Christmas shootout with Philip Bloom

On a cold day earlier in December I Joined Philip Bloom, Suresh Kara, Joel Conder and Sarah Estela for Philips Christmas mini shootout .  The main aim of the shootout was to compare a bunch of large sensor cameras under typical shooting conditions.

We did a range of tests including resolution, skew, skin tones, and low light / high ISO. I was particularly interested to see how the Canon EOS-C300 held up against the other cameras on test as I’m considering purchasing one when they are released. To find out more about the C300 check out my C300 review.

We tested the following cameras and picture profiles…

Sony NEX5N– Flat PP by Abel Cine
Canon EOS C300 – C-LOG (Not Cinema mode for the res tests)
Panasonic GH2 – Driftwood Hack nostalgia and dialed down
Canon 5D mk2 – Marvels Advance
Canon 7D – Marvels Advance
Sony FS100 – G-LOG A
Sony PMW-F3 AB-RANGE
Sony PMW-F3 – S-Log
Nikon D7000 – Flat

As Philip says in the video the tests were not overly scientific, we tried where possible to maintain conditions and settings but obviously working outside on a winters day we had to deal with changeable light and a few frozen fingers. Regardless of the weather conditions though the resolution test results were very interesting and still showed each cameras strengths and weaknesses.

After braving the cold for the resolution and skew tests we then headed back for a full english breakfast and series of low light and skin tone tests so lookout for those very shortly which I’ll add to this page once Philip finishes editing them. It was great fun doing the shootout and lovely spending time with Philip, Suresh, Joel and Sarah so many thanks to those guys for making it a great day.

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    • Shawn F
    • December 28th, 2011 8:54pm

    I seem to be a bit confused with the Marvels Advance picture style you guys used for the 5d/7d. Is this part of the Marvels 3.4 download or is this your own custom version of Marvels Cine?

    I’m a complete newbie with custom picture profiles and was very curious about this “advance” style.

    Thank You

    • I’m not really sure as they were Philips cameras but I’ll try and find out for you.

        • Shawn F
        • December 29th, 2011 6:18am

        Thank you very much Paul. Much appreciated.

  1. Paul what are your thoughts on the GH2? I have not tried it yet.

    • Hi Dave. I haven’t really spent any time with it either so I’m not really sure. The images from it look nice but I’ve never felt the need rush out buy one.

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