shares his thoughts on what makes the Canon C100 a great documentary camera:
On these short documentary projects, I am the only one filming so I was looking for these things in the camera I was going to use:
- Small form factor with good ergonomics
- High quality image (not necessarily hi-resolution)
- Professional audio connections
- ND filters
- High Frame Rate
I ended up choosing the Canon C100 because of three main reasons:
- Professional video and audio features
- Ergonomics/Ease of use
- Image Quality
The LCD flip-out screen isn’t as usable as the flip-out rotatable screen for a 60D/T3i, but it is clear and definitely usable. One issue that I have (along with many others) is the puny EVF. When looking through the EVF, the screen inside is low-res and prone to light leaks. There are workarounds but it is not a very robust EVF. This is one of the weakest parts of the camera.
Image quality and dynamic range (12 stops) were the things that really opened up my eyes about this camera. Everything looked ok on the little LCD monitor or puny EVF, but when I got home and hooked the HDMI out of the C100 into my TV and played the raw footage off the camera, I was REALLY pleased with what I saw.
For a 1080p image, this camera slots in right below those RED/ALEXA cameras in terms of image quality. Sure, the dynamic range is not as wide as the others but WIDE DR and Canon Log (Cinema) mode are really useful. I shot everything in the Cinema mode and it really helped capture a wide range when shooting in bright sunlight and shade.
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