Canon Cinema EOS C100 – the latest addition to our lineup :)

Adding any new camera to our rental lineup is always an exciting experience but deciding which one to buy…now that is a very difficult decision . With camera technology evolving everyday and with manufacturers pushing 4k…..that decision becomes more critical…..well  not that much . Since there was a budget limitation we had to build a camera system which would not only fit in that budget but also deliver in terms of image quality .

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Canon moved into the “Cinema” line of cameras with the C300 taking what they had learned from the 5D mark II to the next level . The image quality from the C300 was gorgeous and along with its unique form factor and broadcast ready codec gave film makers a great tool to work with . But it was way out of budget for most film makers included us , so when Canon announced the C100 we were quite excited even though the specs were underwhelming a bit , but since it shared the same sensor as its bigger and more expensive siblings gave us some peace of mind :P . So after checking it out at “Broadcast Exhibition 2012” in Mumbai ,testing it and after watching a lot of videos on Vimeo and Youtube we finally decided to buy it .

Lets have a look at what all we got in the box . The package was delivered to us by “ Big Camera” who is one of the authorised dealers for Canon in the state .

C100 - unbox it

The usual suspects :)

rigged up EOS C Quick access buttons back view XLR Inputs

Stereo mic and levels adjust

The Canon 5D Mark2 and now the Mark3 have long been the cameras of choice for a lot of documentary and indie film makers out there because of its size and affordability, but it is a camera meant to do shoot stills and does video as well . Where as the C100 is designed from ground up to purely shoot video which it does brilliantly . Some might argue that the 5d is affordable but to make it a proper functioning video camera one will need

  • ND Filters
  • External monitor for focus peaking,histogram and other functions
  • A preamp for audio recording and XLR audio
  • etc……

which means adding extra gear where as the C100 has all this and much more in built and works straight out of the box .

As far as the codec goes..it outputs AVCHD and records on to SD cards . It is a compressed codec but having worked with the AVCHD on our Sony FS700 I must say that it is a very good compressed codec to work with . When it comes to shooting content for broadcast which has specific requirements , you can do that via the uncompressed HDMI port into the Atomos Ninja 2 external recorder and record ProRes & DNxHD of your choice.

atomos-ninja-2 The Atomos Ninja 2 can also be used with the 5D mark3 to record broadcast ready content  ,so why to opt for the C100 you ask !  Even though it does uncompressed through its HDMI the quality will still be very different because the sensor is different and that is where the Cinema EOS cameras are king . Below is a video comparing the 5d3 & C100 both recording ProRes externally . The quality of the sensor and the images from it demonstrate that difference .

One of the neat features of this camera is its ability to use the Canon EF-S lenses which are not compatible with the full frame cameras . By enabling the EF-S function in the C100 you can use the EF-S lenses . The EF-S 17-55 f 2.8 IS which is equivalent to a 24-70 on a full frame works like a treat with this camera and along with its IS feature makes for a perfect kit lens .

Review by Philip Bloom

This camera is meant to be an upgrade to DSLR film makers who want the Cinema EOS quality for a fraction of the cost of the C300 . Because it shares the same sensor as the C300 & C500 it works as perfect B cam to your existing C300 setup and can also work well as the A cam . With all the goodies like the Canon C-log and the one push autofocus its great for the Run n Gun type shooter .

BUT…but it does have its share of cons as well . The camera records 24P , PF25 , 50i & 60i . While the PF 25 can be undone when recorded with the Ninja , there is no slowmo in this camera  i.e there is no 50p not even at 720p like the C300 & C500 because there is no 720p mode in the camera . But the 50i does make a good 50p after some nifty post work shown in the video below .

It would have been nice if it were there but it is one of those things which can be worked around as its rarely used . Apart from this there nothing holding the camera back .

Short film Titled ” Bart ” captured with the Canon C100 and the BTS

” Bart” Behind the scenes video

A friend of mine Arjun Suri who is a film makers based in Delhi recently shot a short film with the C100 . One of the scenes was shot in Candle light at ISO 12800 and was blown away by the fact that there was no noise, he was kind enough to share a sample image with me . It is the best low light camera and paired with the new Canon CN-E lenses makes for a powerful shooting package .

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For more info on the camera and our rental packages get in touch with us via our Facebook page .

https://www.facebook.com/NovusPictures
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SUPER SLOW-MO on the Sony FS700 & how it works.

