Canon EOS C100 Review

The Canon EOS C100 Cinema EOS Camera with Dual Pixel CMOS AF and 24-105mm f/4L Lens is a combination of the EOS C100 tiny Full HD 1080p camera and a versatile zoom lens that covers a range of focal lengths from medium-wide to telephoto on the camera’s Super 35mm-sized CMOS image sensor.

A new continuous focusing option has been added to this EOS C100 thanks to an upgrade to both the hardware and the firmware. All Canon autofocus lenses benefit from the constant AF mode’s usage of the Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology, which enables faster, smoother, and more accurate autofocusing.

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Added Advantages and Functions

  • Standard and RGB modes available on the waveform monitor
  • Aids for exposure and focus include peaking, zebra, magnifying, edge monitor focus assist, and black and white mode.
  • Drop Frame (DF) or Non-Drop Frame (NDF) Timecode
  • Timecode modes: Regen, Record Run, Free Run
  • Nice Personalized Picture Profiles are accessible on the camera, and the user can save up to 20 of them on an SD card.
  • Adjustments to the following settings can be made in order to personalize picture profiles: assignable function buttons for Gamma, Black, Black Gamma, Low Key Saturation, Knee, Sharpness, Noise Balance, Color Correction, and Setup Level 15
  • It is possible to select color bars that adhere to the SMPTE, EBU, or ARIB standards.

The Canon EOS C100 can capture 1080p video at a maximum of 24 Mbps using the AVCHD format. In addition, it can record over three hours of high-definition video on a single 32GB memory card because it is compatible with dual SD, SDHC, and SDXC memory cards. This is made possible by the efficient AVCHD codec.

You can also record clear, uncompressed 4:2:2 video with embedded timecode via the HDMI output, which makes this device suitable for professional applications. In addition, operators can spend less time reviewing the camera settings and more time recording cinematic footage thanks to additional capabilities such as One-Shot AF and Push Auto Iris.

The Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Lens provides a sizeable focal range while maintaining a maximum aperture of f/4 across the whole zoom range. In addition, the lens can autofocus and is fully compatible with the Dual Pixel CMOS AF found in the EOS C100, allowing continuous autofocusing.

Additionally, the lens features optical image stabilization, mitigating the negative impacts of camera shake. As a result, event videographers, documentarians, and independent filmmakers that work with small crews or run-and-gun shooting circumstances are great candidates for using the EOS C100 and the 24-105mm lens in conjunction with one another.

Canon Cinema EOS Camera Featuring Dual Pixel CMOS AF System: The EOS C100 (Body Only)
The Canon EOS C100 Cinema EOS Camera with Dual Pixel CMOS AF is an improved version of Canon’s tiny camera developed for event videographers, documentarians, and independent filmmakers. It comes equipped with dual-pixel CMOS autofocus.

By implementing Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology, this newly improved version adds a new continuous autofocus capability compatible with all Canon autofocus lenses. When working with a limited number of people, this new function will help users by providing quicker and more accurate autofocusing.

The EOS C100 and its more advanced sibling, the Canon C300, share the same Super 35mm Canon CMOS sensor and the DIGIC DV III image processor. Moreover, the camera is compatible with the Canon lenses designated as EF, EF-S, and EF Cinema because it has an EF lens mount.

This is especially helpful for photographers who use DSLR cameras and have already invested in Canon lenses. The AVCHD codec captures 1080p video at a maximum of 24 Mbps by the camera.

It can record over three hours of high-definition video on a single 32GB memory card because it is compatible with dual SD, SDHC, and SDXC memory cards. This is made possible by the efficient AVCHD codec. You can also record clear, uncompressed 4:2:2 video with embedded timecode via the HDMI output, which makes this device suitable for professional applications.

The EOS C100 has a simplified ergonomic design that allows one person to shoot with it. In addition, the camera has a versatile modular architecture that accommodates a range of shooting methods. In its most basic version, the camera weighs only 2.2 pounds. Operators can spend less time reviewing the camera settings and more time recording cinematic footage thanks to additional capabilities such as One-Shot AF and Push Auto Iris.

Technology for Autofocus with Dual Pixels of CMOS

This hardware upgrade adds an autofocus mode, which helps to ensure that precise focus and smooth transitions between focus states are achieved. In addition, throughnting Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology adds a new Continuous AF (Autofocus) mode that can be used with any autofocus lens.

Thanks to a new feature called AF Lock, you can now modify the image framing while maintaining the intended focus. This function is perfect for users who routinely film with smaller crews, photograph moving subjects, or desire smoother, more natural-looking autofocus. Other potential users include those who shoot with moving subjects.

