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Canon 1D C vs 5D Mark III – a $12,000 Camera vs a $3,000 Camera – Very Interesting! ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐📍📍

May 22, 2013

Canon 1D C vs 5D Mark III – a $12,000 Camera vs. a $3,000 Camera. (FYI the 5D3 was released for $3,499 and is now available at B&H for $3,000). In this battle of the 1080p cameras, the game has changed. Here’s how the 5D Mark III in raw recording mode compares to the best 1080p output from the Canon C300 and 1D C.

This is a VERY Interesting analysis, particularly if you are a Canon 5D Mark III owner or going to be a 5D3 ower.

1⃣ The Canon C300 is a very good albeit highly priced $15,000 HD camera, producing an ultra clean and detailed image by oversampling from the same 4K sensor as the C500. It is the current benchmark, so interesting to see how close the 5D Mark III raw gets in 1080p.

🔢 Pay attention to the circles! 12 o’clock shows vertical resolution, 3 o’clock shows horizontal. All the lines should be distinct. The extremely fine patterns also test for moire and false colour, as evidenced on the NEX 5N and 7D shots.

2⃣ The 5D Mark III raw is impressive and compares closely to the C300, but has a few more tricks which elevate it. The comparisons are shot at 1080p but with an anamorphic lens to correct the 3:2 aspect ratio, the 5D Mark III goes to 1280 lines from a full frame sensor, even higher in 1:1 crop mode. It uses a larger sensor than the C300 and the footage is more gradable because it is raw.

3⃣ In 1:1 crop mode it gives you a lossless 1080p crop sensor mode, or higher resolutions and in this mode the camera is even more detailed and even cleaner.

4⃣ Here’s how the field of view differs between the 5D Mark III in raw (full frame) and the 1D C in 4K MJPEG mode (APS-H). Shot with a Zeiss 25mm F2.0 Distagon.

5⃣ Summary. The 5D Mark III in raw is both amazing and feature packed relative even to the professional $12k and $15k C-series offerings let alone other DSLRs. It is a dream for anamorphic shooters, offering very clean 2.5K anamorphic images with a 1280p vertical resolution. Various shooting aspect ratios such as 3:2 and 4:3 are not offered on the C-series cameras.

🔢 To utilise the full height of a 3:2 full frame sensor is a genuinely new feature, as even the factory 5D Mark III crops the full sensor to 16:9 with the standard video mode. The Nikon D800 also crops the full frame sensor. With anamorphic on the 5D Mark III with raw you have a larger sensor recording area than any other DSLR on the market, and considerably different to Super 35mm, APS-C or the 1D C’s APS-H 4K MJPEG.

6⃣ The 1D C is of course top dog for resolution but the image cannot be graded with the freedom of raw, even from Canon Log. Color and Gradation, especially when it comes to skin-tones are better on the 5D Mark III with raw.

7⃣ The cleanness of the full frame 1080p mode is also excellent on the 5D Mark III in raw, ahead of any other DSLR on the market and so close to the $15,000 Canon C300 that in the real world it makes no difference. Only on the most demanding test chart could I tell any difference.

8⃣ These are astonishingly exciting times for 5D Mark III owners.

9⃣ Please go to the EOSHD link to read this exciting full story.

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