We are witnessing the rapid improvement of smartphone cameras (and more of them being added to each new phone that gets launched). But have we come to the point where smartphone cameras can take better photos than full-frame DSLRs? Tyler Stalman tested the iPhone XR against the Canon 5D Mark IV. And when it comes to dynamic range – the smartphone sure does a pretty impressive job!
I was just talking yesterday about how interesting it is to see the progression of digital cameras. Well, here we have another. This time a £300 used setup consisting of the original Canon 5D with 50mm f/1.8 lens vs the £5,000 combination of Canon 5D Mark IV & 50mm f/1.2.
Photographer Pablo Strong takes the two systems out on a walk around London shooting street photography. He shoots similar images with the two side-by-side to see how well the 5D holds up against more modern equipment.
3D GIFs used to be rare finds back when Tumblr was still relevant. But ever since Mura Masa used 3D photos in his 2016 What If I Go? music video, they were suddenly everywhere. The technique is so popular now that people even call it the “Mura Masa” effect. The secret behind these hypnotic images is the Nishika N8000 stereo camera. It has four lenses that shoot the same scene all at the same time to create the 3D magic. In their latest video, Mango Street’s Daniel and Rachel wanted to see if they can recreate the effect digitally. So will analog trump digital in their little experiment? Let’s take a look and see which medium wins.
These seem to be the three hottest cameras right now, the Sony A7RIII, the Nikon D850 and the Canon 5D Mark IV. And this video from Dan and Sally Watson puts all three well and truly through their paces. They compare just about every feature they could against each other and tested a variety of shooting situations to see which comes out on top.
The short version is, all three are amazing cameras, but which is “best” is going to depend entirely on your own needs.
There has been some discussion among photographers on Sony’s performance when it comes to skin tones. Photographer David Oastler has put a Sony a9 to a test and compared it with a Canon EOS 5D Mark IV. Judging from his photos, it seems that Sony is improving on skin tones and it’s pretty close to Canon.
Those of you who follow Eric Paré’s work know him for amazing light painting photos and tutorials. But this time, he did something completely different, which could make Canon lovers among you laugh and cry at the same time. The title is not a joke – Eric and his partner Kim Henry actually baked a cupcake in a Canon 5D Mark IV’s body.
There are always new photographers trying to figuring out which system to buy into. There’s also experienced photographers considering switching. They post on Facebook and forums to ask the opinions of others. 99% of the responses will be suggesting the brand they themselves use. It’s inevitable, really. They promote what they know, without really knowing what the person asking the question wants to shoot. So, seeing comparisons can be a good way to get a little insight into how each system handles.
This video from The Slanted Lens is a bit of a departure from what we’ve come to expect. But, it can be a valuable one, especially if you want to shoot portraits. Jay and his team put the Nikon D810, Canon 5D Mark IV and Sony A7R II head-to-head in a variety of real world shooting situations. They try not to come to any real conclusions, but just demonstrate how the different systems compare. This way, you can make up your own mind which is best for you.
If you are a long time reader of the blog, you know that we are big fans of Magic Lantern. Magic Lantern is a piece of software that you can install on Canon DSLRs to gain extra abilities that the original camera firmware did not have. They have added RAW video, more dynamic range, and about a million other little features like peaking, zebra lines, better audio control, built in timelapse and more. You can think about it as Jail Breaking a camera. To be honest, I think that Canon is secretly supporting ML.
We have seen Magic Lantern grow into (almost) every DSLR that Canon release and now it the turn of Canon’s new EOS 5D Mark IV. Here is the thing, the Magic Lantern forums are kinda of a geektalk place, so exciting news can slip by. It turns out that first signs of a 5D mkIV port were sent almost a month ago and were buried in the forums.
I’m a professional wedding photographer and I use my cameras at least 1-3 times a week. Often for 10-12 hours a day and in quite challenging conditions. They get thrown about, knocked, and occasionally dropped (whoops!) I hope this review of the Canon 5D Mark IV gives you a little insight in to the camera, what it can do, what it can’t do and whether it suits your needs. I won’t be covering anything scientific. No test charts, graphs or sensor tests. There are plenty of other great resources for those topics.
Below you will find a menu of topics. I have photographed quite a few weddings and an engagement shoots with the 5D MKIV so feel I have a pretty good grasp of the camera. Whilst I don’t consider myself to be a ‘gear head’ I’ve been waiting to replace my 5D3’s for an awfully long time. As such I’m quite excited – hence the 5D Mark IV review.
You know that you were waiting for this. After trashing the Canon 5Dmk4 no clean HDMI output for 4K, Rolling shutter issues and lack of many video features, finally there is something nice to say about the camera.
The final score is 91, which is better than any camera in the Canon line up. But, according to DxO, it is not just an overall score thing, the 5dmk4 beats the Canon gang on every single aspect (aside sports on the 1Dx mkII).
Here is the breakdown from DxO on the top Canon bodies: