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Canon unveils Cinema EOS C300 interchangeable-lens video camera

By dpreview staff on Nov 4, 2011 at 00:00 GMT

Canon has unveiled the EOS C300 Digital Cinema Camera interchangeable-lens video camera at a press event in Los Angeles. Available in in two models, the EOS C300 comes with an EF mount, while the EOS C300 PL features a PL mount. Both models feature an 8.3MP Super 35mm-equivalent CMOS sensor developed specially for the system, a modular design and a new range of dedicated video lenses. The C300 is scheduled to be available in late January 2012 for an estimated list price of $20,000. The C300 PL is scheduled to be available in late March 2012, also for an estimated list price of $20,000.

Vincent Laforet invited Vimeo out to film the behind the scenes of his new short film, Mobius, which was shot entirely on the new C300. In the video you can see the C300 and the new 30-300 f2.9-3.7 being handled:

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Press Release:

A STAR IS BORN: CANON LAUNCHES NEW DIGITAL CINEMA CAMERA FOR HIGH-RESOLUTION MOTION PICTURE PRODUCTION

HOLLYWOOD, California, November 3, 2011/TOKYO, November 4, 2011—Canon Inc. and Canon U.S.A., Inc. today raised the curtain on an all-new interchangeable-lens digital cinema camera that combines exceptional imaging performance with outstanding mobility and expandability to meet the demanding production needs of today’s motion picture industry. The camera, which features a newly developed Super 35 mm-equivalent approximately 8.29-megapixel CMOS sensor, will be available in two models: the EOS C300 Digital Cinema Camera*, equipped with an EF lens mount for compatibility with Canon’s current diverse lineup of interchangeable EF lenses for EOS single-lens reflex (SLR) cameras and new EF Cinema Lens lineup; and the EOS C300 PL Digital Cinema Camera*, with a PL lens mount for use with industry-standard PL lenses.

The introduction of the EOS C300/C300 PL coincides with the launch of the Cinema EOS System, marking Canon’s full-fledged entry into the digital high-resolution production industry. The new professional digital cinematography system spans the lens, digital cinema camera and digital SLR camera product categories.

Star-Studded Supporting Cast
Equipped with an EF lens mount, the EOS C300 is supported by an all-star cast of high-performance EF lenses, not only the wide array of interchangeable EF lenses for EOS SLR cameras that have earned the trust and respect of photographers around the world, but also the EF cinema lenses in the newly announced Cinema EOS System. When outfitted with a Canon EF lens, the C300’s peripheral illumination correction automatically corrects for vignetting in accordance with each lens’s optical characteristics, and enables iris control from the camera. Canon EF lenses also enable the recording of such metadata as the name of the lens used, aperture setting and shutter speed.*1

Show-Stopping High-Resolution Full-HD Performance
The Canon EOS C300/C300 PL’s newly developed Super 35 mm-equivalent CMOS sensor incorporates approximately 8.29 million effective pixels and has a pixel size that is larger than that for conventional professional camcorders, enabling greater light-gathering capabilities for enhanced sensitivity and reduced noise. The sensor reads Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels) video signals for each of the three RGB primary colors, decreasing the incidence of moiré while realizing high resolution with 1,000 horizontal TV lines.

Supported by a heightened signal read-out speed, the CMOS sensor reduces rolling shutter skews, a phenomenon prevalent with CMOS sensors in which fast-moving subjects may appear diagonally distorted. Additionally, the powerful combination of the sensor with Canon’s high-performance DIGIC DV III image processor facilitates high-precision gamma processing and smooth gradation expression.

In addition to MPEG-2 Full HD (MPEG2 422@HL compliant) compression, the EOS C300/C300 PL employs 4:2:2 color sampling for high-resolution performance that minimizes the appearance of “jaggies” at chroma edges. Additionally, with a maximum recording rate of 50 Mbps, the camera supports the recording of high-quality video.

The camera’s video and audio recording file format adopts the industry-standard MXF (Material eXchange Format), an open source file format ideally suited for non-linear editing systems. Recording to versatile, readily available CF cards, the EOS C300/C300 PL realizes high cost-performance and, equipped with two CF card slots, makes possible the simultaneous recording of video data to two CF cards.

Ready for Action
With a compact body design measuring 5.2 (w) x 7.0 (h) x 6.7 (d) inches, the Canon EOS C300/C300 PL delivers exceptional maneuverability, enabling shooting from vantage points all but inaccessible to large cinema cameras, such as close to the ground for high-impact low-angle shots, and alongside walls. In accordance with on-location shooting needs, the camera  can be outfitted with a handle, grip, thumb rest and monitor unit, and offers an array of industry-standard terminals, including HD/SD-SDI video output for the external recording of high-quality video content. When using a WFT-E6B wireless file transmitter for EOS digital SLR cameras (sold separately), the EOS C300/C300 PL can be controlled remotely by means of such common devices as smartphones or tablet PCs.

The camera is equipped with four start/stop buttons positioned at various locations to satisfy any preferred camera-holding style, and can be outfitted with a variety of third-party accessories, including matte boxes, follow focuses and external video and audio recorders. The unit also achieves seamless integration with third-party editing systems and provides added peace of mind through its dust-proof, drip-proof construction and built-in cooling system.

