Pic­tur e Qual­ity

The big­gest test of them all

Mac Format - - RATED - De­cem­ber 2014 |

Ev­ery cam­era tested had an im­pres­sive level of pic­ture qual­ity. The GoPro and HX-A500E were com­pa­ra­ble, fram­er­ate lim­i­ta­tions aside, giv­ing sharp images with rich colours.

The AX100 footage was sur­pris­ingly pleas­ing with ex­cel­lent skin tones and im­age sta­bil­i­sa­tion, while the FZ1000’s lovely footage is amaz­ing for its price bracket. The GH4’s images are even bet­ter with very good de­tail, ex­tremely sharp lines and deep colours but, when it comes to pic­ture qual­ity, there is one true king…

The stan­dard of im­age from theEOS-1D C is re­mark­able. Due to record­ing in the high-qual­ity MJPEG for­mat, each frame cap­tured is a 4K-sized (eight megapixel) JPEG im­age. Pause it at any point and you have a pho­to­graph with, as far as we could tell, no dif­fer­ence ex­cept size be­tween a still from the video and one taken in the cam­era’s photo mode. The images are film-like too, and though there are, in­evitably, rolling shut­ter is­sues, the Canon is gen­uinely ex­cel­lent in low light.

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