So I thought it would be fun to do a review of the Canon C300. But I remembered there are hundreds of reviews out there about the C300.
You can see comparison shots, how wide the dynamic range is, and how easy it is to use. You can see how it reacts to skin tones (which is really quite good) but what I wanted to do is tell you why I love working with it.
First let me talk about what I've been shooting with the past few years. Ever since the 5D Mark two came out everyone is been enjoying an oversized sensor. People wanted things that had great awesome depth of field, looks good in low light, and was compact and easy-to-use. Very quickly, people started asking for my 5D Mark two instead of the HVX 200.
It didn't take long to find many different things about the 5Dmk2 that I didn't like. Monitoring things was a pain. It was hard to find focus, and exposure was sometimes hard to judge on the internal LCD. The image did look great, if it was exposed right but if it was under or over exposed it didn't look awesome when you fixed it in post. It was finicky. And it didn't fit into a regular set workflow very easily.
In April of 2012 I got My Canon C300. The day I got it we started production on a three day short for friend of mine. The camera was awesome. We were up and running within 15 or 20 minutes of opening the box. We quickly set it to cinema lock and just started shooting.
We finished a short in the next week started working on short pieces to go to a air. That meant there was a short turnaround. That meant that we sent the footage to the production house the same day we finished shooting. The good part about that was the picture profile that the seat 300 hats. We were able to find a picture profiled the production company liked, record with those settings, and we were ready to go. We overnighted the files to the production company that again and editing the very next day. If I would've had a scarlet it would've not been able to use the footage so quickly.
The cameras compact lightweight and modular design means that it will fit with most any of the productions that I deal with. Whether it's a two-person guerrilla style shoot downtown in a city, or full production, the camera can expand or contract so to be whatever I need it to be. And not sacrifice on image quality at all.
All the things that bugged me about the SLR shooting are gone. There are proper audio inputs so we don't have to shoot dual system sound. Rolling shutter is virtually gone. Moiré is virtually gone. There's HD SDI for my monitors. Or even HDMI if you need that.
Let me take a second and focus on focus. With other cameras like the AF100, HVX 200, Sony F3 etc, one of the things that bugged me about those cameras was the monitor. It wasn't big enough it wasn't bright enough to see outside, and it is hard to judge critical focus without an external monitor. The C300 fixes a lot of those things it's awesome monitor. it's bright, ( I can even see it outside without a lens hood) it's got two different forms of peaking, and it's viewing angle is quite wide so I can share. But I don't need to share because I can add another monitor using the HD SDI output if I want.
It's so much easier to judge exposure with the on board waveform monitor vectorscope and zebras. Some cameras exclude that. Some cameras just give you a histogram, but histogram can't tell you what specifically is overexposed or clipping. I like to know more about what I'm shooting.
If I was forced to give a short bottom line answer to why I like to see 300 that have to be this. It maintains a professional beautiful image while being versatile enough to meet many different forms of shooting.
Don't you think you read enough? I would you like to see 300 your camera for your next project? I'm sure you love it.