Another Super35mm HD Camera: Canon announces the EOS C100

The EOS C100 with a lens from Canon L-glass series

Another big sensor Camera hits the market. And for a reasonable price. The under $10.000 segment has more and more choices now. This could be an easy pic for those shooting on the 5D and who have an extensive set of Canon glass. Basically it’s the reduced version of the C300 but it still has the most important features: Amazing low light sensitivity and the same sensor. I certainly don’t want to make a quick judgment because I’m sure Canon did a great job and I actually haven’t worked with the C300 yet (just played around with it at NAB). But if I compare it to Sony’s FS700 which costs the same there are three massively important features missing:

1. Superslowmotion

2.HD-SDI out

3. Future upgrade to compressed 4K raw out.

So here is the question: Is the convenience of not using an adaptor worth missing out on those features?

Here’s a quick list of features (from the Canon website):

The EOS C100 digital video camera is approximately 85% of the size of the EOS C300 model, for maximum mobility. Designed for professional operability, the C100 includes a push auto iris function, one-shot auto focus (or full manual focus and exposure control), a multi-angle 3.5-inch LCD control panel, a high-resolution electronic viewfinder (EVF), built-in ND filters, dual XLR inputs, and a locking HDMI output. These features combine with such advanced technologies as reduced rolling shutter artifacts in 60i mode, enhanced gamma modes (including Wide Dynamic Range (DR) Gamma and Canon Log Gamma), cinematic depth of field characteristics, and excellent low-light performance. The C100 records to dual SD cards contributing to the camera’s reduced size and convenience.

Like its C300 sibling, the EOS C100 employs Canon’s uniquely designed Super 35mm 16:9 CMOS sensor that captures individual R, G, and B channels for each full HD 1920 x 1080 frame. This high-sensitivity CMOS sensor provides creative depth of field capabilities for an excellent “bokeh” effect, and provides an ISO range of from 320 to 20,000, enabling the capture of images in low light with minimal picture noise. The Canon DIGIC DV III image processor in the C100 helps ensure high color fidelity and smooth color gradations. The camera’s AVCHD codec utilizes MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 compression similar to the codec used in Canon’s XA10 professional HD camcorder. AVCHD features a maximum recording bit rate of 24Mbps in full HD 1920 x 1080 and 4:2:0 color space for sharp, vivid images. Multiple recording modes, resolutions, and frame rates (including 24p) make the C100 creatively flexible for many production environments. The C100 also offers enhanced gamma modes (including Wide DR Gamma and Canon Log Gamma) for a peak dynamic range of 800% and the wide exposure latitude needed for creative post-production image processing, color correction, and contrast manipulation.


View of the censor of Canon’s new EOS C100

Latitude Test with the FS700

They did some latitude and other test over at AbelCine in New York and I’m mostly happy about the fact that the FS700 will deliver about 11 stops of latitude: same as the FS100. What is interesting is that the new camera has the Cinegamma settings of the F3 which will put it in a more cinematic space with softer rolling off highlights.

Also, people were worried that the smaller photo-sites on the sensor would create more noise but as it turns out, the difference is barely visible. So the low-light sensitivity is still amazing.

They did some more tests, just check it out over at AbelCine.

The Sony FS-700: The Giant woke up.

What is the FS-700? An answer to Red? A respond to the DSLR revolution?

I would say both. It’s simply the result of listening to the needs of creative people. What would be their ideal camera, what’s on the wish list? Sony listened and they listened well. Everything this camera does was on my wish list. And more – I never asked for 240fps. Maybe 120 but 240? That’s insane. And what about the 4K output as an add-on for later? What a genius idea! Spending almost $10.000 on a camera is pretty heavy stuff for most of us but then having the the opportunity to update later after we made some money with this thing? That’s amazing. I’m really exited and I can’t wait until I get mine – I’m so sick on shooting on DSLR’s. The constant fumbling and improvising has an end – not to mention recording dual sound on even the simplest projects:

On a show for NBC I found myself using my Canon with seperate sound but when I wanted to sync it in post I found out that the in-camera sound was unusuble so I had ot visually lip-sync and was second guessing what people were saying. What a nightmare. There are many times when I told myself I should have never sold my HVX. But all this will be over soon. Sony the Giant woke up and lived up to our expectations. Thank you.

But I had good time with my DSLR. Just check out the web series I shot on it:

Good times!