Canon EOS-1D C User manual

Canon EOS-1D C User manual
Leave no story untold
As a Filmmaker, the world truly is your stage.
There's no limit to your creative vision —
or Where your story can take you.
And With The Canon Cinema EOS system of cameras and lenses,
You can shoot anything, at every level of production.
Go Wherever the story takes you
It is our pleasure to present the four cameras that comprise the Cinema EOS System: the EOS C500 4K Digital
Cinema Camera; the EOS-1D C 4K DSLR Cinema Camera; the EOS C300 Digital Cinema Camera; and the EOS C100
Digital Video Camera. Each camera offers superb image performance and outstanding operational features and
benefits. They are innovative, digitally and physically robust, and backed by Canon’s legendary high-quality
craftsmanship. Indeed, these are the cinema cameras that let you go wherever the story takes you.
EOS C100 Digital Video Camera
EOS C300 Digital Cinema Camera
EOS C500 4K Digital Cinema Camera
EOS-1D C 4K DSLR Cinema Camera
The Contents
The Professionals
The Projects
Capturing the Story....................... 10
Man & Beast
4K short film
Shot with the EOS C500
Exceptional Quality . . ..................... 16
The Ticket
Canon Cinema & EF Lenses
4K short film
Shot with the EOS-1D C
Canon Image Quality
Multiple Recording Formats
Canon 4K/2K Workflow
Open Heart
Shane Hurlbut, ASC
Jeff Cronenweth, ASC
Peter Simonite
Director of Photography
of The Ticket
Director of Photography
of Man & Beast
Cinematographer of Bart
2nd Unit Director of
Photography of Man & Beast
On the Set Freely ......................... 30
Documentary film
Shot with the EOS C300
Die in New Orleans
Music video
Shot with the EOS C300
Flexible, Durable, Reliable ........... 34
Afghanistan Documentary
Documentary film
Shot with the EOS C300
Fit Any Production Needs/Budget
Surviving the Peace
Documentary film
Shot with the EOS C300
Unleashing the Vision .................. 46
Service, Support and Education ..... 52
Dante Ariola
Vincent Laforet
Sam Nicholson, ASC
Director of Man & Beast
Director of Mobius
Director of XXIT
Short film
Shot with the EOS C300
Service & Support
Short film
Shot with the EOS C300
Educational Resources
Max is Back
Short film
Shot with the EOS C300
Canon Cinema EOS System .......... 58
Documentary short film
Shot with the EOS C100
Kief Davidson
James Longley
Rick Gershon
Director of Open Heart
Director / Cinematographer
of Afghanistan Documentary
Director / Cinematographer
of Surviving the Peace
Short film
Shot with the EOS C100
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EOS C100 Digital Video Camera
EOS C300 Digital Cinema Camera
EOS C500 4K Digital Cinema Camera
EOS-1D C 4K DSLR Cinema Camera
Movie of the
Behind the Scenes
Movie of the
Film/ Trailer
Capturing the story
The greatest stories demand to be told without compromise. That’s why
Canon Cinema EOS cameras make sure you have everything you need
– exceptional quality, adaptability, reliability, versatility and support – to
tell your story. Finally, instruments worthy of your limitless creativity.
EOS C500 on the set of the
4K short film “Man & Beast”
EOS-1D C on the set of the
4K short film “The Ticket”
Pictured here: Shane Hurlbut, ASC
“How much can I push the envelope, what are
my boundaries on this journey? With the C500,
I really had nothing to stop me from presenting
those images in the fullest dramatic way I could.”
Jeff Cronenweth, ASC / Director of Photography
EOS C300 on the documentary “Surviving the Peace”
Behind the scenes location footage shot by
Rick Gershon and Nathan Golon
“The sky is no longer the limit, it’s the stratosphere. This is an A camera
system, and it can be as big or small as you want to make it. When you
can take a camera system – put it in the right place, the right moment –
that gives you the best talent, the best expression, the best emotions,
and the best performance... My job is done!”
Shane Hurlbut, ASC / Cinematographer
Behind the scenes of the 4K short film “Man & Beast”
Pictured here: Dante Ariola and Peter Simonite
EOS C500 on the set of the 4K short film
“Man & Beast”
Pictured here: Jeff Cronenweth, ASC
“ When cameras like this are put in the hands
of storytellers who can be concerned with
what’s going on in the moment and no longer
concerned with what’s going on in the
technical needs of just operating a camera,
the future is going to be very powerful.”
EOS C100 on the documentary short film “Pulse”
Grant Peelle / Stillmotion Filmmaker
EOS C300 on the set of the music video “Die In New Orleans”
Pictured here: Rick Kaplan
Photographed by Danielle Moir
“As filmmakers and directors and producers, our job is to tell stories.
We need a tool that does all the things that we can do and we kind of
need for them to get out of our way to let us do it. And that’s exactly
what the C300 does. It’s real simple to use; it gives you a great quality
picture. It’s the camera of the future.”
Rick Kaplan / Director
EOS C300 on a documentary based on Afghanistan
Pictured here: James Longley
Exceptional Quality
Canon digital cinema cameras produce quality that is so cinematic,
so natural – so compelling. With superb tonal reproduction,
brilliant color reproduction and comprehensive image adjustment,
your audience will see exactly what you want them to see.
“We’ve got some close-ups with the actor and
because of the 4K, you can see the different
colors of the pores on his skin. I was blown
away by the look of this camera. It does not
look digital, it has a very filmic quality.”
Allan Schollnick / Post-Production
Frame grab from the 4K short film “The Ticket,” shot with the EOS-1D C
EOS-1D C on the set of the
4K short film “The Ticket”
Frame grab from the 4K short film “The Ticket,” shot with the EOS-1D C
Frame grab from the 4K short film “Man & Beast,” shot with the EOS C500
“The Canon Log manages to do tonal compression so that when I need to get
information out of the highlights or out of the shadows I can actually dig that out.”
