Friday, May 25, 2012

"Canon C300 After Dark"

I've been asked by a few people about the Canon C300's low light capabilities, so I decided to head out to Downtown Redwood City to shoot some night time test footage.  Here's the link:

Canon C300 After Dark

The C300 PL is a very fast camera, with a base ISO of 850 and maximum ISO of 20,000.  While noise is apparent at very high ISO speeds, it is a very fine grain, more film like in its appearance. This is due in part to its 9.84 megapixel Super 35mm sensor.  What also impressed me is how much resolution this camera has.  I used the RED 17-50mm T2.9 PL-mount Cine zoom and a Tiffen Digital Diffusion FX 1/4 filter.  One can only imagine what a fast Zeiss prime lens would look like!

I was also impressed by the color saturation, no matter the light level.  The C300 low light capability can literally pay dividends by needing less light and smaller lighting instruments.  It allows for more softening of lights without worrying about having enough output from the lights.

In short, the C300 is very fast, very clean, very detailed, yet still has a very natural looking image, more like film than any camera we've offered.  The fact that it's super small and lightweight with easy to use controls, makes it that much more enjoyable to shoot with!

Special thank you to Joseph Farfone for assisting me on the night shoot and Mike Sly for editing the test.

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