UPDATE: this article is outdated, please read this blog from the top. ISSUES OUTLINED IN THIS ARTICLE MAY NO LONGER BE ISSUES AT ALL..!
I’d like to update you on the whole 7D issue.
We took a few days to evaluate the 7D after it arrived on thursday, october 1. Bottom line is: Canon, give us new firmware; your production model is useless for professional film making. Period.
Problem: the Liveview / Filmmode freezes frames for a two-frame period on a regular basis, resulting in a noticeable stutter. It looks like the processor can’t cope with differences in the image (contrast-rich patches), both in live view and while recording. It is card-independent, it is recording-independent, it is FPS independent, it is independent of ANY setting – all experiments with settings and configuration on the whole were not successful in solving the problem.
The 7D’s imageprocessor seems to be busy with things that get in the way of the 25fps timing.
What bothers / surprises me though, is that this artifact doesn’t show up in any of the wellknown 7D movies you find on the internet (eg. by Phil Bloom). Why? I think i know why… They were all made with pre-production models with special and/or beta firmware, maybe even tuned towards better videorecording. Call me suspicious, but that has happened with the 5D before as well. UPDATE: Phil Bloom stated that all his 7D movies are made with a production model. UPDATE 2: Canon Development states that Phil Bloom’s films ARE made with a specially equipped 7D !!!
I have found more posts on the subject, so it’s not a problem of the specific camera i have.
I have spent a nice sum on the camera, the lens, the shoulder support, the CF cards, the matte box – et cetera. But i am not seeing myself using the thing in the near future.
So it’s a total waste of money so far.
I am getting grumpy mails from some of you. All very nice of those, to support Canon. Don’t understand me wrong. It is probably a monster of a DSLR photo camera. It is also a very nice affordable videocamera if you make little movies that are intended to feature on Youtube. But the problem lies here in, that the camera is marketed as a full HD professional camera that can cope with even the Scarlet. A hype is created by e.g. Philip Bloom, and i have been affected with this disease -> seeing is believing! Ofcourse, i understand now that you can’t get such a camera for 2000 euro’s, but Canon and their apostles like Phil and others are doing a good job in trying to make us believe this.
I’d like to see Canon or any of the Canon filmmakers to comment on this.
A collegue contacted Canon (Netherlands) on friday. Their exotic response: “we are not in the position to comment on this”. Huh?! Are we politicians here?! I am a customer with a problem!
I think Canon has to change it’s attitude (at least Canon Netherlands) and come up with a solution QUICK.
I won’t repeat the bottom-line. You are free to suggest new solutions, but please read all previous posts and comments first.