Ok, DO NOT replicate these “tests” using your camera. You could regret it. Over at Digitalrev they decided to see how durable an EOS 7D is, and to check this they decided to throw the camera downstairs, to let a truck hit it, to freeze it, not to speak of the microwave oven and the flames and the fire that were used. Want to know how strong and durable your 7D is? Then this is the video for you. It’s unbreakable. Have fun! And don’t take it too serious.
Another one of those “non-scientific” tests I like so much! (no kidding). This time over at EOSHD they compared the EOS 5D Mark III ($3,500) with removed OLPF vs Sony’s FS100 ($5,000) vs Panasonic’s GH2 ($700-800, also hacked). The test is made in an extreme (low) lights setting:
It’s rumor time in the Canon galaxy! After the information about an upcoming mirror-less system by Canon, now another one of my sources notified me that Canon will announce an entry level full-frame camera at Photokina in September. Here the specifications I got:
- Price tag below $2,000
- 21MP sensor
- Weather sealed body, but not at the same level as the EOS 5D Mark III
- Simpler auto-focus system than the EOS 5D Mark III (could be the AF of the EOS 7D, which, btw, is a very powerful AF system)
I think the rumor is plausible. Nikon is said to introduce an entry-level FF (probably named D600) in the next months, and it is perfectly normal that Canon will try to counter it with an own entry-level FF camera. Let’s see. Looks like we will have a lot to discuss and speculate about in the next months.
Ok, it appears that the D800 has more problems than most people would like it to have. After what we already reported (and here too), it looks as if there was another little big problem. The live view of the Nikon D800 seems to be rather disappointing if compared to the one featured on the EOS 5D Mark III – at least for night shots. Photographer Ron Martinsen writes about what he calls a D800 live view zoom bug:
Good comparison between three different full-frame cameras used to shot video. Philip Bloom compares the Nikon D4 with the Nikon D800 and the EOS 5D Mark III. It’s a 30 minutes review (conclusion at ~23:00) and it focuses on aliasing artifacts and low-light performance. Needless to say, the 5D Mark III has outstanding low-light performance and controls aliasing very good (check the 400% zooms!). The aliasing on the D800 is very bad, especially at 720p. So bad, that an additional aliasing filter was mounted on the D800′s sensor (to show how much it could be made better). On the other hand, the D800 has cleaner HDMI output and is generally sharper out of the box than the 5D Mark III. All in all the review shows once more that the 5D Mark III is a very good all-purpose camera. The video shows live-crops beside the recorded scenes (different high ISOs). Enjoy the video!
Looks like there is an updated version of the EOS 5D Mark III user manual (according to this forum post). Not yet clear what changed from the first version of the user guide. The PDF of the manual can be downloaded here. If someone knows what’s the difference with the previous one please let me know.