Slow-motion has always been used in movies , commercials and even cooking shows to add that extra character to the show . But more often than not these shows have good budgets and use cameras like PHANTOM Camera or the RED Epic which are amazing cameras but also come with a very heavy price tag . When SONY came out with the     NEX FS700 with the ability to shoot slow-mo in Full HD at 240 fps up to 960 fps(with reduced resolution) it not only created a stir but more importantly made slow motion “Accessible” to people. With features like this at such an amazing price point makes this an amazing camera to have and to say that I am happy to have made this purchase would be an understatement .

So lets breakdown the process of shooting slow-motion with the Sony NEX FS700 .

Firstly since this camera can switch between NTSC&PAL the frame rates also change accordingly . For NTSC which is 24p the frame rates for slow-mo are 60fps,120fps,240fps,480fps,960fps while for PAL which is 25p the frame rates are 50fps,100fps,200fps,400fps & 800fps . So depending on which mode you select the frame rates will also differ .

Shooting slow-motion on the Sony FS700 is a simple process . To get into the Slow-mo mode you simply press a button on the left side of the camera titled “ S&Q” .Pressing the button once will get you into S&Q motion where it will shoot 50fps at Full HD. Another press of the button takes you into the “Super slow-motion mode” . In this mode the FS700 will shoot 100fps and 200fps at full resolution which is 1920 x 1080. It is also possible to shoot at higher frame rates such as 400fps & 800fps at a slightly reduced resolution but still very much usable . Although the recording is limited to 16 seconds for 100 fps and 8 seconds for 200 fps .

Now depending on what frame rates you want to shoot at be it 100,200,400 or 800 being maximum , you have to go and set the desired frame rates under the “Frame Rate” tab . There are three ways to trigger super slow-motion on the FS700 which are “ Start Trigger”“ End Trigger” and “ End Half Trigger ” all of which can be selected under the “ Super Slow motion ” section.

You can trigger recording immediately after the press of the record button or you can set the camera to record the burst period prior to pressing the record button. If using the trigger at start mode, on pressing the record button a message saying “buffering” appears in the viewfinder. After 8 (or 16 secs) the camera starts to write the recording to the SD card.During the writing process you cannot shoot anything else. Press the record button during the writ process and it stops the process at that point, keeping the written file to that point and then the camera ready to record another shot.

In trigger at end mode, you point the camera at the scene you want to capture and shortly after the thing you want to record happens you press the record button and the camera then starts to write the previous 8(16) seconds to the SD card, again you see half speed(approx) playback of the clip as it is written to the card. The end half trigger mode somewhat similar to the trigger at end mode and the difference being that it writes end half of the footage the moment you press record.The fact you cannot shoot anything during the writing process might be frustrating but considering that it does all this in camera AVCHD and especially at this price point is definitely a winner.

Now lighting plays an important role while shooting any sequence and especially while shooting slow motion . One of the main issues of shooting slow motion not just with this camera but in general is the flickering. This flicker is mainly caused by the lighting so it becomes more important to choose the right kind of light setup for a slow motion shoot.

The flickering is seen a lot while using florescent lights which realized when I tried super slow mo for the first time just to check out the settings at home.

Sony FS700 Super Slow-mo 200 fps trial . from karan shetty on Vimeo.

Shooting slow motion in natural does not cause any issues as one does not have to deal with power output of the lights or electrical frequencies.On-set lighting is where the challenge lies and to know how different lights react becomes essential .

Hello World Communication tried out the lights more commonly used on set and tested out how much flicker each light creates . This test is ideal for understanding how light reacts while shooting at different frame rates .

Flicker Test for the Sony FS-700 at 240fps from Hello World Communications on Vimeo.

One thing to remember is that as you increase the frame rates from 200 to 400 and 800 the amount of light hitting the sensor becomes less and the overall view becomes darker.So it might take a couple of takes to get the exposure right for the shot depending on what fps you are shooting at.

For the second slow motion test I used a 49 bulb LED light which was a bi-colour light  mounted on the cameras hot shoe . There were no issues of flicker which was very much obvious in the first video.The footage is a combination of 200 and 400 fps .

Slowflakes & bubbles from karan shetty on Vimeo.

