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 Alexa SXT
BMD Ursa Mini-Pro
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