Canon 5D Mark III Gets Its Ass Kicked… By a Smartphone

oneplusRemember when the Canon 5D Mark III was released and everyone was going crazy! Gosh, has it been two years already?

We know that technology is evolving at an ever-so-rapid pace. Those in-the-know simply have to ask about what’s the “flavor of the month,” and everyone knows what they are talking about – cameras! Well, it looks like the flavor of August 2014 is the OnePlus One smartphone, which shoots a glorious 4K with a Sony sensor.

Fire up your 4k projector and check out how the OnePlus performs (be sure to change the settings to 4k so we can at least try to crash YouTube’s servers):

And this is a comparison between the Canon black box and “the device”:

What about some shots after your curfew?

Pretty slick, huh? And for a device that fits in your pocket (and makes phone calls)! Mindblowing for sure. Of course, it wouldn’t be worth bananas unless it could also shoot at 120fps:

Obviously, the resolution is not the only thing filmmakers and videographers should look at when shopping for a new camera. The OnePlus One’s resolution is really crisp when compared to the Canon 5d in ideal lighting situations, but how does it perform in extremely dark conditions. How high can the OnePlus ISO go without graining up the image? And of course, the Canon’s sensor is much bigger, which gives you more control over depth of field.

Here’s what the author of the experiment, Giacomo Mantovan, posted on his blog:

The sole aim of this test is to compare how the OnePlus One performs respect the Canon 5D Mark III in a ideal light condition. In this case I am pleased to notice that the OPO is the clear winner, but no doubts that the Canon 5D Mark III is still the best option for filmmakers, for all the many reasons that make a DSLR what it is. It is though interesting to notice that, in terms of dynamic range, the OPO performed incredibly well compared with the 5D, and I can tell you that with a similar exposure, there is almost no difference between the two.”

The Mark III isn’t quite ready to be de-throned by a smartphone quite yet, but the future is promising for both camps.

Congratulations Giacomo for getting your hands on a OnePlus One (these things are selling by invite-only) and thank you for sharing these tests. Check out his full article at