Canon T5i vs 60D vs 70D

How does the Canon T5i stack up against the 60D and 70D?

Pros of the 60D and 70D bodies

  • Top LCD screen and slightly more accessible button layout for quickly adjusting settings
  • Bigger slightly more robust body
  • Slightly Faster FPS with a little larger buffer, longer burst shooting
  • Faster Max shutter speed at 1/80000 of a second
  • Pentaprism viewfinder = brighter/larger
  • Longer battery life

Additionally the 70D offers (70D Pros)

  • A newly designed sensor - 22MP and better low light capabilities.
  • Camcorder like auto focus when used with any Canon lens - Silent AF during video if using 18-55 STM or 18-135 STM lens
  • WiFI for streaming live view or sharing images to smartphone/tablet
  • Micro focus adjustment - pro level feature that lets you align lenses and cameras for maximum sharpness
  • Multiple compression levels for H.264 video
  • Touchscreen

Canon T5i Pros-Over the 60D

  • Continuous Auto focus during video (silent when paired with new STM lenses 40mm or 18-135)
  • On board Stereo Mic
  • Newer Digic Processor = higher ISO capabilities & in camera HDR
  • Touch screen
  • Smaller - more easily portable

-Over the 70D

  • Smaller - more easily portable
  • Cheaper with 18-55 STM or 18-135 STM lens


70D 70D Pro
  • A newly designed sensor - 22MP and better low light capabilities.
  • Camcorder like auto focus when used with any Canon lens - Silent AF during video if using 18-55 STM or 18-135 STM lens
  • WiFI for streaming live view or sharing images to smartphone/tablet
  • Micro focus adjustment - pro level feature that lets you align lenses and cameras for maximum sharpness
  • Multiple compression levels for H.264 video
  • Touchscreen
  • Top LCD screen and slightly more accessible button layout for quickly adjusting settings
  • Slightly Faster FPS with a little larger buffer, longer burst shooting
  • Faster Max shutter speed at 1/80000 of a second
  • Pentaprism viewfinder = brighter
  • Longer battery life

Price- Body Only $1199 | with 18-55 Lens | with 18-135 Lens $1549

60D Pro
  • Top LCD screen and slightly more accessible button layout for quickly adjusting settings
  • Slightly Faster FPS with a little larger buffer, longer burst shooting
  • Faster Max shutter speed at 1/80000 of a second
  • Pentaprism viewfinder = brighter
  • Longer battery life

Price- Body Only $599 | with 18-135 Lens 

T5i Pro
  • Continuous Auto focus during video (silent when paired with new STM lenses 40mm or 18-135)
  • On board Stereo Mic
  • Newer Digic Processor = higher ISO capabilities & in camera HDR
  • Touch screen
  • Smaller - more easily portable

Canon T5i (Best Prices on Amazon)

 The 60D has been out for almost four years, announced August 2010. The 70D began shipping at the beginning of September 2013. The T5i and 60D share the same sensor.  At low ISOs the image quality and noise levels should be virtually identical.  The 70D has a new 22MP sensor with improved low light capabilities. All cameras have articulated LCD screens of the same size but the T5i and 70D have touchscreens with the 70D being slightly improved, very little real world difference there.   Looking through the viewfinder the 60D/70D has pentaprism which means a brighter viewfinder, The 60D/70D also uses the larger LP-E6 batteries which effectively doubles battery life, 60D/70D gets nearly 1100 shots per battery, the T5i is around 500.  You also get higher FPS and shutter speed with the 60D/70D, 6fps/7fps and 1/8000 second versus 5.3 with the T5i and a larger buffer on the 60D/70D gives you a few more shots at those higher speeds. 60D/70D is a bit bigger and a bit more rugged with a top LCD screen. The 70D allows for micro focus adjustment - a pro level feature that lets you align lenses and cameras for maximum sharpness. 70D also has new dual pixel focus for camcorder like focus with any canon lens during video.  Silent focus if you use one of the STM lenses. 70D also has Wifi for connecting to live view via smartphone or tablet and accessing images for sharing.Summary - If you are getting paid to shoot you should consider the 60D or 70D, longer battery life, slightly more ergonomic design and button layout plus the top screen LCD allow you to shoot more efficiently.  The 70D is expensive but provides some of the best crop sensor images possible at this time and if you want camcorder like focus with the quality of a DSLR there is no better option than the 70D.  If you are a parent or amateur the smaller size of the T5i is a bonus, best camera is the one you will have with you most of the time and the STM lenses paired with the T5i do a decent job of auto focusing, just not quite as good as the new 70D. 

