DxOMark: The sensors comparison explained

Sensor comparison results

Earlier today, DxOMark released their scores for the new Canon 5D Mark III. In turn, this allowed for the comparison between the Canon 5D Mark III and the Nikon D800 (which was tested several weeks ago).     The Nikon D800 appears to the obvious winner, right? At first glance, the Color Depth, Dynamic Range, and Low-Light ISO scores all are noticeably higher for the D800.  Thus, the Overall Score is 14 points higher as well. If you’re interested in just that figure and its final scores, feel free to... Read The Rest →

My thoughts on the D800

The D800!!!  yup that’s what all the buzz is about right now in the photography world. And rightfully so. Every Nikon fanboy has been waiting for this camera for a LONG TIME now and since its announcement we’re all trying to get out hands on it. Luckily, I’ve had the honor of being able to play with one for about a week now and its been great. All of its, full frame, 36 MEGA PIXEL, 1080 video, memory sucking files sizes and amazing crop the hell out of my photo... Read The Rest →

Ball Hydrocarbon Spacemaster watch lume video @ ISO 25600

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The Canon 5D Mark III is truly an amazing camera when it comes to its low-light capabilities. This video was taken in a completely dark room. Without this camera, this video would not have been possible by any current-generation dSLR. The 5D Mark II video barely even shows a visible watch lume at its maximum ISO 6400. Since Mike has been hogging the D800 from me, I haven’t been able to replicate this video on that camera. But, I hope to test it out on the D800 sometime soon.  ... Read The Rest →

Canon 5D Mark III: Video compression test

The new Canon 5D Mark III comes with two compression options when recording video at 1920 x 1080 and 30 fps. They are IPB and ALL-I. The latter compression actually increases the file size by about 35% to 65%, depending on the ISO you use. The higher the ISO, the more storage savings you get by shooting with IPB instead of ALL-I compression. Since the storage savings can be enormous, it begs the obvious question of whether IPB noticeably degrades the quality of the recording or not. See for yourself!... Read The Rest →

Canon 5D Mark II vs. Mark III: High ISO test

I’ve been reading a lot of reviews about how the 5D Mark III seems to have less noise while shooting video at higher ISOs, but at a cost of sharpness. So, I decided to test this case using a fiber-optic lamp from IKEA with an orangish wall as a backdrop. To provide movement, I used a fan on low, pointed towards the lamp and located slightly below and to the left side of the setup.   Settings Videos from both cameras were acquired using the exact same settings: f/8.0 1/30s... Read The Rest →

Canon 5D Mark III vs. Nikon D800: Initial video test

Here we compare video from the Canon 5D Mark III and the Nikon D800. Some of you may have already seen it on Vimeo. Keep in mind that this is not a particularly exciting video, nor is it an ideal one comparing the two cameras.  It is just our first video using either camera, so bear with us.   Settings Both videos were acquired using the exact same settings: f/5.6 1/100s ISO 400 70mm 1920 x 1080 30 fps We used the 24-105mm f/4L “kit” lens on the Canon, and the... Read The Rest →

Canon 5D Mark III vs. Nikon D800: Unboxing and initial impressions


Canon and Nikon recently announced a couple new camera bodies, two of which have begun shipping last week. We are fortunate enough to have received the new Canon 5D Mark III and even rarer Nikon D800 during the release week. Mike and I have decided it would be a unique experience to play with both cameras, test them extensively, and enjoy taking real-world shots to compare which one outshines the other and under what conditions. At first look, it seems that each camera fulfills a different niche market and is... Read The Rest →

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