“It’s really great to have a sensor that has 4K resolution and that has a dynamic range of 12 stops.
It retains every piece of detail from highlight to shadows – it’s beautiful.”
David Cole / Senior Colorist of Technicolor
Peter Simonite / Director of Photography
“In both the documentary portions that are going to be
run-and-gun minimal lighting, and in the produced portions
where we spent a lot more time and a lot more lights to
set up – we got a really, really strong image. Not a lot of
cameras can do that. They often are suited to one scenario
or another. The C100 really excelled in both and that was
really impressive.”
Patrick Moreau / Stillmotion Filmmaker
Images on this page:
Frame grabs from the documentary short “Open Heart,”
shot with the EOS C300
Frame grab from the documentary “Pulse,” shot with the EOS C100
“T here was one particular scene we were going to get... at midnight—we’d have no access to
lights. We were filming this at 10000 ISO and there’s virtually no noise, and I was absolutely
floored by what the C300 could do in a low-light situation. I don’t think any other camera
could have actually given us that shot with zero lights.”
Kief Davidson / Director, Cinematographer
“Open Heart”
2013 Academy Award® Nominee, Documentary Short
EOS C100 on the
documentary “Pulse”
Capitalizing on decades of know-how while developing some of the world’s most advanced
optical systems, Canon lenses are renowned for their accuracy, clarity and optical brilliance.
They bring fresh perspective to your vision and stimulate your creativity. This is a lens system
whose standard is measured by the professionals out in the field – day in and day out.
Canon Cinema Lenses
Designed exclusively for cinematography, Canon Cinema Lenses are
engineered to exceed the standards of working professionals. Every
lens fulfills contemporary 4K production standards, surpassing the
performance requirements of any HD imaging system. 11-blade
aperture diaphragms help ensure beautiful bokeh, while geared inner
focusing dramatically helps minimize focus-induced changes in the
angle of view and greatly reduces focus breathing. Select lenses
utilize special glass elements, such as fluorite and aspherical features,
to maximize the optical performance brought by Canon’s advanced
design technique.
Cinema Zoom and Compact Zoom Lenses: Highlights
Canon EF Lenses
Canon Cinema Prime Lenses offer high optical speed, produce
exceptionally sharp 4K images and superb contrast, and maintain
tightly controlled geometric distortion. Low T-numbers enable better
low-light shooting and enhanced image expression with shallow
depth-of-field. Canon Cinema Zoom and Compact Zoom Lenses
feature new optical glass materials, new optical coatings and
powerful new design techniques for advanced optical performance.
Perfected in Canon laboratories and proven in the field, Canon EF
Lenses incorporate a rare array of the world’s most advanced
optical, micro-electric and manufacturing technologies. Many
lenses use Canon’s advanced Peripheral Illumination Correction
feature, thereby rendering beautiful, consistent color and
brightness across the image plane. Select lenses employ Optical
Image Stabilizer technology, which helps to reduce motion blur by
counteracting camera shake.
All Cinema Lenses: Highlights
Cinema Prime Lenses: Highlights
Brilliant Sharpness of 4K
Consistent Picture Qualities
Attractive Bokeh
Each Canon Cinema Lens provides outstanding
optical performance that is designed to fulfill
contemporary 4K production standards.
All Canon Cinema Lenses are designed to match in
terms of picture quality, maximizing your freedom to
mix lenses according to various shooting situations.
11-blade circular aperture provides
soft, beautiful background bokeh that is
consistent throughout the lines.
Compatibility with Super 35mm Cameras
Ready for Full-size 35mm Sensors
The lenses are compatible with industry-standard Super
35mm cameras and APS-C cameras. (The compact zooms
are compatible with larger 31.4mm sensors.)
The lenses are compatible with the large imaging area
of cameras equipped with a full-size 35mm-equivalent
CMOS sensor.
Suppressed Temperature-induced Changes
Very Fast Aperture
Temperature-induced marking discrepancies are virtually
eliminated by utilizing special glasses effectively.
Enables shooting with shallow depth-of-field and
low-light capability.
Maximized Optical Performance
Minimized Focus Breathing
Placing special optical glass materials, such as UD glass and fluorite, in the
most effective configurations reduces chromatic aberration, ghosting and flare.
Advanced design technique and Canon know-how enable lenses
with minimal focus-induced changes in the angle of view.
Canon image quality
At the heart of each Cinema EOS camera is a remarkable Canon CMOS sensor. These
sensors help ensure cinematic shallow depth-of-field imagery, excellent low-light sensitivity
and high signal-to-noise ratio. The addition of Canon Log Gamma ensures that you capture
a wide, filmic, high dynamic range without sacrificing broadcast workflow, while high-speed
≥ Image Processors help ensure excellent tonal and color reproduction across a wide
ISO sensitivity range.
Canon Super 35mm CMOS Image Sensor
Canon CMOS Sensor Signal Processing
Canon Large Format CMOS Sensors
Canon ≥ Image Processing
Canon Log Gamma
Wide Dynamic Range with Low Signal-to-noise
Designed from the ground up to specifically meet the cinema
industry’s motion-imaging needs, the EOS C500, EOS C300 and
EOS C100 digital cameras feature Super 35mm, 8.3 Megapixel
CMOS sensors that offer the type of outstanding image-performance
characteristics demanded by professional cinematographers.
The EOS-1D C digital camera’s unique 18.1 Megapixel Full-Frame
CMOS sensor provides excellent signal-to-noise ratios and ISO
sensitivity, allowing great detail in deeply shadowed scenes while
preserving finer detail in more exposed areas of the frame.
