August 22, 2017 at 4:25AM


i'm Concerned About Quality

i made a music video with my canon 1300d and it is going to be played on tv , its my first video that is going to played on tv , so if someone who makes a music video with canon 5d mark IV , and ultimately both (1300d and 5D) videos are going to be converted and will be played in lower quality on tv , how big difference will be there in video qualities of both cameras, on tv .
everone knows 5d is a way more expensive camera than 1300d.
BTW my camera records 60fps at 720p and 30/25/24fps at 1080p , so in final 1080p video there are some 720p scenes that are scaled upto 1080p.


Congratulations! If you have equal quality in front of the sensor (lighting, actors, lens, focus accuracy, etc), you will have essentially equal quality going into your memory cards. The 5D4 does has some video upgrades that will make better video than the 1300d, but for the 5D3 and below, not so much. And if you are the setting the creative look and pace with your 1300d, the job of the 5D operator will be to match you, not to try to do things you cannot match. Again, congratulations!

August 22, 2017 at 10:40AM


Thank You Very Very Much, All the scenes were shot in daylight, tried my best to make good shots, and i did my best in editing, clients were really happy when they saw my video, but they were concerned about quality, they suggested me to rent a 5D mark IV, and shoot with it next time, i am on a low budget , 5D is a expensive choice for me , so i was worried do i have to change my camera. i shot whole music video on 18-55mm kit lens , to what should i upgrade next to, i know good lenses can make a lot of difference , so is 75-300mm a good choice (its affordable).

Arsh DSJ

August 23, 2017 at 2:41AM, Edited August 23, 2:41AM

BTW, there is a bit of quality difference in 720p videos compared to 1080p ones , so on tv it is going to converted down to low playable quality, the 720p scenes , will they loose more quality or they will be fine ??
and about my clients, they don't have have much knowledge about cameras.

Arsh DSJ

August 23, 2017 at 2:46AM

The purpose to have different lenses is to make images with different requirements and looks. 75-300 won't replace your current lens kit, because those are very different focal lengths. Perhaps you'll want to buy STM lenses, they are inexpensive, have a good quality image and add autofocus features in video mode (I don't know exactly if your body has autofocus features with STM lenses). There is no lens that can cover "all needs" so, having a set will be useful to you in the future. I remember shooting a project 5 years or so with a 60D mixing 720p60 and 1080p24. I used InstantHD to upscale 720p material and that project was mastered at 1080p. I also made a 480p (SD) master and everything looked amazing, it was almost impossible to notice difference in quality. It wasn't aired in TV thou, it was made for web and showed in public in a commercial stand.

Ulises Bravo

August 24, 2017 at 10:11AM, Edited August 24, 10:11AM

There's a lot that goes into the quality of a video, and a client's complaint about quality could mean many things. Worse, these many things interact, so it could be a problem in one place which, as it interacts with other things, causes the client to complain about something else. Generally speaking, a 5D4 shooting Canon Log ( will be a noticeable upgrade if your client's problem is with highlight handling, color grading, banding, or other such artifacts. If your client's problem is with the look of the lens (including focus/depth-of-field/flare/bokeh), then the 5D4 won't give you anything. If the client's problem is with the overall lighting (key/fill/contrast ratio/etc) then the 5D4 with Canon Log will help you a little bit, but to really solve that problem you need lighting and lighting modifiers. If you need all of the above and your client doesn't have money to pay for all of the above, you should find a client who does have the money to pay.

August 23, 2017 at 4:48AM


Quality is very subjective, it is all about what your clients value most. You can name it: sharpness, detail, color depth, dynamic range, lighting execution, concept, writing, art direction, direction, performance, edit, color correction, post production, etc. All of this contributes and you have to understand what are your clients expectations when they talk about improving quality. Changing the camera won't make you instantly a better filmmaker, dp, producer, etc. It can contribute to improve some aspects but first you'll have to understand that with something that can be seen as very simple like changing the camera, comes with some other challenges because every camera performs in its own unique way. Also keep in mind and educate your clients about how everything has a cost and, based on what you have said before, perhaps their budget has no room to move up for better production values. If you decide ultimately that changing your camera (buying or renting) is the way to go, keep in mind what kind of work you'll be doing and go for a camera than can keep you covered (you mentioned slow motion, very curious to know why you are thinking in a scenario where you'll be matching two very different cameras like 1300d and 5D).

August 24, 2017 at 9:59AM, Edited August 24, 9:59AM

Ulises Bravo
Filmmaker, DP

Agree on quality being subjective, if we're talking image quality it's more objective though. Resolution, dynamic range and color depth are important in defining image quality, it does not however mean that the film/video/project has more quality.

I disagree when you say that changing the camera won't make you a better filmmaker or dp instantly. You will produce better quality image which enlarges your filmmaker or dp range of quality, and this will happen the moment you start shooting with a better camera.

Vasco Loja

August 27, 2017 at 12:53PM

I think the biggest determiner of quality is your skills and vision. So if you need to upgrade, start with yourself first. It is not just a matter of talent and knowledge, but do not discount experience. So putting your hands on a camera, any camera and learning the discipline of going out and shooting. Then there is something I call, learning to read the video, to judge your own work, learning to judge the work of others. Allows you to be critical and understand that your images are created, not found. Understanding the technical is to also understand the relationship between story and image, for example a blurry image might be a terrible image, but a perfect image to tell a story.

August 29, 2017 at 3:26PM


This was a useful post. Thanks for sharing.
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October 7, 2017 at 10:36AM

Tanuja Khan
Writer, Photographer

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