Finally, after lot of speculations Japanese camera major Canon has announced the launch of EOS C300 Mark III. AS per the announcement from Canon, it will be available for purchase in July but we are yet to hear about its price point.
Almost after 5 years of its predecessor EOS C300 Mark II, Canon has announced its Mark III version and is targeted at video production segment from across Cinema, broadcasting, TV Studios, documentary film makers and OTT platforms.
While we are yet to get our hands on this beast, here are few teaser features which we are sure are enough to blow your mind off.

Features at a Glance

In appearance EOS C300 Mark III looks almost like EOS C500 Mark II and reason for uncanny resemblance is simple – both have the same body. The touch screen is also that of C500 Mark II. Its modular design allows photographer to customize the camera while shooting in the field, making it highly flexible across different video platforms.
Its power features include:

  • 4K Super 35mm CMOS Dual Gain Output sensor (DGO sensor)
  • Internal Cinema Light Recording
  • Dual Pixel Autofocus
  • DIGIC DV 7 video processing platform
  • Dual Gain Output (DGO)
  • 120 fps at 4K
  • 4K Cinema RAW Light at 10- or 12-bit
  • 2K RAW (in Super 16mm Crop) at 10- or 12-bit
  • XF-AVC (MXF) at 4:2:2 10-bit ALL-I or LongGOP
  • 5-Axis In Body Image Stabilisation

Because of its 4K Super 35mm CMOS DGO Sensor, it is able to shoot 4K/60p footage with almost 16 Stops of Dynamic Range.
Thanks to its Dual Gain Output Sensor, it achieves remarkably clean low light image. It reads out every pixel on the sensor with dual amplification levels: one high gain and one low gain. These levels are then merged at pixel level accuracy to get a final output at an unbelievable dynamic range of 16 Stops.
In the meantime, Canon has also announced two new EF Cinema Servo lenses viz CN10x25 IAS S/E1 (EF Mount) and CN10x25 IAS S/P1 (PL Mount). Both these lenses will also be available for purchase in July.

Conclusion

This new addition in the arsenal of Canon for serious video shooters is some powerhouse which will certainly create flutter across industry. Its talking point is its sensor and it will be interesting to see first how Canon prices it and second how industry responds to it. A must buy for all serious cinematographers.