Canon C300 Mk II 4K Camera for Hire

Our thoughts on the Canon C300 II

The 4K Canon C300 Mk II is a significant development from the C300. The way it deals with colour overcomes the limitations of the previous model. Although this camera is not the most flexible on the market and is limited in terms of frame rates, what it does do it does extremely well.

You only have to pick up the Canon C300 Mk II to notice the build quality is considerably better than many of the cameras on the market. The previous model proved to be extremely reliable and surprisingly tough. The Canon C300 Mk II is a camera that gives you confidence and produces images of real quality.


The Canon C300 Mk II is a new 4K video camera allowing filmmakers and broadcast producers to realise their creative vision in stunning cinematic detail.

Building on the unprecedented success of the acclaimed EOS C300, the more rugged Canon C300 Mk II features an advanced imaging engine with dual DIGIC DV5 processors, new professional codecs and outstanding dynamic range, making it the most capable, flexible and accessible Cinema EOS video camera you can hire.

Supreme 4K image quality and versatility
With the ability to record 10-bit 4:2:2 files at up to 410Mbps in 4K, or 10/12-bit 4:4:4 files in 2K/Full HD with up to 15 stops of dynamic range,the Canon C300 Mk II provides footage suitable for extensive post-production work, producing crisper images across the full colour spectrum with reduced “colour bleed”.

The Canon C300 Mk II offers professional filmmakers and broadcasters the best image quality. By recording 4K in both broadcast (3840 x 2160) and DCI cinematic (4096 x 2160) resolutions.

The Canon C300 Mk II can record high bitrate 4K files internally to dual CFast 2.0™ media. Simultaneously it can record 4K RAW files to an external recorder. offering the flexibility and universal appeal for production at the highest quality available today.

The Canon C300 Mk II’s ability to record, 2K/Full HD Proxy files, to an internal SD further streamlines the production workflow process.

The new Canon C300 Mk II’s Super 35mm CMOS sensor and an increased ISO range up to ISO 102,400 deliver exceptional low light performance. This allows operators to capture low-noise footage across a variety of challenging environments. Without compromising on image quality.

To meet the requirements of a diverse range of shooting applications, the Canon C300 Mk II offers both full manual control, ideal for cinematic environments, as well as automatic modes. These include, enhanced Dual Pixel CMOS AF (now covering approx. 80% of the frame vertically and 80% horizontally), auto white balance and Face Detection AF, all making it easier for independent news gatherers and documentary filmmakers to shoot on the go.

Instant integration into professional workflows
The Canon C300 Mk II’s new range of XF-AVC H.264 codecs, designed to be compatible with industry standard Non-Linear Edit systems, makes integrating both 4K and 2K/Full HD footage into workflows effortless, while maintaining the highest image quality.The Canon C300 Mk II’s features XF-AVC intra for 4K, and XF-AVC Long GOP and Proxy options for 2K/Full HD recording, both of which utilise H.264 codec, offering post production flexibility and ease of use. Filmmakers can select the resolution and codec type that best suits their production,with the Canon C300 Mk II capable of shooting at up to 30P in 4K or up to 120P in 2K/Full HD. The Canon C300 Mk II offers support for a wide range of colour space options, including BT.2020, the Canon Cinema Gamut and DCI-P3. The Canon C300 Mk II is also the first Cinema EOS model to feature brand new Canon Log2 technology, which enables the 15-stops of dynamic range, significantly widerthan previous Cinema EOS cameras.The Canon C300 Mk II offers new versatility for sound recording too, supporting 4-channel audio recording in 16 or 24 bitand 48 kHz.


Image Sensor


Super35mm type CMOS


RGB primary colour filter (Bayer array)

Total pixels per sensor

9.84 megapixels

Effective pixels per sensor

Approx. 8.85 megapixels when 4096 x 2160/2048 x 1080 resolution selected
Approx.8.29 megapixels when 3840 x 2160 or 1920 x 1080 resolution selected

Dynamic Range

With Canon Log gamma: 800%
With Canon Log2 Gamma 1600%
(ISO 850 or above/gain 2.5 dB or more)

Horizontal Resolution

Up to 1800 TV lines or more depends 0n shooting resolution and on lens used.


Lens Mount

Canon EF Mount. EF with Cinema Lock or PL mount available (optional upgrade)

Focal length adjustment

3840 x 2160 or 1920 x 1080 resolution: Actual focal length x approx. 1.53
4096 x 2160 or 2048 x 1080 resolution: Actual focal length x approx. 1.46
As indicated for EF-S lenses and Canon cine zoom lenses

Peripheral illumination correction

YES (dependent on lens used)

ND filter

6 glass filters in camera body: 2 stops; 4 stops; 6 stops,8 stops,10 stops¹. Operate via body, wireless control or via RC-V100 Remote Control Unit.

Focus control

Via lens, wireless control or wired remote (dependent on lens used) One shot AF with EF Lenses
including Cine Servo lens range¹.
(Not available with Manual Focus, CINEMA Zoom or Prime lenses).

Iris control

Via body, grip, wireless control or wired remote. Push AI available with EF lens (Not available with CINEMA lenses)
1/2-stop, 1/3-stop or FINE control.
Possible to maintain constant F-number during zoom.

Image stabilization system

Depends on lens used

Image Processor




Video storage media

CFast2.0™ and SD card supported. Simultaneous Recording to CFast2.0™ and External Device possible

Recording time

Depending on card used and resolution/ bit rate selected

Recording file format

XF-AVC (Material eXchange Format (MXF))

Recording Standard

Video Compression: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
Audio Recording: Linear PCM (16bit/24bit- 48kHz – 4ch)
File Format: XF-AVC (MXF)
Bit rate: Intra 410/225/220/110Mbps, LongGOP 50Mbps
Long GOP: 35 or 24 Mbps (for proxy recording on SD cards)

Recording format: CFast 2.0™ Card

Intraframe recording
Resolution: 4096×2160/3840×2160/2048×1080/1920×1080 Signal configuration: YCC422 10bit/(*)RGB444 (12bit/10bit)
(*) Only with 2048×1080 or 1920×1080; 29.97P, 23.98P, 25.00P and 24.00P
Long GOP recording
Resolution: 2048×1080/1920×1080
Signal configuration: YCC422 10bit

Recording format: SD Card

Movies: Long GOP recording only (*)
Resolution: 2048×1080/1920×1080
Signal configuration: YCC420 8bit Photo: JPEG
Resolution: 2048×1080/1920×1080
(*) Proxy recording using low bit rate

Recording frame rate

59.94 Hz: 59.94i/59.94P/29.97P/23.98P (Depending on resolution selected)
50.00Hz: 50.00i/50.00P/25.00P (Depending on resolution selected
24.Hz: 24.00P

Slow/Fast motion

2K (2048×1080/1920×1080) 1 to 60 FPS
2K CROP (*1)(2048×1080/1920×1080) max 120 FPS
4K (4096×2160/3840×2160) 1 – 30 FPS
2K (2048×1080/1920×1080) max 60 FPS**
2K CROP * (2048×1080/1920×1080) max 120 FPS **
4K (4096×2160/3840×2160 max 30 FPS
2K (2048×1080/1920×1080) max 120 FPS **
2K CROP * (2048×1080/1920×1080) max 120 FPS**
2K (2048×1080/1920×1080) 1 – 50 FPS
2K CROP * (2048×1080/1920×1080) max 100FPS **
4K (4096×2160/3840×2160) 1 – 25 FPS
2K (2048×1080/1920×1080) max 50 FPS **
2K CROP * (2048×1080/1920×1080) max 100FPScz**
4K (4096×2160/3840×2160) max 30 FPS
2K (2048×1080/1920×1080) max 60 FPS**
2K CROP * (2048×1080/1920×1080) max 100FPS**

Interval Record


Frame Record


Pre Record (cache record)


Relay Recording


Double Slot (simultaneous) Recording


Scan Reverse

Yes: Both / Vertical/ Horizontal /Off

HD->SD conversion


Internal Data Transfer

Yes. Clips can be copied from CFast2.0™ to CFast2.0™ card internally in Media Mode.

Photo storage media

SD Card

Still quality

2048 x 1080/1920 x 1080




4” (10.1 cm diagonal) color wide-screen LCD with 16:9 aspect ratio


Approx. 1.23 million dots (854 x RGB x 480), 100% field of view

Image quality adjustments

Super High, High or Normal can be selected as the luminance adjustment. Others are
same as for the viewfinder.



Waveform Monitor


Focus Assist










0.46” (1.18 cm on the diagonal), color organic EL display with a wide-screen 16:9 aspect ratio


Organic LED


Approx. 1770,000 dots (1024 x RGB x 576)

Image quality adjustments

Adjustment of the viewfinder brightness, contrast, color, sharpness and luminance
boosting (on/off) can be performed (using menu settings).



Correction lens

+2.0 to -5.5 diopter


Audio in

Yes: 2x XLR input on monitor unit, 3.5mm input on Camera Body

Headphone output

Yes Output impedance 50Ω or less, Reference signal output level 50Ω or less
Reference signal output level -∞ to -12 dBV (with 16Ω load, volume from MIN to MAX)

Video/Audio output

MON., REC OUT terminals: BNC Jack
Video[HD]: SMPTE 292, SMPTE 274 [3G]: SMPTE 424, SMPTE 425
Audio[HD]: SMPTE ST 299-1 [3G]: SMPTE ST 299-2
Output impedance 75Ω, Output signal level 0.8Vp-p


HDMI terminal (type A) Complies with HDMI specifications. Video/Audio output

IEEE 1394 (Firewire)




Time code

BNC jack (input/output)


BNC jack (also serves as the SYNC OUT terminal) Signal level 1.0 Vp-p, Input impedance 10KΩ


BNC jack (also serves as the SYNC OUT terminal) Signal level 1.0 Vp-p, Input impedance 10KΩ

LCD Monitor Input/Output

VIDEO terminal Canon’s proprietary specifications (special 13-pin jack)
AUDIO terminal Canon’s proprietary specifications (special 13-pin jack)

Component out


AV terminal


DC input


Remote Control Terminal

2.5mm mini jack

Wireless Control Terminal

Via optional Wi-Fi adaptor

Colour Bars



Tally lamp


Accessory shoe

Yes (cold shoe, 3 locations: top of body, top of handle, front of handle)



Exposure Control and Metering

Manual, Push Auto Iris, Auto Iris (with compatible lenses).
Metering Options (a) Standard (center-weighted metering),(b) Spotlight,(c) Backlight compensation

Exposure compensation

0.25 increments from ±0 to ±2.0.

Push Auto Iris

Yes (EF and EF-S lenses. Not available with EF Cinema Lenses.)

Exposure Lock

Via Push AI Function

Auto Gain Control setting


ISO Sensitivity

1 Stop increments: [100], 160(*), 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800, 25600, [51200, 102400]
[—] Displayed when ISO speed expansion is ON. (*) Displayed when ISO speed expansion is OFF.
1/3 stop increments:[100, 125], 160, 200, 250, 320, 400, 500, 640, 800, 1000, 1250, 1600, 2000, 2500,
3200, 4000, 5000, 6400, 8000, 10000, 12800, 16000, 20000, 25600,
[32000, 40000, 51200, 64000, 80000, 102400]

Gain setting

Normal: [-6dB, -3dB], -2dB(*), 0dB, 3dB, 6dB, 9dB, 12dB, 15dB, 18dB, 21dB, 24dB, 27dB,
30dB, 33dB, 36dB, 39dB, 42dB, [45dB, 48dB, 51dB 54dB] [—] Displayed when ISO speed expansion is ON. (*) Displayed when ISO speed expansion is OFF.
Fine: Any value from -2dB to 24dB in 0.5dB increments can be set.

Shutter speed

Control Modes

Off, Speed, Angle, Clear Scan, Slow

Shutter speed

59.94 Hz
Off: 59.94(i/P) : 1/60/29.98P: 1/30 24.00P 1/24
Speed: 1/1 – 1/2000
Clear Scan: 59.94 Hz mode: 23.98 Hz (lowest) to 250.37 Hz 24.00 Hz mode: 24.00 Hz (lowest) to 250.37 Hz
Note: The frequency will differ depending on the frame rate setting.
Slow: 59.94(i/P) 1/4, 1/8, 1/15, 1/30; 29.98P 1/4, 1/8, 1/15: 24.00P 1/3, 1/6, 1/12
Off: 50.00(i/P) 1/50; 25.00P 1/25
Speed:1/1 – 1/2000
Clear Scan: 24.00 Hz (lowest) to 250.40 Hz Note: The frequency will differ depending on the frame rate setting.
Slow: 50.00(i/P) 1/3, 1/6, 1/12, 1/25; 25.00P 1/3, 1/6, 1/12

Shutter Angle

59.94Hz/50.00Hz: 360.00, 240.00, 180.00, 120.00, 90.00, 60.00, 45.00, 30.00, 22.50, 15.00, 11.25

Focus Systems

AF Options

Dependent on the interchangeable lens used and User Selected Mode. Dual Pixel CMOS AF (CMOS AF), Contrast AF

AF Modes

One-Shot AF, Continuous AF and AF-Boosted MF are the available modes. All of these modes take effect when the AF/MF switch of the EF lens is at the AF setting

Face Detection AF

Yes; Face Priority or Face Only

Dual Pixel CMOS AF

Yes. Compatible with all EF Mount Lenses (Except Manual Focus Only models)

Custom Picture

Stored Configurations

7 presets:
Canon Log 2 : C.Gamut (Cinema Gamut) Canon Log 2 : BT.2020/Canon Log 2 : DCI-P3
Canon Log 2 : BT.709
Canon Log: BT.2020 Gamut BT.709

Storage Medium

Internal or SD card

Gamma Setting Options

Canon Log 2/Canon Log/Wide DR/EOS Std.Normal 1 (STANDARD)/Normal 2 (4.0x)/Normal 3 (BT.709)
Normal 4 (5.0x)

Colour Space Settings

Cinema Gamut/BT.2020 Gamut/DCI-P3 Gamut/BT.709 Gamut

Colour Matrix Settings

Neutral/Production Camera/Cinema EOS Original/Video/EOS Std./OFF

Customisable and protected settings


Black Gamma


Low Key Saturation






Noise reduction


Skin detail


Selective Noise Reduction


Colour matrix


White balance


Colour correction


Setup level




Clip 100% IRE


White balance



Kelvin Range

2000K to 15000K, 100K intervals, Default 5500K



White Balance Shift

Yes, -9 to +9 (Daylight or Tungsten Preset selected)

Black balance

Black balance adjustment


Time code

Countup system

Regen, RecRun, FreeRun, External, Hold (Drop frame available for NTSC Mode)

Start value setting

“00:00:00:00”, Set/Reset selectable



16-bit 2ch (48 kHz) linear PCM


Independent limiters and auto/manual settings

Microphone attenuation


Microphone level meter




Monitor Unit, Handle Unit, Thumbrest, WFT Attachment, Tripod Adaptor Base, Eye Cup, CVF Cap, Shoulder Strap
Battery Charger CG-10, AC Adaptor CA-A10, AC Cable, Battery Pack BP-A30, hex wrench, hexagon screw set,
UN-5 Cable (X2)Lithium battery CR2025, Bracket

Optional (includes discontinued items)

Canon Battery Pack BP-A30 (included with C300 Mark II)/BP-A60
Canon AC adapter CA-A10
Canon Battery Charger CG-A10
Canon Remote Controller RC-V100
Canon shoulder strap SS-1200 (provided with the C300 Mark II)
Canon Tripod Adapter TA-100
Canon Tripod base TB-1
Canon Shooting Brace SBR-1000
Canon Wireless transmitter WFT-E6
Canon GPS Receiver GP-E1
Canon unit cable UN-5 (provided)/UN-10 (purchased separately)
Canon microphone adapter MA-400 (optional accessory)
Canon rod clamp RD-1 (purchased separately)


Battery Type

BP-A30 (included),BP-A60 (optional)

Input Power Supply

14.4 V DC (battery pack), 16.7 V DC (DC IN)



Approx. 149 x 183 x 183 mm (5.9 x 7.2 x 7.2 in) [C300 Mark II + thumb rest]
Approx. 190 x 183 x 187 mm (7.5 x 7.2 x 7.4 in) [C300 Mark II + grip]
Approx. 190 x 265 x 226 mm (7.5 x 10.4 x 8.9 in)
[C300 Mark II+grip+bracket+handle unit]
Approx. 190 x 307 x 362 mm (7.5 x 12.1 x 12.8 in)
[C300 Mark II+grip+bracket+handle unit+monitor unit]

Detachable handle


Operating Temperature range

Approx. 0°C to 40°C, 85% (relative humidity)
Approx. -5°C to 45°C, 60% (relative humidity)


All specifications are subject to change without notice

Canon is an authorized licensee of the CFast 2.0™ trademark, which may be registered in various jurisdictions


ND filter – ¹ 8 and 10 Stop ND selected via expansion option in menu

Focus control – ¹ CN7 x 17 KAS S/E1 or P1 depending on mount


More info description

SLV open as usual - COVID-19 update - October 2020

We are open for business but have altered the way we work to maintain a safe working environment. As a small but resilient company and we are always happy to tailor our services to your specific requirements.

Here is an update about the procedures and facilities we have put in place.


Studio 2 is now available for full 10-hour day hire only and comes with the the extra room above it as standard to accommodate extra crew numbers. Contact us for more details.

Our studios have fresh air ventilation systems which provide a constant supply of fresh air as opposed to a recirculation system. They are also quiet enough to run whilst recording sound

We have just installed a dual internet system that runs on fast 5G in addition to fibre broadband so that we can offer a very robust internet connection for live video streaming etc.

We can provide a reliable online video stream from the studios so that your client can monitor the shoot remotely

There is remote audio and video monitoring provided from the studio to the client room and both dressing rooms for Studio 1 and to the client room for Studio 2. Studio 1 also have a microphone set up in the green room so that you can communicate remotely via the PA

We have opened a roof garden in addition to the private yard so we can offer clients more outdoor ancillary space

Safe equipment handling

All equipment supplied by SLV is made safe using a combination of quarantining, disinfection, UV-C light and ozone sanitising

Our staff members wear appropriate PPE whilst handling equipment

Workstations are being sanitised before and after use

Our vans are sanitised before and after use

Studio sanitation

Hand santiser is provided on main entry to the premises and around the building

We ask that crew and clients arrive with their own PPE, however we have it available to purchase if required

Everyone, including SLV staff, entering the premises will have their temperature measured and we reserve the right to refuse entry of anyone displaying symptoms of Covid -19

Client facing staff wears PPE

The Studio 1 showers are still available to use however we ask that people bring their own towels

Studio 1 and studio 2 are to use separate toilets and kitchen facilities provided if both are in use on the same day

We are currently limiting the maximum number of people inside each studio space to 10 people for Studio 1 and 3 people for Studio 2. We also have displayed a limit for the number of people in each specific area

We ask that gaffers and sparks wear gloves and masks when appropriate

The premises are being santised at the end of each working day

We strongly suggest all the productions and clients coming to our studios to read the latest APA COVID-19 Shooting guidelines. You can find the most up to date version by clicking link below:

APA COVID-19 Shooting Guidelines

We now have the NHS Covid-19 App venue QR code in place.

We know that things are very difficult in our industry right now, however we would like to reassure our clients that we are here to help get the industry back on its feet.

Take care and hope to see you soon,

SLV Team