Zacuto’s Emmy Award winning series (Midwest Region), The Great Camera Shootout 2010, is back with a brand new breed of cameras, a fresh set of challenges and plenty of new episodes. The Great Camera Shootout 2011 is a documentary about the Single Chip Camera Evaluation (SCCE) which is a large scale technical camera comparison administered by Robert Primes, ASC.  Our documentary was designed to educate and broaden the understanding of the elements that create image quality.

In this series, you will see side by side comparisons of the newest cameras manufactured by Sony, Canon, Panasonic, Phantom, Weisscam, Nikon, Arri, RED as well as the gold standard of 35mm film.  Robert Primes brought in consultants, specialists and technicians from various areas of the motion picture industry to design a series of tests and “On-Set-Challenges” to push these cameras to the limit.   Some notable motion picture industry names you may recognize include Stephen Lighthill, ASC, Nancy Schreiber ASC, Matt Seigel, Michael Bravin, and Mike Curtis.  The camera world is constantly evolving and the Great Camera Shootout 2011 is simply a must see for anyone interested in the filmmaking field.

The SCCE consisted of fifteen tests comparing twelve different cameras on a multitude of levels. The cameras used in the tests were the Arri Alexa, Sony F-35, Sony F3, Canon 5D Mark II, Canon 7D, Canon 1D Mark IV, Nikon D7000, Weisscam HS-2, Phantom Flex, Panasonic AG-AF100, RED ONE M-X and 35mm Kodak 5213 and 5219 film. Each camera faced in-depth analysis in regard to it’s sharpness, low light sensitivity, exposure latitude, highlight detail, shadow detail, color quality, flesh tone reproduction, compression losses and shutter artifacts. The documentary expands on the tests that were conducted under severe controlled conditions at the Mole-Richardson Co. stage and the Goathouse Loft. The tests were shot over four days and involved over sixty technicians.

The Great Camera Shootout 2011
The Great Camera Shootout of 2011 is not a contest to decide out who makes the “best” camera.  Rather, it is a collection of tests aimed to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the industry’s newest cameras.  The evaluation of camera images is both a science and an art, you will hear comments from industry professionals watching the test in calibrated screenings, see the data and see the images as processed through the Academy Color Encoding Specification (ACES).

Watch it for yourself!



Daniel Herman shooting Jens Bogehegn and Steve Weiss.     Steve Weiss and Jens Bogehegn from Zacuto, USA getting ready for the upcoming web series, "The Great Camera Shootout 2011" documenting SCCE!     Nancy Schreiber and Stephen Lighthill hang out behind-the-scenes of Zacuto's "The Great Camera Shootout 2011" documenting SCCE in Los Angeles, CA.     The test administrator, Matthew J Siegel.     Nancy Schreiber, ASC
The amazing set in Hollywood during the filming of Phase 1. Coming in June!!     Stephen Lighthill, ASC discusses the scene.      Data Management evaluates the Daylight Interior Scene     Kelly Thompson On the Daylight Interior Set.      Nancy Schreiber ASC tweeks her lighting before the shooting begins.

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166 Responses to “The Great Camera Shootout 2011”

  1. Jon Livingston on April 13th, 2011 7:58 pm

    Thanks for the opportunity to view this screening. Very enlightening and good perspectives. Different horses for different courses!

  2. James Drake on April 16th, 2011 3:51 pm

    so…. do we get to see the results online or was it an NAB only event?

  3. Steve Weiss on April 18th, 2011 11:46 am

    What we screened at NAB is just the test footage.  We did 23 recorded screenings with comments from the crowd.  All of this along with the docu footage of the actual test will be made into the Great Camera Shootout 2011 which will debut in June at  You will see everything.

  4. Steve Weiss on April 18th, 2011 11:47 am

    Glad you enjoyed it Cassie

  5. Susan Rapp on April 18th, 2011 3:15 pm

    Jon ~ thanks for being a part of it!!! We will release the first webisode in June. See you then. Cheers, ~sue

  6. simonfilm on April 26th, 2011 3:05 pm

    Hey, you could post a teaser as appetizer! ;-)

  7. Doleep Mahmoud on April 28th, 2011 7:48 pm

    how can we thank Zacuto enough for this great series .. we (Film Makers) learned tons of stuff from 2010 shootout and we will learn far more with this coming one, I just wish that sony relesaed the NEXFS100 before this serie!!

  8. Steve Weiss on April 28th, 2011 8:27 pm

    It performs similar to the F3 in tests I’ve seen so you will see the F3 in the 2011 test.

  9. Steve Weiss on April 28th, 2011 8:27 pm

    working on it.

  10. Anthony Brown on May 3rd, 2011 6:59 pm

    Steve are we not going to see the GH2 in this test or are you baseing this on the AG-AF100 (similar performance i guess?)

    Just exploiting a neat trick of filming with the GH2 at ISO’s 6400 and 12.800 so it would of been great to see this cam in the test?

    Great stuff either way, i love Zacuto web series and i AM going to be the proud owner of the EVF this year even if i have to sell my right arm!…. how would i shoot then though?!!

    Anthony –;

  11. Steve Weiss on May 6th, 2011 10:11 am

    No, we didn’t include any cameras from the consumer/prosumer divisions of companies.  The AF100 is extremely close.

  12. Remedy on May 6th, 2011 12:48 pm

    One can wonder why would You wanna pick 3 Canons and only 1 Nikon (honestly I would trade 1D Mk IV for D3s despite the fact that both were in 2010 shootout or maybe something from Pentax like K5). Anyway I can’t wait to see it.

  13. Steve Weiss on May 8th, 2011 10:25 am

    We didn’t pick the cameras and had nothing to do with the testing.  That was Bob Primes test.  We just made a documentary about the test, screened the test theatrically in many cities and at NAB and will present the test, how the test was done and the viewers comments on the test in the Great Camera Shootout 2010.

  14. Chris Manning on May 11th, 2011 11:55 am

    This is going to be awesome!

  15. MisaGarcia on May 11th, 2011 2:43 pm

    Can’t wait! 

  16. Steve Weiss on May 11th, 2011 4:20 pm

    You don’t know the half of it dude.  This is going to be stellar!  1000’s of man hours went into this.  

  17. Matt Davis on May 12th, 2011 5:29 pm

    It’s amazing how close a bunch of pros can get such a diverse range of cameras, squeezing the very best from every pixel. But the end result does remind me of Malcolm Gladwell’s Spaghetti Sauce presentation – the sauce industry never imagined Extra Chunky would work, and the camera industry wouldn’t have thought the 5d would still be duking it out. To paraprhase: we’re not looking for the perfect camera – we are looking for the perfect cameras.

  18. Mark Hensley on May 17th, 2011 8:03 pm

    What are the thoughts on the test for the Canons now that the Cinestyle from Technicolor is showing such great promise in terms of latitude and grading?

  19. Steve Weiss on May 17th, 2011 9:35 pm

    I’ve heard various critiques on this.  Some like it and some don’t.  Some can deal with noise with regards to opening up the blacks.  If you like the extra latitude you get and don’t mind what you give up then great.  It’s a choice like everything.

  20. Matt on May 20th, 2011 5:23 pm

    I for one I have decided to stay behind during the rapture so I can watch this test. I’ve been waiting too long! :)

  21. Lee Okami on May 21st, 2011 3:42 pm

    this will be one of the most impactful documentaries to come out. After the first one it helped me decide on what camera to get (7D). I broke into the whole DSLR craze and filmed a couple of short films for college and ended up getting a couple of jobs from it (as well as a A+). While my schools cameras where outdated and the films were lacking a certain “umph” everyone was shocked to see something that looked like film.

    So now I await this year shootout since there are a couple of cameras that are actually in my price range. Its difficult to get hands on experience or see the performance of these cameras, but having you guys go through the trials is helpful for aspiring filmmakers such as myself. For some its a cool web series to watch. But for me my future will be altered by it. Can not wait

  22. Steve Weiss on May 21st, 2011 4:22 pm

    It’s nice to hear comments like this Lee, thank you and I’m glad our programs help you.

  23. Steve Weiss on May 24th, 2011 9:37 pm

    Good luck Mick, get me some great footage.

  24. Steve Weiss on May 24th, 2011 9:39 pm

    Good one Matt, If you check the news the Rapture date has been rescheduled till after the premiere of the Great Camera Shootout:

  25. Steve Weiss on May 24th, 2011 9:46 pm

    I love it this year, with completely sold out screenings in London, Amsterdam, Sydney, NY, LA, Las Vegas, Skywalker Ranch and potentially Brazil we truly have an international audience of commenters that will be in this years program.  Many ASC, BSC, CSC, IOC, SOC, ACS cinematographers.  I really can’t wait to finish ep. 1.  I’m so excited about this program.

  26. Simon Falkentorp on May 25th, 2011 3:45 am

    No RED Epic 5K kamera in test?!

  27. Steve Weiss on May 25th, 2011 9:38 am

    The tests were conducted by Bob Primes ASC, Zacuto had nothing to do with the testing process, we are just making a documentary about the test, which will include the test footage and peoples reactions to viewing it in 2K theaters around the world.  Both Bob and I asked RED for an Epic for our phase one technical tests and we were told no that the camera was still in Beta (this was about a week before it was released).  For phase two tests, which were several weeks later and the Epic had been released, we again were told no.  At NAB, Ted was being interviewed on the Teradek right before me and Philip Bloom.  Phil and I were standing there as Ted walked off and I said to Ted “Boy a lot of people have been watching the SCCE test in our booth and have asked why the Epic was not included”, Ted said,  “My cameras are on movies and I don’t believe in tests”.  I don’t want people to think that Bob in any way excluded the Epic, of course we really would have loved to have it, who wouldn’t, it’s a fabulous camera now that I’ve had a chance to play with it and I would have loved to see how it would have stacked up against the higher end cameras.
    One more note, every camera manufacturer was invited to send representatives to the tests to make sure that their camera was used properly and several manufacturers took us up on it, most did not.

  28. Robin Khurana on May 29th, 2011 8:39 pm

    Hey steve, jens and all the crew at zacuto!!

    I have been a long time follower of all the zacuto web series’ and what you guys have done with this great camera shoot out is fantastic. As a guy trying to start an independant filmaking career its nice to know that the cameras for the “little people” are holding their own. 

    My question to you guys though is how sophisticated does you’re post have to be for dslr filmaking in order to match up to the quality of film. I imagine you guys got the best of the best, but for people who dont have robert primes and phillip bloom at their disposal, would you say that the budget would probably remain the same for post or are their techniques, programs or subtilties in post/shooting which help save a bit?

    On a final note… HOLY SHIT am I excited to see what you guys do this year. Keep up the great work, I hope that you guys travel to london soon (im sure an emmy helped boost your travel expenses lol)


  29. Steve Weiss on May 29th, 2011 9:27 pm

    Robin I’m bummbed we just had a live screening of the new camera test in London 1 week ago.  Would have been great to have had you there.  

