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Thomas Fletcher's Digital Cinematography Camera Comparison Chart

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Complied with information gathered with numerous conversations with various cinematographers, colorists, colleagues and manufacturers. Please understand this is subjective. This is not a scientific collection of data. We have sincerely tried to collect the accurate information to share with industry and help producers make an educated decision on a camera and format. Please report any discrepancies to profilmvideo@gmail.com. It is my sincere goal to have an accurate chart. Updates will be posted.
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VideoRelease YearImager Imager SizeDiameterLens Mount Base ISO Latitude Frame Rates  Digital Sampling on Media Bit DepthFormatRecord Times Weight Power    Highlights Positives        Notable Credits      Average National Daily Rental WebsiteLikeLast updateName
201123.8 x 13.4mm27.2 mm ØPL80014 Stops.75-120 fps @
1920x1080
for HD-SDI

.75-60 fps ARRIRAW

1920 x 1080

2880 x 1620 (ARRIRAW)
12 BitUncompressed
ARRIRAW

Uncompressed HD-SDI
256 GB Mag
25 min @ 4:4:4

512 GB Mag
50 min @ 4:4:4
21 lb.- Uncompressed Workflow popular w/ VFX heavy work

- Production-tested, reliable workflow

- Efficient workflow from Production through to Post
"Five-Year Engagement"
"The Avengers"
"Now"
"Anonymous"
Life of Pi"
$3500
- Alexa Plus
- Codex Recorder with 3 Mags
codexdigital.com/...
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Nov. 6th 2015 12:07:53 AMARRI ALEXA & Codex
201123.8 x 13.4mm27.2 mm ØPL w/LDS80014 Stops.75-120 fps @
1920x1080

1920 x 1080

10 Bit

12 Bit


ProRes 4:2:2

ProRes 4:4:4
(2) 32GB
SxS Cards

40 min @ 4:2:2
28 min @ 4:4:4
13.8 lb85w-Low Light Performance

-Wide Latitude

-Cost Effective Workflow

-Bright EVF w/ Overscan Great Color Separation
"Law & Order LA"
"Playboy"
"The Chicago Code"


Numerous National Spots
$1900 Plus
$1500 EV
with
(2) 32G Cards
arridigital.com
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Nov. 10th 2011 3:14:27 PMARRI ALEXA Plus
200835 x 24mm43 mm ØPL
Canon
100
Still

160
Video
9
Stops
24, 25, 30
1920 x 1080

1920 x 10808 Bit
H.264(1) 16GB Card

49 Min - 4:2:0
1.8 lb-Cost vs Performance

-Compact Size

-Low Light Performance

-Popular for Commercials, Music Video & webisodes
Numerous Regional & National Spots

Numerous Credits as a "C" & "D" camera for Television & Feature Films
$350
w/
(2) 16GB Cards
canon.com/...
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Jun. 2nd 2011 4:42:55 PMCanon 5D
200922.3 x 14.9mm26.8 mm ØPL
Canon
100
Still

160
Video
9
Stops
24, 25, & 30@
1920 x 1080
&
60 @
1280x720
1920 x 10808 Bit
H.264(1) 16GB Card

49 Min - 4:2:0
1.8 lb-Cost vs Performance

-Compact Size

-Low Light Performance

-Popular for Commercials, Music Video & webisodes
NumerousRegional & National Spots

Numerous Credits as a "C" & "D" camera for Television & Feature Films
$250
w/
(2) 16GB Cards
canon.com/...
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Jun. 2nd 2011 4:42:55 PMCanon 7D
200024.9 x 18.1mm31.1 mm ØPL50015-16
Stops
1-60 fps6K
4K
2K
1920 x 1080
16 Bit (Linear)
Uncompressed3 Perforation
14m48s 1000'

4 Perforation
11m 06s 1000'

Full RGB 4:4:4
25 lb55w-4:4:4 Color Sampling

-Established Workflow

-Widest Available Latitude

-Proven Archival Value
"The Black Dahlia"
"Chicago"
"King's Speech"
"Quantum of Solace"
$1,400
with
Mags
arri.com/...
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Jun. 2nd 2011 4:42:55 PMFor Comparison - ARRICAM ST
201017.8 x 13mm20.3 mm ØMicro
4/3"
(MFT)
PL
32010 Stops24, 25, 30 @
1920 x 1080

