March 26, 2015

Canon Just Showed Off a New 4K Video Camera

Canon 4K Video Camera with Fixed Lens
Canon may be a little behind on the 4K front, but apparently they've got some interesting high-res stuff coming at NAB.

One of these high-res cameras could be a more consumer-oriented 4K model with a fixed lens. Photo Rumors recently had a reader send them a few photos from an event in China where Canon was showing off this interesting camera.

Canon 4K Video Camera with Fixed Lens 2

Here are the specs:

  • 1" CMOS Sensor (about half the size of APS-C)
  • 58mm filter
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • Similar shape to the Canon 70D
  • External viewfinder
  • Canon 10X optical zoom 8.9-89mm f/2.8-5.6 4k video fixed lens (35mm Equi. 24-240mm)
Canon 4K Video Camera with Fixed Lens 3

There is no mention of cost yet, but again this has a pretty small sensor, and a fixed lens, so it's likely aimed at people shooting home movies. For that purpose it actually looks like it might do the job well.

It may be disappointing to see this concept first, but Canon is absolutely announcing cinema cameras with 4K at NAB. Whether we see this specific model or not is another question, but if you're looking at Sony or other manufacturers for a 4K offering, we'll know what Canon has up their sleeves in just a few weeks (potentially sooner if they feel like leaking before the show).

Canon 4K Video Camera with Fixed Lens 4

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What the... is that thing... sigh " The award for best camera of 2005 goes to..."

March 26, 2015 at 11:34AM

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Claire McHardy
Cinematographer
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Think drones... handheld gimbals.
I wouldn't mind having a designated camera to grab aerials or keep mounted and balanced on a gimbal. Most of us have settled for using a GoPro for many of those shots or have had to put our principle camera at risk.

March 26, 2015 at 7:12PM

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Josh Paul
Most often DP, Direct or Gaff
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No, this is way to bulky for that, think GH4 for that kind of work.

March 27, 2015 at 3:22AM

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P.J.
CreaBea
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This is hopefully an improvement in picture quality over the GH4.

March 27, 2015 at 2:24PM

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Josh Paul
Most often DP, Direct or Gaff
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From Canon? Not without a price tag that says... Canon.

March 28, 2015 at 7:07AM

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Raph Dae
Screenwriter & attempted director
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A 1-inch sensor versus a 4/3 sensor? A sensor from Canon, no less? No way in hell.

March 28, 2015 at 11:56PM

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Vidrazor
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This thing is so miserable they had to bring Jackie Chan in to lift everyone's spirits:
http://photorumors.com/2015/03/25/is-this-the-new-4k-canon-video-camera/

March 28, 2015 at 11:59PM

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Vidrazor
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The last paragraph sums it up nicely. This camera dissapoints,...but then again, there's bound to come more at NAB :)

March 26, 2015 at 11:41AM

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Jeroen Rommelaars
Animator - Videographer - Motion Tracking
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Why does Canon keep loosing at this? It's like they don't have the internet or don't go outside or something.

March 26, 2015 at 11:42AM

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Dantly Wyatt
Musical Comedy & Content Creator.
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We're not the only demographic that Canon targets. Like the article says, it's aimed towards folks who make home movies.

March 26, 2015 at 11:51AM

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People who make home movies use cell phones, not this monstrosity.

March 26, 2015 at 12:44PM

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Madara
writer/director
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Why would they need a magnify setting? This is obviously not aimed at "folks who make home movies". Honestly the biggest disappointment of this camera is that the lens is a "f/2.8-5.6"
It's trying to be a midrange camera and thus caters to none.

March 26, 2015 at 1:16PM

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Zachary Will
Cinematographer
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Truth!

March 26, 2015 at 4:28PM

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Chelsea Lupkin
Director / Director of Photography / Screenwriter
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Not in Japan.

March 26, 2015 at 9:18PM

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Has Kodak taken over Canon?

March 26, 2015 at 11:46AM

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Tulio Campregher
AV coordinator
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Oh, snap!

