Canon EOS 7D Digital SLR for Filmmaking

A reader of the Filmmaking Stuff Newsletter named Joe recently contacted me regarding use of the Canon EOS 7D Digital SLR camera for short movies and possibly a small feature.

As someone who never ignores readers excited about something filmmaking related, I looked into this camera. Have you seen it?

It looks like a traditional DSLR, because it is. But this one is a bit different, it captures video. But not just any video. For a little more than $1600, the video this camera captures is beyond amazing!

I know what you’re thinking – An DSLR for motion pictures?

I know. I know.

I think using an DSLR to make movies looks totally stupid too. But the end result can not be ignored. Check out these videos I pulled off YouTube.

Footage From The Canon EOS 7D

What do you think? Would you consider using this camera for your next small movie project?

Comments

  1. Arth Vikram says

    Sir,

    I am from India, I am crappy in everything I did in my life, but I am a good writer, I have written almost 80+ stories which includes Si-Fi/ Psychological Thriller/ Survival Drama, also I am really good in film editing, and I have a really good script (Si-Fi survival drama) to make a movie on it, a no budget movie which I will shoot in my celler about 6 square meters, I need your help here with Canon EOS 7D, that which lens will the best to shoot in celler about 6 square meter in low light? Sorry for my English.

    Thank you.

  2. vimalathithan says

    sure canon 7d is a perfect film making camera but editing is most important than shoot

  3. vinay says

    Hi
    i have cannon eos 60d.can i record the video in 60d and release it in theatres
    i have a doubt the the video clarity will be reduces or will remain same

  4. Sean says

    I want to answer some questions and put in some of my input that I learned with this camera. The camera shoots in 1080. You can choose to shoot in 24fps which gives it a film look. There’s other resolutions and frame rates as well. With that said being blown up on a big screen is no problem. I’ve connected it to a projector which was 400 inches and it was beautiful. It’s nice to have a camera that shoots videos with the option to change lenses. The video is so detailed that 3d animation blend very well. With the right lens (50mm prime) proper lighting you can easily pull off the holy grail look of digital film cameras “The Red Camera” it’s also more portable and is cheaper than The Epic Red camera stand. Colors don’t bleed and chroma keying is much easier due to the 18 megapixels and sharp edges. Even with a flawed green screen shot you can manage getting it all out with out effecting the person. the Canon Mark III is also a perfect camera. It has a big sensor and is much better in low light shots. The canon 7d shouldn’t even be labeled a entry level filmmaker camera. It can pull off results that are comparable to feature films and blow indie films with lower budgets out of the water. You can set up a mic to it. Or link the camera to you computer for a bigger monitor on still shots and record very good audio. I still recommend a portable recorder. Or a USB unit like the line 6 with a condenser mic which you can sync the audio later. Animation is my favorite. So being able to construct and 3d animation to video clips with such detail and not stick out due to it being over a low quality video is very nice to have. Buy this camera and two must needed toys. A steady cam and a portable crane. Good luck!

  5. bill says

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  7. says

    Yeah. That is the question. I was contacted by 2 filmmakers who are using it. One reports some compression issues. I am going to put together some case studies and post them in the weeks to come. In the meantime, if any of you have more info – feel free to comment.

  8. says

    Yeah. That is the question. I was contacted by 2 filmmakers who are using it. One reports some compression issues. I am going to put together some case studies and post them in the weeks to come. In the meantime, if any of you have more info – feel free to comment.

  9. says

    The Real Question is, what does the footage look like blown up on a theatre screen?

    Right now it appears to be a great camera if you’re never going to project the image. But what do you have to watch out for if you’re going to go theatrical?

  10. says

    The Real Question is, what does the footage look like blown up on a theatre screen?

    Right now it appears to be a great camera if you’re never going to project the image. But what do you have to watch out for if you’re going to go theatrical?

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