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Sony A9 vs Canon 1DX Mk II vs Nikon D5 High ISO Test

Take a look at the high ISO test between the three flaghip camera. Sony A9 is one of the best Mirrorless camera Sony ever made, Canon and Nikon flagship camera are more than a year old and cost you approx $1K more than the Sony A9. Take a look at test results below and do share your views with us..

Base ISO

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Nikon D5 is showing more bit more saturation compared to the other two camera, the fine linings in the hat of the person is clearly visible in the sample of Sony A9.


ISO 1600

High ISO Test Image

At ISO 1600 the details of Canon 1DX Mark II and Nikon D5 are bit flat compared to the sample of Sony A9.

Continue reading Sony A9 vs Canon 1DX Mk II vs Nikon D5 High ISO Test

Sony A9 vs Canon 1DX Mark II

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We are comparing Canon 1dx mark 2 camera with newly announced Sony A9 mirrorless camera. But, before comparison between Sony A9 and Canon 1DX Mark II, you should know that Sony A9 is the ultimate mirrorless camera ever built by Sony. The Sony A9 camera features newly developed stacked CMOS sensor. The other major improvement is introduction of ultra high-density auto focusing system that composed of 693 points and covers 93% of the screen.  ISO range of the camera is also very good despite of looking at the real world comparison and analysis we can say that, we can say that the image quality of this camera will surpass the image quality of existing A7 R2 camera, which is best in it class.

 

Let’s talk about the design difference between both the camera .

Canon 1dx Mark II is little bit bulky heavy compared to the A9 camera. We do feel that light and smaller cameras are easy carry in long run,  despite being smaller  the Sony A9 features all the extensive manual controls that allow users should get  to compose and click a perfect shot.

Looking at the top panel of both the camera you will going to miss the extra information display panel that you get with the Canon 1dx mark 2 camera. The top LCD display of the DSLR give detailed information about the DSLR settings all the time,  and it has become a habit of many professionals to look at the top information display unit every time while adjusting the setting.

From design and weight comparison it seems to be Sony A9 will be more superior and easy to use compared to Canon 1dx Mark II in long run,  but we also understand that digital camera design or weight doesn’t have any affect on the image quality. Even a light and compact camera can produce better image quality than heavy camera with more complex design.

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Sensor size comparison (Stacked / Dual layer vs Traditional)

The sensor size of Sony A9 camera is slightly smaller than Canon 1dx Mark II.  Despite being smaller the Sony A9 camera features 24 Megapixel FF sensor where is Canon 1dx Mark II features 20 MP sensor.  it’s all known that Extra 4 megapixel will going to help during large prints and crops whenever it required. so, it’s A9 slight advantage over Canon 1dx mark 2 camera.

Technology used inside the image sensor of both the camera

Sony A9–  Sony A9 is world first camera to feature Stacked full frame CMOS sensor. The sensor of Sony A9 camera is composed of two different layers the first layer of the sensor is pixels that  absorb the light from the lens. The second layer of the Sony A9 sensor is composed of buffer memory and frontend LSI Processing Unit.

Canon 1dx mark 2 camera uses traditional  full frame sensor design.  But despite of using a traditional CMOS sensor design in its year old Canon 1dx mark 2 you get one more stop ISO range with Canon. The ISO range is one stop ahead then recently announced Sony A9 Mirrorless flagship camera.

Sony A9 camera Does 20x faster read out compared to Sony A7r II camera.

Canon 1DX Mark II

AF System (699 vs 61)

Before we begin we must know that the Canon 1dx Mark II DSLR is based on two different types of AF systems. Yes, it is true that every DSLR camera of Canon uses a hybrid sensor as well as a dedicated Phase AF module inside it.

When you are using viewfinder of Canon 1dx mark 2 camera then its Phase AF  module composed of 61 points become active and when you are using live view display of the camera OR you are recording a video from your Canon 1dx mark 2 camera then dual pixel CMOS a system of Canon 1dx mark 2 camera gets activated.

Dual pixel AF – Canon 1dx mark II camera utilizes sensor based dual pixel CMOS AF technology divides every pixels into two sub pixel.  Then every sub pixels works in synchronisation to calculate the lens drive required to achieve Autofocus. So, if you look at Canon 1dx Mark II system then in 20 million pixel sensor each pixel Divided into two sub pixels that works to achieve auto focusing quickly.  The best thing about dual pixel CMOS AF system, there are no dead pixel dedicated for AF.

