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




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Ian Buchanan: Who's talking? I can't see anyone talking. I can see a hand but that's about it...

kesscut: +Tony northrup I have been using canon t2i for more than three years now, and I learn a lot about digital photography from that camera( I believe it's a good starter camera) ,so I'm doing from everyday to macro including portrait.now I'm interesting to do wild life photography.I'm thinking to upgrade my body to 70d.and 400mm f/5.6.Considering wildlife and 100mm f/2.8 macro. So do you think it's a good choice or should I go with 7d.and I'm not worrying about video. will appreciate for any suggestions. Thank you.

Maja L: I am watching your video today and I have the Rebel T5i and I want to upgrade. I don't do videos much so it would be mostly for wildlife and bird photography. I am set on the 7D Canon. I also just bought the 400mm 5.6L lens. Would you recommend me upgrading from T5i to the 7D? Thank you

marco valone: @Tony would i regret bying the 70d ? Its my first camera and i have been saving for a long time . 

babylon4953: The buffer has nothing to do with the memory cards. For buffer, the camera uses its internal memory. 

Zamani Feelings: Thanks Tony, love how informative and knowledgable you are about the technical side of these things. I posted a question concerning the crop factor that I wanted your opinion on. As you know Nikon offers an in camera crop mode in their full frame cameras. I wanted to know if using this crop mode automatically changes the f-stop and depth of field in the same way that shooting with a crop sensor Canon camera would be? In other words, if Im shooting with a 200mm f2 on a D800 and switch to DX mode, does that still give me an F2 or would I have to multiple that by the crop factor ?

Balla Boy: Tony has a speed burst of 9 pics before his buffer fills lol 3:00

Henry Tran: Canon 70d or Nikon d7100 for first camera???? 

Chioma: What lens and camera was this filmed with?

Piuke Amtiri: Hi, a very informative comparison, thanks! Quick question: What camera would you recommend for documentaries (indoor and outdoor video shooting) on a US 2.500 budget (body only)? and on 1.500 budget (body only too)?

Stefan Husa: Tony, I couldn't find a review of the Canon eos 1dx, any thoughts of this camera for a professional wildlife photography quality? I'm thinking of purchasing a quality dslr camera, I'm going to need it for biology studies and why not combine my studies with my hobby. So do you think the 1dx is the best camera for wildlife photography or do you recommend something else?

Arshan Baheerathen: thank you so much for this in detail review, can you do a 7d vs 7d mark ii, thanks for your videos 

Michael Bradley: Tony, as a videographer I also found DSLR video a nightmare on non auto focusing Canons so I switched to the 70D to see if it got better. It did, a lot. Then like you I find trying to look the the screen in Live View was just weird, however, the VF4 totally solved the issue for me (link below). It not only makes seeing easy it also makes holding far steadier. It can even be pretty nice for stills. One last thing, remember 3x digital zoom on the 70D is still true 1080p! http://smile.amazon.com/Photography-Cinema-VF-4-LCD-Universal/dp/B00D2J4USO/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1411420175&sr=8-2&keywords=vf4+viewfinder 

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). 

Zamani Feelings: Tony, any thoughts on the common complaints concerning the 7d's images being soft in camera?

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

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....

Talli Jamir: Amazing lesson for people like me i just love everything about you said of course i still don,t know what i will buy but for now i,m extremely satisfied with your teaching. 

HJB Productions LLC: What is a good tripod for wild life photography?

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

bigtalo26: My new teacher!! Thank you...

Strengthoftenmen: Tony. Thank you. I am now the proud owner of a used 7D from ebay and a 400mm f/5.6. Some of the wildlife images I've taken already with this camera and lens have been brilliant. Once again. Thank you :)

Evan Basson: Great Review,Sound and solid advice..thank you so much

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.

That Canon Guy: 7D and 1D X and i really love both cameras !

PIXYBASHER: Superb video as per usual. Thank you.

All J: 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...

Ryan McG: will you review the pentax k-3 ever, or do you in your book ?

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

roskildelaca: I like this guy. He's cool.

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. 

atul jain: have u ever tried any fluid head for 500 mm plus 7d...not talking/asking about gimbal..

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.

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

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

Oliver Leu: Hi Tony, thank you very much for delivering that high quality info. I have some issues according focus accuracy with the 700d and my question is: Would it be worth to upgrade to a 70d - specially for moving objects. The goal is to get Tack Sharp images as much as possible, what isn't the case at the moment with the 700d.

