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Andrew Reid

Posted 17 February 2013 - 06:42 PM

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The Nikon D5200 is the best mid-range Nikon yet for video. What is more of a surprise is the relish in which it takes on the much more expensive 5D Mark III, Panasonic GH3 and Nikon's own flagship the D800 and D4.
 

http://www.eoshd.com...on-d5200-review


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Posted 17 February 2013 - 07:06 PM

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Hi,i bought the gh3 two weeks ago to replace my 7d, you think i should sell my gh3 and buy a d5200 instead ? Is The extra IQ worth it?

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Posted 17 February 2013 - 07:07 PM

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gh3 got smashed right down.  funny thing is, I bet little to no real passion was put into the video mode on the nikon.  I imagine it was pure fluke, and a lack of software crippling.  whereas the gh3 had video given priority by its r+d guys it would seem.  I'm now looking at nikon with a lot more interest.



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Posted 17 February 2013 - 07:08 PM

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A mirrorless one of these would be a hot prospect!!


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Posted 17 February 2013 - 07:09 PM

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Damn. I was finally considering buying a GH3 in spite of its moiré issues. But for some reason I thought it was better in high ISOs. Or perhaps the D5200 is way to good in that regard?
I've invested a lot on M43, so I guess I'm gonna stick with that. And besides I do like all else about the GH3!


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Posted 17 February 2013 - 07:10 PM

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Please reserve judgement on the GH3 until my final review next week. One bad test result doesn't make a season :)

 

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Posted 17 February 2013 - 07:12 PM

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That Olympus is horrible at the edges compared to the sharper Nikon glass.  From this video I personally prefer the lows from the GH3.  To me the Nikon handles low light noise a bit better in the shadows/lows, however, both are great for night shooting given some light.  Just wish there was better glass on that GH3 for this review.  For a real focus on color or dynamic range you should go back to doing some daytime landscape tests between the two.  I'm assuming you were trying to fairly accommodate crop factor fairness, but I would slap the same Nikon glass on the GH3



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Posted 17 February 2013 - 07:15 PM

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Damn. I was finally considering buying a GH3 in spite of its moiré issues. But for some reason I thought it was better in high ISOs. Or perhaps the D5200 is way to good in that regard?
I've invested a lot on M43, so I guess I'm gonna stick with that. And besides I do like all else about the GH3!

 

The D5200 is clearly better at high ISOs. I used identical aperture and shutter speed on both cameras at ISO 1600 and 3200, and even with the crush applied for a punchy image with the D5200, the shadows are at a similar level of exposure but much noisier on the GH3. The main issue I feel, was that the GH3 produced unappealing muddy colours at these high ISOs. I graded almost all the shots you see in the video to get a balance. With the D5200 it was easy, with the GH3 I had to make much more dramatic changes. I don't think I have yet got the in-camera picture profile spot on with the GH3.

 

With the GH2 we took years getting used to the picture profiles, then they go and sweep them away for the GH3. It is completely different.

 

I am also kind of angst at the use of a Sony sensor in it. Panasonic should be putting their own technology in flagship products.



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Posted 17 February 2013 - 07:16 PM

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That Olympus is horrible at the edges compared to the sharper Nikon glass.  From this video I personally prefer the lows from the GH3.  To me the Nikon handles low light noise a bit better in the shadows/lows, however, both are great for night shooting given some light.  Just wish there was better glass on that GH3 for this review.  For a real focus on color or dynamic range you should go back to doing some daytime landscape tests between the two.  I'm assuming you were trying to fairly accommodate crop factor fairness, but I would slap the same Nikon glass on the GH3

 

Yeah - I kind of agree with you on this one. I will do this for the next test.

 

But the lens was by no means that great on the Nikon. $60 pancake!

 

I need to invest in some more Nikon glass since I only have the 50mm F1.8 and the 85mm F2.0.



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Posted 17 February 2013 - 07:22 PM

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 The main issue I feel, was that the GH3 produced unappealing muddy colours at these high ISOs.

 

I assumed this as well.  You did a good job at balancing the GH3 to the 5200 from that night tower shot as I assumed instantly the GH3 was going to look bad, but it didn't.  I have a strong feeling the GH3 is far better in daylight profile.  Appreciate the night shooting, but in closer perimeter focus from both cameras from these streets the subjects will both look great, particularly a bit more bokeh esque.  Also I do like the motion from the GH3.  Something more organic about it.  I could care less about exterior night time noise from the latest generation of dslrs or mirrorless etc...They are catching up nicely



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Posted 17 February 2013 - 07:23 PM

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So is D800 or D5200 better option for video?



