One of the big disappointments from Canon’s 7D Mark II announcement earlier this week was the appearance of fairly little in the way of video improvements or feature upgrades. Many have written off the 7D as a video camera, but how does it compare to Canon’s current crop of DSLRs like the 5D Mark III and 70D?


Gizmodo recently did a quick and dirty test between the three cameras. First, in just a basic scene, and then, in an ISO ramp up to see how the camera performed for video at high ISO. You can see the video for yourself below:

I watched this a few times now, and from what I can see, the 7D Mark II performs much better than the Canon 70D. In the opening scene shot, you can see moire in the 70D footage, but there is none in the 7D Mark II or Canon 5D Mark III footage. Sadly, it does not appear as though the sensor has much, if any, improvement in dynamic range over the 70D.

As far as ISO performance, the 7D Mark II looked pretty clean to me up through 6400, and then degraded pretty quickly, though still usable in a pinch, at 12800. The 70D however, was bad after 3200, so an improvement there as well. It will be interesting to see if those ISO improvement translate over well into the stills, as that will be a great update for the 7D Mark II over the original 7D, which was pretty poor over 1600 ISO (in my opinion).


What are your thoughts on this video comparison?  Does this change your opinion on the 7D Mark II announcement at all from a video perspective? Leave a comment below!

[via Gizmodo on vimeo]