The new camera allows users to adjust image quality to match that of professional camcorders and EOS-series digital SLR cameras, and offers Canon Log Gamma, enabling flat image quality with subdued contrast and sharpness for maximum freedom in post-production editing and processing. In addition to frame rates of 59.41i, 50.00i, 29.97P, 25.00P and 23.98P, the EOS C300/C300 PL features a 24.00p mode, matching the 24 frame-per-second frame rate of film cameras for high compatibility with common film-production workflows.

Other features include fast-motion shooting, achieved by capturing fewer frames per second to create action up to 60x normal speed, and slow-motion down to 1/2.5x*2 made possible by capturing more frames per second. Frame rates between 1 and 60 frames per second (fps) *3 can be adjusted in increments of 1 fps.

Additionally, a selection of Custom Pictures lets users freely adjust image quality for greater control over how content looks.

Pricing and availability
The Canon EOS C300 (EF mount) digital cinema camera is scheduled to be available in late January 2012 for an estimated list price of $20,000. The Canon EOS C300 PL (PL mount) digital cinema camera is scheduled to be available in late March 2012 for an estimated list price of $20,000.

For more information and to view online demonstration footage of the new products please visit: www.usa.canon.com/cinemaeos

*1 Compatible features differ depending on the EF Cinema Lens used.
*2 1/2.5x possible only when recording in 720p mode.
*3 When 59.41i frame rate is selected.

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Comments

Total comments: 218
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Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Jan 14, 2012)

Initially it was rumored to be US20,000. Last I heard (mid-January 2012), the price of one is $13,000 -- and still dropping.

I won't be getting one. It's just too weird overall and all-over. Weirdest looking little beast, too.

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TWWSTUDIOS
By TWWSTUDIOS (Dec 3, 2011)

We are looking for more affordable cinema grade digital cameras. Looking good Cannon. Can’t wait to demo one to run it in real time applications.

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CatsEyes
By CatsEyes (Nov 14, 2011)

I've been seduced just by watching the movie: http://vimeo.com/hd#31525127

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photogalleryonline
By photogalleryonline (Nov 14, 2011)

Well now that dpreview has opended the door on hd digital production cameras i'd like to see a review of the arri alexa, red scarlet, sony f3 cine alta and this new eos c300, a group comparison would be lovely thanks!

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raducdz
By raducdz (Nov 13, 2011)

Why would anyone buy this since there's Scarlet-X out there, better in any aspects...?

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CatsEyes
By CatsEyes (Nov 13, 2011)

Guys, anyone knows the model/name of the screen on top of the C3000?

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Martind42
By Martind42 (Nov 11, 2011)

A miss is as good as a mile...

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Nils
By Nils (Nov 11, 2011)

that thing is so sick I just gotta own it....

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Julian Craane
By Julian Craane (Nov 10, 2011)

OMG, I can't wait for this amazing piece of tech to come out. Amazing?

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X Faktor Photo
By X Faktor Photo (Nov 8, 2011)

it's quite an ugly duckling!

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Chicago Wedding Photographer

This is such an amazing camera. Line of new lenses that come with it is just phenomenal. Great job Canon!
www.esenamphotography.com/

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Sdaniella
By Sdaniella (Nov 6, 2011)

Well, at least with the EOS C300, one doesn't need a full make-up crew to 'over-color' its cast members, or the entire set, so they look natural on camera as they do to accommodate RED camera's de-saturation tendencies (why's that anyway?)..., and the C300 looks compact enough so a 3D stereoscopic binocular setup side-by-side, won't be massive as the complicated RED custom mirror setup would be for 3D...
here:
http://www.engadget.com/2011/11/05/peter-jackson-reveals-the-red-epic-secrets-behind-the-hobbit-vi/
yikes...

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chris maytag
By chris maytag (Nov 6, 2011)

If the RED is "desaturating", it's because it's shooting RAW. If I open up a NEF from the D3x without applying any particular settings, it's going to look like s***. That's normal. Shooting RAW is a feature, not a bug. Anyone shooting a RED knows this and has figured this into the workflow.

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pgb
By pgb (Nov 6, 2011)

I was thinking about stereo possibilities too without a mirror
that adds so many distortions. RGB processing as well,
I wonder if the HDSDI out is dual or 3G or RGB.

At first I thought this was overpriced, now I'm not so sure.

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shaocaholica
By shaocaholica (Nov 10, 2011)

Don'y worry, its overpriced.

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Hollow point and shoot
By Hollow point and shoot (Mar 19, 2012)

The C300 in side by side 3d configurations would be limited to full shots and establishing shots with subjects 10+ feet from wide lenses. In a pinch you might squeeze a medium by eliminating the background, but that's pushing it. A rig made of these cameras would have a 133mm Inter Axial distance. That's too large for medium work and out of the question for close ups. Consider a proven mirror rig in your costs if you plan to purchase this camera for 3D work.

http://lifeis3d.blogspot.ca/2012/03/canon-eos-c300-for-3d.html

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AndMarios
By AndMarios (Nov 6, 2011)

Most people miss an interesting point: this camera features a sensor that works similar to Sigma's sensors.

