Recently, we were able to demo the very nice Canon EOS C100 with the Canon EF 24-105mm lens and I must say…I definitely like this camera.
For those of you out there that have around $7,000 to drop on a pro camera, this is one that you will want to look at!
The first thing that I will say out right is that you better have a computer that is capable to edit 1080i at 17mbps and you will want a decent sized hard drive. But after other than that, this camera is awesome (and I’m not just saying this because I’m a Canon user).
It has a huge Super 35mm sized CMOS sensor at the heart of it all allowing a good digital equivalence to the Super 35mm film cameras out there.
It features 2 SDHC/SDXC card slots for prolonged filming and has the ability to write to both cards simultaneously for a quick and easy redundancy backup. You get a bit over two hours of recording time out of a 32gb card while filming at 1080i @ 24mbps @ 24 fps (which was what we were using at the time).
Low light was another plus for the camera, boasting the need for only 0.3 lux of light while filming at 59 Hz. Typically we use strategic lighting for nighttime or low light shots but during our testing we didn’t have to insanely worry about lighting like we normally do.
Like other cameras out there, we do like the fact that this camera has dual XLR mic inputs so there is no need for a XLR box (like when using DSLRs). The one thing that we did not like was the LCD screen on the camera. Viewing angles are good but sporting only a 3.5″ screen definitely requires an external HD monitor (which is possible via the uncompressed HDMI output.
If you have the possibility to demo this camera at a camera shop, definitely check it out!