The EOS C500, EOS C300 and EOS C100 digital cameras feature
Canon’s specially developed ≥ DV III Image Processors for
in-camera component video processing. These processors’ highly
sophisticated and proprietary architecture support flexible control
over a wide range of video-image parameters that empower creative
choices on the set. The EOS C500 includes special, high-speed
processing to prepare and structure the 4K RGB Bayer RAW and 2K
RGB RAW video formats for delivery via 3G-SDI outputs to external
recorders. Dual ≥5+ Image Processors within the EOS-1D C
embody superb video-data handling, which includes refined
algorithms to reduce noise at high ISO speeds.
Canon Log Gamma lets Cinema EOS cameras record the maximum
dynamic range delivered by their respective image sensors. The Log
Gamma Curve is implemented at a high bit depth and then downconverted, recording the output data using Canon’s 8-bit 4:2:2 XF
Codec. The curve facilitates post-production processes that seek to
restore the image sensor’s linear light-transfer characteristics; the
resultant data files are ideal for advanced post-production processes
that require excellent tonal and color reproduction.
Cinema EOS cameras offer outstanding low-light sensitivity. Noise
is kept remarkably under control, possessing a subjective,
pleasing, film-like texture pattern devoid of the fixed-pattern noise
that traditionally has been the nemesis of digital cameras.
Excellent signal-to-noise ratios help ensure that all of the ISO
settings offered by each camera are eminently suitable for digital
Canon ≥ DV III Image Processor
Canon Super 35mm CMOS Image Sensor
Helps ensure tonal
reproduction for both
highlight and lowlight
regions during postproduction.
Signal processing superior to
that in a 3-chip RGB system
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Canon Log
Shown at actual size: 24.6mm x 13.8mm
Frame grab from the Sam Nicholson, A.S.C. film “XXIT,” shot in Canon Log mode
Frame grab after color grading
For added flexibility both on the set and during post-production, Canon Cinema EOS cameras
offer multiple recording options to both in-camera and external media. The EOS C500,
EOS C300, and EOS C100 digital cameras all support 8-bit HD in-camera image acquisition.
The EOS C500 extends this to a choice of 2K or HD external recording at either 12-bit or 10-bit
RGB 4:4:4, with an additional powerful creative option of 4K capture at high frame rates.
The EOS-1D C supports in-camera 4K at 24 fps capture, or HD capture at up to 60 fps.
4K Acquisition
For both cinematic and HD-video productions, the 4K mode of
operation offers significantly enhanced image quality. The EOS C500
offers a choice of 4096x2160 format for motion picture production
or 3840x2160 format for television production. Uniquely, the
EOS C500 structures its RAW file as a multiplex of four separate 2K
components for external recording, with full retention of all 4K
color-coded information.
2K Acquisition
The EOS-1D C also offers 4K acquisition – as in-camera recording of
4:2:2 YUV video at 24 fps using a Motion-JPEG intra-frame codec.
This unique camera further offers alternative high definition video
capture – with a choice of a Super Crop 35mm mode (when using
cine zoom lenses) at frame rates of 24/25/30P, or a Full Wide HD
(when using cine prime lenses or standard EF lenses) at frame rates
of 24/25/30/50/60P.
All four Cinema EOS cameras support high-quality HD acquisition at
all of the internationally standardized frame rates. The EOS C500,
EOS C300, and EOS C100 cameras originate RGB video components
by direct parallel readout from their Super 35mm CMOS image
sensor – thus avoiding any debayering processes. All cameras
record this HD signal in-camera while also offering external,
uncompressed 4:2:2 HD via HD SDI ports (for the EOS C500 and
EOS C300) and via HDMI for the EOS C100. The EOS C500 offers a
choice between HD (1920x1080) and 2K (2048x1080) RGB 4:4:4 at
12- or 10-bit, at frame rates up to 60P for external recording.
Switching to 10-bit YUV 4:2:2 allows the HD or 2K components to
operate as high as 120 fps.
Recording Media
4K/2K/HD Cinema Raw
External Recorder
MXF HD MPEG-2 4:2:2 50 Mbps
CF Cards
MXF HD File-based Workflow
4K @ 24p 4:2:2 Motion-JPEG / HD 4:2:0 AVC H.264
CF Cards
4K Motion-JPEG Workflow / HD AVC H.264 Workflow
HD 4:2:2 Uncompressed
External Recorder (via HDMI)
MXF HD MPEG-2 4:2:2 50 Mbps
CF Cards
HD 4:2:2 Uncompressed
External Recorder (via HD SDI )
4:2:0 HD AVCHD
SDHC Cards
HD 4:2:2 Uncompressed
External Recorder (via HDMI)
4K/2K Workflow
HD Workflow
MXF HD File-based Workflow
HD Workflow
AVCHD File-based Workflow
HD Workflow
EOS C500
Canon 4K/2K workflow
4K Workflow
Because of the large amounts of image data involved, 4K workflow
is normally determined by the choice of external digital recorder, and
thus that recorder’s data management strategies. The unique,
four-component Canon RGB Bayer RAW and Half RAW signals (at half
the vertical resolution) carry the 4K-coded color information via
SMPTE-standardized 3G-SDI recorder interfaces for ready ingest to
data servers and media management workstations. Canon’s Cinema
RAW Development (CRD) software debayers 4K files and converts
Production-to-post workflows vary with choices of 2K/HD or 4K acquisition, in-camera versus
external recording, as well as the production application – such as moviemaking or TV production.
Workflows can also be dependent upon a number of creative choices and delivery requirements.
Since flexibility is the key to successful cinema and television production, Canon collaborated
closely with multiple manufacturers of digital 4K/2K recorders and editing systems to help
ensure full camera-to-post compatibility with seamless data transfer options.