The CMOS sensor used in Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology comprises an array of pixels, each with two photodiodes. Therefore, even when the subject of the photograph or the camera itself is moving, phase-difference autofocus helps maintain clear photos and smooth focus transitions by continuously comparing the outputs of the two lenses when the camera is in AF mode.

This new function prioritizes retaining accurate focus while giving a natural, smooth autofocus movement with a selection of Canon EF lenses, including newer-generation STM lenses, which offer even smoother and quieter performance than their predecessors.

Continual Taping or Recording

When you use the function that records in a continuous, nonstop manner, you can insert In and Out points into the movie whenever you hit the START/STOP button. Currently, the continuous recording function is compatible with the EDIUS Pro 7 software that Grass Valley offers.

320 to 80,000 ISO: Possible Settings

The Canon EOS C100 has improved light sensitivity over its predecessor thanks to its expanded ISO range, which now goes up to 80,000. This enables you to capture viable film during low-light and night shoots, even while using the lighting available to you or the illumination already present in the environment as your primary light source. Furthermore, if you can function in lower light levels, you can work more quickly with smaller teams and resources, which is great for independent filmmakers and filmmakers working on a low budget.

Menu Navigation via Camera Buttons

The buttons on the camera body can now be used to navigate the menus on the inside. In the past, the only way to manage the internal menus was by removing the joystick and replacing it with a removable joystick. However, today there are buttons on the back of the camera, just below the monitor that is built in. When the side grip is removed, you will still have access to the menus thanks to this feature.

Magnification and Location Shift for the Viewfinder

Using the joystick, you can manually shift the center of the camera’s magnification viewing area to one of 25 distinct spots throughout the image frame. In addition, camera operators may now quickly verify focus even on subjects situated farther from the center of the image frame, thanks to recent technological advancements.

Record Button Lock

Using the Key Lock setting, it can now lock all of the functions, including the record button. This helps prevent unintentional operation during a vital shoot, which could have been caused by the operator accidentally hitting the wrong button.

Provision of Support for the New Remote Controller

The new and versatile RC-V100 Remote Controller is expected to become available in the vicinity of June 2014, and it will give users complete access to all of the most critical user functions, including start-stop, shutter/gain adjustments, zoom/focus/iris control, custom picture values, white balance, black gamma, and more.

Altering the settings of the various menus is another possible use for the remote. Using the SETUP mode, you can personalize multiple user methods and operating models and a selection of critical rotary controls.

The RC-V100 receives its power from the camcorder attached to it with a cable that is 15 feet long. A USB port on the device enables the firmware to be upgraded to accommodate different remote-control functions in the future.

Support for Enhanced Correction of the Peripheral Lens

The latest firmware update has added Peripheral Illumination Correction Data for several Canon EF and Canon Cinema lenses. Peripheral Lens Correction helps eliminate vignetting and other types of light unevenness across the sensor by maintaining even illumination from corner to corner of each image frame. This is accomplished using specific lens characteristics such as focal length, aperture, and distance settings. In addition, peripheral Lens Correction helps eliminate vignetting. Visit the website of Canon to view a comprehensive listing of the supported lenses.

Super 35mm 8.3MP CMOS Sensor

Because it has a sensor that is the same size as traditional Super 35mm film, the C100 has an angle-of-view and depth of focus comparable to those of standard Super 35mm film. In addition, the sensor in the C100 delivers greater sensitivity and reduced noise in low light conditions since it has a native resolution of 8.3 megapixels and a larger pixel pitch than the sensors in typical professional camcorders.

Image Processor with DIGIC DV III Technology

The DIGIC DV III Image Processor was developed and manufactured by Canon specifically for the highest HD RGB processing. It uses Canon’s proprietary circuits and architecture to deliver the highest image quality at the highest speeds while consuming the least power and producing little heat.

It converts the RGB representations generated by the camera’s solitary CMOS sensor into three channels—red, blue, and green—to preserve the high resolution and accurate color reproduction that was previously achievable only with three-chip sensor designs.

Sensitivity to light that is low

Together, the Super 35mm sensor and the DIGIC DV III Image Processor can achieve a high signal-to-noise ratio, which enables recordings to have a significant amount of clarity and dynamic range even when there is only a tiny amount of available light.

Log gamma and wide dynamic range gamma from Canon.

Because Canon Log records a picture with muted contrast and sharpness, it maintains a high dynamic range but requires color grading after the fact to achieve the desired effect.

