The camera that seemingly appeared out of nowhere at the end of last month, the Canon C100, looks like it has its first real footage online. While we don't have an official price yet from the largest American reseller, B&H, it's looking like the final price may be somewhere between $6,000 and $8,000. In typical Canon style, though, the video is something we've got to watch extremely compressed through an online streaming service (in this case Vimeo). The creator of the video, Sebastien Devaud, had a talk with Sebastian over at cinema5D at this year's IBC about the camera and shooting the video for Canon. There is also a behind-the-scenes of the video that is embedded below.
Here is the video, followed by the behind-the-scenes and the talk with Sebastien (thanks to the other Sebastian -- different spelling! -- also thanks to user Peter Kelly for first pointing out the video). The film was shot with three C100 bodies, 12 EF lenses, and recorded internally to AVCHD on SD cards:
Since Canon did not put its 50mbps codec inside the miniscule C100, compression could very well be an issue in certain instances (but more likely when you're doing heavy grading). Many don't seem to have a problem with the compression in the FS100, but that codec can also fall apart if you start pushing and pulling. It is very difficult to judge the picture quality from a camera that is recording a highly compressed image and then a video that is also doing the same. There's no doubt that you can get very good looking files on Vimeo, but it's probably too early to pass any final judgment on the quality.
At the moment it does seem sharp but a little muddy, but to my eyes it does look better than most DSLR footage that I've seen from these Canon videos. There is certainly a fidelity to the image that exists -- which I can tell just by looking at Vimeo, but in the end the AVCHD will be better for shoots that don't need a high quality (and therefore higher data rate) codec. Film-style shoots would benefit from a an external recorder using a high-quality codec like ProRes. I know I may have been a little harsh in my first opinion of a camera that hasn't even been released yet, but if Canon actually keeps the price around $6,000, even with the compressed codec, it would actually find itself competing admirably to the FS100, and not the FS700 like it is now.
Has this video swayed anyone's opinion on the camera?