In this review I have two of the hottest compact cinema cameras on the market I’m gonna compare Panasonic EVA1 vs Canon C200 where I mentioned both cameras in my previous blog as one of the best cinema cameras under 10000.
so one of the most common questions that I get asked before is to compare two cameras against each other and it’s almost an impossible question because different cameras suit different people’s needs.
these are two very reasonably priced cameras really strong tools for high-end production at a low price point.
I’m going to take a look at the Canon EOS C200 and compare it heads up with the Panasonic EVA1. I want to show you how each one of these cameras fits into your production in terms of what camera is better for you and what camera might be better for your situation and you get a sense of that by the end.
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Table of Contents
1. Cameras Performance
AU EVA1 has dual native ISOs 825 hundred so hypothetically that should make it a little better in low light.
I was testing and looked at picture quality, general color, how the colors render, dynamic range, noise, I was testing slow motion on both of them because they both do 220 frames a second at 1080 P which is nice.
the first thing I noticed with EVA1 is a built-in Sun hood this is great but it’s completely useless because I have been almost not seeing out of this and I thought it’s cool they have a built-in Sun hood the things like a mirror I can’t see.
so I ended up using a jacket so I can see so one thing to know is if you’re going to use this camera, you’re either going to have to have a loop that I also don’t really recommend because the LCDs are not very good.
the contrast is all of just magnifying the problems are already there basically so you’re going to have to buy an EVF and it’s gonna cost you fifteen hundred to two thousand dollars which means the price point.
I compared both cameras Panasonic EVA1 vs Canon C200 and noticed that AU EVA1 is a much lighter camera it’s not as tall which means you can probably mount it on a gimbal a lot easier.
I would believe it’s pretty light, pretty compact you can put a lightweight lens on there.
3. Dynamic Range
Maybe those cameras are not the highest dynamic range cinema camera but they are both 14 stops of dynamic range available when you’re shooting with them and the other you’re the highlight is at the point just before clipping and such and you get that full range and if you applied a negative or positive gain to either one of those that would start to clip one side or the other.
to get the most dynamic range out of these cameras, they have like 14 to 15 stops of dynamic range, you do need to shoot in a log profile and what log is going to do is it’s really going to compress down the highlights and kind of keep everything in the middle and then in post.
4. Body Design
the body as the design of those cameras itself is very small and compact I’ve got to say instant comparison would be the Sony FS 5 and also the canon best digital cinema cameras even C300 with its removable handle that all these cameras are a similar kind of boxy modular shape.
5. Cameras Sensor
these cameras feature sensors that resolve above 4k and the new Eva1 at 5.7 K. So, the Eva is a little bit different because it throttles the output to 4kand what it does instead is use the extra pixels to deliver true 4K.
6. Image Quality
in terms of image quality, I have a 42 10 bit, this will not have that before 208 bits so that’s a big issue and it might be worth kind of mucking through some of the smaller details in terms of handling just to get the image quality.
In comparison, they’re both DCI 4K cameras Panasonic EVA1 has a 5.7 K sensor whereas the C2 and it is just 4k so that it’s down some put a little bit whether or not that makes that much of a difference is debatable but the EVA1 Panasonic is not new cinema camera but is very sharp, very nice especially when you punch in the sac.
In comparison with both cameras, the C200 shoot at 4k and AU EVA1 shoots at 5.7 K now what happens with that 4k image at the C200 you can get it in Sydney or a light you can get it in 1080p 120 you get 4k up to 60fps which is great get a safety 120 which is also great.
But the bit rates aren’t fantastic for DCI it’s 150 megabits per second for HD 35 megabits a second for 4k, in Iran light in 4k it is one gigabit per second but the EVA1 shoots 5.7 K came and downsamples much like the out with exciting series cameras the 6300 5500 that shoot 6k and then down the table to 4k so the EVA1 does 5.7 K down samples to 4k internally so you’re going to get a really really good 4k image.