March 26, 2015 at 11:16PM

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Terma Louis
Photographer / Cinematographer / Editor
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lol

March 26, 2015 at 11:27PM

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Gene Nemetz
live streaming
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I actually read this from another source earlier in the day and thought it was a practical joke. If nothing decent is released at a good price during NAB.. are we saying goodbye to Canon?

March 26, 2015 at 11:50AM

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Claire McHardy
Cinematographer
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It's like Canon is trying to make me cry. I'm hoping for something good from Canon at NAB, but it looks like my next camera will be made by Panasonic or Samsung.

March 26, 2015 at 12:46PM

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Madara
writer/director
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dump your canon glass while you can .... and move to panny.

March 26, 2015 at 2:10PM

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stephen knifton
owner / creative director
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The Chinese words on the wall mean "this is a camera with new concept" lol

March 26, 2015 at 11:52AM, Edited March 26, 11:52AM

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Do you guys remember their 4K hairdryer concept cam? 5 years already...

http://www.definitionmagazine.com/journal/2010/10/13/canons-expo-2010-pr...

March 26, 2015 at 12:06PM, Edited March 26, 12:06PM

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Looks like a cooler camera than this. Maybe the guy that made the hairdryer got fired :(

March 26, 2015 at 1:51PM

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Claire McHardy
Cinematographer
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If it is not aimed for filmmakers, and instead home movie makers, WHY DOES IT HAVE 4K!?!?

March 26, 2015 at 12:34PM, Edited March 26, 12:34PM

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Viktor Ragnemar
Director/Cinematographer
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Because 4K really is a marketing ploy to sell TVs. You've just bought a 4K TV so your now a target for a 4K camera to use with your new TV.

The 4K push was developed by TV manufacturers. Nobody else. Not the film or broadcast community. Nobody asked for it, especially not consumers.

March 26, 2015 at 8:29PM

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WTF Canon?! No one is going to buy that. A fixed lens? Even if aimed at the consumer market, it looks like a bastardized 7D with some goofy lightbox on the front which looks like it does absolutely nothing.

March 26, 2015 at 12:43PM, Edited March 26, 12:43PM

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Madara
writer/director
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Really, Canon. An incredibly light 4k camera that fits in the palm of my hand, is easy to use, has very useable zoom range, probably great low light capability, built-in industry leading autofocus, is likely affordable and shoots to affordable media! Is that what you think I want? How could you be so off the mark. Geez, get your head out of your butt Canon.

March 26, 2015 at 12:47PM

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Derek Olson
Directomatographeditor
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haha thats a funny comment. If you had posted that comment before the GH4 was released I think everyone would understand the irony.

March 26, 2015 at 1:47PM

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Claire McHardy
Cinematographer
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.... however the GH4 has been released and even if what jest is true about the camera.. the GH4 probably kicks its ass anyway.

March 26, 2015 at 1:48PM

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Claire McHardy
Cinematographer
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The GH4 is undoubtedly a good camera, but I don't think its existence should negate the need for a competitor. I, and I seemingly am the only one left, am a big fan of Canon. I use my 7D far more than often than my Red Epic Dragon. I carry my 7D with me three or four times a week. It takes amazing stills and in a pinch provides beautiful video. I get that it doesn't have the specs, but to my eyes, it still looks great if you have a nice lens. I'm of the mind that if it looks good to me, it is good, no matter what everyone else says. Everyone loves the FS7/A7s now over the Canon cine EOS, but to me, the FS7 footage looks exactly like the F3/FS700. Not saying that's terrible or anything, but there's a reason the F3 was not as successful as the C300. Because the C300 just looks better, and I think it still beats the FS7 in IQ, sacrilege I know. And God help me, I think the Mark III looks better than the A7s. It's all in the skin tones.

