Monitor
  • PL Mount

Camera Lens System

Camera Lens Mount:


Output Connector/Port:
1 x Composite - BNC

Inputs & Outputs

SDI Output:
1 x SD/HD-SDI - with embedded audio
HDMI Output:
1 x HDMI Type A
Headphone Out:
Headphone Out (3.5mm) - 16 volume increments (including "MUTE")
Audio I/O:
2 x Audio Input - XLR3, switchable between mic/line (-12, -6, 0, or +12 dB XLR trimming)


Sampling Rate:
16 bit / 48 kHz - Linear PCM


Power Input:
DC - 8.4V


Phantom Power:
Recorder Channel Count:


Recording Resolution:
Full HD
MPEG-2 Long GOP (Canon XF Codec) - 8-bit
Max Record Time:
50 Mb/s: 160 min, 35 Mb/s: 225 min, 25 Mb/s: 310 min - with 64GB CF Card (999 clips/card)
Recording Frame Rate:
1280 x 720 - 35 Mb/s (VBR) 4:2:0 [email protected] - 59.94p/29.97p/23.98p; 50p/25p
1280 x 720 - 50 Mb/s (CBR) 4:2:2 [email protected] - 59.94p/29.97p/23.98p; 50p/25p; true 24p (24.00)
1440 x 1080 - 25 Mb/s (CBR) 4:2:0 [email protected] - 59.94i/29.97p/23.98p; 50i/25p
1920 x 1080 - 35 Mb/s (VBR) 4:2:0 [email protected] - 59.94i/29.97p/23.98p; 50i/25p
1920 x 1080 - 50 Mb/s (CBR) 4:2:2 [email protected] - 59.94i/29.97p/23.98p; 50i/25p; true 24p (24.00)
Audio Tone:
1 KHz tone (-12, -18, or -20 dB)

Recording / Media

Media Type:
SD - still images, custom picture data, clip metadata, and menu settings
CF Card - Type 1 Only, UDMA Supported

Sensor Specifics

Sensor Type:
Sensor Dynamic Range:
Up to 800% with Canon Log gamma and ISO 850 (+2.5 dB) and above
Sensor Dimensions:
24.6mm x 13.8mm effective (6.4µm x 6.4µm pixel pitch)


Recording Formats:
MXF (OP-1a)
# Media Slots:
1 - SD Card
2 - CF Card
Camera Options:
Camera Body Only
Camera Features:
LCD / Monitor - 4" diagonal, rotating, 1.23MP 16:9 color LCD
Focus Assist - Edge
Peaking - 2 types
Black and White
9 x Custom Functions
Sync - BNC Output, HD Sync, HD-Y, Black Burst, Composite
15 x Assignable Buttons
Remote Control - 2.5mm LANC
1 x EVF - 0.52" diagonal, 16:9 color LCD (1,555,000 dots), +2.0 to -5.5 diopter
Color Bars
Timecode - BNC I/O, Drop Frame (DF) & Non-Drop Frame (NDF) Time Code Modes: Regen, Record Run, Free Run, and External Source
ND Filter Built-In - Clear, 2, 4, or 6 stops
Genlock In - BNC (Adjustment Range: -1023 to +1023)
1 x Headphone Jack - 3.5mm stereo mini-jack
White Balance - Auto, Manual, (2) Custom (2000-15,000K in 100K increments), Daylight (5400K), Tungsten (3200K)
Imaging Processor:
WiFi Notes:
WFT terminal for compatible accessory
Shutter Angle Settings:
23.98p/24p - 360, 345.6, 288, 240, 180, 172.8, 144, 120, 90, 86.4, 72, 60, 45, 30, 22.5, 15, 11.25
25p - 360, 300, 240, 180, 150, 120, 90, 75, 60, 45, 30, 22.50, 15, 11.25
29.97p - 360, 240, 216, 180, 120, 108, 90, 60, 45, 30, 22.5, 15, 11.25
50i/50p - 360, 300, 240, 180, 150, 120, 90, 60, 45, 30, 22.50, 15, 11.25
59.94i/59.94p - 360, 240, 216, 180, 120, 90, 60, 45, 30, 22.5, 15, 11.25
ISO Range:
320 to 80,000 - 1-stop or 1/3-stop
Shutter/Camera Mode:
OFF, Speed, Angle, Slow Shutter, Clear Scan
Shutter Speed Range:
1/3 to 1/2000 - Dependent on Settings


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