As a struggling indie, I have all my fingers crossed for the Sony PXW-FS7, and that's about as $high$ as I can go on a camera. Ergonomics look like they will be great, and I'm hoping IQ will be up there too. I like the fact that it has built-in shoulder mount, extending handgrip control, and so many other nice features right out of the box, like slomo at 1080p, etc.Yes the lower-end market below the C100 is the one neglected by Canon not the higher-end one. Up until the FS7 release, Canon were the best in the high-end share, and still are really the FS7 isn't even out yet.
Canon is best in high end? That's the first I heard this. Arri Alexa totally dominates high end. Almost Hollywood movies and TV dramas are shot on Alexa.
Red, F5/F55 are also much better than C500.
Canon did better with low end independent filmmakers with C300/C100 combo.
He meant high-end as the non, major-Hollywood type players see it. You are correct from the point of view of the really big boys though.
As someone who has used (in post and on set), the Cx00, FX5, Red One, Red One MX, Alexa, Red Epic, Scarlet, etc. I can say with confidence...
Specs aren't everything. The Alexa is way ahead of the pack, yes. But the b cameras on Alexa sets are usually C100s, C300s, and dSLRs. Sony has great specs but the image isn't quite right and ergonomics are yucky and the F5 has not caught on that much outside high end corporate. Red is a mixed bag, the hardest to use well but it seems some people pull it off. Canon has poor specs but an excellent image and easy ergonomics for low end TV.
I would take the C500 over any Red camera other than the Dragon and over the Fx5 any day. Look at the cinematography oscar noms... All Alexa and film. B cameras are all Canon and go pro.
I am interested in the C100 as well, but at this point I'd rather wait on the mark II version.
Neither the C100 nor the FS7 are appropriate for indie film production. The FS7 outfitted with the HDSDI deck might be, but without timecode sync you're SOL for dual system audio and I have found the timecode sync on the F5 to be unreliable and require a lock it box in the first place.
Rent? I have seen Alexa packages, with lenses, rent for a month for the cost of an FS7. F5 packages are very inexpensive, though I am not wild about the camera... see above.