70D Vs 7D Vs 5D Mark III: Canon Wildlife & Sports Camera Review




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randomrazr: torn between a nikon d610 or a canon 70D

Mitchell Moss: they still only resolve about 1/3rd of the 20 megapixels thanks to bayer interpolation

Bungle2010: Tony, you can get the audio levels to come up on the 70D during video recording by pressing the "Info" button.

Scott R: I bought the cheapest sony SLT model, A58 specifically for video and I am REALLY impressed by it. It does away with one of the problems you experienced with the 70D, which was not being able to hold it to your eye during video. With the EVF, you can use it to your eye while capturing video, which gives you another point of stability too. The autofocus system is also SUPERB. Built-in stabilization (camera, not lens) is also really nice and functions beautifully for video as well as photos. The A58 is no match for my D7100 in terms of photography though. The low light performance is barely adequate on the A58 and you lose 1/3rd of a stop of light due to the translucent mirror. However, in bright, daylight situations, I haven't had any problems at all with it for either photography or videography. It's useless at night though, for video and even somewhat for photography, because you can't really see anything through the EVF or LCD, it just becomes horribly pixelated and nasty, so I wouldn't recommend it for anyone who shoots in darker conditions (I'd hate to use it for weddings, I think). It does have this auto twilight feature that takes insanely clean photographs at 6400 ISO...I'm talking better than my D7100, but it doesn't work at all on moving subjects. What it does is it takes 4 or 5 pictures, averages the noise out of them and presents you with a single picture and I was frankly a bit stunned by the quality, considering how hideous it looks at 6400 WITHOUT using that feature. That being said, I don't think the quality is equivalent to the 70D, as it only offers 24p at 24mbps, long GOP recording, or 28mbps at 60i (ew). The new A77 II has an even better focusing system though, 79 AF points which cover a large part of the screen, so you might want to give it a try for tracking birds. It also has a new way of focusing, it allows you to pick a point, but then it will also use the points around that chosen one to follow the focus. Gary Fong has a demo of it on his youtube page and it looks really impressive. It works beautifully for soccer photos and video. He told it to track his daughter's face and even though his son was moving back and forth in the frame, in front of her, it never lost focus on her face until she turned around, but when she turned facing the camera, it started tracking her again, it was really amazing. That may be precisely what you're looking for in terms of your daughter's soccer photography/videography since it can learn and track individual faces (not sure how accurate it would be during sporting events, but it might be worth a try if you can get your hands on the new A77 II when it comes out in the US on the 20th). 

Avinash Balakrishnan: This is one of your finest videos ! :) I have just one doubt though, Will I be getting the same amount of shots on Sandisk extreme pro (95MBps) and on Sandisk Extreme (45MBps) , and just that the former would clear the buffer faster before firing the next series of shots ? Sometimes, I just might go for the komputer bay card you recomended, but there are reviews reporting, it failed/stopped working after sometime....

Billy Silver: Why are you wearing that in your studio? You are hardly going to catch anything! Great comparison.

darkcashyz: 70D does have an on-screen audio monitor feature even when shooting.

Jeff Masotti: Good review bought my GF your book she loves it and watches your videos all the time she's a beginner and says your explain things better than most photographers on YouTube. 

Grudge Runs: Dont know if any body has commented and said this but there is audio levels on the 70D.

Nicholas Buenk: Interesting. Could you perhaps do a video on 5D Mark III with a 2x Extender verses a 7D? I am interested to see the image quality of full frame + Extender verses the image quality of a crop camera. I'm estimating it should be about the same seeing as you lose full frames nose advantage due to the 2 stops lower aperture and you also lose full frames sharpness advantage, but it would be nice to see it tested.

Pablo Verbel: What do you think about the Nikon d800? 36 mp and has crop mode. 

Sandeep More: Hie... the video is really informative.. i m a enthusiast wildlife photographer n i really want to buy 7d... but recently i heard that canon has stopped its production... would this thing matter if something goes wrong with 7d.. i mean its customer service... 

whysoseriouslycool: Hey, this is a great resource so thank you. I do have a personal question, though. I plan on doing wildlife shooting, interview shooting, and parkour/ gymnastics shooting. I was originally looking at the 7d which is how I found this video but it seems to me now that the 70d might work better for what I want. What do you think? Thanks again! :)

Guy Appino: Cranking out a 40min video isn't easy and requires hours upon hours of work! Deepest appreciation for all the time, effort, and straightforward feedback in a clear and articulate manner regarding the evaluation of these 3 cameras and stringing it all together. It goes a long way into helping me make a educated informed decision! Thank you.

Terry Donaldson: looking at the 70d i do i lot wildlife shooting is this camera good for that.

Greg R: nice video! I was surprised to be still watching it 35min later especially with that shirt/hat combo :P and yeah, I actually bought a used 7D yesterday on eBay, for $750. should work well with the 300/4L IS, but I might start looking at even longer lenses. too bad that past 400mm the price goes through the roof.

christopher cowan: The 7D can now run some of the magic lantern features. The 70D at this time doesn't. I know this is about wildlife photography but on a side note for video 5D mark III on magic lantern and WOW!

Daniel Martin: Would love to see the Pentax K-3 in this review, Great job btw!

Phương Lan Camera - Hạ Long: Hello everyone 

Zoran Zivanovic: The cheap SD & the expensive SD got the same amount or shots because they were both the same class of SD (Speed) Class 10.

Joao Vital: The autofocusing system only works with a STM Lens?

