- Sensor size no bigger than APS-C, no smaller than 4/3rds sensor
- 3200 ISO without unreasonable noise -- then we can shoot outside at night with reasonable f-stops
- I want to be able to take production stills with this camera
- No rolling shutter. Enough with the rolling shutter already
- 1920p. Because now that's our delivery format
- The ability to control the take number. In fact, I'd love to be able to put the project number and then the take number (or the roll and then the take number) into the camera.
- Marks in the eyepiece to indicate the 2.35:1 frame
Things that would be groovy, but I can understand if I don't get them right away
- Wi-Fi tap. Just transmit picture over wi-fi. I don't even care if it's real-time or not, just let the art department see the frame on their iPads
- I would prefer it if the camera would purr while it's shooting -- it helps to feel confident that we're actually in record
- I'm becoming weary of the .mts format. Or any of these other weird formats. Can't we just shoot in .tga sequences or something? How about OpenEXR?
Things I don't really care that much about (in no particular order)
- Through-the-lens viewing. Honestly, I shoot a lot of laser beams. And the sun. And between the two I'd rather not be looking directly through the lens. A little TV screen is good enough for me.
- No compression. Meh. Go ahead and compress the signal. No, I don't want banding once we're out of color-correction in post. But RAW files? Not helping me make movies. ProRes normal resolution is good enough for me.
- 4K. I just don't care. Yeah, we could re-frame in post if we shot 4K. But I don't want to deal with it. I don't want the data bothering me. Tell it to go away (see "compression," above.)