Canon 5D mark III RAW vs. Blackmagic Cinema Camera RAW

Today we already published a test video of the impressive Canon 5D mark III RAW module enabled by the Magic Lantern hack and a guide to get it working yourself.

scr_5d3_bmccHere’s a side by side comparison of the 5D mark III with 14bit RAW 1080p together with the Blackmagic Cinema Camera with 2.5K RAW so you can see how the two cameras differ.

5D mark III vs. BMCCUpdate
Here are two RAW to play yourself:
BMCC: bmccdng.zip
5D RAW: 000123.dng

What we did:

We went out with a Canon 5D mark III that had the Magic Lantern RAW module hack on it and shot with the Blackmagic Cinema Camera in RAW mode alongside.
We used the Canon 24-105mm lens on the 5D while we used the Tokina 16-50mm on the Blackmagic. Native ISO on the Blackmagic is 800 so we used that.

We tried to get similar shots. It’s not so easy, in fact it was easier to get the shots on the 5D as the Blackmagic is just not a very easy to use camera in many regards. Wrongly interpreted zebra indicators had me fooled several times and the internal battery almost died.

Post processing
After a lengthy process of getting the RAW files converted into something usable we graded both to match more or less. We didn’t do a very sophisticated grade, working with RAW files like that is time consuming.

What became clear is that both cameras provide very similarly capable RAW files. You can adjust everything and everything is possible. You can get similar details out of the sky and set all you like in post. Color temperature, tint, dynamic range, no problem. The 5D is just as strong as the BMCC, providing maybe a bit more dynamic range.

5D3 vs BMCCWhere the cameras differ in terms of RAW is one big thing: Noise. The 5D mark III can shoot indoors at ISO 1600 and there’s almost no noise while the Blackmagic starts to get ugly at this point.
The noise from the BMCC is also apparent when raising the blacks in a shot.

Moire and aliasing is another big big issue on Blackmagic and there is very litte of that on the 5D RAW. The cleanness of the shots of the 5D RAW in general is extremely pleasing and jumps at you when you sit in front of the RAW images. Check some of the dng’s yourself in our other post.

Conclusion
The 5D RAW has the clear advantage of a large sensor and never before seen ISO performance on a RAW camera. It’s intriguing and soon a stable version will probably be ready for real usage.
On the downside the 5D RAW has a little less detail than the Blackmagic or an Alexa, but a lot more detail than the 5D had without the RAW hack.

We’ll keep you posted on the progress of the Magic Lantern solution.

If you buy a Canon 5D mark III, please get it HERE to reward our efforts and PLEASE ALSO MAKE SURE YOU DONATE TO MAGIC LANTERN FOR MAKING THIS AWESOME DEVELOPMENT POSSIBLE: LINK

The Blackmagic Cinema camera is currently in stock again and available for $3000 LINK

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Tito Guillen
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now. if they could only condense the workflow, it might be viable

Claude MONTAZ
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Claude MONTAZ

Bonjour,
je suis agacé par cette mode des formats non compressés….inutilisables pour des reportages de 60 mn: quel support,quelle chaine de montage, quelle forme de diffusion? et puis vous nous montrez des comparaisons compressées en H264… bluffant bien sûr, mais passées à la moulinettes d’un codec 4.2.0. !!!!
pardon pour ces remarques simplistes. J’ai 50 ans de photo/vidéo derrière moi!
merci et bien cordialement.

Claude MONTAZ
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Claude MONTAZ

Pardon,
Not for Tito Guilen specialy…and in French !!
How to do? thank you

EXAOPROD
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EXAOPROD

Bonjour,
D’un côté tu as raison , personnellement je fais actuellement des documentaires avec des EX3, PMW200, etc… mais qui n’ont absolument pas la dynamique apportée par le RAW, même si de prime abord ça a l’air lourd… ça en vaut la peine, après il faut aussi et surtout avoir le temps de passer toutes ces images en post prod, mais au final le resultat est sans appel , et avec le nombre grandissant d’amateur qui font joujou avec tout ça , même en temps que professionnel il faut nous adapter au risuqe d’être vite “perdu” dans 5 ou 10 ans…. salutations ;o)

Cinema5D
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The BMCC RAW workflow isn’t really easier.

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Joseph Moore

BMCC RAW workflow certainly is easier, you can go straight into Resolve or anything else that handles CinemaDNG.

I’m sure better tools will evolve once this hack is formally released, but right now it’s giant PITA, even above other RAW workflows.

Cinema5D
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The BMCC RAW workflow isn’t really easier.

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