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Canon EOS C300 set for January 31st release in Japan

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The Canon EOS C300 will go on sale in Japan on January 31st, for a price of 1.5 million yen. A US release should follow shortly.

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We didn't have much detail on when the Canon EOS C300 would be made available, beyond B&H Photo letting us know it'd be "sometime after January 30th." It turns out the retailer was pretty much on the money, though, as the 1080p-shooting cinema camcorder will go on sale in Japan the very next day along with its 14.5-60mm T2.6L lens. Chances are the US release will follow shortly after, as we were told to expect a staggered global launch. If you just can't wait, though, you should know that while it'll go for a pre-tax price of $15,999 in the US, Canon expects Japanese retailers to sell the C300 for a cool 1.5 million yen. That's over $19,000, inclusive of 5% sales tax — but if you can afford the camera in the first place, it may be a small premium to pay for the bragging rights.