24, 25, 30 & 60 @
1280 x 720

12-60 fps
1920 x 1080

1280x720
8 Bit
AVCHD (H.264)(2) 32GB SDXC Cards
180 Min @ 4:2:0
5.5 lb12.5w-Cost-Effective Large Imager for Depth of Field

-Uncompressed Audio Highly Accepted Workflow on virtually all platforms
New Camera Check Back Later for Updated List of Credits$350

(2) 32GB SDXC Cards
panasonic.com/...
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Jun. 2nd 2011 4:37:14 PMPanasonic AF-100
20078.8 x 6.6mm11 mm ØB464010
Stops
HPX-2000
24p, 25p, 30p, 60p
1280 x 72010 Bit
AVC-Intra 100(5) 32 GB P2 Cards

200 min - 4:2:2
10 lb43w-HD D-5 quality at Relatively low data & Rental rates

-Record 1080i
Numerous Regional Spots$700
w/ five 16GB Cards
panasonic.com/...
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Jun. 6th 2011 1:13:36 PMPanasonic HPX-2000
20088.8 x 6.6mm11 mm ØB464010
Stops
HPX-2700
1-60 fps
1280 x 72010 Bit
AVC-Intra 100(5) 32 GB P2 Cards

200 min - 4:2:2
10 lb43w-HD D-5 quality at Relatively low data & Rental rates

-Record 1080i

-Popular Slow Motion Camera
Numerous Regional Spots$800
w/ five 16GB Cards
panasonic.com/...
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Jun. 2nd 2011 4:37:14 PMPanasonic HPX-2700
20078.8 x 6.6mm11 mm ØB440010 StopsHPX-3000
24p, 25p, 30p
1920 x 108010 Bit
AVC-Intra 100(5) 32 GB P2 Cards

200 min - 4:2:2
10.5 lb43w-"HD D5" Quality

-Cost vs. Performance

-3700 Offers 4:4:4 Out
Numerous National & Regional Spots$1000
with 2 16GB Cards
Numerous National & Regional Spots
panasonic.com/...
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Jun. 6th 2011 1:13:36 PMPanasonic HPX-3000
20088.8 x 6.6mm11 mm ØB440010
Stops
HPX-3700
1-30 fps
1920 x 108010 Bit
AVC-Intra 100(5) 32 GB P2 Cards

200 min - 4:2:2
10.5 lb43w-"HD D5" Quality

-Cost vs. Performance

-3700 Offers 4:4:4 Out
"Doll House"
"Detroit 187"

Numerous National & Regional Spots
$1100
with 2 16GB Cards
Numerous National & Regional Spots
panasonic.com/...
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Jun. 6th 2011 1:13:36 PMPanasonic HPX-3700
20018.8 x 6.6mm11 mm ØMAKING TEST CHANGE320
Film Rec
9
Stops
4-60 fps960 x 7208 BitDVCPRO HD
DVCPRO
Tape
32 Min @ 4:2:2
16.8 lb36w- Variable Frame Rate

- Industry Workhorse
"Arrested Development"
"Waiting for Superman"
"Borat"
$600panasonic.com/...
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Jun. 2nd 2011 4:37:14 PMPanasonic Varicam
201025.6 x 16mmPL
PV
Nikon
Canon EOS
Hasselblad, Mamiya 645
12001-1617 fps @ 2560x1440

1-2564 fps @ 1920x1080
2560x1440

1920x1080
12-bitUncompressed
RAW
32G Internal RAM
4.5s@2500fps

512G CineMags
1m14s@2500fps
11.7 lb100w- Compact size
- Uncompressed RAW
- 4:4:4 Output
- CineStation Workflow
- 12-bit RAW
NBA
NFL

Numerous National Spots
$5500 with 2 CineMags
(1 TB)

$3000
Camera Only
(32 GB)
visionresearch.com/...
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Jun. 2nd 2011 8:43:13 PMPhantom Flex
200925.6 x 25.6mm36 mm ØPL
PV
Nikon Canon
25010
Stops
5-1052 fps
@
1920x1080
2048 x 2048