D5200 vs T4i (650D) Real World Use

After nearly three months of using the Canon T4i side by side with the Nikon D5200, I  thought an updated comparison and discussion of the two cameras would be helpful.   I am not going to tell you which camera to buy. They both have strengths and weaknesses and depending on the type of photography/videography you do or plan to do.

Key Points or Differences Nikon D5200 & Canon T4i (650D):

Image Quality

  • In most day to day photos (auto mode or manual) you see little difference between the two camera.  There are some shots where extra detail is visible from the D5200 but only after I stopped using the kit lens.  The Canon kit lens seems better and the fact that the T4i with 18-135 currently costs less than the D5200 with a less sharp and less convenient 18-55 lens is worth noting.
  • When the pop up flash is used the Nikon wins every time, flash exposure is significantly better with the D5200.
  • In lower light the D5200 does an excellent job, The T4i is close but not on par.  You also see a higher dynamic range from the D5200, a better ability to handle a range of light. In lower light the T4i does not do as well and you notice a loss of detail in some areas, a neon sign is a good example.   You see these differences in photos and video.

Performance & Usability

  • The T4i feels responsive with very little lag in navigating the menu, switching modes etc.  The t5i is said to be even slightly improved with no mirror flip down while switching modes on the dial.   The D5200, from time to time, exhibits just a bit of lag, mostly I notice it when waiting to review a shot taken with live view on, it takes noticeably longer which leads me to next point
  • The Nikon has greater focus point covereage but I find myself using a single point often and have not seen any noticeable differences with focus speed but I have noticed a hesitation from the Nikon when trying to get a burst of shots in, granted these are larger files but the T4i doesn't suffer from this and the other day I was using both side by side on some skateboarders and missing shots with the D5200 because of the hesitation.  Shot for shot in RAW though they do end up very close, both manage about 6 or 7 shots before the buffer fills and they start to slow down.
  • The touchscreen makes the T4i a breeze to use and I often find myself using a hybrid approach of buttons and touchscreen, this approach feels very efficient.  I have knocked the Nikon for usability and it does lack the touchscreen but the "i" button does provide quick access to commonly used settings and the programable function button (fn) gives you some customizability that the T4i lacks, though you can program the SET button on the T4.
  • The touchscreen is also lovely for reviewing images - pinch to zoom works and "flipping" through images is snappy.
  • After shooting the T4i provides quick menu (Q) with a variety of operations, anything you want to do with an image on the D5200 needs a few clicks into the menu system
  • Getting picky, there are times when I notice just a bit of distortion around the edges of the Nikon viewfinder, I don't see that with the Canon.
  • Arghh - the D5200 does not allow you to change aperture when you are in live view.  The Nikon does let you adjust shutter speed and ISO but does not update live view, for learning and teaching I love the real time feedback you get on Canon as you change shutter speed, ISO or aperture and watch the LCD simulate your exposure.  You can display an exposure indicator.
  • The D5200 is not nearly as fun to shoot video with, mostly because of the aperture lock out and lack of exposure simulation in live view. I usually shoot a 1/60 of a second and adjust my aperture and ISO as needed, with the Nikon D5200 this requires a few trips out of live view and back before I am happy.   The upside is the video quality out of the D5200 at the higher ISOs it is quite impressive.

