Joaaso wrote in post #10802308
one word; video.. (plus ISO-performance wasnt to much of a step up from 450D for me)
me too.. some down-spec'ing compared to 50D on certain areas, wouldnt have surprised me, but not this... and even then; its ok that they lower its threshold, but not when they lower the roof as well..
The ergonomic change was probably the biggest priority for Canon. Aesthetics and ergonomics are the biggest thing the consumer market notices as far as differentiating one camera option from another. So you can obviously tell demographic Canon was basing their modifications on.
It's too bad really. The Sony SLT A55 punishes the Canon 60D on paper and despite some small qualms with the A55, it is a dangerously competitive option when you take into consideration the scope of options that Sony offers (AF CZ glass anyone?).
Canon flopped on a camera body that I honestly didn't think would come to fruition so it honestly doesn't effect my outlook on Canon in a negative way. The fact that they went "out there" to keep the xxD legacy alive means that they may go "out there" with their flagship full-frame body release -- the 1Ds IV.
This would be the first official response that Canon makes to all the FF competition it has acquired (the 5D II was in production long before the D700 and D3 hit the market some years back). While Canon may reserve any "revolutionary" changes for a camera body legacy for the prosumer market rather the professional, that doesn't phase me. Just so long as Canon legimately responds within the next 14 months with one body or another.
The way I see it, the Canon 5D III will have the following:
- 100% VF coverage (5D had 96%, 5D II had 98%; 2% increase is inevitable)
- 9 Point Cross-type AF (The same amount of cross-types as the 60D, but potentially using the 7D AF system)
I can only hope that the 5D III can perform across the entire dynamic range -- not banding in the shadows at low ISO settings. That would be umm, fantastic.
The rest doesn't matter to me, but I would like to see a dedicated MLU button on the 5D III for the sake of sanity. Continuous AF in movie mode would be nice, but is far from a necessity to me. I'm more for improvements in still-shot performance even it means putting advancements in movie mode at a stand-still. I don't like the idea of Canon prioritizing the whole motion capture aspect of their newly established bodies over advancements in what a dSLR is traditionally used for: to take pictures.