4K Shootout – Camcorder vs Mirrorless vs Smartphone

Shootout time!

Ok so why does a test like this matter and what does it actually proof?
Well… not much.

For me its more about getting to know the gear. If I ever find myself in a situation where the G7, for whatever reason fails, I know what to expect if I choose to let my phone take its place.
Or if I simply need an extra angle for my XC10, the G7 will do a good enough job.

So the cameras is the test where:

Canon XC10
A 4K camcorder shooting at a crazy high 305Mbps in a 4:2:2 color space.
It was recording in C-Log and obviously using its 24-240mm f2.8-5.6 lens.

LG G Flex 2 
The camera in this phone is “ok” on its own but using the Cinema 4K App it becomes a 200Mbps shooting monster. I used the default picture profile since the flat profile is having some issues.

Panasonic G7
One of the best bang for buck cameras of our time. I used the 14-42mm f3.5-56 kit lens for all shots accept the close-up of the leaf. That was a $10 Yasinon 50mm f1.9.
It was recording in Cine-D.

Everything was graded but not to match.

Conclusions
If you ask me they all produced a lovely image. The LG was surprisingly filmic. The XC10 has the edge in all but price, size and ability for shallow depth of field. The G7 is great little allrounder.

In my opinion no camera is really better than another. The phone is best if size is the most important. The G7 wins for stills and the Canon is a Run n Gun beast.
As always, different tools for different jobs.

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