Connor Justice Norvell on October 25, 2013 at 2:55 pm ∞
So I’m currently looking into getting a new camera, with no particular price range, (lets say $16,000 tops, preferably with gear included in the price tag(such as lenses rigs adaptors mice etc) but not necessarily either).
the main cameras i am looking at are:
Little bit of info as to why I’m deciding between these and features that matter to me:
NOTE: i have no idea how long they shoot for seamlessly. so that could be a deal breaker
so to sum up the C100 and C300
The Sony FS100 and FS700:
Other than that, the Sony FS cams and the Canon C cams are comparable.
1 big foot up for the Canon C100-300 is the footage looks better, and the Canon Log profile is way better than the sony cameras.
but the Sonys have price and slow motion on their side.
but the Nice thing that i love is, the DSLR style.
One drawback for the 5D however is the recording length, same problem as my T2i and potentially any camera. it will either A. overheat or B. cut the file into 11 minute increments, which leaves big gaps!
Alrighty! moving along again, please bear with me!
Black Magic Pocket and 4k Cam, things i like:
1. footage is amazing, probably better than all mentioned above in my opinion (though i am willing to be proved wrong)
again the recording length is unchecked, and the file type is so big that i don’t think i could film conferences with it!
The pocket cam would be a fantastic B-cam to just take around town (and as i am starting a Vlog of sorts rather soon, it would be nice to have the portable option)
So for those of you who don’t want to read all of that, here is a summary!
The C100 and C300:
- no slow high frame rate unless i go for the C300 which is almost twice the cost of the
The Sony FS100 or FS700:
+ the slow motion (on the FS700) is… amazing.
- the build quality is said to be not so good, and the size and shape makes them worse for traveling.
- No 4k compatibility (tho that doesn’t matter to much because so far only 2 cameras on my list do have that (Black magic 4k cam and Sony FS700, but the FS700 hasn’t gotten that unlocked yet, but should with a firmware update)
- It’s a DSLR, so it comes with the quirks one would expect from a dslr, that i could avoid with the C100-300, or the Sony cams.
- the footage quality and low light (tho with magic lantern raw those are better)
Then for the Black magic cams just read my mini review above or watch the Philip bloom stuff!
So anyway! please leave opinions, suggestions for other cameras, which one you think is best! etc!
Thank you to whoever actually took the time to read that to help me!
Disclaimer, all of the opinions listed above are in fact, opinions, feel free to prove me wrong, i need help deciding.
Josh Bailey on February 9, 2014 at 3:42 pm ∞
I noticed no one has replied to this post in a long time…I can only speak for myself but I’m going to venture a guess that no one has replied because many (or most) of us probably have no experience with these cameras (except maybe the 5D). Honestly, I would be stoked if I could afford to own any of these cameras! I don’t think I can really add any valuable advice as to which camera you should choose (or you may have already chosen as this post is over 3 months old). I’m going to just add one thing you may want to consider. Are you happy with your lenses right now? I’ve heard it said by many people that lenses will last a lifetime if you take good care of them, but camera bodies will become outdated over a period of a few years (think about how old some cameras from just 5 years ago feel now). Lenses will make a huge difference in the quality of your video and some of the most amazing ones could cost you a few thousand. Do you have any other gear you need besides a new camera? A steadicam, new lights, slider, jib, etc? I guess I’m just trying to emphasize that there are a lot of components to great cinematography and the camera itself is just one of those components (example: If you’re shooting a film, low light wouldn’t be as much of an issue if you have the ability to light the scene properly. I understand that if you are shooting conferences or something on the fly you don’t really have the ability to control this though). I guess I’m saying consider going with one of the cheaper cameras if there is other equipment you may need. Again, I have no idea what you have and what you need and what is going to work best for you. Just my opinion!
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