Canon 7D vs HDCam – Preliminary Test
Update: I’ve revised the original video and did some color correction to it. So after you read this post and watch the video, see Canon 7D vs HDCam – Preliminary Test Revisited. The difference is quite amazing!
The other day, we took out a Canon 7D and a Sony HDW-700/1080 to compare HD video shot with both cameras. This is a preliminary test and we’re going to do another one sometime soon. One of the problems we had was that the 7D was on a photo tripod with a grip release on the head so panning/tilting was very difficult to keep smooth.
We basically put the cameras on tripods and started shooting. The HDCam records in 1080i and we had the 7D capturing in 24p.
Here we are setting up the tripods and cameras at Golden Gardens Park in Seattle.
Cameras set up before we changed out the lens on the Canon 7D.
Fujinon High Definition lens on the HDCam. It’s been quite awhile since I’ve operated a professional camera so I’m a bit rusty at the set-up.
Cameras finally set up together.
One thing about shooting 1920×1080 full HD on a compact flash card, it eats up a lot of memory fast! We were shooting on a Ridata 4GB Compact Flash Card and before we knew it, we got the “Card Full” error. On the other hand, I only used a fraction of the HD Cam tape’s capacity. Since the shoot, I’ve purchased a Kingston 32GB 133x Compact Flash Card which has worked well for me and I still shoot with the Kingston memory card today.
The following is the test video we did with footage right out of the cameras. No color or level adjustments made. If you want to see an updated version of the video with color correction see Canon 7D vs HDCam – Preliminary Test Revisited.
Equipment Used In Our Test
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