iPhone 4S vs Canon 5d MKII

iPhone 4S / Canon 5d MKII Side by Side Comparison on Vimeo.

In my quest to finally release some proper music videos I’ve been shooting a lot of small test shots. Being addicted to pro-audio gear bleeds over to video things so of course I’ve been eyeing the wonderful mighty Canon 5d MKII. I won’t justify such an expensive purchase until I least do 3 full videos with my iPhone 4S. I picked up a Glif iPhone tripod mount (image above) and Final Cut X which I think is amazing. Some lighting is on the way and storyboarding has commenced. This morning I found a video comparing the 5d to the 4s and found it interesting. I like the 5d footage better and with different lenses the 5d would kill the iPhone. Yet with proper lighting and skill the 4s will do just fine I think for now!

“Here’s a “fair” test between the iPhone 4S and the Canon 5D MK II. I made a little rig that allowed me to shoot both cameras at the same time side by side. All scenes are perfectly synced together so you can pause and scrutinize the frames! See photo of the makeshift rig in the photo area.Exposure, shutter speed, frame rate and picture style were matched as close as possible between the two cameras. This test shows that the tiny F2.4 lens and sensor on the iPhone are pretty nice. It even got a little depth of field! I did not overlay the exact ISO and Stops 5D settings per shot. It was too much to keep track for this simple test. To be fair I matched 5D exposure to the iPhone so no “Cinestyle” / 24p here.” – Robino Films

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Beautiful Synthesizer Meeting

Analogue Heaven Northeast 2009
from stretta on Vimeo.

I was watching videos shot with the Canon 5D Mark II on Vimeo last night. The Canon 5D is in the new class of DSLR cameras that also shoot HD video. The innovation is that you can use all the different lenses available to SLRs. The footage you get from the 5D is the best I’ve ever seen outside of a movie theater. I must have missed the above video on Matrixsynth. It’s stunning and it really makes me want to put my synths on the floor and call my brother over to play for a while. When the red Macbeth M5 appears my jaw dropped!

“Once a year, analog synth enthusiasts gather to socialize and play rare and unusual musical instruments. I captured the May 2009 gathering with a Canon 5DmkII and a 50mm f/1.4 lens. I simply sat the Camera on a tripod, frame the shot as I would a photo, focused and captured. The music was produced using a Euro-format analog modular, controlled by Volta. Aside from the drums (MOTU BPM), everything was analog.” – stretta

I know many of you follow links from my Twitter and Facebook pages here and some of you are not musicians. Therefore I present you with a Squirrel shot with the Canon 5D M2:

Canon 5d Squirrel Footage
from Scott Blackburn on Vimeo.

Awe, ok now back to camera chat. I think it’s vital musicians all make their own music videos. I don’t practice what I preach but that’s going to change soon! To see more gorgeous footage check out Canon 5D footage on Vimeo: click here