Honestly, after the sticker shock I feel it is a fair price.
Here is my breakdown:
1.) Flagship AF system, not just the 7D system everybody was hoping for. I don't think people expected the 1DX AF system, I surely didn't.
2.) 6FPS now, exactly what people wanted. More FPS. Perfect amount IMO.
3.) No more MP... And they did exactly that. They kept the same MP and improved on it. I did not want 30+ MP files. 22MP was plenty fine with me. I am very happy they stayed near the same.
4.) Even better ISO performance... Now I know this is still TBD... But I have a feeling with native ISO up through 25,600 that we will see at least a stop, or more in RAW performance.
5.) Duel CF/SD cards... I did not expect this and I find it pretty awesome. My girlfriend has like eight 8GB SD cards that I could use if I ever run out of space on a trip. Or I can write instant small jpeg's for her that she can take right away after a trip. Very cool feature, to me.
6.) Better weathersealing... Another big benefit many people wanted, but now people want to complain its not up to 1D standards, yet I am sure 90% of those people who complain probably never had water touch their cameras. I took my 7D into a downpour and it was just fine. I want to know how many people actually "use" the weathersealing. Its now better then ever, just under 1DX sealing. Good enough for me.
7.) Better LCD... Better chimping features (instant 100% view, etc...) :P
8.) Better video, now with 720 at 60FPS and higher quality in full HD. Easier to use, better interface, etc...
9.) Multi-point microadjust... Very nice.
Honestly looking at all the improvements, the price is not that outrageous. Sure I wish it was $3000 or less, but in the end I plan to have and own this camera for a long time. I was complaining about the price before until I really sat back and looked at the feature set. I think you get a loaded camera with great feature set without paying $7000 for the 1Dx.
I just hope that the camera delivers what is promised. I have no doubt it will.
I couldn't agree more!
It's price at what I thought it would be.
Thank God they didn't increase the pixel count. It's going to be interesting to see the reviews once the camera is out in the field for a couple of months.