Exclusive- First independent Canon 70D (beta quality camera) video review

July 28th, 2013

++++Please note, this video review was done with a beta quality Canon 70D camera which is producing beta quality images++++

My aim during this test was to see how good the overall video quality of the new Canon 70D is. I might have skipped the indoor part in a “real editing” but left it as I wanted to share with you more footage in a different surrounding/movement/lighting condition.

I’m very cautious with my wording and hope Canon still has the time to enhance the video quality coming out of this camera before it hits the market. (A separate test will be made to see how good the new auto focus is).

My expectations were high, after all it is Canon’s first APS-C sensor VDSLR camera equipped with the new DIGIC 5+ engine.
At present time there is not much to rave about the video quality coming out of that sample 70D camera.
Images are extremely soft, a bit noisy and moire and aliasing are everywhere.

Audio was recorded on camera as part of the test.

Camera picture profile: Neutral (30% sharpness was added in post to compensate for the camera softness).
No CC was applied.

ISO: 100 outdoor, 320 indoor

Lenses:
Tokina 11-16mm F2.8
Canon 24-105mm F4.0
Canon 70-200mm F4.0

ND filter:
Circular ND filter: Light Craft

Audio:
Sennheiser ew 112-p G3 Camera Mount Wireless Microphone System 
Sanken COS-11D Omnidirectional Lavalier Microphone

Tripod:
Sachtler SB 8

Rig:
Quick handle-Shapemini composite shoulder pad-Shape and a Vocas base plate.

Electronic viewfinder:

Editing platform:
Adobe Premiere CS6

Music:
www.themusicbed.com
Till It Goes – (Instrumental) by Tim Coons http://www.themusicbed.com/#!/Till-It-Goes-Instrumental-6885/

Artist: Douglas Hoekzema
Many thanks to Anthony Handler and Oliver Werbach

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John K
John K
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March 24th, 2014

I recently purchased the 70D and had a question regarding the video settings. I seem to get a lot of stutter in the picture that is noticeable especially when i pan regardless of how slow i do it. I’ve tried shooting in 1080, 24p 30p with the proper shutter settings. and 720 as well. I didn’t notice this in your video and was wondering what settings you had your 70D set to?
Thanks,
-John

Manus
Manus
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August 28th, 2013

Hi,

Thanks for the video. Just to clarify, softness / aliasing / moire are worse than or equal to 7D, 60D, 550D-650D?
Did you have a chance to check side by side?

Cheers

Dagnis
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August 16th, 2013

Nice video! Well done! Like the story!
http://www.facebook.com/PhotographybyDagnisAbols

Raj S
Member
August 14th, 2013

Hi Johnnie,

At first I came here looking for the video quality but then within the initial few seconds of the video I’ve gotten immersed with the narration of the video and forgot the quality!

Great video and great work! Kudos.

To me the expectations for this camera’s video quality is not to the level of 5D3, so I kind’a guessed that this is what it is going to be at the end of the day. If there is a 7DMII then may be people should/could have a little more anticipation than this is what is my opinion for a 1200$ body.

What amazes me is that the on camera mic quality!

At the end of the day, the person holding the camera is the key for everything and not just the device itself! Proven again by this video.

Raj

PeterK
PeterK
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August 3rd, 2013

Actually it was really nice of Canon to give Cinema5D an exclusive like this, knowing that they were very likely to find these flaw :) I also really like how Cinema5D doesn’t just “test” the equipment, they actually use it on a job to see if it’s good enough. It seems like a very biased way to go about it, Great job. Keep up the good work :D

Matheus
Matheus
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August 2nd, 2013

Really nice video! I wonder if this softness you mentioned could be related to the picture style (maybe it’s coming out now with lowered sharpness, as people used to do?)

I’ve been considering a 60D, but the 70D got my interest… How would you compare it to the 60D, based on your experience?

Guest
August 1st, 2013

That was a very nice story and it was a joy to watch! I have always enjoyed your way of storytelling.
I think there’s no clear image quality improvement from 60D. What you get more is the new auto-focus feature.

john
john
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July 31st, 2013

Great video. I don’t see any moire on what you’ve shot.
How did you find low light performance? Was it an improvement over the 60d/7D?

Salvador
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July 31st, 2013
Reply to  Johnnie Behiri

Hi Johnnie,

Would you say this camera’s moire and sharpness is at least equal to the 60D and 7D?

Thanks,
Salvador

Salvador
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August 1st, 2013
Reply to  Johnnie Behiri

Great. Thanks!

James R.
James R.
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July 30th, 2013

Really nice video. Actually, I was even surprised by the quality of the image. Were some of the 70’s flaws hidden by the process of compressing it to Vimeo?

Also, I think maybe the above poster was asking about if you had tried/had any success with the auto-focus? Even the in-door space was pretty bright. Did you find the auto focus broke down in more demanding/darker light?

Thanks:)

John
John
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July 30th, 2013

What top handle is that in the last pic?

I second what Dan said above, about 1 minute in I stopped critiquing & just enjoyed the video. Nice job!

Dan
Dan
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July 29th, 2013

Something I think we can all learn from this video. Or at least I can. It was so simple yet so very well done that after the first two shots, I forgot to look for any more technical details and just enjoyed the story you put together. Story=Win!
Thanks
Dan

PeterK
PeterK
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August 3rd, 2013
Reply to  Dan

Agreed, I’ve most of Johnnie’s stuff to have that “this is interesting, now what was I looking for?” element to it lol.

It’s a shame about the footage though, seems to be more like a 6D rather than a 5D3 :/ another poster claimed not to seem much moire which I have to agree neither did I but I did see a lot of aliasing, I guess you could consider them the same thing but I consider aliasing breaks in lines and moire a rainbow waving effect.

Either way this isn’t anything new from Canon and that’s disappointing since the 7D2 is rumored for 2014, anyone know a decent image quality APS-C cam in the $1000 range? (D7100, VG30, NEX6 maybe?)

Dim
Dim
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July 28th, 2013

Very nice video! Good artist.
There was no problem with focus during video as I saw, wasn’t it?

Chris Giles
Chris Giles
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July 29th, 2013
Reply to  Johnnie Behiri

I’m quite impressed you didn’t have to do any CC, 30% sharpening is quite a bit of sharpening in post for video.

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