This may mean better picture quality than RED (which uses the classic bayer sensor) but most importantly since we are at dpreview, it may signal the future of Canon's sensors.

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yabokkie
By yabokkie (Nov 6, 2011)

currently there is no proof that Foveon is better than Bayer. Foveon has mush lower resolution while failed to provide better efficiency. don't know Canon's new sensor.

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pgb
By pgb (Nov 6, 2011)

You don't need Foveon and all its issues for RGB.
Just interpret the data as RGB, for HD a 8mpx sensor is all
that's required. The original cine video camera, the Sony Genesis was RGB, no Foveon necessary. Likewise the F35 and
now F65.

I wish DPP would include a button, RGB, just to see.
It appears a weaker AA filter for RGB is possible.

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hazydave
By hazydave (Dec 22, 2011)

The sensor is nothing at all like the Sigma/Foveon sensors. That's a good thing, Foveon sensors are too slow for video, noisy as hell, and very weirdly color balanced. They count on the light absorbtive properties of silicon to do color filtering.

This is a plain old Bayer sensor. But they're not doing DSLR style de-Bayer interpolation. This is a 4K / 8Mpixel sensor interpolated down to 2K / 2Mpixels. So the use pixel bucketing, just like on a Vixia or other better single sensor consumer camcorder.. probably most HDSLRs in video mode, too. Each video pixel will be made of one R, one B, and two G pixels from the Bayer array.

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Paul D TV
By Paul D TV (Nov 5, 2011)

Here are my thoughts on the EOS C300:

http://paul-d.tv/blog/2011/11/04/the-night-of-the-long-camera-announcements/

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newcameraguy2821
By newcameraguy2821 (Nov 4, 2011)

I found these videos about the launch and some previews:

NEW Canon EOS c300
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bpsTTA6IpZE

Photography: Canon EOS C300 Annoucement - Opinion Only
http://shrt.fm/uVqHZl

Canon EOS C300 Digital Cinema Camera revealed Video demo
http://shrt.fm/tIFo3U
Canon EOS C300 4k footage
http://youtu.be/ztFHyLikkbQ?hd=1

Canon C300 camera hands-on
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cszl96JReyM

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QuarterToDoom
By QuarterToDoom (Nov 4, 2011)

From the video above "I didn't know if I was gonna shoot with it till the last minute" = Canon paid me enough to swtich cameras...

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twadger
By twadger (Nov 4, 2011)

I'm more interested in the promised interview with Chuck Westfall............

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putomax
By putomax (Nov 4, 2011)

UGLY-BAG this is

over over OVER priced (RED scarlet canon [PL, just 4 screws] mount --> kit 14k)

1080 only?*** what about 3k, 4k? do you or do you not want to shoot cinema?!!!

no 60p? ay que dolor!

like someone said, why would you want more expensive (around + 6k $) MPEG-2 4:2:2 over 16 bit RAW footage (RED)???

what about 13 to 18 stops dynamic range, can you give us that?

IMHO the only positive thing are THE LENS

... continue

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putomax
By putomax (Nov 4, 2011)

...

may i burn in hell again, but this "feeding" us with "tiny-before-yesterday" improvements; that skilled cinematographers and photographers make very good use of; and the search (mostly profit wise) for creating and consolidating a new niche (in which the consumer, pro or amateur, has to fit) is about to end.
thanks to "new approaches" like RED is doing, these zega technological tools-toys-computer-gadjets-retina-whatever... are closer, in a fair and coherent way, to us.
i think it is not about filming and/or taking stills, it's about a true human friendly fusion.
I DEMAND a better tool that fits our hand, our pocket and our necessities.

exciting times, that's for sure.

gashô

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eyefuse
By eyefuse (Nov 4, 2011)

So independent filmmakers and amateurs will still use their ~2000€ cameras for anything they do.. Nothing new here.. An expensive piece of equipment that other broadcast manufacturers have provided for years.. I don't see the point?

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boho
By boho (Nov 4, 2011)

"estimated list price of $20,000" means ~14,500€

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alxdava
By alxdava (Nov 4, 2011)

nope. 20K$=20k Euro

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GeorgeD200
By GeorgeD200 (Nov 9, 2011)

No, not really. 1 Euro = @1.3 USD.

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BeanyPic
By BeanyPic (Nov 4, 2011)

Seems as if this will be the main camera for many and I mean many film makers for at least the next 5 years or so. Expect to see footage everywhere from this new piece of kit.

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aeolos
By aeolos (Nov 4, 2011)

not really.. red also annouced their scarlet x camera
half the price double the features ; )

http://photorumors.com/2011/11/03/red-announces-the-new-scarlet/

but anyways.. competition is always good and those features will make their way into cheaper cameras.. even now the hacked gh2 at 176mbit has really really good 1080p.. even the stock firmware makes pretty good 1080p footage

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T3
By T3 (Nov 6, 2011)

The Red Scarlet isn't "half the price". $10K only gets you the Scarlet central "Brain" unit. You need to spend $14K to get the rest of the camera components. But the C300 is a much more integrated, compact, lighter package, which will be advantageous and desirable for many shooters. Heck, you can literally hang it from your shoulder or neck like a regular DSLR (which is probably why it comes with camera strap eyelets).

