You shouldn't judge a book by its cover and you shouldn't judge an uploaded movie by its poster frame. When this Canon C300 demo film popped up yesterday we overlooked it, we shouldn't have, it's not your ordinary camera test...
Jonathan Yi was a lucky guy getting his hands on a Canon C300 before it was announced, even though it looked like it was made out of Bakerlite! He made a demo movie that's slightly unconventional, but it does show in a rather amusing way the lack of moirÃ©, the lack of rolling shutter artifacts and the good reproduction of skin tones. Actually a lot of skin tone reproduction!
He's also written a long and detailed report on the camera that is posted on the Canon Knowledge Base, worth a read if you are in the market for upgrading from your DSLR. We also noticed an article by Jem Schofield about On Set Data Management with the EOS C300 that's worth a read because the role of the DIT or data wrangler is becoming more and more important with file based workflows.
Jon Yi writes "In early Fall 2011, I shot some footage with a pre-production model of the Canon EOS C300 for one week in NYC. I created an article and a video for Canon based on my experiences with the camera. The video is meant to poke fun at most camera test videos I've seen over the years. Canon, not thrilled with my sense of humor, does not credit or condone this video, but I think it shows a lot of the camera's strengths.
I believe that Canon made a beautiful camera that is sensible, reliable and portable in a way that I've always dreamed a camera could be. It prioritizes great skin tone and has higher ISO sensitivity than any other camera out there.
I know there's nothing I can say to change the minds of the RED fan club. For the rest of the skeptics, I think once you get your hands on it you'll understand how great this camera really is. Please buy this camera in January and go film some good skin tones in the dark. You'll love it."
Here's the video, there's a naughty word so it gets a NSFW status.
Photos by Jonathan Yi