Keegan Jay O'Neill: pros never use autofocus for video

Josh Dokulil: Tony...was hoping you could give me your suggestion for my sitch, as I'm basically looking into getting one of these 3 cameras you reviewed here. I'm going to be doing real estate shoots (mainly residential), mostly static shots (both wide & tight) & short, slow pans. need video quality to be really top notch HD...but also need it to take really nice stills & hopefully be able to create panoramics I can stitch together for virtual tours as well. good stabilization & auto-focus capabilities would be nice. here's an example of pretty much exactly what I'm looking to do: http://vimeo.com/69838701 thanks in advance for your help, great review btw!

fadi zain: YOU'RE SOOOOOOOO BORING 

Sujeet Acharya: Hi, Very nice comparison video. I m almost sold to 70D. I mostly do wildlife with 70% of the time BIF. My Current Camera is 50 which autofocus is too slow and tracking of focus looses while shooting BIF. Do you suggest to go with 70D over 7D and 60D. Appreciate your suggestion.

R.D. P.: rollieflex medium format frankie heidecke to sell 4000usd for any one whos interessed..

dodododa: OMG, so many Canon cameras slightly different from each other. Someone just tell me which is best for shooting TV commercials!

Bahador Shirazian: Hi Tony, thanks so much for your great videos. I'm a subscriber and I've learned much from you. But, about the buffering...as far as I know the number of images which camera gathers in buffer and THEN starts to clear the buffer to the card has nothing to do with card speed. Card speed only matters when the camera is clearing the buffer; therefore, no matter what type/speed of card you are using, 7D captures almost 25 in a row and then starts to capture 2 for some seconds that in this phase it depends on card speed, and it is 30-33 for Mark III. Just sharing my thoughts... Have fun shooting...

RANAGRAFICA MEDIARANAFILM: good

Allan jere: thanks Tony for your reply... since my question I have purchase both your book and (my first dslr)70D in October, i loved the 18-55mmSTM that I traded it in for an 18-135mm STM, brilliant video. I have actually found myself enjoying photography more and doing a lot of night shots always in raw... and mostly in manual. I am now thinking of a competitive full frame addition, I am drawn to the 5D3...

Peter Aitken: This is a great review, thanks for it. I may have missed it but did you test and try out the wifi feature on the 70D. I have had a little play with it and using it for remote shooting but I really loved it to see my pictures on a different screen straight away. Not ideal for rapid shooting but I thought it was an interesting addition.

MuahMan: A77 with 100-400G II = 12 fps with focus of 24.3 megapixel goodness. But I hit buffer after 19 shots, then delay.

Lee Ding: real life comparison plz

Yogesh Sarkar: Excellent video review and comparison of #Canon 70D, 7D and 5D Mark III for Wildlife and Sports #Photography

Pierre Augustin: Blablabla and zzzzzzz... --"

Cihan Boztarla: Its great comparison video thanks for making it so clear. I got 70D primarily for video capabilities. I will spend my time %70 for video and %30 for sport photos. I want to get a telephoto lens for shooting videos and sport photos and was checking Tamron 70-200 by your recommendation. I want to get IS since I am going to shoot videos as well but wanted to ask if that lens is good enough for shooting videos. I heard 18.135 kit lens is great but I may need little bit more zoom so looking for some alternatives. both videos and stills will be shot in daylight. +Tony Northrup 

Geoff Maxwell: Tony: When you talk about buffering your bursts to your memory card, are you RAW only? or RAW+jpg? I shoot RAW + lowest quality JPG. If I had the CF take care of the RAW, would my jpg to SD on my 5D3 result in reduced buffer? I shoot JPG for easy sharing for family/friends who want to see them all and don't have Lightroom. Cheers.

Ben Gomes Photography: u seem to like to overexpose ur video lol

Vladimir Byazrov: Great review. Thank you!

Rene Stanneveld: Must be me but my 70d has nice db meters while i make video. Can even adjust them.

chucky greeny: If your an dedicated wildlife/sports/birding I recommend an used 1d mark 4 over the 3 other cameras or even an 1dx for bird shooters cause AF is faster, 10 fps, 1.3x crop AND iso performance as good as 1ds iii/5d ii. I know it usually costs around 3000$ usd but if your lucky you can find a few around 1550$ (kijiji) :-)

Fotografia Rio de Janeiro Alex Toty: 7 D .

Robert Curtis: Would love to see you do a wildlife shoot and comparison with the canon 1dx

Orwell 1984 OhWell 2014: This video is incredible, thank you. At around 17:40 don't you think the 7D is showing better image quality? Look at the difference in detail and color in the threads on the bear. And just before then, when comparing the 5D Mark III, if you zoomed in further so the Bear's eye is the same size, would the quality of the 70D have still looked better?

Joel Bastian: 70D focusing for video is better than any auto focusing DSLR right now.. cuz of the introduction of the dual pixel AF sensor. and the touch to focus is awesome.. its like your own follow focus system without the extra $$$. too bad they couldn't introduce it on the 5D mark III .. now all DSLRS useres are expecting to have it on every DSLR that comes out.

rodrigo morales: 70D is not a replacement for 7D.... 70d is replacing 60D and Canon will announce a 7D Mark II for 2014.

Peter FitzSnuggly: Just viewed this vid - Great Advice - I have the 7D & 400- 5.6 & they are great. You can also get a 1DII for a bit less than a 7D used which gives great results but only 8mps. Still good enough for A3 in need + you can add a 1.4TC (taking the lens to f8) & the 1DII body will still auto focus. Note 1DII is a 1.3 crop.

tietanus: i've watched this for forty minutes and i'm not even into camera's 

frank wong: 7D are all F5.6 crossed , 5D3 most are F4 crossed . does it really affect for performance while focus using those point with lens where F5.6 or slower ? F4 tele lens are quite expensive LOL~ 

Keith Baty: Great video, help me out a lot.
Rating:
70D vs 7D vs 5D Mark III: Canon Wildlife & Sports Camera Review 4.7 out of 5

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