March 26, 2015 at 2:32PM

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Derek Olson
Directomatographeditor
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Agree on the skin tones. Sony has a certain look that suits some projects but 90% of the time I'd choose the Canon

March 26, 2015 at 4:18PM

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Filmdudezero
Director
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Great points. Im still shooting with the C100 mk1, and 5D mk2 MK2! I do love the image and I have become so used to the menu system, what the image can and cannot give me, the lenses are native etc etc. Ive tried using the A7s and was not feeling it in the same way because I dont trust it in the same way that I trust that CANON badge.

I hope they can let go of the tight grip they have on all of thier target price brackets and instead focus on making all round cameras that suit the new types of shooters that the 5D MK2 introduced. I love the C100, make it a bit smaller, make an audio adaptor option without handle or built in audio, and gimme some compressed 4k and I will be a Canon lifer.

Been shooting Canon since I was 8 years old, I wish I had a voice in the cameras.

March 27, 2015 at 7:26AM

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Claire McHardy
Cinematographer
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Bah, they lost me at f/2.8-5.6 lens. If it were a constant f/2.8 then maybe I'd be interested.

March 26, 2015 at 2:33PM, Edited March 26, 2:33PM

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Jaime Valles
Filmmaker
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what ugly monstrosity is this, it looks like the most unpractical camera ever produced by canon. The Lens is a joke, especially if you compare it to the Panasonic DMC-FZ1000. Also it looks like it was made as durable as the canon 50mm 1.8.
And sorry, just because it has 4k doesn't mean anything. Canon seems to loose track of the market. It's like they want to build something great but then decide not to because it might hurt the sales of there bigger cameras. They should stick to photography.

March 26, 2015 at 3:13PM

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Mathias Sonnleitner
DOP/ 1.AC
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It looks as if Canon execs were playing around with a 3D printer in quite a hurry, but don't write them off just yet. My hunch is that the best is yet to come - the C300 Mk2 will raise interest and the C500 Mk2, when announced, could still shock and awe.

March 26, 2015 at 3:39PM

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Saied M.
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Ah cute a baby C300;-) I actually got excited when I first saw this article:-(

March 26, 2015 at 3:55PM

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Joseph Bennetts
Owner of BlackWind productions/Editor/DP/Diretor
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Wel.....NEXT!

March 26, 2015 at 3:57PM

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Tommy Plesky
Director / D.P / Editor
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WTF CANON, WHY?!

March 26, 2015 at 4:32PM

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Ramy Daniel
Cinematographer
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I would be willing to at least consider it. Funny thing is that roughly five years ago we were drooling/demanding a fixed lens red scarlet camera with a 2/3" sensor for $4,000, today it just feels dated. However, if it has a good internal codec, variable frame rates (doubt it), and comes at around $1,000 I believe there could be a market for it.

March 26, 2015 at 5:20PM, Edited March 26, 5:20PM

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Dang. The c100 Mark II had me excited that Canon might be trying to get back into the game with better prices. This thing looks icky :(.
Sony - a7s, fs7.
Panasonic - gh4, lx100.
BlackMagic - bmpcc, bmcc, bmpc, ursa.
Kinefinity - Kinemini 4k, kinemini max.
Even Samsung has a decent 4k camera out.
And ALL of these are under 10,000 bucks.

Canon?...Hello? You there? We love your image quality and your camera builds...can you please enter the race?! Thanks! :p.

March 26, 2015 at 6:15PM

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Ben Meredith
Cinematographer/Filmmaker
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So its like my Sony AX100 but in an awkward form? At least Sony released a firmware upgrade that provides 100MB/s. They just need to add timecode so I can finally see how long my takes are!! Grrrrr... ..

March 26, 2015 at 7:11PM, Edited March 26, 7:11PM

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treykaiza@gmail.com
Cat Herder
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12bit color or bust!
Supposedly there are other cameras on the way C300/500 markII.
I also heard about a blackmagic pocket II that shoots 4k- using the sensor in their studio camera (or the one that looks like an ipad with a lens.) It shoots 4k and has higher frame rates.

