MedicineMan4040 wrote in post #17875869
I just read over the specs of the D500. As a 7Dii owner I must say I'm hoping Canon acts
and acts quickly. The D500 looks like a dream (200 raw buffer) machine for the sports/wildlife/BIFer.
And at this point who doesn't love a touch-tilting screen?
I think Canon got kicked pretty hard (5Dsr sells) by the Sony A7Rii and now Nikon is giving
them an upper cut with the left.
Well, some thoughts on this. I believe we all spend too much time looking at a cameras specs. The real question to my mind should be in, in what ways will a new body improve our photography. The 7D Mark II is a great body. Its been in the market place since November 2014. That's a full 16 months earlier than the availability of the D500 coming sometime this March. When you look at the camera as a whole it certainly looks like a major step up from the 7D2, but given that its available almost a year and a half later it should be, especially considering how long its been since the release of the D300. For me, its all about usability. While the D500 has an impressive set of specifications what does it mean in real world use?
Lets look at some of the specifics.
1. Bursts of 200 raw. I don't know about you, but I don't personally know anyone who would need that capability, although I'm sure some will take advantage of it. I rarely shoot bursts of more than 10-15 images and I suspect very few users would need bursts higher than what the 7D2 is capable of sustaining. Even then, who has the time to review 200 burst images to find the "right" one? That's certainly not something one could do often.
2. Even though the ISO is good to 1.3 million, testers have indicated that its starts to get noisy after ISO 12800. So if that is true then the issue is how does the D500 noise compare to the 7D2 up to 12800.
3. The D500 will apparently be able to calibrate to lenses more accurately and without all the effort that Canon users have to deal with. However, we have yet to see anything substantive on how well that works and whether it works better with some lenses than others
4. The very rugged looking articulating touch screen looks interesting, but for me, having owned a 60D with an articulating screen, its not something I would use much. It certainly could be useful for macro shooting on the ground. The touchscreen functionality of the D500 is somewhat limited and not something I really care about. The 3.2 " high resolution LCD does seem appealing.
5. Both the 7D2 and the D500 have a 20MP APS-C sensor, both shoot at 10fps, and both have a rugged professional body and a bright 100% view finder. Both have Flicker control. While the illuminated buttons on the D500 at first blush seem to be a useful feature, any photographer really familiar with his or her camera knows each button and control by touch so Illumination is pretty irrelevant IMHO.
6. The D500 sensor probably will have a wider dynamic range and may be marginally sharper because of the lack of a low pass filter. How much "better" the images will be has yet to be determined.
7. The 153 focus points are impressive, but one must look at the overall features and effectiveness of the AF system to determine if the their new focus system is a major improvement over Canons. Additionally, I believe that only something like 55 of them are user selectable. The rest are apparently assist points.
My point is the new D500 isn't even out yet. It's premature to post an epitaph for the 7D2. We don't know how the D500 will perform in the real world and whether in day to day use its improvements over the 7D2 are as profound as some would suggest. I would certainly hope its better. Nikon took a long time getting it here. And, of course after everything else, there is the price to consider. The D500 will cost $2000. Even when first introduced the 7D2 was $200 less and can be had today for $1500 regularly and is often available for far less. The D500 has a lot going for it if everything works as advertised, but just because Nikon has finally updated the D300 and raised the bar in several perforance areas doesn't mean the 7D2 suddenly turned in to a piece of crap. Hopefully, a new 1Dx will soon be announced and we'll be able to see the direction that Canon is going in.