October 12, 2015 at 3:59PM
4K (A7s ii) vs. C100: Top DSLR vs. low-budget cinema camera
The price drop of the C100 (body) to $3000, the same price as the new A7s ii, which is about to start shipping, and this has posed a dilemma for many, including me, between the two cameras.
I'm a starting-out documentary film-maker and video journalist, and the decision hinges on how important 4K is. I'm making a big investment now and don't want the purchase to be made redundant in 12 months' time. Some film-makers and journalists attest that 4K is demanded on between a quarter and a third of their shoots (though mainly at the high end, not typically for much work I'll be doing, yet). This is where organizations want a greater shelf life for work in case of complete 4K domination.
The C100 (mk1) is 3 years old, but has great shooting features easily built-in for that price: NDs, XLRs, solid color profiles, zebras, peaking, waveforms (though a terrible EVF, counteracted by the need for a Zacuto viewfinder most likely).
The A7s ii is ergonomically weak, and requires a bit set-up to get going, of a pre-amp or XLR attachment, manual NDs, most likely a rig, multiple batteries on the go, a Canon lens adapter. Possible overheating issues are yet to be clarified.
But obviously the low-light king, slightly superior color profiles and the kicker, internal 4K.
Does anyone have any advice? The next price bracket of $5-6,000 is too high for me - the likes of the C100 mk2 and the upcoming Sony FS5 (which does have 4K).