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Marcel
By Marcel (Nov 4, 2011)

What about aspect ratio 1 : 2.35 ?

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magneto shot
By magneto shot (Nov 4, 2011)

if canon is replying Red, this means that this camera is the DSLR killer.
Just shoot video and extract any stills from it and u get a hi-res image.

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Tom Bird
By Tom Bird (Nov 4, 2011)

you get no hi-res image.
it only shoots 5 fps stills with 5 MP.
no raw.
scarlet does more for half the price. looser: too expensive for indies, too low-res for hollywood.
interesting but very expensive lenses which will mount on red as well and sell like hot cakes.

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Ashley Pomeroy
By Ashley Pomeroy (Nov 4, 2011)

A brilliant argument with just one flaw; the camera costs $20,000. There *was* a time when people were prepared to pay that money for a digital SLR - but that was a very long time ago.

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dark goob
By dark goob (Nov 4, 2011)

I KNEW CANON WOULD COME OUT WITH A MIRRORLESS!!!!!!! I KNEW IT!!!!! AHAHAHA I told you so, folks. I frickin' told you so.

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rbach44
By rbach44 (Nov 4, 2011)

I wonder how it will perform compared to the NEX or the J1.

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Gregor Pogschnik
By Gregor Pogschnik (Nov 6, 2011)

its a video camera, not a dslr

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rbach44
By rbach44 (Nov 4, 2011)

Lets not be ignorant folks. This is not meant as an upgrade to a 5D or a 7D. There probably isn't a single person on this forum who is actually in the target market for these cameras. They're real deal video cameras.

Rolling shutter, aliasing, etc. are pretty much non existent on these cameras. This is not a photo sensor hacked to shoot video that (poorly) downrezes each frame, this is native 4k playing out at 1080p. This combined with a true log color space will beat any DLR in any category.

And the price is perfectly reasonable. Compare it to anything else out there that competes with it and remember who this is for and it makes perfect sense. RED is the exception, not the rule when it comes to truly affordable cinema cameras.

Also, one does not hand hold these cameras for any period of time. Look at the rigs pros use to shoot these things handheld, and you'll see what real stabilization is.

Anyway, I don't mean to be rude, I just wanted to set a few things straight...

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LukeDuciel
By LukeDuciel (Nov 4, 2011)

Can't agree more. I could not understand people so obsessed in commenting or even bad-mouthing a product that 1) they totally have no clue about; 2) has not even slightly targeted them. is it just because canon is not making an announcement of EVIL camera? or 5d replacement?

I don't know. My camera still works and I will take picture with it.

Occasionally I also do video, and I could not envy more of the C300's feature. 20K body and 47k lens is not premium price in cinema world but still too high for me. I am pretty happy with quality of AF103 I rent from agency.

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QuarterToDoom
By QuarterToDoom (Nov 4, 2011)

People could care less because this camerta doesn't fit with this site. How often are these types of cameras posted or reviewed here. Almost never so why even announce it when other appropriate sites can do it, oh yah advertising $$$$

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Teila Day
By Teila Day (Nov 4, 2011)

Many people on this site DO care (I think you meant to say "couldn't care less) and it is fitting for this site to cover such news if this site wants to remain fresh and progressive. I think those who know nothing about this type of equipment should either ask reasonable questions to increase their knowledge or scoot on to other news while keeping their mouth closed.

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Sdaniella
By Sdaniella (Nov 5, 2011)

woah... the C300 was precisely created for those who were already using 5DMkII's for cinematography and hit it's limits quickly... they're the ones wanting more... who knows how many are members here in the 'pro' or 'movie industry'... i already know plenty who used to do weddings with dSLRs (stills) are now going all out with offering clients the whole HD video and stills instead... and we aren't even talking indie film makers yet... and they're out there weighing options and limitations and budgets
i would not have even considered cinematography except for the fact if an FF dSLR did video (which it does now), i would not have entertained the possibility of now including cinematography as an expanded area of creativity, and the C300 only adds to that interest, where alternatives never could or did from other mfr's (none really; sighting recent models of competitors that are so foreign is 'too late'... a more closely integrated system like the C300 makes a lot more sense to newcomers)

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larrytusaz
By larrytusaz (Nov 4, 2011)

Price aside, this here is exhibit A in why d-SLRs shouldn't have video. Cameras like this prove it: the equipment for video already exists, with large sensors mind you, & we photographers would like our still imaging devices left ALONE. You don't hear me complaining about how this thing apparently can't take good photos, or that the ergonomics of it don't suit that task. What business is that of mine? This device is for VIDEO & I respect that boundary, if only videographers would understand the same thing per our d-SLRs.

I applaud this. I don't advocate that Canon can't make good video cameras & still cameras, and printers too, but a device should know its place & STAY there. I buy d-SLRs for images, not YouTube clips.

