Canon C100 vs Canon 7D
As I continued to hear talk of the Canon EOS C100, my curiosity grew and I jumped at the opportunity to use it on a recent shoot. It was an all day broll shoot with two interviews. From what I heard, this was a great shoot for the Canon EOS C100. Lightweight, easy to use and solid dynamic range for coloring. At the end of the day, I was extremely happy with this camera.
Now I won’t go into all the features of the Canon EOS C100 because that has been tons of times already. What really drove this test was me asking “Is the C100 better than the Canon EOS 7D and by how much?” A few things that stuck out to me is have three stops of ND, extremely customizable picture profiles, and built in XLR inputs. There more great features such as size, weight and how quickly you are able to change all of your settings. However, the 7D is still a great camera and continues to impress clients.
Before you watch the video there are a few notes I want to make. I did not add a Fader ND on the 7D because I didn’t want to add any variables to the test. Hence why the outside shots weren’t shot at a similar iris. The picture profile for the 7D was with sharpness all the way down, contrast down 3, saturation down 3 and color tone left in the middle. The C100 was on the profile Weed_Log which was created by Brian Weed. The lens on both cameras was the Sigma 30mm 1.4.
And on to the video!
So as you can see the C100 has a much flatter look and does great with blown out highlights. I really enjoyed shooting with the C100 and loved the image it gave me. For $5,500 this camera is a pretty solid deal. No SDI and placement of the LCD screen are just a few of the things I dislike. We have viewing monitors that don’t have HDMI and even though there are adapters for it, that is an additional step needed on set. The LCD screen is ok and positioning is odd but there are options. An electric viewfinder would be the way to go especially if shooting outside. This gives you even more ways to rig the camera for handheld use. A nice OLED monitor would also be a great addition. Not having 60p is a bummer. Using slow motion is a great tool for story telling but again, the camera is only $5,500. Pros and cons like any camera and you need to look at what you are shooting and what is most important to you. Overall I dig this camera. It is on our radar to buy but the FS700 is as well.
If there is an interest we will be doing a coloring test between the two. Hope you guys learned something from this and let me know if you have any questions about the test or the camera. Thanks!
(cover photo credit: snap from the video)