A friend of mine is having buyer's remorse with the 60D because of "jerky picture during pan and also if hand-held is not rock solid." He wishes he had bought the 5D instead.
Now, we know that the 5D has a bigger sensor/image and is probably a better camera. But, here's my question. Is the 5D going to make a difference regarding the issue that my friend has? My guess is no. I think that he needs to get used to a different style of shooting. However, I could be wrong.
Your friend does not know what he is talking about. 60D is a damn good camera but only if the operator knows how to operate it! And even 5D can't produce any good image if the operator is an ignorant fellow.
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Sohrab is right, I had minor problems with slight jello effect 2.5 years ago using the Canon 5D Mark II, when panning horizontally but, with improved panning technique , a better IS lens , better editing, and better software I cannot fault the performance of this camera.
I use both cameras along with the 7D. You'll have the same "Jello" effect with any of these. Also, if he is "wip panning" it doesn't matter what camera he has, it'll all be bad.
I try to use camera stabilization with the DSLR's as much as possible. Even when shooting cinematic type movements, I'm on a slider, crane, glidecam, tripod, etc. In the rare moments I handheld, I brace my elbows and pull the strap against my neck to stabilize the shots.
I returned the 5D MkII after the first week because of this. I bought an EX1 because I needed a high end camera. Later I picked up the 7D, 5D, & 60D for my B Cameras. I use my EX-1 as my main camera so I can also control and monitor my audio.
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The 60D is a great camera to use for what your friend is trying to do. I agree the camera operator has to know what he is doing and use a fluid head tripod made for video and a built in stable mode for hand held with a HDSLR rig. The 5D or 7D would not have made any difference. Remember practice makes close to perfect. As perfect as the human can get it. Good luck with your debate with him.
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