It’s a shame this camera is overpriced, lacks c-log, and uses an 8-bit codec, because it’s otherwise great with it’s sensor size, 60p, auto-focus, adequate lens and image stabilization. We’ll wait for the next iteration that has 10-bit color. We just can’t go back to 8-bit anymore.
It’s a shame Canon crippled this camera so much. The footage looks beautiful.
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
We’ve be open about our dislike of the Canon 5D Mark IV. We do love Canon colors but we’re tired of them holding back in their consumer offerings to protect their pro lines. But the person behind the tool is more important than the tool and this Canon camera is good enough for many purposes.
It’s half way into 2017 and Canon not only doesn’t have 4K on its new camera, but it’s 1080P codec is somehow worse than the 6D Mark I (video autofocus is better of course in the Mark II).
We don’t hate Canon but they’ve been protecting their pro-video-segment at the expense of all their consumer gear. It’s been a long time that Canon’s given us anything to be excited about at a consumer affordable price.
We are still not sure how to feel about this video camera as we are unhappy with 8-bit in 2017, but otherwise it appears to be a great camera.
We’ve realized that we almost never post about Canon stuff anymore. Especially when it comes to their equipment that is accessible to the average consumer they’ve really been a let down. That said, they still produce viable tools. Here’s a video shot on the Canon 1DX Mark II:
Thank you Panasonic, for making something so affordable that can be used to generate acceptable images for some contexts. Now’s the time to grab a G7 if you want a cheap 4K video camera that is okay when properly lit and exposed.