2K Workflow
the 10-bit data to RGB DPX files for direct use in post-production.
Canon-supplied information on Canon Log facilitates precise
conversion to linear DPX components at higher bit depths, if required.
Separately, the Canon EOS-1D C’s use of the industry-standard
Motion-JPEG codec for 4K motion-image capture supports high-quality
post-production, with its HDMI clean-HD output facilitating convenient external recording of a proxy video to support offline editing.
The EOS C500 delivers a choice of uncompressed 2K or HD RAW
RGB 4:4:4 video (with Canon Log applied) via a 3G-SDI serial
output to a range of digital recorders that use solid-state memory
packs. Some of these data recorders directly capture the camera’s
RGB 4:4:4 video, while others compress prior to recording.
EOS C500 4K Production Workflow (Generic Workflow)
EOS-1D C 4K / HD Production Workflow
4K RAW Recorder
Develop Software
Color Grading
HDMI Output
(Cinema RAW Development)
CF Card
EOS C500
Certain recorders use a media management station to transcode
the recorded Canon files to other industry file formats – such as
DPX, ProRes and Open EXR – for direct access by different grading
processes. The in-camera 50 Mbps MPEG recording of a proxy
video serves to support the offline editing process.
External Recorder
• Codex Digital
• Convergent Design
CF Card (For Reference)
• S. Two
• Finish Astrodesign
• Keisokugiken (KGC)
Full HD
60p H.264
Proxy File
Online Editing
EOS C500 2K RGB 4:4:4 Production Workflow (Generic Workflow)
External Recorder
Color Grading
EOS C500
EOS C500
4K Motion-JPEG
Color Grading
CF Card (For Reference)
Proxy File
Full HD
On the set freely
Feel free to explore environments you never imagined. Capitalize on the most
challenging lighting situations. Shoot creatively in tight spaces or hard-to-reach
places. And, with highly intuitive features, these cameras are ready to hit the
ground running. Or use their inherent versatility to make them fit your own intuition.
EOS C100 on the set of the short film “Bart”
Pictured here: Peter Simonite
EOS C100 on the documentary “Pulse”
EOS C300 on the set of the short film “XXIT”
“W hat I found as a director using this camera is because
of the size and the fluidity of using it, it’s much less
obtrusive with the actors. It’s like a SWAT team approach
as opposed to a big army.”
Sam Nicholson, ASC / Director
EOS-1D C on the set of the 4K short film “The Ticket”
EOS C300 on the set of the short film “Mobius”
Trek the desert. Plunge into a rainforest. Explore tundra. Go where
you please. Cinema EOS cameras won’t complain; won’t buckle.
Built strong for the harshest of conditions and dependable for the
longest of projects, they won’t stop shooting until you do.
“Going into the shoot, I was really nervous about not only keeping
the camera safe from the heat but also keeping it clean of sand
because sand is a nightmare if it gets on the lens or into the body,
but I was really impressed with how the camera dealt with the
high heat out there.”
Polly Morgan / Director of Photography
EOS C300 on the set of the short film “Mobius”
Frame grab from the documentary “Surviving the Peace,” shot with the EOS C300
EOS C300 on the documentary “Surviving the Peace”
Behind the scenes location footage shot by Rick Gershon and Nathan Golon
“The reason why this camera is so great for documentary vérité
shooting is that I don’t have to add a bunch of workarounds to get
that look. It’s already there, it’s right out of the box, it’s built in and
ready to go, which is really useful, especially in an environment that
was extremely dusty, extremely hot, and just really tough to work in.”
Rick Gershon / Director of Photography, MediaStorm
EOS C300 on the documentary “Surviving the Peace”
Images on this page:
EOS C500 on the set of the 4K short film
“Man & Beast”
Fit Any Production Needs/budget
Compact, Modular Design
Each Cinema EOS camera features a modular, ergonomic body
design that packs a lot of functionality into a remarkably small
package while providing enhanced mobility and expandability.
Removable top handles with built-in microphones, side-mount
grips and adjustable LCD monitor panels enable custom
configurations for specific, user-definable shooting styles.
To help ensure full operational flexibility, Cinema EOS cameras can be configured in
a number of different ways, depending on the specific needs of the project, and the
target budget. Compact, lightweight magnesium-alloy bodies offer enhanced mobility for
comfortable handheld or dolly-mount shoots using PL- or EF-mount lenses. Full compatibility
with a range of third-party accessories further increases camera-operator comfort.
EOS C300 with matte box*,
follow focus* and monitor unit
(*Third-party accessories)
Third-party Accessory Compatibility
EOS C300 with
monitor unit and handle
EOS C300 with
monitor unit
High-resolution electronic viewfinders provide widescreen aspect
ratios. Multiple start/stop buttons enable easy triggering regardless
of how the camera is rigged. A variety of focus aids, waveforms,
vectorscopes and an optional wireless file transmitter round out
these truly professional camera packages.
Canon has collaborated with a number of third-party vendors to
help ensure full plug-and-play compatibility for Cinema EOS cameras
with a range of matte boxes, flag shades, support rods and
follow-focus systems, including geared control rings, marking discs
and adjustment knobs that simplify the camera operator’s life.
Geared control rings are a must-have for use with pitchless, stillcamera lenses; a wind-around gear mounted on the focus ring lets
the chosen lens function with familiar follow-focus rigs. With such
enhanced customization, cinematographers and videographers can
handle a wide range of shooting scenarios.
