Studio Comparison - Video

Our studio test scene for video is similar our Jpeg studio test, except that cameras are repositioned to cover the full 16x9 video test area. Video is shot at base ISO for each camera with manual white balance using the highest quality video setting available. A single frame is exported from each video file for comparison.

Right away we can see that video from the 7D Mark II is relatively soft compared to both the Panasonic GH4 and the Samsung NX1, two of our more video-capable stills cameras. (Both the GH4 and NX1 support 4K video capture but were shot at 1080p for this test). We lose much of the detail in the colored thread that's being picked up by the Panasonic and Samsung, and though all are showing interference in the Siemens star the 7D II it looks particularly fuzzy. A look a the color wheel and paper bill provide similar examples.

Interestingly, the 7D II video looks very similar to that of the 5D Mark III. The 5D III may be resolving a tiny bit more detail, but not enough to make a big difference in real world use.

For a more stark comparison we add the Sony a7S, our current benchmark for stills camera video quality, into the mix. It's clear, crisp signal really illustrates how soft the 7D video is. We're used to seeing soft video from the Canons, but given Canon's emphasis on the 7D II as a video tool we were hoping to see a step up in video quality as well.