jonneymendoza wrote in post #17891190
missing loads. ever used iphone vs a old nokia device with a keypad.
which offrs better UI interaction?
Touch screen is not a gimmick
Far quicker then a D-PAD
Here's my problem with touchscreens.
// caveat, I am not saying I don't like them or want them, just pointing out there limitations!)
It was your comparison to the old cell phones with buttons that drew my thoughts to this REAL PROBLEM with touchscreens.
1- This is the biggest issue. Touch screens absolutely require you to be looking at them.
EG Ipod vs. Ipod touch.
In the case of the old Ipod, the controls were truly a genius level design. If you had never seen or heard of an Ipod before you got one in your hands, the first day you had one you could control it while it was safely in your pants packet without any need to remove and look at it. It works by feel. The controls are that perfectly intuitive. (this was in fact exactly how I used my Ipod the first day I got one in 2003 walking around downtown Providence, it was in my pocket the whole afternoon) Ipod "touch" ruins all of the amazing ease of control that the Ipod had built in, and unlike it's name, it can NOT be used by touch alone.
EG: Old school Car stereo vs. modern LCD touch screen.
My old Yamaha cassette deck had controls that I could reach for at night while driving and never take my eyes off the road. I could jump stations, fast forward cassette, adjust volume, bass, and treble, and even switch to aux input by feel.
Modern touch screen LCD do away with mechanical controls, and leave you forced to take your eyes off the road to use them.
Back to cameras.
The only time you can use an LCD touch screen is if you stop shooting.
when i am shooting 9and I realize this is me, not everyone) the viewfinder must be up to my face, and I must be able to control everything with my eye to the viewfinder. Canon interface continues to improve this situation, with the 7D2 as the latest improvement adding MANY control features that you can adjust without removing your view of the viewfinder. Controls that previous models would have required a menu look up.
I am a big fan of analog controls over LCD touch screen foe the reasons and examples listed above.
I have an SL1 and yes the touchscreen is superior to most Canon touchscreens, however it's control layout is the worst, and this forces me to use the touchscreen, forces me to remove my eye form the viewfinder and lose shots. 1D4, 7D2 and 5D3 do not.
Again, I am not knocking the usefulness of touchscreens when you are not shooting but I feel the above lays out good reasons why the topical emphasis on touchscreen (or lack there of) on the 1Dx2 is a bit misplaced. Any time I have to go to the touchscreen I am risking losing the shot. the 1Dx2 9and 1Dx before it) have the most comprehensive set of analog controls in the industry. This is what 1D shooters are looking for.