Camera Comparison Chart 2019 – Updated with New Full-Frame Cameras

January 3rd, 2020
Camera Comparison Chart 2019 - Updated with New Full-Frame Cameras

The latest update to the Camera Comparison Chart 2019 from Tom Fletcher and Gary Adcock now also lists new full-frame cinema cameras. They added Canon C500 Mark II and Sony FX9 which finally started shipping. Sony VENICE got updated with the new firmware with higher frame rates.

Camera comparison chart 2019. Source: Tom Fletcher and Gary Adcock

It has become a yearly tradition, that Thomas Fletcher and Gary Adcock publish their camera comparison chart (you can check the 2018 version here). As Adcock said, it serves as a useful tool for cinematographers to help them educate producers with the large variety of tools available to them. This chart is compiled with information gathered from conversations with numerous cinematographers, rental houses, and manufacturers.

The list focuses on mainstream production cameras that are available for rental or purchase around the world. This means they also take cameras out from the list every year. According to Fletcher, a great deal of thought goes into determining which camera to put on (or take off) the list. As an example, you won’t find the Sony FS7 II in the latest edition of the comparison chart anymore. That camera most likely got replaced with the Sony FX9.

Camera Comparison Chart 2019 – Latest Update

The latest update reflects the new full-frame cinema cameras from Canon and Sony as well as the new firmware for the Sony VENICE. These cameras were not included in the original version of the chart and the reason was that they were not shipping yet. That is one of the rules of this chart. Now, that both cameras are shipping, they have been taken on the list.

Camera comparison chart 2019 – Page 1. Source: Tom Fletcher and Gary Adcock

The following large format cameras have been added or updated:

  • Canon C500 Mark II (added)
  • Sony PXW-FX9 (added)
  • Sony VENICE frame rates (updated firmware with higher frame rates) – This is firmware 5.0, which should be available very soon in January 2020. We will keep you informed.

Camera comparison chart 2019 – Page 2. Source: Tom Fletcher and Gary Adcock

Please keep in mind the official statement of its creators:

Please note that portions of this chart are subjective. This is not scientifically tested and collected data. We have sincerely tried to assemble accurate information to share with the industry. Our goal is to help producers make an educated decision in our rapidly changing camera and optical landscape – that said – numbers do not tell the whole story – look at the images and consult your cinematographer. We encourage you to test for yourself!

As always, you can report any discrepancies to the Camera Comparison Chart via e-mail. Updates to the chart will be posted as necessary (without another email until the 2020 Camera Comparison Chart in late summer). Personally, I wonder when smaller cameras with 10-bit and 12-bit recording (like Blackmagic Pocket cameras, Panasonic S1H and other) will start finding their way into this list.

What do you think of the 2019 camera comparison list? Do you miss any information? Would you like to see some smaller mirrorless cameras on this list? Let us know in the comments underneath the article.

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gary adcock
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January 31st, 2020

Since I am one of the authors of the Camera Comparison Chart I thought I would clear up a couple of inaccuracies in the commentary below.

I am only a clown on weekends
Yes cameras come and go from the Camera Comparison Chart all the time, we have been publishing this list for 12 years, with the original staying on the professional camera systems that are available for RENT and SALE that are used for mainstream TV and Cinema use. There only 15 cameras on the list, and we limit it to that number for our simplicity.

The F55 and F65 are still being sold, yes, but their use in the rental market has diminished due to the success of the Venice, one reason for the F65’s fall from grace was the lack of workflow and limited 1080 video out.
The Phantom 4KFlex is not on the chart either, while still being the most popular HS camera available.

The ARRI SXT W is still one of ARRI’s main cameras and it is still widely used in Episodic and TV production, most of the digital camera market delivery is locked at 1920×1080, and will be for deliverables for the next 5 yrs on the broadcast side. Not every show delivers to Netflix.

While many of the comments focus on the needs or wants of individuals. the CCC has always been focused on the RENTAL MARKET that supports a specific style of production where there are fully staffed crews and the vast majority of I/A600 production personnel work.

Lastly, the information included on the chart is approved by the individual product managers for each camera system and be assured if there was an error in the data we present, they would promptly identify the error and allow us to correct it. Just as we listen to their comments we also listen to yours too.

Gary Adcock, co-author of the Camera Comparison Chart

David Bee
David Bee
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January 8th, 2020

Dynamic range numbers are utterly meaningless when they’re not standardised. The positives for film stock state widest latitude, yet it’s DR is listed below the Monstro’s.
Highly doubt it.

It’s a bit funny really :D the LF mini coming in at 14 stops, beaten by Sony fx9, the Canon, and virtually all red sensors apparently. Suppose some pretty technologically lopsided arguments will take place if any producers actually rely on this list. It’s at best misleading.

Johnnie Behiri
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January 9th, 2020
Reply to  David Bee

Hi David.
You are right and that is what we are trying to do, standardised those test in order to get meaningful numbers

Thank you
Johnnie

Witalis
Witalis
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January 7th, 2020

Where is Mavo LF 6K from Kinefinity ? I saw comparision of some of the features when Arri Mini LF was side by side with Mavo LF and people were amazed by what Kinefinity’s camera could do. Really. I am a user of this camera and a fan of it too even though I had a chance to work on Red Scarlet Dragon, Arri Mini, Arri Alexa XT and others.

 Antonin Marcel
Antonin Marcel
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January 6th, 2020

No Chinese camera, pretty interisting how a part of the industry is ignoring them :)

Witalis
Witalis
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January 7th, 2020
Reply to  Antonin Marcel

same here – I posted on top about that !

john
john
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January 6th, 2020

Don’t forget SIGMA FP

Jake Cantrell
Jake Cantrell
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January 4th, 2020

A couple of years back they removed the F65 and F55 cameras as well, cameras that Sony still produces/lists on their Professional site as cameras in circulation and in no way discontinued, and that can still be rented at a number of camera houses. Yet these clowns list the Arri SXT which on Arri’s site is listed as discontinued……. (with the exception of the rare W(wireless version) Furthermore, I’ve heard from reliable sources that the V35 and pure version of the Varicam are no longer being manufactured, whatever’s left over is b-stock or unsold A stock, still these cameras are listed and the F55 and F65 are not.

Digital LunchBox
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January 3rd, 2020

Removed the @SonyProUSA FS7 I/II because FX9 hit the shelves… but leave EVA1? This is just silly .

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