Feature Set

  • There really aren't any features on the T4i that are fun, this isn't necessarily a bad thing but when you compare say the HDR mode on the Canon(very barebones) against the HDR mode on the Nikon which actually takes fewer shots but gives you control over processing power - it feels like a pretty simple camera there is wireless flash control which is quite nice and the D5200 lacks but the HDR and the effects menu is fairly simple.
  • Nikon D5200 offers effects and scenes and allows you to shoot video in with some of those effects applied in realtime.  The t5i will offer a similar option but this isn't something the T4i allows.
  • The Retouch menu in the D5200 is quite robust, not so much on the t4i.  I don't recommend you spend lots of time retouching in camera but the options are there if it is important to you.
  • The Magic Lantern folks are working, an Alpha version is available, and this certainly ups the feature set but I am not sure it is fair to talk about in this review, it doesn't come with the camera.

Bottom lineNikon D5200 - Power camera, excellent quality, nice feature sets that suffers from a few quirks, tad slower performance and needs a lens other than the kit to really shine.Canon T4i -  Simple and snappy with tools that help you grow as a photographer, paired with the 18-135 STM is a very friendly and easy to use photo and video machine. Support this site.  Buy the Canon T4i(or T5i) or Nikon D5200 from Amazon  

Canon T5i vs T4i (Explained Simply)

Quick Facts - Very little has changed. T5i will be available in late April with an 18-55 STM kit lens.

Ask me if you have any questions. Seriously, if you have a question shoot me an email or use the little chat widget. 

Have a question? send me an email, I respond to most emails in less than 12 hours.  You can also leave me a message on my FB Nice giveaway starting soon, follow my FB page to be notified.What the T5i has that the T4i doesn't

  • Sold with an 18-55 STM kit lens. The T4i is only sold with standard 18-55 kit and the 18-135 STM kit.
  • A mode dial that rotates 360 degrees. The T4i dial has a gap and a stop.
  • Creative filters can be displayed in real-time (as you take the photo) T4i only offered creative filter application after you took a photo.

* Silent Af only possible with the STM lenses, the 40mm(only kinda silent), the 18-135 STM and the NEW EF-S 18-55 STM.Images coming soon but really the two cameras are nearly identical inside and out.

Canon T5i Body only: $749.99Body+18-55 STM IS Kit: $899.99Body+18-135 IS Kit: $1099.99 Canon T4i Body only: $648.99Body +18-55mm IS II: $699.99Body +18-135mm IS STM: $799 (Bundled deal w/ 55-250)

Thoughts- With the recent price drops the T4i with 18-135 is an excellent value that probably won't last, I hear that the T4i will be phased out and the T3i will be sold as a cheaper alternative, side by side with T3i coming soon.

Canon T5i vs T4i vs D5200 and more

Entry to mid level DSLRs Compared

Update 3-25-13: I have now been using the D5200 and the T4i side by side for over two months - I have been a Canon shooter for many years and I will probably stay a Canon shooter for many years but the more I use the Nikon D5200 the more I see it as superior to Canon's current(T4i) AND upcoming cameras(T5i). I still see value in the T4i with 18-135 STM as a very nice family friendly machine that does both photo and video in a friendly and approachable way but the D5200, fairly consistently, gives better results. When the light levels drop- the results are noticeably better AND you get more features like intervalometer & Wifi control through dongle.  You do have to put up with a few quirks of the D5200 and it generally feels a bit slower in the hand BUT if image quality is your ultimate goal the D5200 is a better camera.

This table compares the Canon T5i(700d) with last years T4i (650D) and several competitors.I am here to help - Feel free to give me a shout, there are no stupid questions about camerasRound up of all T5i information (coming soon)Honestly the chart below is only so helpful - I have other more helpful post outlining the differences in plain speak.

