NOTE: There's some obvious data corruption in the video. It appeared in the final render, and seems to be heat related: it's being a very warm summer here in Madrid, and computers don't like that. I'll try to upload a new version in the following weeks, identical but without these issues. I may not have time for this until september, though, so I thought it would be better to just upload what I have.


This is not a serious shootout like the Zacuto ones, this is just three people meeting up to torture the crap out of their cameras.

The contenders are:
Canon 550D (T2i) (with the Leitz Summilux-R 50mm f/1.4)
Sony NEX-5N (with the Leitz Summilux-R 50mm f/1.4)
Panasonic GH2 (with the Leitz Summilux-R 50mm f/1.4)
Nikon D800 (with the AF-S Nikkor 85mm f/1.8 G)

They're all using Flaat, except for the GH2, which uses Standard with -2 for contrast, saturation and detail. It also uses the Driftwood Sedna AQ1-A Hack.

All you'll see here are 100% crops from 1080p24 footage (except for the 400% crops of the resolution test).


My conclusions from this shootout are as follows:

550D (T2i): OLD NEWS
Good color, decent low light performance, good dynamic range, but a lot softer than the others, and with horrible asliasing/moire..

It may not win any of the test, but it does very well in all of them. Not a small feat for a $600 camera that becomes nearly pocketable if you pair it with the very nice and very cheap Sigma 30mm f/2.8. I'm very happy with this little fella. Compared with the Canon: similar color and DR, but a lot sharper, and with greatly reduced aliasing/moire issues.

It delivers a very clean image (nearly no aliasing/moire issues) with a lot more detail than any of the others, but it also has over a stop less DR than them.
As noted by Andrew in the comments, 5DtoRGB may help with the DR of the GH2... I'll try to use it for the fixed version.

Above-average resolution, great low light capabilities, and the best DR in any sub-$4K camera (to my knowledge). It has some aliasing/moire issues, but they're relatively minor (in the sense that they won't show up as often as with the Canon). Its Achilles heel is the white balance: be ready for a struggle.


Thanks a lot to Ignacio Sánchez and David Calf for helping out and providing the GH2 and the D800 for the test.
Ignacio Sánchez:
David Calf:


Flaat for Canon:
Flaat for Nikon:
Flaat for the 5N:

More thoughts about the 5N here:

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