Personally I am excited about owning this camera and I think Sony has really done a good job with the FS700 . Sure it might not have the crazy 1500 fps of the Phantom or even the resolution of the RED Epic but to have one camera which does great slowmo, a great low light performer,light weight and at a price which is not heavy on your pockets is definitely a great tool to have .

Canon 6D : The NEW entry level full frame camera.

 

 

Today Canon released its new entry level DSLR the “Canon 6D” . its options galore . From the looks of it the 6D looks like a smaller version of the 5D mark III and a possible replacement of the 5D mark II in the Canon lineup . With a new sensor and processor along with Wifi and GPS definitely make it interesting .

 

 

Here is a comparison between the 6D and the 5D Mark III

Image via Dpreview.com

With Sony Alpha A99 (refer to previous post) and Nikon D600 also releasing at the same time,that makes it THREE new full frame cameras.Its a good time for photographers and indie filmmakers as its options galore .

For more hands-on and images check out the links below

http://www.engadget.com/2012/09/17/canon-eos-6d-hands-on/

http://www.dpreview.com/previews/canon-eos-6d/

Specs via Dpreview

  • 20.2MP full frame CMOS sensor
  • DIGIC 5+ image processor
  • ISO 100-25600 standard, 50-102800 expanded
  • 4.5 fps continuous shooting
  • ‘Silent’ shutter mode
  • 1080p30 video recording, stereo sound via external mic
  • 11 point AF system, center point cross-type and sensitive to -3 EV
  • 63 zone iFCL metering system
  • 97% viewfinder coverage; interchangeable screens (including Eg-D grid and Eg-S fine-focus)
  • 1040k dot 3:2 3″ ClearView LCD (fixed)
  • Single SD card slot
  • Built-in Wi-Fi and GPS
  • Single-axis electronic level

Press Release from CANON

LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., September 17, 2012 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today introduced the EOS 6D Digital SLR Camera, a versatile mid-range full-frame camera with the durability and performance professionals require and the creative imaging options serious photographers crave. Canon has coupled the incredible image quality of a newly designed 20.2-megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor and DIGIC 5+ Image Processor with the creative potential of built-in Wireless and GPS features. The camera also includes an 11-point AF array and 63-zone dual-layer iFCL metering sensor together with 1080p Full HD video capabilities, in an affordable camera body. Building upon the qualities that made the EOS 5D Mark II camera so successful, the EOS 6D bridges the gap for budget-minded photographers, videographers and cinematographers who are eager to step up into the world of full-frame imaging.

“The introduction of this camera completes a well-rounded ecosystem from input through output for Canon, allowing us to provide the right combination of features for every level of photographer. We believe the EOS 6D Digital SLR Camera along with our new PIXMA Pro printers will help unlock the creative vision of so many who aspire to capture and display their artistic abilities,” stated Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies & Communications Group, Canon U.S.A.

Designed for advanced amateurs and videographers making the move to a full-frame Digital SLR, the EOS 6D fits neatly into Canon’s professional imaging system with an advanced feature set including full manual options for creative control in addition to new and intuitive automatic settings to help even novice photographers capture great images. The camera’s construction helps meet the needs of professionals with a 100,000-cycle shutter durability and EOS Integrated Cleaning System for high-quality vibration-based dust removal. Among the many advancements in Canon’s new EOS 6D is the Company’s proprietary DIGIC 5+ Image Processor that powers the camera’s fast 14-bit analog-to-digital conversion for exceptionally smooth color tones and gradation. The camera offers a full-frame, 20.2-megapixel CMOS sensor and continuous shooting up to 4.5 frames per second (fps).

Thanks to the combination of its new CMOS image sensor and the powerful DIGIC 5+ image processor, the EOS 6D provides a wide ISO range from 100-25600 with a low setting, L: 50 and two high settings, H1: 51200 and H2: 102400. These outstanding low-light capabilities allow the EOS 6D to easily capture dimly lit scenes such as wedding ceremonies, indoor corporate events, or landscapes at dusk. To support the ample sensitivity of the new camera’s sensor, the EOS 6D camera’s Auto Focus (AF) system includes a newly-developed 11-point AF sensor featuring a high-precision center cross-type point with an exceptional EV -3 sensitivity rating for accurate focusing even in extremely low-light conditions.

