Canon C300 professionele videocamera

Vannacht is in Hollywood, zoals verwacht, een nieuwe Canon videocamera aangekondigd. De EOS C300 is een hybride model tussen de klassieke camcorder en filmende spiegelreflex. De C staat voor Cinema. Sinds 2008worden DSLR’s steeds vaker ingezet als videocamera vanwege de hoge beeldkwaliteit en kleine scherptediepte (dankzij de grote sensor). Een DSLR blijft echter een fotocamera en was daardoor zonder accessoires niet echt prettig bruikbaar voor serieuze videodoeleinden. De EOS C300 springt exact in dit gat. Er komen op maat gemaakte videolenzen (zoals de 30-300mm) beschikbaar, maar bestaande EOS objectieven zijn ook bruikbaar op de C300. De camera beschikt over een 35mm 16:9 sensor. Er komen drie professionele nieuwe primes en twee zoomlenzen speciaal voor de C300 op de markt. De primes zijn een 25mm, 50mm en een 85mm. De zoomlenzen zijn en 14,5-60mm f2.8 en een 30-300mm f2.95-3.7. Er komt een EOS- en een PL-versie van de C300. De zoomlenzen zijn in beide vattingen leverbaar, de primes niet. Het voordeel van een PL-versie is dat deze compatibel is met een reeks bestaande Canon en third party PL-objectieven.

Tijdens de presentatie werden enkele video’s getoond die waren gemaakt met de C300. Enkele bekende DSLR filmers, zoals Vincent Laforet, roemen met name de goede signaal-ruisverhouding (weinig ruis), waardoor de camera zeer goed kan filmen met natuurlijk lichtl. Ook de huidtinten zouden goed weergegeven worden. De EOS C300 werd ook al ingezet voor een toekomstige bioscoopfilm, Max is back, waarvan enkele scenes werden getoond.

De C300 bevat een 8,3 megapixel (2160×3840) Super-35 CMOS sensor, wat neerkomt op een 4K resolutie (vier keer zo gedetailleerd als 1080p Full HD). Overigens is de maximale opnameresolutie vooralsnog beperkt tot 1080p. De overige beeldpunten gebruikt Canon om de primaire kleuren apart uit te lezen. Mede hierdoor èn door een nieuw uitleessysteem zijn negatieve beeldeffecten als rolling shutter, moiré en diagonale lijnen sterk verminderd ten opzichte van bestaande HDSLR’s. Hij heeft een Digic DVIII processor aan boord en twee CompactFlash-sloten. De belichting en de scherpstelling zijn alleen handmatig in te stellen. De C300 komt in januari 2012 op de markt voor een prijs van $20.000.

Vincent Laforet heeft al z’n eerste film geproduceerd, geheel met behulp van de Canon C300. Deze film, Mobius getiteld, is wat spannender dan zijn vorige producties. Onder de film staat de ‘making of’ waar je Vincent in actie kunt zien met de C300 en de 30-300mm. 


A Star Is Born: Canon Launches New Digital Cinema Camera For High-Resolution Motion Picture Production

HOLLYWOOD, California, November 3, 2011/TOKYO, November 4, 2011 – Canon Inc. and Canon U.S.A., Inc. today raised the curtain on an all-new interchangeable-lens digital cinema camera that combines exceptional imaging performance with outstanding mobility and expandability to meet the demanding production needs of today’s motion picture industry. The camera, which features a newly developed Super 35 mm-equivalent approximately 8.29-megapixel CMOS sensor, will be available in two models: the EOS C300 Digital Cinema Camera*, equipped with an EF lens mount for compatibility with Canon’s current diverse lineup of interchangeable EF lenses for EOS single-lens reflex (SLR) cameras and new EF Cinema Lens lineup; and the EOS C300 PL Digital Cinema Camera*, with a PL lens mount for use with industry-standard PL lenses.

The introduction of the EOS C300/C300 PL coincides with the launch of the Cinema EOS System, marking Canon’s full-fledged entry into the digital high-resolution production industry. The new professional digital cinematography system spans the lens, digital cinema camera and digital SLR camera product categories.

