For years I’ve used the Canon 5D cameras almost exclusively, and would be grateful for any recommendations on good choices to upgrade. If possible, I’d like to stay in the Canon family, as I’m familiar with them. I work as a video producer for a nonprofit, and do a lot of interview-based and documentary-style videos. I believe virtually all video cameras come with 4K now, but having 4K (and not just 1080) one of the big needs motivating the upgrade. My first thought was a C100 may make the most sense, to meet my video needs and also make audio recording easier.
Neil – Like Eric says, the C100 is gonna max out at 1080p. My recommendation, if you’re sticking with the Canon line, is to take a look at the C70. It’s a very natural progression from a 5DIV.
I’ve got a C70, C200, and C300III and for so many jobs I find myself reaching for the C70 cause it’s just really convenient size, shape, and recording formats (plus the touch screen interface is so much nicer than the C200). The C200 falls in a strange area because its premiere feature was that it shot 12-bit RAW, which was fantastic when it was released in 2017. It’s other working codec leaves a lot to be desired quality-wise (mp4 at 4:2:0 8-bit is really proxy territory but the only other format offered). For the same $$$ I think the C70 is a more versatile camera than the C200, with a wider variety of codec choices and frame rates.
I really appreciate the advice, Ryan! Your recommendation of the C70 s a big help. It’s an attractive option for sure, for all the good reasons you mentioned. Seems like it would be an easy migration from the 5D too. I work for a big nonprofit that may balk at the pricetag, as I didn’t initially realize both these cameras cost upwards of $6 K, in case you, Eric, or others know of any less expensive options than the C70 or C200? No problem if there aren’t good ones. Just trying to do my due diligence. But they actually have me on a high priority project right now I know they want to look good, and I’ve been unhappy with the way my mark IV 1080 footage has been looking. So maybe they’ll agree and accept it as a good investment, and cheaper than hiring a freelancer with better tools.