« on: July 16, 2014, 02:32:49 AM »
I am almost certain the 7D2 will get the DPAF system but I suspect that's not all that Canon will put in the camera. Like you said, they must know if that's all they're doing they're going to lose the good will of their customers.
Besides DPAF what else can Canon do to make sure customers are satisfied?
1. A new sensor that improves DR, noise, and sharpness. That's a no brainer and judging by recent rumors there is a good chance the 7D2 will have new sensor technology that will make its way to the 5D IV and so on.
2. Faster regular AF system. This camera is well suited for action photographers so an Af system that at least matches the 5D III in both speed and accuracy is an obvious inclusion.
3. Wifi and/or GPS. This seems like one of those things that Canon simply has to do in order check a box off ("we have it now too!"). It's pretty much standard now in other brands.
4. Video features. Hate it or love it video is here to stay on DSLRs. Canon has to protect their cinema line now so we can't expect 4k raw obviously on the 7D ii. However, I have a belief Canon will decide not to cripple the video on the 7D II as they have on the 70D and other cameras. The C300 and C500 are due for updates so I suspect those cameras will introduce much higher specs that will significantly widen the gap between cinema line and DSLR, which allows Canon to give their DSLRs better video functionality.
What will it be? I can only guess but I suspect we will finally see sharp 1080p footage on a Canon. No more mush. We'll get a better codec, such as Prores, possibly 10 bit data, and a better method of down sampling that will get rid of moire and aliasing. I also expect higher frame rates, namely 60p at full HD and 120p at 720p. It is also possibly, though unlikely, we will get 4k recording, probably at 8 bit 4:2:0 if it does happen. Maybe Magic Lantern can work on that in the future!
A camera with similar specs to these will probably make some splashes yet seems within the realm of possibility, and is in line with the rumors.