EOS C300 camera
and lens only
Rugged, Durable, Quiet
PL- or EF-Mount
To integrate easily into the working style and equipment array of
film crews and production houses, the Cinema EOS System offers
two different camera mounts. The EOS C500 PL and EOS C300 PL
feature the industry-standard PL mount and are compatible both
with suitably configured Canon Cinema Zoom PL-mount lenses and
the majority of third-party PL-compatible zoom and prime lenses
available for 35mm motion picture cameras.
The EOS C500, EOS-1D C, EOS C300 and EOS C100 digital cameras
are available with a Canon EF lens mount and are compatible with
Canon Cinema Zoom, Compact Zoom and Prime EF-mount lenses,
as well as the vast array of Canon’s standard EF lenses, including
Super Telephotos, and specialty Tilt-Shift, Macro and Fisheye – over
60 lenses in all. Electronic contacts built into EF-Mount cinema
cameras and lenses enable direct communication between each
device – allowing lens metadata to be displayed in the viewfinder and
for the T-number and focus position to be recorded in the video file.
In addition, when connected to the optional Canon Wireless File
Transmitter WFT-E6A Unit, select functions can be controlled remotely
– further expanding the camera’s flexibility.
Designed to reliably withstand use in a range of hostile and adverse
environments in the field, Cinema EOS cameras feature tight sealing
for protection against dust, and provide reliable operation in both
wet and cold weather conditions. Robust, splash-resistant
magnesium-alloy bodies provide tough, durable strength that
supports heavy lenses and accessories, while the resultant light
weight and compact size enables users to obtain footage in a wide
Dust-proof, Splash-proof Design
Wireless Capability
variety of situations. An internal cooling system with silent fans and
vents keeps the camera cool even in hot conditions, drawing
unwanted heat out of the camera body through vents at separate
positions. An innovative graphite sheet conducts heat from the
image sensor. Operation is quiet and smooth, thereby ensuring that
sound recording and on-screen images remain undisturbed.
Cooling System
To provide unique capabilities not typically available in cinema
cameras, Cinema EOS cameras connect to the optional Canon
Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E6A Unit that lets users remotely
control systems from up to 150 feet away over wireless networks
from a PC, smartphone, tablet or similar device. You can start or stop
recording, adjust white balance, gain and other parameters, and even
adjust the focus and aperture of Canon EF lenses.
Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E6A Unit
Cooling fans
Vents at three
positions on
the sides
A highly conductive
graphite sheet conducts
sensor heat towards the
heat sink. Additionally,
cooling fans on top force
hot air in the body away
from vents and out through
exhaust openings.
Sealed areas
EOS C300 PL with PL mount
EOS C300 with EF mount
The history of motion picture film production has shaped camera systems to offer easy
usability, in addition to high precision. For lenses, a tactile interface with the ability to
manipulate critical operational controls such as focus, iris and zoom helps accomplish this
goal. For digital cine cameras, which feature numerous electronic controls that empower
creative intervention during shooting, detachable grips and assignable buttons let
cinematographers shape their own ergonomics.
Cinema Zoom and Compact Zoom Lenses: Highlights
Light, Compact
Cinema Lens Gearing and Control
Camera Ergonomics with Customizable Buttons
Canon Cinema lenses meet cinematographers’ highest expectations
of control over focus, iris and zoom. Wide rotation angles – especially
on focus controls – combine with large, highly visible scales, high
mechanical accuracy of each control, and a carefully implemented
tactile resistance that augments operational precision. A unique
optical design that significantly minimizes focus breathing facilitates
a new level of creative focus pulls. The Cinema Zoom lenses’
associated three gears are precisely matched in location and
diameter to facilitate convenient lens exchange during a shoot. The
same is true for the Cinema Compact Zoom lens series, and for the
series of Cinema Prime lenses.
For added convenience, Canon EOS cameras feature detachable
grips that rotate to bring start/stop, iris control and multi-controller
buttons where you need them – at your fingertips. Logical layout of
all buttons and dials makes operation simple. In addition to full
manual control of all parameters, including iris, shutter speed, gain,
All Cinema Lenses: Highlights
Cinema Prime Lenses: Highlights
Easy-to-read Controls
Unified Front Lens Diameter, Rotation Angle and Gear Positions
Focus, zoom and iris markings are provided on angled surfaces.
These markings are easier to read from behind the camera.
Uniform gear positions within the same categories eliminate the need
for accessory gear position adjustment when switching lenses.
Smaller and lighter than conventional cinema lenses,
to meet a variety of shooting needs.
zoom, focus and audio levels, a number of customizable buttons
distributed over the camera body provide convenient and intuitive
access. For maximum customization and to tailor the camera
precisely to specific shooting needs, access is provided to Custom
Picture Settings, Custom Functions and Custom Display Options.
Assignable Function Buttons
A 105mm-diameter filter can be attached to the lens
front, making handheld shooting much more compact
and easy to control.
EF-Mount Capability
Flange-back Adjustment Mechanism
Canon’s Prime Lenses utilize an EF mount which ensures
compatibility with Cinema EOS cameras and EOS DSLR
cameras with manual operation.
Precision Control
Geared Inner Focus
Standard Accessories Supported
Highly visible scales and high mechanical accuracy with comfortable
resistance in each control ring provides highly precise control.
Minimizes focus-induced
changes in the angle of view.
Supports industry-standard accessories such
as power-drive devices and matte boxes.
EOS C100
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Lenses are available in EF- or PL-mount and for added
flexibility the mount on all models can be switched at
a Canon service facility.
Professional-grade, XLR-format connectors are coupled with flexible
recording controls for a pair of linear PCM channels; automatic and
manual level settings accommodate both microphone- and line-level
inputs, plus channel mixing and phantom power for condenser
Audio Controller
105mm Filter on Lens Front
Interchangeable PL/EF Mount
A covered flange-back adjustment mechanism is
included, with broadcast applications in mind.