Note - T5i specs are based on rumors from Canonwatch, Canonrumors & DCI- Specs will be updated when cameras are announced March 22

Canon T5i vs Canon T4i vs Canon T3i vs Nikon D5200 vs Nikon D3200

t5iT5i (700D) t4i_angleT4i (650D) Canon T3i(600D) d5200 Nikon D5200 Nikon D3200
Quick Thoughts Minor upgrade over T4i -User friendly, responsive camera with touchscreen control and silent AF during video when paired with 18-135 STM. Now sold with 18-55 STM too and wider AF area for video focus. User friendly, responsive camera with touchscreen control and silent AF during video when paired with 18-135 STM. Serious entry level camera w/ articulated LCD and even more room to grow Feature packed camera with excellent sensor (video comparison with t4i) Serious MP count in this DSLR w/ solid video options including AF while filming equal a stellar option, excellent sensor.
MP 18 18 18 24 24
ISO range 100-25,600 100-12,800 expandable to 25,600 Auto - 6400 (12800) Auto - 6400 expandable to 25600 Auto - 6400 Expandable to 12800
Number of Focus points 9 focus points, all are cross type 9 focus points, all are cross type 9 focus points, center cross type 39 focus points, center 9 are cross type 11 focus points, center is cross type
Continuous Drive (fps) 5 5 3.7 5 4
Max Burst
LCD Screen Articulating 3" 1,040,000 dots Touchscreen Articulating 3" 1,040,000 dots Touchscreen Articulating 3" 921,00 dots Articulating3" 921,000 dots Fixed 3" 921,00 dots
Viewfinder Pentamirror 95% coverage Pentamirror 95% coverage Pentamirror 95% coverage Pentamirror 95% coverage Pentamirror 95% coverage
Full Time AF while Filming? YES YES NO YES YES
Movie Mode 1080p 30/25/24 fps720 60/50 fps640 60/50 fps 1080p 30/25/24 fps720 60/50 fps640 60/50 fps 1080p 24fps720 30/25/24640 x 424 24 1080i 60/50fps, 1080p 30,25,24fps 720 60/50fps 424 30/25fps 1080p 30,25,24fps  720p 60,50fps, 424p 30, 24
Max Recording Limit 30 mins 30 mins (see recording limits for more info) 30 mins (see recording limits for more info) 20 Mins 20 Minutes
Microphone Stereo Stereo Mono Stereo Mono
Ext Mic Jack YES Yes Yes Yes Yes
IS In Lens In Lens In Lens In Lens In Lens
Lens Mount Canon EF/EF-S mount Canon EF/EF-S mount Canon EF/EF-S mount Nikon F Mount Nikon F Mount
Battery Life 470 shots 440 shots 500 shots 540 shots
Weight 580g 530g 570g 506g 505g
COST (body only) $649 $518 ~ $499
Cost (Kit lens) $799 (1199 w/ STM lens) $578 $896 $699

Quick Thoughts - T4i(650d) mini and 70D

Update - The latest information does NOT mention the 70D - it looks like we will see the T5i (700D) and a smaller rebel 100D. 700D Specs are mildly improved over the 650D with one item worth noting, an 18-55 STM lens will be available in April. The 100D will be available in May. Canonwatch is talking about a smaller form factor DSLR from Canon that may be coming soon - specs sounds basically the same including using the same sensor used in the T4i(650D). FYI it is quite difficult to shrink a DSLR down as it needs a mirror and the space required is a significant percentage of the total camera size. My excitement level is a 4 out of 10. The next exciting announcement is later this month when we should hear about the 70D, a 60D replacement. The rumor is a return to the higher level occupied by the 50D. 50D 60D 70D Released in 2008, the 50D was placed solidly above the Rebel line, it offered a camera with magnesium body (think pretty tough) and professional features like Micro-AF adjust (not all lenses focus perfectly with all bodies, Micro AF allows you to tweak the alignment to get better results for each lens) and a fast burst rate with large buffer. Two years to the day later the 60D was announced and was seen by many as a departure from the prosumer line and a blurring with the Rebel line.  The 60D was slightly smaller, lost the magnesium body and the Micro AF adjustment.  It did gain video recording features and the articulated screen.   With the feature set of the T4i it is likely that the 70D will return the XXD line to a more professional level. This will increase the price with a kit costing somewhere in the neighborhood of $1500. This also puts it on par with Nikon's recently released and excellent D7100. If you follow all of the different Canon lines you may wonder where that leaves the 7Ds replacement, the rumor there is that the 7D Mark II will come in at much higher level too, close to $2000 and offering a high-end focus system and burst rate that is needed by sports and wildlife photographers. miniT4iBack to the idea of a smaller T4i- eh.  Traditionally Canon has offered a dumbed down rebel and budget friendly rebel that uses a similar form factor with cheaper sensor and missing a few features.  This sounds like the opposite - a smaller camera with the current T4i guts crammed inside.   I don't know how this will fit in the pricing scheme but Canon is certainly feeling pressure from the mirrorless and Micro 4/3 systems otherwise they wouldn't have rushed the EOS-M out the door with admittedly slower AF.     The smaller rebel rumor isn't very exciting unless it comes with a new feature or two and knowing these companies desire to extract every penny from our wallets those features will only appear in the second version. Someone left a comment on one of my videos "If only Canon and Nikon would combine we would have one Awesome camera"   Noooo this is exactly what we do not want.  Competition is good and I am pretty convinced now that the price of the T4i really dropped over the last months to get a solid install base before the D5200 was released though the Nikon still doesn't seem to be selling well and probably won't until it sees a price drop too. I'd love to hear your thoughts?

