HDSLRs

EOS 5D Mark III B&H Mfr. Site

Comments: Canon’s update to the wildly popular full frame EOS 5D Mark II, which changed the Industry with it’s full HD video capabilities.  The Mark III improves upon the Mark II with a range of mechanical upgrades, including a Dual CF Card Slot, and an improved ISO of up to 25600, making this one of the best low-light performing cameras on the market.

Description (from B&H): A full-frame 22.3MP DSLR featuring exceptional still image and movie recording capabilities. Integrating Canon’s new DIGIC 5+ Image Processor and 14-bit A/D conversion, this camera is able to produce superbly detailed imagery with immense low-light sensitivity that is further aided by an extended ISO range up to 102400. The 5D Mark III is capable of recording full HD video with manual exposure control and in multiple frame rates, including 1080/30p and 720/60p. Image review is possible using the 1,040,000-dot 3.2" Clear View II LCD monitor, which features a high-transparency, reflection resistant multi-coating for adequate viewing under bright conditions. A highly durable magnesium-alloy body surrounds the components and offers increased dust and weather resistance. Dual CF and SD memory card support also increases the compatibility of the camera. Support is also provided for the optional Canon Wireless File Transmitter and GPS receiver for remote logging, tracking, and sending of your imagery.

EOS 6D B&H Mfr. Site

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Description (from B&H): A full-frame 20.2MP DSLR offering exceptionally high image quality and detail while providing compatibility and convenience through its design and features. When paired with the powerful DIGIC 5+ image processor and 14-bit A/D conversion, the full-frame sensor is capable of recording vivid imagery with expanded sensitivity up to ISO 102400. The 6D employs an 11-point autofocus system for acquiring precise focus regardless of the shooting situation, which is further enhanced by a center cross-type focus point for improved low-light focus sensitivity.  Full HD video recording is possible up to 1080/30p in the All I-frame or IPB compression, as well as the standard H.264/MPEG-4 AVC codec. The 6D features a smaller form factor compared to other full-frame DSLRs, but still integrates a large 3.0" 1,040K-dot TFT LCD monitor for clear playback and review of your imagery. The construction of the body integrates an aluminum alloy and polycarbonate chassis within a magnesium and polycarbonate shell for durability while still maintaining a lightweight profile. Built-in Wi-Fi and GPS technologies also provide extensive connectivity to the 6D. 

EOS 70D B&H Mfr. Site

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Description (from B&H): This camera features a 20.2 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor and DIGIC 5+ image processor to ensure high-resolution images and excellent low-light sensitivity. Both the sensor and processor work together to produce well-detailed, full HD 1080p video recording in multiple frame rates with manual exposure and audio level control. The 3.0" 1,040k-dot vari-angle Clear View II touchscreen LCD monitor profits greatly from the advent of the Dual Pixel CMOS AF system and its ability to utilize Touch AF focusing for finely controlled selection of the point of focus. Providing a wealth of additional functionality to the camera is integrated Wi-Fi connectivity. This functionality also allows for wireless remote control over camera settings, including exposure controls, focusing, and shutter release, from a mobile device when using the Canon EOS Remote app.

EOS 7D B&H Mfr. Site

Comments: Besides being one of the very best still cameras in its price class (this is THE Camera I recommend to anyone looking to buy a still camera) – this is an EXCELLENT camera to purchase if you want to try your hand at filmmaking with HDDSLR cameras. 

PROS: Perfect price point for a student or advanced amateur – not to mention many productions out there. While the sensor is 60% smaller than the 5DMKIII’s sensor – most cinema lenses will cover the full size of the sensor – so you can use Zeiss’s Lightweight Zoom for example – which is a significant factor for many filmmakers out there. The sensors of the 5DMKII and 1D MKIV are too large for the majority of cinema lenses out there – and will result in a vignetted image (or worse.) This camera also outputs 720p when recording which is a decisive advantage overt he 480p output of the 5DMKII during record. It also has a dedicated video record button which is a plus.