    Thanks for your support of our programming.  Everyone in our production department is truley having a ball creating all of our content and it helps when we hear from the indie film community.

    As far as post production.  Get Final cut and either this new Technicolor or Magic Bullet type color correction devices and you are good to go.  The title generator in Final Cut is 500 times better then anything I every had in the 80’s or 90’s and more then adequate for filmmaking.  What you and everyone needs to start focusing on is everything but the gear.  Storytelling!  Location Sound! Sound Design! Music!  Take time and seek out scriptwriters who make that their life long passion and know what they are doing.  Collaborate with indie sound guys and get good location sound.  Hookup with the indie music industry and get a custom score.  Everyone of these industries are trying to all do the same thing but nobody is talking to each other.  I’m getting sick and tired of people thinking that filmmaking is a one man band type of process.  Up until recently that was impossible you needed and engineer or DIT on location.  You needed a DP, camera assistant, loader, AC, focus puller, dolly operator, etc.  Now that we have sliders & DSLR’s we are losing the craft of the process and the areas I see this suffering are in the story.  Worse, nobody has a clue of how to get good sound and that’s why a lot of these short films are essentially silent of voice recording.  It’s all about collaborating with others to get the directors vision.  That’s how hollywood does it.

  30. Nuno Rocha on May 30th, 2011 12:14 pm

    I can’t wait to see the results Steve!

  31. Susan Rapp on May 31st, 2011 12:36 pm

    Yes, It’s going to be crazy! Good luck in the NY Portuguese Short Film Festival with “Vicky and Sam” + “Momentos” this week!! Big hugs,

  32. Kyle on June 1st, 2011 12:47 pm

    Hey Steve, 
    Greatly looking forward to the 2011 shootout! When does the first episode air? Thanks.

  33. Adam Loretz on June 1st, 2011 5:58 pm

    It’s very interesting to hear your comments on REDs dismissal of the new camera shootout tests Steve. I wish the guys at RED would loosen up a little. It’s like they are trying to fight their corner….erm, hello Ted, nobodys fightin ya! RED should be engaging with the filmmaking community as a whole at a grass roots level. I look forward to your new shootout.

  34. Anonymous on June 6th, 2011 4:41 pm

    What day in June will the first episode of 2011 Great Camera Shootout be online?

  35. FilmFreak237 on June 6th, 2011 4:55 pm

    The anticipation is killing me!

  36. Susan Rapp on June 6th, 2011 5:46 pm

    Hey Guys ~ First webisode of the shootout premieres on June 15th!! Get ready! Cheers, ~sue

  37. Susan Rapp on June 6th, 2011 5:47 pm

    Kyle ~ June 15th. Cheers, ~sue

  38. Anonymous on June 8th, 2011 9:54 am

    When we can see this?

  39. Susan Rapp on June 8th, 2011 10:53 am

    G ~ The first Webisode of the Great Camera Shootout 2011: a doc of the SCCE tests is next week – June 15th!1 Cheers, ~sue

  40. Tom Eaton on June 10th, 2011 1:00 pm

    I have spent the last week looking through all these cameras to try and
    make an educated decision to purchase a new camera. When it comes down to it,
    I need something that looks the best, frame rates aside, I think I will be going with
    a Canon 5D. I REALLY wishCanon had released the Mark iii for you to test. I will
    be watching every episode. Hey Steve Weiss-What did you mean by Final Cut having a better
    CG-Tiitler, that is better than anything you had in the 80’s & 90’s???? Really, what
    are you using that is better than an Abekas CG system? Boris??? Its good…but really?
    Good luck with the new shootout-Looking forward to seeing all the new cameras!
    Tom Eaton – Green Fields Media-Chicago

  41. jim bachalo on June 15th, 2011 9:26 am

    I thought the launch was today…or am I mistaken?

  42. Steve Weiss on June 15th, 2011 9:38 am

    We are still working on the program.  The launch will either be late today or for sure tomorrow.  Sorry, the show is 32 minutes and some of the renders are taking longer then expected.  Hang in there it will be worth it.

  43. Brian Meade on June 15th, 2011 12:15 pm

    Rendering on the day of…. Is this in the videographer’s DNA or something?

  44. Susan Rapp on June 15th, 2011 12:45 pm

    Hi Brian, our editing & production teams have been working overtime. We added footage from recent screenings in London, NYC, Las Vegas, Syndey and Amsterdam and L.A. I just spoke to our producer Scott and we are doing everything we can do get it out by end of day. You’re going to love it! Cheers, ~sue

  45. Bumki Cho on June 15th, 2011 2:11 pm

    Cannot wait. Is this going to be three episode series like 2010?

  46. Susan Rapp on June 15th, 2011 2:28 pm

    Bumki ~ yes, it will be a 3-part web series. We may also release some BTS clips. Cheers, ~sue

  47. Harry Rabin on June 15th, 2011 2:50 pm

    If its anything like last years it’s well worth the wait. What you guys have done for the industry is invaluable and we’ll be poised for the release. KUDO’s to you Scott, Jens and all at Zacuto for crankin the overtime on ur behalf!

  48. Harry Rabin on June 15th, 2011 2:52 pm

    If its anything like last years it’s well worth the wait. What you guys have done for the industry is invaluable and we’ll be poised for the release. KUDO’s to you Steve and Scott, Jens and all at Zacuto for crankin the overtime on our behalf!

  49. Scott Lynch on June 15th, 2011 4:15 pm

    Thanks Harry I’m pretty sure you guys are in the background of this episode, you’ll have to look at the bts footage :) There are also a few of your shots in there. Karen and Dan are tweeking just a couple of things and Steve need’s one last look, and then it will go out to the render farm. 