Costco Bundle T4i vs Amazon Bundle Canon T4i

Multiple folks have asked me about the Costco Canon t4i Bundle. For $899 they are offering. . well just check out the spreadsheet below and see that buying from Amazon saves you $130. It is important to note that this savings is mostly from the 55-250 discount that ends on 2/16Deal is still live as of 2/18. As always let me know if you have questions.    UPDATE: Added a video that shows exactly how to get the 55-250 bundle.

Nikon D5200 vs Canon T4i (Explained Simply)

I have here the T4i (650D) and the D5200 -Shown below is both mounted on my super fancy side by side comparator board- Canon T4i vs Nikon D5200Now with videoThese two cameras are very similar in size and shape. You may want to put your hands on both to see what feels nicest and watch my video comparing and contrasting the physical differences and similarities D5200 and T4i. I also have a page of High ISO Sample photos and video from the Nikon and the Canon

What the T4i has that the D5200 doesn't:

  • Touch screen - use is optional as all physical buttons are still present but it does allow access to all features of the camera in quick and efficient manner.
  • Silent Auto Focus during video when paired with the 18-135 STM lens.  Nikon also offers full time AF but does not have a silent lens.
  • Wireless Flash Control - ability to fire external flashes that are not attached to the camera
  • The ability to adjust your aperture during live view - Useful for learning.
  • Shooting in various aspect ratios 1:1, 4:3, 3:2. 16:9 but only when shot through live view
  • A bit more space on the back of the camera for larger hands.
  • Built in focus motor - the T4i will auto focus with all EF and EF-S lenses. D5200 lacks focus motor which limits lens selection - this is not nearly as big a deal as it was a few years ago, Nikon has released plenty of lenses that will AF with the D5200.
  • Custom Menu to save your most used settings.

What the D5200 has that the T4i doesn't:

  • Faster focusing brain with 39 AF points - Focus performance was occasionally slightly faster through the viewfinder and in live view.  T4i has 9 focus points.
  • Better low light performance.  Below 1600 ISO the two cameras perform similarly, above you start to see a difference with less noise and more detail out of the Nikon.
  • More megapixels 24 vs 18 - not nearly as big a difference as it looks on paper.  (Illus coming)
  • Small light for low-light auto focus assist. T4i has flash that pops up and annoyingly strobes.
  • More shutter modes - a slow burst 3FPS versus normal 5FPS(same as T4i) and a Quiet Shutter that doesn't sound much quieter.
  • 1080i at 60fps. T4i only offers 1080p at 30fps. At the 60 frame rates the video is interlaced and cropped a bit more.
  • Additional Scene Modes and effects (video coming soon) and a more robust HDR feature.
  • Wireless dongle accessory($60) makes it easy to use phone as live viewfinder/remote and download photos to phone/tablet.
  • Built in intervalometer for shooting time lapse.
  • A retouch menu with a several more options.
  • A few quirks: aperture changing, tendency to lean greenish though it can be argued that the Canon leans redish and an intervalometer that seems to just stop.

