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Low Light Video with the Canon 1D Mark IV

dan1dmkiv3Canon Singapore recently loaned news photographer Dan Chung two pre-production Canon 1D Mark IV DSLRs to try out.

Chung then slapped top of the line lenses on the bodies and proceeded to test the low-light video performance by filming at a racetrack and on the streets of Singapore.

From the resulting videos posted below, we’re given a glimpse at the low-light video quality of the 1D Mark IV. Though many of the shots (especially on the street) were filmed in near darkness at ISO 1600-6400, the camera still captures a startling amount of detail.

Personally, I think it’s great that camera manufacturers are focusing a lot on video features of DSLR cameras, since it allows photographers who would otherwise not have access to HD video gear to try their hand at filming.

So what’s Chung’s conclusion regarding the Mark IV?

I’m glad to say that the short answer is that it does and its low light video is truly stellar, easily beating my 5DmkII and 7D.

The film you see here was filmed in just one night of horse racing at the Singapore Turf Club. Shooting at between 1600 and 6400 ASA under just the floodlights I got results that were far cleaner than I’d expected. The rolling shutter effects seem to be improved over the 5DmkII too, its still there but you need to look much harder for it. The one thing that is still evident on the pre-production model I was testing is aliasing, personally I didn’t find it too distracting but make up your own mind.

Here are the two videos. The first is of horse racing filmed at the Singapore Turf Club:

The next video follows 28 year-old Marvin as he cruises the streets of Singapore in his Mercedes SLK. (Note: His life seems to revolve around his car):

Dan Chung shooting horses and Singapore night drive (via Canon Rumors)


Image credit: Photograph of Dan Chung by Wee Han Yeo


 
  • http://cegeekbook.blogspot.com/ csegeek

    Wow.. Incredible very vivid tis on my “wish list” .. as in keep on dreaming

    Great post

  • Dave K

    Who cares?

    I'm not a videographer, enough with the DSLRs making VIDEO their primary selling point, it's crap. I care about stills, I care about low light STILL shooting, I care about high speed drive, I care about the quality of the view finder, shutter life and so on.

    I do not care if my DSLR can stream HDwhatever video to whatever device at whatever quality under whatever light, that's stupid. Video production isn't related to photography just because they share similar technical aspects. I do mean SIMILAR not the same…

  • http://www.petapixel.com Michael Zhang

    I think it's something on a lot our “keep on dreaming” lists ;-)

  • JessicaLum

    I think that what's really interesting watching videos filmed by still photographers is this sense of what videos essentially are: motion pictures.

    In most of Chung's videos, he has a static frame, or one that doesn't pan as much as general news/documentary style filming might. There's still that focus on the “defining moment”, composition, all elements of great still photography, only given the motion of the video medium.

    And while I probably wouldn't buy a DSLR for the video aspect specifically, I probably wouldn't mind if it did have that feature, if just to play with. Assuming I had the money to toss around, haha.

  • http://cegeekbook.blogspot.com/ csegeek

    Wow.. Incredible very vivid tis on my “wish list” .. as in keep on dreaming

    Great post

  • Dave K

    Who cares?

    I'm not a videographer, enough with the DSLRs making VIDEO their primary selling point, it's crap. I care about stills, I care about low light STILL shooting, I care about high speed drive, I care about the quality of the view finder, shutter life and so on.

    I do not care if my DSLR can stream HDwhatever video to whatever device at whatever quality under whatever light, that's stupid. Video production isn't related to photography just because they share similar technical aspects. I do mean SIMILAR not the same…

  • http://www.petapixel.com Michael Zhang

    I think it's something on a lot our “keep on dreaming” lists ;-)

  • JessicaLum

    I think that what's really interesting watching videos filmed by still photographers is this sense of what videos essentially are: motion pictures.

    In most of Chung's videos, he has a static frame, or one that doesn't pan as much as general news/documentary style filming might. There's still that focus on the “defining moment”, composition, all elements of great still photography, only given the motion of the video medium.

    And while I probably wouldn't buy a DSLR for the video aspect specifically, I probably wouldn't mind if it did have that feature, if just to play with. Assuming I had the money to toss around, haha.

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  • Anonymous

    singapore turf club is a super nice place. this is the first time where i saw people whos watching in an actual race that werent wearing any hats or elegant clothes. :) i love to go to singapore i want to :D hehe