UPDATE: The video has been taken down with no explanation.
It seems we’ve now been treated to the first Canon 5D Mark III raw footage directly from the camera. EOSHD was the first to find this footage posted by Tõnis Liivamägi. Keep in mind that this footage is from a pre-production camera and is not necessarily indicative of final results, but at least we can start making some real conclusions about what this camera can and cannot do over the 5D Mark II.
Note, I'm opting to not use the phrase “raw footage” just to make sure people don't get confused. This is straight out of the camera and “raw” means just that… not in the sense of stills RAW.
RAW 5D MKIII low light footage for download (iso 3600)
Make sure you view this with QuickTime player to witness the actual quality.
This is as random of a low-light, jello, moire and aliasing test as I could set up in few hours, texture wise at least :)..
Pure raw touch-and-go footage directly from a $30 16G low end CF card.
… hopefully no-one will be in such of a(n un)real ISO3600 situation with all those patterns around.
Notice how 3600 ISO kind of “bands” in the direction of camera movement when the worst of moire would have occured on the stapled grid screen.
This was shot at @ 50th of a second under pulsing fluorescent lights.
The in camera settings were set to “factory defaults” so there might be room for improvements.
Remember: this was shot hand held with 85mm lens to pronounce camera movement.
NofilmSchool also taught me something I wasn't aware of – you can see the details about the video file and even the bitrate via this tool…
I loaded this footage into MediaInfo and was given stats about the raw file
you can see the results on the noFilmSchool page
So, what do you think?
Are you seeing what you wanted to see? The footage isn't very “exciting” but it does give us a chance to see some early details (and remember this is pre-release) and can evaluate moire and rolling shutter.
(cover photo credit: snap from the video)