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StephenSPhotog
By StephenSPhotog (Nov 4, 2011)

I'm pretty sure that all of Canon's DSLRs that shoot video also take stills. The video capability in DSLRs has yet to affect your ability to take still images.

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larrytusaz
By larrytusaz (Nov 4, 2011)

My contention is that they should ONLY do stills, period, no matter. Maybe still wouldn't affect the ability of this rig to do video, but they left it off--as well they should've. Same should hold for d-SLRs having YouTube.

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marike6
By marike6 (Nov 4, 2011)

When you have the cinematographers of Black Swan using a Canon 7D and hundreds of excellent indie videographers sharing their work done on 5D MkII's on Vimeo, the fact that you want a DSLR just for stills is meaningless. I want my saxophone to play only jazz, but other styles of music exist. Creativity knows no bounds. You want to think inside a small, predefined box that's your business.

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larrytusaz
By larrytusaz (Nov 4, 2011)

"Boxes" exist for a reason. If not for them, the stuff they help keep under control would instead be strewed all over the place. As a long-time fan and user of SLRs long before people dared think of them as YouTube machines, it IS my business when the SLR I want to buy for my still imaging needs has the YouTube fingerprints smudged over my machine.

Hence, the otherwise excellent D5100 doesn't have a direct button for ISO (although Fn can be made to do that), but ah look--there's a YouTube button right there, and you can't assign it to ISO or something else. The 5D II everyone talks about--you don't think upgrading over a measly 9 AF points would've helped photography? Instead they were too distracted making it a YouTube or Vimeo machine.

STAY INSIDE the darn box already. Quit strewing everything all over the place all sloppy-like.

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Tom Caldwell
By Tom Caldwell (Nov 4, 2011)

Should be great gear for your next u-tube moment

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RPJG
By RPJG (Nov 5, 2011)

Poor Larry.

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shaocaholica
By shaocaholica (Nov 5, 2011)

Larry, you should start a boycott of all DSLRs with video. If you get enough people to join you, you can send a powerful message to these companies that old habits die hard and they need to try harder to kill them.

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T3
By T3 (Nov 6, 2011)

In today's day and age, where imaging consists of images beyond just *still* images, a DSLR that *only* shoots stills is going to be a dinosaur that goes extinct. In other words, a camera that supposedly "knows its place and stays there" is a device that isn't evolving with changing technology and changing world and changing expectations. Lack of evolution presents the danger of extinction!!! So you are WAY off base, larry.

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shaocaholica
By shaocaholica (Nov 7, 2011)

You have to admit Larry is pretty entertaining.

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getman
By getman (Nov 7, 2011)

Why are still photographers so disturbed by video capability of their still tools? Is the movie menu tab such a hinder?... I can't get it, really.
Still and motion photography should not have a "boundary" between them, either in technical tools or the creative heads. I hope there will never be one.

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Noah Stephens
By Noah Stephens (Nov 9, 2011)

I can't imagine why anyone would complain about a excellent dSLR that also has the ability to do video. Video does not detract from the still capabilities. Its a add-on that's there if you want it.

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hazydave
By hazydave (Dec 23, 2011)

Video mode in a DSLR doesn't detract even slightly from its use as a still camera. I do both, and until my Canon 60D last spring, they were separate worlds. My two Panasonic camcorders do actually have still modes, but as 3-chip, 2 Mpixel sensor models, the stills at best are useful for title or DVD/BD interface photos.

The 60D, on the other hand, does fine video. I shot a Christmas show a week ago, poorly lit and everything. The 60D doesn't just outshoot my $3000 Panny, but any far more expensive 2/3" camcorder I've seen. It's a perfect adjunct, as I can afford it, and I'm going to own a DSLR anyway.

Keep in mind, this all started with the 5DmkII as a "because we can" thing.. Canon wasn't expecting every indy filmmaker to trade in their 16mms for 5Ds. Ok, that didn't happen... some buy 7Ds or 60Ds.

If you're upset with YouTube buttons, don't buy a consumer camera. If you buy a 4-digit Nikon or 3-digi/Rebetl Canon, you're going to have that stuff... if not YouTube, maybe Flikr...

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chris maytag
By chris maytag (Nov 4, 2011)

> "Additionally, a selection of Custom Pictures lets users freely adjust image
> quality for greater control over how content looks."

So...Canon thinks that people who spend $20k on a camera body want presets? I'm guessing there's "solarize" and "invert" and "greyscale" modes? And maybe a "super sunshine" mode for holiday pictures?

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pgb
By pgb (Nov 6, 2011)

For TV work where there's no time for grading this could be
useful. For a grade workflow, the user can setup some different low con looks, and still have a quick preview on set to see how
it will end up. More options that's all. This camera will appeal to
many markets.

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whtchocla7e
By whtchocla7e (Nov 4, 2011)

I love the prism hump on this video camera. I guess they just can't let go..

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arhmatic
By arhmatic (Nov 7, 2011)

#facepalm

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Paul Guba
By Paul Guba (Nov 4, 2011)

You guys didn't know that dpreview is subsidiary of Canon. Well now you know.