I really like the skin detail of the C200 but when I look at skin tone both in color and in detail what I notice first up with the C200 is that it has really nice highlights it doesn’t really get too specular on her cheekbones or on her forehead so the softness plays nicely on the skin tones.
If you do want to shoot with the EVA1 with skin tone I would probably recommend instead of doing internal sharpness that you buy like a 1/8 Pro mist filter we do this all the time at our work and some of the best cameras in the world will still be fitted with like a 1/8 or 1/4 Pro mist.
So in my test, I actually was getting each line recorded out of the Panasonic EVA1 review whereas with traditional 4k you’re not actually getting each line recorded to result so you’re getting better resolution out of that 5.7 K sensor.
the first thing I noticed about C 200 is it pushes magenta if you look at the chip on the color checker the red one is kind of pain and when we shift over to the Panasonic you don’t really have that problem.
so side by side there is the difference between them I think Canon felt in my test a little more true but I feel like there are more colors in the AU EVA1 even is not the latest cinema camera but they both are top cinema cameras on the other side there’s a little bit more color separation with the Reds.
the picture though was pretty the Roloffs on both of these cameras look pretty nice when I looked at the dynamic range and the contrast was applied to cuz just in terms of how they handle the highlights I still feel like the color seems more correct on the cannon to me.
the ISO test is interesting because the AU EVA1 has two native ISO so you’ve got eight hundred and twenty-five hundred so that’s the cool stuff about the EVA1 has two native iOS which means theoretically eight hundred and five hundred ISO should have the same sort of noise pattern eight hundred and twenty-five hundred should have the same sort of noise pattern.
so I set native ISO and then set regular ISO on the Panasonic EVA1 the native ISO for Panasonic at eight hundred for the first couple steps so the first is ISO 800 for both cameras than ISO 1600 and these are both at native 800 and then I bumped up to 2500 ISO and I switched to the native 2500 on the Panasonic and it does look really clean.
8. Camera Menu
I found that the menu system on AU EVA1 honestly is like any menu system kind of stinks but this one that particularly felt a little weird was just weird choices about that it’s difficult to change to slow-motion recording.
Canon C200 PROS & CONS
- Canon Super35 CMOS Sensor
- Dual Pixel CMOS AF Technology
- Dynamic Range, ISO Range
- DV 6 Image Processor
- High EVF Resolution
- 4″ LCD Touchscreen Camera
- RAW Light
- UHD 4K and Full HD recording
- High-Speed Shooting
- White Balance
Panasonic AU EVA1 PROS & CONS
- built-in Sun hood
- 5.7K Sensor
- Dual Native ISO
- V-Log and V-Gamut Capture
- Native EF Lens Mount
- Electronic Image Stabilization
- Integrated Motorized Filters
- SD Card Recording
- Recording Modes
- low built-in Sun hood
- LCDs are not very good
- No EDF
In terms of its initial specs, Panasonic AU EVA1 really does have many advantages over canons C200 the reason I would compare it to that camera is the price point.
I think AU EVA1 is better even than the Panasonic FS 5 in my opinion because there are fewer buttons the layout makes a little more sense I was able to change the white balance or change ISO or change whatever I want there are audio controls that I love.
I think AU EVA1 is ergonomically really great the only thing that really bugged me was lacking any view and crappy LCD screen.
A price point issue it doesn’t have an EDF but every camera is gonna have something but the C200 has stuff that really bugs me.
Another thing for me, the EVF was the biggest real compliment the biggest thing issue I had with C200 is it does not have a 42 10 bit codec.
I compared and tested Panasonic EVA1 vs Canon C200 on codecs they’re not identical but they’re both 150 megabits per second.
I didn’t know what is your opinion about Panasonic vs Canon so If you have something to comment you can drop a line below.
so the C 200 is designed more or less around feedback 2.0 parts while the EVA1 seems to be more designed around high speed.
I personally think the C 200 is the best camera in its kind of serious answer in the Canon series they’ve ever made.
I think they both bring a lot to the table I think the c200 is a device that can and could have come out and completely changed the way that people are viewing Canon for video.
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