Canon T4i vs Nikon D5200 Summary:

If you were to just count the bullets Nikon would get a fairly clear K.O but not every bullet is worth the same weight and it depends on your needs and use case.  Both cameras produce excellent images in a variety of conditions.  If I had to pick highlights for each -On the Canon side I would mention that user friendly touchscreen which makes the whole camera a bit simpler to operate and the pairing with the 18-135 that provides silent and smooth auto focus during video -this is a very family friendly feature.On the Nikon side I would mention that the focus brain, ISO performance and general feature richness of the camera.Another Item worth mentioning - Nikon's track record of customer service is a bit less than stellar, they have had a few camera models in recent years shipped out with serious issues that they denied for way to long and their general average repair time is often several times longer than Canon.  I really haven't heard of any customer horror stories with Canon, although they too have shipped cameras with problems they seem to deal with the issue quickly enough and fairly.So which should you buy?  You are going to make the best pictures with the camera you are most comfortable using and I think for many of you this will be your first DSLR and that friendly touchscreen and user interface of the Canon is worth lots.  If you are willing to work a bit harder it is *possible" to get better photos out of the Nikon but I don't think for many of you that it is worth the quirks and in my opinion the more difficult operating system.Would you like a personal recommendation? Leave me a message on my Facebook page or a comment below letting me know about you, what you like to photograph and where you hope to be as a photographer in a year or two.


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Coming Soon -Cat at ISO 3200 Nikon D5200Next Steps - Price out lens packages for general use.  What does Nikon offer for general walk around, good zooms for wildlife, portraits, street, primes, macros etc.    External Flash options - Articles/Videos are coming along with "What would be your cost of owning"  

High ISO Samples - Nikon D5200 vs Canon T4i (650D)

UPDATE: My final review- Nikon D5200 vs Canon T4i(650D) Comparison

The T5i has been released. It performs identically in low light to the T4i. There are other slight differences between the T4i and T5i.   Watch my T5i (700D) vs D5200 video.Buying the Nikon or Canon through my links supports this site and costs you nothing extra.

I have a video comparison of the physical difference/similarities and a video with sample 1080P video from both cameras showing autofocus ability(Canon wins) and a video/audio test Canon t4i vs Nikon D5200(Winner-Toss up?) and low light - high iso video samples from both cameras.  - Scroll down for embedded videos.A few thoughts/comparisons:

  • Both cameras are capable of producing excellent images but the kit lens(18-55) for the Nikon is not great and that sensor shows it, high quality sensors need higher quality lenses.
  • Nikon image quality in lower light is noticeably better and overall image quality is better but it is very close.
  • Canon seems to be better at focusing and refocusing during video that coupled with a STM makes for smooth and fairly painless auto focus suitable for family and vacation videos.
  • Both cameras, with 18-55 kit lens, produce sound during focus that is picked up by the on board stereo mic while filming.  Canon does offer the silent 18-135 STM lens, Nikon does not have a comparably silent lens but the 18-55 on the Nikon is quiet, just not silent. UPDATE: With the T5i Canon now offers an 18-55 STM lens that is also silent.
  • The touchscreen and button layout of the Canon makes the camera more friendly to operate.  Worth repeating, the touchscreen is NICE!
  • The Nikon has a few more effect options under the effect dial
  • The Nikon offers a quiet shutter mode, two different burst speeds(low & high) and intervalometer and a few more features.
  • The Canon offers wireless external flash control.
  • The Canon gives someone with larger hands just a bit more space.
  • The Nikon has a few quirks
  • Nikon offers a $60 wireless dongle utility.

Complete Review of the T4i and Nikon D5200 is now available.