  50. Scott Lynch on June 15th, 2011 4:16 pm

    Sue’s right, there are three episodes this year. But the tests are way bigger then last year, and we get more educational with the content. I think your going to like it!


  51. Tauno Ööbik on June 15th, 2011 5:07 pm

    Ahhhh, it’s like christmas eve! Santa, where are you hiding?!

  52. Susan Rapp on June 15th, 2011 5:16 pm

    T ~ that’s really funny. Yes, Christmas “may” come a little late this year!! We will release late today or tomorrow. It will be worth it, I promise. Cheers, ~sue

  53. Susan Rapp on June 15th, 2011 5:44 pm

    [ Show UPDATE ] “The Great Camera Shootout 2011: a doc of the SCCE” Episode 1 Premieres Tomorrow 6/16. Sorry for the delay. It’s worth the wait! Cheers, ~sue

  54. Anonymous on June 16th, 2011 3:55 am

    So, TODAY? Waiting for this almost every day for last month. Dont tell me 17/6, that will be very unprofessional and frivolous from Zacuto.

  55. Anonymous on June 16th, 2011 3:55 am

    So, TODAY? Waiting for this almost every day for last month. Dont tell me 17/6, that will be very unprofessional and frivolous from Zacuto.

  56. Anonymous on June 16th, 2011 4:21 am

    You really thought they were going to post at 2am?

  57. Anonymous on June 16th, 2011 7:41 am

    You guys take your time. We’re all very much looking forward to it! 


  58. Susan Rapp on June 16th, 2011 9:59 am

    “The Great Camera Shootout 2011: a doc of the SCCE” will premiere today between 1PM-2PM CST. Sorry for the delay, we had last minute edits. Thanks, ~sue

  59. Susan Rapp on June 16th, 2011 10:01 am

    Thanks for being patient Murray. Our production & Editing Teams: Karen Abad, Scott Lynch, Daniel Skubal, Jens Bogehegn and Steve Weiss are all perfectionists. We release today between 1PM-2PM CST. See you then, ~sue

  60. Susan Rapp on June 16th, 2011 10:04 am

    [ Show UPDATE ] Hey Guys, The Great Camera Shootout 2011: a doc of the SCCE” will premiere today between 1PM-2PM CST. We are waiting for final renderings. Thanks for being patient with us and we can’t wait to hear your feedback and comments. Get Ready! It’s coming! Cheers, ~Sue

  61. Anonymous on June 16th, 2011 10:14 am

    It’s obvious that you guys put your heart into this. That’s what makes it so great. If the cooking needs more time then the guest will wait.


  62. Scott Lynch on June 16th, 2011 11:21 am

    Hi Guest, 
    We have been working on this for 8 months, and we just want to get it perfect for you all. Trust me this show is worth it.


  63. Bumki Cho on June 16th, 2011 12:20 pm

    Wonderful! Thank you for letting us know, Sue.

  64. secret on June 16th, 2011 12:30 pm

    I work for a major television network and my BIGGEST pet peeve is when I put my heart and pride into shooting it and stuff goes out that is not perfect and can easily be fixed.  The anticipation for this film is worth every second so if it takes longer to make it perfect, by all means TAKE YOUR TIME.  

  65. Guestttt on June 16th, 2011 1:15 pm

    Waiting on this video! Waiting on this video! Waiting on this video! Waiting on this video!  Cant cant cant cant wait cuz I’m waiting on this video! WOOO!

    My pre-release song :P

  66. Anonymous on June 16th, 2011 2:00 pm

    Wow, this delay is really killing me!

  67. Anonymous on June 16th, 2011 2:01 pm

    not that I’m complaining  8-)

  68. Anonymous on June 16th, 2011 2:26 pm

    I am waiting to, you are not alone :-D

  69. Guestttt on June 16th, 2011 2:29 pm


  70. Darren Shroeger on June 16th, 2011 2:30 pm

    Yeee-HAW!!!! Thanks Zacuto!

  71. Susan Rapp on June 16th, 2011 3:16 pm

    [ WATCH NOW ] It’s here! “The Great Camera Shootout 2011: doc of SCCE. Ep1 The Tipping Point” Click on this link to watch. We would love to hear your comments + feedback. Thanks for being patient with us and enjoy the show! Cheers, ~Sue

  72. Drake1 on June 16th, 2011 8:55 pm

    One of the best cameras for shooting video on the market, the Panasonic GH2 gets neglected?!

  73. Anthony Brown on June 17th, 2011 8:24 am


  74. Anonymous on June 20th, 2011 1:54 pm

    Great episode, look forward to the remaining ones! In addition to the ‘overexposure comparison’ test, I think what would have been valuable is simply a latitude comparison, where each camera’s exposure is set according to important highlite detail, letting mids and shadows fall accordingly.

  75. david hodge on June 22nd, 2011 4:28 am

    Zacuto does it again showing their prowess for equipment and having a keen sense for what the industry wants to know. They keep outdoing themselves to the betterment of all who view their new 2011 Shootout video. I am in complete awe. Thanks to all at Zacuto and particpants in the production of this stunning video. I smell Emmy, again.

  76. Goldfinch on June 24th, 2011 3:08 am

    Thank you guys, you rock. You demostrate the passion and high level of professionalism! Simply Wow!

