Canon has officially launched the EOS C300 Mark III camera and the CN10X25 IAS S, a versatile, 8K-capable 25-250mm power zoom CINE-SERVO lens.
The EOS C300 Mark III camera. (Source: Canon.)
The third-generation model in the Cinema EOS System, the EOS C300 Mark III features a new Super 35mm 4K CMOS DGO (Dual Gain Output) sensor, modular design and the ability to record in multiple formats. The DGO sensor is compatible with Dual Pixel CMOS AF and provides clean low light picture quality with outstanding HDR acquisition. Each pixel on the DGO sensor is read out with two different amplification levels – one high and one low. These are combined to create a single image, optimising the higher amplification to capture clean details in darker areas, while the lower amplification read out is optimised to capture details in brighter areas. When combined, at pixel-level accuracy, HDR output can exceed 16-stops of dynamic range.
The EOS C300 Mark III camera kit. (Source: Canon.)
The new sensor also has the ability to record up to 120fps in 4K Cinema RAW Light or non-raw XF-AVC format. With XF-AVC recordings users can choose between ALL-I and Long GOP compression and when recording 2K or Full HD in Super 35mm, footage is captured with the 4K sensor’s full capabilities. It is downsampled internally to the resolution selected by the user, providing an uncompromised field of view of the lens in use. Users can configure the camera using two different optional Expansion Units (EU-V1 and EU-V2), both of which add extra connection terminals to the camera body. The lens mount can be changed between EF, PL and EF Cinema Lock mounts without the need to send the camera to an Authorised Service Centre.
The new CN10X25 IAS S CINE-SERVO lens. (Source: Canon.)
Designed to meet the requirements for both broadcast and cinema productions and compatible with Super 35mm and Full Frame sensor cameras; the CN10X25 IAS S CINE-SERVO lens can be used for 4K and 8K recordings. It is ideal for filming high-quality productions across a wide range of genres such as drama, commercials, sports and documentary. Producing ‘cinematic’ images that are sharp from centre to edges, this power zoom lens has an 11-blade iris diaphragm that creates attractive bokeh with warm colour tones.
Its 25-250mm zoom range can be pushed to an impressive 375mm with the built-in 1.5x optical extender, which can also enlarge the image size to make it compatible with 35mm full frame sensor cameras like the EOS C500 Mark II. The ergonomic drive unit of the CN10X25 IAS S is detachable and its lens mount is interchangeable between an EF and PL mounts, supporting EF communication with EF mount and Cooke/i Technology with PL mount. Both 12-pin serial and 20-pin connectors are provided.