If we compare both the camera AF System based on specification sheet then for sure Sony A9 auto focusing system is far better than Canon 1dx mark 2 camera,  Sony A9 camera 693 AF points covers 93% off the screen.  The speedy subjects will remain under AF coverage,  and with  continuous shooting speed of 20 frames per second, Sony can grab 6 more (14 vs 16) frame compared to Canon 1dx mark 2 camera sports mode.  Sony does have Upper Hand  in AF system.

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Image Stabilization System (In body IS vs None)

One of the biggest advantage that Sony A9 user get is built in 5 Axis image stabilization system.  currently no DSLR either Canon or Nikon features built-in image stabilization system just like Sony Alpha series mirrorless camera.

Using a built-in 5 axis image stabilization system works very well while you are shooting video as well still shots..So, either you are using native lenses with Sony A9 camera or you are using third party lenses, the Sony A9 camera the five Axis image stabilization system always active.

The five Axis images stabilization system really helps when you need slow shutter speed during low light condition. Sony A9 IS effective up to 5 stops,  which will going to really help you  when you are shooting a wedding or any night event with your fixed Prime lenses OR 24 to 70 standard zoom lens.  If you pair your Sony A9 camera with IS lenses then they will work in synchronization with each other.

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Continuous shooting (20 vs 14)

Continuous shooting (20 vs 14) speed is the section where Sony A9 outperforms all the current flagship  DSLR and mirrorless cameras.  As the specifications says Sony A9 is capable to shoot continuous still shots of 20 frames per second at full resolution with continuous autofocus in support.

Canon 1dx Mark II camera remains limited to 14 frames per second while shooting with autofocus support. While Canon 1dx mark 2 camera can also shoot 16 frames per second without any autofocus support.

If we compare both the cameras in Sony A9 offers you extra 6 frames per second with continuous AF support, whereas Canon 1dx Mark II remains limited to 14 frames and can be pushed upto  16 frames per second without AF support.

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4K video

Canon 1dx Mark II camera offers you to record DCI 4K videos at (4096 x 2160) higher resolution compared to Sony A9 @ 60 frames per second whereas the Sony A9 camera records 4K at bit lower resolution compared to 1dx Mark II limited 30 frames per second.

The other side of the story is you get 5 axis IS support while recording video from your A9 camera as well as 699 AF points covers 93% of the video screen that will allow you to do blazing fast AF in no time.

The biggest advantage of Sony A9 camera is it does Full-pixel readout (6K) with no pixel binning. Sony A9 Records 6K video and then camera system does a lossless comparison to make 4K. Hence in-turn you get excellent dynamic range, less noise as well as well as better color contrast.

 

Other advantages of Sony A9

  • Let’s talk about some other advantages of the recently announced Sony A9 camera .
  • One of the biggest advantage you get is articulating display screen with the  A9 camera whereas the Canon 1dx mark 2 features fixed LCD display.
  • We have already mentioned that Sony A9 camera is lightweight, 673 gvs 1530g
  • Price difference – Sony A9 is way more affordable compared to Canon 1DX Mark II camera, $4,498 vs $5,999.

Other noticeable advantage of Canon 1DX Mark II

  • Canon 1DX Mark II camera high resolution display screen, you get more battery life on single recharge compared to Sony A9.
  • Shortage of High-end lenses – many professional who are already using Canon Lenses and DSLRs may feel suffocative. Since Canon have 190+ professional FF lenses whereas Sony remains limited to approx 30 lenses only.

Conclusion:  Sony A9 is a Marvelous Fullframe camera and it’s overall core specification is better than of Canon 1DX mark II camera. Being said that, Sony still have limited number of high-end lenses as well as global support and service centers. If you are a looking for world best mirrorless then go an get Sony A9.  Canon user you can get FotodioX to use EF/EF-S lenses on Sony A9 camera.

 

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Canon 1DX Mark II is better than Nikon D5 - DXOMark Lab

I have seen and published more than hundred of test results of DXO Mark Lab, In general the DXO Mark Lab give low points to Canon camera during test due to lousy performance of the Canon sensors.

But today I was really surprised to see that Canon flasghsip camera 1DX Mark II scored better result compared to Nikon D5 in sensor test examination.

Canon 1DX Mark II score image

Despite of showing a 3.3 Million ISO range in the Specification sheet Nikon D5 failed to impress DXOMark Lab engineers with its performance and Canon 1DX Mark II with a low range [409600] on specification sheet performed better compared to the Nikon D5.

