Rolling shutter comparison test with 6 Canon and Nikon HDSLRs

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Here's an interesting analysis you might be intrigued by – rolling shutter comparisons across a group of 6 Canon and Nikon HDSLR cameras. I don't think there's any major surprise here, but it is an interesting read.

Brief Snip

via Rolling shutter comparison test | Too Much Imagination.

I finally come around to piecing together part of some old tests I did last year. Part of my big DSLRs test, comparing Canon EOS 550D, Canon EOS 7D, Canon EOS 5D Mark II, Canon EOS 1D Mark IV, Nikon D3s and Nikon D300s all with 50mm lens on the body, was rolling shutter. I had the rig with which I could simultaneously record with six cameras so it was perfect for that kind of testing.

Rig for simultaneously recording with six DSLR cameras.

This is the rig I had made from various Manfrotto parts. You can read more about the rig here

The sample video

But don't just look at the video – go read the blog – there are comparison photos and measurements and stuff! [tentblogger-vimeo 18557510] [source: tweet]

(cover photo credit: snap from the blog post)


  1. This video shows nothing, no difference between any camera.
    “OH WAIT,… it’s the same video just color graded differently to represent each camera.
    How can we tell?
    The models dress has the exact same wrinkles in the same place for every camera example.
    This never ever happens in real life because no person can duplicate their exact body movements to the extent that any piece of clothing would move fold or hang the exact same way twice.
    But it was a nice idea.

  2. Why not use longer lenses on the 5D2 and D3s for the same amount of “frame filling”?

  3. The other problem, as mentioned in the blog, is that the cameras on the edge are not just rotating but also physically moving, so this isn’t necessarily a great way to compare.
    Better way would be to have a single pole (axis) that all the cameras are mounted on (ie stacked vertically one on top of the other).

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