I really like this camera, from a camera guy's point of view. Everything about it is where you would expect. It's pretty rugged, you can carry it around like a big gun, whip it out in a second and be shooting a great shot.
Thats mostly how I use it, and I like that.
From the post production side, the 10bit 4:2:2 doesn't hurt for bending color and pixels. You can go a long way with the picture color wise and do nice blending in AE.
If you work on the Mac side importing files (Log and Transfer) and working in FCP or Color is great.
When I work in AE I am on Windows so although on the Mac everything is 10bit 4:2:2 ProRes HQ, Great in Color.
Files have to be Uncompressed 10bit to get to Windows as 10bit.
Not a Problem if you have lots of hard drive.
The other option is to import as DPX on windows.
The range of the lens is pretty good and the CAC works great, so there is almost never any Chromatic Aberration. It does breathe though, so if you pull focus back to front etc., with the lens wide open you might notice it. You can look at this shot:http://www.revostock.com/Stock-Video-Footage/76878/Baseball-to-Glove-Rack-Focus.htm
You can always buy a nice expensive lens, as you have the option to do so, since it is removable. But the stock one is nice for a camera in this price range.
There also is the AVC-I compression. The 100 is great for pixel bending and coloring.
The AVC-I 50 gives you a very nice HD anamorphic, 10bit 4:2:0 picture as good as ANY HDV,
which this basically is EXCEPT 1. It's 10bit
2. It is compressed frame by frame, hence the "I" in AVC-I. Not as a GOP, like HDV.
3. You can double your shooting time per card, so if you can afford it you can shoot 4 1/4 hours on one load in HD on 2 64GB cards.
And lastly Skew.
All CMOS cameras have it. (Reviews I have read say it performs worse than the EX-3)
Given the choice I would go with the Red if I could have afforded it, I thought about waiting for the Scarlet.
I also like the EX3, it has a clean picture like my XL-2 but it's not as rugged a body (the viewfinder looks like it could snap right off! But it IS a good viewfinder.) and from a purely technical, post production standpoint, the pixels are not as bendable. And that's something I like doing.
The 300's viewfinder Kicks Ass, by the way.
In the end, I really liked the ergonomics of this camera, I am coming from an XL-2, which I love!
There is a lot to like technically too.
The picture is great in most cases as long as you find the settings you like and realize that like any camera it has it's strength and weakness and work with them.
I was at work when I wrote the last post, and had to rush off so hopefully the rest of this will help you out.
I had the hardest time picking a camera but here I am with a 300, so I guess it's a pretty good camera.
If you can get your hands on whatever cameras you are considering buying and try them, that is always best way to evaluate.
All my HD shots as of today on Revostock are from the 300, so you can look at the stills and get an idea how it looks, although I may have bent some pixels
Soon I leave for New Zealand where I will shoot with a friends HVX200, the 300 is too big to take on vacation!
Like I said, every camera has it's strong and weak points.