Canon EOS 1D-X Mark II

Canon releases another expensive camera aimed squarely at... no one in particular?

I thought the 1D X was their flagship photography camera and the 1D C was their 4K-capable video-ish thing (for a lot more money). I'm guessing they're one in the same camera now and they'll focus their "C" efforts on the C100, 300, and 500 instead.

4K60 is super nice and the bitrates listed are good but what I always struggle with when it comes to this company is price. Blackmagic's URSA Mini does 4K60 with way higher bitrates, RAW recording, and LOG gamma for half the cost of this camera. For $2000 more (still less than this camera) you can get the 4.6K version.

I want to like Canon, I want them to blow me away with a camera that's wholly unique—they almost had me with the XC-10—but as it stands for videographers they just seem to go down a checklist of features that to put in and then go to market.

Leica SL

At $7450, who is this camera for? Here's a quick list of cameras with comparable or better video features with the same or, more often, a much lower price:

  • Panasonic GH4
  • Sony a7S
  • Sony a7S II
  • Sony a7R
  • Sony FS5 (bests it on EVERY SINGLE FEATURE for $2K less)
  • Sony FS7 (gently used)
  • Canon C100 Mk II (no 4K, but other comparable features)
  • Blackmagic URSA Mini

There's no way the Leica's image processing alone is enough to justify the insane markup. If photography is more your thing, I'd still handily recommend the Sony a7R II and probably, for the first time in my life, I'd recommend you check out the Canon 5DS.

QuickRelease ONE from Edelkrone

I've always had a huge appreciation for Edelkrone's equipment despite having only used the original SliderPlus several years ago. This looks like a genuinely useful addition to any videographer's gear bag, but especially so for wedding videographers who are constantly switching between tripods, monopods, sliders, and more.

CAME-Single 3 Axis Gimbal

Looks legit! I'm liking the design of these pistol-grip style gimbals that have been emerging lately, especially ones geared toward smaller cameras like the a7S. At this price point with these features, I anticipate this one being a pretty big seller.

Gnarbox Kickstarter

Pretty great idea here, especially for the extreme sports crowd. Being able to offload cards and edit over a Wifi connection seems like a no-brainer. A lot of people might lift their nose at the idea of editing their stuff on a mobile device, but I can say that when I first used the iOS version of iMovie it was a revelation for me. There's something to be said for an Incredible amount of power in such a tiny package.

The Canon ME20F-SH

Their ears must've been burning after my post about them yesterday because they went and dropped this... thing. It'll cost $30K, has around 4 million ISO (likely not usable past 100,000 but I'll wait and see), no monitor or EVF, can only shoot up to 1080p, has a 3.5mm stereo input in lieu of XLR ports, oh and did I mention it costs $30,000?

Who is this for? It is lacking in every meaningful way and costs almost twice as much as their most expensive Cinema EOS Camera, the C500.

If you weren't worried about Canon's ability to innovate before, start getting worried now. At least the design is original. Oh, wait...

Canon "Looking into" 4K and LOG on new DSLRs

It's actually a little astonishing that they're not all over this, especially in the wake of their Q2 profit drop. Their main concerns of heat and battery life are somewhat valid, but that (imaginary) line in the sand they've drawn between DSLRs and Cinema EOS cameras will be their undoing. I think the existence of the Sony a7S and FS7 prove there's a huge market for both types of cameras, even when they have many overlapping features.