Have Canon bitten off more than they can chew with this camera ?
For all the hype over the last two years with the DSLR being used on various programs from corporate to broadcast it’s become very apparent as I predicted a year ago that the video DSLR would take a nosedive in favour of the large sensor video cameras being produced by Sony, Canon, Panasonic, JVC and BlackMagic.
This was very apparent last month when I was able to glance in a glass cabinet in my local Calumet to see a Canon 5D Mk111 for sale, not something I was expecting to see with the recent introduction of this camera.
With seven cameras to choose from sporting 2k to 4K the video manufacturers have not let us down…why are we still getting hybrid photographic/video cameras such as the Nikon D4, D800 and Canon 5DMk111.
Simple…Dual purpose = more money… professional photographers are seeing this explosion of the dual purpose camera and as they are upgrading to a D4 or D800 they are expanding their opportunities delivering TWO for the price of one and a half.
Let me explain, professional photographers are snapping up various corporate jobs like photographing a new complex being built from start to finnish, why not offer the client HD footage for a little bit extra giving the photographer two bites of the cherry after all the camera is capable of both so why involve the expense of a video company if you can do it yourself.
The same principal is now seen regularly on newspaper web sites they have the ticket to get into a press conference why not get an interview while your getting the snaps at the same time, makes complete sense for web content and keeps costs to a minimum.
So to conclude the market has now changed from everyone being able to afford a hybrid DSLR to almost fit for purpose expensive cameras being produced affordable by the upgrading pros yet Canon decide to produce the EOS 1Dc 4K camera for $15,000 against the 4K Scarlet-X AL Canon mount collection at $16,165.
I think the days are now numbered for the ergonomics of the DSLR, it was a test bed when we had no large sensor video cameras and was the catalyst for Sony and Panasonic to produce video versions, that we can be eternally grateful for the DSLR.
With less than professional grade connectors the Canon 1Dc at $15,000 affords you ONE 3.5 mini jack for audio which is NOT a professional sound connector, a mini HDMI output and no swivel LCD.
I can’t see where the EOS-1Dc fits into all these new cameras as everyone seems to be catered for and are professional cameramen/women really going to choose a 1Dc over a C500 if 4K is your goal…I don’t think so.