We have created a pie chart to to give you a seance of knowledge about the difference between the test score and the specification sheet data.

Actual-Difference-score

 

take a look at the concision by DXOLab

Conclusion
This is a well-deserved result for Canon, and this versatile sensor should prove attractive to a wide range of photographers, including those that work in multiple disciplines. The wide dynamic range at low ISOs should appeal to all photographers, but especially those using it for landscapes, and the low noise at high ISOs will also appeal to action and sports photographers. Although the new model is aimed primarily at that market, the increase in pixel count over its predecessor now matches that of the earlier EOS-1Ds Mk III, a model that’s still highly regarded for editorial and commercial work. It is not too much of a stretch to view the new EOS-1D X Mk II as the natural successor to that camera, and its wide range of capabilities, including DCI 4K video, make it look highly tempting. Sure, it would have been great to see a higher pixel count, but overall, the sensor performance offers photographers the versatility to tackle a wide range of assignments with just one camera.

source – DXOLAB

Canon EOS-1D X Mark II and SanDisk CFast Card Problem

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Canon EOS-1D X Mark II Image Corruption with Sandisk CFast Cards is now confimred by Canon in a press release today, It has been confirmed that when shooting still images with the EOS-1D X Mark II SanDisk CFast cards, however the camera is not responsible for the issue.

Problem – When you have very less number of shots (less than 16MB) in your CFast card it will be corrupted if you power-off your camera. So before you switch off your camera it is recommended to take some extra shots to save your current images and cross the limit of 16MB.

Continue reading Canon EOS-1D X Mark II and SanDisk CFast Card Problem

Canon 1DX Mark II Showing Issues with Sigma ART Lenses

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Canon 1dx mark 2 showing issues when paired with some specific Sigma ART lenses. The problem is not uncommon, according to the SLRlouge website who found the fix of the issue also added the problem was arising in Sigma 35mm ART and Sigma 85mm ART Lenses.

Why and when the problem occur ?

When you pair sigma lenses with your 1DX Mk2 camera you will notice some circular bands in your images, these unwanted circular bands appear due to the Auto Lens Aberration Correction algo inside the camera, the Lens Aberration Correction algorithm automatically corrects images when you capture a image with particular Canon lens. But Canon DSLRs automatically trun-off  Aberration Correction when they spot a third-party lenses, unfortunately Canon 1DX Mark2 applying same Aberration Correction filter to Sigma 35mm and 85mm lens. Hence to avoid the issue you must follow these steps.

Canon Lens correction tool image

To Fix of the issue

The fix of the problem is very simple

  1. Locate the Lens Aberration Correction setting in the first menu on the 1DX MK II, and enter its sub-menu.
  2. Switch Peripheral Illum Corr to OFF

Do share you thoughts with us.

Also take a look at Nikon D5 vs Canon 1DX Mk2 Camera High ISO Test and Specification comparison

Source (news and image) – slrlounge.com and Resource Mag

Canon 1DX Mark II vs Nikon D5 - High ISO Test

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French website published high ISO test result of Nikon D5 and Canon 1DX Mark II DSLR. Before we begin let’s talk about the specification of both the camera.

The Canon 1DX Mark II camera features 20.2 MP fullframe Dual pixel CMOS AF sensor powered by a Dual DIGIC 6+ image processors, the camera features expandable sensitivity range from 50 to 409600. With the help of ultra fast image processor the Canon 1DX Mark II can capture 4K video @ 60fps and Full HD video at 120 fps. The fast continuous shooting speed of the camera touches 16fps in live view and 14 fps with Full time AF and AE.

Nikon D5 Features a 20.8 MP fullframe sensor and Expeed 5 image processor, the  Nikon D5 ISO range is unbelievable and touches 3.2 Million Mark, other features include 4k recording at 30 fps, 12 fps of continuous shooting with AF and AE.

If we look at the core specification of both the camera than due to Nikon intense High ISO range (3280000 vs 409600) the Canon 1DX Mark II look inferior compared to Nikon D5.

But the big question is Nikon D5 high ISO numbers really work or it’s a pure marketing thing ? Let’s take a look at the High ISI test of both the camera.
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According to the Reviewers of focus-numerique (translated by google)

Impossible not to compare its performance with the NIkon D5 (recently tested). No big surprises, it is true that both devices are equal even if their noise reduction strategy is slightly different sensibilities to critical passage. Note that Nikon favors smoothing and thus necessarily the slight loss of detail while Canon takes a little more noise but preserved textures. All this is of course valid for the common sensibilities of both devices. Remember that the Nikon mounts over 3 million it manages ISO and porridge with very high ISO better than the Canon (from 200 000 to 400 000).