Rich Audio Controls
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Enables user settings for allocating most
frequently used functions to 15 buttons.
EOS C500 and EOS C300
Audio controller
EOS C100 Audio controller
Dual Card Slots and PreREC
Dual and single card slots on Cinema EOS cameras help ensure
operator flexibility and downstream workflow. The EOS C500,
EOS-1D C and EOS C300 employ reliable, easily accessible Compact
Flash cards as recording media, while the EOS C100 uses versatile,
readily available SD/SDHC/SDXC cards. Dual slots enable simultaneous recording to both media, thereby creating an instant backup.
Dual CF Card Slots
Relay Recording – or continuous recording – extends the time
available for shooting, as a second card takes over automatically after
the first becomes full; you can also safely hot-swap one card slot
while the other is recording. By recording a few seconds of material
to internal memory before the record button is pressed, a PreREC
function helps ensure that you do not miss important moments.
Relay Recording
Custom Pictures
Mixed Shoot Compatibility
Fast/Slow Recording
A variety of industry-standard connectors helps ensure that Cinema
EOS cameras interface directly with audio and video recorders via
3G-SDI, HDMI and similar ports. Also available are timecode In/Out,
sync out, genlock and additional monitor connectors; a Local
Application Control Bus (LANC) is also available on the EOS C500
for enhanced remote functionality.
An innovative Custom Pictures mode provides access to many of the
Cinema EOS cameras’ video-processing parameters, including
Gamma, Low Key Saturation, Knee, Sharpness, Noise Reduction,
Color Matrix, White Balance, Color Correction and Setup Level.
Custom picture settings can be saved within the camera, or to an SD
media card for sharing between multiple cameras.
By fully supporting both 2K and 4K image resolutions, Canon
Cinema EOS is an ideal choice for demanding digital-video
productions that range from high-quality commercials and TV dramas
to motion pictures. A 4K workflow offers four times the resolution of
standard HD acquisition, resulting in life-like theatrical presentations;
a familiar, film-style workflow; full versatility during postproduction;
and enhanced flexibility for all visual effects.
Slow- and Fast-Motion recording is available from 1 fps to 120 fps for
certain Cinema EOS camera models; adjustments can be made in
one- or two-frame increments, allowing precision similar to filmbased cameras. Time-lapse functionality is also available through
interval recording, while stop-motion can capture a predetermined
set of frames per trigger, with the camera automatically handling the
final conform.
Terminals of the EOS C500
Sync out
Timecode In/Out
EOS C500 and EOS C300
Dual CF Card Slots
EOS C100
Dual SD Card Slots
Output Ports
Continuous recording can extend the time available for shooting
Unleashing the vision
Simplify your project, increase your options and advance your art.
Accelerate your project turn time and lower costs. No matter the
workflow, everything we’ve learned about compatibility and quality
has been used to give you a smooth finish.
Compositing on the set of the short film "XXIT"
Behind the scenes of the short film “Max is Back”
“The image is so good because you’re still
working with a pretty small screen on Avid®,
Final Cut Pro® or any of the systems, but the
clarity of this is unbelievable.”
Tim Solano / Editor
EOS C300 on the set of the short film “XXIT”
“For visual effects we need very high quality imaging. Because the
signal-to-noise ratio of the camera is so quiet and the compression is
so good, it works very well for green screen.”
Behind the scenes of the short film “Mobius”
“I don’t like wasting time – I want to cut now. And it’s just
been really fun. It made editing fun again.”
Vashi Nedomansky / Editor
Sam Nicholson, ASC / Director
The Cinema EOS family of four different camera systems was carefully planned as a hierarchy
to address a broad range of program genres, production budgets, and a diversity of creative
aspirations. While the EOS C500, EOS C300 and EOS C100 all use the same Super 35mm
CMOS 4K image sensor and associated digital imaging system, they differ from one other
primarily in recording strategies and associated post-production requirements. All recording
formats conform to established worldwide standards while associated nonlinear editing
and post-production processes are well known. The EOS-1D C uses recording codecs that
are different from the other three members of the Cinema EOS family, but they too can be
handled simply during post-production.
EOS C500
EOS C300
EOS C100
The EOS C500 offers a broad range of motion-imaging capabilities
that conform to contemporary global digital-production standards.
Intended for the very highest performance 2K (for cinematography)
or HD (high end television production), the EOS C500 delivers
uncompressed RAW, high-bit-depth RGB component at high frame
rates to external recorders. Additionally, it can also originate
uncompressed 4K RAW files – again with two choices – that are
externally recorded. In post-production these recorded files require
processing which, typically, structures them as RGB DPX files (4K or
2K) that are then sent to the color grading process. The Canon Log
setting baked into all of the RAW outputs supports the Digital
Intermediate post-production process, which is widespread
throughout the motion picture industry.
The EOS C300 is tailored to exclusive HD origination; it is ideal for
major television production, documentaries, TV commercials and
modest-budget moviemaking. The camera records outstanding HD
YUV 4:2:2 component video to a pair of Compact Flash cards using
the industry standard MPEG-2 MXF 50 Mbps codec, which is
recognized worldwide by the majority of post-production systems
and almost universally accepted by global broadcast organizations.
The EOS C300 is supplied with XF Utility software, a file
management program that supports back-up and archive file
creation, clip reviewing, metadata editing, file merging and file
name updating. Canon MXF plug-ins are supplied for leading NLE
systems from Adobe®, Apple®, Avid® and Grass Valley®.