The EOS 6D has a large 3.0-inch Clear View LCD monitor with 1,040,000 dot VGA resolution and 170 degree viewing angle, with high-transparency multicoating for maximum protection and clarity when viewing images or navigating menu screens. When used for Live View shooting, the camera’s bright high-performance LCD screen provides 100 percent coverage, for easy focusing and framing.

Full-Frame 1080p Full HD Video
Videographers, student filmmakers, and creative independent spirits will appreciate the full-frame video capabilities of the EOS 6D in an affordable and compact body. Borrowing from the best of the EOS 5D-series, the EOS 6D provides full manual control over exposure and audio levels while recording video. The camera features NTSC and PAL video modes at multiple frame rates, recording 1080p at 30 (29.97), 24 (23.976) and 25 fps, 720p at 60 (59.94) and 50 fps and standard video at 30 (29.97) and 25 fps. The camera provides up to 29 minutes and 59 seconds of continuous recording (with 4GB automatic file partitioning) in selectable All i-framei or IPB compressions with embedded timecode. Especially when used with large aperture lenses, the EOS 6D camera’s full-frame sensor offers a tremendous degree of creative control over depth-of-field, helping users to achieve pro-quality cinematic effects in Full HD video recordings.

Built-in Wireless and GPS
For the ultimate in DSLR connectivity and control, the EOS 6D features a built-in wireless transmitter which allows the camera to share images and video with the user’s choice of wireless devices such as select PowerShot cameras, smartphones, or tablets, as well as cloud-based destinations including social networking sites through the Canon iMAGE GATEWAYii iii. A very intuitive and useful wireless feature is the new, free Canon EOS Remote app available for iOS and Android systems which will allow a smartphone or wireless device such as a tablet to remotely connect, control and operate the connected EOS 6Div. This seamless connection and control will open new opportunities for professional photographers shooting weddings or remote wildlife, without the need for tethered operation or accessories.

For on-location shooters, landscape photographers or enthusiast photo travelers, the EOS 6D features a built-in GPS receiver to record longitude, latitude, elevation and Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) as EXIF data for seamless geo-tagging while shooting. The GPS coordinates are appended to each image and easily syncs with Canon software or mapping apps on social network sites to show image locations. Use of UTC data allows images to be chronologically mapped and trails plotted and recorded.v

Boundless Creativity
To help photographers unlock their full creative potential and explore all the different avenues of digital photography, the EOS 6D includes several creative modes for image capture. First is the HDR (High Dynamic Range) mode allowing the camera to capture three separate exposures and combine them in-camera for a stunning image capturing both enhanced shadow detail and bright highlights. Next is the camera’s Multiple Exposure mode where users can combine up to nine individual images into a single composite image, with no need for later computer post-processing. Four different compositing methods are provided for maximum creative control, including Additive, Average, Bright and Dark. Compositing results can be viewed in real time on the camera’s LCD monitor, and there is a one-step Undo command that allows photographers to delete an image and try again if desired. The EOS 6D will even allow photographers to specify a previously captured RAW image as the starting point for a new Multiple Exposure composite image. In addition to HDR and Multiple Exposure modes are Canon’s standard Scene Intelligent Auto and special scene modes to capture great images with ease. The camera is compatible with SD, SDHC, and SDXC memory cards including the new Ultra High Speed (UHS-I) cards.

Pricing and Availability
The EOS 6D Digital SLR Camera will be sold in a body-only configuration at an estimated retail price of $2,099.00 and it will additionally be offered in a kit version with Canon’s EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM zoom lens at an estimated retail price of $2,899.00. Both configurations are expected to be available in December 2012.

Waiting for the release in India and the also the pricing,I expect this to be priced somewhere around the Rs 1,30,000 which will almost be the same as the Nikon D600 which is priced at Rs 1,35,970 . I will update this post as soon as the INDIA release comes up . Lets hope Canon give some information at the Broadcast India Show 2012

Official Canon page :

http://www.usa.canon.com/cusa/professional/products/professional_cameras/digital_slr_cameras/eos_6d#Specifications

 

 

SONY launches its new Full Frame trio.

Sony recently launched 3 new full frame beasts and with these new releases they have very much spiced up the full frame market which has been dominated by Canon and Nikon . Sony has targeted three different markets being Full frame DSLR , Compact Rangefinder style & HD video cameras.What’s unique about all three is that they share the same sensor. Lets take a peak at what these new offerings are .

Firstly lets start with the new flagship full frame DSLR which is the Sony Alpha A99 which is their first full frame camera since A900 which was released in 2008 .

