Following the success of its hugely popular C300 camera, launched in November last year, Canon has announced it’s launching a 1920x1080 HD sister model, priced at US$7,999 (around £5,050).
Like the C300, the C100 is built around Canon’s Super 35mm 16:9 CMOS sensor that captures individual R, G, and B channels for each full HD 1920 x 1080 frame. The camera has the AVCHD codec, with a maximum recording bit rate of 24Mb/s in full HD 1920 x 1080 and 4:2:0 colour space. However, the camera also provides the option to output uncompressed HD to an external recording device via a locking HDMI connector, including superimposed time code.
The C100 is EF mount, so works with around 70 zoom and prime lenses in Canon’s EF, EF-S and EF Cinema lens lineups.
It’s around 85% the size of the C300 and provides full manual focus and exposure control or a push auto iris function and one-shot auto focus. The C100 has 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.
The camera also has reduced rolling shutter artefacts 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”.
A removable side-mounted rotating grip with start/stop button and miniature “joystick” menu control provides traditional SLR camera-style operation, while a detachable handle unit connects to the top of the C100 and includes dual XLR connectors, a built-in stereo microphone, a bracket for an external microphone, audio-input level adjustments, and a tally light.
It records to two SD cards simultaneously or relay-records from one to the other.
Canon is pitching the C100 at low-budget television production and independent moviemaking, museums, galleries, wedding, corporate and event videography.
The Canon EOS C100 will be available from November. Canon has also announced the C500, which was announced at NAB, will begin shipping in October.