Twelve stops increase the image’s dynamic range due to Canon Log Gamma’s emphasis on rich gradients from the mid-range to the highlights. In addition, canon Log Gamma offers 5.3 stops above ideal exposure (and 6.7 stops of latitude below), broadening the possible dynamic range in color grading. This capability is available at ISO 850 and higher.

Wide DR Gamma is designed to provide finished-looking photographs without the need for any color grading in post-production. This is accomplished by reducing the image’s brightness while keeping the gradations intact. This results in a more comprehensive dynamic range.

Mount for EF lenses that use EF contacts

The C100 is fully compatible with the EF mount lenses that Canon is so well known for producing. Moreover, even specialized lenses like the 8-15mm f/4L Ultra-Wide Zoom fisheye lens and the 24mm f/3.5L II tilt shift lens from Canon are available with the C100.

When shooting with EF lenses, the Canon C100 has a feature called peripheral illumination correction that compensates for the gradual loss of light in the image’s four corners.

Multiple modes of recording and frame rates are available.

The EOS C100 can record in AVCHD at bit rates of up to 24Mbps (LPCM), and its highest resolution is 1920 by 1080. To accommodate the requirements of your production workflow, frame rates of 60i, 50i, 24p, 25p, PF30, and PF24 are all available to choose from. In addition to this, the rolling shutter artifacts are less noticeable with the 60i frame rate.

Relay recording of long takes across two SD cards is supported on the EOS C100, and the camera also can write footage to both cards simultaneously for redundancy in case one of the SD cards fails. In addition, the Pre REC mode provides a roughly three-second buffer before activating the tally light.

HDMI Output Without Compression and Timecode

The C100 can send an uncompressed signal out through the HDMI port. Because this transmission superimposes the timecode and the 2:3 pulldown marker, an external recorder and converter can interpret the HDMI output as an SDI signal. This is because the HDMI signal contains both the timecode and the quality. A quick backup is provided by external recorders, which also assists in the process of streamlining post-production procedures.

Design That Is Both Space-Saving and User-Friendly

The EOS C100 was developed with a single photographer in mind regarding its target audience. As a result, it is 85% smaller than the Canon C300, 14.5 ounces (410 grams) lighter, and based on a mobile core design that allows extra accessories to be mounted depending on the situation. Additionally, it has a viewfinder that is 85% larger than the viewfinder on the Canon C300.

You can use the EOS C100 in a “run-and-gun” mode with as few attachments as possible or enhance the camera with all available camera-mounted accessories. For example, you don’t need overly large and cumbersome gear to shoot dual-camera 3D footage if you have a camera with a small body.

Because of its low weight, it decreases the tiredness that users experience and enables even complex rigging systems to remain mobile enough to be operated by a single person. In addition, the replaceable accessory hand grip of the EOS C100 can spin a full 360 degrees to provide comfortable shooting positions. The hardware buttons may be customized to suit the user’s tastes in how they want to shoot.

The stereo microphone and XLR inputs are on the detachable top handle.

The C100 has a top-mounted handle unit with two XLR connectors and a microphone shock mount. This item is included in the package. XLR connections provide a high-quality audio input for professional-grade microphones and make it possible to record audio at a rate of two channels at 48 kHz linear PCM (24 Mbps).

Integrated LCD Display and High-Resolution Electronic Viewfinder

Use the 1.56 million dot-equivalent 0.24-inch monitor to precisely verify the image’s focus, composition, and exposure “electronic viewfinder with a one hundred percent coverage area. The 3.5 built-in microphones “The 920k dot LCD can rotate 180 degrees to protect the screen when it is not in use and tilts 100 degrees to provide the photographer more options when shooting difficult perspective photos. You can review the footage using the LCD and view the waveform monitor on the EOS C100.

AVCHD recording based on files stored on SD cards

AVCHD is a high-efficiency codec that has rapidly become a standard in professional and consumer video markets. The EOS C100 records video to SDHC/SDXC cards using this codec. The maximum bit rate is 24 megabits per second. Video files larger than 2GB are divided into multiple files during the recording process. These individual files are then automatically linked together when using Canon Data Import. In addition, the AVCHD video codec is the default for Blu-ray discs and is extensively supported by most non-linear editing (NLE) systems.

Completely Manual Operation with Various Focusing Aids

The EOS C100 provides total user control over every aspect of the recording process through manual controls. You can make your unique picture settings, camera operations, and display options and then recall them later.

