Cameras: Panasonic GH1 and Canon 7D
Filters: Sing-Ray Vari ND and Lee Graduated Neutral ND 0.6
All shots from tripod: Miller Solo DS-10
Captured at 1080p 24p
Time Lapse in last clip was shot with 7D in M-JPEG shooting every 5 secs
Lenses: 14-140mm on GH1 and mainly 24-105mm on 7D
Transcoded to 1080p Pro Res LT (for the GH1 using Neoscene and Quicktime)
Time Lapse assembled in Quicktime Pro
Editing: Final Cut Pro 7
Color Corrections in FCP
Music: Royalty free stock music that comes with Final Cut Studio
Exported at 720p for the Internet
Here is our take on using the GH1 and 7D/5D2
We use the GH1 in brighter light because it is good and easier to use:
- Swivel LCD
- Live Histogram (just adjust the exposure via the Vari ND and keep f-stop/shutter speed constant)
- The 7D/5D2 LCDs are hard to read in bright light and these cameras don't have any exposure aids
The 7D/5D2 is our choice in low light
- Here I control the light via ISO/Aperture and no ND needed
We are not really happy with the switch for Live View and Video
Missing live histogram is not a show stopper because you can check the histogram in Live View first and then switch to video. But again this switch is kind of a hassle and we are not sure how it will survive permanent switching.
Being able to use good Canon tele zooms (here the 70-200mm f/4 IS) is a big plus. This zoom is compact and still excellent.
Also using the new 100mm Macro IS will be fun for video.
Forget sound recording with IS active as the sound is recorded.
Video is kind of a mixed bag:
Not so good handling (especially compared to the Panasonic GH1)
We think of the the Canon EOS 7D as a good APS-C DSLR first and then on top good quality video. There is a long way to go towards the "perfect" Combo Cam. This said the 7D a big step into the right direction.
A mirror less design like the Panasonic GH1 has clear advantages in terms of video handling, size and price. On the other side the EOS 7D is a more competent still camera in terms of speed and fast AF. Also the 7D seems to produce the better video quality (maybe it is dues to the lower compression codec).
Short 7D introduction video:
General impressions of the EOS 7D
Excellent frame rate
Viewfinder is good
Bracketing again limited to only 3 shots
Flash can control other Canon flash units. This is very useful. Unfortunately we won't have any time to test this.
Camera feels good in our hands (rather smaller hands)
Still photo findings
Whether it is a good move to create a 18MP sensor for a 1.6x multiplier chip will be debated over and over again. Still image quality looks good to us.
Surprisingly good noise handling even at higher ISO
Scene in dark bar room, Canon 50mm f/1.2 @ ISO 800 (beta)