1920 x 1080
14 Bit
Uncompressed RAW32G Internal RAM
8.9s@1000fps

512G CineMags
3m14s @ 1000fps
12 lb80w-Compact Camera Size

-Uncompressed RAW

-CineStation Workflow Anamorphic Lenses

-14 Bit RAW
"Hurt Locker"
"Max Payne"
"The Spirit"

Numerous
National Spots
$5000 with 2 CineMags
(1 TB)

$2500
Camera Only
(32 GB)
visionresearch.com/...
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Jun. 2nd 2011 8:43:13 PMPhantom Gold
201127.7 x 14.6mm31.4 mm ØPL - w/ LDS
PV
Nikon
Canon
80012+
Stops

16-18 with HDRx
1-120 fps @5K
1-150 fps @4K
1-200 fps @3K
1-300 fps @2K
5K
4.5 K
4K
3K
2K 1920x1080
12 Bit
R3DSSD (Solid State Drive)
64GB - 15 min
128GB - 30 min
256GB - 60 min
5K w/ 5:1 Compression @ 4:4:4
5 lb60w-Small - Ideal for 3D HDRx High Dynamic Range

-Touchscreen LCD Established R3D workflow

-EVF with overscan

-12-14bit REDCODE
"Spiderman 4"
"Hobbit"
"Jack the Giant Killer"
"Prometheus"
(Alien Prequel)
$2700
with
(2) 128GB SSD
red.com/...
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Jun. 6th 2011 1:16:42 PMRED EPiC
200724.4 x 13.7mm27.9 mm ØPL
Nikon
Canon
3209 Stops1-30 fps @ 4K
1-60 fps @3K
1-120 fps @ 2K
4.5 K
4K
3K
2K 1920x1080
16GB Card - 9 min
120GB RAM - 60 min
320GB Drive - 120 min
10 lb75w- Cost vs. Performance

-Established .R3D Workflow on virtually all platforms

"The Book of Eli"
"Knowing"
"The Informant"
"Che"
"District 9"
$800
with (2) 16GB Cards
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Jun. 2nd 2011 4:59:57 PMRed One (Original Imager)
201024.4 x 13.7mm27.9 mm ØPL
Nikon
Canon
80012
Stops
1-30 fps @4K
1-60 fps @3K
1-120 fps @2K
4.5 K
4K
3K
2K 1920x1080
12 Bit
R3D16GB Card - 9 min
120GB RAM - 60 min
320GB Drive - 120 min
10 lb75w- Low Light Performance
- Cost vs. Performance

-Established .R3D Workflow on virtually all platforms

"The Social Network"
"Pirates of the Caribbean 4"
"Winter's Bone"
$1200
with (2) 16GB Cards &
RAM Drive
red.com/...
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Jun. 2nd 2011 4:42:55 PMRed One MX
20078.8 x 6.6mm11 mm ØB432011
Stops
1-60 fps1920 x 108010 Bit
HDCAM SRHDCAM SR
Tape

50 min @ 4:2:2
50 min @ 4:4:4
24 lb106w-4:4:4 Recording

-Established Workflow

-Popular for Greenscreen
"Speed Racer"
"Public Enemies"


Numerous National & Regional Spots
$2500 with
SRW-1M
& SRPC-1
sony.com/...
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Jun. 2nd 2011 4:37:14 PMSony F23
201123.6 x 13.3mm27.1 mm ØSony F3
PL - w/ LDS
80011
Stops
1080
1-30 fps

720
1-60 fps @29.97
1920 x 10808 Bit
on SxS Cards

10 Bit
4:4:4 SLog Coming Soon
XDCAM EX(2) 32GB
SxS Cards

100 Min @ 4:2:0
5.3 lb24w-Small Size Ideal for 3D

-Low Light Performance

-Low Power Consumption

-S Log 4:4:4 HD-SDI Out
New Camera Check Back Later for Updated List of Credits$450 with
(2) 16 GB Cards
sony.com/...
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Jun. 6th 2011 1:16:42 PMSony F3
200823.6 x 13.3mm27.1 mm ØPL32012 Stops1-50 fps
@
1920 x 1080
1920 x 108010 Bit

