Why I still use the Canon EOS C100 mk1

On August 29th, 2012 Canon released a camera.

-A hybrid between the upcoming DSLRs and the more expensive inter changeable lens cameras.

-Built in neutral density filters up the 6 stops

-ISO ranging a from a native 850 to 10,000, allowing you to shoot in the brightest of days as well as the darkest of nights.

-Support for a super 35 4K sensor (same as C300 mki) down scaled to 1080p in camera

-Along with a colour profile called c-Log which canon claims to provide12 stops of dynamic range.

To say the least, this was going to be a game changer for independent filmmakers -especially the documentary shooters: The C100 mkl.

With all of these features, it is clear that this camera was engineered to obtain a professional and cinematic look. Not to mention that, along with these specs, the camera also offers dual SD card slots which allows users to record simultaneously on both cards or independently. On top of this, it also sports 2 XLR inputs, making it a full-on cinema professional video camera. Finally, one last positive I’d like to note before moving forward, is the battery life. I am able to consistently get at least 2 hours per batterie offering me a full days shoot on only 3 batteries - most DSLRs don't get anywhere near that!

Although I have more good things to say about this camera than bad, after 3 years of consistent use, I do have some personal gripes with this camera. These include the screen, the fact that you cannot function the settings with the side handle off and that it offers terrible slow motion. Specifically, the screen is not terrible but the rotation is flawed, only allowing for a few viewing angles. The handle grip should be removable in order to properly balance the camera on a gimbal or glide cam. And as for slow motion, the c100 only offers 50i - which is not useable. When I shoot slow motion I need at least 60P and 120fps for solid slow motion.

Short film shot on the EOS Canon C100 "Remember The River" - Directed by Mitchell Bouchard