 

The A99 comes with loads of features which will interest both photographers and filmmakers . With a price tag of $2800 US this stacks up against the full frame offerings from other manufacturers. A 24.3 megapixel Exmor sensor with very good low light capabilities,OLED viewfinder,14-bit RAW in stills mode with 6 frames per second burst mode. For video shooters uncompressed HDMI 4:2:2 8 bit and 1080 at 24p and 60p in AVCHD 2(which is a first for full frame cameras).

A brand new swivel screen is great for those low angle shots and world’s first “dual AF system” which includes two different phase-detect systems,one being the 19 point AF system and the other a 102 point system which is present on the imager itself,and also XLR audio with extra accessories .

Hands on and more images check out these links

http://www.engadget.com/2012/09/12/sony-alpha-a99-hands-on/

http://www.dpreview.com/previews/sony-alpha-slt-a99/

Now lets have a look at the Sony DSC-RX1 compact full frame camera which is like a rangefinder camera similar to the Leica M9 .

 

This camera is my personal favourite and the one i am looking forward to owning . What makes this camera special is that it is compact almost the same size as the Sony RX100.

That means you can have a full frame camera that can fit in the pocket which is crazy .

It shares he same full frame sensor as the flagship A99,so you get the great low light, 14bit RAW but 5 frames/second burst .It also shoots video at 1080p AVCHD at 24p and 60p

The RX1 sports a fixed 3-inch 1,229k dot LCD . What this camera does not have is a viewfinder,one has to make due with the LCD . Although you can mount an XGA OLED view finder similar or a normal optical view finder,both of which are sold separately .

This camera comes with a Zeiss Sonnar T* 35mm f/2.0 fixed prime lens with 9 blade aperture,what this means is that you cannot change the lens but has manual focus manual . This camera is coming at $2800 US which is similar to the A99 but its far less compared the other rangefinder cameras like Leica M9.A full frame camera that fits in your pocket and at this price point is stellar.

 

Hands on and more images check out these links 

http://www.engadget.com/2012/09/12/sony-cyber-shot-rx1-compact-camera-packs-a-full-frame-senso/

http://www.dpreview.com/previews/sony-cybershot-dsc-rx1/

And last but not by any means least is the new Sony NEX VG900 HD cam which is full frame , yes you heard it right a full frame HD camera .

 

Once again since it shares the same 24.3 megapixel sensor it also shares similar features . 1080p recording at 24p and 60p and it can also shoot fine stills 14bit RAW similar to that of the A99,but this “little” beast is more suited for video work . Since it is an NEX model,it is loaded with an E-mount which is similar to the FS100 and FS700 . But the best part about this mount is that its very flexible,so you can mount Canon,Nikon lenses using adapters and also attach the Sony Alpha series of lenses using the LA-EA3 adapter . The price is mentioned at $3299 without lens but it comes with the LA-EA3 adapter .

For more images check out the link below

http://www.engadget.com/2012/09/12/sony-nex-vg30-vg900-hands-on/

Although the official release in India is yet to be announced,I am hoping that its done soon . With the Alpha A99 and RX1 expecting to come somewhere around the Rs 1,50,000* to Rs 2,00,000* range will definitely make the full frame market more interesting . I know i am waiting to see what the RX1 feels like. As far as the Nex VG900 goes at roughly                 Rs 1,90,000* it is expensive for a handycam but for a full frame it is definitely something new for HD camcorders.

Be sure to catch SONY at the “BROADCAST INDIA SHOW 2012 “ from 10-12th October in Mumbai to find out what’s in store for the Indian market . We will definitely be there .
*The cost in Rupees is not exact price it is just speculative . 

30 minutes with the SONY NEX FS700

After ordering it and months of waiting , wondering and some delay in the delivery ,finally on the 26th of August 2012 it arrived .We waited for it for some time and what a sight it was.I am happy to say that Novus Pictures is the first studio to own the FS700 in India and we are definitely going to rock it.

After a quick check,I decided to take this out for a small stroll. A road lined with plant nurseries was the perfect location especially in the monsoon.Since I headed out alone,traveling light was important.So I mounted the Contax Zeiss 50mm 1.4 onto the FS700,an 8GB Sandisk SD card and it was ready. Monsoons are the best time to shoot because the climates is much cooler and the city does come alive .

