Pixel Peepers Rejoice! Empirical Test in Part 3 of the 2012 Zacuto Shootout Reveals Best Cameras
Part 3 of the Zacuto Revenge of the Great Camera Shootout 2012 is finally here after parts 1 and 2 were released in June and July. In those two parts, there was a very strong emphasis on the creative choices for each camera and the way each scene was lit. Since the directors of photography and the colorists were all given equal time to do what they needed to do, the final product relied just as much on the the shooters as it did on the cameras. The original lighting setup, however, was kept consistent in order to achieve an empirical test that would show off the true capabilities of each camera. We already know who you picked in the subjective test, but who will be the winner in the objective test?
From the Zacuto website:
We put each of the nine cameras through three different shots with the same rigorous lighting designed by Bruce Logan, ASC. We’ll give you glimpses of the RAW ungraded footage side-by-side with the graded, to show you what each camera is natively capable of. You’ll also see two brand new shots that better illustrate the differences between each camera. We’ll also give you a comparison between the original lighting and how each DP changed their shot for their creative version.
Here is the trailer for part 3:
You can watch part 3 by clicking on the image below or clicking on the link at the bottom:
If you missed them, here are parts 1 and 2 below (though downloading them right from Vimeo will certainly yield better quality):
The purpose of the test this year was to finally put to rest the notion that one specific camera will make your scene look better. Judging by the audience reactions and the results from our poll, this conclusion is pretty clear. When you know the limits of the format you’re working with, it’s far easier to play to the strengths and create an exceptional image.
After you watch the test, come back and let us know what you think of each camera. I’ve already seen the empirical results, so I know what to expect, but it will be interesting to hear the thoughts of those who picked a camera like the GH2 in the subjective test, but not in the objective test.