In a sequence that may 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 method, we now have $6,000 up towards $75,000. Each are unbelievable 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 loads of enjoyable. This one was dealt with by DP Griffin Conway, who has monitor file of performing cameras exams on his channel. Hit play if you wish to see reasonably priced versus the trade normal.
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 primary background. You’ll instantly see there’s a large distinction with how the cameras select to deal with shade within the scene. There have been additionally some over and underexposure photographs thrown in for good measure.
You possibly can definitely inform the distinction if you’re in any respect acquainted with the forms of footage they produce. The Canon has a robust magenta tint whereas ARRI leaned inexperienced. There’s a little little bit of choice in there as to what seems to be higher, however the ARRI footage tends to be what everybody prefers once you begin working with it. It additionally feels a bit extra pure.
Now, as for operation, the C70 is clearly higher fitted 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 total Tremendous 35mm sensor. The ARRI is a good bit heavier, however produces an unbelievable 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.
Considered one of Griffin’s favourite issues in regards to the ARRI is that the menu system is extremely smart. It additionally has choices to file in ProRes, which is extremely pleasant for enhancing. A taller sensor and open gate recording even make life simpler if you’re attempting to do some recording for vertical side 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 impression once you present up on set with a severe rig.
Though we now have a ton of wonderful and comparatively reasonably priced choices for cinema cameras – lots of which may compete with ARRI – it needs to be stated that there’s a motive that ARRI cameras are nonetheless as costly as they’re and completely price it. That distinction turns into extra vital once you go to theater as an alternative of simply YouTube, too.
What do you consider these two cameras?
[source: Griffin Conway]