If you're looking at creating high-end video with a camera, the amount you can spend can vary as much as if you were looking at buying a car. But how much better is a large format cinema camera anyway?
At times, photography can feel incredibly expensive, particularly if you want the newest sensors and fast glass to put in front of it. However, if you start looking into videography equipment — or worse, anything worth the word "cinema" in the name — your pockets might have to be a lot deeper.
In this video, Adorama put six cameras through their paces to see how they perform side-by-side. On the one end, you have a titanic, large format cinema camera, and on the other, you have revered video-centric, mirrorless hybrids. These tests can never truly capture the range and variation in requirements of every type of video shoot, but it's still an interesting indication of what the final image will look like and how much they might differ.
Which camera corresponds with which letter in this video is buried right at the end and you might miss it, so here they are:
- Camera A: RED Monstro, 8k 5:1 ($59,950)
- Camera B: ARRI Alexa Mini LF, 4444 (approx. $80,000)
- Camera C: Sony VENICE, 6k raw (approx. $42,000)
- Camera D: Canon C500 II, 6k raw ($15,999)
- Camera E: Panasonic Lumix S1H, 6k ($3,497)
- Camera F: Sony a7S III, 4k XAVC S ($3,498)
As you can see, the large format camera, the ARRI Alexa Mini LF, commands quite the price! Do you think it's worth it?