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 I’ve used. The noise isn’t ridden with red, green and blue spots, but more neutral. Dare I say, almost film-like. Even at 850 it’s pretty clean and at 20,000 ISO it’s really quite amazing. This is a low light camera.
Canon C100 Hands On Review[tentblogger-vimeo 55247935]
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)