Right off the bat I can tell you the image is fantastic! Sharp and natural looking. I shot in Canon Log mode at ISO 850 to get the most DR from the camera. When in log mode the LCD image gets darker. I used the View Assist feature setting in the menu to brighten up the LCD display. This helped. I brought some clips into Premiere Pro CS6. Did a quick grade and was impressed. I like to grade my footage and with the 12 stops of DR in Canon Log mode you get a nice flat image ripe for post processing. The camera shoots in AVCHD MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 at 24Mbps 4:2:0. AVCHD keeps getting better and more efficient. If you need to really push your images in post that could be a problem. This is an 8bit camera however, and I was getting more from the shots than I have in the past when not shooting in log.
I was impressed with how the grain or noise looks. It is one of the most organic looking cameras Iâ€™ve used. The noise isnâ€™t ridden with red, green and blue spots, but more neutral. Dare I say, almost film-like. Even at 850 itâ€™s pretty clean and at 20,000 ISO itâ€™s really quite amazing. This is a low light camera.
Canon C100 Hands On Review
I rented the C100 for two shoots and this is my hands on overview/review. I wanted to go over some of the features and the camera. For more on my thoughts and working with Canon log footage please visit my blog at eriknaso.com/gear-talk/canon-c100-hands-on-review/
Big thank you to Shawn Dennison for shooting my on camera. I finally didn’t have to shoot myself!
(cover photo credit: snap from the video)