The EOS C100 is an HD-only acquisition system, specifically
optimized for one-person operation and intended to support a broad
range of productions. This cost-effective camera system deploys
the widely popular 24 Mbps MPEG-4 AVCHD / H.264 YUV 4:2:0
codec and records to ubiquitous SDXC memory cards. Supplied
Data Import Utility software allows such files to be readily imported
to a computer workstation. Broad NLE support for this codec ensures
seamless integration into established workflows. The EOS C100
also outputs an uncompressed 4:2:2 HD with embedded timecode
via an HDMI connector, which can also be used for external
recordings brought separately to the post-production process.
The EOS-1D C is the world’s first full-frame, hybrid DSLR capable of
in-camera capture of 4K motion-imaging. The camera also features
two alternative modes of HD motion-image capture. The Motion-JPEG
codec used for 4K recording operates at 500 Mbps to CF cards,
thereby ensuring intra-frame 4K capture at a modest level of
compression. Most post-production houses can readily accommodate
this well-known compression format, which integrates simply and
with exceptional image performance directly into the color grading
process. Similarly, HD recordings using the MPEG-4 AVCHD / H.264
codec can be directly handled by many post-production facilities.
If required, these files can be transcoded to other industry-format files.
50 Mbps 4:2:2
HD 1940 x 1080
Proxy Video
EOS C500
2K or HD
YUV 4:2:0
MPEG-2 50 Mbps
4:2:2 HD
EOS C300
4K Motion JPEG
Clean HD
1920 x 1080 HD
EOS C100
MEPG-4 H.264
Clean HD
An ongoing commitment to
service, supportand education
With the Canon Cinema EOS System, help is never far. Service facilities,
lens centers and technicians for the things you need. Experts, hands-on
training, workshops and online resources for the advice you want. Keep
expanding your vision; we’ll keep your tools sharp.
Dedicated Service for Professionals
The Canon Hollywood Professional Technology & Support Center
was established to bring exceptional service directly to motion
picture studios, the television industry, and independent producers
and videographers. Located in the heart of Hollywood, CA, our
facility is staffed with expert technicians who are fully prepared to
take care of all your Cinema EOS products. We can accurately
adjust cameras and lenses, repair both cinema and still-photography
equipment, and meet the needs of professionals like yourself who
are working with tight and often inflexible deadlines. With industryleading turnaround times and substantial service-parts inventories,
Just like Canon products, Canon’s service and support programs are state-of-the-art, high
quality, and easy to use. Professionals want to know they are dealing with other professionals;
with Canon, you can count on a proven creative partner. Your needs are critical, which is why
Canon provides individual and unique customer service and support programs specifically
tailored to your needs.
you’ll be back in action fast. And, while working on location, you
can count on Canon’s nationwide service centers and precision
lens centers for factory-quality repairs, as well as available 24/7
100% US-based Call Center support. But what we can offer you is
only half of the equation. In providing you service, we benefit from
your valuable feedback and suggestions to help develop new and
even better products. It’s a symbiotic relationship, and one that has
worked to stunning success before; the Cinema EOS System was
developed as a direct result of such feedback.
Support Programs Customized for Your Needs
Focused on Professionals
Cinematographers, production companies, film schools and other
industry professionals can take advantage of optional service
programs designed to meet their specialized needs. We offer
service partnerships for full-service dealers as well as rental houses,
thereby providing additional flexibility to Canon’s industry partners.
We tailor our custom training packages to the needs of your specific
film and TV productions, with expert staff available to deliver training
at our Hollywood facility or on location throughout the USA. Whether
you require fast repair turnaround times, loaner equipment or
equipment maintenance, Canon has a program to keep your business
and equipment up and running. We will be expanding these important
service offerings as the Cinema EOS production community expands.
Product Repair and Maintenance
• Nationwide State-of-the-Art Service Facilities
• Fast Repair Processing & Available Loaner Equipment
• Genuine Canon Parts
• Factory-Level Quality
• Precision Lens Centers
Customer Service & Technical Support
• Team of Industry Experts
• Industry-Leading Response Times
• In-House Studio Test Environment
• 24/7 Support Available
• 100% US-Based
Education is a cornerstone of Canon philosophy. It represents our promise of continuing
commitment to professional cinematographers. Whether working online, at a production lot
or as part of a remote shoot, we are here to help provide you with all the essential resources
that you need to remain current and keep your creative passion alive.
Tutorials and
Image Galleries
Events Calendar
Canon Live Learning
Home Page
Canon Live Learning (CLL) offers seminars and workshops taught
by industry experts and Canon’s renowned Explorers of Light.
CLL events cover a range of still and cinematic topics, ranging from
techniques through equipment selection to in-depth system
configuration. Conducted nationwide and in our Hollywood
Professional Technology and Support Center, professionals and
enthusiasts alike have the opportunity to sharpen their skills in a
range of immersive, hands-on settings.
Mobile Friendly
Video Knowledge Base
Canon Digital Learning Center
The Canon Digital Learning Center is a web-based education information portal for our busy, working professionals. It includes tutorials,
interviews, QuickGuides, and downloadable White Papers. It also
continues to cultivate information specific to the Cinema EOS System:
comprehensive system FAQs, technical articles by professional
cinematographers, interactive menu and button simulators, tutorials,
sample videos, behind the scenes media, and much more. Even
better, this wealth of knowledge is available 24/7. And, because the
Canon Digital Learning Center is tablet friendly, it’s especially easy to
use anywhere, anytime. Hit the set in full stride and make the most out
of your Cinema EOS System, armed with the know-how that Canon
has collected from other professionals like you.
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better stories are
always waiting to be told
Needs change. Cinema EOS delivers a more comprehensive
system – and Canon is committed to the future of the
Cinema EOS System. With more camera bodies, lenses and
accessories already in development, Canon will prove the
best is yet to come – because better stories are always
waiting to be told.