CONS: The small sensor is not as "amazing" as the 5DMKII – both in terms of depth of field (you have more of it) and low light performance (it’s noisier.) That being said – it will make pulling focus 60% easier… which is a big plus for drama and/or documentary pieces. There is is much greater chance of you seeing this camera overheat in video mode (on a long shoot or in a hot environment.) The display will give you a heat warning giving you time to cool down the camera or switch which is nice. But I have yet to see a heat warning on either the 5DMKII or 1DMKIV – ever. This camera is not built to the same professional specs at the other bodies above.

Description (from B&H): Designed for pros and semi-pros alike, the Canon EOS 7D is a high-performance digital SLR, that features the resolving power of an 18-megapixel APS-C format CMOS sensor and dual DIGIC 4 image processors that enable 8 frames-per-second capture of high-definition, low-noise imaging at sensitivity levels up to ISO 12800. It accepts lenses with EF or EF-S mounts.  The camera captures true HD 1080p video at 30 frames per second. Video clips can be up to 12 minutes in length or 4GB in size. Live View mode enables you to compose, review, and edit images using the camera’s 3", 920,000-dot TFT LCD. The 7D also features a Dual Axis Electronic Level and tilt display that enables you to adjust the roll and pitch of the camera in 1° increments, using the viewfinder or LCD.  For metering stills and video, the 7D features a new 63-zone iFCL metering system that takes focus and color data into consideration when establishing exposure times.

Rebel T5i B&H Mfr. Site

Comments: While this is missing many of the "pro" features that the other cameras have (and I would recommend you purchase a 7D over this model) I have to admit that this is nonetheless an impressive little camera. In fact I know people who have opted for this camera over the 7D as their personal camera – people who know about video. I’ve used it only once – but that doesn’t meet it’s not a perfect starting camera that fits much more easily in many people’s budgets! 

Description (from B&H) an APS-C format digital SLR camera with an 18MP CMOS sensor and the DIGIC 5 image processor. With 14-bit Analog/Digital conversion, an ISO range from 100-12800 (expandable to 25600), and Multi Shot Noise Reduction, it offers sharp details, accurate colors and low-noise imaging in both bright and low-light shooting situations. A 9-point all cross-type autofocus system provides fast focusing when shooting with the viewfinder and Hybrid CMOS AF increases autofocus speeds when shooting in Live View. A 3.0" Clear View II Vari-angle Touchscreen LCD with 1,040k-dot resolution provides composition and playback viewing.  Full HD 1080p at 30 fps and 24 fps is supported with Movie Servo for continuous autofocus during shooting. Manual exposure is provided in video mode and 60 fps is possible when shooting at 720p HD. A built-in stereo microphone with manual audio level adjustment is provided for quality audio recording with your videos.  The EOS Rebel T5i utilizes SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards and is compatible with the full line of Canon EF and EF-S lenses.

EOS 1DX B&H Mfr. Site

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Description (from B&H): Designed with the pro shooter in mind, as evidenced by its tough magnesium alloy body, large 3.2" LCD, the Intelligent Viewfinder, and of course the 18.1Mp CMOS sensor, among other professional features.  In addition to its large pixel size – for outstanding still images and 1920 x 1080 video – the camera provides the serious photographer with a generous ergonomic design, along with smart layout of the controls. Dual CF card slots ensure that every shot can be captured, while the Gigabit Ethernet terminal and the WFT-E6A Wireless File Transmitter and the GPS connection provide quick connectivity for file sharing on the fly. The EOS-1D X’s 18.1Mp CMOS sensor is a full 24 x 36mm frame sensor, capturing 5184 x 3456 images. That translates into high-quality, JPEG and RAW images, to impress even the most demanding shooters. The camera also provides 14-bit processing and a standard ISO range of 100-51200, with expanded sensitivities of 50 to 102400 and 204800. All of this is made possible by the camera’s Dual DIGIC 5+ Image Processors, which enable a 17x faster processing speeds and greater noise reduction, among other duties. Like most all pro DSLRs these days, the EOS-1D X provides you with 1920 x 1080 HD video capture. The camera offers both ALL-I and IPB compression, supports H.264/MPEG-4 AVC High Profile, and automatically splits files greater than 4GB for extended recording up to 29:59 minutes without interruption. The camera also offers up Live View, a 64-step volume control, a sound recording level meter, and a Quick Control Dial which allows for silent adjustments – using the dial’s touch pad – during shooting.