"For me, a dunce of a filmmaker. $6500 is too much money to spend just to show my family bad films on Vimeo. I’d really like a video camera that costs about half that with an EF mount. I could be in the minority on that one, but I much prefer to shoot video with a video camera as opposed to a DSLR."
It would be great to see an upgrade path for 5D Mark III users.
Serious video pros and amateurs alike need a $3000 camera, for the same reason serious photographers don't want to spend $6500 on a DSLR body. Cost is only not an issue for the bloated film industry. The consumer market is much larger and very sensitive to price.
I actually like the DSLR form factor for video, over a video camera - it has a few advantages. Yes a EF mount large sensor camcorder that sits above the top end consumer camcorder would be nice to handle, but you'd lose some abilities...
- Ability to do stills and video on one assignment without carrying 2 kits
- Swap between stills / video very quickly, almost simultaneously
- Stealth ability, with a DSLR you can blend in like a tourist. With a video camera people are more suspicious
- Small size... If you look at Sony's closest equivalent to a 'C50', the VG30 is a NEX in a huge ugly box
Canon should take the EOS M as a base, put that in a video optimised mirrorless form factor, add plenty of video features and a good focus assist, fix moire and have it priced just above the 5D Mark III. Job done.
I really like your ideas. together with you blogpost that would be a niche worth exploiting to my taste. but my guess is that Canon is not thinking that way.
I thought about how they could further strip the C100 down to justify a significant pricedrop without cannibalizing C100 sales. The 8bit 420 AVCHD is quite a limitation already and getting rid of 720 50p/60p (the C100 REALLY doesn't have that?? thats so hard to believe!) leaves almost nothing to cut down. basically they are approaching the video quality of a 500D/550D/600D/650D....and that at a pricepoint of 6500$ !!!
The only thing that they could leave out would be the EF-mount and go for a fixed lens. Something like a 24-105 f4 or the likes. They have this for their Pro Camcorders...to my taste, nobody wants this, but with a fixed lens they COULD differentiate between the rumored C50 and the C100.
to be clear: if they do that, to my taste they deserve to not sell a single unit of these C50's! On the other hand, it would be one of these conservative moves that Canon seems to like so much these days.
What I would hope for: An even smaller and lighter version of the C100 with an EOS M mount but basically the same feature set. not going to happen,I know, unless they don't use the S35 sensor but instead the 'good old' 18mp APS-C with dual digic5+ readout like in the 1DX. I'm thinking of a GH3 like formfactor.
Oh well, one can dream, right?