UPDATE: I decided to upgrade to 50D after all. I am actually more pleased with the camera than I thought I would be. It's a clear improvement, but I'd still like to see a big step forward with the 60D.
I'm not so impressed with 50D. I think I'll wait for the next one before biting.
Here are a few suggestions for what I hope to see in a 60D around late 2009 or early 2010:
(in no particular order)
1. improved sensitivity. Let's see ISO6400 with expansion to 12800.
- We should also have an in-camera option for noise reduction that should at least achieve the sort of performance I can get easily with Noise Ninja.
- STOP increasing pixel density and focus more on sensitivity and noise reduction!!!
- Tag photos with coordinates and maintain accurate camera clock.
- Perhaps we could eliminate a few buttons and leave more space for display.
- iphone-like pan and zoom
- Already present on cell phones in Japan. these are starting to show up on consumer electronics such as GPS units from Medion. The fingerprint sensor can be used to lock the camera and thus make it less attractive to a thief. The navigation (joystick) functionality is quite sufficient to replace the existing joystick.
- For anyone who shares a camera, the sensor can readily distinguish between different individuals and load personal settings. This is just like the car keyfobs that preset seat and mirror settings for different drivers.
- As Moore's law continues to play out, we should see very significant improvements in internal processing capability. Why not incorporate exposure blending or other HDR techniques to expand dynamic range?
- I consider this one to be mandatory for my next DSLR purchase. I have a Canon HD camcorder already, but I want similar capability in a package that can benefit from my SLR lenses.
- As long as we're adding video with its corresponding audio support, why not add a voice recording option that would enable storage of comments tagged to a photo?
- I'm not too concerned about this one, but you have to wonder how much longer we'll stick with these relatively large compact flash devices.
- Face detection for AF is becoming more popular, especially in the point-N-shoot category. If Canon adds this to the 60D, then perhaps it would help to also be able to fine-tune white balance based on the skin tone. I often shoot in AWB mode, then tweak in Photoshop elements using the adjust color for skin tone tool. It's quick and very effective without using RAW files.
- Hey, if a $300 iPod Touch can have it, why not my $1200 camera?
- Direct-to-flickr shooting?
10. Oh yeah....better low light AF and more reliable AF overall.