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Isaacheus

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1080 video quality on 5dmk4 and 1dx2 vs competition?
« on: February 13, 2018, 06:28:35 PM »
I have seen some comments elsewhere about the 1080 quality of the Canon cameras being soft and exhibiting moire etc, it seems to be more so in the older cameras, 6d, 5dmk3 etc but a few about the 5dmk4 and 1dx2 have also come up.

How do these two compare to the likes of Nikon, Sony, Panasonic etc for their 1080 60fps or 120 fps quality? Asking for someone who is looking at a 5dmk4 in the future, from a 6d and 5dmk3, but currently uses my a7r3 for 60 fps video

I know  the 4k is a sore spot for some, with the crop and file size, does this provide a better quality output, for the storage space?

Thanks.

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1080 video quality on 5dmk4 and 1dx2 vs competition?
« on: February 13, 2018, 06:28:35 PM »

sanj

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Re: 1080 video quality on 5dmk4 and 1dx2 vs competition?
« Reply #1 on: February 13, 2018, 07:49:56 PM »
This is a loaded question with no clear cut replies. You will find some nice things in some. At the end it all balances out.

4k? Absolutely the way to go. It provides better quality output for sure.

Isaacheus

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Re: 1080 video quality on 5dmk4 and 1dx2 vs competition?
« Reply #2 on: February 13, 2018, 08:48:18 PM »
This is a loaded question with no clear cut replies. You will find some nice things in some. At the end it all balances out.

4k? Absolutely the way to go. It provides better quality output for sure.

Ah sorry, wasn't that clear with the last part : is the large 4k file size worth it over the more compressed options elsewhere?

But the main part is the about the 1080 recording, and yes, somewhat loaded question although I don't mean it in that way. Trying to find if people have experience in the Canon footage really being sub par, or if that is just Canon bashing

mistaspeedy

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Re: 1080 video quality on 5dmk4 and 1dx2 vs competition?
« Reply #3 on: February 13, 2018, 09:01:48 PM »
I have no experience with any of these cameras, so I can only repeat what I have read from various people who use them.

5D mark III seems to give the best quality 1080p out of any Canon DSLR. The only step upwards in quality is to shoot 4K on the 5D mark IV or 1DX mark II (and downscale later if you need 1080p delivery).
1080p seems to have taken a step backwards from the 5D mark III, because the resolution of this sensor was tailor made to perfectly record 1080p video. Add magic lantern into the mix and things improve even more.
5760 x 3240 (16:9 full width crop of 5D mark III sensor) scales perfectly into 1920 x 1080 in a 3:1 ratio.

You can read more from Andrew Reid here.
https://www.eoshd.com/2012/03/panasonic-gh2-vs-5d-mark-iii/
He's been highly critical of Canon lately (rightly so IMHO), but at one point he must have loved Canon a lot, so much so that the name of his blog carries the EOS name.

He seems to feel that the quality of Canon 1080p on any camera has yet to surpass the Panasonic GH2 or GH3.

Looking at various videos on Youtube seem to support this. The footage from the Canon just looks soft in comparison. An exception is Magic Lantern RAW, but that is an editing and workflow nightmare.

Others may disagree with his and my opinion and are free to post their own comparisons.

Just to recap... I'm not claiming to be any sort of expert on the topic... just repeating what I've read and seen.
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Re: 1080 video quality on 5dmk4 and 1dx2 vs competition?
« Reply #3 on: February 13, 2018, 09:01:48 PM »