More side by side – video from the Canon EOS 5D Mark II, 7D and 1D MKIV

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We've highlighted some of the work from this Canadian crew already, but now, StillMotion has released a great review and video comparison of the Canon EOS 5D Mark II, the Canon EOS 7D and the Canon EOS-1D MKIV. And, I'll add some of my comments at the end…

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A snippet from the long article – which you most certainly must read – “mark was kind enough to put in some extra hours around our rather grueling holiday schedule and put together this comparison of the three different cameras. we looked at high iso performance, the crop factor, and rolling shutter.”

“as for the crop factor, the 1.3 factor of the MKIV is right in between that of the MKII (full frame, 1.0) and the 7d (1.6). while it doesn’t sound like much, when you see them side by side you realize just how much of a difference that actually translates into.”

Our thanks to StillMotion and please read this great review to find out which camera is their favorite – oh, and they're taking questions on their blog as well – so if you want some real world experience (they've used all 3 cameras now), go ask them something.

Ok, so, where do I stand on the debate about which camera to buy? Heck, we've got 4 great cameras from Canon to pick from, and they each have their own merits. It is darn hard to decide. Some of you will need to pick purely based on price… the Canon Rebel T1i/500D wins there, but it doesn't have all of the great video features (and isn't likely to get a firmware update).

If you can afford it and shoot a lot, I'd likely go to the Canon EOS-1D MKIV because it seems to have the most going for it in terms of a hard core photographer and the low light is just getting raves. But it sure isn't cheap!

I'm personally still sticking with the Canon EOS 5D Mark II for now. I can't really afford or justify the Canon EOS-1D MKIV (tho if anyone out there wants to let me try one out, I certainly wouldn't pass it up). Right now, I don't do that much professional shooting and the Canon EOS 5D Mark II is just fine for my needs. And with the firmware changes coming and with the full frame love in the Canon EOS 5D Mark II, that's where I'll stay.

For those of you who are on a tight budget, I think the Canon EOS 7D is the perfect choice (tho I still prefer a full frame camera for my style). The 1.6 crop is my downfall (and I admit I'm just biased)… I much prefer the larger size sensor. But for most, the 7D will be perfect!

(Photo credit: snap from the video)


  1. I think saying the 1d has the most for a hardcore photographer is a bit of a broad statement, I am a fashion photographer and have the 5D MkII and wouldn’t give up full frame for anything, and having the image size and quality out of that sensor is more than enough for any photographer. Maybe a press, pap or sports photographer would opt for the 1d but that’s who its designed for, I don’t need the fps and crazy low light quality, I shoot at less that 2fps between 100-800iso, and with the new firmware coming for the 5D I would have a real struggle saying to another PHOTOGRAPHER to buy the 1d, twice the price and tbh not that much more video for your money and actually a lot less as far as stills go.

  2. The camera comes in two official configurations: the body-only or a kit version with the EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens. Usually I’m not a fan of the lenses that ship as part of kits like this, but I ended up liking the 24-105mm a lot more than I expected and think it’s a good match for anyone looking for a first lens to pair with the camera.

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