It was only a matter of time before Film Riot‘s Ryan Connolly put in his two cents on the two newest competing cameras, the Canon C300 and RED Scarlet.  He was hesitant to do it, mainly because he hasn’t had a chance to test-drive either camera, but there was enough interest to know what he thought about them to turn an episode of Film Riot into a clash between the two cameras.  Connolly took a look at the advertised features, took a look at some footage, and examined the overall cost, and decided to come up with a preliminary winner.  Our expert here at ReelSEO, Richard van den Boogaard, put in his thoughts a week ago, so be sure to take a look at that article as well.

Ryan Connolly Discusses The Canon C300

Here’s Connolly talking about Canon’s new offering:

The Positive:

  • True 1080p through a 4K sensor, no upscaling or H264 compression, for a sharp image.
  • Works well in low-light conditions, with some people testing it with an insane ISO of 16,000, and still look decent.  Usually, in low-light, high-speed film situations, the image looks grainy, but the Canon C300 can handle it.
  • Wireless capabilities, outputs a digital signal to be able to do your AC (assistant camera) work from an iPad, iPhone, or Android.  Meaning, any camera adjustment can be made from your mobile device.

Connolly then touches on some of the test films shot using the Canon C300, and he loves this film by Vincent Laforet called Mobius.  It’s a pretty great short film, and shows off the capabilities of the camera, especially in a running desert chase through sand:

Mobius from Vincent Laforet on Vimeo.

You can see all the films shot with the Canon C300 here.  Connolly also gives a shout-out to Vincent Laforet’s blog, which details his experiences with the camera.

The Negative:

  • Pretty much the price.  Connolly was hoping for something in the $10K range, but the camera is double that.

Ryan Connolly Discusses the RED Scarlet

Connolly got to use the RED Epic, and shot his short film Losses with it.  The RED Scarlet is supposed to be the Epic’s little sister.  It does almost everything the Epic does, except for the higher frame-rate and its ability to shoot 5K is relegated to 15 fps.  It pretty much tops out at 4K, which Connolly is quick to remind is really, really good.

Connolly’s overview is a little shorter here, because he’s already gone over the Epic many times and the Scarlet is merely an affordable version of that minus a couple of features.  So here’s Connolly discussing the Epic:

The Positive:

  • Is pretty much as good as the Epic, at half the price.

The Negative:

There are way too many additional costs.

Yes, the RED Scarlet sells for less than $10K, but to operate it you need:

  • LCD Screen: $1,600
  • REDMAG cards to record with: $1,800
  • RED Station Card Reader: $250
  • Batteries: $515
  • Side Grip, essential for handheld: $950

Once you add all these things together, you’re looking at a camera that actually costs over $15K, so the supposed price difference between the Canon C300 and RED Scarlet is pretty much negligible.

Ryan Connolly’s Preliminary Verdict

Connolly chooses the Scarlet because:

  • It can shoot 4K with better resolution.
  • It’s “future-proof,” with the ability to upgrade the sensor later.


Connolly is quick to remind “that there is no perfect camera.”  It always depends on your project, and there are things that will be better to shoot with a Canon C300 than with a RED Scarlet and vice-versa.  Connolly picked the Scarlet because of what the camera can do overall, but I think it’s safe to say that if you have the means to afford either of these cameras, you really can’t go wrong with either of them. They’re both really amazing.