Nikon D5 does showing only slight improvement over Canon 1DX Mark II. But, the camera isn’t showing any big difference in the High ISO test, that clearly shows that Nikon D5 ISO range written in  the specification-sheet is a marketing thing.

Also take a look at – Canon 1DX Mark II vs Nikon D5 Specification comparison and Nikon D5 Sensor Shows Low Dynamic Range

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Source: focus-numerique

Canon 1DX Mark II vs Nikon D5

Canon-1DX-Mark-II-vs-Nikon-Canon 1DX Mark II specification comparison wit Nikon D5, take a look at the table and the details below;

Features/ Models Canon 1DX Mark II Nikon D5
Megapixel 20.2 MP 21 MP
Sensor size Fullframe sensor Fullframe sensor
Low pass filter Yes Yes
Image processor Dual DIGIC6 + processor Expeed 5
AF system 61-point AF system, expanded range, 41-point cross-type 153 AF Points – 99 Cross Type
 ISO  100-51200 and expandable range is  100- 409600  100-102400 and expandable range is 50-3280000
 Shutter Min/ mix  30 – 1/8000  30 – 1/8000
 Continuous shooting speed  16 fps  14 fps
 Video @ 60 fps  4K @ 60fps  4K @ 30fps
Display LCD monitor 3.2 inches, 1.62 million dots. Touch panel 3.2″ 2.36m-Dot Touchscreen LCD Monitor
Viewfinder Optical Optical
Hot shoe Yes Yes
Wireless optional WiFi + NFC
Environmentally sealed Yes Yes
Battery life
Dimensions 150 x 167.6 x 82.6mm 160 x 459 x 92mm
Weight 1340g 1415 g

 Sensor : Both the camera features almost same resolution sensor, there is no big difference here. But, the Canon 1DX Mark II features Dual-pixel CMOS AF sensor that quickly lock-down AF while you are using your DSLR display screen while shooting or recording a 4K video.

On the other side the Nikon D5 built-with traditional CMOS sensor so while you are using display for shooting still or recording a video contrast based AF system get’s activated resulting slower AF compared to its competitor.

ISO Range: The ISO range of the Nikon D5 is EPIC, on paper Nikon is creating world record, the camera expandable ISO range touched 3.3 Million mark on the other side Nikon D5 standard ISO range is 102400. Canon Standard ISO range is 51200 and its expandable ISO range is 409600.

ISO Standard Expandable
Canon 1DX Mark II 51200 409600
Nikon D5 102400 3280000

From the specification we can say that Nikon will undoubtedly will give you neat and clean low-light images, with better dynamic range.

But believe me I have seen the image samples of both the camera and being a pro shooter I will never allow myself to go beyond ISO 25600 in both the camera.

AF System: Now the DSLR AF system divided into two parts, part one talks about the core – the AF module used inside the camera and in second part we will discuss the type of sensor used inside the camera.

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Part 1 – Nikon features 153 AF Points – 99 Cross Type points that covers a very large part of the screen and easily grabs AF on still or moving subject, Canon 1DX Mark II AF module remains same as of its predecessor,  61-point AF system, expanded range, 41-point cross-type.

AF Module
AF Points Standard Cross-type
Canon 1DX Mark II 61 41
Nikon D5 153 99
Sensor
Canon 1DX Mark II Hybrid Contrast Detect + Phase Detect
Nikon D5 Standard Contrast Detect

Nikon does have better AF module than Canon, Canon have better hybrid AF sensor compared to Nikon D5.

AF sensor is utilized while shooting the viewfinder and Hybrid CMOS AF sensor is unitized while you are using display for shooting still or video.

Continuous shooting speed: Canon 1DX Mark II is bit better to Nikon D5, however even extra 1 frame can make you a true winner.

Video: Nikon D5 4K video recording limit is of 3min only. The Nikon D5 video recording limit has now become a running joke in the market, So Nikon desperately work on enhancing video recording limit of the camera.

Display: Nikon D5 and Canon 1DX Mark II camera now comes with touch display unit, however the D5 display features higher resolution compared to Canon display unit.

Verdict: Both camera have excellent core specification, Nikon D5 does showing more green lights on specification sheet but it doesn’t mean Canon 1DX Mark II is inferior.

Take a close look at both camera core specification and select the best one according to your needs.

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