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marcojffontes
By marcojffontes (Nov 4, 2011)

Somebody, a few days ago about a Nikon camera Halloween costume, said the same thing but with Nikon/dpreview duet!! Y u so silly!!!

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BeanyPic
By BeanyPic (Nov 4, 2011)

Love conspiracy theories.

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Charrick
By Charrick (Nov 4, 2011)

Just like DPReview was a subsidiary of Nikon in the second half of last month, and was a subsidiary of Sony in the first half of that month.

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KAllen
By KAllen (Nov 9, 2011)

DpReview like any mag or commercial TV is a subsidiary of the advertising industry.

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magneto shot
By magneto shot (Nov 4, 2011)

ah finally, SD1 price feels cheap

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dopravopat
By dopravopat (Nov 4, 2011)

Nice toy! I want that for christmas... No wait, I do not... Give me please a 8-10 MP APS-C camera with superb dynamic range please. I would like that much more.

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saralecaire
By saralecaire (Nov 4, 2011)

Btw how come no news posting on RED's announcement of their 4K RAW capable Scarlet model which costs a significantly lower$9750 list price? Did Canon tell you not to rain on their parade?

Pity Canon though, I guess they didn't expect RED do pull that stunner, but yeah agreed. The C300 just got totally destroyed by the Scarlet.

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JimSocks
By JimSocks (Nov 4, 2011)

This camera just got destroyed by red. Red also shoots stills. Lets see some articles/reviews

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T3
By T3 (Nov 6, 2011)

Red is a clunky package compared to a C300. The C300 offers a more compact, more integrated, more easy to handle body, with easier-to-use controls. Remember, control buttons and UI are still an important aspect of using a device. And with Canon's many, many years of product development, they know a thing or two about producing an integrated, functional body that users can comfortably use. If you want a Franken-camera, yeah, get a Red. But if you want something more cohesive and integrated, more like a DSLR, then the C300 is a much better choice.

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KAllen
By KAllen (Nov 9, 2011)

If you want a camera compromised in it's capabilities get a Canon, if you want a camera that really is the best that can be done and not deliberately handicapped get a RED.
Canon as always drip feeds us with nearly want you want, well this time they have been found wanting big time.
At some point Canon will get the message and build cameras exploiting available technology and not pander to the marketing bean counters. This time I think the policy of leave 'em wanting more has back fired big time.

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Joe Ogiba
By Joe Ogiba (Nov 4, 2011)

More people are interested in the coming 5D MKIII since the 5D MKII has a much larger sensor than the C300.
http://www.lmscope.com/produkt22/microbilder/Canon_EOS_5D_Mark_II_on_microscope_sensor.JPG

http://www.dpreview.com/news/1111/canon/EOS-C300_EF-Mount_body_front-001.jpg

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MichaelK81
By MichaelK81 (Nov 4, 2011)

It's odd that this made the front page of dpreview. They certainly don't report on new product releases from RED or Arri or Panavision. Seems odd to report on one brand but not the other. Just because it's from a brand that manufactures DSLRs doesn't really justify it. Canon also makes printers, Nikon makes binoculars and miroscopes, but you certainly don't hear much about those product releases.

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StephenSPhotog
By StephenSPhotog (Nov 4, 2011)

Well, it is branded as an EOS camera. The lenses add the the current lineup of EF lenses. And the camera takes normal Canon EF lenses. So, that is pretty relevant Canon EOS news.

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EpyonXero
By EpyonXero (Nov 4, 2011)

They write about printers all the time. You must be new here.

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Helena777
By Helena777 (Nov 4, 2011)

Well then DPReview need to feed news about this NEX Camera :)

http://pro.sony.com/bbsc/ssr/cat-broadcastcameras/cat-nxcam/product-NEXFS100UK/

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sunproc
By sunproc (Nov 4, 2011)

Well the Scarlet X can also use canon EF lenses. There is no excuse to why DPR should not include the RED announcement! It is a shame. Makes one wonder who really runs this website.

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Tom Bird
By Tom Bird (Nov 4, 2011)

it shows a significant trend: canon is badly moving towards cinematography, that's for sure. maybe they know more or are more clever than we are ...

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Beauly
By Beauly (Nov 4, 2011)

errr. take a look at the front page. Or am I just seeing red? :-)

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jtmon
By jtmon (Nov 5, 2011)

The Scarlet can autofocus when using EF lenses as well.

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Sdaniella
By Sdaniella (Nov 4, 2011)

um, video-cams have been mirrorless for most of the time... are u folks clueless or what?

now we finally have Cinematographic options in compact form... not something large and boxy, the size of a space heater (like RED) or heavy and large (like Sony's PMW-F3) 'bare'...

pity naysayers post the most here, and offer no practical alternatives that can fit in tighter spaces yet have great film look and low dof and clean super high ISO footage straight out of the camera

nothing else has caused as much enthusiasm, for the larger sensor shooters than this at any price... being negative does nothing when nothing else is offered.

