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Special thanks to Samy’s Camera for providing our Canon 5D Mark IV.
Hi, this is Jay P. Morgan and Kenneth Merrill. Today we’re getting back to our camera reviews with the Canon 5D Mark IV vs the Sony a7R II. There’s been a ton of buzz surrounding the release of the updated 5D. Many people feel Canon didn’t go far enough. We took a look at the capabilities of both of these cameras, putting them head to head in order to see how the quality of the video held up over varying degrees of under and overexposure. I was really interested in the results because I have an a7R II, and I was curious about how it would compare to the Mark IV.
In our test we again over and underexposed both the Canon 5D Mark IV and the Sony a7R II cameras to see how they held up, how the color held up, and just how far we could push the image. We used the Spyder Color Checkr to help see where we stood. We’re sharing compressed 8-bit footage here, so we can’t expect it to push and pull the same way Alexa, URSA Mini or Red footage does. But if you’re shooting on a low budget and you don’t have the lights or you’re shooting on the street at night, you want to know, “How far can I push it in terms of ISO, underexposure or overexposure. Can I pull back those highlights?” That’s what we looked at today.
Go ahead and take a look at the footage and let us know if you agree with our conclusion about the Canon 5d Mark IV vs the Sony a7R II. Leave us a comment here on the site or go over to our Community Group on Facebook and get involved in the discussion over there. We look forward to hearing from you.