Canon Vs Sony: Could You Tell the Difference and Win $10,000?

The ongoing battle between Canon and Sony when it comes to video performance can stir up some heated debates. Check out how seven well-known YouTubers fare when trying to spot the difference between all-but-identical footage with a prize of $10,000 on the line.

YouTuber Parker Walbeck put together a tough challenge: shoot footage with a Canon and Sony camera side by side, make it look as identical as possible, and then ask industry professionals to decide which camera shot which footage.

Some will be quick to point out that all seven managed to answer correctly for the low-light test, with the Canon footage looking marginally worse in terms of noise and artifacts. Image stabilization was trickier and might take some viewers by surprise. However, as these professionals are keen to point out, the differences are typically so minute that the resulting arguments over which company produces the better cameras is left seeming a little ridiculous. Your client definitely won’t notice the difference, and it seems neither will anybody else. Of course, there’s more to a choice of camera than simply the quality of the resulting footage, so this experiment is unlikely to discourage too many from indulging in the usual back and forth.

How did you do? Let us know in the comments below.

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6 Comments
Eric Robinson's picture

When are people going to realise the difference lies not in the gear but the person using it. Who really cares about the badge on the camera.

Greg Wilson's picture

You can’t, after the photos are compressed by video codecs and uploaded to YouTube. But you perfectly can when working with RAW files. As many people mentioned here, myself is no exception, the Sony colours are more difficult and less rewarding to work with, especially when working with skintones.

Black Z Eddie .'s picture

Man, your SDS (Sony Derangement Syndrome) is showing, again. I take it you didn't bother reading the article and/or watched the video. The challenge was with video clips, not photos.

To this day, some of you still get so blindly triggered whenever someone mentions "Sony". smh

Btw, Hot Tip: In terms of photos, [camera body of choice] + RNI Film presets = Sony colors. :P

Black Rock's picture

Both systems are excellent for commercial works, it comes down to the low light & post adjustment; the Sony files have so much more dynamic range, it's a lot easier to work with. Canon files are really half-baked and two generations behind, much more difficult to work with.

Black Z Eddie .'s picture

Except for the noise test, I couldn't tell them apart.