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May 19, 2010 / nicotvandenberg

Nikon vs. Canon “The DSLR Battle”

Who Will Win?

Recently there has been a lot of talk in the DSLR community of whether which camera is the best. For me there is no answer to that question, each camera has its individual strengths and weaknesses and your choice will cater to what your production requires. The feature that is standing out in both camera’s is its high “ISO” capabilities, reaching 102,400, which was an inconceivable number prior to these cameras. One thing I found extremely interesting, while watching the second episode of the “Zacuto Shoot Out” is the color noise pattern between Nikon and Canon. Nikon’s noise pattern is black and white, which leaves a much more appealing image in low light, resembling noise of film. Canon, though has a colored noise pattern which when present in low light shooting, wasn’t flattering to the overall image. There are obviously post programs that can be used to correct that issue. It seems as of now the crowd favorite for low light shooting is the Nikon. I haven’t been able to get my hands on a Nikon but as soon as I do, I will return with more of a personal response and opinion of where I stand. If you haven’t watched the “Zacuto Shoot Out” it is a must see in order to better understand what camera’s are capable of what. Heavy hitter’s, Philip Bloom, Jens Bogehegn, Robert Primes, Gary Adcock, Ryan Emerson, and Steve Weiss host this unique experience, seeing first hand what their opinion is. Lastly check out Vincent Laforet’s “Nocturne,” shot on the Canon 1D mkiv using only available light.


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