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APS-C sensor cameras including the 80D, 70D, 7D Mk. II, 7D, EOS M and Rebel models for HD video recording.


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Old October 1st, 2009, 12:34 PM   #1
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Volunteer needed, so we can measure rolling shutter...

Let's figure out what the scan latency (rolling shutter) is on the 7D. To do that, we need somebody to shoot a quick video test with their camera and a flash unit, grab some full resolution frames, and give us the results.

Just aim the camera at something boring, like a wooden door, and manually trigger the flash a bunch of times. Then you need to capture three frames:

1) A frame in which you can see the whole flash from beginning to end.
2) A frame in which you can see the start of the flash near the bottom of the screen, immediately followed by...
3) A frame in which you see the end of the flash near the top of the screen.
Capture these frames at full resolution and let us know the frame rate (24p, 25p...) of the video.

Here's the analysis part. Do it yourself, or post the full rez frames at DVINfo and we can do it.
A) Count the number of lines of flash in capture #1. That will tell us your actual shutter duration.
B) Count the lines in captures #2 and #3 and subtract them from result A. That will tell us how many "virtual lines" there are between scans.
C) The more virtual lines there are (when the sensor is at rest), the less rolling shutter there is.

Rolling Shutter Latency = Frame time * ( sensor lines / (sensor lines + virtual lines))

I've got the 5D2, but not the 7D - otherwise, I'd do this test myself. Let's find out how fast the 7D's sensor really is!
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Old October 2nd, 2009, 03:42 PM   #2
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All you need is a 7D, a photo flash unit, and a few minutes to do the test. This will help us find out exactly how much rolling shutter the 7D has compared to the 5D2.
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Old October 2nd, 2009, 04:08 PM   #3
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