Finally A Good Comparison of 5D Mark II vs. Mark III vs. D800 Video

April 12th, 2012

If been looking for a good comparison of what I’m missing out on by not upgrading to the 5D MKIII and how both the MKII and MKIII compare to the new Nikon D800.

Joe Marine over at has created an insightful comparison that shows a comparison of these three cameras.

For all the details of the setup checkout Joe’s original post.

If you are really into looking at the details you can down load the 1080p file to look at the comparison in real detail.

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5 Responses to “Finally A Good Comparison of 5D Mark II vs. Mark III vs. D800 Video”

  • Can someone tell me what their settings typically are for interior video? I have been shooting s50 f4.5-7.1 and iso 400-2000. (D7000)
    After looking at the low light of the of the 5 d mark 3 I wonder is there an advantage for shooting 6400? I’d think the windows would be far too blown out and the bright areas would carry too far past the window?
    What are your experiences?

    I have been playing with the D800 and have to say the stills are amazing… The dynamic range is very impressive… And for the most part the video looks great up to 2000 but I haven’t had it out in the field yet.

    I have no problem dedicating a body to video but will I need the higher iso… So far out of camera the D800 needs little if any adjustment in most of my tests.


  • Hi Ryan : I shoot f4.5 -f8 at ISO of 640-1250 (5D mkII) light permitting : 1/50 sec : I’d never have thought of pushing the ISO on my 5D II to 6400 but this useful demo suggests we can : this wouldn’t give blown out highlights, just the ability to shoot indoors at 1/5o sec and f11, my much preferred aperture for the 17-40mm zoom that tends to live on my camera for RE work: I am not looking for selective focus: just good depth of field for room pans at wide angle focal lengths would be great. I guess coming from a stills background makes me hesitant about shooting at such high ISO but I am amazed at what the 5D II video files look like at 1250 ISO, and now this test at well above. Thanks Larry : looking forward to giving this a try.

  • Amazing video. Seems the Canon’s have no noise (grain).
    Low light at 400 Nikon D800 starts up better with more detail (more sensitivity) but at higher IOS Nikon picks up at lot of noise.

    However had the f-stop been shut down to avoid overexposure, what would have been the results? As the test went higher IOS no exposure compensation was done, making the image look ‘over exposed’ with the Nikon D800. Why wasn’t the f-stop corrected to a proper exposure at the higher ISO?
    Result leaves doubt and is inconclusive in my mind!

  • I can’t tell much from that video really. The Canon seems to have 2-3 stops less dynamic range at all ISO’s and the Nikon exposes brighter with the same settings. A better comparison would have been if the actual exposure was the same, not if the exposure settings were the same. The Nikon has the same exposure on areas other than the face at ISO 800 that the Canon doesn’t even detect until well above ISO 6400. If the Nikon had exposure settings about a stop lower than the Canon and had high ISO noise reduction set to high it seems it would have the same detail and noise that the Canon has – at least that’s what it seems to me and at low ISO’s the Nikon is much better. Of course, I’m just speculating from what I see because this doesn’t show the same exposures, just the same settings.

    It’s more a matter of understanding the tool and adjusting the settings to match the environment. I think they are about equal in a real world test, but in demanding situations of high contract, the Nikon is better and in very low light, the Canon may be a little better. The Canon looks quite soft like there is a lot of in camera noise reduction going on…

  • I happened to be reading the article right before Larry posted it.

    Anyway, I would read the comment section for interesting analysis of real world quality and workflow. Of course there are some fanboys of both brands that chime in, but the rest of the comments were quite informative for me.

    Personally, my biggest worry about the D800 is the moire issues with architecture.

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