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Cy Cheze
By Cy Cheze (Nov 4, 2011)

People can be more interested in one field than another. But to say that one merits exclusive interest, while another none at all, suggests that the person is a hopelessly dim bore.

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Juraj Lacko
By Juraj Lacko (Nov 4, 2011)

For me as a photographer this news is not as interesting as releasing of new dlsr. But i believe this video camera will be highly capable of making really fab movies and I am looking forrward to go to cinema to see films made with it.

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Robert Daniels
By Robert Daniels (Nov 4, 2011)

Dude you just got a new DSLR LAST WEEK. Give it a break and let everyone have their shine.

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Juraj Lacko
By Juraj Lacko (Nov 4, 2011)

Some people are trying to be funny obvioustly

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Juraj Lacko
By Juraj Lacko (Nov 4, 2011)

I dont know what are you talking about Robert Daniels. If I ve got a new dslr last week why would i want to buy a new one? You give a break to yours. Everybody has a right to have an opinion. We live in democracy now. Wake up!

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njkdo
By njkdo (Nov 4, 2011)

I will do my holidays in garage, but I will film them with this monstrum....I will ask my wife about this.

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cheddargav
By cheddargav (Nov 4, 2011)

2 things:
1, Isn't this site called DPReview, not DVReview?
2, I can't say they've helped ease my concerns that they care more about video than photography. Sony and Nikon seem to care more about my needs tbh, perhaps they deserve my money more...

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getman
By getman (Nov 4, 2011)

How do Nikon and Sonycare more about your needs? And what's wrong with the new 1Dx?

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cheddargav
By cheddargav (Nov 4, 2011)

Because they aren't investing as much time in video as Canon.

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H_Man
By H_Man (Nov 4, 2011)

Canon have been in the film/video/television market for decades so quit worrying, I'm sure all their EOS camera r&d guys haven't jumped ship...

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Sdaniella
By Sdaniella (Nov 4, 2011)

Canon is satisfying both still shooters and video Cinematographers alike, not shortchanging either

why be upset when they happen to do both well?

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Almeida
By Almeida (Nov 4, 2011)

Canon please stop making printers! :P

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Robert Daniels
By Robert Daniels (Nov 4, 2011)

Does you DSLR have video. Rest my case

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Bob Meyer
By Bob Meyer (Nov 4, 2011)

Does Cheddar Cheesehead have a clue? Sony is one of the biggest players in the digital video market. And their new DSLRs are designed for video even more than Canon or Nikon. I guess it's just more fun to complain that to actually know what you're talking about.

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shaocaholica
By shaocaholica (Nov 4, 2011)

Seriously though, Canon really needs to just stop making everything and focus on DSLRs. Just fire everyone not affiliated with DSLRs. It will save them a lot of operating revenue. If they don't do that, I'm afraid Canon won't get any of cheddargavs money.

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H_Man
By H_Man (Nov 4, 2011)

I've got a solution... buy Nikon!! :P

Of course im being sarcastic, I love them all, well except sony (even though they make most of the sensors in the world).

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cheddargav
By cheddargav (Nov 4, 2011)

Calm down ladies, and Cheddar Cheesehead, I like!!

Oh, and I notice many others have commented on the fact that this is no digital photography. Canon also produce massive office printers and Lord knows what else.
Laterzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz....

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BeanyPic
By BeanyPic (Nov 4, 2011)

The world is advancing. Move with it or get left behind

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cheddargav
By cheddargav (Nov 4, 2011)

@BeanyPic, does this mean I am no longer allowed to just take photographs? Damn it...

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pgb
By pgb (Nov 6, 2011)

Sony please stop making, TV's, Bluray, vision mixers, digital
clocks, editing software, video cameras, projectors and
consequently go out of business.

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tim_pigott
By tim_pigott (Nov 25, 2011)

Interestingly enough Canon used CMOS sensors in their copiers back in the film days. Once SLR’s went digital, Canon had the jump on everyone else that chose to go with CCD’s. Now the rest of the major players use CMOS sensors. Why bash a company trying to be successful? If they fail, they will stop. But so far making copiers has paid off for Canon and photographers and it may pay off for cinematographers too. :)

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love_them_all
By love_them_all (Nov 4, 2011)

If you are not a film maker this means very little to you. If you are going to make an indie film there are plenty of equipment out there doing similar things, and for rent. Shoe string budget producers should look at the 7D, not the 300C.

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getman
By getman (Nov 4, 2011)

So, if compared to what 5DM2 has been offering for years, what do we get for the extra ~$17.5k? (only to speak of really important options) Some more ISO, HD-SDI output, some "rolling shutter reduction", built-in ND's and PL mount option? Did I miss something?

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AshMills
By AshMills (Nov 4, 2011)

headphone socket? XLR sockets? and a nagging doubt that the C400 will be that much better in 18months time.

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marike6
By marike6 (Nov 4, 2011)

Way more frame rates, a real viewfinder and not a makeshift solutions like an HDMI field monitor, or a Z-finder, and a PL mount model so you can use Zeiss and Cooke PL lenses.

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Jogger
By Jogger (Nov 4, 2011)

better heat management. PL lens mount. built in ND filters. dual CF slots. more video controls. video specific sensor. although, i still think the price is too high... esp. for the Canon mount version.

