Finally! 24 fps on the Canon EOS 5D MKII
So many of us have been waiting well over one year for this to happen.
So now one might ask: which camera should I use? The Canon EOS 5D MKII, The Canon EOS 1D MKIV, or the Canon 7D?
Well – as usually is the case – there isn’t a clear answer…
The Canon 5D MKII would be the clear choice for me BUT for two things:
Both the 7D and 1D MKIV offer two very important options – they allow you to shoot 60 fps at 720p (which is great for slow motion footage) but more importantly – they offer a consistent output via the HDMI-out port – from the time you are previewing to the time you hit “record.” This is not the case with the 5D MKII – which outputs a lower resolution output (of around 480p) when you hit the record button.
To some – this may not be a big deal – but if you are using external monitors, or the IDX Camwave wireless video transmitters for example – you will see the monitors jump each time (go blue) you hit record. The IDX Camwaves often lose their wireless signal altogether at times. More importantly – achieving critical focus on the 5D MKII while it’s recording – is significantly more difficult for this reason – if not impossible. The output resolution while recording is simply too low to achieve critical focus in my opinion.
Therefore – and this is definitely ironic – the camera with the largest sensor (and least depth of field) – is the toughest to focus while you’re filming.