Kevin Good over at Crisis Lab in DC put together this very funny comparison of the new Canon 5D Mark III and the Nikon D800. There have been so many test videos and demo videos out there for both cameras. This is a refreshing look at how crazy it can get. I doubt they actually crushed the 5D3. To check out Crisis Lab click here.
Here is a rip from the post.
“This was by no means a comprehensive test, but I did try to make it as (i) real-world relevant as possible, (ii) accurate, (iii) idiotic.
For my rambling analysis of the tests, read on. It’s pretty boring though. You’ll probably learn more and be more entertained just watching the video again.
Test 1: Stills Resolution
This was done with the cameras mounted side-by-side. An identical Nikon 50mm prime lens was on both cameras (with an adaptor on the Canon). They were focused in Live View on both cameras wide open, then stopped down to f/8. We zoomed near the center of the frame and had slow-moving objects in the frame. So while not a test chart, I did everything I could to make the image sharp and consistent, and having the only difference be the camera bodies. Both cameras were shot raw, and processed in Lightroom RC 4.1 with no sharpening or noise reduction.
While the Canon “lost” the comparison, I was genuinely impressed with how well it fared. I also like its Live View better. When zooming in to check focus, even though the Canon has less resolution, for some reason it is much clearer. The Nikon get very pixelated in Live View when fully zoomed in. Mind you, this is really just a bit of a nuisance, but one that could matter to people that find themselves using Live View in that manner a lot. I imagine it also speaks to why the Nikon fares worse in ISO and moire in video (more line-skipping, the camera’s potential is very limited in video). That said, given the camera that is sharper in Live View or in the actual resultant photograph, I’ll take the latter. So Nikon gets the slight edge in this one.”