12 Bit Coming with SRMemory
HDCAM SRHDCAM SR
Tape

50 min @ 4:2:2
50 min @ 4:4:4
24 lb106w-4:4:4 Recording

-14 bit A/ D

-Established HDCAM SR or Codex Workflow
"Tron Legacy" (Codex)
"Red Tails"
"Law & Order:
Criminal Intent"
$3250
with SRW-1
& SRPC-1
sony.com/...
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Jun. 2nd 2011 8:11:15 PMSony F35
20008.8 x 6.6mm11 mm ØB43209 stops24, 25, 30p1440 x 10808 BitHDCAMHDCAM
Tape
50 Min @ 3:1:1
12 lb34w-10 yr. Industry Workhorse

-Proven Easy Workflow
"Attacks of the Clones" - Star Wars
"Star Trek: Enterprise" "Once Upon a Time in Mexico"
"Baadasssss!"
$900sony.com/...
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Jun. 2nd 2011 4:37:14 PMSony HDW-F900
20098.8 x 6.6mm11 mm ØB450010
Stops
1080
1-30fps

720
1-48 fps @ 23.98
1-60 fps @ 29.97
1920 x 1080

1280 x 720
8 Bit
XDCAM EXOptical Disk
95 Min - 4:2:0
9.5 lb44w-Combines the best of a tape and tapeless world

-Low Cost Media

-Native support by Major NLE
"Parks & Recreation"

Mark Burnett Productions
$1,000sony.com/...
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Jun. 2nd 2011 4:37:14 PMSony PDW-F800
20076.4 x 4.8mm8 mm ØFIXED LENS4007
Stops
1-30fps @1080p

1-60fps @ 720p
1920 x 10808 Bit
XCCAM EXSxS Cards
(2) - 32GB
200 min @ 4:2:0
6.2 lb6.2w-Cost

-1/2" Imager

-Full 1920x 1080

-imager and recording
Numerous Regional Spots$375
w/ two 16GB Cards
sony.com/...
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Jun. 2nd 2011 4:33:31 PMSony PMW-EX1
20086.4 x 4.8mm8 mm ØEX Mount

B4
4007
Stops
1-30fps @1080p

1-60fps @ 720p
1920 x 10808 Bit
XDCAM EXSxS Cards
(2) - 32GB
200 min @ 4:2:0
7.9 lb13.5w-Cost vs. Performance

-Size

-Flexibility to mount Professional 2/3" Lenses
Numerous Regional Spots$500
w/ two
16GB Cards
sony.com/...
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Jun. 2nd 2011 4:33:31 PMSony PMW-EX3
201023.7 x 13.4mm27.1 mm ØB432012 Stops1-50 fps
@
1920 x 1080
1920 x 108010 BitHDCAM SR
Tape

HDCAM SRMemory Coming Soon
HDCAM SR
Tape

50 min @ 4:2:2
50 min @ 4:4:4
14.5 lb-14 bit A/ D

-Low Light Performance

-Easy and Established HDCAM SR Workflow
"Justified"

New Camera Check Back Later for Updated List of Credits
sony.com/...
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Jun. 2nd 2011 4:33:31 PMSony SRW-9000PL
200822.2 x 22.2mm31.4 mm ØPL
PV
Nikon
Canon
32010.5 Stops1-2000 fps
@
1920x1080
2048 x 1536

1920 x 1080
12 Bit
Uncompressed
RAW
Uncompressed RAW32G Internal RAM
12s @ 1000fps

2 TB DigiMags
12m30s @ 1000fps
13.2 lb70w-Simultaneous

-HD-SDI & RAW

-Wireless Interface

-Anamorphic Lenses

-Master Quality HD-SDI Out
"House"
"The Three Musketeers"
"The Lucky One"


Numerous National Spots
$3750 with 1 Digi-Mag
(2 TB)

$3000
Camera Only
32 GB
weisscam.com/...
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Jun. 2nd 2011 4:37:58 PMWeisscam HS-2
20054.8 x 3.6mm6 mm ØFIXED LENS3207 Stops6p, 12p, 18p
20p, 22p, 26p
30p, 32p, 36p
48p, 60p @
720
960 x 720
Using Pixel Shifting
8 BItDVCPro2 32GB P2 Cards
160 min
5.4 lb14w- Cost
- P2 Workflow
- Most Established Tapeless Workflow
- Familiar Camera
Numerous Regional Spots$250 with 2 cards
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