Canon XC15 4K Video Camera

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The ergonomics and lens were the downfalls of the Canon XC10 and those two appear mostly unchanged in the XC15.  The lens wasn’t bad per se, but it was a compromise that didn’t make sense as film makers would prefer a brighter option.  The image quality of the XC10 was better than people gave it credit for.  People just didn’t want to deal with the camera.

The XC15 appears to add the following new features:

  • XLR audio
  • Accepts MA400 microphone adapter
  • 24P
  • Menu locking

Sadly, there was no dual pixel AF added.

This camera is a pass for us but it’s not as bad as we all it make it out to be.  It’s hard not to be mad at Canon who could make something great but instead keep releasing products like this.

 

Canon Cinema EOS C700

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At $28,000 for the body this camera will be of more limited appeal.  In addition to its 15 stops of dynamic range, dual pixel CMOS AF, and Super 35mm CMOS sensor, this camera shoots 4K up to 60P and 2K up to 240P, and 4K RAW up to 120P via the optional dockable RAW recorder.  There are of course a bunch of other professional features for this camera.

Some Thoughts For and Against the Canon 5D Mark IV

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Noam Kroll, a film maker whose posts we usually enjoy, has written an article titled 3 Reasons Why The New Canon 5D MK IV Might Not Suck. We are happy to see many points of view on the same subject so this is a welcome post about the Canon 5D Mark IV (which we still strongly do not recommend for video purposes).

And this meme was bound to pop up quickly and regardless of whether or not you like or hate it, it did accurately summarize the main grievances against this new release:

 

Canon Announces the EOS 5D Mark IV DSLR

Many of you have been waiting a long time for this camera. Canon tends to be conservative in their updates but they did change more than usual with this iteration. Again, we are sad to see the absence of 4K 60P but it’s not really surprising.

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Specifications of note:

  • New 30.4 Megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor for versatile shooting in nearly any light, with ISO range 100–32,000; expandable up to 50–102,400.
  • 4K Motion JPEG video (DCI cinema-type 4096 x 2160) at 30p or 24p; in-camera still frame grab of 4K 8.8-Megapixel images; multiple video options include Full HD up to 60p, and HD up to 120p.
  • Superb Dual Pixel CMOS AF for responsive and smooth AF during video or Live View shooting; LCD monitor has full touch-screen interface, including selection of AF area.
  • Excellent performance — up to 7.0 fps continuous shooting speed with high performance DIGIC 6+ Image Processor for improved speed and excellent image quality.
  • 61 AF points with expanded vertical coverage with 41 cross-points, and AF possible at all 61 AF points with many lens + extender combinations effective at f/8.
  • 150,000-pixel RGB+IR metering sensor helps provide precise exposure metering, helps detect flickering lights and allows for enhanced scene recognition and face detection capabilities.
  • Dual Pixel RAW, in-camera Digital Lens Optimizer during JPEG shooting and Diffraction Correction technologies.
  • Built-in Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity provide easy sharing to compatible smart devices, select social media sites and the Canon Connect Station CS100 device.
  • Built-in GPS provides geotag information including auto time syncing with Universal Time Code (UTC) via satellites.
  • $3,499