If you are like me, a filmmaker who tries to do film magic on a budget, you probably keep an eye on certain professional video cameras waiting for that price-drop moment. But what if there's another professional camera at an already lower price with similar quality? Do you wait or buy the cheaper one?
J.P. Morgan and Kenneth Merrill from The Slanted Lens are trying to help us with that decision by reviewing Canon C300 Mark II and Sony FS7. They go through features that are of most interest to filmmakers: dynamic range, ISO performance, built-in ND filters, underexposed footage, color-handling, slow motion, and audio. As with still cameras, we know that above the $1,500 price range, you can't really get a bad one if you know what you are doing. It's the same for video, but usually with at least one extra zero at the end of the price tags. In this case, the $10,000 price range delivers quality gear, and it's up to us to decide which features we are going to utilize the most.
Great dynamic range and solid ISO performance are just a few of the covered features. Both cameras hold quite well under difficult light situations. However, each of them have advantages over the other brand. Canon would likely be more comfortable for audio recording, as it has has pre-amped XLR inputs. Sony, on the other hand, allows for higher frame rate footage, and so, you can have cooler slow-motion videos.
The decision is up to you. It's not easy if you want to spend $10,000 on a marriage to a professional camera brand manufacturer, but hopefully, this video will help.