Thomas Herriman: Great review! I'm no pro and probably out of my league posting my comments below, but.. If I melt what I know with what I take from your review, here is what I get: 70D vs 7D -1 fps (rated) + 2 million pixels View finder level Touch screen Articulating view screen. Less expensive memory (at same capacity and speed) and greater availability. WIFI Comparing the 5D Mk III is okay, but I find it unfair or at the least, incomplete. What happens if you compare detail and noise at the same crop factors? I suspect that if you crop the Mk III equally, then you'd find the 7's to be equal or better. I recently read something that agrees with what I think about the APC vs. Full Frame: if you want more in your frame, then step back or use a wider lens. Why push the frame to the edges of the sensor only to crop it later? I would be interested in seeing a low light comparison as the Mk III seems to be the standard among Canon shooters and has even converted several Nikon night shooters. I have been drooling over it since it was released, but from what I am experiencing with my new 70D... well I need to see the difference in results to be fair. I find the touch screen and menus to be very easy to use and intuitively designed. The only time I get confused is in the wifi setup because they didn't layer it exactly the same as the others. A note about the wifi bonus: I have used 2 apps to control my 70D and it is a JOY to not have that cord or a limited distance FOV remote control. It is also a wonderful advantage to be able to review the images on my phone (or tablet if I had one) immediately even while the next frame is being captured. I was able to walk 60 feet away and still have full control. The apps provide an enormous range of control and flexibility over the camera without ever having to touch it. I can set up my camera where I want it, take a seat on a bench or in a camping chair and start shooting. I can even manually focus without touching the lens! Tom

Marcos Perboni: Por favor onde está o reviw do seu livro?

Danny Diet: What camera and lens do you suggest for shooting my son taking tennis lessons? Ty

selimthedream: First of all props for making a wonderful video. I am a 7D owner at the moment and I am very happy with my camera. I am nowhere near pro level gear or experience wise but I try my best. There's one thing I wanted to mention here as well. 7D with it's newest firmware is capable of shooting up to 130 fps jpg and 25 fps raw. It also has manual audio control and the audio bars. You kinda missed them in the video. It happens just wanted to update the info. Again thx much for the video and I will be sure to check out your website for more info about general photography. P.S.: 7D also supports alpha version of magic lantern which adds a lot of cool features. 

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

Nazareth434: I don't understand how when comparing 5d3 to 70d how the 70d can 'have more detail' yet be quite a bit mushier looking- it looked to me like the 5d had sharper lines, deeper depth to the crinkles in the orange fabric of the bear whereas the 7-0d lost the depth because of the mushiness? I shoot a 7D and a 1DX and my 7D shots just look like much- almost like a watercolor- something I've always hated about the 7d- the photos are ok before cropping, but any cropping really mushes the photo with the 7d it seems to me- and anything above 400 iso really begins to much the photos too it seems- my 1DX can really crank the iso and retain a lot of detail it seems? And why do you wear camo? I can't see you I n the video- I hear the voice, but it appears to be coming from the camera o n the tripod- can't see you- wave a flag or something to let people know where you are I n the video I agree- touch screen isn't very intuitive or comfortable- I shoot through the viewfinder and it seemsm uch easier ot me- but I do like liveview when camera is on tripod and I'm setting up a landscape shot- I would have loved an articulating screen though which my 7d lacks when shooting down really low- too awkward trying to get yourself low enough to see the live view screen- articulating screen would have been VERY welcome- not sure why more camera manufacturers don't offer this- maybe because of the possibility of busting it off accidently?

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

serdib: Tony, like for FED-3 (ФЭД-3). Hello from Russia! Nice video!

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.

sowhatprod: Your info are very good. ! ! ! You speak slow with confidence so it is easy to understand and hear your words. It is understandable and clearly presented. The only negative thing is perhaps that the film is a little bit to long. But U present it in a nice and interesting way, so I guess most people don´t care. So thumb´s up for your video !! 

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.

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

ayee cnt: perfect video cheers

Daniel Martin: Would love to see the Pentax K-3 in this review, Great job btw!
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70D vs 7D vs 5D Mark III: Canon Wildlife & Sports Camera Review 4.7 out of 5

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