While all signs have been, and continue to point at an eventful showing from Canon at this year’s NAB show and conference, most of the perceived reports thus far have landed on a long-awaited showcase of the previously hinted 4K DSLR, first teased at the C300’s launch event late last year. Although recent news and conventional wisdom have seemingly confirmed Canon’s 4K foreseeable future, the latest murmurings around the rumor mills have opened a brand new discussion, one in which calls for, not one, but two new additions to Canon’s Cinema EOS video camera line.
Quick News – Although information has been scarce on the expected worldwide availability of the EOS C300, Canon Japan confirmed that the company’s digital cinema offering will hit the Japanese market this Tuesday, January 31st, for 1.5 million yen, or just above $19,000 at current conversion rates.
The PL-mount version is expected to make landfall in the region this March.
B&H has opened up pre-orders on the Canon EOS C300, revealing a concrete price-point at which U.S. retailers will start to move Canon’s digital cinema camera out the door for. Both the EF and PL mount C300 bodies will set you back $15,999, while the Canon cine-zooms could be yours for a mere $40,000+ (ouch!):
Philip Bloom is sure making the most of his time with the pre-production Canon EOS C300 he has been sent to check out. We’ve already seen his video review and test footage from the camera and now we have part one of a quick camera shootout to munch-on between the Sony F3, Sony FS100, Sony NEX-5N, Panasonic AF101, Canon 7D, Nikon D7000, Panasonic GH2, and, of course, the Canon EOS C300.
The world can now sleep a little tighter this Christmas as Mr. Bloom himself has revealed his personal thoughts of the time spent with Canon’s EOS C300. I won’t do Philip the disservice of reintegrating his likes and dislikes, which have been covered thoughtfully in the video above, but hopefully his opinions of the camera won’t be met with the same backlash the prior review of the RED Scarlet was met with… Hopefully.
Inspired by a recent Planet5D poll, and due to the fact that the Canon EOS C300′s price seems to be as grey as a clouded winter morning, I thought I would turn the question to The Digital Visual readers and see where the general consensus lies.
Giving further credibility to the initial reports of a Canon EOS-C300 price drop comes this rather interesting piece of information from Joel Conder, revealing possible evidence to support the recent speculation. Here’s what Condor found when visiting the Visual Impact Group, Europe’s leading broadcast equipment rental and sales company:
Quick News - If you just can’t get enough Canon EOS-C300 or RED Scarlet X information, taking a glimpse at each camera’s owner’s manuals might satiate that fix. The official operation guides are now available for both cameras and can be downloaded here:
Jon Yi, freelance director and cinematographer, was contacted by Canon before the announcement of the EOS C300 and was granted the rare opportunity to shoot with Canon’s new digital cinema offering for one full week, all in the hopes of creating a video detailing his thoughts and experiences with the camera. Sounds great, right? Well, it seems Canon wasn’t so pleased with the lighthearted, albeit incredibly informative, results.