In a collection that can by no means finish, we now have a side-by-side comparability between the Canon EOS C70 and the ARRI ALEXA Mini LF. Or, to place it one other manner, we have now $6,000 up towards $75,000. Each are unimaginable cinema cameras, although they’ve very totally different working procedures and vastly totally different audiences.
I have to admit, although, that trying out this seemingly ridiculous comparability is a whole lot of enjoyable. This one was dealt with by DP Griffin Conway, who has an excellent monitor file of performing cameras checks on his channel. Hit play if you wish to see reasonably priced versus the business commonplace.
Picture high quality is the primary check and this can be a easy setup with an individual to guage pores and skin tones and a fundamental background. You’ll instantly see there’s a big distinction with how the cameras select to deal with colour within the scene. There have been additionally some over and underexposure pictures thrown in for good measure.
You may definitely inform the distinction if you’re in any respect aware of the sorts of footage they produce. The Canon has a powerful magenta tint whereas ARRI leaned inexperienced. There’s a little little bit of choice in there as to what appears to be like higher, however the ARRI footage tends to be what everybody prefers if you begin working with it. It additionally feels a bit extra pure.
Now, as for operation, the C70 is clearly higher suited to run-and-gun productions. It’s smaller and designed to be operated with minimal equipment. It additionally has choices for capturing 4K as much as 120 fps utilizing the complete Tremendous 35mm sensor. The ARRI is a good bit heavier, however produces an unimaginable picture.
The big-format sensor has a a lot totally different look, although it’s extra restricted with cropping required to get to 4K 60 fps and no choice for 4K at 120 fps.
One among Griffin’s favourite issues concerning the ARRI is that the menu system is extremely smart. It additionally has choices to file in ProRes, which is extremely pleasant for modifying. A taller sensor and open gate recording even make life simpler if you’re making an attempt to do some recording for vertical facet ratios.
One other factor is that ARRI cameras simply look extra skilled. It shouldn’t matter all that a lot, however for shoppers and outdoors observers, it makes an influence if you present up on set with a severe rig.
Although we now have a ton of wonderful and comparatively reasonably priced choices for cinema cameras – a lot of which may compete with ARRI – it ought to be mentioned that there’s a purpose that ARRI cameras are nonetheless as costly as they’re and completely price it. That distinction turns into extra necessary if you go to theater as a substitute of simply YouTube, too.
What do you consider these two cameras?
[source: Griffin Conway]