DTLA headshot photographer, actor demo reel producer, and creative lead.
In Los Angeles, as far as I've seen, you need to market yourself as 4K capable to stay competitive. Even clients looking for freelancers ask for 4K as standard. Maybe some other Los Angeles or major market people can chime in on this.
I'm not assuming or insinuating you're working in a small market, but generally I think that videographers in small markets have a bit more latitude in what they can offer or not offer because those markets aren't as saturated with competition. But I don't know, so...
It feels like this site's contributors, whether they be writers or posters, forgot this site's humble origins. There's a constant reminder at the bottom of this and every article. It's called The DSLR Cinematography Guide. It was inspired by a "revolution" Canon accidentally started and has seemed to resist ever since. The attitude of this site seems so out of touch with that lately.
So, a "$1999 (body only)" "step up from a smartphone camera"? Then what's the GH5 at the same price point? I've been reading this site for years and this is my first comment. I don't really contribute my input anywhere because I don't really see the point most of the time. I'm too busy and I'm not likely to have my opinion swayed or sway anyone else's opinion anyway, so who cares? Also, I've never really understood the flack this site gets in the comments. But this article and Canon have me heated. I'm a professional photographer based in DTLA and a burgeoning filmmaker who hasn't made use of his filmmaking and animation degrees yet. I use the Canon 5D in my pro work and I'm heavily invested in EF lenses and I prefer full-frame. I want to go 4K soon because it IS the standard in my market. Even prospective clients who don't know any better looking for a wedding videographer on Craigslist demand 4K here at this point. It's a buzz word with no real meaning to clients but for better or worse it's here to stay and I need it to stay competitive. And you're telling me c'est la vie because Canon is willfully overcharging on underpowered products that's little more than a souped up smartphone camera with a $2000 price tag? That's the article you're offering?
I've been doing a lot of thinking about my next camera. I need 4K RAW latitude for a some of what I'll be doing. I was considering the C200. Again, I'm not one to go on publicly about how a company won't get my business any longer because who cares? But as of this camera and this article, I'm done with Canon. They're not the company that's going to take me where I need to go. In fact, it seems they have very little interest.