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Canon’s C300 Mark III: Super 35mm, Dual Gain Output Sensor, Seriously Customizable

With a dual gain output (DGO) sensor, Canon's new/next camera features a modular design and an interchangeable lens mount optional accessory

Download This: Jon Fauer’s Special Report on the Camera

With a new dual gain output (DGO) sensor, Canon’s EOS C300 Mark III Super 35mm camera offers modular design and an interchangeable lens mount optional accessory that allows users to easily customize the camera.

The 4K Super 35mm DGO imaging system captures high dynamic range content by reading out each pixel through two separate gains. One gain prioritizes saturation in highlight areas, while the other suppresses noise in the shadows. The result is an image with up to 16+ stops of dynamic range, clean rich shadows and highlights in up to 4K/60p.

In 2K recording mode, the EOS C300 Mark III camera features recording speeds up to 180p. Equipped with Canon’s latest video imaging processor, the DIGIC DV 7, the camera achieves more fluid and efficient recording of 4K and HDR and can process high-speed video recording, including 4K at up to 120p.

The EOS C300 Mark III camera utilizes Cinema RAW Light, a useful tool for helping to cut the data size of a file to about one-third to one-fifth of a similar Cinema RAW file without losing grading flexibility. In addition to being able to record 4K and 2K RAW data internally without using an external recorder, the camera also supports XF-AVC (with a choice of Intra or LongGOP).

Included with the camera are 13 accessories, such as a 4.3-inch LCD monitor and the GR-V1 grip. Users can also choose from a wide range of additional optional accessories that allow them to configure the EOS C300 Mark III camera to their preferences.

Read more: Canon EOS C300 Mark III is Modular and Has a New Dual Gain Output Sensor

Optional accessories include the EVF-V70 electronic viewfinder, SU-15 shoulder support unit and EU-V1 and EU-V2 expansion units. The EU-V1 expansion unit allows for gen-lock, sync out, remote use and ethernet connection; while EU-V2 expansion unit features those functions plus a V-mount battery connection, two analog XLR audio ports and 24v DC Out. Additionally, the mount kits (sold separately) allow users to exchange the EF mount with an EF cinema lock mount or PL mount.

Features of the Canon EOS C300 Mark III camera include:

  • 4K DCI/UHD up to 120 fps and 2K/HD up to 180 fps with 4:2:2 10-bit XF-AVC recording
  • 2 CFexpress media card slots
  • Compatibility with EF and PL lenses (with optional mount kit) as well as anamorphic and spherical lenses
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF, up to 120fps
  • 5-axis electronic image stabilization, which can be utilized even without the use of a lens with IS functionally
  • Support for Canon Log 2 and 3
  • Four-channel recording that supports 4 XLR inputs with the use of the EU-V2 expansion unit
  • User LUT allowing users to upload and apply custom LUTs

The camera body is approximately 6 in (width) x 5.8 in (height) x 6.6 in (depth) with a bodyweight of approximately 3.9 lbs., making it compact and lightweight.

Read more: MZed’s Canon C500 Mark II Camera Primer

Pricing and Availability

The Canon EOS C300 Mark III cinema camera is scheduled to be available later in 2020 for an estimated retail price of $10,999.00. For more information, including accessory prices and availability, click here.

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