We are always looking for better cameras to help us give to best look we can get. Along with achieving the best “look and feel” possible, we need to keep in mind price and functionality. The newest camera we have been testing is the C100. Initially, I had my doubts about this camera. But all I can say now is….I was wrong. I was very wrong.
The C100 has a ton of features that are useful to have on any production. The first main feature is the built-in XLR inputs. This allows all of the audio to be captured on the camera instead of using a separate device. This makes for more efficient set up times. The next key feature is the built-in neutral density filters. These filters allow the crew to easily go from indoors to outside without needing extra filters. Overall, the list goes on, but these two main physical features are the two most impactful compared to DSLRs.
At the end of the day, a camera has to perform. It must get you a beautiful image. Well, I feel the C100 does this. It is extremely sharp, is super with skin tones and has limitless options with picture profiles. Along with that, the dynamic range is amazing. What does this mean? This allows us to get more detail in something very bright, such as the sky, and still expose properly for the talent or foreground. This is helpful for any shots outside or even inside where you want to see what is out the window. Overall, this is a great tool for storytelling.
Ultimately, talking about all of this doesn’t do much unless you can see the difference. So, we did a comparison of the C100 vs the 7D. You can see that below. Please note this is straight from the camera with no color grading. Because of that we made a second video in which we colored the C100 footage. Check them out below and be sure to ask if this camera would be a good fit for your next video!