Archive for November 29th, 2009

7D vs 5D vs 500D/Ti1 vs GH1 vs D90

Don’t know which VdSLR to buy? Here’s a rundown of common knowledge and in my experience (both hands-on, and based on footage/tests found online):

Canon 5D
Noise: 9/10
Resolution: 8/10
Frame rate: 5/10
Bitrate/format: 7/10
Manual controls: 8/10
Audio gain control: 5/10 (requires firmware hack)
Live HDMI-out: 5/10
Rolling shutter: 6/10
Ergonomics: 6/10
Mic input: 7/10
Focusing: 5/10
Average Rating: 6.45

Canon 7D
Noise: 8/10
Resolution: 8/10
Frame rate: 8/10
Bitrate/format: 8/10
Manual controls: 8/10
Audio gain control: 3/10
Live HDMI-out: 6/10
Rolling shutter: 7/10
Ergonomics: 7/10
Mic input: 7/10
Focusing: 5/10
Average Rating: 6.81

Canon 500D/Ti1
Noise: 7/10
Resolution: 8/10
Frame rate: 4/10
Bitrate/format: 6/10
Manual controls: 2/10
Audio gain control: 1/10
Live HDMI-out: 5/10
Rolling shutter: 5/10
Ergonomics: 5/10
Mic input: 4/10
Focusing: 5/10
Average Rating: 4.72

Panasonic GH1
Noise: 7/10
Resolution: 8/10
Frame rate: 6/10
Bitrate/format: 2/10
Manual controls: 8/10
Audio gain control: 5/10
Live HDMI-out: 5/10
Rolling shutter: 6/10
Ergonomics: 7/10
Mic input: 6/10
Focusing: 8/10
Average Rating: 6.18

Nikon D90
Noise: 6/10
Resolution: 5/10
Frame rate: 3/10
Bitrate/format: 2/10
Manual controls: 2/10
Audio gain control: 1/10
Live HDMI-out: 5/10
Rolling shutter: 2/10
Ergonomics: 5/10
Mic input: 1/10
Focusing: 5/10
Average Rating: 3.63

The average rating puts the Canon 7D ahead the 5D with only a few points. However, when you also put into account the fact that the 5D costs an additional $1000, then the 7D is the clear winner. The 5D will stir clear the GH1 competition when the promised firmware upgrade comes out next year.

UPDATE: Just for fun. You get what you pay for:

RED One
Noise: 9/10
Resolution: 10/10
Frame rate: 10/10
Bitrate/format: 10/10
Manual controls: 10/10
Audio gain control: 10/10
Live HDMI-out: 8/10
Rolling shutter: 8/10
Ergonomics: 7/10
Mic input: 10/10
Focusing: 9/10
Average Rating: 9.18

If I had a music label…

This is a list of 30 rock bands that I would try to sign if I had a music label. The list is comprised mostly by completely unsigned artists, while few artists do have contracts with majors but they have been fucked up by these labels in many ways (oh, I’m aware of some good cases alright). Here are the bands in question:

– AG Silver
– Andy Kong (local)
– Arman Bohn
– Bang Bang Eche
– The Boxer Rebellion
– Cloud Cult
– The Crash Moderns
– Daddysmilk
– Dangermaker (local)
– Dizzy Balloon (local)
– Dolorata (local)
– Dredg (ex-major, local)
– Drist (local)
– Fono
– Girls are Robots
– The Golden Filter
– HIJK (local)
– The Hoodies
– Longwave (ex-major)
– Loomis and the Lust
– Low vs Diamond (major)
– Magic Wands
– Malbec
– Music for Animals (local)
– Rantings of Eva
– Rock Kills Kid (major)
– Solid Gold
– Sounds Under Radio
– Veil Veil Vanish (local)
– Wiretree