Canon has announced its new Cinema EOS C300 cameras and a quiver of lenses to go with them: a 30-300mm T2.95-3.7 zoom, a 14.5-60mm T2.6 wide zoom and 24mm, 50mm and 85mm primes. The C300 has a 4K super-35 CMOS sensor (4096 x 2160 pixels) and is available in PL and EF mounts. So far, it will record Canon’s XF codec to dual CF cards at 50 Mbps 8-bit 422. The body alone weighs 5.6 lbs. There will be an optional Wi-Fi transmitter for camera control via iPad, iPhone (or most any tablet or smart phone). Canon says the C300 will be available in January 2012 and is expected to start at $20G.
Let’s hope that a 444 output is in the works so we can bypass the in-camera compression and record to the off-board device of our choice. The C300 may need this option to compete with the Sony F3. Either way, I’m looking forward to getting my hands on one somehow in the new year.