Since the tripod had not arrived,I had to shoot without it and that was bothersome but the side grip and the eye loupe helped in providing better support . But the unsteady shots are very much visible (its kind of difficult to shoot with the umbrella in one hand and the camera in the other :D ).

Judging the exposure was challenging because the weather kept changing quite frequently.It was cloudy one moment,raining the next and suddenly out of nowhere the sun would pop out . Managed to leave the Vari ND at home,but the ND filters in the camera were very helpful,although at places my lack of experience showed with a couple of shots at the end getting blown out.

The settings of the camera were not adjusted,so I worked with practically “Out of the Box” settings . The AVCHD codec is nice,even though it is compressed it manages to hold up pretty well. Files opened up easily in Adobe Premiere CS5 and edit was a quick one . To avoid further compression and save time,I did a rough grade in Premiere itself .

Green Drive from karan shetty on Vimeo.

This video is by no means to showcase the capabilities of this camera and not a formal test. Check out films by experienced filmmakers like Philip Bloom among others on Vimeo which are much better examples of what this camera is capable of . I will be testing out the low light and the much talked about slow motion at a later stage . Once those tests are done,you will be the first to see them.

To know more on what equipment we have,check out link below.

http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.298299116944761.68992.295678560540150&type=3

 

Blackmagic Cinema Camera sample grades.

(The following post is just my experience with the RAW CInema DNG files)

At NAB 2012 Blackmagic Design surprised everyone by releasing the “Blackmagic Cinema Camera” which records RAW 12bit Cinema DNG files, as well as ProRes & DNxHD . People who are involved in broadcasting and post production will be very familiar with Blackmagic Design .

Image via http://www.blackmagicdesign.com

Ever since NAB,people including myself waited eagerly for some samples from this camera . Besides a few videos by John Brawley who has been involved in the development of this camera,there were no official samples out there .

Link to his blog : http://johnbrawley.wordpress.com

Recently John Brawley and Blackmagic Design released “ Afterglow” which was shot on the Blackmagic Design Camera .Not only that but they also provided CInema DNG files of the same for people to play around with and check out the quality first hand . The graded samples seen online are a clear indication of the latitude the RAW files have which is very good to say the least .

Afterglow from John Brawley Tests on Vimeo.

Cameras like the Arri Alexa and RED which are known for their RAW workflow are way out of budget for the everyday filmmaker . Thats where Blackmagic Design have done well.The Cinema Camera comes in at roughly Rs. 2,50,000,making RAW workflow accessible to everyone. People intending to buy a DSLR for video should definitely wait and have a look at this camera .

Since this camera is on my list,I thought it would be a great idea to test out the DNG files.After trying out some extreme settings(which it took happily) decided on a minor grade……nothing fancy,just enough to achieve the look that would appeal to me personally. Compressed footage is not exactly fun to work with in Post as they have limitations on how much you can push the footage,especially for a slightly more complex grade.Where as the freedom to play around even in the shadow areas among other things on the DNG’s were great and in the hands of a professional grading artist it would definitely do wonders, I am sure .

DaVinci Resolve which is a colour grading application (comes free with the Cinema Camera) can be used to process the images straight away. But for this particular exercise I used Lightroom for ease of use and availability :D

Here are the graded samples along with the original,just for comparison .

Shot_1_original

Shot_1_grade

The images have been saved as jpegs for the purpose of this post . The links for the original DNG’s are provided below. *

Shot_2_original

 

Shot_2_grade

 

Shot_3_original

Shot_3_grade

Shot_4_original

 

Shot_4_grade

shot_5_original

Shot_5_grade

The little experience that I had with the DNG files have been positive so far. The main thing will be to see how it performs on a daily basis and on projects .Honestly I would love to test this camera out myself . Till then…..I will have to wait patiently,which after this little experience….I DON’T MIND!!!!

Below are the links to download the DNG shots .

Shot 1: http://video.blackmagicdesign.com/Shot_1.zip

Shot 2: http://video.blackmagicdesign.com/Shot_2.zip

Shot 3: http://video.blackmagicdesign.com/Shot_3.zip

Shot 4: http://video.blackmagicdesign.com/Shot_4.zip

Shot 5: http://video.blackmagicdesign.com/Shot_5.zip

You can also check out a Cinema DNG file uploaded by Sebastian Wiegärtner on his facebook page.He is currently shooting a mini documentary with it .

