April 5, 2018 admin

Compare video footage from Sony, Nikon, and Canon

Over the past 6 months I’ve changed up quite a bit in the way we film weddings. We’ve switched over to Sony and we are now using DaVinci Resolve to edit instead of Adobe Premiere. I feel like things have changed quite a bit. I’ve been able to do adjust our footage so much more than I use to, and I’m loving it! I have started to wonder though, is it the new cameras or the new program? I decided to do a little test to compare video footage from Sony, Nikon, and Canon.

Compare video footage from Sony, Nikon, and Canon

I wanted to make things as clear as possible, so I made sure to run the tests as close as possible. First, I was going to film the same thing in the same situation. I put all the cameras in the same spot and didn’t change anything in the environment. Second, I set the cameras settings to the same white balance, shutter speed, and aperture. The only thing I adjusted was was ISO to put all the cameras at -1 exposure. I wanted to to be able to push all the cameras in post to see how the footage held up.

It was really interesting how different each camera was. Some were at ISO 200 and the other around 800. The white balances were also very different as you can see from the first photo and the first part of the video. They were all set at 4000k but they look very different.

I brought these into DaVinci Resolve and put them side by side. The first section of the video just shows how each one looked out of camera. I thought I had the exposure set lower for the Sony, but I guess I messed up somewhere.

First version of video

The next thing I did was I did a quick correct on the Sony video. It wasn’t perfect but I got the exposure closer and I adjusted the White Balance some. I then just copied and pasted the settings to the others to see how close it would be. It wasn’t. I kind of already knew that because the exposures weren’t the same and neither was the White Balance.

Video with copied settings

I then set everything back to normal and went ahead and edited each video individually to try to make them match. I had to do different things for each clip. Some required the midtones be raised and others I added more contrast. In the end, I think I got them relatively close.

Compare video footage from Sony, Nikon, and Canon

Just from the quick test, it seems that a lot of the changes might have to do with the editing software we were using. The Canon video definitely didn’t hold up as well as the others, but this is a lower end Canon. I think I would have been able to do more with Canon in the past if I had used DaVinci.

It’s always interesting to see what you’ll find out when you do a test. This test to compare video footage from Sony, Nikon, and Canon wasn’t perfect by any means, but I was surprised that the two non-Sony cameras held up as well as they did. I still think Sony is the easiest to edit and use out of the 3, but the other two weren’t as far behind as I thought.