Cinema Lenses
EF Lenses
Canon Cinema Zoom, Compact Zoom and Prime Lenses fulfill
contemporary 4K production standards, further enhancing the
performance of any HD imaging system. An 11-blade aperture
diaphragm, markings on both sides of the lens barrel, plus uniform
front diameter, rotational angle for operational controls and gear
positions within each category of Cinema Lenses help ensure
smooth shooting and operation.
Compatibility and flexibility are your keys to creativity, productivity
and profit. Comprised of more than 60 prime and zoom models,
Canon has one of the most comprehensive range of EF lenses,
including specialty lenses such as Macro, Tilt-Shift and Fisheye.
Macro Lenses
Macro Lenses offer a range of close-up, high
magnification shooting solutions that help
reveal the finest details and achieve
extraordinary edge-to-edge accuracy at very
shallow depth-of-field.
Canon Cinema Zoom and
Compact Zoom Lenses
Available with industry-standard PL-mount
or Canon EF-mount, Canon Cinema Zoom
and Compact Zoom Lenses are specially
designed to offer extraordinary 4K optical
performance. Large aspherical lens
elements help to reduce size and weight
and a geared inner-focusing mechanism
helps minimize focus-induced changes in
the angle-of-view.
Tilt-Shift Lenses
Tilt-Shift Lenses provide tilt capability to alter
the angle of the focal plane between the lens
and image sensor, modifying depth-of-field
independently of the lens aperture, and shift
capability to correct or alter perspective by
sliding the lens’ optical axis along the plane of
the image sensor.
Canon Cinema Prime Lenses
Fisheye Zoom Lens
The Cinema Prime Lenses offer spectacular
4K-image quality and a full-frame image
circle in lightweight, compact designs.
Available in EF mount, these lenses feature
high optical speed, produce exceptionally
sharp images and superb contrast, and
maintain tightly controlled focus breathing
and geometric distortion. They offer
consistent form factors and markings
optimized for motion picture production.
Fisheye Lenses capture images from unique,
stunning perspectives with their ultra-wide
zooms, great for special effects shooting and
super wide angles.
L-Series Lenses
Highly regarded by video professionals who
demand uncompromising optical performance,
Canon L-Series Lenses are distinguished by a
bold red ring around the outer barrel. L-Series
Lenses incorporate a number of innovative
Canon technologies, including Ultra-low
Dispersion (UD) glass, fluorite and aspherical
lens elements, plus Super Spectra Multi Coating.
The Canon EOS C500 4K Digital Cinema Camera is the flagship of
the Cinema EOS family. While it features the same Canon-developed
Super 35mm 4K CMOS image sensor used in the EOS C300, the
EOS C500 offers significantly more contemporary high-resolution
motion-imaging choices. Direct readout of the four separate 2K or
HD video components from a 4K image sensor eliminates the
debayering process, and allows for uncompressed 2K or HD 4:4:4
RGB video components – with an additional choice of 12-bit or 10-bit
depth for each – at up to 120P frame rates. These RAW components
are output via a 3G-SDI serial interface to external recorders. And,
anticipating the increasing move towards 4K production, the
EOS C500 camera can be switched to a 4K imaging mode that is
user-selectable between cinematography or UHDTV 4K formats.
The EOS C500 delivers an uncompressed 4K RAW output to external
recorders; in-camera recording to CF cards of an HD proxy of the
2K/HD/4K primary origination can be used for offline editing.
The Canon EOS-1D C 4K DSLR Cinema Camera is perhaps the most
unique, self-contained motion-imaging system in the world.
An unusually innovative video camera utilizing a Canon-developed
Full-Frame 18.1 Megapixel CMOS image sensor in a compact DSLR
body, it offers digital 4K at 24 fps motion imaging, two separate modes
of 16:9 HD motion imaging, and full-frame still images – all captured
in-camera on CF cards. The EOS-1D C uses Dual ≥ 5+ Image
Processors for powerful RGB video processing that provides
extraordinary sensitivity, low noise, superb image quality, and
beautiful color reproduction over a wide range of scene lighting
conditions. Motion-JPEG compression is used for 4K YUV 4:2:2
recording, and MPEG-4 AVCHD / H.264 codecs for the two HD
modes – each at high data rates – ensure excellent image capture
performance. The camera is compatible with all Canon Cinema Prime
and EF-mount Cinema Zoom lenses, as well as with the wide range
of standard EF Lenses. The EOS-1D C is a powerful B-Camera or
C-Camera to augment productions using the EOS C500 and/or
EOS C300 cameras.
Incorporating Canon’s innovative Super 35mm imaging system, the
EOS C300 Digital Cinema Camera’s 50 Mbps 4:2:2 XF Codec not
only holds up to the most rigorous color correction, but also
conforms to worldwide broadcast standards. A pair of Compact
Flash slots offers a choice between double slot recording for
enhanced security and Relay Recording for continuous roll time.
Coupled with its superb low-light performance and filmic grain
structure, the EOS C300 offers thoughtful and unique ergonomics
that lets it tuck into places that other cameras cannot. Highly modular,
the camera can be stripped down for one-man operations or built
up with accessories for unison working.
Designed specifically as an affordable, high-performance digital
cine system, the EOS C100 Digital Video Camera targets a broad
range of lower-budget film and video productions with a highly
flexible, modular design that supports a variety of single-operator
shooting styles. The camera uses the same ultra-precision,
Super 35mm imaging system found in both the EOS C500 and
EOS C300, thereby originating equally high image quality, sharpness
and sensitivity. The industry-standard AVCHD file-compression
codec records HD video at data rates up to 24 Mbps and integrates
easily into post-production workflows. The EOS C100 uses the
cost-effective, easy-to-procure SD-format memory card (using two
slots for Relay Recording or double slot recording). A single 32GB
card can record almost three hours at the highest recording data
rate of 24 Mbps.
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