  77. Susan Rapp on June 28th, 2011 11:40 am

    G ~ thanks for the support. The SCCE teams and our Zacuto production teams worked countless hours to get this to you guys. Cheers + HappyShooting, ~sue

  78. David Grant on July 6th, 2011 8:08 am

    Many thanks!

  79. Rizibo on July 7th, 2011 1:06 pm

    Please include the sony fs100 for the next two episodes

  80. Steve Weiss on July 7th, 2011 4:49 pm

    The entire shootout was shot at one time and before the FS100 was out.  But the F3 is extremely similar to the FS100 and will give you a real close idea of what the FS100 would look like.

  81. amir on July 8th, 2011 4:01 pm

    when episode 2 release? im waiting 8-) 8-)

  82. Mandy Rogers on July 8th, 2011 4:12 pm

    We are shooting for a release on July 20th. Stay tuned! ;)

  83. Stunko on July 10th, 2011 7:23 pm

    Bring our Part 2, dudes!!!

  84. Anonymous on July 16th, 2011 9:09 am

    Some facts ??
    A= 900 MB in bandwidth for “each” view
    B= if u get the same numbers of viewers like the old 2010 GCS then its more than 2 million views.

    A+B = your web hosting bill will hurt!!

    thanks Z a Zillion !!

  85. Doleep Mahmoud on July 16th, 2011 9:10 am

    Some facts ??  
    A= 900 MB in bandwidth for “each” view  
    B= if u get the same numbers of viewers like the old 2010 GCS then its more than 2 million views.  
    A+B = your web hosting bill will hurt!!  
    thanks Z a Zillion !!

  86. amir on July 19th, 2011 7:17 pm


    July 20th!
    when episode 2 release? >:o

  87. Mandy Rogers on July 19th, 2011 7:49 pm

    Sorry to say Episode 2 is delayed 1 week. We will premiere episode 2 on July 27th. Our Editors have been working very hard (night and day) on this and we have a couple things to polish up on the edit. Thanks for your support and come back on the 27th! ;)

  88. Kain Cirus on July 20th, 2011 4:40 am

    It would be great to could download an underexposure nad overexposure tests from your page. To view those clips without any additional compression – rough footage straight from cameras.

  89. Scott Lynch on July 20th, 2011 9:53 am

    Hi Kain,
    We’ll allow the lightly compressed 3gb video file of Episode 1 to be downloaded when we release episode 2 next week. 

    After the entire series has been released, we hope to have some of the footage available from the tests. Obviously we won’t be able to give people everything the total size of the RAW from all of the cameras from all the tests is in excess of 6Tb.

  90. Anonymous on July 20th, 2011 10:19 am

    U r very very unprofessional, give to me to edit that piece of cake in one week, u had 3 months!!!

  91. Steve Weiss on July 20th, 2011 10:22 am

    I appreciate your frustration but I take exception that you could edit this in one week.  We have several hundred hours of footage and graphics to make.  Plus we are having to deal with 4K footage which takes an enormous amount of time.  Every shot in this episodes test footage was shot native, S2 & Codex and that’s a huge amount of media to manage and you will see the difference between all three.  With a documentary like this the entire story is created in the edit.  We have all of the footage of them putting the test together, the actual test and with 35 screenings of content to go through.  Sure I could whip something together in a week but that’s not Zacuto’s style or level of production I am willing to do.  We did not have 3 months as you suggest, we have exactly one month to edit each episode and that is very tight.  Again, I’m sorry we cannot produce these fast enough but they will not be released until I, as the director, am happy with them.

  92. Martini Hong on July 20th, 2011 12:52 pm

    First I wanna say you guys did a great job on doing this and putting all this up. This is totally useful for all those digital filmmakers. Obviously not everyone can have access to those high-end 4k cameras, but you guys did a great job on testing thos DSLR and collecting datas from there. Too bad Red Epic and Sony F65 weren’t included, obviously there are plenty of other cameras out there, would be nice to test the Sony NEX-NF100 camcorder too. Maybe next time.

    Greeting from Argentina

  93. Martini Hong on July 20th, 2011 12:56 pm

    Can’t wait for the upcoming episodes!

  94. Doleep Mahmoud on July 20th, 2011 1:54 pm

    Steve you are very kind person for that reply!! I will never understand internet trolls!

    honestly when some one offer you great value “documentary, educational, entertainment”  video for free with absolutely no charge you have to be thankful for there priceless effort

    be cool.. be grateful!!

  95. Robert Julius Blokker on July 20th, 2011 7:35 pm

    Did you record the canon files ‘RAW’ HDMI recordings – or are what we see all remastered h.264 clips?

  96. Kyle on July 21st, 2011 2:00 pm

    I absolutely love these documentaries, they are so informative and inspiring to see the results you can get with dslrs compared to the unaffordable cams for the average dude. Great job with the docs guys, I cannot wait to see whats next!!!!  

  97. Anonymous on July 22nd, 2011 5:51 am

    It seamed that there was a consensus that the F3 behaved poorly in overexposure latitude.  However, this test was done before the s-log upgrade was available, which has been reported to give you approximatelty 2 more stops of dynamic range.  I haven’t been able to test this yet, but I’d be curious how this upgrade would affect it’s standing in this comparison against the other cameras.

  98. Scott Lynch on July 22nd, 2011 10:00 am

    Hi Robert,
    I believe your question was did we use an external recorder with the DSLR’s. None of the DSLRs in the test are capable of sending a clean HDMI signal, so we were unable to do this. Recording out of the HDMI (even if you could) would  also not be “RAW” it is generally just a less compressed (but still compressed) version. 

    But we did record RAW still frames with each still camera, we will show you some of these in Episode 2. 


