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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Two New Superstars For Still & Motion

The Canon EOS 5D Mark III and the Nikon D800 may be the perfect pro multimedia cameras for their combination of performance, price and features. See their similarities and the surprising differences.


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Canon EOS 5D Mark III As Pro Multimedia Camera

Just as it improved on its predecessor as a still camera, the EOS 5D Mark III offers better video capabilities than the Mark II.
Full HD Video And More. The 5D Mark III can shoot 1920x1080p full HD video at 30 (29.97) fps and a "film-like" 24 (23.976) fps (25 fps PAL format), 1280x720p HD video at 60 (59.94) fps (50 fps PAL) and 640x480 SD at 30 (29.97) fps. The 5D Mark II originally could do 1920x1080/30p and 640x480/30p; firmware upgrades added 24 fps and changed the rates to the
true video rates of 29.97 and 23.976 fps, respectively.

Depth Of Field. The Mark III's full-frame image sensor produces less depth of field than the smaller sensors used in most pro HD camcorders, allowing the user to throw a background completely out of focus to concentrate attention on the subject. And Canon offers a number of very fast lenses—with maximum apertures from 50mm ƒ/1.2 to 400mm ƒ/2.8—to further control depth of field.

Wide Lens Line. With the EOS 5D Mark III, you can shoot video using any Canon EF or TS-E lens, providing great focal-length flexibility. Available lenses range from an 8-15mm ƒ/4 fisheye zoom and 14mm ƒ/2.8 superwide-angle to an 800mm supertelephoto, including a 1-5X macro lens and tilt-shift lenses from superwide-angle to short telephoto. Note that as with other full-frame Canon DSLRs, EF-S lenses can't be used—those were designed specifically for the smaller APS-C sensors and vignette if used on a full-frame camera.

Dimensions: 6.0x4.6x3.0 inches
Weight:
30.3 ounces Estimated
Street Price:
$3,499
Contact:
Canon, www.usa.canon.com

Audio. Like the 5D Mark II, the 5D Mark III provides a built-in mono microphone and a jack for an external stereo mic. But now, besides auto level, you can adjust the sound through 64 levels, before and during recording, and monitor with headphones via a new headphone jack.

New Compression Formats. Recording video in H.264/MPEG-4 AVC High Profile, the 5D Mark III gives you a choice of two compression types. All-I compresses each frame, making it better for editing and extracting frames, but producing larger files. IPB compression compresses by referencing previous and next frames, making for smaller file sizes suitable for longer movies.
Timecoding. While the 5D Mark II didn't provide timecoding, the Mark III provides two types. Rec Run timecodes only while recording; Free Run timecodes at all times, suitable for multi-camera projects. Timecoding aids in synching cameras with external audio recorders.

Improved Image Processing. The 5D Mark III's new sensor and DIGIC 5+ image processor make possible improved processing, resulting in video with significantly reduced moiré and color artifacts in scenes with horizontal lines. You can record clips of up to 29 minutes, 59 seconds across multiple 4 GB files: If a clip exceeds 4 GB, the camera automatically splits the file and continues it in a new file (on a second memory card in the camera, if necessary).


 

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