Canon announces EOS C300 Mark III with 16 stops dynamic range, new DGO sensor

Canon announces EOS C300 Mark III with 16 stops dynamic range, new DGO sensor
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Canon has announced the EOS C300 Mark III cinema camera, price tag £10,499.99, which boasts 16 stops of dynamic range an a new Dual Gain Output sensor.

Equipped with a new Super 35mm 4K CMOS DGO sensor and Canon’s latest Digic DV 7 video processor, the Canon EOS C300 Mark III can record in a range of different video formats.

What’s more, it boasts a modular design that allows you to even adapt the camera for different lens mounts, including EF, PL or EF Cinema Lock without an adapter.

The newly designed DGO sensor is able to achieve the 16 stops of dynamic range thanks to every pixel being read out with dual amplification levels – one prioritising shadow detail and one for highlights.

What’s more, the EOS C300 Mark III can record internally in 4K Cinema RAW Light and Canon XF-AVC at 4K DCI and UHD at 4:2:2 10-bit, as well as 2K and Full HD.

Canon EOS C300 Mark III Key Specs

  • New Super 35mm 4K CMOS DGO (Dual Gain Output) sensor
  • 16+ stops of dynamic range
  • 4K 120P high-speed supported
  • Multiple internal recording options:
    • 4K Cinema RAW Light 10-bit or 12-bit
    • 2K RAW recording in Super 16mm Crop, 10-bit or 12-bit
    • XF-AVC (MXF) recording, 4:2:2 10-bit ALL-I or LongGOP
    • Up to 120P 4K RAW or XF-AVC recording, up to 180P in Super 16mm crop 2K/FHD.
  • User changeable lens mount (EF, PL or EF Cinema Lock)
  • Flexible, modular design with optional expansion modules and EVF

The Canon EOS C300 III price tag is £10,499.99, with a release date set for July. You can pre-order the EOS C300 III at retailers such as Adorama.

Here’s the full press announcement from Canon:

United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, 20 April 2020 – Canon Europe affirms its commitment to the cinema and broadcast industry, providing it with two new innovative and versatile products that push creative boundaries and meet multiple production requirements. Launching today is the EOS C300 Mark III – its next generation Cinema EOS System camera with a new Super 35mm 4K CMOS DGO (Dual Gain Output) sensor, modular design and the ability to record in multiple formats. Canon also reveals the CN10X25 IAS S – a versatile, 8K-capable 25mm-250mm 10x power zoom CINE-SERVO lens with exceptionally broad focal length range and capabilities to extend up to 375mm using its built-in 1.5x optical extender. In addition to this, it announces new firmware updates for its professional display monitors and Cinema EOS System cameras – enhancing functionality, compatibility and workflow.

EOS C300 Mark III – a direct response to industry demands

Building on the coveted 2015-launched EOS C300 Mark II, the EOS C300 Mark III showcases Canon’s excellence in moving image innovation. With a new DGO sensor that enhances HDR output exceeding 16-stops of dynamic range, configurable design – similar to that of the EOS C500 Mark II launched last year – and ability to record up to 120fps in 4K Cinema RAW Light or XF-AVC[i] – the camera is suitable for various productions. Such features make the EOS C300 Mark III the perfect choice for those looking to produce everything from documentaries and commercials to corporate videos and dramas. Its creation, along with the new CN10X25 IAS S, is Canon’s direct response to producing kit that meets the growing industry demand for high-end content across all genres.

Outstanding HDR with new DGO sensor

The first of Canon’s cameras to boast its DGO sensor – a newly developed imaging system that offers exceptionally clean low light picture quality as well as superb HDR acquisition capabilities – with the EOS C300 Mark III, professionals can capture stunning HDR like never before.

Each pixel on the sensor is read out with two different amplification levels – one high and one low – which is then be combined to make a single image. The higher amplification read out is optimised to capture clean details in darker areas, while the lower amplification read out is optimised to capture details in brighter areas. When combined, at pixel-level accuracy, the details and the qualities on the highlight and low light areas of the image are maintained and enhanced – enabling professionals to achieve impressive higher dynamic range of up to 16+ stops. What’s more, the DGO sensor is also compatible with Dual Pixel CMOS AF giving professionals greater creative freedom.

