I’ve always been a big fan of Canon, with my first camera being the Canon 600D/T3i, followed by the speedy 7D. I then sold my 7D and bought the Sony a6500. After using the Sony on a number of shoots for both photography and video, I decided it wasn’t the camera for me. It has so many good features like 120fps, 4K and took amazing photographs with very quick accurate autofocus, but in all honesty, I missed using a DSLR!
One of the few downsides of the Sony was the slight delay you get once switching the camera on, as well as the camera buffering when shooting on the high-speed continuous mode. Another thing was battery life, I would have to carry multiple batteries, sometimes 3-4 for a-days shoot. I also had the camera overheating on me when I was shooting 4K at a conference last year. Finally and this might be quite minor, but I did find it hard to film 120fps on bright sunny days. The screen would get considerably darker compared to when I was shooting 24fps, I can only presume this was done to preserve battery life... but it still made it quite hard to see what I was filming.
So I decided to put my Sony up for sale and make the move back to Canon. So far I have done four photo shoots with the Canon and it hasn’t disappointed. The colour science on Canon cameras is spot on, with minor tweaks needed in Lightroom to get the skin tones and colour just right. In compassion, I found that the Sony struggled with colour with the photos looking washed out. It took a lot more editing in Lightroom to correct the colour and skin tones especially when I was shooting portraits.
For video, autofocus on the Canon is super fast and accurate, Canon definitely knows how to get this right. The tracking feature in a lot of the new Canon models is spot on and does a good job at tracking a subject and keeping everything in focus. I probably wouldn’t use this feature if I was working for a paying client, but as far as run and gun shooting goes it works just fine. I have taken a loss with 120fps (1080p) when making the move over to Canon, but 60fps on the Canon still provides really nice smooth slow motion.
It’s taken me a while to figure out what camera works best for me, but I’m confident I’ve finally found it. I’m looking forward to using the Canon a lot more for both photography and video throughout 2018 and hopefully update this blog a lot more often!