April 19, 2018 at 9:52AM

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sub $10,000 cameras

What camera would you choose today, in the sub $10, 000 market and why? Canon C200, Panasonic EVA1, Blackmagic URSA 4.6K or other.
I have a Sony F5 but, thinking of selling it and getting a, possibly, smaller, lighter weight camera.

Just wondering if any of you would care to voice your thoughts.

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EVA is good for me if you dont care about the look. cuz it looks cheap

April 21, 2018 at 7:51PM

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Rh Oudom
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I was really leaning to the URSA mini 4.6 because it actually records a slightly larger image than a DCI 4K. The EVA1 is also on my list but, like you, I think it looks cheap, like a toy. On that subject, I strongly dislike the design aesthetics of the EVA and the URSA. I would like to say to Blackmagic, "Why are you trying to make your camera(s) look like a Maserati or like something Darth Vader would own". And to Panasonic, "Drop the red details on the EVA and get rid of the angles - it cheapens the look". I kinda feel the same way about the FS5/7, too. Sony got it about right with the F5/55. I just wish my F5 was smaller and lighter. Alexa, Red and, even, Kinefinity have the right approach. For me, anyway.

April 22, 2018 at 6:30AM

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Richard Krall
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What does the external look of the camera body have anything to do with this? To me, the questions are 1) Is the image quality excellent, and 2) Is it usable in your workflow?

And let's be honest... Darth Vader would buy a RED. It's got skulls all over it, for crying out loud. Talk about dumb design aesthetic. :)

Having used and EVA1 in run-n-gun situations, it's lightweight and a dream to use. Except for the menu system... it's pretty bad. Again, something I can live with. To each his own!

April 25, 2018 at 8:30AM, Edited April 25, 8:34AM

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Michael Schmucker
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True, Darth WOULD own a Red. Ha! Of course, you're right about what the external aesthetic of the camera has to do with it. My comment about it was just that, a comment. I don't like the way it looks but, if the image is right, not a deal-breaker. Thanks for your thoughts

April 26, 2018 at 7:20AM

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Richard Krall
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If large CFAST 2.0 cards come down in price, then the Canon C200 looks like a winner. I just wish it had non-RAW 10-bit internal recording. ( RAW-lite is a very card hungry format )

April 22, 2018 at 6:08PM

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Guy McLoughlin
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With only single card cfast recording for 4k, no raw 4K output or internal 10bit, the C200 is not a contender for me. And, I know it has nothing to do with image quality or operation but, if I'm allowed to speak on the aesthetics of the camera body itself... it is the UGLIEST camera on the market.

April 23, 2018 at 7:18AM

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Richard Krall
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