After reading all the exciting news and seeing all the heart-warming videos on Vimeo and YouTube, i was all for acquiring the all-new Canon 7D dslr camera with 1080p HD video. I read the adventures of Philip Bloom and watched his Red-style movies made with his (pre-production) 7d and i was amazed.
So it arrived yesterday. The 7D with 8gb Sandisk Ultra iV memory and Tamron 17-50 2.8 lens. I did not change any setting, put it on Manual as suggested in the manual (ASA on 300) and started shooting, almost while it was still coming out of the box 😉
But i am not impressed; even disappointed. The camera drops frames. Period. You already see it during filming; the picture hampers, stutters sometimes. I thought this was due to processing speed of the display, trying to keep up with the datastream in a low-priority mode of some kind. But, alas, once viewed and eventually rendered in FCP the problem is still there. Just a frame here and there. If it wasn’t for the HD, you’d think it comes straight out of a telephone camera.
Am i getting crazy here (well, almost, as a matter of fact, after spending 2100 euros)?! Am i missing something here?
Gone through the manual and the menus ’til late at night, but to no avail…
This can only mean a small number of things, either
1 – the preproduction models lent out to Philip Bloom and others were optimized for shooting video UPDATE: Philip Bloom stated that all his 7d movies are made with a standard productiomodel!
2- the production firmware is buggy
3 – i have a faulty 7D on my hands
Please – all you new 7d gurus out there – let me know if you experience the same problems.
This NEEDS TO BE SOLVED, otherwise i’ll have to ask Canon to take it back and refund – i can not use a camera that drops frames. (again:) PERIOD!