One-Shot AF and Push Auto Iris One-Shot AF assists in focusing adjustment with a dedicated button. Focus status is confirmed on the viewfinder and monitor.
Push Auto Iris automatically adjusts the aperture of the lens to quickly and easily maintain proper exposure, even in situations where lighting changes frequently. Run-and-Gun videographers and documentary filmmakers will appreciate the ability to start rolling without a protracted routine to establish optimum exposure values.
Solid Performer - Good Ergonomics
This is our main camera for doing commercial projects for web. The ergonomics compared to a DSLR's really make it stand out. I've used everything from the older Canon XL1s line upward, and this camera truly has a great layout.
The audio capabilities of this camera are great as well. You soon realize how nice it is to be able to plug an XLR straight into a camera from a LAV and set levels without having to worry about syncing later. (Something we never had the luxury of on our 5D III.)
We also use it with an Atmos Ninja 2 to get higher bit rates when needed. They pair well and we've not any issue with the or any other external monitor/recorder.
Initially we had some concern on recording to SD vs. our normal CF, but we've not had any issues with this.
Yes, there are some features we hope Canon sees sense in adding in the future (everyone knows it should have 60P on it) but Canon's been good as of late to get the updates out there.
The build is very solid as well. No issues with the handle either on the side or the one on top.
November 15, 2013
Nice image, horrible viewfinder
I bought this camera for hand held verite work. I loved the compact form factor and light weight. The image is very sharp out of the oversampling chip. Unfortunately, it's impossible to judge focus on the postage sized viewfinder so I can't use the camera the way that I intended to when I bought it. What's particularly frustrating is that the viewfinder that Canon already had on the C300 was perfectly fine. I can't imagine what it must have cost in R&D to design an inferior part, rather than just using the existing ones. I purchased a 2nd party viewfinder which goes over the LCD. Now I can see but the camera is no longer comfortable to hand hold for long periods and the thing swivels in the middle of a shot. Lack of 60P is also an unnecessary hassle. I feel that instead of trying to make this camera as good as possible, Canon was focused on making sure it was worse than the C300.
October 23, 2013
Everything you love about DSLR's without the things you hate about them.
October 16, 2013
Almost Perfect. Almost
I got this because I do a lot of Run and Gun videography with natural light. I wouldn't want to be using any other camera in a dimly lit bar for a concert because of the great lowlight capabilies of this camera.
Deciding between a 5D MK III and this? Well the built in NDs are a huge help when moving from shade to interior to exterior within a matter of seconds. The oversampled image (from the same 4k sensor of the C500) is extremely crisp and I believe easily outperforms the 5D MK III.
Not to mention the handle's audio preamp is a lot cleaner then any Juicelinked, DR60D, H4n, setup I have every used. But for the price and lack of a lot of features my conclusion is:
Only get this camera for RnG/Corporate/Event videography and maybe documentary filmmaking. If you are doing narrative filmmaking or broadcast I wouldn't recommend this.
September 16, 2013