A workflow for any production

The versatile multi-recording format ability of the EOS C300 Mark III provides workflow efficiency to fulfill multiple production requirements across broadcast and cinema. The camera’s ability to internally record 4K Cinema RAW Light provides all the benefits of a RAW file in terms of flexibility in post-production, but in a smaller file size – easing the burden and cost that can come with large file sizes. In addition to this, the EOS C300 Mark III can record internally in Canon XF-AVC at 4K DCI and UHD at 4:2:2 10-bit, as well as 2K and Full HD. For non-RAW recording in XF-AVC, professionals can select ALL-I or Long GOP to film with high compression for efficient workflow and longer recording times. When recording 2K or Full HD in Super 35mm, footage boasts the 4K sensor’s full capabilities. This recording is downsampled internally to record the footage at the resolution selected by the user – providing higher image quality and uncompromised field of view of the selected lens thanks to no cropping of the sensor.

Versatility sits at its heart

Professionals can configure the camera using two different optional Expansion Units (EU-V1 and EU-V2) – both which add extra connection terminals to the camera body and expand the camera’s compatibility with various styles of shooting. Additionally, the lens mount can be changed between EF, PL and EF Cinema Lock mounts without the need to send the camera to an Authorised Service Centre – a huge benefit for professionals looking to create productions with various looks.

Enjoy stunning image capture with the hybrid CN10X25 IAS S

With outstanding optics and compact and lightweight design, the versatile 4K and 8K-capable CN10X25 IAS S CINE-SERVO lens meets multiple production needs. Thanks to its wide focal length range, ability to be configured for both broadcast and cinema productions, and compatibility with Super 35mm and Full Frame[ii] sensor cameras – it’s ideal for professionals looking to filming high-quality productions across a wide range of genres such as drama, commercials, sports and documentary. For these reasons, the lens makes a great pairing with the likes of the new EOS C300 Mark III.

With its 11-blade aperture, a soft and subject popping bokeh is achieved with warm colour tones for superior image quality and cinematic rendering. When used with Canon’s Cinema EOS System cameras, including the EOS C300 Mark III, it offers top image quality, operability and reliability the industry is looking for.

Ability to handle a range of filming situations

Producing optically excellent, ‘cinematic’ images that are sharp from centre to outer edges, the power zoom lens can handle a large range of shooting situations from 25mm wide angle, to 250mm telephoto. This range can be pushed to an impressive 375mm with the built-in 1.5x optical extender allowing professionals to capture exceptional quality close-up content of breathtaking moments happening in distance. What’s more, with the built-in extender it is possible to enlarge the image size of the lens to make it compatible with 35mm Full Frame sensor cameras – such as Canon’s EOS C500 Mark II – a great advantage that pushes the capability of the lens.

Flexible design with multiple communication functions

The ergonomic drive unit of the CN10X25 IAS S is detachable, suiting a multitude of broadcast and cinema production requirements. Its lens mount can also be interchanged between EF and PL mount[iii] providing even greater value and flexibility to professionals. It’s compliance with a wide range of communication standards supporting EF communication with EF mount and Cooke/i Technology with PL mount, provides additional support and functionality which is hugely beneficial for those looking for a high-quality lens suitable for various productions. A 12-pin serial communication is also supported for broadcast standards, as well as a 20-pin connector which outputs accurate lens positional data for various virtual systems.

Today, Canon Europe also launches the CJ18ex7.6B KASE – a compact and lightweight 2/3” 4K broadcast zoom lens with exceptional performance, operability, and affordability. In addition to this Canon Inc. announces more specifications of the EOS R5 ahead of its official launch – confirming the mirrorless EOS R System camera will shoot comfortably in high-end cinema productions.

Pricing and Availability

The EOS C300 Mark III will be available from June with the following RSPs:

EOS C300 Mark III: £10,499.99

The CN10X25 IAS S is available from July.

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