How Do the Canon C300 and Sony F3 Compare in Low Light?
Cameras have been getting more and more sensitive, so it follows that low light tests are a nice showcase of the latest in camera technology. Here, Sebastian Wiegärtner pits the Canon C300 against the Sony F3 (with S-Log) and Canon 7D:
Thoughts? I think one of the reasons people were initially disappointed with the C300's announcement wasn't just the RED announcement that followed -- it was the fact that the Sony F3 has S-log (for a price) and the C300 doesn't have a similar upgrade option. Will a C-log picture profile be enough? Well, yes. It's a hell of a camera. Without handling the C300, I still suspect I would prefer the F3 with S-log, but... it's not like anyone's going to say no to either of these cameras if they're available for a project. They're exactly the kind of post-HDSLR camera we were hoping for from Sony and Canon -- though they might not be at the FS100/AF100 price point people were hoping for.
As you read this I'm actually out with Raafi Rivero and Timur Civan shooting a test short on my SCARLET-X, and in the weeks to come I might conduct some with other cameras as well (F3, ALEXA, C300 if I can get my hands on one). Regardless... all of these cameras are appropriate for shooting low budget features, and I would expect a high percentage of festival submissions to be shot on the C300/F3/SCARLET over the next few years. Don't get me wrong -- DSLRs are great -- but XLR audio inputs, timecode, and better monitoring options (to name a few factors) all make a huge difference on set.