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Posted 17 February 2013 - 07:26 PM

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Well, we threw them into the night and this is how they came out. Maybe it just shows the GH3 needs more sensitive handling and that the D5200 can be thrown in there and get results. I know this is something a lot of people look for in a camera, and one of the reasons the C300 has been so popular.

 

The GH3 needs to be followed by a high performance GHX in my view.

 

With the cheap APS-C sensors getting so advanced, and the lens ranges of Nikon and Canon so comprehensive, Panasonic need to recognise a slight change in the game I'm afraid. The Blackmagic too sets a new benchmark. The main worry for Panasonic now would be to wonder who is going to shoot stills on a GH3? The lens range is expensive and more limited than Nikon's. The sensor just isn't as good. It also has tough competition from the OM-D because that camera has the internal stabilisation system with adapted glass.



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Posted 17 February 2013 - 07:29 PM

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So is D800 or D5200 better option for video?

 

Well I touched on it in the review but let's summarise this...

 

I'd take the articulated screen and fixed moire or aliasing on the D5200 any day over a full frame sensor.

 

The D5200 is also smaller and lighter, and a third of the price!

 

On Super 35mm there's very few situations where you cannot just use a fast aperture and add a slight vignette in post to mimic the look of a Nikon lens on full frame.

 

The D600 meanwhile has even worse moire & aliasing than the D800, but with the Mosaic Engineering filter it might be more appealing. I haven't tried that filter yet but the one in the 5D Mark II did soften the image and introduce issues with wide angle lenses. I liked it - but it is a bandaid not a fix.



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Posted 17 February 2013 - 07:34 PM

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I hope i will not regret buying the gh3...

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Posted 17 February 2013 - 07:42 PM

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Julien - This is the D5200 review not a commentary on the GH3 and I should clarify the GH3's strong points which aren't mentioned in the article...

 

The mirrorless mount means you can use a wider range of glass. Have no Nikon stuff? Then it won't be a $700 purchase, to say the least.

 

The GH3 is weather proof and has an OLED EVF which you can use during video recording. No mirror to get in the way.

 

Rolling shutter is less severe.

 

You don't need to sharpen in post as the resolution is superb out of the box.

 

Battery life is miles better on the GH3.

 

It has more physical control, more programmable buttons and 5 dials in total despite the small body.

 

The moire problems are pretty minor compared to the Canon 650D.



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Posted 17 February 2013 - 08:01 PM

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I think the only fair way to compare them is to use a Nikon adapter on the GH3 and move back to get same field of view- this way you are not entering lens performance into the equation........the Nikon would have the advantage of being "closer" to the subject but it's still a valid comparison...please consider this as it would equalize both cameras.

 

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Posted 17 February 2013 - 08:12 PM

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Julien - This is the D5200 review not a commentary on the GH3 and I should clarify the GH3's strong points which aren't mentioned in the article...

 

The mirrorless mount means you can use a wider range of glass. Have no Nikon stuff? Then it won't be a $700 purchase, to say the least.

 

The GH3 is weather proof and has an OLED EVF which you can use during video recording. No mirror to get in the way.

 

Rolling shutter is less severe.

 

You don't need to sharpen in post as the resolution is superb out of the box.

 

Battery life is miles better on the GH3.

 

It has more physical control, more programmable buttons and 5 dials in total despite the small body.

 

The moire problems are pretty minor compared to the Canon 650D.


And to add to that, I think the lower performance in the ISO department is overcome by the fact that you have very fast options like the SLR Magic and Nokton lines of F and T0.95 lenses, as well as the future Speed Booster adapter to get severa T1.1 cine lenses and such!

I'll stick to my guns.


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Posted 17 February 2013 - 08:46 PM

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I think the only fair way to compare them is to use a Nikon adapter on the GH3 and move back to get same field of view- this way you are not entering lens performance into the equation........the Nikon would have the advantage of being "closer" to the subject but it's still a valid comparison...please consider this as it would equalize both cameras.

 

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With different sensor sizes, the lens performance is always in the equation. It is just a matter of trying to match them as closely as possible.

 

Given the same lens, a 2x crop sensor will have sharper corners than a full frame or 1.5x crop sensor because it uses more of the centre where the resolution is highest.



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Posted 17 February 2013 - 09:19 PM

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Is it not the case though, that the d5200 cannot change apertures while in live view mode? And if so, did you find this to be a problem? I read about this being a drawback of video shooting with nikon cameras and it sounded like a real bummer. Having to go out of live view mode and back in constantly, to adjust your exposure...?



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Posted 17 February 2013 - 09:40 PM

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Was the GH3 in this test using AVCHD .MTS or h264 .MOV?






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