« on: September 13, 2014, 11:35:59 AM »
Of course this rumor is the panicked response to the FS7...trying to stave off the inevitable mass migration unless Canon has something else to say. Sony is dismantling Canon piece by piece, and Sigma, Tamron, Tokina, Zeiss, and Samyang have put a big dent in their glass sales. What can Canon do?
Key to the FS7 is the E mount, it can be adapted to anything bigger including PL, Canon, and Nikon. The Metabones Speedbooster (now with a high end Ultra version) gives super 35 a full-frame look and speed. The CX00's still have better low-light than the FS7 even though they are super 35, but not as good as the A7s low-light. However the A7s has miserable rolling shutter.
Combining all of these factors it's clear the sensor Canon must develop for the next Cinema line is full frame with a global shutter option. Some will still prefer super 35 with PL mount but that's not Canon's glass strength. EOS-M mount failed bitterly and can't host full-frame. No Speedbooster can be used with the EF flange distance. So Canon has to provide a full frame option for full frame look and low-light capability...there's no choice. And because it's so slow to read out of such a sensor it needs global shutter to avoid the jello.
That might preclude HFR so they may have an HFR camera that's super 35 and does at least 1080p240 and hopefully 4K120 or at least 4K60 like the FS7 can. Canon also must settle on a storage format (Cfast?) and codec (AVC-Uktra?) that has likely been holding them up all this time.
I like Canon but Sony has better offerings in every form factor other than the 1DX. The RX series, the A7's, the FS7...they have bet the company on video and it's a formidable company. One hopes Canon is ready to go with a new line because I couldn't recommend them anymore.
I'm excited about these new Sony cams, but I don't think Canon is a write off. These are Sony's latest and greatest. The Canon's are several years old, this is just another leap in the never ending game of leapfrog. I am not going to start jumping back and forth between brands, and a system is much more than any one of the components, including the camera. Ultimately I think most people will have a mix of equipment from different brands. The Canon glass is still awesome, and overall on an lens to lens comparison, canon on the whole comes out looking pretty damn good for glass. Metabones (and other adaptors) is a huge bonus for Sony, because a lot of people would not even consider the likes of the A7s without the adapters. And the A7s isn't all roses either. Some are complaining that it is too small, and to make it useable requires a lot of add-ons. I'm intrigued by it, but not jumping on the bandwagon yet. I'm more intrigued by the PXW-X70.... if that thing flies through great reviews it will be my next cam, and I was considering the XF200.
BTW ... the FS7 hasn't been released, so it's a bit early to say the the Cx00 series has better low light performance. Maybe.
Personally I really hope for a killer C100 mark II: better codec, built in slomo, at least 60fps at 1080p, built in 4k, and 422 color, wifi controllable, bigger better LCD with touch screen, and, horror of horrors: full DPAF using all pixels, with face detect, touch focus, customizable touch focus pull. The C100 is the best looking form factor out there, and I hope Canon makes it deadly. This camera would be in almost everyones bag if they pull out the stops.