Canon Announces C100 Camcorders and Four New Lenses for the EOS C-System

Canon must really love videographers. How else do you explain that they just introduced one new camcorder and four new lenses to their EOS C-system? As a reminder, the EOS C-system is Canon’s videography derivative of their EOS DSLR system. Both systems share the same EF mount, so lenses made for either system can be used on the respective other system.

Previously, the EOS C-system consisted of the C300 camcorder and a five EF cinema lenses, two zooms and three primes. Today, the following new EOS C products have been announced:

Canon EOS C100

The Canon EOS C100 is set up to be the entry-level EOS C camcorder, positioned below the EOS C300. It is aimed primarily at non-professional users or productions that do not require the quality of the higher-end models. It features the same Super 35mm 16:9 aspect ratio CMOS sensor as the C300, as well as the same DIGIC DV III image processor. This means that image quality-wise, the C100 plays in the same leage as its larger C300 sibling. Further notable features of the C100 are:

  • ISO range from 320–20,000
  • 8.29 megapixels effective resolution
  • 1/2000 sec min. shutter speed
  • mechanical ND filter system up to 6 stops
  • Full HD AVCHD video recording
  • max. bitrate 24 Mbps
  • 4:2:2 color space
  • 60i/PF30/PF24/24p/50i/PF25 framerates
  • 24 Mbps, 2-channel, 16-Bi,t 48 kHz, linear PCM audio
  • Dolby Digital AC3
  • 2 external XLR inputs, one 3.5 mm microphone jack
  • 1.5 million dot 16:9 electronic viewfinder
  • 3.5″, 922k dot 16:9 LCD screen


Besides the new EOS C camcorder model, Canon has today announced the following new EF Cinema Lenses:

  • CN-E15.5-47mm T2.8 L S/SP wide-angle zoom
  • CN-E30-105mm T2.8 L S/SP telephoto zoom

Both lenses feature low-refraction, low-dispersion UD (ultra-low dispersion) glass to correct for axial and lateral chromatic aberrations and 11-blade aperture diaphragms. Both lenses weigh in at approx. 2.2 kg and have an approx. 300° focus throw for exact manual focusing. By removing the cover ring, users can easily perform flange-back adjustment.

In addition two the above two zoom lenses, Canon announced development of two additional EF Cinema prime lenses:

  • EF 14mm T3.1 cinema prime lens
  • EF 135mm T2.2 cinema prime lens

Pricing and Availability

The Canon EOS C500 and C500 PL 4K Digital Cinema Cameras are scheduled to be available in October for an estimated list price of $30,000. The Canon EOS C100 Digital Video Camera is scheduled to be available in November 2012 for an estimated list price of $7,999.

The Canon CN-E15.5-47mm T2.8 L S/SP wide-angle cinema zoom lens is expected to be available in November 2012 and the CN-E30-105mm T2.8 L S/SP telephoto cinema zoom lens is expected to be available in January 2013, both for an estimated list price of $24,500 each.

The 14mm T3.1 and 135mm T2.2 EF cinema prime lenses are expected to be available in the first half of 2013, and will be showcased from September 6 – 11, 2012 at IBC2012 in Amsterdam.

For more information on the EOS C system, please visit Canon’s website.

Canon EOS C products can be purchased online from B&H Photo.

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