Canon Cinema EOS C300

The battle for digital cinema recording supremacy just went from RED to white-hot. Canon, a longtime king of the imaging world, has never really been a major player when it comes to moviemaking– until now. Leading off their new line of cameras aimed directly at filmmakers (and at the high-tech industry-leading RED cameras) is the Cinema EOS C300.

This baby boasts a bevy of beautiful specs, including a new 8.3 megapixel 2160×3840 Super-35 CMOS sensor (4K resolution) with Digic DV III processor. The C300 is expected to bring amazing light-gathering capability to the table, allowing for better sensitivity and less  noise. The body clocks in at 3.2 pounds, factoring in an external 4-inch monitor to accompany your electronic viewfinder. Lenses come in a variety of sizes: two 14.5-60mm lenses, two 30-300mm lenses, three EF prime lenses at 24mm, 50mm, and 85mm. Don’t look for the autofocus here; the C300 is manual in every sense of the word. It’s all about performance and control with this one. The first model drops in January for a cool $20,000. Get that script ready.