Ethics Statement:_ I have never been paid by a manufacturer to review a camera and never will. The problem with doing reviews properly is the amount of time they take, either from your work time (which means no paid gigs) and your free time, so without sponsorship for them it’s hard to do. UK dealer CVP approached me to do a review of this camera and the XA25. A balanced pros and cons review is always needed, and they have never had a problem before otherwise it’s a pointless sales pitch!_
Zacuto are featured in the video. They are a site sponsor but they also make, for my money, the best C100 solution out there. I am sure there are others that I haven’t come across, so do some research first.
Camera reviews…impossible to keep up. It is a full time job, especially as I refuse to do anything less than 100% in terms of quality and content. I don’t want to do overviews or wishy-washy half arsed ones. I have also been criticised in the past for being biased, even though I clearly try my best to show all the pros and cons I have found, and every one of my reviews from the past 3 years have been very matter of fact. If a camera manufacturer had paid me for any of my reviews (which I won’t accept for ethical reasons), they would probably be put out by my frankness, and I am frank with my opinions. The other criticisms I get is when I say that I can’t do them all, as they take so much time and I simply cannot afford to do them without sponsorship. These people seem to be living in a world where time is not money, and the fact that my reviews generally take around 5-10 days to make, during which time I cannot work and earn money, doesn’t seem to register. Bewildering.
The reviews I do are normally cameras I have an interest in. I was just asked to do a review on the Canon XA25 by CVP (who sponsored me for this one) and initially I was like “Er…not really interested in it to be honest” but on reading the specs, I actually found myself wanting to see it. That review is almost done and will be up soon.
I have enormous interest in the Canon C100 as my C300 and 1DC are my favourite cameras, and this budget version was very interesting, despite the very underwhelming specs which basically lost a lot of what made the C300 great. Back in December, I started a review of one when I borrowed one from Mickey Jones, but a loss of a dear friend of mine meant I was unable to carry on, and I had only shot a brief part of it. I did have an intention of revisiting it and trying again, but with no access to a camera and no real free time by that point, as I was trying to find a way to balance my life, meant it didn’t happen. In fact when CVP asked me to do this I thought it was too late. I took to twitter and facebook and there was huge interest still so I agreed to do it.
The review is quite long as usual. Around 20 minutes, and I still don’t go into enough depth really, as I don’t cover external recording for example. There is no written review, just the video review below, so sorry if you need to speed read to understand if it’s for you. For me, a picture speaks a thousand words, so that means as it’s shot 25p and it’s 20 minutes long, the written review actually would have been around 1 billion words…that’s quite long. Definately best to do a video review. ALTHOUGH there is a list of pros and cons after the video below/
I cannot tell you which camera to buy. This cameras is far from perfect, but it is almost perfect for many people. That could be you. Always weigh up the pros and cons of a camera before purchasing. Do your research and PLEASE never listen to just one reviewer. Especially me!!
Size: A very small camera indeed but still manages not to clutter the body yet have has all the right buttons
Weight: Weighs so little! Wonderful. Like a 5D!
Same sensor as C300 and C500 which means stunning performance. Image look amzing.
Low light performance is pretty much as good as it gets right now
Terrific audio handling, good quality pre-amps, phantom power proper XLRS
Ergonomically great. All the buttons are in the right place and very easy to access key features with a twiddle here and a press there. Very intuitive
Terrific dynamic range with excellent gamma curves and the wondrous C-LOG
LCD is excellent
Built in NDs…ESSENTIAL with a sensor as sensitive as this (rated at 850 ISO)
Clean 8 bit 422 uncompressed out from HDMI
Viewfinder is not great compared to some other cameras but still usable…just.
No slow motion. Post workarounds are OK but not the real deal
No interval recording, although only the EX1/ 3 and F3 have had really good interval recording. The C300 one is not great about as average as the FS100/FS700…use a DSLR. Much better for timelapse and doesn’t tie up your camera.
Records in an interlaced container. Not true progressive recording. Looks the same as true progressive recording, just harder to handle in post.
AVCHD is a weak codec. Too low for any substantial grading. Nail exposure or pay the price in post especially with “fake slow motion”
A bit more expensive than the FS100 now. Still a good price
EF mount only so limited to lenses with a flange distance bigger than the EF mount. The Sony E-mount system is super flexible especially with things like the speed booster now.
There we go. Am sure there are more…enough to get you started!
Why? I did a review of the XA10 and found it an excellent camera. I was curious to see how they had improved it with this camera and the XA10 plus I had one available to me at the same time as the C100 so I did them both at the same time!