The folks at Planet 5D borrowed Canon’s medium-end Full Frame cameras and did a quick test in the parking lot comparing the Canon 6D, 5D Mk II and Mk III.
Ignoring the somewhat sloppy editing and graphics, this video demonstrates a truth about the DSLR Revolution – it’s done. There’s not a huge difference in terms of quality between these three generations of cameras. The DSLR revolution gave us the ability to get some really cool footage out of tiny stills cameras and it proved there is a market out there for larger format senors on the low end, but folks, this is as good as it gets. If you want fixes to issues like moire and rolling shutter, you need to look towards cameras that are dedicated to video, not just stills camera with a motion picture feature.
And that’s not speculation – it’s happening right now with Canon’s C-line, Sony’s NEX line and the lower end F line and even the Black Magic Cinema camera. These companies are not going to cannibalize their higher end camcorders with a magic DSLR that can do the same things.
Enjoy these cameras for what they are, for the freedom they offer to still potentially shoot great images, but don’t expect amazing video when shooting a brick wall in a dirty parking lot.