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  • Writer's pictureJustin Bunnell

Video production camera's I have my eye on

As a filmmaker, and video producer selecting the right camera is a critical decision, one that directly impacts the quality and style of my productions. Currently, I am considering: the BlackMagic 6K Full Frame, Sony FX3 Full Frame 4K, Canon EOS C70 4K, RED Komodo 6K, and Panasonic Lumix BS1H Full Frame 5.9K. Each of these cameras boasts features that make them stand out, but how do they stack up against each other?

In this post, I will lay out the specifications of these cameras side by side. From their frame rates and recording formats to their lens mounts and unique features, this comparison aims to provide a clear and concise overview. This isn’t just about listing features; it’s about understanding how each camera can cater to the specific needs of a project, and which one aligns best with my creative vision and practical requirements.

Join me as I explore the capabilities of these impressive cinema cameras and inch closer to making an informed decision for my next filmmaking venture.

The BlackMagic 6k Full Frame

This camera offers filmmakers a large sensor that captures intricate details and vibrant colors. Its versatility in post-production with Blackmagic RAW format makes it a favorite among cinematographers seeking high-quality imagery in a compact design.

  1. Cost: Approximately $2,595.

  2. Frame Rates: It can shoot up to 36 fps at 6048 x 4032 3:2 open gate, 60 fps at 6048 x 2520 2.4:1 and 60 fps at 4096 x 2160 4K DCI. Higher frame rates can be achieved by windowing the sensor, up to 100 fps at 2112 x 1184 Super 16, and 120 fps in 1080HD.

  3. Recording Format: Supports Blackmagic RAW and ProRes in various resolutions, with storage rates based on 30 fps (e.g., 6144 x 3456 (6K) Blackmagic RAW 3:1 - 323 MB/s).

  4. Lens Mount: L-Mount, compatible with a wide range of still photography and cinema lenses.

Sony FX3 Full Frame 4k

This camera combines the power of a professional cinema camera with the size and flexibility of a mirrorless system, making it ideal for solo shooters and gimbal work. With its impressive 4K video capabilities and high frame rate options, it caters to both cinematic quality and practical agility.

  1. Cost: Approximately $3,898.

  2. Frame Rates: The camera supports UHD 4K recording up to 120 fps and 1080p recording up to 240 fps.

  3. Recording Format:

    1. H.265

    2. MPEG-4

    3. AVC/XAVC S

    4. XAVC

  4. Lens Mount: The Sony FX3 utilizes the E-mount, compatible with a wide range of Sony and third-party lenses.

Canon EOS C70 4K

Bridging the gap between mirrorless cameras and traditional cinema systems, the Canon EOS C70 offers a compact form factor without compromising on professional video features. Its Dual Gain Output sensor and versatile RF lens mount make it a robust tool for diverse filmmaking scenarios.

  1. Cost: $4999

  2. Recording formats and Frame Rates:

    1. H.264

    2. H.265

    3. MP4

    4. XF-AVC

  3. Lens Mount: Canon RF

RED Komodo 6K 

The RED Komodo 6K stands out for its color science and high dynamic range, offering cinematic image quality in a more accessible, compact form. Renowned for its RAW video recording capabilities, it's a top choice for filmmakers who prioritize post-production flexibility and image fidelity.

  1. Cost: $6000

  2. Frame Rates and Recording Foramts: 


    2. ProRes 422/ProRes 422 HQ

    3. ProRes 422

  3. Lens Mount: It comes with a Canon RF mount, offering compatibility with a range of lenses and adapters, including Canon EF, PL, and Leica M mount.

Panasonic Lumix BS1H Full Frame 5.9K

This is a powerhouse in a modular design, offering 5.9K full-frame video capture that appeals to both cinematic and broadcast applications. Its multi-camera control capabilities and V-Log color profile provide extensive creative control, making it suitable for high-end productions and live events.

  1. Cost: $2497.99

  2. Frame rates and Recording Format

    1. H.265/H.265 Long GOP/MOV 4:2:2 10-Bit

      1. 4096 x 2160 at 23.98/25/29.97 fps [100 to 400 Mb/s]

      2. 3840 x 2160 at 23.98/25/29.97 fps [100 to 400 Mb/s]

      3. 3328 x 2496 at 23.98/24.00/25/29.97 fps [150 to 400 Mb/s]

      4. 1920 x 1080p at 23.98/29.97/59.94 fps [100 to 200 Mb/s]

      5. 1920 x 1080i at 50/59.94 fps [50 to 100 Mb/s]

    2. H.265/H.265 Long GOP/MOV 4:2:0 10-Bit

      1. 5952 x 3968 at 23.98/24.00 fps [200 Mb/s]

      2. 5376 x 3584 at 25/29.97 fps [200 Mb/s]

      3. 5888 x 3312 at 23.98/24.00/25/29.97 fps [200 Mb/s]

      4. 4096 x 2160 at 23.98/24.00/29.97/48.00/50/59.94 fps [200 Mb/s]

      5. 1920 x 1080p at 47.95/48.00/100/120 fps [100 to 150 Mb/s]

  3. Lens Mount: Leica L

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