Video Quality: Nikon D4, D800, D800E versus Canon 5D Mark III
Following up on yesterday’s commentary on Nikon D4 video quality, today I shot in FX and DX mode on the Nikon D4, D800 and D800E, comparing all to the Canon 5D Mark III.
Bottom line: I did not realize that video was in such sad shape on DSLRs (with the possible exception of uncompressed HDMI out, but that’s another ballgame with intimidating recording and post-processing overhead).
I didn’t realize that “full frame” on the D800 / D800E means a 1.09X crop (32.8 X 18.4mm out of the 35.9 X 24mm sensor). There is no true full-frame video on the D800/D800E.
UPDATE! I’ve added the Nikon D4 2.7X crop mode, which is the central 1920 pixels.
Nikon D4 half-assed video mode
Here’s a nugget from page 74 of the Nikon D4 manual, explaining Nikon D4 half-assed video mode. But I didn’t need the manual for my eyes to tell me how bad the D4 video is in DX crop mode.
In DX-based movie format, image quality is equivalent to movies recorded at a frame size of 1280 × 720”.