This is obviously not a fair fight. But the comparison is interesting as you get to see what the additional money buys you.
We are very interested in this camera. We want to see whether or not it will dethrone the Black Magic Ursa Mini Pro as the best low-cost cinema camera. Certainly some people will forego the Black Magic for the Panasonic just for the reliability and support alone.
We’re happy to see the 1-inch sensor, the 60p, the 15X zoom lens, and the relatively small zoom factor. We would like to complain about the 4:2:0 color space but their competitors are doing the same so we can’t single out Canon here. If the autofocus is good and the low-light is decent then they probably have a decent product on their hands here.
Other key features:
- 5-axis image stabilization
- Detachable XLR handle (except on the Vixia)
- Wireless remote
- 25.5-382mm F2-4.5 Lens
- Built in ND filters
- 4K (and 4K output over HDMI which is also 4:2:0
- $3500, $3000, and $2500 respectively
- Dual SD card slots
- MPEG4 and future XF-AVC support
Sony VENICE CineAlta 6K Full-Frame Video Camera… try to say that 3 times fast. But odds are you won’t have to as you probably don’t have $40,000 laying around.
Full-frame may become even more relevant for video when 8K begins common because pixel-density at the Super 35 sensor size becomes more of a problem (but not an insurmountable one as RED has shown us).
Maybe Action Camera isn’t quite the right term as you need an external recorder to get the 4K. With a 1-inch sensor, 4K video resolution, 4:2:2 output, 24mm F4 lens, S-Log2, and a $700 price this is a strange little camera. F4 sucks. If you light your set this will be fine but F2.8 would have been the minimum to make this video camera more versatile. We shouldn’t complain though as it’s good to have more options and small, high-quality video cameras are welcome.
And since we’re talking about action cameras in our last post, the Yi 4K+ remains our first choice for best value 4K action camera:
The action camera form factor has advantages and better ergonomics but the Samsung video quality turns out to be better than we expected.
The ‘good’ remains to be proven, but we have high hopes for this 4K action camera that will sell for around $100-120. This camera weighs only 99 grams and it has a 2.4 inch touch-screen. A Sony sensor is used and the rest of the hardware is respectable. This camera is said to have 6-axis stabilization but this appears to marketing hyperbole as all stabilization is electronic and not optical.