It’s been an exciting night, camera fans! The internet has been alight with the heat of rampant flame wars as enthusiasts from each side hurled insults at the other. In the blue corner we have Canon. After three years of waiting, they have finally entered the arena and created the Digital Cinema camera everyone knew they could – the C300.
In the red corner… we have RED. They also chose yesterday to release the specs and open up pre-orders on the fabled Red Scarlet.
And then, predictably, the mud-slinging began. The Red Scarlet is half the price of the Canon C300, the C300 is half the weight. The Scarlet operates at a higher resolution and variable frame rates, the C300 is predicted to have better low light performance and more stable firmware. It was a forum-dweller’s dream.
I’m a firm believer in the right camera for the right job. The Canon DSLRs like the 5D and 7D might not be the most usable cameras, but they help produce a lovely image for our more budget conscious projects so we have them in-house.
Their differences set each camera apart from its neighbour, and choice can only ever be a good thing for production companies and cinematographers. So let’s put the flying faeces down and tell some good stories with our shiny new tools.
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