March 26, 2015 at 7:23PM

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Vincent Gortho
none
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that company is suicidal. there a whack of undercover nikon guys that have infiltrated the building and are making all the critical decisions. amazing: they just don't seem to want to be here in five years.

March 26, 2015 at 7:33PM

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stephen knifton
owner / creative director
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it does not look pretty nor does it look great in terms of specs... but the advantage is that if it is semi-decent, it still will not sell and we might buy it for the current price of an eos-m

March 26, 2015 at 7:58PM

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gandulf charpentier
director of pornography
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All of nofilmschool, my brother had a great comment and we should get this trending asap! Introducing Canon's new D line, #Dadcams.

March 26, 2015 at 8:31PM

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Ben Meredith
Cinematographer/Filmmaker
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Remember this camera is aimed at 'consumers' so don't be quick to criticise it's functionality. However I'm concerned that Canon still think there is a market for consumer cameras. The smartphone revolution is here to stay and frankly they should be focusing on a broader / affordable professional video/film range. I unfortunately agree with most of the comments, this camera is likely to be a flop unless it has some awesome capabilities we don't know of yet.

March 26, 2015 at 10:53PM, Edited March 26, 10:53PM

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You are right. Looking at what the Chinese are making now in smart phones (I've been fascinated by what phones they make and we don't see), the most bottom kicking camera phone they have at the moment seems to be the Vivo Xshot for £250/$370 or so. Shoots 4K with f/1.8. It looks like this

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WL9MoSOt1SE

Apparently you can make phone calls on it too!

March 28, 2015 at 10:27AM

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Julian Richards
Film Warlord
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THAT-THING-IS-AWESOME!!!!

...perhaps you don't realize it, but I'm lifting my middle finger.

March 26, 2015 at 11:14PM

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Edgar More
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Canon has color. So their cameras will always sell. They don't have the best image quality. Panasonic GH4 beats them with that, at a faaaaar lower cost. But the GH4 doesn't have the color Canon has, even in 4:2:2 through the Shogun. I like Panasonic because they had that outrageously low price for 4K in the GH4. Stunned everyone! And in a few years the GH6 will have an outrageously low price for 6K. But as long as their color look doesn't surpass Canons color, they won't top them.

I think some people will want a camera that looks like this that will do 4K video. It looks more officially like what they think a camera is. A phone with 4K video won't impress them. So I'm sure there's a niche for this camera. But, I'm not so certain it will be low priced. Canon is known for overpricing. Should we expect they will break from that history with this camera?

But........ if it is low priced, it may be a camera I would buy for my purposes of live streaming---oh yeah,
if it doesn't have the 29:59 limit on it, and if it has clean out. Otherwise I'm still stuck with Sony,
and its color that leaves me wanting.

March 27, 2015 at 12:12AM, Edited March 27, 12:12AM

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Gene Nemetz
live streaming
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wait wh...what!?
http://photorumors.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Canon-4k-video-camera-...

What is jackie Chan doing? Stay away from him Jackie, he is a mad man

March 27, 2015 at 12:13AM

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Edgar More
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How can Canon remain so clueless year after year? It's as if there are no photographers OR cinematographers on staff (or retainer) there.

This goes back to the original 5D, which stunned the community by not offering 24P. That is just brain-dead. And they continue to trowel out crappy decisions in the form of cameras with sub-par resolution and (more importantly) garbage codecs and paltry bitrates. Interframe-compressed crap with decimated color resolution is not going to cut it. Not when BlackMagic is selling 4K lossless for $3K. Canon's not even offering anything as good as ProRes. That's pathetic.

The sad fact is that Canon could've owned a large part of this market. When Red was inventing the real-digital-cinema-camera market, they weren't worried about Sony or Arri or Nikon; they were worried about Canon. And when Canon showed its cards... they were a joke. And they still are today. Its still cameras are overpriced and lack basic features, and its "cinema" cameras lack the codec quality and resolution to be taken seriously.

Woe to those of us with an investment in Canon lenses (which are also getting worse yearly; witness the discontinuation of their excellent 35mm F 1.4 lens in favor of fussy, overpriced IS shit).

