July 5, 2016 at 4:33AM

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Nikon D5200 or Canon 700d?

I'm looking to get a DSLR camera to get started with film-making, and the two which seem to stand out most are the Nikon D5200 and the Canon 700d, and I was wondering which one was better? If anyone knows any better cameras for a similar price, please let me know, thanks.

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Canon is better for video IMO. I feel like Nikons footage is more contrasted and when it comes to grading you want the flattest look you can get out of a camera. The higher end Nikons seem to take great video though.

July 5, 2016 at 9:16AM

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Clark McCauley
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I would go with the Nikon D5200 for a few reasons:

- The Nikon video image is generally moire free, where almost ALL Canon APS-C cameras have significant problems recording moire in their video image. ( the exception is the Canon 7D Mk2 which like the Canon 5D Mk3 is pretty much moire free )

- The Nikon D5200 records a much more detailed image.

- The Nikon D5200 records video with a better dynamic range. ( at least 1 stop better than the Canon APS-C cameras )

- The Nikon D5200 is better in low-light. ( not by much, but it's still there )

For video work the Canon 7D Mk2, Canon 5D Mk3, or any of their EOS Cine cameras ( C100 or C300 ) produce a great video image, but the rest of their APS-C cameras are significantly worse than the Nikon D5200 / D5300 / D5500 / D7100 / D7200 / D750 / D800 / D810 cameras.

July 5, 2016 at 9:45AM, Edited July 5, 9:46AM

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Guy McLoughlin
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Does it have better DR? I used the D5200 last year and found it to be significantly less. Could be a picture profile issue I guess, but the image falls apart easily.

Clark McCauley

July 5, 2016 at 11:57AM

>>>Does it have better DR? I used the D5200 last year and found it to be significantly less.

Samuel Hurtado's free FLAAT picture profiles help bring out the full DR of the D5200 camera.

http://www.similaar.com/foto/flaat-picture-controls/index.html

July 5, 2016 at 2:00PM

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Guy McLoughlin
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I can't speak to the 700d because I have never used it, but when I was just starting out I had a D5200 and it was a great first camera. I actually still have it. It is well built, reliable, has great battery life, and solid image quality for that price range. The previous poster is right about the FLAAT picture profile-- it drastically improves DR and it is a great starting point to learn the color grading fundamentals you will use throughout your career when you are eventually grading R3D, S-log, or Log-C footage. Good luck starting out man!

July 8, 2016 at 1:40PM, Edited July 8, 1:40PM

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Sam C.
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Thanks everyone, I'll certainly take all this on board when I'm buying, although it seems obvious which one to go for :P

July 18, 2016 at 2:14AM

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