First Unboxing of Canon C300

This is the first unboxing video of Canon’s new EOS C300 cinema camcorder. It surfaced yesterday on Youtube.

Canon EOS C300 was announced late last year in a Hollywood event. Canon has crammed this camera with many features filmmakers have opted for since the introduction of the popular DSLR models:

  • Super 35mm-Size CMOS Sensor
  • EF Lens Mount for Broad Compatibility
  • Canon XF Codec – 4:2:2 50 Mb/s MPEG-2
  • 1920 x 1080
  • Rotating 4″, 1.23 Mp LCD Monitor
  • HD-SDI Output, XLR Inputs
  • Dual CF Card Slots
  • Timecode I/O, Genlock In & Sync Out
  • Canon Log Gamma
  • Modular Design: Removable Grip & Monitor

It will start shipping after Mon, January 30 in the United States. It retails at ($15,999), excluding taxes.

Check B&H for further details.

Check Canon C300 Brochure

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Is the Era of Renting a Chopper for Aerial Shots Gone for Good?

I still remember the day when we had to shoot some aerial footage of Cairo. The producer had just paid the Army $10,000 to rent a chopper to do the shots. We headed to a military base on the outskirts of Cairo. The moment we arrived, we were shocked because the helicopter we agreed on had been replaced with another tiny one that can barely accommodate 3-crew members besides the captain.

We had to take the shots no matter what on that day, due to client deadline. The moment the blades swiveled and we were air-borne I knew that the shots would be terribly shaky. At the end, the footage was total mess and the visual effects editor struggled to stabilize it in the post.

Now, all it takes is around $10,000 and you own a CineStar, a remotely controlled copter that can hold your DSLR or even Red Epic or Scarlet. The company that manufacturers these copers is called Quadrocopter, based in Montana, and it has several models that start at $6000.

Here is some aerial footage shot by Tabb Firchau using CineStar8. (Tabb is the owner of FreeFly Cinema).

CineStar 3 Axis Gimbal from tabb firchau on Vimeo.

Hands-on Review of Nikon D4

A lot of filmmakers have recently rejoiced the news of Nikon’s new high-end line DSLR that was introduced late last December. The D4 promises to deliver what we all hoped for since the introduction of DSLRs years ago; this new camera delivers 1920p pictures with full frame sensor that it can also crop in video mode to 1.5x and 2.7x.

The D4 can show live histogram and audio meters, brilliant features that DSLR filmmakers have dreamt of for years.

Here is a hands-on review of the camera that first appeared on HDSLRnewsshooter.