This past week Canon released their latest Cinema Camera at IBC. The Canon C100 (Vincent Laforte’s review here) looks to be promising, but Canon seems to be ignoring filmmaker’s desire for over cranked footage. I’m not sure why the king of DSLR video doesn’t include 60p as an option. They do this on almost all of there DSLR’s. It’s a mystery to me.
The rumored price on the new camera is $8,000. This seems to be a direct competitor with Sony’s FS700 (Philip Bloom’s review here), which offers 240 fps in HD. Talk about some serious slo-mo options. Sony is making an agressive move in their offerings to indie filmmakers while Canon seems to be depending heavily on their cinematic look. Both cameras have a S35 sized sensor. But Sony is also including a SDI out while Canon is limited to HDMI only. When it comes to specs it seems Sony is taking the lead, but only time will tell if Canon can compete in the mid range cinematic video market. I’m not sure image alone will work.
I’ve been playing with the FS700 over the past few weeks and hope to do a review soon. The next challenge is to get a C100 for side by side comparison.