There will always be a lot of heated debate between photographers regarding who manufactures the best camera. While Sony, Canon, and Nikon all have their pros and cons, which of their flagship models actually takes the crown?
It's been a long time since I've watched such a thorough unbiased comparison between cameras. Thanks to Michael Andrew over on his YouTube channel we can now see a detailed look at how the Sony a9, Canon 1DX II, and Nikon D5 all perform side by side in various conditions. To his credit, Andrew tries to keep the test conditions as fair as possible and presents his findings for us to decide which results we think are best.
Even if none of the camera bodies featured are of interest to you, the video is a great example of how to test your camera to find what its limitations are. If you ever wondered how to accurately test low-light focusing speed, a camera's image buffer, or see the effect of rolling shutter, this video shows you how to test for these things.
One incredibly interesting feature was a portrait image quality test which blindly shows us 12 different portraits from all 3 cameras in question. Andrew encourages us to score all 36 images and the results are shown at the end of the segment. Being a Canon man for the last 15 years I was surprised to find that after I added up my scores my personal preference was unanimously for the Nikon.
As the video is so detailed, you'll need 45 minutes to fully digest it all. If you're short of time or would prefer to jump to a specific section this is what Andrew covers:
- 01:04 - Intro
- 05:30 - Sports Shooting
- 16:05 - Low Light Focusing
- 16:45 - Video Focusing
- 18:06 - Dynamic Range
- 22:27 - High Portrait ISO
- 23:48 - Moire Test
- 24:12 - Thermal Test
- 24:53 - Rolling Shutter
- 25:24 - Real World Video
- 29:07 - Portrait Test
- 32:10 - Ergonomics
- 32:11 - Conclusion
Andrew concludes that he personally prefers the Sony a9 and after watching the video I have to agree with him. I think once Sony has brought out a few more lenses and ironed out a few of the creases, both Canon and Nikon will be sure to lose a lot of loyal customers.
How did you perform in the portrait image quality test? Tempted to buy any of these cameras? I'd be interested to hear your thoughts.
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