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Digital Cinema Camera Evaluations 2017

These evaluations were carried out by Geoff Boyle in early July 2017 at MacGyver studios in Amsterdam with the invaluable assistance of Camalot and Vocas

Coordination was by Sebastiaan van Zuylen of Camalot and I was assisted by Erik Weidenhof and Sergejs Bozoks

All cameras with the exception of the C200 and Ursa Mini-Pro were tested using a Fujinon HK 4.7 * 18 and focal length varied and noted below to match a "standard" S35 frame size shot with a 50mm. The C200 and Ursa used a Canon CNE 50mm due to the EF mount.

The cameras, where appropriate, were set to whatever resolution came closest to a "standard" S35 frame so, for example, the Helium was shot at 7K.

Lighting was a pair of BB&S Area 48's courtesy of Lux&co

The reference charts were courtesy of DSClabs

The only objective here is to establish the true ISO of any camera and to find a precise usable dynamic range. I emphasise usable as although more may be measurable it may be too noisy to use or the colour may change too much.

ARRI Alexa Classic


ARRI Amira

BMD Ursa Mini-Pro

Canon C200

Canon C300-2 XF-AVC 2K 12bit

Canon C300-2 XF-AVC 4K 10 bit

Canon C300-2 raw

Canon C700 XF-AVC 4K

Canon C700 raw 4K

Canon C700 raw 4.5K

Panasonic Varicam LT P2

Panasonic Varicam LT RAW

Panasonic Varicam Pure 800 ISO

Panasonic Varicam Pure 5000 ISO

Panasonic Varicam Pure 3200 ISO

RED Scarlet

RED Dragon

RED Helium

Sony F5

Sony F55

Sony F65

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