Canon Cinema EOS C300: A Dissenting View
Disappointed is a weak word...
By Bruce A Johnson | November 07, 2011
I know, there have been a million opinions shot over the Internet over the last three days regarding canon's new Cinema EOS C300 camera. About half point out it's great feature set, and about half seem to point out every flaw it has in comparison to RED Epic. Whatever, all that's fine. Me, I'm dissapointed for an entirely different reason:
Where's the killer Canon camera for the tens - to hundreds-of-thousands of us that actually work in television? When I reviewed the Canon XF305 a year ago, I was very impressed with the package, with a few caveats - chief among them the 1/3" chipset. If Canon can jam a 35mm CMOS into the D5 mkII, why not the same hardware in a form-factor that a real TV production crew could easily use? And in a package that can sit on your shoulder?
When I got my invitation to the Canon press event, I was really excited. I even planned to fly from the Midwest to LA just to see the announcement. Luckily, I was offered some freelance work before I bought the plane ticket, but I watched for news on my smartphone in every bit of downtime. And when the news came out...what a letdown. The EOS C300 does nothing for me... and in fact, doesn't seem to do much of anything for anybody until you outfit it with tens of thousands of dollars in accessories, including audio and timecode adapters, lenses, rails, grips, you name it.
Maybe I'm missing something here, but I have to figure that there are many more video pros actually making a daily living than there are folks that will ever make money off their films. If I'm wrong, say so, but that's the way I see it. I've used - and generally loved - Canon video cameras since the XL1 came out 13 years ago. Please, Canon, I beg you - put a 35mm chip, a good audio section, swappable lenses, the 50Mb codec, 10-bit HD-SDI out and SMPTE timecode in and out into a $10K shoulder-mount package. You'll have a line flowing out the door for miles.
But in the meantime, I'm dismayed at the EOS C300. I guess I should be old enough by now not to get my hopes up so easily.
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