While the 5dm3 still remains the go to camera for professional photographers and filmmakers alike, there is a new gun in town.
It’s not a DSLR, it’s a phone. The talk is about the OnePlus One smartphone. It uses a Sony sensor and is capable of shooting 4K video, which is sharper than the 5D Mark lll when both are shown at 180p side by side.
Firstly, yes you read right! A smartphone that shoots 4K video. Which is the reason why this smartphone currently boasts having sharper image quality than the famed Canon 5d Mark lll at 1080p.
But wait a moment. “Is it fair to compare 4K to HD.” Well, no, it’s not. Which is why the 4K video from the OnePlus was scaled down to 1080p to make the comparison.
Just to clear things up: resolution/sharpness isn’t everything when it comes to photography. The above-mentioned devices are two very different cameras. The 5D Mark III has a bigger sensor and a range of interchangeable lenses. It also has a more controllable depth of field.
OnePlus One in 4K
Here is a video published by EXIV on YouTube showing the 4K capability of the OnePlus smartphone.
OK, but we opened our talk with the claim that the OnePlus smartphone apparently outshoots the 5D Mark III in sharpness when compared side by side in HD-1080p. Just as a side note, the OnePlus video is shot in 4K, which is a higher resolution than HD, then downgraded to HD-1080p for the comparison.
OnePlus One and Canon 5D Mark III shootout
The following video by Giacomo Mantovani published on Youtube by EXIV shows a comparison of “Canon 5D Mark lll vs. OnePlus One.”
The videos were shot in ideal lighting conditions. Even though the OnePlus outperformed the 5D Mark lll in the above test, it is unlikely that it will ever replace the 5D Mark III as “the best choice for filmmakers.”
In the descriptions to the shootout video on YouTube Mantovani explained that “the reason of this comparison is exclusively to discover how good is the OnePlus One camera in ideal light conditions, compared to a professional DSLR — nothing less, nothing more. I wouldn’t use a phone for professional shooting.”
He further said: “In this case, I am pleased to notice that the OPO performed incredibly well, but no doubt that the Canon 5D Mark III is obviously still the best option for filmmakers for all the many reasons that make a DSLR what it is.”
All-in-all, it seems that filmmakers who want to be able to capture great video on their mobile or people with a lower budget will have a really nice alternative to the more expensive pro-performance devices out there.