  99. Scott Lynch on July 22nd, 2011 10:22 am

    I have also not had a chance to test the s-log upgrade. One of the hard things with doing a latitude comparison is the lack of standards as to how the gamma curve affects the midrange exposure. If the update gives you 2 more stops of latitude out of the knee of the curve then you could probably bring more highlight out of the window. But I haven’t seen any comprehensive testing with S-log update so, it’s hard to say.

    If I had to guess, I would think that with the update the F3 would preform better, but not as well as the RED/Alexa/F35 with highlight detail. But i hope the important thing learned that if you knew that your camera could not handle extreme overexposure is that you would protect your highlights and in the end still produce a quality image.



  100. Murray on July 24th, 2011 11:59 am

    Pay not attention to that troll Steve (and staff)!

    The entire independent video community is behind you. Thanks so much!

  101. Jius on July 25th, 2011 2:19 pm

    Excellent series…enjoyed it more this year than last as its a lot more of an eye-opener. When is episode 2 and 3 scheduled for release?

  102. Anonymous on July 26th, 2011 3:51 pm

    Will part two be posted tomorrow(July 27th 2011)?

  103. Mandy Rogers on July 26th, 2011 4:13 pm

    Episode 2 will be released 7/27- no date on the 3rd episode

  104. Mandy Rogers on July 26th, 2011 4:13 pm

    Yes, it will. 

  105. Murray on July 26th, 2011 8:28 pm


  106. Omar on July 26th, 2011 8:59 pm

    at what time?

  107. Rob Kaczmark on July 26th, 2011 9:14 pm

    Steve, you are awesome.

  108. Steve Weiss on July 26th, 2011 11:05 pm

    I try ;-)

  109. Anonymous on July 27th, 2011 1:22 am

    Why was no mention made of how exposure was set?

    In all the tests it looks like they were just eyeballed. And if thats is the case these tests are worthless and expensive at the same time.

    Example, the front of the coffee table is a dark feature which should barely change from camera to camera yet its all over the place.

    Same for the under exposure test. Why is it that the top brightest LED lights are exposed differently, quite differently in some cases. Really unusable data.

  110. Anonymous on July 27th, 2011 5:24 am

    They were testing dynamic range, which is different on all the cameras. The very point of this episode. The highlights and the shadows will be exposed differently with different dynamic ranges. They weren’t setting the exposure for the highlights or the shadows because they were testing to see when those two things will be usable or unusable on each of the cameras. I’m not sure you understand what the point is of testing dynamic range.
    They did mention that they set the exposure at a median for each camera and didn’t change it at all between tests. Of course the dark features are gonna be “all over the place” when the dynamic ranges are “all over the place” between the different cameras. This is why they did this test… to figure out what those differences are. They weren’t trying to make all the cameras look the same. That’s what would have been unusable. 

  111. MarkD on July 27th, 2011 7:12 am

    Guest, you are a douche

  112. MarkD on July 27th, 2011 7:13 am

    Guest, you are a douche

  113. Murray on July 27th, 2011 7:36 am

    On pins and needles…

  114. Willy Biondani on August 3rd, 2011 10:46 am

    Não deixem de ver. Necessário para todo profissional que trabalha com imagem!!!!!!!!

  115. Omar on August 13th, 2011 11:31 pm

    when will Ep 3 be online?

  116. Anonymous on August 20th, 2011 9:13 am

    When episode 3 will Air or stream! its 20th of August and no word about it yet?

  117. Doleep Mahmoud on August 23rd, 2011 5:18 pm

    ? Cant wait!

  118. Sasha Pick-Crystal on August 26th, 2011 8:22 am

    episode 3????????????? its august 26th.

  119. amir on August 26th, 2011 4:08 pm

    anybody there ?? ep3 ?

  120. Mandy Rogers on August 26th, 2011 4:16 pm

    We are still editing it. When Steve says it is ready to be release, it will be released  ;) . It shouldn’t be much longer, i hope! ~ Mandy

  121. Scott Lynch on August 26th, 2011 5:31 pm

    Hi Amir, 
    We are still editing episode 3, it’s getting close but it is taking longer to edit then we anticipated originally. Thanks for your patience.


  122. Sasha Pick-Crystal on August 30th, 2011 9:55 am

    any update? do u guys have a release date?

  123. mark fry on August 30th, 2011 5:11 pm

    OK, so tommorrrow then?

  124. Anonymous on August 31st, 2011 12:18 pm

    Just a guess but i think probably this weekend or early next week episode 3 will air.

  125. James on August 31st, 2011 6:53 pm

    can you give us a timeframe/day?

  126. Rick on September 1st, 2011 1:41 pm

    Great Episodes. What a wonderful kind of comparision. The Panasonic GH2 and the RED Epic would be worth to check out, but they are quite new on the market, perhaps younger than the start of episode one. I’m exiting about the next episode.
    stay tuned

  127. Doug on September 2nd, 2011 6:28 am

    Don’t worry about finishing it off! We don’t need the extra whoosh noises! Just put it up! We’re all getting desperate here…

  128. Steve Weiss on September 2nd, 2011 2:19 pm

    Doug, no can do, when it’s perfect it goes up.  This is my work and I’m not putting out anything that’s not perfect to me.  The final episode of BTS goes up next week (watch it, it’s great), then the final ep. of the shootout approx. two weeks after that.  Can you hold your pee that long?

  129. Murray on September 3rd, 2011 7:42 am

    Thanks for the update. Looking forward to it. You guys are amazing!


  130. dot on September 5th, 2011 5:27 pm

    This year?