Link : http://www.facebook.com/wiegaertnerfilms

Vincent Laforet has written a very comprehensive post on this camera.

http://blog.vincentlaforet.com/2012/08/31/black-magic-cinema-camera-bmcc-beautiful-  befuddling/

For more information about this camera and other Blackmagic Design products,check out the link below

http://www.blackmagicdesign.com

The all new Canon EOS C100 .

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Canon launched a new camera today,the entry-level model from their Cinema EOS line, the Canon C100. Just as the name suggests, it is the smaller sibling of the Canon C300. With this canon completes the trio of the Cinema EOS line with the C500 4K digital cinema camera being their flagship model.

 

The C100 shares not only the same unique design DNA as its older sibling but also the 8.3MP Super 35mm 16:9 CMOS sensor that captures individual R, G, and B channels for each full HD 1920 x 1080 frame.

Maintaining the unique form factor and   versatility, the Canon EOS C100 is easily configurable and can be accessorized to ones requirements. Canon has gone with the AVCHD codec which records at 24Mbit 4:2:0. Sony have used the AVCHD codec as well and its performance is quite impressive.

This camera records at 24/25/30p and also  50/60i but no 50/60p. With an ISO range of 320 to 20,000 and the same sensor as the C300, expect the low light images to have minimal noise.

The C100 also has the much liked Canon Log Gamma from the C300. The performance of the C-Log has been very impressive with its wide dynamic range suited for post processing.A removable side-mounted rotating grip with start/stop button and “joystick” giving it the “HDSLR feel”. A detachable top handle which sports two XLR inputs, a built in stereo microphone, a swivel LCD screen at the back , much needed ND filters , all this in a magnesium alloy body and still managing to be slightly smaller than the C300,is very neat indeed .

The C100 has two SD card slots. It can record simultaneously to both the cards and a relay record from one card to the other. The HDMI port can output uncompressed HD video,likely to be 4:2:2 to an external recorder like the Atomos Ninja 2,Pix 220 etc. which will be broadcast quality. This HDMI output also includes time code and a 2:3 pull down .A USB port and a stereo headphone jack are the other outputs included.

The C100 ships with an EF mount unlike the C300, which is available in both EF & PL mounts. Being EF mount, users will have access to the entire EF series of lenses. This is perfect for those who are looking to upgrade from a canon HDSLR and have EF lenses.

The pricing of the C100 is still uncertain. The initial price was rumored to be around $8000 which is closer to the SONY FS700,but the guys at CVP in the UK are taking pre-orders on their website at just at just £4162+ VAT which is roughly Rs 3,70,000 *, which is highly competitive. It definitely provides another option for beginning filmmakers working on a budget and tempt HDSLR camera owners to upgrade.  If this is the case then it makes the C100 a direct competitor of the little power house from SONY i.e. the FS100, which is the only camera in this price point.

            The FS100 also features the AVCHD codec, a very flexible E-Mout, uncompressed HDMI, and slow motion up to 60 fps in Full HD. As Canon were inactive in this bracket, and since both these cameras match up pretty well, expect this space to spice up with some competition (which we don’t mind at all…). The Indie or the low budget filmmaker has always opted for the HDSLRover other cameras,mainly due to the cost and portability.It will be interesting to see how this affects the sales of the 5D MRK III & 1 DX .

Personally i am keen to see what kind of users this camera attracts in India. Here the low budget filmmaker/owner operator who already has a DSLR would rather go with the flow than try something new like the C100 even if it makes sense . Now as far as the rental scene goes,its a bit different compared to else where . It functions on two extremes,one would be the DSLR market and the other dominated by the “big names” like ALEXA , RED ..etc rather than based on project requirement . Thats the reason why mid range cameras like the Canon C300 and the Sony F3 haven’t been as successful . Where this fits into the whole scenario here in India will be worth watching .

With the release done and dusted and expected delivery to be around November, the next couple of months are going to be exciting especially with IBC and Photokina just around the corner. We just might see some updates pretty soon. Eagerly waiting to see what this “baby” can do, also the price and release date in INDIA.

For a more info and specs , check out the link below

http://www.usa.canon.com/cusa/professional/products/professional_cameras/cinema_eos_cameras/eos_c100#Specifications

* The price mentioned in Indian Rupees is just rough conversion and not actual price.