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getman
By getman (Nov 4, 2011)

I've listed ND's, PL mount option, and video sensor as rolling shutter reduction. Is heat really a problem on 5DM2? Not to me. Dual CF's? Hardly imagine when I would really need the option. My point is, there are NO real features (like rapid fps, RAW video etc.) to pay this much money for.

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hazydave
By hazydave (Dec 23, 2011)

Recording times not artifically limited, just to avoid having to charge an extra tax in Europe. That would seem to be the big one. At least, I never bought the line that Canon was just trying to make the film guys feel at home :}

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olyflyer
By olyflyer (Nov 4, 2011)

So, finally Canon joined the mirrorless competition... Nice camera if one is interested in video and has pocket money to buy it.

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Der Steppenwolf
By Der Steppenwolf (Nov 4, 2011)

These video cams have been "mirror-less" ALWAYS. Please don't comment on things that you obviously don't have a slightest clue about. Or maybe you just want to show us your ignorance, if that is the case then you are doing great.

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Vadimka
By Vadimka (Nov 4, 2011)

Steppenwolf, cine-video cameras are not all mirror-less. As the matter of fact most cameras from end 1950s to current models have mirrors in them. (Mitchell and Arriflex for Pro, even Bolex had mirror models for consumer market.) Most of the movies filmed from 1960s to 2005 were done with reflex cameras that have mirrors inside.

What you probably talking about is tinny little cam-corders, that have no mirrors. Then yes, you are correct, but this is not camcorder, its full blown S35 format cine camera with EVF.
Tharefore MIRROR-LESS.

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Matthew Bartok
By Matthew Bartok (Nov 7, 2011)

Vadimka, I believe that you are confusing the difference between a film camera and a video camera. Most video cameras, even high-end broadcast video systems for live t.v. in the 50's and 60's to today are purely mirror-less systems due to the fact that the viewfinder is an electronic feed from the sensor. Also, esentially all Dslr's that can take video are "mirror-less" due to the fact that when using the video function the mirror is locked up allowing a live feed to the viewfinder from the sensor.

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Vadimka
By Vadimka (Nov 4, 2011)

Finally... Canon Mirrorless... It should be a sign that they will be joining the game pretty soon. Not that I give a ****, but still should be interesting to see what will they do. Hopefully they would not be as greedy as Nikon and do something decent, something that will replace/compete with their entry level dSLR.

But as far as cine goes Sony has to take a notice, and hopefully RED will finally go out of business. (they won't be missed). Healthy competition in the mid-pro level cine equipment is very good, thats where a decent technology will be born to go down to consumer product.

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chris maytag
By chris maytag (Nov 4, 2011)

> "hopefully RED will finally go out of business. (they won't be
> missed)"

Sarcasm? RED *OWNED* Canon's rear end with the Scarlet. And int he video community, I know far more people itching to shoot on EPICs from RED. Not only will they not be going out of business, they'll be producing at capacity for the foreseeable future.

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jtmon
By jtmon (Nov 5, 2011)

^^^THIS and RED's kits even come in cheaper.

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kombizz0
By kombizz0 (Nov 4, 2011)

I wonder how much it cost for an ordinary photographer?

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Joe Ogiba
By Joe Ogiba (Nov 4, 2011)

$666,000

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Daniel Browning
By Daniel Browning (Nov 4, 2011)

Too little too late. 8-bit 1.9K 30FPS 6MB/s? That's about one tenth the capability of four-year-old cameras in that price range (e.g. Red One 12-bit 4K 42 MB/s compressed raw), to say nothing of current models.

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makofoto
By makofoto (Nov 4, 2011)

I don't get it. All that quality equipment and so many focus issues in the Behind The Scenes footage?

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Franka T.L.
By Franka T.L. (Nov 4, 2011)

So I guess the 1Ds and 1D now become 1Dx and 300C , would be very interesting to tell how all goes with this one

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bigdaddave
By bigdaddave (Nov 4, 2011)

Not the exciting new product I was hoping for, not at all

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shaocaholica
By shaocaholica (Nov 4, 2011)

I've worked with a ton of middle-to-big commercial productions shooting DSLRs and I will assure you none of them are going to jump on this $20k camera any time soon. For that kind of money you might as well go Red but then again, that kind of money is hard to come by even for what you would think of as high budget productions.

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Matthew Bartok
By Matthew Bartok (Nov 7, 2011)

This camera is not being marketed as the next big thing for uploading videos to youtube. Of course you can create amazing content that looks amazing with a DSLR setup, but you have to figure what the output is going to be. This system is being marketed as a usable replacement to a 35mm motion picture film camera which the film stock alone would probably cost twenty thousand dollars. Of course in five years this tech will be standard in every DSLR for a tenth of the price : )

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kng
By kng (Nov 4, 2011)

Way to go ! rather than DSLR on video.

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Sosua
By Sosua (Nov 4, 2011)

Doesn't look pocketable.

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Faisalee
By Faisalee (Nov 4, 2011)

LOL! :p

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