Dan Chung’s Canon 1DX Video Sample Compares to 5DMkIII for First Time

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Update 2012-06-28: Andrew Reid posted some new thoughts on additional 1DX footage (including comparison with the 1DMKIV) at EOSHD.

If you’re like me, you have been waiting to see how the Canon 1DX stacks up in video mode. This is a big deal for me, and other lowlight shooters, that might be considering both the 1DX and D4 for the purposes of getting shots other cameras generally can’t. But another big question mark has been detail and resolution.

If you haven’t seen Dan’s new comparison video, I urge you to check it out the articleDSLRNewsShooter.com. Here is the video.

So the question is, what does this mean? Well, some of you may have noticed that I have been saying “wait and see” in terms of the 1DX video mode, while many of my colleagues have assumed it would echo the 5DMkIII’s video performance. And the early indications are that it could significantly improve detail and clarity as compared to its sibling.

If this comparison turns out to be representative of the difference, it could make the 1DX an even more compelling option than many had been expecting recently. Though it still faces tough competition from the Nikon D4, I would say that these early results are encouraging.

As a bit of background, the Canon 5DMkIII and Nikon D800 reversed the headliner features between the two camera brands. In the previous generation, Canon had been known for the megapixel increases and Nikon for high ISO performance. That flipped with 5DMKIII and D800. In terms of video quality, the former was lauded for moire reduction but criticized for resolution and detail while the latter was considered to have the edge in detail but more moire problems. The D800 also did not go to as high ISOs as the 5DMkIII.

Oddly, not only is the 5DMkIII limited to ISO 25,600 in video mode, even though it can go two stops higher in stills, but a Canon representative confirmed for me that the 1DX (and Cinema 1D) will have the same limit on video ISO, even though the 1DX can go a full three stops higher in stills mode. This leaves the D4 as the only available camera than can shoot in 1080P mode at six digit ISOs (102,400 and 204,800 in fact).

Still, those ultra high ISOs may prove to be infrequently used by most cinematographers, so it remains to be seen whether that makes much of a difference to most customers. However, I believe the performance between ISO 6,400 and 25,600 could potentially prove to be a differentiating factor between the D4, 5DMkIII and 1DX.

Who will come out on top? It remains to be seen. But maybe now others will be awaiting the 1DX as carefully as I have been.

3 Responses

  1. Junior says:

    bought my 40D on june 2008 that comes with a red canon bag last month one of its buckle broke bring back to my cmreaa shop how come like this one!!! used only one year buckle broken? shop cant help not satisfied went to canon service centre personally to complain no question asked agreed to replace a new one but no ex-stock 2 days later their supplier personally hand delivered a new bag to my office thats some kinda service ..thumbs up to canon malaysia..

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