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Canon 5D Mark III vs. 5D Mark II Video Test: Moiré, Rolling Shutter, Dynamic Range, High ISO

Posted in Equipment, Video by Nathan Lee Bush on March 29, 2012

We took Canon’s newest full frame pro DSLR, the 5D Mark III, and compared it to its predecessor, the 5D Mark II, which revolutionized the filmmaking world upon its release almost four years ago.

In these real world tests, we compared:

  • moiré patterns
  • rolling shutter (the dreaded “jello effect”) during pans
  • high ISO performance
  • a high contrast scene to test dynamic range

Both cameras were fitted with the Canon 50/1.2 L,  with the “Standard” color profile and shot at 24 fps. All 5D Mark III footage was shot in the new ALL-I high bitrate codec.

Is the Mark III a huge leap forward in video or an incremental upgrade? Let us know what you think in the comments!

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Nathan Lee Bush is a fine art photographer and filmmaker in New York City. His work is on his site and blog.

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  1. anthonyscafaro said, on March 29, 2012 at 3:51 pm

    Little discernible difference that I could see. Tell me again why the 5DIII is $1700 more than the 5DIII?

    • realtater said, on March 29, 2012 at 11:31 pm

      Because there’s a headphone jack.

      This test wasn’t quite as dramatic as some I’ve seen – those tests demonstrated that it’s a marked improvement – maybe not 3 years of waiting but still a marked improvement.

      Still waiting for a clean HDMI out though…

  2. Karyn Bush said, on March 29, 2012 at 10:36 pm

    Canon 5D Mark III seemed to have a bit sharper focus, night shots light was brighter, and colors more saturated than the 5D Mark II.

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  4. Marked ii | Keglerscorner said, on August 29, 2012 at 9:34 pm

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