Star-Studded Supporting Cast
Equipped with an EF lens mount, the EOS C300 is supported by an all-star cast of high-performance EF lenses, not only the wide array of interchangeable EF lenses for EOS SLR cameras that have earned the trust and respect of photographers around the world, but also the EF cinema lenses in the newly announced Cinema EOS System. When outfitted with a Canon EF lens, the C300’s peripheral illumination correction automatically corrects for vignetting in accordance with each lens’s optical characteristics, and enables iris control from the camera. Canon EF lenses also enable the recording of such metadata as the name of the lens used, aperture setting and shutter speed.i

Show-Stopping High-Resolution Full-HD Performance
The Canon EOS C300/C300 PL’s newly developed Super 35 mm-equivalent CMOS sensor incorporates approximately 8.29 million effective pixels and has a pixel size that is larger than that for conventional professional camcorders, enabling greater light-gathering capabilities for enhanced sensitivity and reduced noise. The sensor reads Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels) video signals for each of the three RGB primary colors, decreasing the incidence of moiré while realizing high resolution with 1,000 horizontal TV lines.

Supported by a heightened signal read-out speed, the CMOS sensor reduces rolling shutter skews, a phenomenon prevalent with CMOS sensors in which fast-moving subjects may appear diagonally distorted. Additionally, the powerful combination of the sensor with Canon’s high-performance DIGIC DV III image processor facilitates high-precision gamma processing and smooth gradation expression.

In addition to MPEG-2 Full HD (MPEG2 422@HL compliant) compression, the EOS C300/C300 PL employs 4:2:2 color sampling for high-resolution performance that minimizes the appearance of “jaggies” at chroma edges. Additionally, with a maximum recording rate of 50 Mbps, the camera supports the recording of high-quality video.

The camera’s video and audio recording file format adopts the industry-standard MXF (Material eXchange Format), an open source file format ideally suited for non-linear editing systems. Recording to versatile, readily available CF cards, the EOS C300/C300 PL realizes high cost-performance and, equipped with two CF card slots, makes possible the simultaneous recording of video data to two CF cards.

Ready for Action
With a compact body design measuring 5.2 (w) x 7.0 (h) x 6.7 (d) inches, the Canon EOS C300/C300 PL delivers exceptional maneuverability, enabling shooting from vantage points all but inaccessible to large cinema cameras, such as close to the ground for high-impact low-angle shots, and alongside walls. In accordance with on-location shooting needs, the camera can be outfitted with a handle, grip, thumb rest and monitor unit, and offers an array of industry-standard terminals, including HD/SD-SDI video output for the external recording of high-quality video content. When using a WFT-E6B wireless file transmitter for EOS digital SLR cameras (sold separately), the EOS C300/C300 PL can be controlled remotely by means of such common devices as smartphones or tablet PCs.

The camera is equipped with four start/stop buttons positioned at various locations to satisfy any preferred camera-holding style, and can be outfitted with a variety of third-party accessories, including matte boxes, follow focuses and external video and audio recorders. The unit also achieves seamless integration with third-party editing systems and provides added peace of mind through its dust-proof, drip-proof construction and built-in cooling system.

The new camera allows users to adjust image quality to match that of professional camcorders and EOS-series digital SLR cameras, and offers Canon Log Gamma, enabling flat image quality with subdued contrast and sharpness for maximum freedom in post-production editing and processing. In addition to frame rates of 59.41i, 50.00i, 29.97P, 25.00P and 23.98P, the EOS C300/C300 PL features a 24.00p mode, matching the 24 frame-per-second frame rate of film cameras for high compatibility with common film-production workflows.

Other features include fast-motion shooting, achieved by capturing fewer frames per second to create action up to 60x normal speed, and slow-motion down to 1/2.5xii made possible by capturing more frames per second. Frame rates between 1 and 60 frames per second (fps)iii can be adjusted in increments of 1 fps. Additionally, a selection of Custom Pictures lets users freely adjust image quality for greater control over how content looks.

Pricing and availability
The Canon EOS C300 (EF mount) digital cinema camera is scheduled to be available in late January 2012 for an estimated list price of $20,000. The Canon EOS C300 PL (PL mount) digital cinema camera is scheduled to be available in late March 2012 for an estimated list price of $20,000.

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