Should I buy the latest model?

Posted on January 17, 2013

As the technology is moving fast forward, new models of cameras gets released all the time. It’s hard to keep up with all the new stuff, but when people are to buy a new camera, they often get attracted to the newest models without knowing what’s new with them. How much better are they actually?

Canon’s camera series, EOS, has been going on for a long time. The first EOS camera that could capture video, was the Canon EOS 500D/Rebel t1i. It was released March 2009 and it could capture HD videos. The quality of the video was okay, but no breakthrough. Then the year after, in February 2010, the Canon EOS 550D/Rebel t2i was released. In my opinion, this camera was like a revolution for indie filmmakers. You were now able to buy a camera for $1200 that could record full HD video that looked just like film. It could also capture slow motion 720p video, it had a microphone input and manual exposure for video. Since I was looking for a new videocamera, I bought it as soon as it was released. The first thing I did, was to make a testfilm, and I was shocked. The quality was simply amazing. The testvideo I filmed then got really popular on Youtube, and the viewers couldn’t believe their own eyes. See the video here:

Every year after, Canon released a new model (EOS 600D, EOS 650D), and now they are soon releasing the Canon 700D. When making new models, there has to be some changes from the last model. The EOS 600D was the first one to have a flip screen and manual sound control, and the 650D was the first one to have a continues autofocus during filming. The flip screen and the manual sound control is really nice to have when filming, and autofocus feature in the 650D was a good idea, but unfortunately it turned out to be a bit to slow and stuttering to use when filming. So what about the video quality? Shouldn’t it be much better in the newest model? No difference.

A camera that produces good quality video, is what most people are looking for. Since they assume that the newest model has better quality, they buy it, instead of doing some research and spare some money by buying an older model. The Canon 550D produces the same video quality as the newer models. Yes, it doesn’t have the flip screen nor audio controls, but if this isn’t important for you, and you are most in to video quality, then go for the Canon 550D. It’s also possible to download a hack to your Canon 550D which is called Magic Lantern. It actually gives you the opportunity to control the audio in the Canon 550D, add zebra stripes, add black bars for shooting 2:35 and a lot of other features. Because of all the new models, the 550D has become really cheap. For the price of one Canon EOS 650D, you can get a new Canon EOS 550D + the really nice Canon 50mm f1.4 USM lens or the Tamron 18-270 mm lens with image stabiliser.

The conclusion is: When looking for a new camera, the latest and most expensive products doesn’t need to be the best solution. Do some research and you can save a lot of money!

Check out a video I made using only the Canon EOS 550D, the Tamron 18-270mm and the “smoothcam” effect in post (an effect in Final Cut Pro, that makes the shots even more stabilized). I shot everything handheld.

What camera do you have, and why did you buy it? Leave a comment below :)

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  1. Rene Vettori January 26, 2013 5:41 pm

    I have the Rebetl t4i. For the high price of the 5D, I was thinking of buying the 7D, but I did a research (including your amazing videos) and the t4i is best for shooting videos than the 7D. And because it is cheaper, I could buy a Sigma lens f/1.4. ;)
    Anders, could you make a text about your rendering settings and a color correction tutorial?! The images you get are just… lost for words, mate!
    Cheers!

  2. Abdullah February 7, 2013 6:38 pm

    Many thanks Anders
    i grateful for you :)

  3. Ganesh Sunar February 23, 2014 6:44 pm

    I have 1st Canon 1000d (2009)than i update Canon 5d mark 2(2012) i have canon 50mm 1.4,canon 17-40mm f4, Canon 70-300 f4-6.5, Sigma 70mm f2.8 macro and Tamron 24-70 f2.8 vc, i want shoot video, i want to be a film maker. thanks