  131. dot on September 5th, 2011 5:27 pm

    This year?

  132. dot on September 5th, 2011 5:27 pm

    This year?

  133. Doug on September 6th, 2011 5:28 am

    Yes, thanks for the update. Unfortunately I have peed myself, but that’s unrelated and not your fault. I admire your perfectionism. I am not a perfectionist, which is maybe why things are a little slow on the work front at the moment and I find myself sitting at the computer hitting “refresh, refresh” a lot. Anyway, thanks again, looking forward to next week!

  134. Rod Hassler on September 9th, 2011 2:18 pm

    A GCS 2011 Haiku:

    Patience a virtue,
    Waiting for Episode 3
    “Free” a great value.

  135. megansather on September 14th, 2011 4:00 pm



    why do I bother checking back once a week?  by the time it is out some of the cameras / tests won’t even be relevant.  

    I sure hope Zacuto don’t ship actual products this slow.  

    Thanks for episode 1 and 2 – those were great.  I don’t doubt it is a lot of hard work.  Best wishes.

    – Megan

  136. Jerome Olivier on September 14th, 2011 4:29 pm

    I don’t see any problem if they’re behind their initial schedule, just fine they take their time and get it right.  They’ve spent tons of hours working hard to give us something that is top notch and all of it for free.  If anything, they deserve our respect.

    I can’t imagine how frustrating it must be for them to read some of the posts here.

    That they maintain their cool and stay professional, they earn even more respect in my books.

    Cheers to Zacuto.

    Enjoyed all their videos and look forward to more excellent work from Zacuto.

  137. Steve Weiss on September 14th, 2011 6:19 pm

    It’s coming Megan, in less then two weeks I hope.  I working with Karen Abad the editor tomorrow on it and we are going to finalizing and get sound and picture lock.  A trailer and countdown clock will hit our page very soon.  Hang in there.  Like Jerome says, I’m running a company as well as working on all of our original programming and it’s a huge undertaking to create this camera shootout plus a giant expense.  The good news is we are already working on a new shootout called Revenge of the great camera shootout and it is going to be incredible.  The difference is that we are including all of the new cameras like the Epic, FS100, technicolor profiles and the GH2.  The point of Revenge Shootout is to show on a same set when we are allowed to alter the lighting for each camera how good we can get every camera to look against each other.  Now that should ruffle some feathers.  =-O   Just to make it fun, we are going to do it blind and not tell you which camera is which, you’ll have to write down your favorites and that will come in a later episode.  Will be interesting to see what cameras are perceived as looking the best without knowing which is which?

  138. amir on September 15th, 2011 7:07 am

    wow that would be great but include dslrs d7000 5d 7d…?

  139. Daniel Natzke on September 15th, 2011 8:51 am

    This has been by far, the most well thought outm and executed test I have ever seen. And while It is sometimes a pain having to wait for the next episode, I have to remember just how slow editing and rendering is. But the Zacuto team is dilligent and comitted to the project.

    We will see Episode 3, and it will be spectacular. Zacuto hasn’t let us down before.
    So come on boys/girls! All good things to those who wait!

    And to Zacuto, Three cheers! Thanks for putting up with us, and creating the Awesome Shootout camera Test!

  140. Omar on September 18th, 2011 3:46 pm

    sounds like a blast,
    you should also include the sony F65 and P+S X35 when they become available.


  141. Mark Fry on September 18th, 2011 6:03 pm

    Steve  kudos to you man,that sounds like a real Blast…I always love doing those with pro sound gear and getting people bent out a shape with their preconceived  ideas…

    All the best

  142. djn on October 8th, 2011 10:39 pm

    Great Series, the rolling shutter issues in the thrid episode was the most painful part to watch for an amature t2i enthusiast. The test showcased the limitation of the consumer sensors. Hopefully, this gap can be closed in time. Thanks for all of the efforts.

  143. mojohand43 on October 15th, 2011 7:53 am

    I find it peculiar that you manged to exclude the mighty Panasonic GH2. Could it be because it will thorougly trash the Canon’s and doesn’t really need a lot of the stuff you sell? And only costa $1500 with a nice 14-140mm lens? Just askin’…

  144. Marcus Kent Hamson on November 12th, 2011 11:48 pm

    I was really surprised by the results of some of these tests.  I really learned a lot watching all three episodes.

  145. Omar on November 14th, 2011 12:21 am

     The Great Camera Shootout 2012 
    should be interesting, there are a lot of new cameras out now 
    Sony F65
    P+S X35
    Canon C300
    + many 2/3 HD RAW min cameras from IBC

  146. Andrew on December 2nd, 2011 10:40 am

    When’s Revenge of the Great Camera Shootout coming?

  147. Scott Lynch on December 2nd, 2011 4:55 pm

    We’ll be shooting the show in February and getting the footage ready for screenings in April 2012. The screenings will be held at NAB and in special screenigns around the world. We’ll have to take all that footage and edit it into episodes so the actual episodes should air on our website in May/June of next year.


  148. bah on December 26th, 2011 1:41 am

    Music instrumental(via APM, -G Lehrman) doesn’t SUIT the visuals. Hate that. Choosing the right music to the subject is important, so just because it is cool sounding music, doesn’t mean it goes with the visuals. There is the psychology and psycho acoustics to music.

    The person who made this clip, quite amateur.

  149. Anonymous on February 8th, 2012 11:25 am

    ¿En qué estás pensando…?

  150. Josh on February 17th, 2012 9:17 pm

    indeed, that’s why i tuned in on the shootout… what gives?

