March 26, 2015 at 8:30PM

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Best run and gun camera footage for color grading?

Currently using the panasonic gh2 and panasonic g 6, I am looking for a camera that has footage with more room for color grading and that does not have as much crushed blacks... audio is also very important, just as much as a camera body that can withstand a lot of abuse. I want to keep my rig as simple to none if possible.

I shoot mostly (sports and lifestyle) documentaries, and very rarely some music videos.

I am looking at the c100, but it pains me it does not do slow motion, which for sports its a pity. Basically the c100 has all I need besides the higher framerates. I worked with it and I really like the footage.

Both other cameras are the Sony FS100 and FS700. I know the FS7 came out but that doesn't bother me as the price is a lot higher. I worked with the FS100 (rental) before, but I never graded the footage as we were filming some skateboarding. Nowadays its harder to come by where I live to find one available for rental. Another thing is the build quality, where I am not sure if it would withstand two years of abuse. Is the footage still up to par with cameras from 2014/2015?

4K has no real importance to me, as by the time people where I live have 4K capable televisions I will be buying a new camera. But that might take another two to three years.

Also, I know the Blackmagic cameras have much better footage for color grading, but they cannot fit in my workflow due to all the sacrifices I have to make for it, as well as the amount of abuse they have to go through.

Enlighten me.

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Canon C100 Mk2 shoots 60fps which can be conformed to 24fps to get 2.5x slow motion.

March 27, 2015 at 10:01AM

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Guy McLoughlin
Video Producer
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Why not A7s with Slog2? XLR-K1M for direct balanced input. Mount it on a Nebula 4000 and be amazed. (without the XLR-K1M of course)

Rodney Koh

April 5, 2015 at 11:08AM

You also might want to take a look at the Sony AX100 camera, which shoots 4K at 100 Mbits/sec ( via a new firmware update ) and also shoots 120 fps slow motion.

Sony FDR-AX100 4K Ultra HD Camcorder : $1700
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1022653-REG/sony_fdrax100_b_hdr_ax...

March 28, 2015 at 2:13PM

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Guy McLoughlin
Video Producer
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for run and gun i like the ergonomics of c300. unfortunately the color isnt the best but i would still stick to internal recording. You want the best quality, most comfort, robustness, reliability. The least moving parts and accessories as possible.
i will couple this with a kata or a porta brace bag that is ENG style that you can easily access and pull out the camera.
for more color and quality when you have more control. Use something like an atmos or odyssey and record 422/4444

April 3, 2015 at 9:05PM

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Kazu Okuda
Filmmaker
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If you're going to spend the money on a c100, then just get this when it comes out...

https://www.blackmagicdesign.com/products/blackmagicursamini

It can be pretty mobile when stripped down. It is a new BM product though, which will more than likely have some bugs here and there... but I feel like the features will allow more options for you in the future.

-Devin

May 5, 2015 at 11:54AM, Edited May 5, 11:55AM

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Devin Edwards
Director / Producer
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The Fs100 is a really good option, basic color grading is a breeze...high frame rates are great...build quality should last two years of abuse (if you build a better top grip for it)

May 8, 2015 at 10:06AM

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Ben Hilton
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I would recommend Sony A7S or FS700. They both have S-Log 2. When you mention being able to have 'more room to colour grade', your looking for "WIDER Dynamic Range". S-log 2 provides a high level of dynamic range, great for grading. But looks crap straight out of the camera, because of its wide dynamic range. A7S/FS700 has more dynamic range than C-log ( used of C series canon cameras e.g C100, C100 MK2).

this might help to compare: http://blog.planet5d.com/2014/07/a7s-and-gh4-vs-arri-amira-really-dynami...

October 26, 2015 at 2:19PM, Edited October 26, 2:21PM

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Sharad Taank
Hobbyist Filmmaker
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An up to date appraisal of the current "affordable" video cameras on offer, looking specifically at the GH4 and XC10: http://www.desktop-documentaries.com/best-documentary-video-camera-2500....

October 27, 2015 at 3:50PM

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Matt James Smith
Founder, Lintelfilm Video Production
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