Have a question you want answered now or in the video review?  Leave it on my Facebook page or a comment below. 
Nikon D5200 low light test. from Hans zijffers on Vimeo.Video clips all shot with the Tamron 17-55 F2.8. ISO 1600 - 3200. Denoising was done on all shots to make it look as clean and crisp as possible.* Keep in mind that the raw video footage out of the D5200 can be noisy at ISO 1600 and above, especially in dark areas with little light available. (although I shot at ISO 4000 and saw very little noise due to the fact that there was enough light coming from a street lantern) The footage you see in this video is not colour corrected, very basic, I only added some brightness to pull details out of dark areas (the dynamic range is absolutely stunning in this camera!), then denoised it and added some sharpness. The camera picture style was set to Neutral with zero contrast and very little sharpening.Download the 720p file to see the best result.Canon T4i vs Nikon D5200

Shooting Video with a Canon T4i - Frame Rate and Shutter Speed Tips

Back in August I answered a few questions from Carson about filming with the T4i. A friend of his is a tour guide in Mexico and asked him to do a promotional video for the company, Mayans' Explorers. Now Carson has a background in television production but hadn't shot with a DSLR before, he basically wanted to know if I thought the T4i would suit his needs and had a few other questions that we worked out answer to together.     Caron recently shared the results of his trip and work.  This video was all shot on the T4i and a GoPro - basically dry shots are the T4i, wet stuff a GoPro.Get to know Mayans' Explorers from Carson Hunt on Vimeo.I asked him if he had any advice to share on shooting with the T4i -

The main thing for me was "think before you shoot". Think about what priority you want for your shot... motion blur, no motion blur, depth of field, etc... then set your shutter, aperture and ISO accordingly. For me, I stayed around a shutter of 50 most times to match my 24p frame rate. That way I achieved a nice cinematic look. Since so much was shot outside, my ISO was almost always at 100 and my aperture riding somewhere between f8 and f11.

I thought this would be an excellent time to share just a bit more about shooting video with a DSLR.  Shutter speed and frame rate do work together and can provide different looks depending on the speed and rate you choose.  Carson mentions this above with his comment "a nice cinematic look." Traditional film is shot at 24 frames per second and we have become accustomed to this look.  The general rule of thumb is to shoot at a shutter speed that is twice your fps or frame rate.  for 24fps you would want to shoot at 1/50 of a second.  2 x 24fps is 48 and a shutter speed of 1/50 is as close to 48 as you can get.    Continue this "rule" of doubling your shutter speed and shooting at 30p=1/60 and  60p=1/120. At the faster frame rates many complain that the video is harsh and almost has a strobe look.  Even 48p apparently bothers some (see all the hubbub about the Hobbit being shot at 48fps).  One huge benefit of the 60fps is the ability to slow it down to 30fps and get very nice smooth slow motion.What happens if you don't follow the rule of doubling? Slower shutter speed will lead to smeary video and faster shutter speed will lead to a staccato/strobing motion.One last thought for your brain - Shutter speeds of 1/50 to 1/1/20 are pretty slow and in bright sunlight you will be shooting with your aperture set to f/8 or higher, as Carson mentioned above. The good news is focus will be easy with a large depth of field, the bad news you lose the option of having that lovely shallow depth of field that makes these cameras so fun to shoot with - though it isn't always appropriate and when shooting the Mayan ruins it's nice to have everything in crisp focus.  But what if you wanted the option?  Any ideas?   There is a solution - Take a guess, don't be shy.  Post a comment below if you have an answer or want to ask a questions.Update: The answer was posted - A Variable Neutral Density Filter. For those that don’t know – an ND filter is simply sunglasses for your lens, they cut the amount of light down so in bright light you can either shoot at slower shutter speeds(i.e. blur waterfalls) or at wider apertures to get that shallow depth of field look. A VARIABLE ND filter allows you to rotate and dial in the amount that the filter darkens the image. Very useful for video work but the good ones are not cheap. If you want a recommendation let me know what lens(es) you will be using as each needs to be sized correctly. Carson adds that he did use a circular polarizer on most of the outside shots. I have written about CP filters elsewhere and this is certainly another use - they make the sky bluer and cut some of the light. Thanks for reading!