Dan Chung from dslrnewsshooter has had a chance to compare the Canon 5D mark III and its big brother the Canon 1D X. Both have very similar video features but there seems to be a slight difference how video is recorded. The 5D mark III has been slashed for its soft image. It’s proven that the GH2 is sharper. Canon told us that the softness is a result of disabling in-camera sharpening for the 5D mark III. When I used the 5D mark III for my NAB 2012 coverage I wrote that I was actually quite happy with the detail it provided after sharpening in post. But regardless of my personal opinion there’s a definite need for a sharper image among HDSLR’s and the 1DX seems to provide that. There’s a lot of technical evaluation on nofilmschool and eos hd about Dan’s video and in a way everybody seems to be relieved that there’s improvement. But is the difference really that significant? You can go to vimeo and download Dan’s video for your own evaluation. I downloaded the source and found a moment for both cameras when the Manfrotto logo on her shirt seemed best exposed. I applied some sharpening to the 5D mark III. It seems like indeed the 1DX has slightly more detail to show as the logo seems more readable on the 1DX footage. The Canon 1DX is $6799 at B&H: [UPDATE] A more in depth analisys by cinema5D member jcs (see comments): “5D3 image sharpened at 33 + minor curve adjust, 1DX sharpened at 16, both Neat Video noise reduced. After processing, during playback and full screen, hard to see much of a difference in quality: the 1DX has slightly more detail, but looks digital vs. the slightly less detailed 5D3 which looks more like film.”Read more
I’ve received the following info from Canon inc. Japan: The movie color conversion matrix (RGB -> YUB) for the EOS-1D X and 5D mark III has been changed to BT.709 (sometimes referred to as REC.709) for Full HD and HD movies (On previous EOS products it was BT.601). SD movies remain as BT.601. Therefore it is recommended that editors use the new version of the EOS MOVIE Plugin-E1 for Final Cut Pro (Ver. 1.3) that supports a BT.709 color conversion matrix when using Final Cut Pro 6.x/7.x for editing. What does this actually mean? BT.709 is a broadcast color space that uses RGB values of 16-235 (rather than 0-255 as per a still image). It is the standard colour space for HD footage. The downside is that if not properly converted (i.e. converting 5D III footage to ProRes for editing) footage will be more susceptible to gamma issues with NLEs than the 5D mark II was. This will result in “crushed” blacks (dark areas without detail) and a darker gamma on a computer screen which uses a 0-255 color space. If transcoding with software other than the EOS-movie plugin (such as 5DToRGB) set the gamma to 1.22 to get the correct display of tones. Basically so far Canon HDSLR’s did not conform to the BT.709 standard which is “recommended” for HD. While color spaces are mostly confusing and a cause of trouble for less broadcast experienced editors the fact that the 5D mark III now conforms to this standard makes it more easily acceptable for HD broadcasters. Download the new EOS MOVIE Plugin-E1 V1.3 here: LINK More info on REC.709/BT.709: WikipediaRead more
It’s been a while since the 1D mark iv successor, the Canon EOS 1DX was announced, 5 months to be exact. Now that the 5D mark III is out does an HDSLR filmmaker still need to spare a second thought on the 1DX? Probably not, these two cameras are extremely similar in terms of HDSLR. Here’s a list of features they share: – 30 minute maximum clip length – manual audio control during recording – captive touch wheel for silent audio control – 1080p24/25/30 and 720p50/60, non drop: 23.976,… – enhanced all i-Frames codec with embedded timecode (recrun, freerun) – DIGIC 5+ chip to eradicate the presence of moiré, false colour and other artefacts – full frame sized (36 x 24 mm) sensor And here’s what makes the 1D X different from the 5D mk3: – 1D X has a higher lens port – 1D X’s lowlight capability seems to be a bit better than the already great mark III’s. Vincent Laforet said: 5D mark III “comes second only to the Canon EOS 1Dx camera in low light performance” – 1D X has 2x CF card slots, 5D mark III has 1x CF and 1x SD – 1D X is twice the price – 1D X is missing a headphone port (thanks FRP) Is the image quality or sharpness any better on the Canon 1D X? There are no real life comparisons yet, I doubt it, but you’re welcome to disagree in the comments. The 1D X has become available for pre-order here: B&H – $6799 Adorama – $6799Read more
The cinema5D forum has evolved: I present to you the cinema5Dreviews page that we’ve been working on. This is not a new forum page, this is a whole new section of cinema5D, uniquely programmed and embedded into the cinema5D platform. What is it? cinema5Dreviews is a growing database of reviews for filmmaking equipment. It is in Beta right now. What can it do for me? It has a lot of very valuable information on each filmmaking product all put in one place by fellow filmmakers. You save time surfing the web and you might find information you could have missed somewhere else. No more endless forum searching for reviews and opinions on products. It is all gathered in one place. ➔ Opinions by fellow filmmakers (which you can trace back because they’re forum members) ➔ the best video reviews gathered by you from YouTube and Vimeo, or add your own. ➔ prices ➔ ratings ➔ collection of product highlights ➔ currently sortable by star rating, price or name Who is filling the database? You. And any other cinema5D forum member can add to the database. If you have tried or own the product you can add your opinion and give a rating for the product. You can also add new products and can add details to existing products. Not only HDSLR HDSLRs are great, they’ve upgraded our clips, films, productions, but we’re also embracing all other low budget large sensor cameras and their accessories. More categories to come, please post your preferred categories in the comments to this article. It needs to be filled This database has just been born and it will become more powerful the more you feed it. Since we’ve written this software on our own and with an extremely tight budget we need some time and your feedback to work out all the glitches. It’s beta, so if something doesn’t work please be patient and let us know. That’s it. The more you use it the better and faster we can improve the platform to your benefit. Now go check it out and add a product or two: www.cinema5d.com/reviews/Read more
Unfortunately I didn’t make it to the Pro Solutions show that was held by Canon in London, but Dan Chung from DSLR News Shooter did. Check out the video above on Vimeo. We welcome the fact that Canon has indeed produced a great non line skipping video camera, eh I mean photo camera. Unfortunately comments are disabled today due to technical issues as we’re updating the backend as we’re moving forward to accept multiple bloggers.Read more
We wished for a 5D mark 3 and what we got is a fullframe 1D that takes video in an HDSLR to a whole new level. In other words it’s a 5Dmk3 in a 1D shape. Nice! The EOS-1D X takes all of the current features and puts them into one camera as well as improving various aspects of the movie shooting for both better usability and better incorporation into professional workflows. See much more after the jump:Read more
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