As time goes on, you realize how limited our choices are as content creators. Adobe products are moribund UI disasters that Adobe doesn't even sell anymore (now renting instead), but creating viable competitors takes man-centuries. Apple has abandoned its once-touted "creative users" in favor of clumsy dumbed-down shit, and Avid is a dinosaur that still thinks it can sell $100K systems that don't even handle modern formats. Options that run on Windows are basically ruled out because Windows has become such a mess that it isn't even a viable platform.

Shit, things are bad.

March 27, 2015 at 2:34AM

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David Gurney
DP
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So now we all stop filming?

You have given a curious interpretation of this aera, where anybody is given the opportunety to shoot film on a digital camera. No offence, your writing made me laugh. Our world is all bad, deprived of opportunities ; ) You see. it made me laugh again.
Take a good night of sleep, a new girlfriend, a short holliday. After that, your world will look happier.

March 27, 2015 at 3:28AM

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A good and interesting post, but ultimately it doesn't matter, because as the "industry" seems to be in flux, the notion of "industry standard" has less meaning - which means do not look for any single magic company to solve problems. Do whatever it takes to get the job done. Hate Adobe? Get Hitfilm or whatever. Hate Maya? Get Blender. 6K, 4K, 2K ? - the viewer doesn't care as long as it was shot to a certain standard - the end result can be scaled. You/we are in charge now, and skipping and adapting with no single brand loyalty is a part of that.

March 27, 2015 at 5:40AM

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Saied M.
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So hipster

March 27, 2015 at 2:52AM

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Max Ciesynski
Gaffer
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Unless it's significantly less than $899 the Panasonic lx100 would be a better choice (and a much better looking camera).

March 27, 2015 at 4:18AM

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-_-

March 27, 2015 at 6:02AM

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Joakim
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Omg canon i wish you had made the lens removable.

March 27, 2015 at 7:30AM

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Claire McHardy
Cinematographer
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Bet it's not 4K. It is probably UHD. Folks still using the term 4K incorrectly. Especially manufacturers.

Y'all have some fun,
Robert

March 27, 2015 at 10:38AM, Edited March 27, 10:38AM

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That's just Canon's version of the Sony RX10 and Panasonic LX1000. Based on what they have revealed so far, with the EOS M system, EOS C Cine range and now this, is a clear message that they intend to keep the regular EOS line focused on what DSLRs do best: "my camera let's me take great photos, and oh by the way I can also take very good quality video that's not really meant for broadcast quality". Sounds like a fair strategy to me. And it seems more and more that the video success of the 5D Mk II was a fluke they did not expect. We might not like it, but we're not Canon's management.

March 27, 2015 at 11:52AM

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Storm17
Scriptwriter / Director
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Just read that this camera will possibly come in a ef and pl mount not the fixed lens like reported, I'm back on board again:-) Guess will have to wait for NAB.

March 27, 2015 at 1:26PM

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Joseph Bennetts
Owner of BlackWind productions/Editor/DP/Diretor
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Hmm, not impressed.

March 27, 2015 at 4:30PM, Edited March 27, 4:30PM

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Erwin Hartsuiker
CineVideo-NL videographer
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I hope whoever developed this camera got fired.

March 27, 2015 at 7:12PM

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Funny how Canon is the most hated on NFS now at days, but get the most comments from haters, or should I say closet canon owners...... SMH

March 27, 2015 at 9:50PM

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Alvin Nyemah
Director, DP & Editing (Filmmaker)
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You guys are haters! I see where the innovation is...

Built-in Wi-Fi.

March 28, 2015 at 7:10AM, Edited March 28, 7:10AM

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Raph Dae
Screenwriter & attempted director
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Built in, so advanced. ;-)

March 28, 2015 at 3:20PM

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Gene Nemetz
live streaming
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I want wired WiFi.

March 30, 2015 at 10:16PM

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Gene Nemetz
live streaming
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