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Samsung Galaxy Note 3 vs Canon EOS 5D Mark III: video comparison results will surprise you

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Samsung Galaxy Note 3 vs Canon EOS 5D Mark III: video comparison results will surprise you

The Galaxy Note 3 is Samsung’s top-of-the-line phablet at the moment and one of the best phablets money can buy with features like a large 5.7” 1080p display, S Pen support and a quad-core Snapdragon 800 chip, but what is not mentioned that often is the fact that it’s 13-megapixel shooter is capable of recording 4K video. Is this really that big of a deal, though? Photographer Alec Weinstein decided to do the ultimate test to see how the Galaxy Note 3 video recording compares to Canon’s top-shelf DSLR, the full-frame 22-megapixel EOS 5D Mark III DSLR, equipped with a SIGMA 24-70mm f/2.8 lens.

And the results might be a shock for you. 

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 vs Canon EOS 5D Mark III: video comparison results will surprise you
But first, let us say that this is a daylight test (with plentiful sunlight) and the videos have been edited to look close to what the Note III produces. Weinstein adjusted contrast, saturation, sharpening, some color temp tweaks and did some slight exposure tweaks to the Mark III footage. Also, since small-sensor cameras like the one in the Note III do pump up shutter speeds, the same was done for the Mark III. On the Mark III, footage was recorded at 1080p, while on the Note 3 it was downsized to 1080p from 4K.

We won’t spoil it with any comments, but we’re looking forward to hearing your thoughts on the difference in the video footage between the two. Do you think that in such conditions the Galaxy Note 3 is approaching the quality of a professional-grade camera like the Mark III? And which of the recordings you like better and why?

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posted on 02 May 2014, 05:31 19

1. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3535; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


Nice, 4K is amazing!

posted on 02 May 2014, 06:14 4

11. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


But 4K technology is too far away, and 4K TV's are damn expensive. So, I don't see the reason to use 4K since I don't have a 4K TV and it will take a lot of space on your phone.

posted on 02 May 2014, 06:18 2

12. YodhaMali (Posts: 49; Member since: 05 Jan 2013)


You want something, you gotta lose something. The storage space is just a small price to pay for videos with high details.

posted on 02 May 2014, 06:23 8

19. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3689; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


And you can always scale it to 1080p retaining most details and reducing the size.

posted on 02 May 2014, 06:19 4

13. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3535; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


Yeah, but I think 4K still looks a lot better than 1080p, even on 1080p screen. Though better buy a good memory card if I want to film a lot

posted on 02 May 2014, 06:19 5

14. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3689; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


Did you see the above video it was downscaled from 4k to full hd. So it retained the details in a normal full hd video which you can watch on a smartphone, pc, tv whatever.

posted on 02 May 2014, 07:00 4

20. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1888; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


4K technology is still few years away from being the norm. However, like everyone said, when you compressed 4K footage down to 1080p, you'll just get amazing video quality.

posted on 02 May 2014, 07:55

31. doejon (Posts: 398; Member since: 31 Jul 2012)


lol actually its quit the same full HD and 2k screen smartphone display..
4k footage from note 3 on a hd tv looks kina :-) sharper then the same footage but only in hd

posted on 02 May 2014, 08:59 3

38. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


"But 4K technology is too far away..."

Wake up it is already here!

posted on 02 May 2014, 21:40

66. tuminatr (Posts: 774; Member since: 23 Feb 2009)


They are not that bad Sears had on for $999 in a 55" as a christmas specal they are still in some of their stores allthowe I think they now want $1299.99 for a 55"

posted on 02 May 2014, 07:12 1

21. Ashoaib (Posts: 3229; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


Wow... note 3 out performed canon, great work samsung.... but in RAW canon is out performing note

posted on 03 May 2014, 16:11

70. DBounce (Posts: 155; Member since: 26 Apr 2014)


Can't say I saw the Canon outperform the Samsung, not even in RAW mode. Where the Canon held a edge was in resolving colors. But that alone cannot save it from the fact that overall image quality was decidedly better on the Samsung.

posted on 02 May 2014, 08:02 3

33. doejon (Posts: 398; Member since: 31 Jul 2012)


looking forward to note 4

posted on 02 May 2014, 13:17 2

62. Wiki_jaan (Posts: 704; Member since: 24 Jun 2012)


i was going to buy n3 but i m waiting for n4 coz its only 5 months ahead.. hope its worth waiting

posted on 02 May 2014, 05:37

2. x88yunkw (Posts: 123; Member since: 20 Aug 2012)


Why don't you use Canon own factory lens?

posted on 02 May 2014, 05:47 3

3. express77 (unregistered)


Hope phones' camera reach current DSLR's level very soon.

posted on 02 May 2014, 06:23 7

18. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3535; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


lol won't happen. It's even against the physics xD.

posted on 05 May 2014, 06:56 1

72. Chrisyahya (Posts: 59; Member since: 28 Apr 2014)


it can. ah yes, with photography skill too.

hope any vendors make a detachable lens in Smartphone. it would be awesome!

posted on 02 May 2014, 05:48 11

4. SamDroid (unregistered)


Actually, not surprised. Samsung makes great cameras.

posted on 02 May 2014, 06:22 7

17. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3535; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


Actually, not surprised. 4 times the pixels.

posted on 02 May 2014, 10:14 1

42. The13thKing (banned) (Posts: 849; Member since: 26 Feb 2014)


four times the pixels? while downsized to 1080p. imagination works. me is love sony too. good old days. *f@rts*

posted on 02 May 2014, 10:25

45. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3535; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


#44 please

posted on 02 May 2014, 10:29

47. PunyPoop (Posts: 752; Member since: 18 Jan 2013)


Don't mind him, you'll surely lose your mind! He comments and comments, he didn't bother to watch the video, he's a dumb k!d

posted on 02 May 2014, 10:35

51. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3535; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


I know. But I can't let him be alone. Other ways he gets sad and lonely.

posted on 02 May 2014, 11:05 3

52. The13thKing (banned) (Posts: 849; Member since: 26 Feb 2014)


yes I need the sony grandpa to keep me entertained :(

posted on 02 May 2014, 11:15 1

55. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3535; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


Exactly. Little children can't survive without wise grandparents' help.

posted on 02 May 2014, 11:11 1

53. The13thKing (banned) (Posts: 849; Member since: 26 Feb 2014)


Go back to the nursing home! PS they love Nokias and Sonys there. lmaooooo

posted on 05 May 2014, 06:56

73. Chrisyahya (Posts: 59; Member since: 28 Apr 2014)


how bout Nokia Lumia 1020? what you think about it?

posted on 05 May 2014, 07:15

74. SamDroid (unregistered)


That sexy beast? With the right apps it can be an amateur moviemaker's dream...

posted on 02 May 2014, 05:54 11

5. hboy857 (Posts: 349; Member since: 03 Jun 2013)


Note 3 wins.

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