  151. Anonymous on February 21st, 2012 11:41 pm

    Thank you oh great arbiter of what is and isn’t amateur…

  152. Fred on February 25th, 2012 7:25 pm

    I know what latitud and dynamic range is, and felt like a little waste of time to elaborate so much on it. But hey!, i thought it was fair for those who are ignorant to the subject. Well, no one took the time to explain how to aproach each sensor with aperture and focal lenght if a specific image from motion picture film is desired?. I’m ignorant to that subject. I can’t even tell you with how much passion i watched the serie. i waited for a year to hear something about it. Philip Bloom said himself he has never touched a 35mm camera. i’m one of those people too. Some got their apples. i want my oranges.

    not fair.

  153. Fred on February 25th, 2012 7:33 pm

    Steve said he was no ignorant to the fact that there were subtles differences in depth from cam to cam. There’s 0 information about it. I think it deserves an episode. T-stops / f-stops, how to aproach aperture to get specific t-stop values depending on sensor sizes?. i’m 30. i was born in the digital world. ok may not. but i’m still ignorant to that. i would love to hear something about it.

  154. Steve Weiss on February 25th, 2012 11:17 pm

    We can only do so much with these tests.  A lot of what you are asking for is available on the internet.  Again we only made a documentary about Bob Primes SCCE test.  We had nothing to do with the testing process.  Search the web, the answers you seek are out there.

  155. becker on March 2nd, 2012 3:55 pm

    can’t wait to read/ watch your comparison of the MkIII and the D800. hot hot hot!

  156. Andrew on March 10th, 2012 8:26 am

    Was the white paper detailing camera setting published?  I’m interested in the Nikon D7000 settings and workflow.
    Many thanks,

  157. Anonymous on April 8th, 2012 5:25 am

    ¿En qué estás pensando…?

  158. Alex on April 25th, 2012 9:39 pm

    Kodak film – Highlight retention and resolution
    Arri Alexa – Lowlight performance and highlight retention
    Red EPIC – Resolution and lowlight performance

  159. Steve Weiss on April 25th, 2012 10:13 pm

    Check out Revenge of the Great Camera Shootout 2012 at any of our worlwide screenings or on the web June 15th at and find out why none of that matters.

  160. Alex on April 26th, 2012 11:07 am

    Kodak film – Highlight retention and resolution – 4K cinema (sunny) exterior shooting, soundstage shooting with a lot of light
    Arri Alexa – Lowlight performance and highlight retention – TV, Youtube, Low-budget 2K cinema, availiable light shooting
    Red EPIC – Resolution and lowlight performance – 4K cinema (greenscreen) soundstage shooting

  161. Alex on April 26th, 2012 11:11 am

    Sure, I like this Shootouts! BTW, check out my update comment above))

  162. Steve Weiss on April 26th, 2012 10:03 pm

    Could techically be true but for the most part irrelevent because if you have mastered your camera and know how to compensate for its weaknesses and maximize its strenghts, plus know how to light for your camera and DI for it, you can make any of those look the same or so close that it won’t matter, watch upcoming program and see if you can pick which camera is which

  163. Alex on April 27th, 2012 5:46 pm

    I would disagree a bit. Yes, in studio controlled lighting you can make everything look great, even ipnone)) But what about outdoor shooting at sunny day? Here is were dynamic range becomes crucial. Personally I don’t like how RED renders highlights, especially on a face, and would prefer even 16 mm film. ALEXA is very close to film, but too expensive. Lumix GH2 is sharp and you can get high bitrates with hacks, but dynamic range is a bit narrow. But what do you think about recently presented Digital Bolex and Blackmagic Cinema? Although their sensor size isn’t that great, they seem to have high dynamic range which makes them look cinematic. However, I wish their price would drop even lower…

  164. Steve Weiss on April 28th, 2012 10:27 pm

    Wow, most of the shots you see on the internet are exteriors because they it’s easy and they tend to have the least amount of dynamic range.  Now, if you are shooting people outside, a silk or HMI may be needed to make any camera look good vs. the background.  Sure, some will contend that you can dial back the camera profile and make this work without silks and or HMI’s.  My problem with people shooting today is there aborhant reluctance rent things like silks or lights.  My suggestion would be to buy a cheaper camera so that you can have money to rent an appropriate grip small van package.  You are going to need some guys as well.  YOU CAN’T MAKE A MOVIE WITH A MAN AND A CAM, not and have it be wonderful.  Collaboration is the key.  I mathed this out once.  Let’s say you are shooting 3 films in 3 years.  Let’s take the Red for instance.  The camera, lenses, tripod, eyepiece, monitors and support are going to cost you:  50K.  If you were to divide that into 3 projects that would give you $16,666 per film to rent gear, if you bought no gear from day one.  You could get 4 (3) day rental weeks (or even 2 day weeks) for the full 30 day feature shoot for the above listed money and also be able to get a small van package as well.  And you’d have enough money to be able to do that for 3 90 minute features, probably including a DP who own’s the gear as well that you could use as a DP or an operator.  In 3 years your RED would be so out of date that it wouldn’t have much value anyways and if you didn’t have a real hit in that 3 year period, you’d probably have to look for a new profession anyways.  I know this is brutal but people need to look at the idea of some renting as part of the process, sure it’s fine to buy a camera but only spend as much as you can so you still have money left to be able to rent grip & lighting gear.  Because in the end it really doesn’t really matter how good your camera is if your actors look like shit because you can’t afford a silk or an HMI rental.

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    This is a great job,keep it on. Zacuto you are the best.

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