I think that's one of the reasons why they can make (relatively) cheap products.
More R&D means more costs.
Any updates on the BM Video Assist? In June their website suggested it would ship in July. In July it would ship in August. Now their website suggests it will ship in September. However, still no sign of any websites selling it.
You're right about that. Filmmaking and filmmaking websites are 90% based on image quality, dynamic range, 4K-6K RAW, low-light performance and other in-camera oriented subjects. I see it on websites all the time, people that are willing to invest $5000 - $20000 in a camera, but are reluctant to invest in proper audio gear.
With a C300/FS7 as primary camera, this would be a good B/C camera for documentaries or weddings etc. As far as I can see, the 4K image quality is stunning. Combined with the fast Leica lens (f/1.7-2.8), manual controls and the small form factor, this camera is pretty good for it's price. It definitely is more low-profile than a C300/FS7, making it ideal for intimate settings.
First of all, start looking for second hand gear. New camera's are way to expensive for beginners and there is absolutely no need for brand new equipment, because your skills (and the need for better gear) will grow very fast in the beginning. And if possible, try saving up a bit more than $1000, because you can definitely get a far better set up for $2000 (which still is a quite reasonable budget for starting with film). Another important part is to determine what kind of videos you want to shoot. Do you need good low light performance or do you work in well lit conditions? Do you need good sound quality or are you going to use live sound at all? Do you want to shoot in slow motion or do you want to shoot in 24/25/30p only? Most beginners don't have the luxury of external lighting and perfect conditions, so they want a camera that will perform good in all situations. Sound is half (if not more) of your video, so invest in an external mic. DSLRs have internal microphones but they are absolutely worthless. Right now you might think a camera and good glass is more important than sound, but trust me, great picture quality with terrible sound is considered more amateur than mediocre picture quality with good sound.
For your situation I would suggest starting with the following gear (second hand)
- Canon 5D mk2 (great lowlight performance and very cinematic depth of field, also great stills camera) around $1000 (The 5D seems to depreciate a lot less than the consumer level cameras like the rebel, 70D, 7D. I bought mine 2 years ago for $1200)
- Canon 24-105mm F/4 IS USM lens (bit of wide angel, bit of tele, great lens on full frame. IS is perfect when shooting handheld) around $500
- Rode Videomic - around $100
- Extra batteries and 64GB of CF cards (you can't shoot an entire day on 1 battery and 8 GB of memory) around $100
- A decent video tripod with fluid head. (a steady shot is the basis of professional looking images) around $200
With this kit you can make great videos right away. Start earning some money and invest it in better gear once you feel the need for it. Look for old manual lenses like the Carl Zeiss Contax/Yashica lenses or the Olympus Zuiko OM lenses. Great quality for a decent price. Some reasonably priced gems I would recommend: Carl Zeiss C/Y 50mm f/1.4 T* and 28mm f/2.8 T*.
Believe me, you will when you are filming in tight spaces like kitchens, bedrooms etc.
Apart from the crop factor, the 5D has better low-light performance (I'm not affraid to crank it up to 1600 ISO) and a very shallow depth of field.