This will be my quick comparison of what I think about some upper class cameras. Now I'm going to try to keep my opinion not so over bearing and stick to some facts. Now I have also never used any of these cameras, which you may say makes me unfit to give an opinion which is why my opinion is only based on image, specs, reviews I've seen and price.
Now while this is not "technically" a cinema camera, the magic lantern features certainly make the image much nicer. The 5d Mk III has the moire problems fixed and has headphone + mic inputs. This camera seems to capture video much like you'd expect from it's still images, very sharp and contrasty. It's also not bad dynamic range wise and is fairly cheap. The major benefit is that this is currently one of the only cameras to shot high compression AND raw video. This makes it a great all around camera for work ranging from Film to your brother's wedding. Ofcourse the raw also brings up other Canon cameras capable of raw to possibly good cinema cameras such as the 5D mkII and the 6D.
Sony F5 and F55
These two cameras got to be some of my favorites from the upper cameras. They are decently price in comparison to others in it's category. They also offer some great skin tones and quite a bit of flexibility. Check out this comparison of it and the Alexa and Red Epic.
Personally I don't like the Alexa as much as the F55 and the Epic. The F55 has a nice skin tone and real look. The Epic has a nice Sci-fi, action look. The Alexa? Well I guess it looks the most like film, but the overall look of the colors isn't as appealing to me as the others. You can decide for yourself by watching the above video.
Red kind of got the whole digital cinema thing rolling. I believe the Red One was the first 4k camera, which is impressive and even today there cameras seem to stay in the top notch. Many people knock them off with a saying like "it's not about the gear" or something of the sorts but to be truthful it can be a very beautiful camera. Check out both the above and bellow video for some great red images.
I am slightly disappointed by Canon due to there inability to compete with the other companies however due to there name, lenses and quality of their cameras (user experience and build). However the C500 can produce decent images, however not worth what it costs. The 1DC seems to have great image quality but costs near 12K. So We'll have to wait till Canon catches up. However if your interested, Shane Hurlbut compares Canons Quite often to other cameras on his youtube channel:
Interesting new company with some cool cameras spec wise but the image doesn't seem to be as good as the others on this list, so we'll have to wait to see if they come out with something better.
While many think that Blackmagic has made this camera not that interesting, the colors from it's CCD sensor is quite unique and in fact makes the image look like film. In fact it looks the more like film than any other camera on this list. However how good is it? I guess we'll have to wait for Philip Bloom's Review. But here's Philip Bloom's Short made with it.
Oh, blackmagic. They seem to be doing everything right and yet a few things wrong. First there price is unbeatable and for near Red looking images, it's amazing. It beats cameras close to 5x it's price. The image is very nice, however I think out the three, I like the First one's image the best. Unfortunately these cameras could do better at ergonomics, video storage and audio. But these are problems you'd have with more expensive equiptment as well so heres some images from the original Blackmagic Cinema Camera.
What do you think of these cameras? Are Cinema Cameras still worth it or will DSLRs and Blackmagic take over?
Zachary Will is an Award-Winning Filmmaker creating short films and content for the Internet as the owner of Riverside Studios. He has a Bachelor's in Film from Full Sail University. He has worked on productions for companies like Webmd, Sears, Home Depot, Six Flags and more!
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