Both the electronic viewfinder (EVF) and the LCD monitor of the camera come equipped with several highly effective and user-friendly focusing aids that make it simple to determine the critical focus distance. In addition, peaking Modes and Magnify Focus Modes can be used regardless of whether the camera is in standby or recording mode.

In addition, the LCD has an Edge Panel Display, where green waveforms indicate the overall focus of the scene and red waveforms provide input regarding the direction of the three focus check boxes visible on the LCD monitor.

One-Shot Autofocus & Pushing the Iris Auto

One-Shot AF executes focus adjustments with a dedicated button, and the Push Auto Iris button automatically adjusts the lens’s aperture to easily and quickly keep the exposure in the correct range. Even when the mode is manual, it is still possible to access both capabilities.

Built-in ND Filters

When shooting in extremely bright surroundings, neutral density filters are frequently necessary to prevent overexposure while maintaining the ability to use optimal shutter and aperture settings. The C100 has built-in ND filters in three different densities, giving it four different ND setups (OFF, two stops, four stops, and six visits). A manual dial is used to activate the built-in neutral density filters.

Remote Terminal

Use the EOS C100’s LANC-compatible remote terminal to exercise remote control over the camera. Even in complex rigging scenarios, a single person can handle the remote operation because of its one-person operating capability.

Canon EOS C100 Specs

Lens CommunicationYes, with Autofocus Support
Sensor Type24.6 x 13.8 mm (Super35)
Built-In ND FilterMechanical Filter Wheel with 2 Stop (1/4), 4 Stop (1/16), and 6 Stop (1/64) ND Filters
Gain-6 to 30 dB (Expanded)
0 to 24 dB (Native)
Shutter Angle11.25 to 360°
Gamma CurveCanon Log, Wide DR
Built-In Microphone TypeStereo
Audio Recording2-Channel 16-Bit 48 kHz
Video I/O1 x HDMI Output
Audio I/O2 x 3-Pin XLR (+48 V Phantom Power) Input
1 x 1/8″ / 3.5 mm TRS Stereo Input
1 x 1/8″ / 3.5 mm TRS Stereo Headphone Output
Power I/O1 x Barrel Input
Other I/O1 x 2.5 mm Sub-Mini (LANC) Control Input
1 x Mini-USB


Operating Temperature32 to 104°F / 0 to 40°C
Battery TypeCanon BP-9 Series
Accessory Mount1 x 1/4″-20 Female
1 x Cold Shoe Mount

Packaging Info

Package Weight9.5 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)15.1 x 10.8 x 10.6″

Canon EF 24-105mm F/4L IS USM Lens Specs

Focal Length24 to 105mm
Maximum Aperturef/4
Minimum Aperturef/22
Lens MountCanon EF
Lens Format CoverageFull-Frame
Angle of View84° to 23° 20′
Minimum Focus Distance17.72″ / 45 cm
Maximum Magnification0.23x
Optical Design18 Elements in 13 Groups
Diaphragm Blades8, Rounded
Focus TypeAutofocus
Image StabilizationYes
Filter Size77 mm (Front)
Dimensions (ø x L)3.29 x 4.21″ / 83.5 x 107 mm
Weight1.47 lb / 670 g

Packaging Info

Package Weight2.03 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)7.8 x 5.5 x 5.4″

Canon EOS C100 Price

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Canon EOS C100 FAQs

How old is the Canon C100?

The Canon C100 was introduced to the public for the first time in 2012, placing its age at approximately 11 years as of 2023.

Is Canon C100 full frame?

The Canon C100 is not a full-frame camera, despite popular belief. Instead, it has a camera that is Super 35mm.

Is the Canon C100 broadcast quality?

The Canon C100 is a camera with characteristics of broadcast quality and is considered suitable for professional use.

Does C100 have autofocus?

The Canon C100 does have autofocus, but there are circumstances in which its performance might not be as good as that of some other cameras.

Does Canon C100 have WIFI?

The Canon C100 does have autofocus, but there are circumstances in which its performance might not be as good as that of some other cameras.

Is Canon C100 a DSLR?

It is essential to note that the Canon C100 is not a DSLR but a digital theater camera.

What resolution is Canon C100?

Full high-definition (Full HD) is represented by the Canon C100’s resolution of 1920 by 1080.

Is Canon C100 good in low light?

Because of its large camera and broad dynamic range, the Canon C100 has earned a reputation for delivering exceptional results even in dim lighting.

Does Canon C100 have a built-in mic?

The Canon C100 does come equipped with a single internal microphone and two XLR connectors that can be used with external microphones.


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