A lot has been said about Zacuto's Revenge of the Great Camera Shootout 2012 -- on this site as well as on many others. Almost everyone who could weigh in has weighed in, and the positives and negatives of such a subjective/objective test have really been argued ad nauseam. Now that all three parts of the shootout are available to download in full 1080p rather than just streaming, you can watch the test in the best quality possible (besides being in a theater, of course). We'd like to put forward to No Film School readers, if you've already seen the original test, what is your favorite scene now that you've had some time to think about it -- and maybe even watch it a few more times (in full quality)? Is your favorite scene affected by what you know about the lighting circumstances or the objective test in the third part? Would you choose a camera solely on the subjective test or the objective test?
Here are the three parts -- you can either click on the videos or click on links below to download the full files. Also keep in mind that you can skip forward in the video by clicking on the timeline regardless of whether you're using Flash or HTML5:
I know my top 5 cameras/scenes has not changed since the first day I saw it at the screening a few months ago. Seeing the test in a theater definitely made a difference for me, as the small details can really be lost when you're viewing at 1080p on a computer screen or TV. I think certain cameras may have moved up or down the list, but I am confident I could make a great looking film with any of the cameras that I picked -- and I guess that's really the point. It's important not to get too worked up over tests like this. In the end they are just tools, and each project should pick the one that they feel ticks off the most boxes. The more options we have, the better we can pick the right camera for the right job based on budget, what the images look like, and how a particular camera will make our lives easier on set.
Right-click on each of these to download the full file. Part 3 is in a .vid format, but if that doesn't work change the file extension to a .mov and then it should play correctly. Also below is the technical document that details all of the lighting changes as well as how much time was spent on the entire process for each scene/camera -- which includes lighting changes and the color correcting and grading.
- Revenge of the Great Camera Shootout 2012 - Part One: Starting With Darkness -- 1080p Download
- Revenge of the Great Camera Shootout 2012 - Part Two: Igniting The Debate -- 1080p Download
- Revenge of the Great Camera Shootout 2012 - Part Three: Pixel Peepers -- 1080p Download
- Download the technical specs of the Revenge of the Great Camera Shootout 2012 HERE