The Great Camera Shootout 2011

Zacuto has posted Episode 1 of The Great Camera Shootout 2011.  Last year’s, Shootout scored an Emmy and this year’s series is shaping up to be even better.

In the 2011 edition, the Shootout compares a dozen different pro-level cameras (and film):

  1. Canon 5D Mark II
  2. Canon 1D Mark IV
  3. Canon 7D
  4. Nikon D7000
  5. 35mm Kodak 5213 & 5219 Film
  6. Arri Alexa
  7. RED ONE M-X
  8. Weisscam HS-2
  9. Phantom Flex
  10. Sony F35
  11. Sony F3
  12. Panasonic AG-AF100

As you watch the episode, consider that it’s not really about one camera winning over another.  Rather, the better takeaway is using the information to understand the strengths and weaknesses of a given camera.  This point is pretty clear throughout; however, it’s worth emphasizing before you hit play.

Head on over to Zacuto’s site to check out the big Shootout.



  1. Al Elizondo says

    This lineup appears to be heavily biased towards Canon, considering the inclusion of Canon’s pro cameras, and the obvious EXCLUSION of the Nikon pro cameras. The D7000 is a DX camera, and as good as it is, it will not be considered anything more than a prosumer, or at best a backup for the D700/D3S carrying pro. I prefer the FX cameras for pro work rather than the DX. Some of my concerns are the build quality and the limited buffer size (for sports/action) of the D7000. I don’t object to including the D7000 in the test, but rather the lack of FX Nikon cameras.

    • says

      The problem with the pro Nikon bodies is that they don’t shoot 1080p, only 720p… I think it would be rather unfair to try to compare with all 1080p and higher res cameras.

      • Tim Tucker says

        I think we have all suffered severe head trauma –
        nit-picking over the bits of differences in a finished image from ANY of these cameras. To a buyer of said image – they will NEVER see any appreciable difference. Period.

        But – I am stadgy on one point of cntention: Who gives a rat’s arse about any video? Want to wear out your shutter , over -heat the sensor, and trash the camera faster??? Use all the video function you want on an otherwise good DSLR body.

        But really – get yourself a VIDEO camera, if youwant to shoot video. You will be happier.

      • Al Elizondo says

        Exactly as Tim Tucker (below) states. My comments were with reference to a TRUE Pro camera…Sans the video. I have 2 video cameras, and I rely on them for video. If the pro cameras start including video features as a norm, I’ll have no choice but to accept them. Sure, in a pinch, and in an unexpected situation, video might be handy, but I don’t care a bit if they leave out the video from the Pro lineup…and I would prefer it if they did.