“So expensive! It’s a kind of 5DmkII with ND filters, XLR input and headphone output. Nothing revolutionary.”
“So we’re on the brink of an unprecedented global recession and a possible meltdown of the whole financial system, and Canon decides now is a good to release a couple of 50 grand zooms to go with thier “affordable” new camera good luck with that one…”
I received these heartfelt comments from a couple of regular readers this morning who put many betrayed Canon DSLR users thoughts in a nutshell, not forgetting those of us who were looking for an alternative to the Sony and Panasonic large sensor camcorders. Most of what I predicted last week has indeed come true but for one prediction…”A sub £6K EF model”
Don’t get me wrong this C300 is very sexy but spec wise it’s lame in comparison with the competition…8bit is a very poor starting point for a camera of this magnitude like all other camcorders in it’s class it does output 10bit from the HD-SDI socket but once again whats the point in giving us 50Mbs 4:2:2 on board if you are going to resort to a NanoFlash to get that extra all important 10bits from the back end.
I really feel so sorry for the millions of film makers who were so hoping that Canon would solve their problems with a camera fit for purpose at a price they could afford, not forgetting the fact that as yet no one can use Canon EF glass electronically on any large sensor camcorder thanks to canons decision a few years back to make EF lenses fully electronic.
The EOS C300 is nothing more than a medium format 5D with all the hassle taken out and a smaller sensor !
The other side of the coin is that Canon R&D were very reluctant to go with having HD video tagged onto their 5DMk11 at the beginning and it took Chief exec. Masaya Maeda all his efforts to convince Canon to run with a dual purpose camera…the rest is history.
I personally think Canon has by-passed it’s loyal followers who as a collective have made the company what it is today, by ignoring their needs and concentrating totally on the wrong end of the marketplace, with a camera that by Vincent Laforet’s own admission is flawed by needing a Zacuto Z-finder EVF to see critical focus.
We were all expecting a sub £6K large sensor camera that would finally plug the gap for the majority of people wanting to make a step up to a film like camera that takes EF glass instead we get a £15K 8bit camera that once again suffers from a poor viewfinder probably due to lack of space…what more can I say.
Will it affect the Sony PMW-F3 which is the market the C300 is aiming at, initially but Sony have a very loyal customer base and Sony will possibly reduce their S-Log upgrade or make it free to new customers who knows but you can be assured the next incarnation of the F3 will not only start at 10bits but will be 50Mbs or higher and have a viewfinder fit for purpose…you mark my words.