It shoots at 4K up to 120fps and is built around a new sensor design

Canon is launching the C300 Mk III – a 4K (up to 120fps) HDR camera with a newly developed 4K CMOS DGO (Dual Gain Output) sensor offering 16+ stops of dynamic range.

It sits alongside the Canon C500 Mk II, which was released last year. It looks identical to the C500 Mk II with the same modular design and the controls in the same place. It also shares accessories with the C500 and C700.

David Parry, product marketing specialist, Canon, told Broadcast: “Internally is where the differences are [between the C300 Mk III and the C500 Mk II]. The C300 Mk III has a newly developed sensor, which is a new imagery system providing exceptionally clean low light picture quality. The sensor actually creates two images - highlights and darker - and puts these together into a single HDR image.”

The DGO sensor “massively reduces noise levels,” adds Parry.

For high-speed filming, the camera shoots in 4K up to 120 fps, and 2K crop up to 180 fps.

Parry says Canon has worked to enhance power consumption, add efficiencies and reduce heat, which gives the C300 Mk III 130-minutes of recording time between battery changes.

Canon is pitching the camera at a range of genres - documentaries and commercials to corporate videos and dramas.

It internally records 4K Cinema RAW Light, which Canon says “provides all the benefits of a RAW file in terms of flexibility in post-production, but in a smaller file size.”

The camera can also record internally in Canon XF-AVC at 4K DCI and UHD at 4:2:2 10-bit, as well as 2K and Full HD.

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.

Addressing how Canon is managing to produce the camera during the Covid-19 pandemic, Parry said: “We have factories all over the place, and have contingencies available to make the product.”

The EOS C300 Mark III will be available from June. It will cost £10,499 (inc VAT).

Canon EOS C300 Mark III Key Features

    •    New Super 35mm 4K CMOS DGO (Dual Gain Output) sensor

    •    16+ stops of dynamic range

    •    4K 120P high-speed supported

    •    Multiple internal recording options:

    •    4K Cinema RAW Light 10-bit or 12-bit

    •    2K RAW recording in Super 16mm Crop, 10-bit or 12-bit

    •    XF-AVC (MXF) recording, 4:2:2 10-bit ALL-I or LongGOP

    •    Up to 120P 4K RAW or XF-AVC recording, up to 180P in Super 16mm crop 2K/FHD.

    •    User changeable lens mount (EF, PL or EF Cinema Lock)

    •    Modular design with optional expansion modules and EVF